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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Russia shows the way for nations to forever avoid U.S. imposed sanctions and end petrodollar through new trade agreement with Iran

In 2013 an oil and natural gas agreement between Russia and China would eventually grow into a complete energy program that led to a cracking of the 45 year old petrodollar system.  And through the ability of nations to purchase energy using either Yuan or Rubles, reliance upon the dollar began its final decline.

And ironically, it was about this time that the United States began a new policy of bypassing the United Nations to instead simply administer economic sanctions unilaterally on anyone they believed somehow threatened dollar hegemony.  And this rogue use of economic warfare has isolated Washington even more... even to the point of OPEC nations potentially leaving Western influence to join with Russia's Eurasian Economic Union.

And on May 25, one of these oil producers finalized an agreement with Russia that ensures future protections against U.S. imposed sanctions, and shows the rest of the world how they too can avoid being bound by the dying petrodollar noose.

Moscow and Tehran have signed a deal, under which Iran will sell crude to Russia in exchange for products, according to Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh.
While sanctions against Iran have been lifted, banking restrictions on trade in US dollars remain, making it difficult to sell oil on the open market. 
"The deal has been concluded. We are just waiting for the implementation from the Russian side. We have no difficulties; we signed the contract, everything is coordinated between the parties. We are waiting for Russian oil companies to send tankers,” he said, as quoted by Russian news agencies RIA and TASS. 
The agreement was initially reached in 2014 when Iran was under Western sanctions over its nuclear program. 
When the sanctions against Tehran were lifted in 2016, Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said the deal was no longer necessary. 
However, in March 2017, Novak said it was back on the table with Russia buying 100,000 barrels per day from Iran and selling the country $45 billion worth of goods. 
Despite the lifting of sanctions, Tehran is still facing problems in re-connecting Iranian banks with global financial markets. 
A February report by the International Monetary Fund said that while Iran has been reconnected to SWIFT, significant challenges prevent Iranian banks fully-reconnecting to global banks still exist mostly due to remaining US sanctions. 
“US primary sanctions apply to US financial institutions and companies, including their non-US branches (but not their subsidiaries). Moreover, with very limited exceptions, businesses and individuals related to the US continue to be generally prohibited from dealing with Iran, including with the government,” the IMF said. 
“US dollar clearing restrictions have not been lifted and pose a significant challenge for non-US banks who may do business with Iran, but may not be paid in US dollars,” it added. - Russia Today
As both Russia and China continue to create and institute infrastructures that allow nations to function in all financial capacities outside of SWIFT and the Western financial system, the sooner the petrodollar can be completely buried in the ground. And as well, it will mean the sooner that U.S. dominion over the economic affairs of nations can finally come to an end.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Syria could be the trigger for the start of gold backed trade if Trump decides to implement sanctions

Earlier on April 7, President Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary hinted that the administration was looking at a possible escalation against the Assad regime in Syria, and that they have not ruled out initiating economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern country.  However, with China and Russia both in full support of President Bashir Assad in his fight against both ISIS and Islamic radicals posing as 'Syrian rebels', this move by Trump could very well be the catalyst that accelerates the planned gold trade system that Russia and China have already announced.

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Just hours after unleashing a missile strike on Syria, Steven Mnuchin announced that the US will announce sanctions “in the near future” against the Assad regime.  
Joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a briefing at Mar-a-Lago estate, the Treasury Secretary said the U.S. would impose sanctions on Syria “to stop this type of activity," according to a pool report and multiple media reports. It wasn't clear what sanctions are under consideration: last time we checked the local Four Seasons had seen better days, as for the war-ravaged economy we very much doubt it relies on trade with the US, or has substantial cash deposits in US banks, although those regions of Syria still under ISIS control are surely regular beneficiaries of having their banks hooked up to SWIFT. 
Mnuchin’s announcement was the latest sign that the Trump administration continues to escalate efforts against the Syrian President one week after Rex Tillerson said Assad's fate would be in the hands of Syria's people. - Zerohedge
Yet here is the kicker in Washington's latest attempt to scare a country by disconnecting them from SWIFT.  When the U.S. did this to Iran a decade ago, the Middle Eastern oil power simply bypassed the petrodollar and began conducting sales of energy through Turkey for... gold.  And thus they were able to survive more than 10 years of harsh sanctions that in the past would have crippled a nation.

