‘LOCKED AND LOADED’ Saudi Arabia attack – Donald Trump draws up plans for military strike on Iran as Tehran vows to shoot down US planes as war fears grow

thesun.co.uk

thesun.co.uk

By Patrick Knox

DONALD Trump is drawing up a hit-list as he hatches plans to clobber Iran following the attacks on the world’s largest oil plant in Saudi Arabia. 

The US President is said to have been given a “menu” of options by Pentagon chiefs that includes air raids and crippling cyber attacks.

Trump has said his military was “locked and loaded” as the Middle East moves to the brink of a vicious new war, which threatens most of the world's oil supplies and shipping. 

He also announced he has ordered treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin to "substantially increase sanctions" in a bid to further squeeze Iran's faltering economy.

But Iran denies involvement and defiantly vowed to shoot down US warplanes. 

In a letter to the United States via the Swiss Embassy, Iran said any move by America against Iran "will get immediate reaction".

Continue Reading at thesun.co.uk

Trump suggests Iran responsible for Saudi oil attack

Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

By Caitlin Oprysko

President Donald Trump on Monday hinted at potential new evidence that could prove Iran was behind a series of drone attacks in Saudia Arabia that struck the heart of its oil production, pointing to prior controversies that he said cast doubt on Iran's denials.

“Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their 'airspace' when, in fact, it was nowhere close,” he asked in a tweet, referring to Iran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. aircraft three months ago.

“They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia,” he continued, adding: “We’ll see?”

Continue Reading at Politico.com

Iranian Police Seize Batch of 117 Smuggled Crypto Mining Machines

Concept of digital crypto mining

Ana Alexandre reports:

Iranian provincial police have arrested an individual smuggling in cryptocurrency mining machines, local news agency Fars News reported on July 31.

The Saveh Police Department's Anti-Trafficking Police seized a truck allegedly carrying 117 cryptocurrency mining machines to the value of 11.7 billion Iranian rials ($277,876 at press time).

According to Sardar Kiomars Azizi, a Police News Agency official, the police confiscated the aforementioned crypto mining equipment and arrested the truck driver.

Crypto mining in complicated regulatory territory

The news comes in the wake of the Iranian government’s authorization of cryptocurrency mining as an industrial activity in July. Now, entities engaged in the crypto mining will be required to seek a license from Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.

The government’s decision nonetheless underscores that using cryptocurrencies for domestic transactions remains outlawed and that those engaged in the industry should bear responsibility for the risks without any guarantees from the government or local banking sector.

While mining may now be legal, Deputy President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration Jamal Arounaghi recently noted that the agency has not issued any licenses for importing the equipment. 

Electricity costs and economic contribution

Also in July, the Iranian Economic Commission finalized an electricity pricing scheme for cryptocurrency miners. Energy Minister Homayoon Ha’eri did not elaborate on the exact price scheme, although he stated that the price is dependent on market factors such as fuel prices in the Persian Gulf.

The head of Iran Electrical Industry Syndicate, Ali Bakhshi, previously proposed a price of $0.07 per kilowatt hour for cryptocurrency miners. Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, the Energy Ministry spokesman for the power department, previously stated that the production of a single Bitcoin uses about $1,400 in state subsidies.

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati previously argued that digital currency miners in Iran should contribute to the country’s economy, rather than letting mined Bitcoin (BTC) escape abroad.


Via Cointelegraph.com

Russia Hails Israel’s Strike against Islamic State Terrorists in Syria

Russia Hails Israel’s Strike against Islamic State Terrorists in Syria

The Russian Analyst has been writing about the growing ties between Israel and Russia for some time. While it would still be wrong to say the former frenemies who found themselves on opposite sides of the Syria proxy war are now allies, a new chapter is being written in relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv. While Russiagate hysteria and calls for new sanctions dominate Congress, both pro-Israel Congressmen and the legacy media do their best to pretend U.S. BFF Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and America’s supposed mortal enemy and Trump puppeteer Vladimir Putin do not have business-like relations. Much of that has to do with pragmatism, and Netanyahu recognizing that the ‘moderate’ Syria rebels have lost the war and the Kurds under American protection are cutting deals with Damascus. Another component is the fact that 1/7th of Israel’s population speaks Russian at home or has a relative who do so, and Israeli businessmen wanting to get Leviathan field natural gas from the Mediterranean into the Turkstream pipeline to Europe.

