China beginning to focus on lifeblood of global economy in Trade War by halting oil purchases from U.S. in favor of Iran

China beginning to focus on lifeblood of global economy in Trade War by halting oil purchases from U.S. in favor of Iran

The Russian Analyst wrote about this trend in the previous article, and Ken Schortgen Jr. confirms it citing RT.com — the Trump Administration’s efforts to isolate Iran are mostly succeeding in diverting Iranian crude from European and Indian refiners to the Chinese. This may have interesting implications for the joint U.S.-Israel-Saudi efforts to squeeze Tehran, particularly given Dr. Jim Willie’s claim that Beijing has quietly been seeking to make two of its leading oil suppliers the Saudis and Iranians ‘play nice’. — JWS

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RMR and the Sirius Report with London Paul 05-29-2018

RMR and the Sirius Report with London Paul 05-29-2018

London Paul of the Sirius Report returns to RogueMoneyRadio to discuss Wikileaks dismissal of the QAnon phenomenon as LARPing (Live Action Role Play) instead of constructive problem solving. Paul points out Russia and China are both supporting the JCPOA in concert with Europe, even though leading European nations like France and Germany knuckling under to Trump Administration pressure to drop their deals with Iran would enormously benefit Moscow and Beijing in the short run. Paul also discusses the European Union’s suppression of the Italian voters’ democratic will, and Putin’s hosting of Macron at the 2018 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) as Washington’s efforts to isolate Russia and Iran through sanctions continue to fail. — JWS

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Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

The situation in the Levant appears to be spiraling downward toward full scale war between Iran’s Syrian and Hezbollah allies and Israel. Tel Aviv has cited an Iranian military presence in the war-torn nation as a pretext to launch continuous attacks. Not only Israel’s Air Force but the Iron Dome defense system and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) artillery were engaged after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retaliated for multiple IAF strikes inside Syria last week.

The clashes initiated from the Israeli side, which the ‘international community’ aka the NATO/Gulf Arab states bloc blamed on Iran, came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Victory Day ‘Immortal Regiment’ march alongside Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The symbolism of a Russian leader jointly commemorating the Soviet victory over the Nazis with the PM of the Jewish State was not lost on anyone, especially after a report in Izvestia that no S300 missile systems would be delivered to the Syrians (though this report did not rule out that the systems have been covertly shipped to the Russian base at Kheimmim for safe storage from IAF missiles next to Russian troops).

What quid pro quo between the two world leaders led to this controversial Kremlin decision was the subject of widespread speculation among Russia watchers and academics with an interest in the complex Moscow-Tel Aviv relationship. A bilateral engagement tested by being on opposite sides of the Syria War, yet (as we wrote back in late 2015) bound by shared interests in eastern Mediterranean pipeline gas, Jewish Russian re-pats returning from Israel to Moscow, and the Russian Orthodox Church’s historic role in the Holy Land. Due to the late and post Soviet emigration, after the three official languages of Hebrew, Arabic and English, Russian is Israel’s unofficial fourth language.

Photo of Syrian SAMs streaking across the Damascus skies, May 10, 2018 by 24 Resistance Axis

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The Sirius Report with London Paul 05-07-2018

The Sirius Report with London Paul 05-07-2018

London Paul returns to RogueMoneyRadio with his analyses of Washington unilaterally abandoning the JCPOA, the Trump Administration’s pressure on EU members led by Germany to abandon their lucrative contracts with Iran, and ‘the cabal’s failures in Eurasia. London Paul does not ‘trust the plan’ of QAnon’s online following and calls U.S. foreign policy “a neocon wet dream” at the moment, with President Trump campaign promises to dial back American military commitments being flouted. London Paul also connects the dots between the U.S. government reimposing sanctions on Iran, Israeli air strikes and threats to assassinate Assad in Syria, and Saudi desperation to drive up the oil price. He also discusses the collapse of special counsel Robert Mueller’s case for lack of Trump-Russia collusion evidence and the new media’s impatience with the slow pace of exposing and weeding the ‘deep state’ cabal’s operatives out of government.

“The next four weeks will be very pivotal” London Paul says in deciding the direction the U.S. is headed in the event driven scenario. — JWS

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As EU Countries Balk at New US Sanctions/Metals Tariffs, Russia and China Plot to Further Undermine King Dollar

As EU Countries Balk at New US Sanctions/Metals Tariffs, Russia and China Plot to Further Undermine King Dollar

Last week Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska reportedly agreed to sell his ownership stakes in Rusal, one of the world’s leading aluminium producers, in exchange for reprieve of U.S. Treasury Department sanctions against the conglomerate. As the Financial Times reported, “The sanctions against Rusal have shut off 8 per cent of the world’s aluminium supply since they were introduced this month. Rusal is the world’s second-largest aluminium producer and the largest outside China, with output of 3.7m tonnes a year.”

Left out of this aluminum shut off story has been the turmoil in global metals supply chains caused by the American sanctions, which compared to the individual specific measures announced after Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014, have significantly more bite. However it isn’t just the Russians but also the Europeans, and raw materials miners as far afield as Australia, Africa and South America who will feel bitten from the latest escalation in American economic warfare. It is likely European aluminum importers’ concerns and not just Russian requests for clarification and modification of the sanctions which have delayed — but not blocked — their implementation. The fact that Deripaska paid Beltway bandit turned brief Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort millions as well as (and less covered by the Trump-loathing press) Hillary Clinton crony Adam Waldman for years to establish businesses and unsuccessfully lobby on his behalf complicates matters.

