Saturday, February 29, 2020

CLINTON’S LINK TO PUTIN is the underreported ‘dossier’ bombshell

by Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post:

The news that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid forresearch used in the discredited Trump-Russia “dossier” is a bombshell. But even more shocking — and overlooked — is the revelation that the firm the Clinton campaign hired to compile that dossier, Fusion GPS, is the same firm that has been accused in recent congressional testimony of launching a smear campaign in Washington against Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian lawyer who was tortured and killed in a Russian prison in 2009 after uncovering a $230 million tax theft by 23 Kremlin-linked companies and individuals close to President Vladimir Putin.

Which raises the question no one seems to be asking: Why was Hillary Clinton using an opposition research company with Putin-linked clients to dig up dirt on Donald Trump?

The claimed link that was identified in congressional testimony has its roots in the Putin regime’s lobbying for the repeal of the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which froze assets and banned visas for Russians involved in or benefiting from Magnitsky’s murder, as well as for others involved in torture, extrajudicial killings or abuses against those seeking to promote human rights or expose illegal activity by Russian officials. So far, some 35 Putin cronies have been sanctioned under the act, infuriating the Russian president.

After the act passed, prominent Magnitsky supporters in Russia began to be mysteriously poisonedthrown off buildings or shot on bridges in front of the Kremlin. At the same time — according to testimony by Magnitsky’s boss, Hermitage Capital Management chief executive William Browder, recently made to the Senate Judiciary Committee — Fusion GPS launched a lobbying campaign in Washington to repeal the Magnitsky Act by charging (a) that Magnitsky was not murdered and (b) that he and Browder were, in fact, the ones responsible for the tax fraud. Of course, Magnitsky was blameless, and Browder’s only crime was that he virtually single-handedly led the charge for passage of the Magnitsky Act — originally opposed by the Obama administration, including Clinton’s State Department.

One of the faces of the campaign to repeal the Magnitsky Act was the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya (the same lawyer who famously met with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016). She visited the United States in 2016 ostensibly to lobby on adoption issues (Putin had barred Americans from adopting Russian children in response to the passage of the Magnitsky Act), but her real purpose was to push the repeal of the act and prevent the passage of a global law bearing Magnitsky’s name. Concurrently, Veselnitskaya defended Prevezon, a company sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act for laundering money from the tax fraud Magnitsky uncovered. Prevezon is owned by Denis Katsyv, a Putin-linked oligarch and son of a former Russian government minister.

In July, Browder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he testified that Prevezon “hired Glenn Simpson of the firm Fusion GPS to conduct a smear campaign against me and Sergei Magnitsky. . . . He contacted a number of major newspapers and other publications to spread false information that Sergei Magnitsky was not murdered, was not a whistleblower and was instead a criminal.” As a former Wall Street Journal reporter, Simpson had extensive contacts with his former media colleagues he could use to spread anti-Magnitsky propaganda.

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Trump to Asia: A Potential Historic Breakthrough

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by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:

With President Donald Trump set to leave for his Asia tour within days, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Following the inspiring developments of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Trump called President Xi Jinping to congratulate him on the results, and to confirm that he is looking forward to their meeting on November 8. Trump will be traveling with a number of American businessmen and manufacturers, who are hoping to expand trade opportunities with China, and to become participants in the global projects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Helga Zepp LaRouche has emphasized that the success of this tour by Trump would consolidate a cooperative alliance between the U.S., Russia and China, which would spell the end of the imperial, unipolar geopolitical order run by neocons and neo-liberals, which has put the world on the edge of global economic collapse and World War III.

Sadly, few people in the West are aware of this potential historic breakthrough. The only “news” available to those in the Trans-Atlantic region is the latest unconstitutional provocations of the legal assassin, Robert Mueller, who is the point person for a desperate effort by the London-centered oligarchs intent on stopping the momentum of the BRI, and prevent Trump from succeeding in bringing in the U.S. as a partner.

