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  • “Russia Hoax Continues”: Trump Blasts Facebook Ad Frenzy; Hits “Fake News” For “Screaming” For Hillary

    Continuing his early morning tweetstorm, Donald Trump on Friday questioned the recent media focus on Facebook’s decision to overhaul how it handles political advertisements amid investigations into alleged Russian interference in U. S. elections, and called reports of Kremlin-linked groups buying Facebook ads to sway the 2016 election part of a “Russia hoax.”
    ‘The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary.”
    The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 22, 2017.


  • Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust?

    Signs of American collapse are everywhere. Apparently no one notices. The world continues to vote with the US in the UN. When even Russia and China serve as handmaidens to US foreign policy by voting with Washington against North Korea, it appears that the image of America as the exceptional and indispensable country is a propaganda success even among Washington’s most threatened enemies. When Russia and China follow Washington’s lead, it shows the world that there is no alternative to Washington’s leadership.
    A country with a $20 trillion public debt, an even larger private debt, a work force drowning in debt and employed in third world lowly paid domestic services, a stock market pumped up beyond all reason by Federal Reserve liquidity and companies using their profits to repurchase their own stock, a military that’s been tied down for 16 years by a few lightly armed Muslims, a propaganda ministry instead of a media with public ignorance the consequence, and with a total collapse of morality in public and private institutions along with the disappearance of courage, is nevertheless able to make the entire world dance to its tune. Washington is the Wizard of Oz.
    Washington in the past 16 years has destroyed in whole or part seven countries, murdering, maiming, orphaning, widowing, and displacing millions of peoples. Yet Washington still presents itself as the great defender of human rights, democracy, and all that is good. The American people have voiced few words of protest against the massive crimes against humanity committed by ‘their’ government.

    This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 20, 2017.


  • SEPT 20/BANKERS SET UP ANOTHER GOLD AND SILVER RAID ON THE CLOWNS FOMC BALANCE RUNOF/YIELD CURVE FLATTENS WITH THE FOMC ANNOUNCEMENT INDICATING FED FAILING POLICY/DEVASTATION IN BOTH MEXICO AND P…

    GOLD: $1312.75 UP $5.25
    Silver: $17.29 UP 5 CENT(S)
    Closing access prices:
    Gold $1300.00
    silver: $17.15
    SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1316.24 DOLLARS PER OZ
    NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1312.70
    PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $3.54
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    SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1318.43
    NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1313.85
    Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$4.58
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    LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1314.90
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1315.20
    LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1311.30
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1311.80
    For comex gold:
    SEPTEMBER/
    NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR SEPT CONTRACT MONTH: 0 NOTICE(S) FOR nil OZ.
    TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 54 FOR 5400 OZ (0.1679 TONNES)
    For silver:
    SEPTEMBER
    71 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR
    355,000 OZ/
    Total number of notices filed so far this month: 5,881 for 29,405,000 oz

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on September 20, 2017.


  • Russian Depositors On Edge After Second Major Bank Fails In Under A Month

    If once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, and three times is a full-blown collapse in the financial system, then Russia may be getting close.
    Just three weeks after Russia bailed out its largest and very politically connected private bank, Otkritie, after an unexpectedly acute bank run resulted in the bank’s near-collapse, already nervous Russian depositors shifted their attention to another domestic lender, and earlier today Russia’s B&N Bank, the country’s 12th biggest lender by assets, also sought a bailout from the central bank. While it is unclear how much this bailout would cost Russian taxpayers, when the central bank took over Otkritie last month, it said it might need up to $6.9 billion, the biggest ever bailout in the country.
    B&N Bank, which is controlled by Russian oligarch Mikhail Gutseriev and was not on the central bank’s list of systemically important lenders, said it had under-estimated the problems within the banks it had bought during an expansion drive. ‘Our objective is, with the support of the central bank … to conduct an effective financial rehabilitation of the bank,’ said Mikail Shishkhanov, who was named as chairman of B&N Bank, whose assets account for 2 percent of the Russian banking system, according to ratings agency Fitch.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 20, 2017.


  • Russia and China’s Golden Plan to Shift Economic Power East

    Russia and China seem to be betting their monetary futures on gold. Their long-term maneuverings could seriously undermine the dominance of the US dollar and shift the world’s economic center of power from West to East.
    Russia and China buy more gold than any other countries in the world, with Russia leading the way. Over the last decade, the the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has added more than 1,250 tons of gold to its reserves, according to the World Gold Council. At 1,700 tons, Russia’s has the sixth largest gold reserves in the world. Russian gold makes up about 17% of the nation’s wealth.
    In 2016 alone, the Russian central bank purchased 201 tons of gold, far more than any other central bank in the world. The People’s Bank of China ranked second, adding 80 tons to its reserves.
    In June 2015, the Chinese central bank announced its gold holdings had grown by 57% to about 1,658 tons. It was the first official update to China’s gold reserves since 2009. Since then, the Chinese have aggressively added to their holdings and taken other steps to increase their influence on the world’s economic stage. Many analysts believe China drastically understates the amount of gold it owns.