Additionally, when the U.S. decided to falsely blame Russia for interfering in their unlawful overthrow of the Ukrainian government three plus years ago, Putin simply forged new trade agreements with China that not only helped them grow much larger than they were before, but to also give them the motivation to build their own SWIFT type payment system which could be used as an alternative for any nation who might in the future receive their own economic sanctions from the warmongering West.

Regarding “gold as money,” China and Russia confirmed this truism in spades this weekend, when they dropped a monetary bombshell by announcing their intention to pursue a trade settlement mechanism focused on gold - as described here.  To that end, Russia’s opening of a Beijing trade office last month was a major incremental step in the two superpowers’ ongoing initiative to “de-dollarize,” and lead an Eastern Trade Bloc outside the purview of the U.S., Europe, and other Western puppets like Japan. 
The New Development Bank (formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank); and the China International Payment System, or CIPS; have already been launched in an effort to “de-dollarize” the East.  And yet, even I was surprised by yesterday’s announcement; as while China and Russia are by far the world’s largest gold buyers; and perhaps, if real accounting were utilized, the world’s largest holders; I didn’t expect them to overtly utilize gold as a bi-lateral trade settlement tool.  Then again, on a visit to China last year, Russian Central Bank Deputy Chief Sergey Shvetsov said the two countries want to facilitate gold-settled trade; whilst just last month, another senior official at the Russian Central Bank, Vladimir Shapovalov, said the two nations were drafting a memorandum of understanding to solve technical issues around China’s gold imports from Russia, and that details would be released soon. - Silverseek
And thus we are at a crossroads, and the potential catalyst for Russia and China to activate their planned gold trade system if President Trump decides to act the belligerent bully and institute sanctions on Assad and the Syrian government.  Because if this does occur, you can guarantee that President's Putin and Jinping will welcome Syria's monetary system into their new respective payment systems, and then launch the knockout blow by demanding that all new trade be conducted not in dollars, but in physical gold backed letters of credit.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Russia now prepared for both dollar collapse and future sanctions by announcing alternative SWIFT system

Over the 70+ years the U.S. has had control over the global monetary system, they have used the dollar on occasion as an 'economic weapon' to force other countries into ceding to their national and international policies.  And of course their most common way they do this is by cutting off nations from access to the SWIFT system.

But in the wake of the economic sanctions Washington and the European Union imposed on Russia following the Ukrainian coup, China, and now we can add Russia to this group, have used their time in creating their own SWIFT alternatives, and on March 23 the central bank of Russia announced they are fully prepared for any overt or covert monetary crisis which may include a dollar collapse, or future sanctions that might be used to attack the ruble.

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If the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is shut down in Russia, the country’s banking system will not crash, according to Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina. Russia has a substitute. 
"There were threats that we can be disconnected from SWIFT. We have finished working on our own payment system, and if something happens, all operations in SWIFT format will work inside the country. We have created an alternative," Nabiullina said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. 
She also added that 90 percent of ATMs in Russia are ready to accept the Mir payment system, a domestic version of Visa and MasterCard. 
Izvestia daily reported that as of January 2016, 330 Russian banks had been connected to the SWIFT alternative, the system for transfer of financial messages (SPFS). 
In 2014 and 2015, when the crisis in relations between Russia and the West were at their peak over Crimea and eastern Ukraine, some Western politicians urged disconnecting Russia from SWIFT. - Russia Today