Despite being cleared by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee from what was an Anglo-American deep state hoax to begin with, the lingering toxic cloud of Russiagate means the Trump Administration continues to posture as tougher on Russia than its predecessor. Moscow can expect the economic war to escalate, as an alternative for Washington to kinetic hostilities with the Russians or Iranians that would run the politically unacceptable risk of military prestige-crumpling losses. Nonetheless, in Paris, Brussels and Berlin, the ‘coincidence’ of Washington seeking to trash Russia’s aluminum exporting powerhouse at the same time the Americans threaten to throw up tariff barriers to EU aluminum and steel cannot be dismissed as anything other than economic warfare against the Continent, under the guise of Cold War 2.

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Rostec Torpedos SWIFT As Russia Rolls Out New Economic Paradigm

Rostec Torpedos SWIFT As Russia Rolls Out New Economic Paradigm

Rostec is a Russian state corporation established in 2007 to promote and export products for civil and defense sectors, employing around 450,000 people. It has divisions in aircraft, electronics and armaments. Sergey Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec, was barred by the Obama administration from entering the United States in 2014, whilst Rostec itself is subject to U.S. sanctions following the Ukraine coup.

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Photo of: Anna Sharipova, Director of Organizational Development of Rostec, from BRICS Magazine

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As China Retaliates for and Mocks Trump Tariffs, Eurasian Consolidation Accelerates

As China Retaliates for and Mocks Trump Tariffs, Eurasian Consolidation Accelerates

Team RogueMoney, Jim Willie, London Paul, Pepe 'empire of chaos' Escobar have all been saying it for years: a new Eurasian axis centered on China and Russia with Iran and soon Turkey is rising. But the obvious connection between the second Cold War the legacy media has incessantly pushed against Russia since 2013 if not 2008 and the Trump Administration's bemoaned 'trade war' with China remains deliberately obscured for mainstream 'informed' Americans.

It's as if The New York Times, Washington Post and others cannot, or more accurately do not wish to admit, that American sanctions or tariffs on Moscow and Beijing respectively inevitably make either pole of the Eurasian axis increase its support for the other and points in between (like Tehran). That would require them to then logically concede that attacking the Russian economy through sanctions means Russia gets more diplomatic and economic help from China, at the very moment when they are demanding President Trump take a tougher line on the former while seeking conciliation in trade talks with the latter. That is, they would have to admit waging Cold War 2 is economically asinine, so long as China remains determined to support Russia, and mainline Washington is locked in a geoeconomic struggle the USA cannot win but can only lose, so long as Americans remains outside the One Belt One Road (OBOR) New Paradigm.

Nonetheless, there are signs that official Washington and especially London are having to belatedly cope with the new reality. British media went into damage control mode to defend the integrity of UK intelligence agencies if not Theresa May and Boris Johnson this weekend, after the UK FM was exposed as lying about Porton Down identifying nerve agent that supposedly poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal as coming only from Russia. Even CNN has had to report Gen. Wei Fenghe's blunt statement this week at the Moscow International Security Conference that "I am visiting Russia as a new defense minister of China to show the world a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our Armed Forces to strengthen strategic cooperation...to support the Russian side in organizing the Moscow International Security Conference the Chinese side has come to show Americans the close ties between the Armed Forces of China and Russia, especially in this situation. We’ve come to support you." With Moscow accelerating completion of mega-gas pipelines and other infrastructure forward financed by China's newly introduced petroyuan, this trend will continue...until the 'double helix' as one Vineyard of the Saker contributor calls Russia's integration into Beijing's financial, military/industrial and energy/scientific megaproject, becomes unbreakable.

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British MI6 Produced Indictments of Trump Campaign Advisors, Opening War on Trump

British MI6 Produced Indictments of Trump Campaign Advisors, Opening War on Trump

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018 The Spectator, one of the oldest magazines in Great Britain, announced that British intelligence had declared a 'counter propaganda war' against Russia. On the other side of the Atlantic, the Trump friendly conservative Daily Caller revealed that former campaign aide George Papadopoulos had received money and paid travel from a British citizen with ties to CIA and MI6 encouraging him to tell what he 'knew' about 'hacking the emails from Russia'. Despite months of Papadopoulous cooperating with independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigators and MSM reporting, there is still no proof presented that Papadopoulos knew anything about the breach of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in advance -- a breach Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and independent cyber researchers have confirmed was an inside (flash drive download) job.

Unfortunately under massive pressure from the media and bipartisan deep state establishment in D.C. to prove that he can 'get tough' on Russia, President Donald Trump ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, Washington and the expulsion of 60 diplomatic personnel. Moscow has vowed to respond to this and is likely to close either the U.S. consulate in Vladivostok or Yekaterinburg and expel 60 Americans in tit for tat retaliation. Other NATO/EU countries plus Australia -- have expelled Russian diplomats. However, thus far Austria and many southern European nations as well as Turkey have refused to join in the U.S./UK ordered expulsions.

The poisoning of British agent and former GRU intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his Russian citizen daughter Yulia remains shrouded in mystery, with London offering scant or at times contradictory versions of how and where the father and daughter received a nearly lethal dose of alleged novichok nerve agent. Escalating Cold War 2 on the basis of accusations but without presenting any proof is the British policy now being foisted on the Trump Administration. -- JWS

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