    This post was published at Schiffgold on SEPTEMBER 20, 2017.


  • Asian Metals Market Update: September-18-2017

    Yen as well as gold can be affected on speculation that Japanese prime minister may called a snap general election next month. But first we have the FOMC meet this week and thereafter the German general elections and later US September nonfarm payrolls on 6th October. Over the next three weeks there are market moving news and events which can change direction of metals, energies and currency markets. Just remember to have a key technical support in hand and key resistance in hand and trade accordingly. Do not drain your brain by over analyzing news and events. Life is never complicated. It is through our perception that we make life complicated. Trading and investment is also like life.
    Gold and silver fell after the USA said that it will try peaceful pressure on North Korea. In my view they are just out of solutions as the USA knows that trade sanctions will be useless without the support of Russia and China. Except Japan, none of North Korea’s neighbour’s want an armed conflict.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 18 September 2017.


  • Google Also Allowed Advertisers To Buy Racist Keywords Like “Why Do Black People Ruin Neighborhoods”

    Ever since failing miserably in their efforts to appoint Hillary Clinton to her rightful throne in the Oval Office, Silicon Valley’s biggest tech titans have come under relentless attack from disappointed liberal politicians in DC and their primary propaganda distribution platforms, the mainstream media.
    Just last night, on the Rachel Maddow show, Hillary once again blamed Facebook for her 2016 loss and vowed that “we’re going to make Facebook own up to everything” (you can watch the full interview here).
    “We are not going to let the Russians come in and divide us. We’re going to make Facebook own up to everything.”
    The irony, of course, is that perhaps no one contributed more money to getting Hillary elected than the same Facebook execs that are now coming under pressure for ‘colluding with Russia” after admitting that a staggering $50,000 worth of ads may have been bought by potentially Russian-linked accounts on their platform. In fact, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz even contributed $20 million of his own money to the Democratic efforts in 2016, which we believe is slightly more than $50,000 but we’re not great at math.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 15, 2017.


  • Trump Tower Meeting & Half Truths – Another Untold Story

    Bloomberg News is reporting that there is an ongoing criminal investigation into a client of the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who meet at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, and Paul Manafort. The attorney Veselnitskaya also had a client with and undisclosed a U. S. criminal investigation into possible Russian money laundering, which began back in 2013 but went nowhere. The statute of limitations has run out by now, which is 5 years.
    TheMoney laundering was that involving Hermitage Capital, which Edmond Safra was the main share holder. That was the company Safra and his Republic National Bank was trying to get me to invest in but I declined.
    This involved the attempted takeover of Russia, Yeltsin was shown how to steal $7 billion from the IMF loans and wired the money to Geneva. Republic National Bank steered the wire through Bank of NY and then ran to the Feds to report Bank of NY did a $7 billionMoney laundering. The Feds rushed in and quickly found themselves trapped. I had a meeting with the prosecutors on that whole mess.

    This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Sep 16, 2017.


  • Government Nearing Default on Debt to Russia

    The government in question is that of Venezuela, which is nearing default as it is running out of resources to pay back the money it owes to its Russian creditors according to the terms it accepted when it chose to borrow money from them.
    MOSCOW, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters on Friday that Venezuela is having problems with fulfilling its obligations on its debt to Russia.
    ‘We have a request from our colleagues in Venezuela to do a restructuring,’ Siluanov said.
    Venezuela owed Russia $2.84 billion as of September last year.
    The Venezuelan government is now scrambling to restructure its foreign-held liabilities following sanctions put on the country’s President Nicolas Maduro and 20 other individuals, and also the Venezuelan government-owned oil company by the US Treasury Department after Maduro rigged an election to select representatives to rewrite the country’s constitution in his favor.

    This post was published at FinancialSense on 09/15/2017.


