It is pretty well known – that Economic Hitman – fly down to a SouthAmerican countries (with resources!) – congratulate the president for his (legal or illegal) election – and present him with two choices:
either take a $bribe and cigars and enjoy the support of the US establishment and at the same time signup for a country enslaving debt or die in an airplane crash.
If he says yes – a huge loan in $USDollars (from IMF or WorldBank) that this country NEVER can pay back will be arranged to build infrastructure projects – of course ONLY with US companies like Halliburton and once it becomes clear that the country is highly in USDollar debt and can not pay back in a foreign currency that it is not allowed to print – the trouble begins.
Just like the mafia the Economic Hitman hit again and say: “look you can not pay back – so support us on the next UN vote or send us some troops – or sell us your resources really cheap.”
John Perkins – was such an economic hitman – working for “Chas T. Main” consulting group – sub contractor of CIA for the dirty diplomacy mafia style of work.
Blackrock, Fidelity, JPMorgan (Rockefeller) Ashmore bet on Venezuela
“Nevertheless, the transaction highlights the extent to which investors are willing to take on increasing levels of political and economic risk as they seek high-yielding investments when interest rates still hover near zero.
Who controls oil – controls the world – if USA controls Iran it controls China (biggest customer)
The information gathered here is 99% copy paste of sources (src) around the net presented “as-is”, i can not proof its quality or truthfulness.
US wants to see Iran destroyed and it’s assets seized – because China starts to rival it and all nations are dependant on fossil fuels.
So oil and the control over oil and gas resources becomes a GeoEconomic decisive factor.
It is pretty funny – if you are the biggest economy in the world – you can threaten the rest of the world with economic sanctions – and most follow suit.
India follows, but China is not playing along with Washington demands for a sanction against Iran.
Iran is China’s biggest supplier of oil and “third-largest producer of the oil cartel OPEC” (src)
US Dollar Empire works via oil:
It would go down as “conspiracy theory” if not:
“The basic framework was strikingly simple. The U.S. would buy oil from Saudi Arabia and provide the kingdom military aid and equipment. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending.” (src: Bloomberg)
The petrodollar system originated in the early 1970s in the wake of the Bretton Woods collapse.
President Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, feared that the abandonment of the international gold standard under the Bretton Woods arrangement (combined with a growing US trade deficit, and massive debt associated with the ongoing Vietnam War) would cause a decline in the relative global demand of the U.S. dollar.
In a series of meetings, the United States — represented by then U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger — and the Saudi royal family made an agreement.
The United States would offer military protection for Saudi Arabia’s oil fields, and in return the Saudi’s would price their oil sales exclusively in United States dollars (in other words, the Saudis were to refuse all other currencies, except the U.S. dollar, as payment for their oil exports).
By 1975, all of the oil-producing nations of OPEC had agreed to price their oil in dollars and to invest surplus oil proceeds in U.S. government debt securities in exchange for similar offers by the U.S.
A number of independent economic analysts told the New York Times that Saudi Arabia would be unlikely to follow through on such threats, “saying that such a sell-off would be difficult to execute and would end up crippling the kingdom’s economy”.
An official at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the state-run Saudi Press Agency on September 29 that the U.S. Congress must correct the 9/11 bill to avoid “serious unintended consequences”, adding the law is of “great concern” to the Kingdom. (src)
‘The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable: “We recognize that the multilateral trading system is facing unprecedented challenges. We underscore the importance of an open world economy.”’
‘Relations such as these certainly do not include a superpower (USA) unilaterally imposing an energy export blockade – an act of economic war – on an emerging market and key actor of the Global South.’
‘The mere threat of a US attack on Iran has engineered a rise in oil prices.’
‘US reliance on Middle East Oil is going down while fracking – boosted by higher prices – is ramping up. The threat of war increases with Tehran now overtly referring to its power to cripple global energy supplies literally overnight.’
