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U.S. Empire’s Bumpy Ride

If you are one of those defeatist-type Americans, always alarmed over the dire fate of the US economy, actually believing 2 + 2 = 4, it may be best not to shift your glance to the state of US foreign policy today.

Obamaville’s geopolitical stance is harder to grasp than a BLS formula for unemployment is.

And if the thought is, quaintly, of defending the US shores and citizens you are decades behind the curve

Quite the Lineup

Just keeping the global players for the US Empire straight is well beyond any Fed economist.

Former Afghanistan freedom fighter pro-Western hero Osama Bin-Laden, Ronald Reagan’s man, rest his soul, had to be officially taken out once his latest role as Washington Enemy 1 lost its glamour. Poor Osama’s fall did light a spectacular news-cycle for Prince Obama though, his greatest achievement in office. The shoe and underwear bombers never held a candle to good ole Osama.

Bin-Laden’s co-bombers from 9/11, the Saudi tribal monarchy, here 13-years later, is about to be exposed by Prince Obama as a terrorist nation largely responsible for, guess what, 9/11. The sudden realization is about to turn current Washington Enemy 1, Iran, into America’s strongest ally on the Persian Gulf in a flash. Iran can then have all of the nuclear weapons it wants so long as they are pointed at their true death-match rival, Saudi Arabia.

This kind of sudden reversal of friends can happen, even to the global superpower, after failing to win the Syria gas-pipeline war as promised. What are military behemoths good for anyway? The bully of the world must deliver or lose its crown. A good college try is never enough.

It is better then for the Saudi and Qatar Sunnis to pull ISIS on their neighbors than to put up with the Obama paper tiger any longer. Better still to have the US arm ISIS both on the front-end and back-end in “Syria” and “Iraq”. It makes the US still good for something anyway. Too bad Hillary Clinton’s recommended generosity with heavy weapons to Syrian rebel fighters was ignored by Prince Obama.

But, truly, it is just as well that ISIS is surrounding Baghdad anyway from the US perspective. Turns out US flunky Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is not the man he was meant to be. Maliki burned his last bridge with Prince Obama when he outrageously negotiated a favorable split of oil revenues for his country with big Western oil companies. He had to go. This simply cannot be allowed to occur. Maliki was gone before the first US air raid launched on ISIS.

So, with a huge salute to the hundreds of Yazidis still living atop Mt. Sinjar when the US airlift was cancelled for lack of people who wanted rescue, US bombs are now raining down again on Iraq, a return to the good old days. The distress of the Yazidis has helped open the door to the US demolition of ISIS from the air (in Iraq only though, of course, where the Yazidis are).

Learning what the US Congress thinks of Iraq War 3.0 will have to wait until the honorables return from their summer vacation. Fundraising always comes first though. There is no lobby group even formed yet for the Yazidis anyway.

So the US scimitar revolves switching allegiance from Sunnis to Shias, except when it comes to a Shia gas-pipeline in Syria, for now anyway. Bashar Assad though is actually looking more and more attractive these days to Prince Obama, chemical-weapons use aside. Things can change fast in Obamaville.

It is Truly Him

Having tossed around for the best replacement for Osama Bin-Laden, Prince Obama is proud to have now firmly chosen Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as Washington Enemy 1.

US/UK media lapdog journalism has taken up the newest sermon to foist onto the clueless masses, the people without passports. Resolute Obama will bend Dastardly Putin to his will. Just watch him.

Washington Enemy 1, after all, is the critical role for the US Empire to fill with just the right person.

Recently, Syria’s Bashar Assad was a complete failure in the role. He never caught on at all. Assad may even be recruited soon by NATO for even more war with ISIS and then with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Crazed mullahs in Iran were never good for the top enemy role either. Who can tremble at a corrupt nation that has not invaded another for 23-centuries?

Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was an excellent model for a time, a psychotic mass-murderer on a grand scale, a person who served the US well in the past, once attacking Iran full-force for no good reason at all. Donald Rumsfeld gave Saddam a big hug back in the day.

Saddam though came with a half-life, a Greek tragedy from the outset. So, after two leading roles in the global limelight as the villain, Saddam could not last long enough to even compete for the title-belt, rest his soul.

Now, Vladimir Putin of Russia, armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, he is someone the West can easily grow to fear! Never mind the reason. War has its own momentum. American oldsters can be relied to hate Russia again, once told to do so by their fearless Prince.

