Getting Down to Business

Presidents Putin and Xi hosted a business event at the Kremlin on July 4th. Representatives from media companies and cultural organizations were in attendance. Heads of commerce from many sectors shook hands with their Russian or Chinese counterpart and signed Memos of Understanding. Xi was awarded the highest order of friendship from the Russian Federation, the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle. It is clear that that threads of the Silk Road fabric are being woven stronger with every passing day. Read on for highlights and video from the event.

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Trump to Nominate XOM CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

Trump the honey badger has done it again. After turning down a host of neocon and failed presidential candidate retread Republicans like Rudy Guliani and Mitt Romney for the job of Secretary of State, The Donald is set to nominate probably one of the most internationally experienced executives in the U.S. for the role of America's top diplomat.

Whatever else you can say about Mr. Tillerson as an embodiment of 'Big Oil', he knows more about what's going on economically within countries as diverse as Nigeria, Angola or Russia than just about everyone at the U.S. State Department. Tillerson as Secretary of State would also represent what Team RogueMoney member @BanksterSlayer calls the 'new management team' which sees the New Silk Road/One Belt One Road across Eurasia as a job and wealth creation opportunity for Americans, not a horror to be sabotaged at any cost.

Considering that, after signing a 2012 megadeal for joint Arctic exploration and asset swaps with state-owned OAO Rosneft, Mr. Tillerson received the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin, Trump's message to the Washington Establishment is unmistakeable: there will be U.S.-Russia detente. Deal with it!

(Photo above is taken from a 2012 post at Kremlin.ru showing Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin, Putin and Tillerson on the right)

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Who Will Rescue Venezuela?

Horror stories from Venezuela abound. Zoo animals being taken as food. Parents forced to show baby's birth certificate before being allowed a box of diapers. Citizens cross the border into Colombia to buy food that was produced -where?- in their own country. Russia and China are closely watching developments in South America's largest oil producing country.

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