Monday, June 20, 2016

U.S. overtakes EU in trade with Russia despite U.S. created sanctions against the Eurasian power

The United States has long been a hypocrite when it comes to economic and foreign policies.  They are willing to sanction anyone who exhibits or creates an environment not in line with the empire’s whims, but at the same time are more than happy to deal with terrorists, human right abusers, and dictators if it furthers their own financial and political goals.
Case in point.  Back in early 2014, the Obama administration ordered economic sanctions to be placed on Russia as cover for a coup they helped engineer in Ukraine.  And although they implemented these sanctions without the authority and backing of the United Nations, they then coerced the European Union states to follow suit and restrict their dealings with the Eurasian power.
Russia of course countered these unlawful sanctions with trade restrictions of their own on all nations who chose to follow U.S. hegemony on this, and two years later a very interesting dichotomy has emerged from this environment.
That is, the U.S. has overtaken the EU in trade done with Russia, despite the fact that they were the nation who sanctioned Vladimir Putin and Russia to begin with.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Zimbabwe becomes newest economy to demand an end to sanctions against Russia

Earlier this week, a majority of France’s parliament voted to end their nation’s policy of Russian sanctions in light of a continuing deterioration in their economic output.  And on April 30 another economy, this one from Africa, joined its voice in calling for an end of trade restrictions against Russia that were forged out of Washington’s desire for a resurgence of a cold war against Moscow.
The condemnation of current and ongoing sanctions on Russia by the U.S. was provided by Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who spoke out against Washington during trade talks with Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

After losses of over $20 billion, German businesses ready to end EU sanctions against Russia

As we have mentioned many times before, the economic symbiosis between European industry and Russia cannot be downplayed lightly since each earns billions of dollars per year in their transfers of energy and goods.  And going into the third year of U.S. imposed sanctions with Russia over the Kiev coup that Europe has summarily joined in with, the costs are continuing to climb to the point where businesses and politicians are now are extreme odds with one another on keeping these sanctions intact.
On March 21, Germany’s Chamber of Commerce for Russian-German trade spoke out against the continuation of ongoing sanctions, and cited annual losses of nearly $20 billion that are bringing serious harm to the German economy as Europe moves into a new recession.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Removal of sanctions on Iran have suddenly made the Middle Eastern economy the new frontier

The nation of Iran has waited close to a decade to remove their U.S. imposed shackles and break out of sanctions that forced the oil producer to seek revenues from black market mechanisms.  But in just a few short months since Washington signed an agreement with Tehran to have their sanctions lifted, they are suddenly being courted by countries desperate to find a new market for their exports.
And like Africa was in the 19th century, Iran is suddenly emerging as a new frontier.
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Iran is exporting 300,000 barrels of oil daily to European countries, Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said. The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) will soon finalize an agreement with France’s Total to sell 160,000 barrels a day to the company.
The minister added that the contract will be officially signed on February 16.
In addition to purchasing Iranian oil, “Total has indicated its readiness to take part in the development of South Azadegan oil field and Iran LNG project,” he was quoted by PressTV.
The necessary information on the projects will be provided to Total, and then the French oil giant will offer its proposals to the Iranian side. - Sputnik News

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

France ready to lead the way for Europe in removing sanctions against Russia

One of the more interesting items to come out of Davos it appears is a friendlier attitude toward Russia and their leader Vladimir Putin by European powers.  And with Britain and France already breaking protocols with NATO recently over the ISIS threat, the question that is rising is whether Europe as a whole is ready to break away from their long standing affiliation with U.S. foreign policy.
On Jan. 24, France’s Minister of the Economy announced that the Eurozone nation is going to work towards ending sanctions imposed upon Russia, and attempt to facilitate an agreement throughout the EU to bring an end to the economic proxy war the U.S. started with Russia over Ukraine.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