At any rate the Russian Defense Ministry issuing a rare note of praise for their Israeli counterparts for finally hitting ISIS in Syria rather than abetting them through air strikes on Russia’s allies in the Syrian Arab Army is noteworthy. The extensive talks between Netanyahu and Putin plus the Helsinki Summit are already bearing fruit, even if the U.S./UK legacy media ignore these subtle results. — JWS

Read More

War Party Flails Against the New Reality Defined by the Singapore and Helsinki Summits

War Party Flails Against the New Reality Defined by the Singapore and Helsinki Summits

On Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin said while in South Africa for the BRICS Summit that he had invited U.S. President Donald Trump to Moscow for talks. The Administration reciprocated later in the day, saying Putin is welcome to visit the White House next year. Despite major Senate opposition and hysterical press and social media cries of ‘treason!’, the two sides are slowly working towards easing tensions. The response from the British-led trans-Atlantic deep state and their front men in Congress has been to propose more sanctions and accuse Moscow of hacking into the U.S. power grid and the campaign of Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

The deep state dead-enders are doubling down on the Russiagate scandal, with former attorney Michael Cohen contradicting his previous Senate testimony and public denials that candidate Trump did not know about a summer 2016 meeting between his son Donald Jr. and Fusion GPS paid “Russian government lawyer” provocateur Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower (Ms. Veselnitskaya was coached by Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson before the meeting and after it). The President tweeted out that Cohen has likely hired old Clintons crony Lanny Davis and turned on his former patron to save himself and his Ukrainian-born father in law from an indictment over fraud in their New York taxi business — charges that, like the indictments against former campaign chair Paul Manafort, have nothing to do with Russia collusion. But they have everything to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s desperation to find any witness who can testify for him against President Trump.

NEW feature: sign up for email updates from Harley Schlanger and LaRouchePAC here

Xinhua photo from the Helsinki Summit by: Lehtikuva’s (Finnish news agency) Antti Aimo-Koivisto

Read More

Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Pompeo Testifies, Affirms No Crimea Recognition, Neocon Senators Push Sanctions on Russian Sovereign Debt

Those who watched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s testimony to the Senate on Wednesday about the content of the President’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin could be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed in U.S.-Russia relations. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who is co-authoring legislation with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to increase sanctions against Russia including targeting investors in the Eurasian country’s sovereign bonds led the questioning of Pompeo.

To the Secretary of State’s credit, Pompeo defended Trump’s prerogative to meet one on one with Putin and just their translators in the room as hardly unprecedented for great power summits. He also emphasized that U.S. policy with regards to non-recognition of Crimea’s accession to the Russian Federation and the Ukraine sanctions had not changed as a result of the Trump-Putin meeting. What has changed is the deep state’s recognition of defeat in Syria and constructive talks between Moscow, Washington and Tel Aviv on ending the conflict in that country — despite the provocative Israeli shoot down of a Syrian Air Force jet along the Golan Heights.

Read More

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

After the Helsinki Summit, Trump Threatens Iran in ALL CAPS tweet

A week has passed since the Trump-Putin summit, and a RogueMoney reader asked me for my thoughts on the outcome. Rather than give the stock answer of ‘it’s too soon to say’, I thought I’d do what analysts do and emphasize the knowns, then contrast those with the greater part that remain ‘known unknowns’ in the ongoing negotiations to defuse Cold War II (or more accurately, to revive the USA’s geoeconomic fortunes because Kissingerian realists in Washington realized by 2016 fighting Russia, China and Iran all at once while dominating the EU, Japan and the Koreas was no longer feasible). The problem with this traditional analytical framework including labels like ‘realism’ vs. neo-conservativism, is that Trump defies easy characterization.

On the one hand, Trump appears to sincerely want to improve U.S.-Russia relations because he has taken more heat for this than any other aspect of his platform, culminating in this week’s insane allegations that he has committed ‘treason’ by questioning the ‘intelligence community’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections in support of his candidacy. On the other hand, on Sunday night Trump escalated his anti-Iran rhetoric, hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) delivered a speech in southern California calling for a 1980s Reaganesque policy of rollback against the Islamic Republic.

Screen shot from: Russia’s Vesti News/First Channel

Read More

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

Read More

The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

The Other Mideast War: Saudi/UAE Siege of Hodeidah Fails, Houthis Step Up Attacks Inside the Kingdom

With the global media’s eyes will be fixed Monday on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at Helsinki, Finland, Syria is expected to be the main topic of negotiations between the world’s two leading military powers. Israeli media in particular have extensively covered a prospective bargain between Putin and Trump, whereby invited Iranian forces withdraw from Syria in return for the U.S. pulling its troops out of its uninvited and thereby illegal under international law bases east of the Euphrates River. Some Israelis, affiliated with the neocons, having bitterly denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly placing naive trust in Putin’s word, while foreign policy realists have pointed out the Russian leader cannot make the Iranians leave Syria — even if he wanted to do so.

