Thursday, October 17, 2019

A Look At Russia’s Military Assets In Syria

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from ZeroHedge:

As the West contemplates just when it will drop the hammer on Syrian president Bashar al Assad – based solely on evidence provided by an Al Qaeda-linked NGO that he gassed his own people a week after President Trump announced a U.S. withdrawal, let’s take a look at some of the Russian assets on the ground in Syria – since Russia has openly threatened to directly oppose an American attack.

Russia troops primarily operate out of two sites in Syria; the Khmeimim air base near the northern port city of Latakia, and the naval facility in Tartus which lies in the northern Syrian coast – the port which eleven Russian naval vessels cleared out of this week to conduct training exercises.

Russia has deployed a mix of upgraded soviet aircraft, along with the latest and greatest in modern Russian aviation – including the deployment Su-24s, Su-25s, Su-30s and SU-34s at Khmeimim airbase, along with Mi-24 attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Why Trade Wars Will Unleash Central Banks

by Nomi Prins, Daily Reckoning:

There’s been an abundance of coverage surrounding the recent steel and aluminum tariffs. Those measures could hurt more sectors than they help within the U.S. In particular, it could damage businesses that require metals because they’ll have to pay more for raw materials.

Trade wars also escalate geopolitical tensions and economic hardships the world over. They have in the past. When the U.S. imposed tariffs in the 1930’s to try to relieve the Great Depression at home, they achieved the opposite effect.

A global trade war flared, governments became isolated and initiated defensive build-ups. The move ultimately resulted in lower production, reduced global trade and a prolonged international depression that gave rise to WWII.

The US Fading into Irrelevance – A Good Thing for the World

by Federico Pieraccini, Strategic Culture:

Chaos reigns in the United States, spreading to its closest allies. The war amongst Western elites is in full swing, manifesting itself from commercial wars to failed diplomacy, empty threats of war, corruption, and announced military withdrawals and attacks.

To sum up the last few weeks of international events, it is worth comparing the direction taken by the multipolar troika of Russia, China and Iran, and the one taken by the fading unipolar order led by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

We can analyze the respective changes taking place within the unipolar and multipolar camps, especially in the economic, commercial, diplomatic and military fields. The introduction by the US of duties on imports, applied to 1,300 products, including iron and aluminum, has triggered a chain of events, including the imposition of as many duties on various products exported by the US to China. The pressure on America’s European allies continues, against the protests of France and Germany. It seems that Europe is struggling to form a common front on many issues relating from foreign policy to trade. The Western elites continue its in-fighting, between the European Union (led by Berlin and Paris) and the UK and the US, clashing over agreements between London and Brussels and Washington and Brussels. The Trump tariff war aims to deliver a blow to America’s opponents, but it risks provoking strong responses, even from allies. Moreover, many analysts and economists have warned that this form of commercial warfare risks harming American workers the most.

GOLD AND SILVER RAID TODAY: GOLD DOWN $17.40 TO $1338.95/SILVER DOWN/ 37 CENTS TO $16.40

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

UNBELIEVABLE DATA AT THE COMEX TODAY: OPEN INTEREST RISES BY OVER 32,000 CONTRACTS IN GOLD BUT FALLS ALMOST 3,000 CONTRACTS IN SILVER/GOLD ETF ISSUANCE A HUGE 21,000 CONTRACTS/IN SILVER A HUGE 8500 CONTRACTS/USA DEFICIT ALREADY AT 1/2 TRILLION FOR 6 MONTHS IN THE 2018 FISCAL YEAR./PLENTY OF SWAMP STORIES FOR YOU TONIGHT

EVIDENCE OF STAGED BODIES IN DOUMA

by Jake Morphonious, Blackstone Intelligence Network:

The al-Qaeda affiliate group, Jaish al-Islam, has admitted to using chlorine gas to massacre dozens of people in Aleppo. This same group killed civilians in Douma. Together with the fake humanitarian group, the White Helmets (which has been caught staging death scenes/videos in the past), Jaish terrorists took the dead bodies of children and staged the bodies in multiple locations to create propaganda photos/video to shock and outrage the public – and to frame President Bashar al Assad and the Syrian military for the crime.

These photos are evidence that the “chemical attack” being blamed on the Assad government to justify western military invasion is not what it seems.

Why Military Action Against Syria Is A Really Bad Idea

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

The United States is on the verge of going to war, and we need to do all that we can to stop that from happening. Everywhere I go in Idaho’s first congressional district, people are telling me that they do not want to see military action against Syria. The Russians have already indicated that they plan to strike back if their forces are threatened, and many of the voters that I am talking to are extremely concerned about what could happen once U.S. and Russian forces begin exchanging fire. And what makes the rush to war all the more alarming is that we don’t even have all the facts yet. There is absolutely no reason to rush into a war, and that is why our founders gave the power to declare war to Congress. They wanted debate and deliberation before a decision was made to go to war, and without a doubt launching missiles at Syria would be an act of war. As a candidate for Congress in Idaho’s first congressional district, I am completely and totally against a military strike, and I am finding that voters in this district are overwhelming with me on this. America cannot be the police of the world, and when I go to Washington I will do all that I can to keep us out of unnecessary wars.

Germans Showing Off Their Gold

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by Peter Schiff, Schiff Gold:

The Germans are showing off their gold.

The country ranks second in the world only to the US in official gold holdings. This week, the Bundesbank launched a six-month exhibition on gold showcasing its reserves along with the bank’s most interesting gold bars and coins. The official exhibit is part of a renewed emphasis on the yellow metal in Germany.

Ahead of the exhibition, Bundesbank executive board member Carl-Ludwig Thiele boasted that Germany holds 1.8% of the world’s gold. The yellow metal represents 70% of the country’s foreign exchange reserves. Compare that with Switzerland with only 6% of its reserves in gold.

US Backed Syrian Rebels Caught Staging Corpses of Dead Children in Douma to Play on Western Emotions

by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

The same Syrian rebels who claimed the Assad Government dropped chemical bombs on innocents in Douma were caught using dead children to play on Western emotions.

BBC reporter Riam Dalati tweeted: “Sick and Tired of activists and rebels using corpses of dead children to stage emotive scenes for Western consumption.”

Epstein’s Island Tunnels. #Pizzagate #Pedogate #TheCabal #HRCVideo

from Neon Revolt:

An absolutely brilliant #Anon went digging through USGS topographical data to try and sort out the most likely areas where #JeffreyEpstein would build his tunnels, and compiled a ton of helpful images to help visualize the actual size and depth of these things, as well as probably entrances and exits.

This fits with another anon, who theorized about the size of the tunnels based on the power and probable output of the HVAC units found on the surface.