The Nuclear Powder Keg of The Pacific

If China wants control over $5 trillion worth of trade passing through the South China Sea, disarming the North Korean powder keg must be a priority.

If you’ve been watching the news at all you’ll know that North Korea has just recently completed its fifth nuclear bomb test on September 8th, being well on its way to becoming a nuclear power. The repercussions of this potential reality reverberate throughout the region and surely weigh on the minds of both Chinese and American strategists competing for control over the South China Sea. If China wishes to control the region’s maritime trade and natural resources, they must first push out American influence.

As long as American forces are stationed on the 38th parallel, US military commanders are going to make absolutely sure that the US and its allies have freedom of movement within the South China Sea. If the 60 year armistice between North and South Korea should suddenly end, and US forces on the 38th parallel are deployed into battle, necessary supplies, equipment, and reinforcements supplied by maritime shipping could be cut off by Chinese control over shipping lanes. If China takes the shipping lanes nonetheless, the Americans may threaten to withdraw their forces, potentially uncorking the nuttiness of North Korea on the region. In such an event, China would also have to accept shouldering the burden of dealing with the regime while putting themselves in the unenviable position of having to mediate between the North and South. But before China can do that, it must first prove to its neighbors that it can be the primary guarantor of security in the region instead of the US, and now that North Korea is going nuclear, the Chinese are going to have to redouble their efforts to make their case.

After decades of isolationism and xenophobia towards the international community, dictators Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-il turned North Korea into a pariah state. Policy was formed around the twin pillars of collectivist centralization and national self-reliance to combat foreign dependency. Although the North Korean economy, culture, education system and other fundamental aspects are controlled by the state in a fashion similar to communism, a lone “Supreme Leader” has dictatorial control over the state rather than a supreme Soviet. As we have seen with communism, the dynamics of such a completely closed system are virtually guaranteed to break down and seize up over time without expansion, an option that North Korea does not have. Due to the inherent inefficiencies associated with top-down management, large collectivist movements and social programs, and the bureaucracy associated with the accumulation of 70 years worth of policies, the North Korean system began to break down and famine became widespread and regular.

When asked to characterize the North Korean style of government, you’ll often hear it described as a one-party state, a family dictatorship, or “self-reliant socialism.” But none of these terms are very descriptive or entirely accurate. To really understand what kind of government North Korea has, one simply has to read the Wikipedia entry on their official political ideology, Juche.

Kim Il-sung (1912–1994) developed the ideology – originally viewed as a variant of Marxism–Leninism – to become distinctly “Korean” in character, breaking ranks with the deterministic and materialist ideas of Marxism–Leninism and strongly emphasizing the individual, the nation state and its sovereignty. (Emphasis added)

A nationalist form of Marxist socialism? If that sounds a lot like the Nazis, that’s exactly what it is. Rather than a fuhrer, there is the supreme leader, and the official party of the state, the Worker’s Party of Korea, sounds eerily similar to the German Worker’s Party. State-run propaganda is omnipresent and centralized controls are placed on media and culture in the form of censorship and narrative building. The foundation of the Kims’ supreme leader cult is actually Korean ethnic nationalism, or the idea of the Korean people existing as their own race. Leaders like Kim Jong-Un are touted as the saviors of the Korean race, taking all of this nationalist, ethnic pride in a strangely Aryan direction. In effect, North Korea has a socialist system of government more similar to the Nazis than the Soviets.

After massive flooding in the 1990’s devastated crops as well as food reserves, the regime relented and began accepting outside food aid. What little arable land North Korea uses to grow food has been suffering from soil erosion and mineral depletion for years, an apt metaphor for the dynamics of closed systems. The current fuhrer, Kim Jong-Un, understands that the dear leader cult, the center of his power and the keystone of the North Korean power structure, will not last in its current state. Repetitions of national famine, blaming foreign actors, and beating the war drums until the food aid arrives has demoralized the people and tested their faith in the dear leader cult. Knowing that a change was necessary, Kim Jong-Un has decided to open up to capitalism.

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The underground pipeline shaping North Korea’s new capitalists

“The main thing North Korean businesses compete on is quality, but now they’re starting to compete in terms of how their products make people feel,” Andray Abrahamian, part of an NGO from Singapore that teaches business skills to North Koreans, told Reuters.

But importing capitalism into a country also brings Western philosophy as the two cannot be separated. With a new emphasis on how products “make people feel” in addition to quality, the philosophical concept of subjectivity is promulgated and reinforced with the pleasure of consumerism. North Koreans will be able to form their own opinions concerning the service or products produced by private businesses, which are unaffiliated with the State and open to subjective debate and criticism. Concepts like consumerism, materialism, and choice are present in every society, but they are heightened and consistently reinforced in capitalist societies due to their need for continuous, reliable consumption.

Obviously wary of such implications, Kim Jong-Un has taken measures to maintain cultural obedience in a very North Korean way.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un bans sarcasm

Sarcasm and other types of satire like exaggeration, double entendre, and parodies, although often associated with humor in the West have always served as surreptitious means of social criticism and commentary. The Chinese, with their communist tendencies of censoring and rounding up dissenters, have come to master the art of sarcasm as a way of getting around laws preventing the criticism of state policy and leaders. Kim Jong-Un can try as he might to stave off the subtle ideological reprogramming of a capitalist society, but concepts like subjectivity, materialism, and rationalism are all stepping stones on the path leading to the dualist, Cartesian worldview of the West. Once a society has been locked into this worldview, things like native culture and tradition begin to fade into memory and are supplanted by fads and pop culture. The ingrained operant conditioning of capitalism that rewards innovation and originality offers no social reward for cultural identity and an understanding of history. Even worse, the widespread acceptance of Cartesian, materialist thinking is the ideological foundation and vector for Brzezinski’s Western Soft Power strategy to enter a given society and manipulate popular opinion via media and social pressure.