Join us on Thursday, as Mrs. Zepp LaRouche, the chairwoman of the Schiller Institute, will provide a necessary strategic corrective to the Fake News, based on spreading the Spirit of the New Silk Road.

TRANSCRIPT

HARLEY SCHLANGER:  Hello, I’m Harley Schlanger from the Schiller Institute and I’d like to welcome you to this week’s webcast with Helga Zepp-LaRouche.  Helga, this has been an extraordinary week of crucial strategic developments, which, as is often the case, these have been hidden from most of the people in the West.  We can start with the fact that President Trump will be going to Asia in a couple of days, and he has a pivotal Nov. 8th meeting with President Xi Jinping.  President Xi gave a very significant message yesterday, where he said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to cooperate with the United States on a “win-win” basis.

There’s all sorts of Chinese activity, including Russian Prime Minister Medvedev coming to China, developments on the Silk Road in Ukraine, Portugal and elsewhere.  But also, as you had forecast in one of the earlier webcasts, there’s an effort to stop this from taking place, and we saw that with the Mueller intervention, the special counsel — the legal assassin Robert Mueller — with a really fraudulent set of indictments on Monday of this week, Paul Manafort and his aide Gates; and then this classic British FBI sting operation with George Papadapoulos. And right on cue, David Gergen went on CNN and said President Trump should not go to Asia in the middle of this.

So where do things stand, as we’re sitting here, today?

HELGA ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  It is very dramatic and very hopeful.  First of all, I think both Presidents, President Trump and President Xi, have signalled ahead of the summit their best intention to make this a breakthrough.  President Trump gave an extremely interesting interview to Fox TV’s Lou Dobbs, where he said that he expects the relationship between the United States and China to be absolutely great; that China is a great country, that he has an excellent relationship with President Xi Jinping. And then President Xi Jinping, on his side, had a meeting addressing a meeting of the Tsinghua University, which is a very prestigious university in Beijing, where he said that he is looking “far ahead and aiming high” in the relationship with the United States.  And this is actually, I think it’s a very interesting conception.  You can also say it’s a “vision” — looking “far ahead and aiming high,” and I couldn’t help but compare that to the policy of approach of Chancellor Merkel [in Germany] who always has a policy of “little steps.”  And she once said even that one can only steer ahead as far as one can see.

Now, that’s quite a difference in the approach.  And this comes naturally, immediately after the 19th National Congress of the CPC, where Xi Jinping managed to unite the whole party behind his vision of the Belt and Road Initiative, of the idea of a community of a shared future of mankind, and he said that that is going to be discussed in the meeting with President Trump.  So I think that the signs that the relationship between the two most important countries in the world will turn out to be positive, I’m very, very hopeful.

And I think the Western media are just ridiculous.  I was watching especially the German coverage of what’s going on in the United States, and it’s as if the FBI were running the German media!  Because they only report the one side, the Obama intelligence community side and they don’t report at all what Trump is actually saying.  And they naturally don’t report anything about this upcoming visit.

So I think people will be in for a surprise, because I think the developments cannot be hidden, and my expectations are very high that they will be very positive.

SCHLANGER:  We also have, as I mentioned at the outset, a very active Chinese engagement in the world.  There are developments in Portugal with the Maritime Silk Road, with Ukraine as a possible transit point into Europe.  And also, by the way, important discussion between India and China:  What can you tell us about that?

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  I think President Xi Jinping has a grand design of overcoming all tensions. You know, the “win-win” concept applies to every single country, and you can see that, for example, in the fact that Japan, whose Prime Minister Abe is moving closer to the work with China and the Belt and Road Initiative.  And the same goes for India which until very recently had this border conflict in Doklam, where they had actually a stand-off between the militaries of both sides, and that has apparently been quite successfully calmed down and the relations between China and India are now much improved.