French coordination with Russia over ISIS could lead to end of sanctions

One of the most important things people have to remember about the sanctions that have been imposed upon Russia is that they were not decided upon by a coalition of nations, but instead from a forced policy by the U.S. alone.  And through their bullying of allied countries in the European Union and in Japan, others followed suit with Washington out of fear, intimidation, or from potential financial threats.
But following the ISIS terror attacks in Paris last weekend, at least one nation is bringing up the possibility of ending their stance with the U.S. in sanctioning Russia, especially since the French government is now pleading its case to Vladimir Putin to aid and assist their new war on the Islamic Caliphate.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Russian parliament approves Damocles Sword to confiscate Western assets if necessary

When the U.S. issued sanctions against Russia in early 2014, they did so without international approval, and without a resolution from the United Nations.  In essence, the Obama administration used the dollar as an economic weapon against the Eurasian power in response to their taking the Crimea after the U.S. backed rebels unlawfully overthrew the government in Ukraine.
However, in addition to these sanctions were pressures the U.S. placed on their allies and on their vassal states in Europe and the Far East, making the sanctions a full fledged proxy war that held European businesses stuck in the middle.
And as the economic sanctions on Russia near their third year in play, on Oct. 29, Russia’s upper chamber of their legislature approved a new bill that would make it legal for the government to confiscate foreign assets held within the country.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Escalating refugee crisis in Germany could be linchpin that brings down Chancellor Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced several political attacks since she won re-appointment to the highest office in the land back in December of 2013.  First it was the Ukraine crisis, which quickly led to continent wide sanctions between the U.S. and Russia which forced Germany into taking sides against their long standing trade partner.  And now Merkel is being bombarded with a new problem that has in a short period of time, turned from support to rebellion as the flow of refugees from Muslim countries threatens her ability to lead.
When so-called Syrian refugees flooded into Europe from Turkey a few months ago, German citizens welcomed them with open arms and stood with their Chancellor in providing humanitarian aid to the wartorn peoples.  But as news emerged that a majority of the refugees were not from Syria, and that many began to inflict violent crimes such as rape and murder on the regular citizens of Germany, that support has turned into rebellion, and is now knocking on the door of the government itself.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

U.S. sanctions on Russia backfiring as Japan looks to increase Rouble-Yen swaps

Ever since the end of World War II, Japan has been little more than a vassal state for Washington, and all one has to do is look at a recent financial scheme in which the Far Eastern economy sold out its own people to the U.S. by allowing all their pension funds to be replaced with dollar based Treasuries.
Yet even as Koruda and Abe raise their hands in salute to their Western masters in most things financial, one policy that the U.S. has imposed upon the world is forcing Japan to re-evaluate their own programs and it may be beginning with their trade agreements they have with Russia.
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is turning to currency swaps as using the US dollar in transactions is difficult because of the Western anti-Russia sanctions, the bank’s senior managing director said answering a question from Sputnik. 
“We’re now studying that [the effects of ruble devaluation]. We need some of the swap arrangements with the local banks. We are elaborating opportunities with Russian banks such as Gazprombank, VTB, VEB… Because of the US sanctions, we cannot use the US dollar anymore, we have to switch to other currencies,” Tadashi Maeda said on Thursday, speaking after a conference at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in the Russian city of Vladivostok. - Sputnik News

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Continued sanctions against Russia estimated to cost the EU over $100 billion in export revenues

There is an old saying that outrage and activism only last until it begins to effect one’s bottom line.  And with the European Union agreeing to extend U.S. led economic sanctions against Russia and the Crimea until January of next year, the question exists on how long Europe can sustain this political stance, especially as their businesses are expected to lose over $100 billion in export revenues because of counter sanctions imposed by President Vladimir Putin.
 
In a report on June 19 by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research, lost revenues to EU businesses from past and future sanctions are expected to cascade to over $100 billion, and in the long term may create a future where Russia replaces these exports permanently with food, resources, products, and commodities from elsewhere.
 