Looking at the situation as a whole, it would appear that North Korea’s leadership has decided to dabble in capitalism while easing its stance towards isolationism. The great social, economic, and ideological walls that have separated North Korea from the rest of the world and prevented any kind of rapport or peaceful relationship within the region could be gradually coming down. If China wants control over $5 trillion worth of trade passing through the South China Sea, disarming the North Korean powder keg must be a priority. Economically incorporating the country into the rest of the region would be the best option for long-term stability.

But even if the Chinese are successful, and North Korea is reformed, there are still questions and uncertainties. If North and South Korea reconcile and end the war, expect Korean ethnic nationalism to call for reunification, a matter that could trouble China. If South Korean culture and attitudes prevail, then a pro-Western state shares a border with China. If China’s influence over the North spreads to the rest of the country, the US loses another ally on the Pacific Rim.

Syria Truce Broken, Russia Raises the Stakes

By following the usual Brzezinski strategy of using PR, media pressure, and consensus building to generate soft power via political and social channels, the West hoped to metagame the battlefield once again.

The tenuous ceasefire that began September 12th between US and Russian proxies in Syria has now completely unraveled. On the 17th, an “accidental” US airstrike against a Syrian Army base killed 63 pro-Assad soldiers. Immediately after the strike, ISIS forces entrenched and surrounding the base advanced and attempted to take it. Although the US claims the attack was aborted as soon as they were notified of the error, the Russians countered that the jets left the area only after Russian S-300 anti-aircraft defenses had locked onto them.

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WARNING : Russia Issues New “Rules of Engagement” in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN (US/Turkey/Israel in the cross-hairs!)

After only 5 days, the leaders and strategists of the US are pushing the truce to its limits. Although one could argue that the airstrikes may have been a genuine result of a failure to coordinate between the two countries, the US has rejected Russia’s calls for closer cooperation in Syria for months. Immediately after the incident, the Russians issued new rules of engagement regarding the targeting of planes, stating any plane threatening Syrian Army Forces would be shot down.

On Monday, only a couple of days after the accidental airstrike, a UN convoy delivering aid to rural areas was attacked, destroying 18 out of 31 vehicles. The US described it as a Russian airstrike, presumably retaliation for the incident at the Syrian Army base, but the UN has not confirmed this. The Russians deny the accusation, citing a lack of craters on the road and disabled vehicles with their frames still intact as evidence large bombs were not used.

When the Russians denied the US any further plausible deniability for “accidental” airstrikes by redefining the rules of engagement, the Trilateral strategists decided to pin the aid convoy atrocity on the Russians using their tired, old strategy of false flags to obfuscate and manipulate the context of the situation. By following the usual Brzezinski strategy of using PR, media pressure, and consensus building to generate soft power via political and social channels, the West hoped to metagame the battlefield once again. Having no intentions to compromise with the Russians and knowing that the Syrian war, and therefore Syrian war refugee migration, would continue, the Globalists began publicly pooling money to throw at the immigration crisis to prevent refugees from leaving Turkey and entering Europe. George Soros himself gave $500 million out of the total $650 million.

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While the billionaires were out shaking their cups, Joe Biden was attending a Council on Foreign Relations meeting where he accused 5 EU states including Germany, France and Italy of going soft on Russia. Despite the fact that sanctions on Russia have damaged European economies and angered business owners, the Globalists are still trying to strengthen their support and reinforce their narrative necessitating sanctions.

Recognizing all of these things for what they were, the Russians and the Assad regime ended the truce the very next day by striking deep into the Syrian Opposition’s command structure on Wednesday.

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Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists’ attacks in Aleppo and Idlib.

Syria regime announces new Aleppo offensive as truce collapses

If this Iranian news is correct, then the Russians have taken the gloves off and bypassed their proxies to attack their enemies directly. A day after the Russian missile attack on the Aleppo command center, Assad’s forces announced that they would be restarting their campaign to invade and take over Aleppo. The Russian response is clear: they know what the West was trying to do with the UN convoy attack, they consider it an aggressive act, and they won’t let the West negotiate truces and ceasefires in bad faith to gain an advantage or stall.

Which brings us to today’s meetings in New York, which have failed to revive the truce. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s demands that Russia and Assad halt flights over active battle zones fell on deaf ears, and no agreement was reached. The Russians are not willing to give up the small air power advantage facilitated by their radar jamming and anti-aircraft batteries.

 

Venezuela is a Grim Warning to Other Oil Countries

Unconcerned with Venezuela’s fall, Western leaders are prepared to move beyond the initial response of the oil glut and onto the next step in the currency war.

Even if you haven’t heard about it from the mainstream media, the growing currency war between the US dollar and the Russian ruble is beginning to have severe ramifications on other oil exporting nations. After Russia decided to back the value of their currency with Russian oil sales to compete with the dollar as a reserve currency, the US and its OPEC allies opened the flood gates and drilled, pumped, and fracked as much oil as they could to keep oil prices down. That, along with the sanctions over Crimea, have tanked the ruble and stalled the Russian economy badly. Pegging your money to oil is the game that the US has been playing since Nixon ended the Bretton Woods system, taking the dollar off of its gold backing and arranging with Saudi Arabia to accept only dollars for payments for oil. That meant that if your country wanted to buy oil (which is every country), you had to exchange your currency for US dollars before you could even talk to OPEC. This kept the demand, and the value, of the US dollar high due to artificial inflation. But when Putin decided to get into the game, offering to sell his oil for rubles, he threatened the dollar monopoly and the oil glut was the initial response from the West.

Although Russia has trundled along in its current state, other oil countries have fared much worse. Venezuela’s economy has relied on oil exports since the 1930’s, using oil revenues for critical food imports and funding social welfare programs and reforms known as “Bolivarian Missions.” Hugo Chavez used oil money to subsidize the settlement and naturalization of Colombian refugees fleeing civil war to Venezuela, shaping a dependent class to boost his votes. Chavez even went so far as to provide bus services running across the border, ferrying voters who had returned to Colombia back to the polls in Venezuela to get himself reelected.