And then, naturally Prime Minister Medvedev of Russia was just in Beijing and he met with President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang and others, and they talked about integrating the New Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union; and they even talked about creating a “Silk Road on Ice” by joining efforts for the development of the Arctic. Then you have all kinds of efforts to overcome tensions among all kinds of conflicts, and I think there is a grand design behind all of this, which is the idea to move the entire world community up to a new level of relations among nations, overcoming geopolitics.

And I think this is something most people have not yet even started to think about.  I think this is such a revolutionary new concept, of overcoming geopolitics by finding a collaboration in the interest of the other, uniting actually all of mankind.  And I don’t know if it will succeed, because you know, there are important forces who are opposing it, but I think the intention, by China, by President Xi Jinping, to establish such a new model of relationships is without any question.

And I think people who are sort of brainwashed by the Western media, and what we find many times in the streets, at our information tables, where people say “Oh, but I don’t trust the Chinese,” well I would ask these people to just investigate for a little bit of time, and make yourself more familiar with what is the Chinese grand design, and not go by the media reports against China.  Why should people believe the media on China, when they obviously are lying on so many other issues?  So I would want the audience — you —  to open your minds and to open your hearts and find out for yourself.  Because I think, what we are witnessing right now, is one of the most exceptional changes in human history:  Because if this model of the Chinese succeeds, then the danger of war and the danger of the extinction of the human race through the use of thermonuclear weapons, for example, would be overcome forever.  And that is definitely something which I think is worth trying to accomplish.

SCHLANGER:  Last week, you mentioned that the CEO of Caterpillar, which is a company that manufactures heavy machinery used for agriculture and construction, said that he’s very optimistic about a U.S. role in the New Silk Road.  We also have a leading establishment figure now, Joseph Nye, a professor at Harvard, someone who’s inside the institutions; he came out and he said he favors U.S. cooperation with China.  What is it that the neo-cons and neo-liberals in the establishment fear so much about a U.S.-China cooperation?

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  It is so clear that the Chinese model, which is also reflected in the new banking institutions, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the New Development Bank of the BRICS countries, the Silk Road Fund, and many similar institutions, they are explicitly oriented towards investment in the real economy.  And rather than looking at this emerging system of alternative credit institutions as a savior, as something which may eventually even be the lifeboat when the next financial crash hits — which is about to happen at any moment — they look at this as a threat.  Because as you can see, the entire Western system, especially as it emerged  after the collapse of the Soviet Union, was based on the idea of a unipolar world, based on the “special relationship” of the Anglo-Americans, running the world through financial control of the dollar-denominated system.

And this system obviously worked for some people very well, because they became richer and richer — I mean, just shamelessly rich billionaires, two-digit billionaires, while the majority of the people, or a larger part of the people became poorer, the middle class was afraid to be out in the corner; so these people defend that system, because that is what their privilege is based on, that is what their money is attached to. And they look at the idea that China is promoting a model which is truly devoted to the common good — not only the common good of the Chinese people, but very explicitly is investing in people and in countries that were left behind by the trans-Atlantic financial system.  And they’re providing credits for infrastructure, for industrial parks, for agriculture, and naturally, this is a more attractive model.  So rather than saying, “OK, let’s recognize the fact that the Western model did not function, it led to all kinds of rebellions, it led to the Brexit, it led to Hillary Clinton losing the election; it led to the rise of popular parties in Europe; and it’s actually contributing to the dissolution of the EU at a rather amazing speed, if you look at Spain, if you look at the situation in other areas such as Eastern Europe, for example, which is clearly turning away from the EU. So it had all of these side-effects, but rather than reflecting upon it and changing, and maybe adjusting to the new offers, they are determined to oppose it by the old tricks, lies, set-ups and coups if they can; and that is why they are not giving up.

I think it’s a small elite, but in many countries like the people who are going after Trump in the United States, are definitely determined not to let that new system emerge, and we have in Europe, unfortunately, similar-minded people.  But they are in trouble, in my view.