 
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Russian Rouble is the battleground for two economic empires

For most of the year, China has relegated itself to being a neutral observer in the proxy war of sanctions being waged by the U.S. against Russia and the Russian currency.  But last week, after Congress passed a new war-mongering resolution and Europe decided to continue standing with Washington in the game of sanctions, China finally entered the conflict by unequivocally stating that they not only stand with their trade and energy partner, but will do whatever needs to be done to stabilize the Rouble, and aid the Russian economy.


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Think Russia has been hit hardest by lower oil prices? Think again!

One thing you can tell about Washington’s stance in their proxy war against Russia is that they care little about any and all collateral damage they might inflict upon themselves or their allied nations.  In face, economic sanctions directed at Putin and the Eurasian power have overall caused greater harm to Germany, France, and other members of the European Union while the ramifications of their ‘secret deal‘ with Saudi Arabia has brought about several economic crises including…
 
The destruction of America’s shale production and Britain’s North Sea oil.
 
 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Europe-U.S. Coalition against Russia beginning to crack

After nearly a year of increasing economic sanctions put upon Russia by the U.S. and their allies in Europe, member states that have been the recipients of collateral damage from retaliatory sanctions imposed upon them by Russia are now thinking twice, and are beginning to discuss ways to end their affiliation with America in this proxy war by seeking a compromise with the Eurasian power to re-open some aspects of trade and banking.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Direct sanctions not enough as U.S. attempts to squeeze Arabs and Chinese over Russia

America’s proxy war against Russia took an interesting and aggressive turn as on Nov. 26, Andrey Kostin, head of Russia’s second biggest lender VTB, stated that he received news at a German conference that the U.S. is attempting to put pressure on Chinese and Arab banks who currently do not follow sanction demands imposed upon the Eurasian state by the Obama administration to squeeze Russia to capitulate to U.S. will.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

EU countries buying oil from ISIS might be the reason why they wont join U.S in bombing Syria

Last week, President Obama came out acting all John Wayne to the camera and stated that he has finalized his new strategy for taking out the ISIS threat in the Middle East.  Included in this strategy was the desire for NATO countries such as Britian and Germany to be part of his coalition, along with several Arab nations who are suddenly feeling the heat from the radical caliphate.
 
But interestingly enough, Britain, Germany, and Turkey announced they won’t sing kumbaya with America in their desire to take out ISIS by way of Assad and Syria, and perhaps the reason for this is that on Sept. 15, members of the European Union (EU) admitted that they are purchasing oil from ISIS, who took over several wells in Iraq when they solidified their occupation.
 
 
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Russia throws economic sanction threats back at the U.S. and EU

There is a biblical proverb that says, the borrower is slave to the lender, and this reality is quickly availing itself on America as they attempt to threaten Russia with economic sanctions due to their invasion of Ukraine and Crimea.  However, as the harsh reality of the proverb goes, America would face more dire consequences than Russia would if the Euro-Asian superpower chooses to impose their own sanctions by dumping the dollar, dumping their Treasury reserves, and defaulting on their outstanding debts.



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Monday, January 23, 2012

Gold is Money: EU Sanctions on Iran include gold and silver purchases

Think gold is not money to central banks and governments?  Just look at one of the prohibitions the EU imposed on Iran recently in their economic sanctions.

Reuters report that the EU has agreed to freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank and ban all trade in gold and other precious metals with the Iranian Central Bank and other public bodies in Iran.

According to IMF data, at the last official count (in 1996), Iran had reserves of just over 168 tonnes of gold. The FT reported in March 2011 that Iran has bought large amounts of bullion on the international market to diversify away from the dollar, citing a senior Bank of England official.

Currency wars continue and are deepening. - Zerohedge


You would think that the EU would LOVE to get rid of their 'relic' metals in exchange for oil.  That is, unless you realize the propaganda that gold and silver are not money is a bold faced lie.