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But when Chavez died and oil prices crashed a year later, unsustainable spending and no contingency would bring severe inflation, widespread food shortages, and the projection of a massive 10% contraction of the Venezuelan economy in 2016. The country’s state-run oil company is already $25 billion in debt to international service firms like Halliburton, who have started to curtail operations. The departure of skilled workers and technicians caused even more delays and complications to Venezuelan oil production, forming a deadly cycle. Disappointed with the turn in the economy, Colombian refugees starting moving back to Colombia. A potential conflict is now stewing between the two countries as Venezuela has claimed that federal aid and subsidized commodities are being smuggled across the border and sold at black markets in Colombia. A little over a week ago, both countries began patrolling their side of the border with troops and armored vehicles. Since then, more troubling incidents have occurred including the mysterious crash of a Venezuelan jet for unknown reasons and a small incursion into Colombia by Venezuelans soldiers chasing a man on a motorcycle.

Unconcerned with Venezuela’s fall, Western leaders are prepared to move beyond the initial response of the oil glut and onto the next step in the currency war. The Rockefeller oil dynasty dropped their investments in oil just months after prices plummeted, furthering the growing trend towards investment in renewable energy sources. It’s clear that the West has decided to slowly concede global oil markets to Russia and China, who have a limited time to exploit the opportunity.

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Although Western soft power has waned severely in the aftermath of the Obama and Bush administrations, the West has managed to hold onto the scientific, cosmological monopoly it has maintained since Rene Descartes laid out rationalism in the 17th century. In other words, the eggheads at the top of the Ivory Tower are still pro-west, and they are not above molding their interpretations of the data to keep the grant money flowing. Of course, there are many who genuinely support what they see as the “greater good.” Regardless of the motivation, the result is the same – the beginning of the end of oil sales starting in 2035, and if the West has its way, the beginning of the end of Putin’s oil ruble.

The phase-out is earlier than set by most car makers. Toyota, for instance, has a “zero carbon dioxide emissions challenge” for new vehicles under which it aims to cut emissions from its vehicles by 90 percent by 2050, from 2010 levels.

Although this Globalist plot may be going according to plan, a question arises. If Russia takes the oil markets, what commodity will the dollar be pegged to? I believe the answer was to make GMO crops that replacement. When genetically engineered, these crops are more bountiful and stay fresher longer. Resistances to disease and insects make yields more predictable, allowing for a more stable, predictable commodity to trade on. This would explain the unrelenting push for the widespread acceptance of GMO foods, regardless of the suspicion and antipathy sparked by the business practices of Monsanto-Bayer as well as a lack of long-term testing in humans.

Saudi Arabia is another oil exporter wary of the currency war. Despite the fact that they have been complicit in the glut, the Saudis have started making arrangements to avoid Venezuela’s fate by offering shares in its state-run oil industry to the public in early 2017. The Saudis are planning to live off of the revenue of this deal and other investments rather than relying on the sale of the oil alone, claiming to be independent of fossil fuels by the 2035 deadline. But in reality, you would have better luck selling a Blockbuster franchise than shares in an oil company in the current political climate, no pun intended.

OPEC head warns investment cuts threaten oil supply

Barkindo called the cutbacks a “major concern for industries which need regular investments” and “which threaten our future”.

The 14 OPEC states and Russia are due to meet next week, with Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro saying Sunday a deal on limiting output was close.

 

EU Bureaucrats Rally, Talk of Immigration Reform and Ending Reliance on US Military

After EU leaders realized they had painted themselves into a geopolitical corner, provoked nationalist uprisings, and began losing local elections, they yielded.

Citing Europe’s “critical situation” after the exit of Britain, the leaders of the EU have met to outline a 6 month plan to address economic, security, and social issues that are mostly attributable to the refugee crisis.

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Although the bureaucrats in Brussels would like you to believe that the Brexit prompted this discussion, it was really the popular backlash manifesting in local elections that lit a fire underneath politicians, finally making its way up to the bureaucrats. The Brexit was, however, the first domino to fall in a chain reaction leading to a grinding halt of the Globalist regime change operation taking place in Syria. The UK standing up against EU immigration policy and deciding to leave the bloc inspired similar push back from member nations such as Italy, Greece, Romania, and Hungary even threatening to shoot refugees on the spot. With the EU lacking the political support to relocate and disperse migrants, Erdogan realized that the now 3 million war refugees in Turkey would be his burden to bear. Accordingly, he ended his support for regime change in Syria, and began normalizing relations with Russia. Keenly aware of the European backlash over immigration, Erdogan used the threat of releasing millions of refugees into Europe to extort the EU and make demands for Turkey.

After EU leaders realized they had painted themselves into a geopolitical corner, provoked nationalist uprisings, and began losing local elections, they yielded.

Juncker also sought to rally EU member states towards greater unity and ‘solidarity’ following the shock Brexit vote, insisting that the bloc was not about to break up despite its existential crisis.

“There are splits out there and often fragmentation exists,” he said. “That is leaving scope for galloping populism.”

Notice that the Globalist bureaucrats incorrectly refer to the backlash as populism as this is an insight into their mentality. The issue at hand is about national control over borders and immigration policies, making a response in opposition nationalistic in nature rather than populist. The EU leaders will not recognize this because nationalism is completely and totally antithetical to globalism, and making an admission as such would indicate just how fragile a political state the EU is in. By labeling this a populist movement, the act of asserting national sovereignty over borders is misconstrued as catch-all politics rather than a necessary function of a healthy democracy.

