China appears to be setting up Dubai to be the gateway to both Europe and Africa along their new Silk Road

China appears to be setting up Dubai to be the gateway to both Europe and Africa along their new Silk Road

While there are countless theories as to why President Trump has helped plunge the world into a global trade war at this time, it has not stopped China from continuing their quest to rebuild the old Silk Road here in modern times.

And not unlike the Silk Road of the past, where trade was conducted freely at ports, cities, and even outposts all along a route that encompassed thousands of miles, China's new version is very similar in that they are working towards bypassing bureaucratic authorities over trade (WTO, reserve currency use, sovereign regulation) and bringing a return to a time when nations set trade agreements based on each other's respective needs, and in their own currencies.

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Oman Is A Key Regional Partner In The Belt And Road Initiative

Oman Is A Key Regional Partner In The Belt And Road Initiative

We have discussed previously on many occasions, that the Middle East will become a major hub within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  This is none more apparent than in Oman, which has already seen considerable Chinese investment, whereby China intends to invest up to 11 billion US dollars in Duqm, an Omani fishing village situated between the Gulfs of Oman and Aden.

The Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZAD) is a significant development within Oman’s intention to diversify its economy beyond the oil and gas sectors. A Chinese consortium, consisting of six private firms, is currently developing over 25 projects for an industrial park consisting of a logistics centre, a commercial harbour and tourist site to include a solar energy operation, an automobile assembly factory and an oil refinery.

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Petrodollar loses another customer as India agrees to buy oil from Iran in Rupees

Petrodollar loses another customer as India agrees to buy oil from Iran in Rupees

2018 is quickly becoming the year that the Petrodollar likely ends, or at least loses more than half of its customers as on May 30, another tandem of nations have agreed to conduct oil purchases in a different currency.

Iran and India will soon conduct oil transactions in Rupees according to Iranian officials.

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U.S. Troops Directly Involved on Ground in Saudis Losing War in Yemen

U.S. Troops Directly Involved on Ground in Saudis Losing War in Yemen

Last week The New York Times confirmed what those of us in the alternative or new media already knew: that American troops have engaged in combat missions against the Ansar Allah or Houthis resistance in Yemen. “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam" is the Houthis battlefield slogan, heard in countless videos posted online of the Zaidi Shi’a militants destroying Saudi armor and block posts.

Direct contributions to a humanitarian catastrophe in what was already before this war the poorest country in the Arab world, have undermined Washington and London’s claims to hold the moral high ground over the Assad government in Syria. The British government is facing a lawsuit from the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) over its deep involvement not just in providing but servicing arms at Saudi air bases. The threat to Saudi bases and the Anglo-American contractors working at them from the Houthis increasingly sophisticated drones and ballistic missile bombardments is leading the Trump Administration to provide American troops in a direct combat role. According to the NYT, the Houthis underground missile storage and production facilities are the highest priority target for special operations raids. But what happens when the Houthis who’ve certainly watched Black Hawk Down set a trap using dummy inflatable rockets as bait? Or how will the Trump Administration respond if Iran takes vengeance for its personnel bombed by Israel in Syria by helping the Houthis launch suicide boat or infiltrator attacks against American and UAE forces based at Socotra Island, near the strategic Bab al Mandeb strait?

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London Paul on RMR 01-08-18

London Paul on RMR 01-08-18

London Paul delivers another excellent Sirius Report discussing a shift in communication between the US and Russia, China's new port development in Pakistan, his thoughts on Bitcoin futures and petro-yuan. -- JWS

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Yemen's Foreign Minister Sends Message of Gratitude to Helga and the LaRouche Movement

Yemen's Foreign Minister Sends Message of Gratitude to Helga and the LaRouche Movement

The Saudi war of aggression against Yemen has dragged on for over two and a half years, claiming thousands of innocent lives and placing millions on the brink of starvation. In addition to fueling hatred for American foreign policy due to the U.S. and British government's major logistical and intelligence support for the Saudis blockade and bombing of civilian areas, the conflict is also blocking the inclusion of what had been the poorest country in the Arab world into the One Belt One Road (OBOR)/Maritime New Silk Road connected to nearby East Africa and the expanded Suez Canal.

The following is an open letter from Yemeni Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf to Helga Zepp LaRouche, thanking her for the LaRouche movement's solidarity with the suffering Yemeni people and advocacy for their human rights to live and develop. -- JWS

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