However, as RogueMoney readers are aware, there is another conflict besides the proxy war with Iran in Syria, that petrodollar linchpin Saudi Arabia has been losing since 2015. This one is much closer to home and therefore more dangerous to the Saudi monarchy than losing influence in the Levant. The defection of a prince from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Qatar, Riyadh’s gas-rich Sunni rival, has shined a spotlight on the Emiratis casualties in the Yemen War, and serious dissension inside the Emirates ruling houses regarding the Saudi-led coalition’s quagmire.

Since the Saudis broke off diplomatic relations with Doha in June 2017, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera channel has relentlessly covered the staggering humanitarian costs of the Saudis war on Yemen, as well as the Kingdom’s covered up combat deaths which Western media outlets, fearing expulsion from the country, fail to cover. On Sunday, Putin handed Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani a ceremonial FIFA soccer ball symbolizing Qatar’s 2022 hosting of the World Cup.

Read More

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.

Read More

De-dollarization reaches Europe as France, Germany, and UK to defy U.S. in continuing trade with Iran

De-dollarization reaches Europe as France, Germany, and UK to defy U.S. in continuing trade with Iran

Unlike a decade ago when the world as a whole was in lockstep for the sanctioning of Iran over its nuclear program, that is no longer the case following President Trump's decision to scuttle the 'Iran Deal' negotiated by his predecessor in the White House.  And as the U.S. has begun implementing new sanctions against the Middle Eastern OPEC nation, France, Germany, and even the UK have decided not only to defy Washington in continuing trade with Iran, but are also planning to do so outside the dollar.

Read More

The Q Anon Psyop and Overthrowing Iran -- Be Very Cautious Friends

The Q Anon Psyop and Overthrowing Iran -- Be Very Cautious Friends

One June 20, during a rally in the Rust Belt city of Duluth, Minnesota President Trump stepped toward and nodded to a man wearing a t-shirt in the crowd with an American flag “Q” on it. Other individuals in the crowd reportedly chanted QAnon’s slogan, “Where We Go One We Go All (WWG1WGA)” to each other at the event. Q t-shirts were later photographed in the crowd at a Trump rally on June 27 in the neighboring (oil-rich, and therefore geoeconomically significant) state of North Dakota.

For those in the alternative media and on the Youtube, Reddit and chan boards who’ve been closely following Q phenomenon since his/their appearance on the 8 Chan boards, like our very own @BanksterSlayer, what we’re about to say isn’t anything new. The Russian Analyst has hesitated to take a firm position on the significance of Q, even as a debate has raged in the alt-media regarding whether this person or group of persons really is close to President Donald Trump, or if the whole thing is some sort of elaborate live action role play (LARP) or ‘psyop’. The mainstream media position that Q is simply a chans prank or conspiracy kookery dreamt up by Trump fanboys does not seem sufficient to explain the ‘tells’ or breadcrumbs Q has posted, including photos that appear to be taken via smartphone by someone standing Secret Service-detail close to the President.

Read More

Syraq SITREP 60: Putin and Trump Plan Syria Talks at Helsinki Summit, Neocons Claim Kremlin and Iran Plotting Attacks on U.S. Troops

Syraq SITREP 60: Putin and Trump Plan Syria Talks at Helsinki Summit, Neocons Claim Kremlin and Iran Plotting Attacks on U.S. Troops

The Syrian Arab Army is achieving rapid advances as part of Operation Basalt. Many ‘Free Syrian Army’ militants are surrendering without a fight, and a few have joined in the pro-government forces offensive against the Al-Qaeda linked jihadists. According to CNN, President Trump told King Abdullah during their meeting last week in Washington that he intends to strike a deal with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin to facilitate the withdrawal of American troops from the Al Tanf area bordering Jordan and Iraq. U.S. backed Kurdish fighters recently clashed with pro-government militias near the extensive deconfliction line the Americans enforce around their illegal under international law base. The Russian Defense Ministry has complained the Americans use al-Tanf to harbor and re-train former ISIS terrorists.

Naturally, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board and reporters are disturbed, while the neocons are enraged that Trump would make any concessions to the Russians. But Trump reportedly intends to demand — in return for a phased American withdrawal — the complete exit of Iranian, Hezbollah and pro-Iranian Shi’a foreign fighters from Syria. Even with the great prestige Russia enjoys among its Syrian allies and frenemies in the Turks alike, it isn’t clear Putin can deliver on this demand. Damascus has hosted at least a few Iranian military advisers since the early 1980s.

Also, the prospect of a false flag operation, either against U.S. troops or a chemical attack on Syrian civilians to be blamed on Assad, is not to be taken lightly. If the globalists cannot stop the Trump-Putin summit now set for July 16 in the Finnish capital Helsinki, the neocons appear hellbent on spoiling or blocking any positive outcomes from it…

Read More

‘Stop Genocide: Peace and Development for Yemen!’

‘Stop Genocide: Peace and Development for Yemen!’