EU needs joint military headquarters, Juncker says

After the meeting in Bratislava, a statement from the EU outlined efforts to be made to reduce immigrant flows to avoid the “uncontrolled flows of last year.” Acknowledging that the old policy would no longer fly, the focus became getting to the root of the issue by defining the causes of refugee flight and creating conditions that would dissuade it. If this is anything like the debit card program agreed upon previously, then it would certainly be a proposition that Erdogan would favor. There was also further discussion over the establishment of a common European military to reduce dependence on US military presence and respond to the conflict with Russia. Although Juncker and the other bureaucrats state implicitly that such an organization would not supplant NATO, it would certainly act as a counterweight and give Europe some independence from the US. After Britain left the EU, it took with it the most capable military of the region.

With Europe developing its own military, US bases are being pushed out and relocating into Eastern European nations like Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Poland, and now Georgia. Granted, there is still the possibility that Erdogan has given Putin an opening in the geopolitical wall surrounding Russia since WWII (George Kennan’s containment policy), but the US Military has decided to push its bases past the former iron curtain and closer to the border between Europe and Russia. The only thing worse for US foreign policy than the failure of containment is an alliance between Russia and Europe, and the potential colossus of manpower, industry, and natural resources it would represent. With the bitter memories of Soviet oppression still fresh in their minds, the former Soviet Bloc countries are far more accepting of the US military, making this a geopolitical no-brainer.

 

Russia’s Plan to Infiltrate European Energy Markets

A recent IEA report forecasts the oil glut continuing into 2017, so the ball is in Putin’s court as the West and its allies continue pumping oil to keep the ruble weakened.

Putin’s push towards eclipsing the dollar with the ruble as world reserve currency has hit a snag. When he decided to use Russian oil sales to back the value of the ruble, gaining control over world energy markets became a priority. But the events in Crimea and the resulting sanctions on Russia have complicated those plans. A financial embargo preventing Russian oil industries from accessing Western investors, and a ruble weakened by the oil glut limits the amount of industrial infrastructure Russia can develop. European markets such as Germany and Poland are currently being serviced by middle eastern nations like Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia via the Ukrainian pipeline system.

Russia prepares for gas divorce from Europe

A recent IEA report forecasts the oil glut continuing into 2017, so the ball is in Putin’s court as the West and its allies continue pumping oil to keep the ruble weakened. The Russians have responded by reducing the costs associated with refining and condensing natural gas into liquid form. With the Ukrainian pipeline system out of reach, the Russians have taken to using a variety of means to transport fuel including via maritime shipping. There has also been a program to decentralize natural gas refinement with many smaller, regional refineries rather than one large refinery. This would appear to be a measure taken to add stability to oil production and oil prices, and therefore, the value of the ruble.

Despite being cut off from Western investors, the Russian oil industry has maintained course and Putin has continued seeking out other investors. Japan has invested in Siberian oil development, and the stalled TurkStream pipeline running from Southern Russia, underneath the Black Sea, and into Turkey was restarted at a G20 meeting between Putin and Erdogan. Until the Russians can access Europe, they will focus on trading with Asian nations. After sanctions on Iran caused an Iranian-Pakistani pipeline deal to fall through, Russia and China each have signed deals building pipelines across Pakistan. Putin may be attempting to flood part of Asia with oil, intending for Asian surpluses to eventually make their way into the European market.

Some analysts have warned that Asia-Pacific nations have long-term gas delivery contracts, forcing most of the LNG glut to head to Europe.

By using nations like Turkey as proxies, Putin can circumvent Western sanctions and geopolitical circumstances to gain a foothold in Europe.

Meanwhile, in America, the Obama administration is doing its part in feeding the oil glut using hydraulic fracking methods, but a potential PR mess awaits the democrats as they head into the elections. In North Dakota, local Native American tribes have been protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline running through their reservation, citing environmental contamination concerns. After protests became violent, the federal government ordered a halt to the construction, calling for “serious discussion” to resolve the issue. The Obama administration is forced to walk a fine line between feeding the oil glut in the unipolar war against Russia, or risk a PR incident with the protests in North Dakota. Press coverage of this issue would also bring up the fact that Obama has consistently supported pipeline projects, undermining the eco-friendly appeal of the democrats and their climate change rhetoric.

 

Another Round of Skullduggery from the Deep State

As the Globalists send a grave message to Putin in Russia, their candidate in the US could also be be under covert attack.

Last week’s G20 forum held in Hangzhou, China was a busy occasion with political leaders around the world seeking new alliances and negotiating economic agreements. But below the surface, in the world of spooks, espionage and black ops, in the so-called Deep State where the Globalists and billionaires conduct their affairs, there are signs of an increase in activity as well. During the G20 events and after the Chinese had snubbed Obama as he arrived on Air Force One, a deadly accident befell Putin’s personal car and chauffeur in Moscow.

Putin’s official presidential car involved in head-on horror crash in Moscow, killing Russian president’s ‘favourite chauffeur’

Russia’s recent geopolitical developments and challenges to the Globalists, the recent and very public snub by China, and the DNC hacks being attributed to Russia may have prompted the West to send Putin a message by precipitating this “accident.” Considering that the chauffeur had 40 years of professional driving experience and the Russians have been working to replace Putin’s BMW with a Russian-made vehicle, there is the possibility of foul play.

The Department of Defense, DARPA in particular, has had the ability to hack into cars and control them remotely. In fact, they took to showing it off on 60 Minutes, and made this reporter crash into a row of traffic cones.