SCHLANGER:  Let’s turn our attention for a moment to the latest developments in the United States on this:  In particular, I want to focus on this plea agreement with this character Papadopoulos, which was based on the fact that they say he lied to the FBI.  What did he lie about?  Supposedly he was told that the Russians had hacked emails; supposedly he met with a Russian professors — who turns out to be from Malta —  and the Russian professor introduced him to Putin’s niece — who turned out not to be Putin’s niece — and the whole story just wreaks of a classic FBI-British sting operation.

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Is the Pentagon Developing “Personalized” Bioweapons to Use Against Russia?

by Phil Butler, Russia Insider:

At the moment you figured the anti-Russia mess couldn’t get any weirder, Russian President Putin reveals the west’s bio-warfare planning.

News Russian genetic material is being harvested all over the country, purposefully and professionally, is the latest chilling reminder of the globalist war on Russia. No, you are not reading the fiction novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. But yes, this is a revelation of the coming dystopian future we’re headed for.

Most of us involved in the ongoing media war against the globalist lie can believe just about anything these days. What with RussiaGate unhinging reality in America, and crazy journalists screaming “Evil Putin” with every breath, the announcement radioactive Godzilla has invaded East Germany would scarcely raise an eyebrow. But the most pragmatic leader of humanity in two centuries calling out the U.S. Air Force for preparing all-out biological warfare on Russia?

When I read the RT story, I’ll admit I had to do a double take. Then the insanity of it all hit me like a brick. Senators and the technocrats in America are teaming up to throw RT America out of the country over words and opinions, while at the same time the U.S. Pentagon gives the approval to target DNA of Russians! “Here we go”, with the latest drug induced psychotic episode from Washington.

At a meeting of Russia’s Human Rights Council the Russian president outlined far-out events that took place during recent regional elections, which were reportedly inundated with foreign viewers. The issues Putin later highlighted revolve around foreign viewers recording the people in these elections, and more freakishly, tissue samples being taken from “..different ethnic groups and people living in different geographical regions of the Russian Federation.” 

Mr. Putin went on to assure his audience there is nothing to be afraid of, for Russia’s intelligence community is well armed to deal with such an attack.

Prepared or not though, a July tender from the US Air Force Air Education and Training Command on a US government website seeking to acquire samples of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and synovial fluid from Russians is more freakish than a Hillary Clinton seizure. Now as to what our Pentagon is up to here.

A member of the UN Commission on Biological Weaponry, Igor Nikulin told reporters:

“New types of biological weapons are being developed. There’s nothing else that could possibly interest the military department. Most likely, they are weaponized viruses. The US is trying to develop various types of biological weapons specifically for specific carriers of this gene pool, and Caucasoids are needed since they constitute the majority of the population of our country. This is the same focus group for which they are trying to find the samples. It’s necessary for the viruses to act selectively on one or another ethnic group.”

In the end DNA is used to diagnose and treat diseases, but the same procedures can be used to create tightly controlled viruses deadly to only those who are targeted. Theoretically, DNA research could be capable of killing on the individual level at some point. Reading the advertisement by the Air Force sends a chill up my spine, for it is damning to the extreme. Not only does the ad spell out the exact “sample” quantity etc, it spells out how the Air Force will pay would be DNA spies:

”In addition, information on donors must be provided with the samples, including their sex, age, ethnicity, smoking history, medical history, height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). The samples must be delivered to the Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, Texas, within 10 days after the contractor receives the money.”

No, this is not a hoax. I figure some reading are thinking like I did at first, “This cannot be.” Of course the listing has since disappeared, but screenshots and various reports all about the web verify the authenticity of the RT news bit. But Russian media aside, the facts of US biological weapons research aimed at Russia and ALL other perceived enemies is abundant. This report from Air Force Colonel Michael J. Ainscough from back in 2002 outlines how “future” bioweapons will be developed, deployed, and used.