Even Washington’s 21st Century banker/prime creditor, China, would have to take notice of Obama pinning Putin to the mat in the second round!

full article HERE

China Fires Shot Across Petrodollar Bow: Shanghai Futures Exchange May Price Crude Oil Futures In Yuan

by Tyler Durden

With the US shale revolution set to make America the largest exporter of crude,
however briefly, the influence of Saudi oil is rapidly declining. This has been
felt most recently in the cold shoulder the US gave Saudi Arabia and Qatar first
over the Syrian debacle, and subsequently in its overtures to break the ice with
Iran over the stern objections of Israel and the Saudi lobby (for a good example
of this the most recent soundbites
by Prince bin Talal
). But despite the shifting commodity winds and the
superficial political jawboning, the reality is that nothing threatens the US
dollar’s hegemony in what many claim is the biggest pillar of the currency’s
reserve status – the petrodollar, which literally makes the USD
the only currency in which energy-strapped countries can transact in to purchase
energy. This may be changing soon following news that the Shanghai
Futures Exchange could price its crude oil futures contract in yuan, its
chairman said on Thursday, adding that the bourse is speeding up preparatory
work to secure regulatory approvals.
……………

full article : http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-11-21/china-fires-shot-across-petrodollar-bow-shanghai-futures-exchange-may-price-crude-oi

Syria, Turkey, Israel and a Greater Middle East Energy War

By: F_William_Engdahl

On October 3, 2012  the Turkish military launched repeated mortar shellings inside Syrian  territory. The military action, which was used by the Turkish military,  conveniently, to establish a ten-kilometer wide no-man’s land “buffer zone”  inside Syria, was in response to the alleged killing by Syrian armed forces of  several Turkish civilians along the border. There is widespread speculation  that the one Syrian mortar that killed five Turkish civilians well might have  been fired by Turkish-backed opposition forces intent on giving Turkey a  pretext to move militarily, in military intelligence jargon, a ‘false flag’  operation.

Turkey’s Muslim  Brotherhood-friendly Foreign Minister, the inscrutable Ahmet Davutoglu, is the government’s main  architect of Turkey’s self-defeating strategy of toppling its former ally  Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.

According to one  report since 2006 under the government of Islamist Sunni Prime Minister Recep Tayyip  Erdoğan and his pro-Brotherhood AKP party, Turkey has become a new center for  the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A  well-informed Istanbul source relates the report that before the last Turkish  elections, Erdogan’s AKP received a “donation” of $10 billion from the Saudi  monarchy, the heart of world jihadist Salafism under the strict fundamentalist  cloak of Wahabism. Since the 1950’s when the CIA brought leading members in exile of the Egyptian  Muslim Brotherhood to Saudi Arabia there has been a fusion between the Saudi  brand of Wahabism and the aggressive jihadist fundamentalism of the  Brotherhood……………………….

full article at source:http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article36956.html

 

Putin’s Geopolitical Chess Game with Washington in Syria and Eurasia

Since reassuming his post as Russia’s   President, Vladimir Putin has lost no minute in addressing the most urgent   geopolitical threats to Russia internationally. Not surprisingly, at the center   of his agenda is the explosive situation in the Middle East, above all Syria.   Here Putin is engaging every imaginable means of preventing a further   deterioration of the situation into what easily could become another “world war   by miscalculation.” His activities in recent weeks involve active personal   diplomacy with Syria’s government as well as the so-called opposition “Syrian   National Council.”  It involves intense   diplomacy with Erdogan’s Turkey regime. It involves closed door diplomacy with   Obama. It involves direct diplomacy with Israel’s Benjamin   Netanyahu

Syria itself, contrary to what most western   media portray, is a long-standing multi-ethnic and religiously tolerant secular   state with an Alawite Muslim President Bashar Al-Assad, married to a Sunni wife.   The Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shia Islam which doesn’t force their women to   wear head scarves and are liberal by Sunni standards, especially in the   fundamentalist places like Saudi Arabia where women are forbidden to even hold a   driver’s license. The overall Syrian population is a diverse mix of Alawites,   Druze and Kurds, Sunnis, and Armenian Orthodox Christians. Were the minority   regime of Al-Assad to fall, experts estimate that, like in Egypt, the murky   Sunni (as in Saudi Arabia) Muslim Brotherhood organization would emerge as the   dominant organized political force, something certainly not welcome in Tel Aviv   and certainly not in either Russia or China.

full article at source:  http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35727.html

America – the world’s largest emerging market?

Have you noticed how expensive petrol is these days? It now costs over €100 to fill up an average family car. In Ussher’s Quay the other day, there was a tailback of cars because a petrol station decided to offer a cut-price deal on petrol.
Why is the price of fuel going up?