Obviously, there are clear parallels between this crackpot theory and the speculation surrounding the fate of Michael Hastings, who died when his car smashed into a palm tree and exploded in 2013. Hastings indeed had stepped on some very big toes when he penned The Runaway General, exposing the enmity General Stanley McChrystal and his aides had for the Globalists in the Obama administration, and the acerbic relationship between the two. For that, Obama summoned McChrystal to Washington, where after a 20 minute meeting, McCrystal would resign his post and be replaced by General David Petraeus. There have been long-standing rumors of the growing conflict between military leaders and the Globalists in DC. The clamp down and snuffing out of McCrystal along with a wariness of getting into a war with Russia and China, a growing unease of Russia’s latest technological advancements displayed by the USS Donald Cook incident, a Russian radar-jamming bubble over Syria, Chinese “quantum radar,” and a European army independent of the US and breakdown of NATO are all factors weighing on the minds of the leaders of the military as Globalist candidate Hillary Clinton continues her campaign for President. Considering how the military couldn’t stand the Obama administration, it would be no surprise for them to lament the possibility of another Clinton in office and a continuation, and probable intensification, of Globalist policies. On top of this, the recent social reforms repealing the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and allowing women to serve on the front lines are rumored to have upset military brass greatly, being seen as an intrusion of social justice into military culture and an overstepping of bounds.

But this fracturing and its resultant factional conflicts may not be isolated to the military. Just recently, NSA head James Clapper chose not to support Hillary Clinton and the Globalist’s narrative concerning the DNC hacks, asserting no evidence of Russia being behind the hack and calling for an end to the speculation.

US intel head calls for end to ‘hyperventilation’ over Russia’s alleged role in DNC hack

There have been many recent scandals involving intelligence failures and fumbles such as the Edward Snowden leak, classified information on Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server, and accusations a year ago that Clapper himself was manipulating and sugar coating war reports in favor of the ruling administration. If certain “rogue groups” or factions in the intelligence services are fed up with the administration and aligning themselves with the military against the Globalists, then it could be possible that this group, and not the Russians, may have been behind the hack of the DNC. If the NSA were facilitating this and using Russia as a scapegoat, they would be simultaneously manipulating the election against Hillary Clinton all the while reinforcing the importance of their cyber security role in the national security structure. There has been more interesting speculation on the issue as well from former NSA whistleblower and architect of the surveillance program William Binney.

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Binney also brings up the possibility of an “inside job” involving a lone, disgruntled intelligence worker working against Hillary Clinton because of her email server improprieties. Quite an interesting caricature.

As the Globalists send a grave message to Putin in Russia, their candidate in the US could also be be under covert attack. At yesterday’s 15th anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero, Hillary Clinton began to feel “overheated” and left the event early. As her transportation pulled up, she appeared frozen, held up by the concrete barrier before the secret service essentially carried her to the vehicle.

Hillary Clinton ‘collapse’: Democratic candidate feeling ‘much better’ after becoming unwell at 9/11 event

Despite the previous chatter around Hillary’s health, the coughing fits, and even the 269 day gap between her press conferences, I was skeptical that Hillary was suffering from anything serious or chronic. But with this new development, the question is not whether she is ill, but the severity of the illness, and even the mainstream media have begun labeling this a “health scare.” The official story released by the Clinton campaign states that Hillary was suffering from pneumonia, and has been proscribed antibiotics and rest. However, the speculation is that she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease due to her chronic cough, an apparent inability to swallow, periodic freezing, and convulsions. Although this is much more serious than pneumonia and may fit the description of her bouts of odd mannerisms and behavior, there is no solid evidence supporting it at this time.

Yet, the implications of the events at Ground Zero yesterday goes further than Hillary having to call out sick. After being carried to her van, she was taken to an undisclosed location and no press were allowed to follow her. Hillary would later return looking revived, and the press was told that she was taken to her daughter Chelsea’s apartment for feeling overheated. But the damage to her campaign was done and the debate over Hillary’s health is no longer an argument from silence. The irony of her inability to project strength and authority at a memorial for the worst attack on the US since Pearl Harbor, and her appearance of being unfit to hold office should not be overlooked. After a 269 day stint away from the public, this was an opportunity for Hillary to appear like a strong leader as the elections grow nearer.

There are other details, such as her whisking away to a secret location and no word to the press. This behavior is more consistent with being attacked than suffering an illness. Hillary’s complaint that she was feeling overheated could be a result of pneumonia or an inability to swallow and drink water due to Parkinson’s, but I would think that her campaign and her doctors would be able to provide the Presidential candidate with cool water and AC, or at least intravenous hydration in secret. The odd thing is that the sudden turn in her health at Ground Zero can’t be attributed directly to any of these factors, nor can they explain the sudden reversal as she returned to the event around noon, as the day was getting hotter.

Therefore, I am compelled to speculate that Hillary Clinton may have been targeted by one of her enemies in a covert attack. If there are actors or groups willing to hack the DNC and interfere in an election against her, I speculate they would be willing to use some sort of Directed Energy Weapon, possibly low-powered microwaves, to either cause or exacerbate a previous chronic illness. Microwave weapons have been developed by the military and deployed in Afghanistan as well as Los Angeles. Yesterday may have been an ideal opportunity to make the candidate look unfit for office at a very public event, and further manipulate the election against her. If there were anybody capable of developing and executing such attacks, it would be the enemies of Clinton and the Globalists among the military leadership and possibly the intelligence agencies.

As the international struggle between the West and Putin’s alliance grinds on, so does the factional struggle in the US government. Considering the widespread failure of the current administration’s Trilateral Commission toadies, the outlook is understandably bleak and many are experiencing a loss of confidence in Globalist leaders. All of this chicanery and skullduggery that is shielded from the electorate and not touched upon by the media cannot be ignored in the greater picture of geopolitics.

EU’s Response to Erdogan: Debit Cards for Everybody

For all intents and purposes, it appears that Erdogan has used the refugee crisis to extort the EU.

The last time I wrote about the Syrian refugee crisis, Turkish dictator Recep Erdogan had given the EU a very interesting ultimatum. Erdogan openly challenged the EU bureaucrats, threatening to release up to 2 million refugees into a Europe already disgruntled over refugee policies unless the EU agreed to advance Turkey’s membership into the union. The Globalists faced a lose-lose situation- either deny Erdogan further and face the political/social/economic nightmare of a tidal wave of refugees and immigrants, or give in to the demands and undermine the authority of the EU’s edicts. Now, nearly three weeks later, the EU has responded.