From this report we learned that the Pentagon under the Bush Administration was not nearly as concerned with Iraq’s WOMDs, but instead focused heavily on bioweapons of the former Soviet Union (Chapter I). However, damning the implications of the colonel’s focus may be, however, Colonel Ainscough’s paper was clearly intended to be used to justify America’s later stage bio-weapons developments. Ideas like weaponizing the deadly Ebola virus soon became weps research reality. But once again, terrorists in Syria or Iranian fundamentalists are not the suggested harbingers of targeted Ebola outbreaks against America. Russia is the supposed aggressor again.

This 2014 report entitled “Weaponizing Ebola?” is written by John R. Haines is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Executive Director of FPRI’s Princeton Committee. His “story” loops in the Soviet-era Biopreparat biowarfare agency in order to create the new “boogie man” for America’s military industrialists. The propaganda of weapons scientists equals “Soviets=Russians, , Soviets=Putin, Soviets=Enemy” – just plain old PR campaigning for dealing death.

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Moscow Outmaneuvers Washington’s Kurdistan Project

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by F. William Engdahl, New Eastern Outlook:

For the moment it looks as if Russian three-dimensional geopolitical chess moves in the turbulent Middle East have thrown a giant monkey wrench into Washington plans to create an independent Kurdistan. In September the Kurdish population in Iraq voted apparently overwhelmingly for creation of an independent Kurdistan that would control some of the richest oil fields of Iraq in and around Kirkuk as well. Today, a month later, Massoud Barzani, the US and Israel-backed Kurd leader, is facing a major loss of powers from the Iraq Kurd Parliament. In the middle of the fast-changing developments—whose outcome is decisive to far more than the Middle East—is Russia and the Russian state-owned oil giant, Rosneft.

Contrary to the slick US and EU propaganda that has portrayed former President Massoud Barzani and his Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) as champions of western-style democracy, Barzani is a clan warlord who has ruthlessly pursued ethnic cleansing against a Yazidi and Christian Assyrian minority in order to gain control of oil lands those peoples had historically occupied until 2014. The Barzani clan and his Peshmerga military arm were trained beginning the late 1960s by Israeli Mossad Lt Colonel Tzuri Sagi, initially to go against Saddam Hussein’s rule. Israeli ties to the Barzani clan have remained since.

Since that time the Massoud Barzani clan has built a dictatorial power in the Kurdish region of Iraq using assassination, corruption and since 2014, control of sales of Iraqi oil via Turkey. Such is Barzani’s mafia-power, despite the fact that his term as President of the Iraqi Kurdistan ended in 2015 and the Kurd regional parliament refused to renew it, he has ruled since without any legal basis by preventing the parliament from convening and formally ousting him. Massoud’s son controls the region’s security council and all all military and civilian intelligence.

Barzani, with open backing of Israel’s Netanyahu, despite major opposition from most of the world, went ahead with a referendum for an independent Kurdish state. It was to have been the beginning of a domino-style reshaping of the geopolitical map of the entire Middle East along the lines of US Army Col. Ralph Peters’ 2006 Armed Forces Journal, “Blood Borders: How a Better Middle East Would Look.”

Since the British and French carved up the oil-rich lands of the collapsing Ottoman Empire in the secret Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 during the First World War, the ethnic peoples known as Kurds were divided, deliberately, between the borders of Iran, Iraq, Syria and of Turkey. To now create a single Kurdish state would destabilize the entire region and beyond. The issues among the various ethnic Kurds themselves are as well vast with differences in Kurd dialects sometimes being as vast as that between English and modern German. The political differences as well are significant.