‘If there ever was a US attack on Iran, Persian Gulf analysts stress only Russia, Nigeria and Venezuela might be able to provide enough oil and gas to make up for lost supplies to the West. That’s not exactly what the Trump administration is looking for.’ (src)
“The shift demonstrates that China, Iran’s biggest oil customer, wants to keep buying Iranian crude despite the sanctions, which were reimposed after the United States withdrew in May from a 2015 agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear program.” (src)
On current evidence, a renminbi zone would shrink the dollar zone, and widen its current account deficit.”
“In April, Saudi Arabia warned it would start selling as much as $750 billion in Treasuries and other assets if Congress passes a bill allowing the kingdom to be held liable in U.S. courts for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the New York Times.” (src: Bloomberg)
”I think it is the beginning of a new cold war,” said Mr. Kennan from his Princeton home.
”I think the Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies.”
“I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever.”
George Frost Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American diplomat and historian. He was best known as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion during the Cold War. He lectured widely and wrote scholarly histories of the relations between the USSR and the United States. He was also one of the group of foreign policy elders known as “The Wise Men“. .(src)
To put this into perspective, how would USA feel, if Russia would do military exercises – with 18.000 soldiers in Venezuela? It would be an outrage, US would be infuriated and feel threatened, huh? How come? Double standards?
also interesting: Pozner says, the coup of Yeltsin against Gorbachev was done – because Yeltsin was power greedy and first and foremost wanted to remove Gorbachev – to remove Gorbachev he had to remove the Soviet Union – no Soviet Union – no president of the Soviet Union (Gorbachev) (Yeltsin colluded with the President of Belarus and Ukraine to achieve this).
So you could say – the US did not defeat the Soviet Union – the Soviet Union was destroyed from the inside by someone willing to sacrifice it – to gain power.
In retrospect Gorbachev – which i regard as a very clever man – he was “the modern, friendly, open minded” face of the Soviet Union, he knew he would be going to be ripped off by the Americans for being almost too friendly and did it anyway (in an almost naive way, hence his still pretty poor ratings in Russia) – was challenged and almost forced by Yeltsin’s treason – to commit atrocities – to save the Soviet Union – which he did not decide to do – but could have done.
He could have ordered the military to simply shoot Yeltsin – as a traitor to the Soviet Union – on sight.
Tragically – Mr Putin is “the strong man” the Russians want – and hence it is “approved” that he kills whoever challenges him e.g. Boris Nemtsov.
This is somewhat understandable knowing that the unity of Russia is at stake – so Putin tries to do all sorts of “rally behind the flag” events.
But the most important thing is: stay honest, stay transparent, stay fair.
Do not forget about the poor people living on the outskirts of Russia or fighting at the front of Ukraine.
At the same time Putin needs to be (financial) economically very clever to keep the Russian economy up and running and gradually move it off fossil fuels – that will run out some day.
fossil fuel trade war:
“As of 2013, the Russian Federation is the world’s second-largest producer of natural gas, producing an estimated more than 669 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year, and the world’s largest exporter, shipping an estimated 196 bcm a year.
The Russian Federation provides approximately about 25% of natural gas consumed in the European Union; approximately 80% of those exports travel through pipelines across Ukrainian soil prior to arriving in the EU. According to The World Factbook estimate, the country also has the largest proven reserves (48 trillion cubic meters [tcm]). OPEC figures also place Russia first, with an estimated 49 tcm, 24% of the world’s proved reserves; however, BP estimates put Russia second behind Iran with 33 tcm.” (src: Wikipedia)
Now we understand the “importance” of energy independence for all nations and the importance of Iran as “the” major source of natural gas to the Trumpian-Rockefeller Washington complex that also want to turn as much foreign and domestic (fracking) oil and gas into Dollars and Euros as they can get their hands on.
Also: Iran is technologically pretty advanced country so Israel (already having nuclear weapons) feels threatened by it.
Israel’s plan seems to be to weaken all Arabic states surrounding it.
This “campaign” was halted by Russia in Syria by backing Assad from the air.