Lots of media coverage is focusing on the Straits of Hormuz and the sabre-rattling between Iran, America and Israel at a time when Syria burns in the background. We are told that old-fashioned supply problems can explain the price of oil. Then, last Thursday, the main oilman in Saudi Arabia told us to chill out there was loads of the stuff left and there wouldn’t be any supply problems. Of course, this is all playing out against a background where the proponents of ‘peak oil’ argue that the stuff is running out anyway.

But might there be another reason that petrol prices are so high? Is there anything else driving up the price of petrol at the pumps that could be closer to home?

The answer is yes. At the moment, the central banks of the world are responding to this mega-debt crisis and huge de-leveraging everywhere with lower and lower interest rates. Earlier this month, a report from the US Federal Reserve (www.federalreserve.gov) on the flow of funds in the US made for quite shocking reading if you are someone who worries about what central banks all around the world are doing.

The report reveals that the Fed bought 61 per cent of the net new debt the US government issued last year. Before the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve used to buy small amounts, but not the lion’s share of the US government’s debt. This is quantitative easing like we have never seen before.

One way of putting all this into context is to examine how much this is in terms of US total income. This is particularly important right now in order to ascertain whether the US recovery is real or temporary.

full article at source:

http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2012/04/02/america-the-worlds-largest-emerging-market?utm_source=Website+Subscribers&utm_campaign=38d6d50671-02042012&utm_medium=email

 

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Saudi Arabia: House of Saud, Falling House of Cards

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By: Washingtons_Blog

Saudi rulers are struggling to contain a new wave of public protests that has erupted across the Arabian kingdom as security forces open fire on unarmed civilians.

The big question: is the House of Saud finally beginning to collapse like the fragile house of cards that this creaking, ruling monarchy represents?

 

The irony is rich indeed. For the past year, the Saudi rulers have done their utmost to crush the slightest dissent in their country, while at the same time they have backed Western interference, aggression and regime change in Libya and Syria – under the guise, wait for it, of advocating democratic freedom and human rights.

At least two people have been reported dead from Saudi police violence against an outpouring of crowds who have taken to the streets in the kingdom – a female student and a man, described as a well-known human rights activist, are the latest victims. Many others have been injured or arrested as state security forces mobilise in what appears to be a desperate bid by the rulers to contain spreading protests.

The irony is that Saudi Arabia is one of the most vocal members of the Arab League to denounce Syria for alleged human rights violations against protesters in that country. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has even called on Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad to step down and give way to greater democratic reforms.

The irony comes in at least two parts: Saudi’s King Abdullah presides over an absolute monarchy that is brutally suppressing all and any peaceful dissent in his country calling for democracy; and, two, Saudi Arabia is funding and arming subversive groups in Syria who are accused of committing assassinations, kidnappings and many other terrorisms to bring down the secular Assad government.

For the past year, Saudi Arabia – the world’s biggest oil producer and a key Western ally – has witnessed persistent protests against the ruling House of Saud.

Up to now, the demonstrations calling for democratic freedoms have been mainly located in Saudi’s oil-rich Eastern Province, principally in the city of Qatif.

But, most worryingly for US-backed King Abdullah and his entourage of brothers and half-brothers, there is this week growing public dissent in all quarters of the kingdom.

Major street demonstrations are reported in the capital, Riyadh, in the Central Province. Protests are also taking off in the north, such as the city of Ar’ar, the western port of Jeddah and in the southern university city of Abha.

When other Arab countries saw mass protests last year against their dictatorial rulers, Saudi Arabia was also embroiled in the regional ferment. However, Saudi Arabia appeared peripheral to the momentous changes sweeping the Arab region with few media reports of any substantive popular uprising.

This can be explained partly by the ruthlessness of the Saudi authorities in crushing any incipient sign of protest in the kingdom. At least 10 people have been killed over the past year from Saudi state forces attacking peaceful demonstrations. Another explanation for the apparent low-key public protests in Saudi Arabia is the under-reporting of such events by the Western mainstream media.

The popular dissent in Saudi Arabia against its rulers is to be sure there; it is just not being reported by the Western corporate media. That is because Saudi Arabia is a major strategic ally of Western governments, for example in supplying oil, buying huge amounts of weapons, and advancing geopolitical agenda in support of the garrison state of Israel or facilitating the NATO conquest of Libya, hammering Syria, and trying to destabilise Iran.

The so-called free press and media in the West take tacit orders from their governments. The corporate media also take, depend on, lucrative advertising money from Saudi and Gulf Arab super rich entrepreneurs and state Sovereign Wealth Funds. Reporting on protests in Saudi Arabia and more especially reporting on state brutality is for the more accurately termed unfree media tantamount to cutting off the hand that feeds.