EU to Provide Debit Cards, Cash to Refugees in Turkey as Part of Migration Deal

In what is being billed as a “humanitarian program,” the EU and Turkey have worked out a deal where up to one million refugees in Turkey will be given prepaid debit cards and monthly stipends funded by the EU. The program is expected to cost $393 million, and is just one part of a larger $3 billion program to help Turkey.

When it comes to humanitarian assistance, “our cooperation with Turkish authorities has been excellent,” [Christos Stylianides] added.

Although the EU bureaucrats managed to bypass Erdogan’s ultimatum for now, this response seems to benefit Turkey particularly. The money on the debit cards will be spent on the local Turkish economy, and the people of Europe will be saddled with the bill. What’s more, this debit card scheme cannot resolve the situation, it can only kick the can down the road and buy the EU some time before Erdogan starts making more demands. For all intents and purposes, it appears that Erdogan has used the refugee crisis to extort the EU.

“The money spent by the refugees will go directly into local economies, giving a boost to communities so generously hosting refugees,” [Ertharin Cousin] added.

No matter how Globalists like George Soros attempt to manipulate public opinion towards the refugee crisis, the people of Europe are not buying. The inability to disperse refugees means Turkey is the one to bear the brunt of the Globalist’s war in Syria. Unhappy with this proposition, and recognizing the importance of Turkey’s role, Erdogan has turned the tables on the non-elected bureaucrats running the EU, fracturing the Western coalition against Assad. The rejection of the EU’s refugee policies has produced a domino effect, causing the West’s geopolitical plans to come to a screeching halt in Syria. This is the true reason why the acceptance of the EU’s refugee policies is being pushed so intensely in Europe.

Turkey has complained that the money, which was agreed to in exchange for Ankara’s help in preventing migrants from entering the EU, is arriving too slowly.

 

Hangzhou G20 Postmortem: Obama Snubbed, Putin Busy

The recent G20 summit resembles a microcosm of the recent geopolitical shifts around the world, and the brewing currency war between the Western allies and Russia and China cast a long shadow over the discussions.

President Obama received an especially cold reception at the G20 Economic Forum being held in China for the past two days. The Chinese did not provide stairs for Air Force One, forcing Obama to disembark the plane through an emergency exit where he was met with a loud verbal altercation between Chinese officials and security. The geopolitical tensions between the US and China represented by these petty displays are only a snapshot of the great shifts in regional power and alliances happening right now. The G20 summits serve as a forum for member nations to negotiate and coordinate monetary, fiscal, and structural reforms to encourage economic cooperation and sustainable growth. Given the fact that the leaders of the West are looking at a looming currency war with Russia and China, each party was attempting to shore up support for their own side.

President Obama spent a lot of time at the forum offering assurances, attempting to mend fences, and putting out fires. Since there are only five months remaining in his term of service, the President’s priority is to seek short -term stability on the international stage to paint a rosier picture for the Democrats in the upcoming elections. That means a very limited form of compromise, but no more new policy formation from the administration. Consequently, the US has no alternative deal to offer to Central Asia and the Pacific Rim nations to answer China and Russia’s recent economic projects like the New Silk Road Initiative, Siberian oil and gas development, and economic unions in Eurasia and the South China Sea. The main effort of Obama’s trip to Hangzhou centered on the proxy war zones of the Ukraine and Syria, where Obama and Secretary Kerry met with Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov to discuss cease-fires in both nations.

Putin: Russia & US may reach agreement on Syria ‘within next few days’

Although no agreement was ultimately reached, the article spells out the negotiations between the US and Russia. Although both leaders agreed that they had found common ground, the US refused to lift economic sanctions on Russia for the Crimean invasion and stipulated a return to the Minsk agreement which was broken days after it was signed. Putin accused the West of being unwilling to compromise, and the talks ultimately failed.

Dealing with the irascible Chinese, the President managed to work out an agreement on environmental reforms and avoiding competitive currency devaluations, promising not to manipulate exchange rates for their own benefit in a currency war.

After Snubbing Obama, China Gives Putin Red Carpet Treatment, Warns Against Protectionism At G-20

However, when the issue of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea was brought up, China was unapologetic and remained focused on economic discourse to avoid the topic. One participant in that discourse was Australia, with China leveling accusations of protectionism and market interference after two large Chinese buyouts of Australian businesses were blocked. The Chinese also expressed displeasure at Australian surveillance flights over island chains in the South China Sea. Pressure on Australia has been building to pick one side over the other, with China offering potential economic benefits only if the influence of the US is pushed out of the Pacific Rim.

Obama also had his work cut out dealing with the sensitive situation with Erdogan in Turkey. Still seeking the extradition of alleged coup plotter Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan was preparing more evidence and further consultations with American counterparts to push for Gulen’s return to Turkey. Whether or not the Globalists are willing to offer up Gulen, rumored to be a Clinton asset, to a dictator who has recently pledged to reinstate the death penalty is an interesting dilemma presented to the Globalists by the Turks. Obama also pressed for a cessation on the Turkish campaigns against the Kurds, another regional cultural/ethnic group friendly with the US who have had a long, tumultuous history with the Turks.

G20 in China: Syria, Brexit on Obama’s agenda

Russia used the talks as an opportunity to advance their agendas throughout Asia. The oil pipelines connecting Russian oil production with European markets running through the Black Sea and Turkey were a priority, as Russia is attempting to strengthen the Ruble by controlling the world energy market. The two countries also talked about removing barriers to trading agricultural exports, with Russia investing billions into agricultural production to compete with American GMO crops. After overcoming the downing of a Russian jet and the killing of the pilot in Turkish territory in November of last year, Russia and Turkey are quickly on their way to normalizing relations.