The battle for Hodeidah has reached a critical phase this week, as outnumbered Houthi defenders of the city are inflicting heavy losses on Saudi and UAE troops and southern Yemeni mercenaries. Most importantly, the Red Sea port represents a vital lifeline to the world for humanitarian aid to reach Houthi controlled areas including the capital Sanaa, the highway to which has been almost cut off by Saudi/UAE coalition attacks and air strikes. The fighting must stop so vital supplies, food and medicines can reach starving Yemenis.

From the start of the Yemen War in 2015, the LaRouche Movement and International Schiller Institute have advocated for an immediate end to the hostilities followed by a major reconstruction program to integrate the poorest nation in the Arab world and its neighbors into the Maritime and New Silk Roads.

Team RogueMoney is honored to assist these peace promotion efforts in every way possible. — JWS

Read More

Belarus becomes next country bent on ditching the dollar as they seek bi-lateral trade agreements with Russia

Belarus becomes next country bent on ditching the dollar as they seek bi-lateral trade agreements with Russia

In the Russian Analyst’s opinion, this move is a direct counter to U.S. attempts to enforce the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAASTA) against Russia and re-imposition of anti-Iranian economic measures. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a major source of revenue in Belarus has been the refining and export of Russian crude to Europe. Another source of Belorussian income has been supplying Soviet type arms and parts to Iran when that nation was still under pre-JCPOA sanctions.

With Washington putting the squeeze on EU refiners not to touch Iranian oil while giving ENI and Total just 90 days or less to comply, the Belorussians are well situated to profit from busting the U.S. sanctions. They can import by rail Iranian oil that doesn’t get processed in Russian refineries after its shipped up the Volga from the Caspian Sea. Of course, to do that, Minsk needs to be able to transact on a large scale without dollars. — JWS

Read More

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.

Read More

The Chinese Dream (Китайская Мечта): What Moscow is Learning from Beijing's Success

The Chinese Dream (Китайская Мечта): What Moscow is Learning from Beijing's Success

When it comes to the Russia-China alliance, many Westerners tend to view it simplistically, basically as China buying oil and gas plus acquiring military technology from the Russians. The notion that the One Belt One Road (OBOR) goes both ways, and Moscow also has much to learn from Beijing’s tremendous success in lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty in less than two generations, is seldom acknowledged in Brussels, London or Washington. Yet as RogueMoney contributor London Paul of the Sirius Report likes to say, “Watch China and Russia” — because these two giants are the economic and security spearheads respectively to a post-dollar dominated, indeed a post-Western led world.

As the Russian Analyst noted in a previous post about the Valdai discussion group meetings in Shanghai of April 2018, several Chinese experts points of emphasis was greater cooperation between Russia and China in the media space. We see examples of this in RT launching a Chinese language channel in 2017 and more recently, in CGTN’s coverage of the 2018 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). But these programs have mostly targeted international rather than domestic Russian audiences, even as polling data shows Russians rank China as their country’s greatest friend on the world stage, alongside former Soviet republics Belarus and Kazakhstan, and well ahead of European trading partners Germany and France. China requites this ‘love’, to the extent that the historically inward looking and vast Middle Kingdom can, with polling data showing Putin is the most admired world leader among 1.4 billion Chinese.

Late in May Russian TV extensively promoted a new documentary film titled “The Chinese Dream: Path to Revival” by Alexei Denisov. The title is suggestive, not only of China’s revival, but that of Russia as well.

Sputnik photo by: Sergey Guneev

Read More

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.

Read More

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

You can listen to London Paul's latest guest shows on RogueMoneyRadio and support The Sirius Report by subscribing here.

Read More

Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

At least four Russian military advisers are dead and several wounded after an ISIS attack on a Syrian Arab Army position in a government controlled part of Deir Ez Zor province. RT.com reports the Russian Defense Ministry said 43 Daesh terrorists and six vehicles used by the attackers were destroyed. Additional details about the attack were not provided, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (one guy living over a shop in Coventry, UK) claimed that nine Russian soldiers died in the hour long firefight.

Prior to the fight this weekend, the SAA had been moving troops freed up from the defeat of jihadist pockets around Damascus to clean out the remaining ISIS remnants in the Homs desert. ISIS may have received reinforcements of its own from several hundred militants who escaped before the south and east Damascus encirclement. The likely response of the Russian forces will be more air strikes guided by spetsnaz units to hunt down the remaining terrorists. We can likely expect to see more Iraqi Air Force strikes on Daesh units in territory nominally controlled by the Americans as part of their temporary demarcation along the Euphrates agreement with the Russians. Moscow’s Defense Ministry is also likely to reproach the Americans for not doing enough against the common ISIS terrorist enemy, who noticeably leaves U.S. and French bases in the Kurdish dominated areas alone.

Read More