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This Federal Policy Enabled the Fracking Industry’s $280 Billion Loss

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Most people probably aren’t familiar with the acronym ZIRP. It stands for zero interest rate policy and is the policy that unintentionally created the American fracking bubble — just one of its many consequences. And while most people may not know much (if anything) about ZIRP or the Federal Reserve (Fed), it is likely that […]


China ‘to scrap child limits altogether’ in effort to boost its ageing population

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China is planning to abandon all policies restricting the number of children people can have, according to a report, in a move that would draw to a close one of the world’s longest, most ambitious and most controversial social experiments. The one-child policy was introduced in 1979 before it was relaxed to two children in […]


Jimmy Carter: America has abandoned its leadership

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Former President Jimmy Carter gave the commencement address Saturday at Liberty University. He said the biggest challenge the world faces today is the human rights issue of the discrimination of women and girls. Carter also talked about the growing disparity in wealth, the threat of nuclear war, deepening racial divisions in the US, the loss […]


Six steps to create a healthy economic future in the Arab world

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Arab countries suffer under a legacy of public policies that have crippled their growth and development. In the coming decade, most countries in our region will reach a point where they cannot continue along the same path and will need to implement far-reaching public policy reforms. Six broad classes of reform must be undertaken as […]


Trump Gives Merkel An Ultimatum: Drop Russian Gas Pipeline Or Trade War Begins

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It became clear just how important it is to the US for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to fail two months ago when, as we described in “US Threatens Sanctions For European Firms Participating In Russian Gas Pipeline Project“, the U.S. State Department warned European corporations that they will likely face penalties and […]


Putin And Merkel May Discuss Nord Stream 2

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel could discuss the Nord Stream 2 pipeline at a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi later on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The project was likely to be on their agenda because of a recent statement from Washington, Peskov said. A senior […]


World War 3: Russians say the threat is IMMINENT

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A MAJORITY of Russians believe there is a genuine threat of the conflict in Syria spiralling into a full-scale global war, as tensions between the US and other allies escalate at a rapid rate. According to a poll released this week by the independent, Moscow-based Levada Centre 57 per cent of the Russian population believes […]


Blowback Begins: EU To Ditch Dollar In Payments For Iranian Oil

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The dollar’s collapse is nearing.  The European Union is planning to switch it’s payments to the Euro for its oil purchases from Iran, eliminating United States dollar transactions. Just one more nail to the US dollar’s coffin.  Its collapse is all but imminent at this point. The EU has successfully found a way to scoff at potential […]


The Pentagon Can’t Account for $21 Trillion

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Twenty-one trillion dollars. The Pentagon’s own numbers show that it can’t account for $21 trillion. Yes, I mean trillion with a “T.” And this could change everything. But I’ll get back to that in a moment. There are certain things the human mind is not meant to do. Our complex brains cannot view the world […]


Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War

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Will Washington, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, and Tehran Face Off in a Future Cataclysm? With Donald Trump’s decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it’s time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience […]


Iran Sanctions Threaten The Petrodollar

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One country must be quite pleased with the prospect of new U.S. economic sanctions against Iran’s oil industry, and this country is the largest oil importer in the world, and is Iran’s largest single oil client. When China launched its long-awaited yuan-priced oil futures last month, it did so as part of its strategy to […]


Kunstler: Lousy Deals and Turning Wheels

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In that long ago yesteryear of 1979, before blogging, tweeting, twerking, hacking, posting, ghosting, doxing, and all the other Internet-enabled compulsions of the present day, a gang of inflamed young men, said to be students, invaded the US embassy compound in Teheran and took fifty-two American embassy personnel hostage — crossing an age-old line of […]


Beijing backs off in South America

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Beijing’s investment in the region is shifting from oil and other commodities to services Latin America’s commodities boom has faded, and with it has gone much of the Chinese oil financing that fuelled the good times. In the decade before the 2014 oil-price crash, Beijing pumped tens of billions of dollars into the region through […]


Trump Has Options If Oil Market Panics About Iran

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Oil markets have so far reacted to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal without either enthusiasm or panic — without even much apparent interest. There are many good reasons for this, but also many reasons to think oil markets’ complacency could change. Fortunately, the Obama-era sanctions that Trump has moved […]


Oil, $ Surge= Wage, Farm Crisis

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The world economy is in turmoil as crude touches a high (since 2014) in the wake of US rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. The Rupee is on a roll to touch one of the lowest marks against a surging dollar, a phenomenon that occurs for the eleventh time since 1983. Undeniably, inflation is set […]


Israel launched a barrage of airstrikes on 50 Iranian targets in Syria — a massive escalation that could lead to all-out war

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Israel launched dozens of strikes on Syria in a massive retaliation on Iran. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said fighter jets took down “dozens” of Iranian military targets. IDF claimed its airstrikes hit Iranian intelligence facilities, logistic headquarters, observation posts, weapon storage facilities, and a vehicle used to launch rockets into Israeli territory. The strikes […]