  • Suddenly, ‘De-Dollarization’ Is A Thing

    For what seems like decades, other countries have been tiptoeing away from their dependence on the US dollar. China, Russia, and India have cut deals in which they agree to accept each others’ currencies for bi-lateral trade while Europe, obviously, designed the euro to be a reserve asset and international medium of exchange.
    These were challenges to the dollar’s dominance, but they weren’t mortal threats.
    What’s happening lately, however, is a lot more serious. It even has an ominous-sounding name: de-dollarization. Here’s an excerpt from a much longer article by ‘strategic risk consultant’ F. William Engdahl:
    Gold, Oil and De-Dollarization? Russia and China’s Extensive Gold Reserves, China Yuan Oil Market
    (Global Research) – China, increasingly backed by Russia – the two great Eurasian nations – are taking decisive steps to create a very viable alternative to the tyranny of the US dollar over world trade and finance. Wall Street and Washington are not amused, but they are powerless to stop it. So long as Washington dirty tricks and Wall Street machinations were able to create a crisis such as they did in the Eurozone in 2010 through Greece, world trading surplus countries like China, Japan and then Russia, had no practical alternative but to buy more US Government debt – Treasury securities – with the bulk of their surplus trade dollars. Washington and Wall Street could print endless volumes of dollars backed by nothing more valuable than F-16s and Abrams tanks. China, Russia and other dollar bond holders in truth financed the US wars that were aimed at them, by buying US debt. Then they had few viable alternative options.

    This post was published at DollarCollapse on SEPTEMBER 15, 2017.


  • Markets Ignore North Korea Missile Launch; Send Pound Soaring, Yen Tumbles

    S&P futures are slightly lower (ES -0.1%) as traders paid little attention to the latest missile test by North Korea on Friday, with shares and other risk assets barely moving, gold lower and focus rapidly returning to when and where interest rates will go up. Most global market are mostly unfazed, and the Korean Kospi actually closed up 0.4%, by the latest geopolitical escalation after a North Korean ballistic missile flew far enough to put the U. S. territory of Guam in range. European stocks edged fractionally lower while Asian shares advanced.
    As reported on Thursday evening, the main overnight event was North Kore’s launch of a missile which passed through Japan’s airspace and over Hokkaido, before landing in the Pacific Ocean. This initially prompted Japan to issue an emergency warning for its residents to seek shelter, while there were also reports that South Korea conducted its own missile firing test as a show of readiness. US military stated North Korean missile did not pose a threat to Guam and that the launch was an intermediate range ballistic missile. South Korean President Moon said will not sit idle on North Korea provocation and that South Korea has power to pulverize should
    North Korea provoke. On Friday morning, Russia also denounced the ‘provocative’ N. Korea missile test, according to the Kremlin. Meanwhile, North Korea stated that it will take stronger actions for its self-defence if the US continues to walk on current course.
    Still, markets are showing clear signs of habituation to missile launches and other provocative actions from North Korea, which has fired more than a dozen missiles this year and tested a nuclear device. Global equities climbed to a record high this week as earnings and confidence in economic growth overshadowed tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The MSCI All Country World Index is poised for its third week of gains in four. Meanwhile, recent economic data has been supporting of bullish positions, with yesterday’s CPI prints suggesting inflation may again be on the rebound. While China data this week softened, the signals from DM financial markets remain optimistic. As such, investors will look to U. S. retail numbers today for more clues about the policy path.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 15, 2017.


  • Gold Up, Markets Fatigued As War Talk Boils Over

    North Korea threatens to reduce the U. S. to ‘ashes and darkness’ Markets becoming used to ongoing provocations from North Korea Russia and China continue to support watered down versions of sanctions on Kim’s regime Both NATO and Russia running war games on one another’s borders Putin says Russia will ‘give a suitable response’ to NATOs threatening behaviour Gold set to climb as fears over economy and war will drive safe haven demand This year North Korea has launched a dozen missiles. With the latest one it has threatened the U. S. with ‘ashes and darkness’ as Kim believes it ‘should be beaten to death like a rabid dog.’
    Russia and China continue to support watered down sanctions on the isolated country. Both have made it clear that they will not tolerate a war on their borders.

    This post was published at Gold Core on September 15, 2017.


  • Oil Rich Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars

    President Maduro ‘ Venezuela will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,’ Oil traders ordered to stop accepting U. S. dollar in exchange for crude oil Order comes following calls from Russia and China to find alternatives to current reserve system U. S. Dollar accounts for two-thirds of global trade Venezuela has over ten-times more oil than United States Super powers are gradually turning to gold to avoid using world’s main reserve currency Are we seeing the beginning of the end for the U. S. dollar?

    This post was published at Gold Core on September 14, 2017.


