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What the conflict in Eastern Europe is really about

April 19th, 2014 By James Corbett

Unfortunately for the people of Ukraine, they happen to lie on some very strategic pipeline routes linking rich Russian gas fields to gas-hungry Eastern Europe. Even more unfortunately for the people of Ukraine, they have become used to tapping into those lines for their own purposes.

The images out of Ukraine these days are dramatic. Protest and counter-protest, takeovers of government offices, confrontations between paramilitary forces, military drills by NATO and counter drills by Russia. All of these make for flashy tv news updates. Similarly, stories about Jews in Eastern Europe being asked to register, World War II style, make for sensational headlines and allow for outrage and denunciations from preening politicians...even if the story is completely made up.

Images of a glowering Putin over ominous warnings of the rise of Russia make for good newspaper fodder in this age of declining readership and bankrupt newsrooms.

            But this is not what the conflict in Ukraine is about. If you want to see the real war between Russia and the EU, you have to look beyond the diplomatic sniping and military posturing, as colorful and distracting as it may be. No, for the real story you have to do what all good investigators do: follow the money.

            In this case, “the money” isn't paper, but gas. And it doesn't grow on trees, but is pumped out of the ground and piped ...

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How the West is Engineering its Own Downfall

April 12th, 2014
By James Corbett

For those who are still locked in the mindset that moves on the geopolitical chessboard are essentially random, with countries scattering this way and that like billiard balls at the break, this poses a puzzling question: why would the NATO allies be backing Russia into a corner to the point that it starts engaging in these alliances?

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Markets Tumble on Tech Selloff

April 9th, 2014
By James Corbett

The tech sector has already lost 6% of its value since early March, and unfortunately there are signs that it still has further down to go. In some ways the tech sector might be a victim of its own success. After years of outperforming expectations, raised expectations and slowing growth make for disappointing quarterly earnings reports...

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A US BRICS Currency War

April 5th, 2014
By Alfred Adask

By “isolating” Russia, the US government would force Russia to not only abandon use of the fiat dollar, but also to help accelerate the establishment of another monetary system for global trade that does not rely on fiat dollars.

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Government Applies Reverse Midas Touch to Bitcoin

April 2nd, 2014
By James Corbett

This is in fact not a new law, nor unique to Bitcoin. According to existing law, when anything other than Federal Reserve Note funny money is used to make a payment of any sort, there is a taxable gain that needs to be calculated and declared for the transaction.

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A Complex Chain Reaction

March 29th, 2014
By Alfred Adask

Obama's  announcement may not be good news for Ukraine, but it is for the rest of the world.   President Obama isn't dumb enough to go to war with Russia over the Crimea.   Thank God.  The World War III that some predicted will have to wait for another day.

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Shoot Yourself in The Foot by Sanctioning Russia

March 26th, 2014
By James Corbett

Russia is starting to hit where it counts: the pocketbook of the average European. Russia is slowly turning off the natural gas spigot as shipments to Europe are down 4% from the previous week. And now Russian Gazprom is asking nearly $500/1000 cubic meters of gas, almost one third more than it charges other clients around the world.

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The Most Precious Commodity

March 22nd, 2014
By James Corbett

Remember, this is just one data broker operating in an industry that is estimated to include thousands of similar companies. “Estimated” because, of course, the industry flies almost completely under the radar.

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Cook Those Books

March 19th, 2014
By Bob Rinear

For years now we’ve been mired in this recession. They have to cook the books like mad genius’s to get us anywhere near a 2% GDP. But here’s this guy screaming about a 5% GDP which on the surface would look like the economy is really firing on all cylinders and actually flirting with “too hot”.

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How to Engineer a Crisis for Fun and Profit

March 15th, 2014
By James Corbett

...the powers-that-shouldn't-be have long understood that the crisis effect works whether the crisis is genuine and spontaneous, or a manufactured event they themselves have staged, manipulated, or allowed to occur. No matter the origins of the crisis, they use the panic that follows any spectacular event to implement their agenda.

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