Had the US and Israel succeeded in forming an independent Kurdish state in Iraq as a precursor to a Greater Kurdistan of some 23 million people, it would have thrown the entire region from Iran to Iraq to Syria and Turkey into war, the kind of really big war the Pentagon neoconservatives have salivated over since they concocted the fake proof in 2003 that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Interesting to note, the same California PR firm, Russo Marsh & Rogers, that created Move America Forward (MAF), as a pro-war lobby for the 2003 war against Saddam Hussein, using fabrications to whip up popular support in the US for war in Iraq, is the PR firm used since 2005 by the Barzani clan to promote the idea in the US that Kirkuk oil should be part of an independent Kurdistan.

One month later…

One month later and how the Iraqi Kurd landscape has changed. In a blitz military action that was clearly supported by a strong anti-Barzani faction of the Kurds, the Baghdad army retook Kirkuk and the key oilfields occupied since 2014 illegally by Barzani’s forces.

This meant that the financial key to Barzani and Tel Aviv’s “independent” Iraqi Kurdistan, the oil revenues from Kirkuk and Bai Hasaan fields of around 1.2 million barrels per day are no longer in the hands of the Barzani mafia.

After Barzani’s gang took control of the Kirkuk oil-rich region in 2014, driving hundreds of thousands of ethnic Yazidis and Assyrian Christians from their homes, US oil interests helped to build Barzani’s power. Rex Tillerson as CEO of ExxonMobil defied the Baghdad government and invested in the Kurd region of Iraq along with Chevron after 2014 as a clear part of the US preparation for an independent oil-rich Kurdistan.

Amidst the chaos of the conquests of ISIS across Iraq and Syria after 2014, a conquest that was initially facilitated by Barzani in his bid to grab Kirkuk oil, Barzani’s clan made an illegal deal with the family of Turkish President Erdogan to sell the oil via Turkish pipelines where it was sold on to Israel earning Barzani’s clan billions of dollars. By August 2015 the Jerusalem Post reported that as much as 77{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of Israel oil imports were coming from Kurd-occupied Kirkuk region, via pipeline from Turkish Ceyhan to the Israel oil port at Ashkelon.

Following Barzani’s bombastic declaration of a 93{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} independence referendum yes vote, the Iraq government, as did others including that of Turkey and Iran, declared the vote illegal. Baghdad swiftly moved to impose sanctions on the Iraqi Kurdish region. Erdogan’s Turkey, fearing a spread of Kurdish independence to Turkish Kurds, a significant minority bordering Syria and Iraq, cut off Kurd pipeline flows.

Then Baghdad held secret talks with the opposition Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of the recently deceased Jalal Talabani. PUK had opposed the idea of referendum, and it was their soldiers who largely controlled Kirkuk.

According to Bafel Talabani, the son of recently-deceased Jalal Talabani, just before the Iraqi forces, in a joint operation of the Iraqi army and the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militias were moving to retake Kirkuk, a deal was reached with Baghdad to peacefully withdraw PUK-controlled Peshmerga forces from the city, opening the way for dialogue and saving thousands of lives. Talabani called the decision of Barzani to go ahead with a referendum, despite clear warnings of the consequences, a “colossal mistake.”

On October 29, Massoud Barzani announced he would step down as (illegitimate) President of the Iraqi Kurdish region, acknowledging the utter failure of the Israel-backed referendum ploy.

Russian Oil Geopolitics

A crucial if little-noted factor in making the strategic shift in the geopolitical energy field of the Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish regions in the last months has been Russia, specifically Russia’s giant state-owned Rosneft.

Surprising many, just after the September 25 Iraqi Kurd referendum vote, Rosneft CEO, Igor Sechin announced that Rosneft had agreed to buy control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $4 billion according to remarks by Sechin on October 18 at a conference this author attended in Italy two days before the signing of the deal.

