Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hospitalized children & dead ducks? The ‘official’ Skripal narrative goes completely quackers

from RT:

Images of hospitalized kids and dead ducks, allegedly supplied by the UK, were used by the CIA to persuade Trump to get tough on Russia after the attack on the Skripals. But there were no harmed children or ducks. What’s going on?

Just when you thought the Skripal case couldn’t get any more Pythonesque, it just did. According to a report published this week in the New York Times, the then-deputy director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, showed President Donald Trump pictures of “young children hospitalised by the Novichok agent that had poisoned the Skripals” along with “a photograph of ducks that British officials said were inadvertently killed by the sloppy work of the Russian operatives.”

The US Should Get Ready for King Mohammed bin Salman

by Giorgio Cafiero, Consortium News:

Since the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, some American lawmakers have assumed the right and moral authority to dictate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s succession line-up. In November, Republican Sen. Lindsey Grahamaccused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of being “crazy” and asserted that “he needs to go.” Such rhetoric is significant given that the U.S. has not meddled in the Al Saud family’s internal power struggles since the 1960s. But regardless of the preferences that some politicians in Washington may have regarding Saudi Arabia’s succession, the U.S. will likely have to accept dealing with a King Mohammed.

CIA Chief Showed Trump Dead Duck Photos, Told Him Russians Poisoned Them With Novichok

from Russia Insider:

Told him the Russians novichoked ducks and children in Britain — neither ever happened

It was to get him to expel 60 Russian diplomats — this is how uninformed and easy to manipulate Trump is, and how dishonest his deep state advisors are

President Trump makes plenty of hostile moves toward Russia of his own accord. This is compounded, however, when members of his cabinet, like CIA Director Gina Haspel start conniving to mislead Trump into taking even more hostile moves.

China’s Fake Numbers And The Risk They Pose For The Rest Of The World

by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:

Not so long ago, London Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard was one of the handful of must-read financial journalists. He probably still is, but since he disappeared behind the Telegraph’s pay wall his work is invisible to non-subscribers, only emerging when a free outlet runs one of his stories.

That happened this morning when the Sydney Morning Herald carried his analysis of the financial Ponzi scheme that is China.

After taking on more debt in a single decade than any other country ever — in the process helping to pull the US and Europe out of the Great Recession — China recently shifted into an even higher gear, creating a world record amount of credit in the most recent reporting month.

Here Comes Jackass Cottontail

by Turd Ferguson, TF Metals Report:

What’s a holiday weekend at TFMR without a visit with our old friend, The Golden Jackass himself, Jim Willie.

Over the course of this call, we primarily update a few of the recurring themes we’ve been following for the past few years, namely…

  • Ongoing de-dollarization
  • The impact of the OBOR project
  • How the petrodollar and “trade-deficit dollar” support The Great Ponzi…
  • which all leads us to…
  • Why The Fed is permanently on a course of IQEF — Infinite QE Forever

Click HERE to listen

Read More @ TFMetalsReport.com

Beginning of the End for ‘Russiagate’: Now Defeat The New McCarthyism

by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:

Attorney General William Barr said at his press conference yesterday morning that what Donald Trump faced at the beginning of his presidency was unprecedented: attempting to form an administration, while his own intelligence community was investigating him as an agent of a foreign power. Perhaps Lincoln’s having to dodge British-assisted Confederate assassination attempts to get to his inauguration was worse; nothing else comes close. The British intelligence hand orchestrated both attacks.

Romania a Step Closer to Repatriating Its Gold Reserves

by Peter Schiff, Schiff Gold:

Romania moved another step closer to bringing all of its gold home this week.

According to Romanian news outlets, the Chamber of Deputies Budget and Finance Committee released a favorable report on legislation that would require the country’s central bank to repatriate its gold and hold it within the borders of the country.

As originally introduced, the bill would have required the National Bank of Romania to hold 95% of its gold reserves in the country. An amendment to the bill upped the level to 100%.

North Korea’s Former UN Ambassador Tries To Undermine Peace Talks

by William Craddick, Disobedient Media:

On April 18, 2019, North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency ran a statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Kwon Jong Gun calling for Mike Pompeo to be replaced on the US negotiating team working with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on denuclearization and an end to the Korean War. Kwon’s statement appears to be an intentional attempt by Western-connected factions within North Korea to undermine talks with the US and makes a very strong case for his total removal from the DPRK’s political affairs.

Western Media and Elites Supported the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War – the Ugly Truth Emerges

from Russia Insider:

The White armies in the Russian Civil War received not a cent from the west. Not a shell, not a rifle reached any faction of the White forces from the west. The west was not anti-Bolshevik. Furthermore, the western powers actively supported the Red forces during and after the Civil War.

While the western financial and technical support for the building of socialism has been treated in another paper, it begins with the subject of this one: the western backing of the Red forces consistently from 1918-1921.

Russian FM Lavrov Accuses US of Misusing Dollar’s Status

from Russia Insider:

Previously, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow intended to “unburden” Russia’s economy from the dangerous monopoly of the US dollar, stressing that Washington’s restrictions against Moscow were breaking international trade principles.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Friday at an international investment council session that Washington is undermining the status of the US dollar in the long term by abusing it in the short term.

The Strategy of Controlled Chaos

by Manlio Dinucci, Global Research:

Everyone against everyone else – this is the media image of chaos which is spreading across the Southern shores of the Mediterranean, from Libya to Syria. It is a situation before which even Washington seems powerless. But in reality, Washington is not the sorcerer’s apprentice unable to control the forces now in motion. It is the central motor of a strategy – the strategy of chaos – which, by demolishing entire States, is provoking a chain reaction of conflicts which can be used in the manner of the ancient method of “divide and rule”.

Threat of Contagion to Eurozone from Spanish Banks’ Huge Bet on Emerging Markets: UBS

by Don Quijones, Wolf Street:

Spanish banks expanded aggressively into Emerging Markets to flee the consequences of the euro debt crisis.

UBS has alerted that Spanish banks’ outsized exposure to Latin American markets could serve as a source of contagion for future crises: 80% of the Eurozone’s total banking exposure to the region is channeled through Spain whose banks have around €384 billion of counterparty claims in the region.