  • SEPT 13/ANOTHER RAID WITH GOLD DOWN $4.20 AND SILVER DOWN 4 CENTS ON NEWS OF TRUMP’S SUPPOSED TAX REFORM COMING ON SEPT 25/USA THREATENS CHINA WITH REMOVAL OF THE SWIFT PAYMENT SYSTEM IF THEY DO …

    GOLD: $1324.40 DOWN $4.20
    Silver: $17.79 DOWN 4 CENT(S)
    Closing access prices:
    Gold $1323.20
    silver: $17.78
    SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: FIRST FIX 10 15 PM EST (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SECOND FIX: 2:15 AM EST (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)
    SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1336.44 DOLLARS PER OZ
    NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME: $1332.55
    PREMIUM FIRST FIX: $3.89
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    SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1334.59
    NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1331.55
    Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$3.04
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    LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX: 5:30 am est $1332.25
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1332.20
    LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX 10 AM: $1327.55
    NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1328.65
    For comex gold:
    SEPTEMBER/
    NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR SEPT CONTRACT MONTH: 3 NOTICE(S) FOR 300 OZ.
    TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 54 FOR 5400 OZ (0.1679 TONNES)
    For silver:
    SEPTEMBER
    264 NOTICES FILED TODAY FOR
    1,320,000 OZ/
    Total number of notices filed so far this month: 4,898 for 24,490,000 oz
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    Let us have a look at the data for today
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    In silver, the total open interest ROSE BY A RATHER LARGE 1031 contracts from 187,176 DOWN TO 188,207 DESPITE THE DROP IN PRICE THAT SILVER UNDERTOOK IN YESTERDAY’S TRADING (DOWN 1 CENT(S). WE HAVE NOW HAD THREE DAYS OF TORMENT AND YET THE SILVER OPEN INTEREST HARDLY BUDGES. THE LONGS ARE REMAINING STOIC AND REFUSE TO GIVE IN TO THE ANTICS OF THE BANKERS.
    RESULT: A STEADY RISE IN OI COMEX DESPITE THE 1 CENT PRICE LOSS.
    In ounces, the OI is still represented by just UNDER 1 BILLION oz i.e. 0.941 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 134% of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).
    FOR THE NEW FRONT MAY MONTH/ THEY FILED: 264 NOTICE(S) FOR 1,320,000 OZ OF SILVER
    In gold, the open interest ROSE BY A MONSTROUS 6,487 CONTRACTS DESPITE THE LOSS in price of gold ($2.95 LOSS YESTERDAY). The new OI for the gold complex rests at 580,606. NO WONDER THAT WE ANOTHER FLASH CRASH AND ANOTHER DAY OF TORMENT FROM THE BANKERS.
    Result: A LARGE INCREASE IN OI DESPITE THE FALL IN PRICE IN GOLD ($2.95). THE COMMERCIALS SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SHORT PAPER. NO DOUBT THAT ANOTHER FLASH CRASH WAS ORCHESTRATED TODAY DUE TO THE HUGE RISE IN OPEN INTEREST IN GOLD AND THE STEADY RISE IN OI IN SILVER
    we had: 3 notice(s) filed upon for 300 oz of gold.
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    With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:
    GLD:
    Tonight , we had a huge change in gold inventory last night: a huge addition of 4.14 tonnes of gold.
    Inventory rests tonight: 838.64 tonnes
    SLV
    Today: no change in inventory.
    INVENTORY RESTS AT 327.088 MILLION OZ

    This post was published at Harvey Organ Blog on September 13, 2017.


  • 45,000 Evacuated After “Almost Simultaneous” Bomb Threats Across Russia

    # #pic.twitter.com/wUOPuyHfHW
    — (@spektronline) September 13, 2017

    Following a series of “almost simultaneous” warnings that shopping centers, railway stations and university buildings in Moscow had been rigged with explosives, authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 10,000 people on Wednesday.
    ‘Twenty sites are currently being evacuated, and more than 10,000 people have been escorted out, though the specific number is still being confirmed,’ an emergency services source told news agency Tass.
    ‘This appears to be a case of telephone terrorism, but we have to check the credibility of these messages,’ said the source, who noted that the calls began at the same time, and continued after the evacuations had begun.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 13, 2017.


  • Russia Eyes New Sources of Revenue Amid Low Oil Prices

    Low global energy prices have been a strain on the finances of many oil producers, but they’ve hit Russia particularly hard. Oil and gas accounted for 43% of Russia’s government revenue in 2015 and this figure was expected to drop to 36% in 2016, according to the World Bank. But this declining percentage doesn’t mean the government has become less dependent on energy; it’s simply a reflection of low energy prices.
    And with its financial resources dwindling, Russia’s ability to defend against both external and internal threats will be severely tested. After all, the country will be hard pressed to find the cash needed to fund its defense and social welfare programs with declining revenue from one of its most important industries. As a result, the government will have to find new ways to raise revenue.
    One option is reforming the personal income tax system. President Vladimir Putin has given some indications that he’s considering changing the current flat income tax rate to a progressive system. Another proposal, which is now being reviewed by Alexei Kudrin, an economic adviser to the president, is to raise the personal income tax rate from 13% to 17%.