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Putin

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from Newsbud:

ROBERT MUELLER’S FBI PURPOSEFULLY KEPT CONGRESS IN THE DARK ABOUT RUSSIA’S MASSIVE AND ILLEGAL INVOLVEMENT WITH AMERICAN URANIUM COMPANIES

by Alex Thomas, The Daily Sheeple:

Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz introduced a resolution Friday that called for former FBI Director Robert Mueller to step down as special counsel for the “Russia investigation” due to the fact that he was directly involved with covering up Russia’s “significant and illegal” involvement with American uranium companies.

That’s right, the man whose supposed job is to find out whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia was actually the head of the FBI when they covered up the fact that the country was “corrupting” American uranium companies while also purposefully stopping a key witness from contacting Congress about said corruption.

In other words, Mueller is a deep state operative who is literally guilty of what he claims to be investigating President Trump for and should immediately resign as there is absolutely no chance whatsoever that his investigation is or will be unbiased. (The man is close personal friends with James Comey for crying out loud!)

A statement by Gaetz was included in the introduction of the resolution and noted that new evidence (the very same evidence that outlets such as MSNBC have implied was criminal to even talk about) has emerged that proves that the Mueller run FBI withheld key information from Congress in what amounts to covering up for the Russians.

“Although federal agents possessed this information in 2010, the Department of Justice continued investigating this ‘matter’ for over four years. The FBI, led at the time by Robert Mueller, required the confidential witness to sign a non-disclosure agreement,” Gaetz declared.

“When the witness attempted to contact Congress and federal courts about the bribery and corruption he saw, he was threatened with legal action. By silencing him, Obama’s Justice Department and Mueller’s FBI knowingly kept Congress in the dark about Russia’s significant and illegal involvement with American uranium companies.”

“These deeply troubling events took place when Mr. Mueller was the Director of the FBI. As such, his impartiality is hopelessly compromised. He must step down immediately,” Gaetz continued.

As Breitbart noted, allegations against Mueller are not simply “right wing conspiracies” like the vast majority of the liberal media has tried to convince the American people but rather come from multiple in-depth investigative reports, including one from the mainstream news outlet The Hill.

Last month, The Hill brought to light new revelations on an FBI investigation into a Russian kickback and bribery scheme in the U.S. The outlet reported that the FBI began their investigation in 2009 and had gathered evidence of the widespread scheme.

The investigation, which centered around a Russian nuclear energy firm, was not revealed to members of Congress, even as the Obama administration approved a deal in 2010 that would allow that firm’s parent company to purchase one-fifth of the U.S.’s uranium assets.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat on a nine-member committee reviewing the deal, and during its approval, Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from Russian investors, met with Russian officials, and the Clinton Foundation received millions. Clinton aides deny any connection.

Keep in mind that Mueller has so far failed spectacularly in doing what he was supposedly hired to do – to charge anyone who may have colluded with the Russians in an attempt to alter the 2016 elections. This obvious deep state operative has instead laughably charged two Trump associates with crimes committed literally years before Trump even considered running for president. ‘

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Moscow Calls for New Financial System That Bypasses US Dollar

by Louis Heyward, Russia Insider:

“The world should not be dominated by one currency. It is necessary to build a new system of international financial relations”

Moscow and Beijing are leading the charge against US dollar dominance, so naturally Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saw his recent visit to China as an opportunity to remind Washington that the petrodollar’s days are numbered:

Transcript:

The world should not be dominated by one currency. It is necessary to build a new system of international financial relations

Dmitry Medvedev stated in Beijing.

Anchor:

Today he held talks with the Chinese President, the head of the Chinese government, and the head of the Parliament. Anastasia Sakhovskaya is reporting.

Corespondent:

Chinese operators and photographers are almost knocking each other down. They always pay special attention to Russian visits to China, but today it’s just extraordinary. This is the first direct high-level contact after the congress of the Communist Party, which confirmed the policy of rapprochement with Russia.

The world needs financial balance. Countries shouldn’t be held hostage by one economy. The development of the ruble and the yuan will contribute to the balance. Russia and China want to introduce settlements in national currencies. We are developing our payment system on the basis of the Mir card.