It’s No Wonder Iranians Hate America

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“Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran.” So a senior British official was quoted as saying to Newsweek in 2002, witnessing the competitive bellicosity in the Bush administration’s runup to the war in Iraq. This week President Donald Trump asserted his claim to be a real man as he […]


Buyers Seek US Waivers to Buy Iranian Oil Amid New Sanctions

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South Korea said on Wednesday it would seek U.S. exemptions to buy Iranian oil, a path many big oil consumers are likely to follow in the wake of new U.S. sanctions on Tehran, which will tighten world oil markets and push up prices. Iran is the third-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum […]


Trump “Committed To Regime Change” In Iran: Giuliani

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President Donald Trump is committed to regime change in Iran, said Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s newest controversial attorney (although perhaps not for long) and longtime informal advisor. Speaking to reporters after a Saturday keynote to the Iran Freedom Convention for Democracy and Human Rights in Washington, Giuliani said “We got a president who is tough, who does not […]


Tree sitters rally against natural gas pipelines

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Dozens of people joined Theresa “Red” Terry and her daughter “Minor” Terry for a solidarity rally to protest against the construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines on the Downtown Mall on Monday afternoon. The rally was part of a movement by progressive community organizations demanding Governor Ralph Northam keep his promises to […]


How The World Reacted To Trump’s Withdrawal From The Iran Nuclear Deal

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One day after Trump announced he will withdraw the US from Obama’s landmark 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program while reinstating the “harshest of sanctions” on the Persian Gulf country, and giving US allies 180 days to extricate themselves from Iranian oil deals as it seeks to economically isolate and curb oil exports from […]


Trump decides to exit nuclear accord with Iran

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President Donald Trump plans to follow through on his campaign threat to pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, according to two people familiar with his thinking, dealing a profound blow to U.S. allies and potentially deepening the president’s isolation on the world stage. Trump’s decision means Iran’s government must now decide whether […]


Yemeni Rebels Begin Attacking Saudi Oil Infrastructure: You Know What That Means

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The Houthi rebels in Yemen, officially known as Ansurallah, have vowed to intensify rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil infrastructure, warning that they are now manufacturing their own ballistic missiles to achieve those aims, the Financial Times reports. The threat comes at a time when Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia have begun to increase. […]


UK to ban most hybrid cars, including Prius, from 2040

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Hybrid cars that rely on traditional engines, such as the Toyota Prius, would be banned by 2040 under plans being drawn up by the UK government that would outlaw up to 98 per cent of the vehicles currently on the road. Vehicles such as the Prius — the best-selling hybrid car in Britain — will […]


Kunstler: The Horsefly Cometh

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You can see where this Mueller thing is going: to the moment when the Golden Golem of Greatness finally swats down the political horsefly that has orbited his glittering brainpan for a whole year, and says, “There! It’s done.” It suggests that Civil War Two will end up looking a whole lot more like the […]


So About that “Tomorrow’s Economy”…

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Are you for building a “resilient infrastructure for tomorrow’s economy”? Me too! Or #MeToo. This new political idea is being fertilized with this dogmatic article of faith: “It is critical we take strong and comprehensive action to protect all Californians from the threat of natural disasters and climate change” – Joint statement of Governor Edmund […]


Iran expects U.S. to walk away from nuclear deal

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Saying the United States is likely to walk away from a U.N.-backed nuclear agreement next week, OPEC-member Iran said it was making budget preparations. U.S. President Donald Trump needs to decide by May 12 whether to issue sanctions waivers to Iran. If he doesn’t, it would counter the U.N.-backed nuclear agreement that opens trade doors […]


Saudi Arabia needs oil at $85 a barrel to balance budget

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Moody’s rates Saudi Arabia as A1 stable, with a strong fiscal position and significant liquidity buffers While a new Moody’s Investors Services says that Saudi Arabia’s credit outlook is stable and buffered by a strong fiscal position, the International Monetary Fund’s regional director believes that that the kingdom needs oil prices to be at least […]


Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World’

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THE BREXIT EFFECT Prospects for the first post-Brexit G20 meeting were bright for China. The September meeting was a major step toward a reorganization of European cooperation. Concerns about currency markets increased with Brexit in regard to volatility, a rise of protectionism, and more conjured-money policies, as was evident by the Bank of England cutting […]


Netanyahu: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Based on Lies – Here’s the Proof

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‘Iran did not come clean on its nuclear program,’ Netanyahu says, saying more than 100,000 Iranian documents Israel obtained prove nuclear ‘deal is based on lies’ ■ Speech comes on heels of strike against two bases in Syria and ahead of Trump’s decision on nuclear deal Noa Landau    ZenIsraeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks […]


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