    This post was published at Mauldin Economics on SEPTEMBER 11, 2017.


  • Gold-Backed, Yuan-Denominated Oil Futures Could Dethrone US Petrodollar

    A recent move by China could take a big step toward dethroning the US petrodollar.
    The Chinese have announced the launch of a gold-backed, yuan-denominated oil futures contract. The move potentially creates a way for oil exporters to circumvent US dollar denominated benchmarks by trading in yuan. The contracts will be priced in yuan, but convertible to gold. An article in the Nikki Asian Review explains the significance of the move.
    The contract could become the most important Asia-based crude oil benchmark, given that China is the world’s biggest oil importer. Crude oil is usually priced in relation to Brent or West Texas Intermediate futures, both denominated in US dollars. China’s move will allow exporters such as Russia and Iran to circumvent US sanctions by trading in yuan. To further entice trade, China says the yuan will be fully convertible into gold on exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong.’
    The stability of gold is the key to China’s drive to dethrone the petrodollar

    This post was published at Schiffgold on SEPTEMBER 11, 2017.


  • Asian Metals Market Update: September-11-2017

    The correction in gold and silver is a part and parcel of a long term bull rally. A short term bearish trend will be there if gold and silver continue to fall after the Bank of England meeting on Thursday this week. The UN meeting on North Korea will be fake. The USA will get what it wants from the UN. Other than Russia there is no other power which can challenge NATO and the UN. Russian stance will be the key to the North Korean crisis just like Syria. Physical demand for gold and silver will zoom in Asia on any two percent fall (if any).
    Hurricanes in the USA are a short term pain for the US economy but a real long term gain.

    This post was published at GoldSeek on 11 September 2017.


  • Venezuela Is About To Ditch The Dollar In Major Blow To US: Here’s Why It Matters

    Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to ‘free’ itself from the U. S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.
    According to Reuters, Maduro was referring to Venezuela’s current official exchange rate, known as DICOM, in which the dollar can be exchanged for 3,345 bolivars. At the strongest official rate, one dollar buys only 10 bolivars, which may be one of the reasons why Maduro wants to opt for some of the weaker exchange rates.
    ‘Venezuela is going to implement a new system of international payments and will create a basket of currencies to free us from the dollar,’ Maduro said in a multi-hour address to a new legislative ‘superbody.’ He reportedly did not provide details of this new proposal. Maduro hinted that the South American country would look to using the yuan instead, among other currencies. ‘If they pursue us with the dollar, we’ll use the Russian ruble, the yuan, yen, the Indian rupee, the euro,’ Maduro also said.

    This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 8, 2017.


  • Mutiny “For” The Bounty?

    China recently announced they will trade oil for yuan ‘backed’ by gold. The story has gotten some press (none of it mainstream mind you), and many have questions as to what it really means. While quite complicated as a whole, when you break this down into pieces I believe it is a quite simple and logical end to Bretton Woods.
    For a background, China has had an exchange open for about a year where gold can be purchased with yuan, though the volumes so far have been miniscule to this point. China has also been all over the world inking trade deals (in yuan) and investing in all sorts of resources from oil to gold to grains, they have made no secret about this. With the most recent example here. They have trade arrangements and treaties with Russia, Iran and many other non Western nations. They have also ‘courted’ many Western nations privately (remember their meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia?) and actually lured many with their ‘Silk Road’ plans via the AIIB which was huge news last year (but nearly forgotten by Americans at this point?). We also know China has been a huge importer of gold for the last 4-5 years and done so publicly via Shanghai receipts and deliveries.
    So what exactly does ‘oil for yuan’ mean? In my opinion, China is basically leading a ‘mutiny FOR the bounty’ (we’ll explain this shortly). The only things holding the dollar up from outright death for many years has been the oil trade (and other trade commerce) between nations and settled in dollars. Anyone wanting to buy oil had to first buy dollars in order to pay for the trade. Anyone getting out of step and suggesting they would accept currency other than dollars was dealt with swiftly and harshly (think Saddam and Mohamar). In other words, the U. S. military ‘enforced’ the deal Henry Kissinger made with the Middle East (lead by Saudi Arabia) where ALL oil was settled in dollars. International trade settlement alone supported the dollar after the Nixon administration defaulted on its promise to exchange one ounce of gold for $35.

    This post was published at JSMineSet on September 6th, 2017.