from GoldSeek Radio:
by J.G. Martinez D., The Organic Prepper:
I have never been too interested in politics – not other than major events or some regional news – until I went through a process of accelerated growth of my political conscience. This is not going to be an extremely prepper-oriented article, but I hope it will provide some guidance to identify some uncommon situations that happened in Venezuela, and add critical info to our spreadsheet, allowing you to make an informed choice. There are startling similarities between the Ukrainian genocide and the depopulation of Venezuela.
My departure from the country was planned beforehand, about 3 months in advance. The signs were becoming more and more aggressive. Crime, authority abuse. I was afraid of even going on my motorcycle to work. Some cop asking for coffee money and me taking no manure was going to be bad. So I used my bicycle, exposing myself to an early morning assault. Now I can see it clearly – the country fully collapsed about one year and a half ago. People are living in the debris and scavenging in garbage bags for some pieces of food. Whether they are getting used to it will be still something to determine.
from Daily Wire:
Early Friday morning, China responded to the Trump administration’s tariffs by revealing that they are proposing tariffs on 128 U.S. products that had an import value of $3 billion in 2017.
The proposed tariffs come in response to Trump signing “an executive memorandum on Thursday that would impose retaliatory tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports,” CNBC reported.
The proposed tariffs from China were released in the early morning hours on Friday as China’s commerce ministry weighed taking action against the U.S. A separate report from CNBC adds
by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:
I was in the gym earlier today trying to ward off the effects of trans-Pacific travel and 12 hours of time zone changes when the news flashed across the TV that the US government was issuing another round of tariffs against China.
This may be the dumbest move they could possibly make.
It’s so stupid, in fact, that I couldn’t contain myself in print. For this, I had to go to audio… and record a pretty epic rant on the absurdity of tariffs.
In short, if China is crazy enough to produce and sell steel to the United States at prices that guarantee they’ll LOSE MONEY, the US government shouldn’t impose tariffs. They should send the Chinese a fruit basket.
Click HERE to listen
by Jim Rickards, DailyReckoning:
What we have seen so far are just the opening shots of the coming trade war. Think of it as the Battles of Lexington and Concord that opened the Revolutionary War. Much larger tariffs and penalties are waiting in the wings.
Trump will soon receive a report under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. That report has been almost a year in preparation and will reveal that China has stolen over $1 trillion in U.S. intellectual property.
Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 is the “nuclear option” when it comes to trade wars.
I don’t want to get too deeply in the weeds here, but Section 301 gives the president broad authority to impose sanctions and penalties. The president will have a completely free hand to impose billions of dollars of damages if not more on China.
Trump could receive this report within days or weeks. Regardless, it is coming soon.
The House Intelligence Committee has voted to formally end its Russia probe. Lawmakers found no evidence of collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia.
The committee also voted to release the report, which was authored by Republicans. It will first be sent to the intelligence community so that classified material can be redacted, but is expected to be made public within weeks.
by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times:
The ‘Liberator of Libya’ turned on the Colonel in 2011, but it seems the former French president’s ascendancy owed much to the late dictator’s beneficence
NATO’s 2011 war on Libya was unanimously sold across the West as a necessary humanitarian operation against the proverbial evil dictator (Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died.”). Russia and China were firmly against it.
Now, in a stunning historical reversal, the ghost of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seems to have come back to haunt former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the self-described superstar of that R2P (“responsibility to protect”) spectacular.
US Planning a Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack to Justify Bombing Syria: Russia Says It Will Respond
by Federico Pieraccin, Strategic Culture:
Events in Syria increasingly resemble a direct confrontation between major powers rather than a proxy war. Lavrov’s words, delivered a few days ago, reveal the critical phase of international relations the world is going through, with a potentially devastating conflict ready to ignite in the Middle East region.
An alarming warning by Sergei Lavrov and Chief of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, was announced via the RT broadcaster and several Russian media. The content is explosive and deserving of the widest possible dissemination. Gerasimov claimed that Moscow had “reliable information that fighters are preparing to stage the use by government troops of chemical weapons against the civilian population.” He alleged that the US intends to accuse Assad’s troops of using chemical weapons against civilians, and then “carry out a bombing attack” on Damascus.
by Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars:
A new study by Swedish newspaper Expressen has found that virtually all of the men convicted for gang rape in 2016 and 2017 have a migrant background.
The study found that 32 of the 43 men sentenced for gang rape are immigrants, with a further eight being born in Sweden but with two parents who were born abroad. A further two offenders were born in Sweden to one immigrant and one Swedish parent, with just one offender born in Sweden to parents who were both born in Sweden.
The research also uncovered how 13 of the offenders had not even reached the age of 18 at the time of the crime. Perpetrators of gang rape were on average 21-years-old.
by Brandon Smith, Alt Market:
In the liberty movement, we often refer to the historical tactic of the Roman “bread and circuses” when describing the deliberate mass distraction of the public of today. In the era when Roman emperors supplanted the senate and dominated political and social life, it was deemed advantageous to create various forms of “entertainment,” often violent, in order to keep the citizenry preoccupied and thus less likely to physically act against the power structure as the empire suffered economic decline. The use of bread and circuses continues into our era, but the method has been refined and the manipulations have become in some ways more subtle.
For example, in ancient Rome the horrors of the Colosseum were meant to keep the public’s attention AWAY from the government. Today, the soap opera of government keeps people’s attention away from the true power brokers within global finance.