This – of course – not only pissed off Washington but also Israel.
Strange: Pakistan the probably most conservative Islamic country you can imagine (a “somewhat-friend” of the US) has the technological skilled people to build it’s nuclear industry from scratch, never the less Israel and Washington ignore this threat and instead focus on the 7 countries mentioned by Wesley Clark? Why? Because it’s missiles can reach Israel, but not the US?
Or because it has no fossil fuels? (it would not “pay off” to make it an US-colony?)
sanctions, sanctions, sanctions: pissing of your friends
Germany and Russia had a very vivid trade relationships, which scared the US the most.
Germany now – at least partly – pretty pissed at its own obvious lack of sovereignty (it has no secret service that could protect Snowden, the only place Snowden is save, on this planet, is Moscow, because Russia’s KGB/FSB can compete with CIA and Mossad) – now again “the Western alliance” is tested – because Germany shall not trade with Russia but also shall not trade with Iran so Washington demands and commands.
I appeal to all US-thinkers: look how Obama has dealt with Russia. In a clever and intelligent way – not with arrogance and aggression.
China: the new challenger does not want to be UK or US colony.
China is “officially” a communist dictatorship – but has taken a very capitalist open free market turn – starting to gradually allow more freedom and capitalism in Hong Kong (former UK-colony) – then in the rest of the country.
North Korea wants to follow China’s example.
China’s economy has surpassed the US – which in return worries the US and Washington/Mr Trump tries to “pull the plug” on the Chinese economy, because (as Mr Pozner correctly stated) the US wants to stay the only unchallenged super power and the successor to the British empire and be the only leading-currency, the only currency in which oil is traded, and further exploit various US-Dollar-indebted colonies.
Back to topic:
Basically the Soviet Union was destroyed from the inside by too much greed for power – not from the outside – so you can not say – the US defeated the Soviet Union – it was self-destruction from the inside and Gorbachev’s unwillingness to “restore order” with an iron fist.
About the Russian-American French Journalist:
Vladimir Vladimirovich Pozner (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович По́знер; born 1 April 1934) is a French-born Russian-American journalist and broadcaster best known in the West for appearing on television to represent and explain the views of the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
He was memorable as a spokesman for the Soviets in part because he grew up in the United States and speaks English, Russian and French fluently.
PS: Please do not think that i glorify the Stalinist Soviet Union, because according to one documentary it was largely build on slave labor (gulag).
The US does not enslave individual people directly in prison camps.
It enslaves whole nations by sending economic hitman to freshly elected presidents – offering a huge loan in US-Dollar this nation never can pay back – or threaten to kill the president in an “accident” (mostly airplane crash).
So a lot of presidents say “yes” – so US-companies come into the country and build US-infrastructure projects and when it is payback time, they hold the whole nation (Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay) in debt ransom.
“Support us militarily, allow us to put up a military base in your land, sell us your resources cheap, support us on the next UN election or hand us out this whistle-blower (Assange -> Assange) so we will let go of some of your debt” and so on.
This is mafia style.
Falling of the Berlin wall, not great for everybody:
For the record: Of course East Germans enjoy now more freedom – but they say: during the Soviet Union we were not allowed to travel and now we are allowed – but we do not have the money.
Even worse: Despite of the economic inefficiencies and lack of creativity – a lot of people lost their state guaranteed jobs/homes/meaning in life.
Money was NEVER the problem in the Soviet Union.
I witnessed a DDR/East-German family which did not cheer during the fall of the Berlin wall.
Exactly the opposite.
With the end of the Soviet Union this family also broke apart.
The father lost his job and was unable to adapt to capitalism and has gone insane also badly affecting the children.
He lives in a mental ill home.
The family is shattered forever.
Thanks for reading.
PSS: Germany wants to be friends with the US and Russia and China and Iran.
everything depends on balance.
an pretty interesting read – does the US see the EU and the Euro as an challenger?
After all EU is not able to protect “Snowden” – so how should this work at this point of development?