Putin talks relations with Turkey, US, Saudi Arabia & China at G20 final presser

Russia also engaged in talks with Saudi Arabia, who have traditionally been wary of the Russians. The two agreed on cooperation to keep the oil market afloat, another piece of Putin’s plan to use Russian oil sales to back the Ruble.
President Obama also met with British Prime Minister Theresa May, a supporter of the Brexit decision to leave the EU. Although Obama publicly criticized the decision, he reaffirmed the US’s support of the ally. May’s administration has been making attempts to normalize relations with Russia as well, attempts that have been reciprocated.

 

Talking about the prospects for cooperation between Moscow and London, the Russian leader said the Kremlin is “ready to restore relations with the UK and go in this as far as they want us to.” While Russia is ready to work on the matter, Putin said that British Prime Minister Theresa May had just taken office and “needs to deal with domestic issues.”

Putin is correct, as the “domestic issues” May is dealing with involve the backlash from the Brexit. EU head bureaucrat Jean-Claude Juncker again refused to provide Britain access to the European Common Market until the British reverted their position on immigration policy. Interestingly, Australia called for a trade agreement with Britain to keep markets open between the two countries, short circuiting the EU’s punitive measures against the UK. These two countries were part of the old British Empire, and if there are further attempts to coordinate economic cooperation between the UK and its former colonies, we could be seeing a revival of the British commonwealth in response to the EU’s monopoly over continental Europe.

The recent G20 summit resembles a microcosm of the recent geopolitical shifts around the world, and the brewing currency war between the Western allies and Russia and China cast a long shadow over the discussions. Considering how President Obama is nearing the end of his term, restoring relations and “perception management” was the priority for the Globalist front man. Putin, Theresa May, and Erdogan, the three populist leaders turned political pariahs by the Globalists they stood up to, seemed to have benefited the most from G20, taking time to normalize relations with others and forming new agreements with new allies. If anything, the recent events in Hangzhou point to big changes and a lot of uncertainty on the global stage.

China Challenges Japan, Australia Told to Pick a Side in South China Sea

The Chinese are now sending armed escorts to accompany hundreds of fishing boats to fish off of the disputed Senkaku Islands, officially recognized as Japanese territory.

After the Hague officially denied China’s claims over the South China Sea, China has continued using its artificially-created island chains to advance their take over of the economic zone. The island chains, running from Japan to Indonesia, are being used by China as platforms to quickly project military force in the area, housing communications systems and landing strips for aircraft. The first resource the Chinese intend to exploit, to the exclusion of others, is fishing.

Beware the invasion of China’s ‘little green boats’

The Chinese are now sending armed escorts to accompany hundreds of fishing boats to fish off of the disputed Senkaku Islands, officially recognized as Japanese territory. The Japanese have yet to respond militarily, sending Coast Guard vessels to drive the fishers off.

Second, the Chinese maneuvers around what they call the Diaoyu Islands appear to be part of China’s larger strategy to gain control of the shipping lanes of the East China Sea, similar to its construction of artificial islands in the adjacent South China Sea.

However, the Japanese have continued their recent trend towards rearmament in anticipation of trouble with China as well as North Korea. Japan has looked to purchase 11 AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles, a fleet of F-35 fighter planes, Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, and Chinook helicopters. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a major Japanese defense contractor that outfits the Japanese military, has also entered into negotiations with the colossal American military industrial complex to develop armored vehicles for export.

Japan wants British weaponry for South China Sea standoff

Mitsubishi Heavy discusses U.S. armored vehicle tie up after losing sub deal

After a much-anticipated Japanese contract to build submarines for Australia fell through, the West has begun to question Australia’s support. Since the mighty American economy has become stagnant for nearly a decade, the lure of forming economic ties with China is very strong to the Australians.

US army official asks Australia to either pick Washington or Beijing over South China Sea row

Australia is a major participant in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and part of a group of nations opposing China’s recent expansionist policies. This group also contains Vietnam, who has recently installed missile batteries on islands bordering Chinese claims. New  Zealand is another member, expecting to benefit from the TPP, and the Philippines arguably have the most to lose from China’s territorial seizures.

All in all, the picture in Southeast Asia is changing quickly, and is starting to show signs of a shrinking US presence. Although the US is still obliged by treaty to defend the Japanese in a time of war, Japan has decided to hedge their bets by developing their own military industry. Losing Australia in the conflict against China is a real possibility as progressive Keynesian economics, stimulus policies, and the long-standing myth of “quantitative easing” are beginning to lose their prestige.

 

The Bizarre Bearer Bonds Scandal Resurfaces Again

The given assumption, and the framing of the argument, that these are “real” US Treasury bonds is merely a red herring.

For the last several years, a rather mysterious anomaly has continued to pop up on my radar, and those are the weird caches of billions, and sometimes trillions, of dollars worth of US bearer bonds found around the world. These massive financial instruments are always quickly deemed fake or counterfeit by the US Treasury, an assertion that, as we shall see, doesn’t quite pass muster. Their very existence, and their continued presence since 2009, has befuddled many commentators including myself.

Bearer bonds are similar to an IOU. When an entity like a government or a corporation needs liquid cash, they can borrow it from wealthy individuals and issue them a bearer bond in return. That bearer bond usually includes some terms of the agreement such as the original amount of the loan, the time when the bond matures, and the interest rate that the government or corporation must pay to the individual. The interesting thing about bearer bonds is that they are owned by whoever physically holds them. In other words, they do not require a paper trail or written record to establish ownership, which makes this type of bond particularly useful to those trying to remain anonymous. Considering all of this, you can probably imagine the shock and suspicion caused by a 2009 incident in Italy when two middle-aged Japanese men were arrested (and later released without being charged) for having in their possession 239 US bearer bonds worth 500 million dollars each, and 10 bearer bonds worth a billion each. That’s a total of $134.5 billion dollars of IOU’s given to somebody from a US institution.