But, despite the suppression of protests and information, the people of Saudi Arabia are on the move against their Western-backed despotic rulers. And the grievances are as abundant as the oil in that country.

For a start, the Eastern Province has a large Shia Muslim population – perhaps 50 per cent compared with 10 per cent overall in Saudi Arabia. The Shia have been grossly discriminated against by the Wahhabi rulers of the House of Saud. Despite possessing the vast oil wealth of the Arabian Peninsula, poverty is rampant among the Eastern Province Shia.

Secondly, the Shia of Eastern Saudi Arabia are inflamed by the House of Saud’s invasion of neighbouring Bahrain and the ongoing brutal crackdown against the mainly Shia-led pro-democracy movement on that island. Recall that before the relatively recent imposition of European colonial boundaries, the people of Bahrain had close kinship with those of Eastern Saudi Arabia. It is not uncommon for families to have members in both territories until this day.

But the issue is much bigger than that. Right across Saudi Arabia, there are deep, seething grievances in the populace against the House of Saud, grievances that unite Shia, Sunni and non-religionists alike.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s vast oil wealth and official GDP per capita, unemployment and poverty are rampant. As with the other Gulf Arab countries, Saudi Arabia’s rulers rely on a slave labour economy recruited from South Asia and Africa. This means that many young Saudis have to endure a life of unemployment.

Other grievances include no elections and negligible freedom of expression – all forms of public protest are strictly banned; the state is run on an extreme Wahhabist application of Sharia law, where limbs are amputated for petty crimes and women are forbidden from driving cars because the kingdom’s religious police view that particular activity as being “unchaste”.

Nevertheless, the winds of change that have swept the region seem now to be assailing Saudi Arabia with increasing force.

While analysts have been focusing on the implications of a weakened Syria and Iran, the other side of coin has not received much attention. The fallout from a determined pro-democracy movement succeeding to overthrow the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia could be the surprise to rock the region, akin to the seismic event of the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Such an outcome would not be hard to contemplate. After all, Saudi Arabia as a state is a very recent and fragile construct. It was only formed in 1932 when imperialist Britain shoe-horned Ibn Saud into power against the Ottoman Empire and after the violent ouster of several tribal rivals.

Ever since, the House of Saud has ruled with fragile control over a fissile territory with deep, enduring tribal animosities. The present ailing and 87-year-old King Abdullah is one of 37 reputed sons of Ibn Saud. Rifts within the House of Saud and rivalries as to the successor of King Abdullah are constantly boiling. But even more explosive than these House of Saud tensions are those of the general population who are weary of dynastic, despotic rule.

A collapse of the House of Saud would have explosive consequences. How would the US-led warmongering towards Syria and Iran be conducted/blunted? How would that especial affront to international law and human rights, Israel, continue to survive? The price of oil would hit record levels beyond $150 a barrel and that would surely spell a coup de grace to the death-gasping capitalist world economy.

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America’s true reason for intervention

Sent in to us this morning

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America‘s true reason for intervention, and missile attacks against
Libya has become very clear today with a sudden creation by the rebels of a new
central bank on March 29th.

The rebels in Libya are in the middle of a life or death civil war and Moammar
Gadhafi is still in power and yet somehow the Libyan rebels have had enough
time to establish a new Central Bank of Libya and form a new national oil
company. Perhaps when this conflict is over those rebels can become time
management consultants. They sure do get a lot done. What a skilled bunch of
rebels – they can fight a war during the day and draw up a new central bank and
a new national oil company at night without any outside help whatsoever. If
only the rest of us were so versatile! But isn’t forming a central bank
something that could be done after the civil war is over? According to
Bloomberg, the Transitional National Council has “designated the Central
Bank of Benghazi as a monetary authority competent in monetary policies in
Libya and the appointment of a governor to the Central Bank of Libya, with a
temporary headquarters in Benghazi.” – The Economic Collapse via Uruknet

Continue reading on Examiner.com America’s true reason for attacking Libya becomes
clear with new central bank – National Finance Examiner | Examiner.com

http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/america-s-true-reason-for-attacking-libya-becomes-clear-with-new-central-bank?fb_comment=31429431#ixzz1RE4oUUTB

Comment:

I don’t find myself in agreement with the general thrust of this article but I do respect the
possibility of some truth in it as we all know that America always looks out for itself and its interests first. Just look over at Bahrain and Saudi Arabia the democracy movement was crushed and Saudi Arabian forces invaded Bahrain and nobody in the west said anything indeed the news media just went silent. There are still reports seeping out about torture and summary executions and the world media are ignoring these reports why because Saudi Arabia in the American sphere of interest and is a no go area for the established media that is mostly controlled by American interests !

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