Mystery of Fake U.S. Bonds Fuels Web Theories

What would have been a one-time occurrence didn’t really pique my interest, despite the fact that the Italian police released the two men and remained tight-lipped over the issue. But when two more similar incidents popped up, this time in the shady financial havens of the Vatican and Switzerland, and with bonds dated from 1934 totaling $10 trillion, I began to suspect something was going on.

Italian police seize $6 trillion of fake U.S. bonds

Men held over Vatican Bank ‘three trillion euro bond fraud’

All of these bonds were deemed by the US Treasury to be fake, and they appear fake. Many of the bonds have blatant typos, none seem to match the patterns of actual bonds, and the highest denomination bond ever printed by the US Treasury was $1 million. Some of the bonds even have pictures of the American space program, depicting the space shuttle taking off and a portrait of JFK. Being bearer bonds, it would make sense to counterfeit them and pawn them off to a fool as no record follows these bonds.

So what’s the problem? Why not just write it off as another hair-brained scam? The answer to that is simple: there are no billionaires out there stupid enough to fall for it, and no scam artist would ever attempt it. If one were to counterfeit bonds, why make them worth billions of dollars? By putting an unheard of denomination on these bonds, any scammer would immediately open themselves up to scrutiny, and the strange appearance of the bonds themselves would give away the ruse. Even if the bonds were counterfeits, why would the scammers go through the additional hassle of creating fake Federal Reserve of Chicago chests and certifications on top of all of that? Why give the police more evidence to pore over when the mark goes to redeem his matured bonds? And why were those found holding these supposedly fake bonds released by the authorities?

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With the US Treasury already dismissing these bonds, it should be an open and shut case, but not quite if you look at the bonds themselves very closely. You’ll notice that these bonds are not labeled US Treasury bonds, they are “Federal Reserve Notes.” As the Federal Reserve is a private institution, and bearer bonds may be issued by government entities and corporations, we may be looking at a secretive operation being run entirely by the Federal Reserve and outside the scope of the federal government and congressional oversight. The given assumption, and the framing of the argument, that these are “real” US Treasury bonds is merely a red herring. As these were meant to be bearer bonds, and some appear to have been traded for gold bullion, this operation could even be existing outside of the public banking sector, making it hidden from economic and corporate espionage. By releasing the holders of these bonds, and not charging them with a crime, any possible record and further scrutiny of these kinds of bonds is avoided. This means that the leaders of the West may have a hidden instrument of finance to dump trillions of dollars of funding into projects outside the purview of congress.

As time passed, more of these little caches of bearer bonds would appear, this time in the Philippines, and under much stranger circumstances.

No One Knows Truth About $300 Billion Bonds From Alleged Crash

“The elders of the Umayamnon tribe told me an American plane crashed in their river in the 1930s,” Estrella, 47, says by mobile phone from a footpath between the tribal village and Davao, the largest city on the Philippine island. “The river dried up in the 1990s, and the natives went into the plane and found 12 boxes that contained $300 billion in bonds.”

Each box, emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States and the words “Federal Reserved Bond,” held five gold coins struck with a portrait of George Washington on one side, Estrella says. They rested atop stacks of certificates purporting to have been issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 1934 and redeemable in gold bullion. The notes bore the signature of then Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr.

Again, notice the fact that these bonds are associate with the Federal Reserve, although they are notarized by Treasury Secretary Morgenthau. Also notice the blatant typo- “Federal Reserved Bond,” another strange feature that any counterfeiter with half a brain would have made sure to get right. I believe that these typos were deliberately inserted into the documents with this type of situation in mind, IE the recovery of these bonds by individuals operating outside of the secret arrangements and system set up by the Federal Reserve. By making the bonds for their hidden financial instrument appear to be blatant counterfeits, and confiscating them when they turn up, the Western banking elite can keep their system secret.

All of which brings us to the most recent incident involving these bizarre bonds, and how this scenario might differ slightly from those before it.

Billion-dollar bond that man tried to cash in Broward was fake, feds say

This time, a Venezuelan man attempted to redeem just one bearer bond worth $1 billion, much less than the trillions attempted previously. However, this man was arrested, and may face charges that could land him in jail for 15 to 20 years. The Venezuelan man’s story is also full of holes and logical fallacies.

According to the Secret Service, Barrios Briceno said that his contact in Colombia gave a loan to someone who provided the bond as collateral but never repaid the debt. The lender then asked Barrios Briceno to try to cash the bond, which he said he picked up from the lender’s sister in late June at Miami International Airport.

If you know about the Iran-Contra Scandal, the CIA ties with the Medellin Cartel, or have ever read the late Michael Ruppert’s work on the CIA drug trade, you won’t have to ponder very long why Western leaders would want to move a massive amount of money to Colombia in absolute secrecy. The strange part about all of this is that the original bearer of the bonds could not redeem them, so what made the Venezuelan think he could?

The defense said in court that Barrios Briceno went to Washington, D.C., in early August and met with somone who “verified” the bond was valid for a fee of about $30,000. Barrios Briceno also said he met separately with representatives from four major financial institutions and that one of them offered $180 million for the bond. The lawyer said nobody gave his client any reason to think the bond was counterfeit.

The Venezuelan man may have had his bond verified by somebody on the inside of the hidden system. The fact that he was offered only $180 million by one of the “four major financial institutions” he met with may have represented an offer of hush money to stop these bonds from from making their fifth appearance on the news and in society. This would explain why this man was arrested, unlike the others like him that came before.

Exactly what this weird bearer bonds scandal represents is still uncertain at this time. What is clear is that the Western leaders have, for the better part of a century now, been pumping billions and even trillions of borrowed dollars into unknown projects and endeavors, and may have left some of those lenders holding the bag. What was all of that money spent on? Your guess is as good as mine.

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