At the moment, we are discussing the ways the Mir card will be connected to Chinese payment systems. Oil, coal, gas, the Yamal LNG project, deliveries along the eastern route of the “Power of Siberia” pipeline in 2 years, and the western route is being negotiated. Peaceful nuclear cooperation, an agreement was signed with Roscosmos up to 2022.

But there’s another growth point, the Far East which is so close to China.

Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier:

“We are going to increase Chinese investments in the Far East. We are ready to import more energy-related products.”

Corespondent:

An investment package worth $15 billion has already been agreed upon, while a separate fund can be created to finance innovative projects.

Alexander Tkachev, Russian Minister of Agriculture:

“We’re actively advancing livestock farming, including beef and poultry, rabbit, and other types of meat. So, we have no intention to stop.”

Corespondent:

It’s for their contribution to the development of trade, Dmitry Medvedev awarded the Order of Friendship to Vice Premier Wang Yang and his two colleagues. Today the year of media exchange closed, information ties strengthen as well. In the evening, the Russian delegation was received by Xi Jinping. Dmitry Medvedev personally conveyed to the Chinese leader Vladimir Putin’s congratulations on the adoption of strategic decisions for the country at the Communist Party congress.

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In Shocking Purge, Saudi King Arrests Billionaire Prince Bin Talal, Dozens Of Others In Cabinet Crackdown

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from Zero Hedge:

In a shocking development, Saudi press Al Mayadeen reported late on Saturday that prominent billionaire, member of the royal Saudi family, and one of the biggest shareholders of Citi, News Corp. and Twitter – not to mention frequent CNBC guest – Al-Waleed bin Talal, along with ten senior princes, and some 38 ministers, has been arrested for corruption and money laundering charges on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while Royal princes’ private planes have been grounded.

Among those fired and/or arrested are the head of National Royal Guards, Miteb Bin Abdullah, the Minister of Economy and Planning, Adel Fakeih, and Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan, the Commander of the Saudi Naval Forces.

As the local press further adds, the supreme committee chaired by Crown Prince and billionaire stops “on charges of money laundering.”

al-Waleed bin Talal is perhaps best known not only for his periodic CNBC appearances, but for his recurring on and off spats with president Trump:

According to al Arabiya, among those sacked and/or arrested are Moteib Bin Abdullah, Minister of the National Guard, and Prince Khalid bin Ayyaf has been appointed as his replacement. A second Royal Order was issued to relieve Minister of Economy and Planning, Adel al-Faqieh, from his duties, and the appointment of Mohammed Al Tuwaijri as Minister of Economy and Planning.

According to a Royal Decree issued by King Salman on Saturday the anti-corruption committee is chaired by the Crown Prince with the membership of: Chairman of the Monitoring and Investigation Commission, Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Authority, Chief of the General Audit Bureau, Attorney General and Head of State Security.

As Saudi analysts were quick to point out, the purge by the Saudi King means that King Abdallah’s last remnants (Riyad firmer gov. & head of Nat. Guard); media moguls; SAGIA & financial policy officials have been purged.

As Bloomberg notes, changing the head of the National Guard, an institution that’s been controlled by the clan of the late King Abdullah, “is not like changing the minister of oil,” said Kamran Bokhari, a senior analyst with Geopolitical Futures and a senior fellow with the Center for Global Policy. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this leads to greater fissures within the royal family.”

Arabiya adds that King Salman also issued sacking and replacement orders for Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan, the Commander of the Naval Forces, is to be terminated and be retired; his replacement is Vice Admiral Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghifaili, to be promoted to the rank of admiral and be appointed as Commander of the Naval Forces.

Additionally, Minister of Economy and Planning Adel al-Faqieh was replaced by Mohammed al-Tuwaijri, SPA said, quoting a royal decreeCommander of the Saudi Navy, Abdullah al-Sultan, was replaced with Fahad al-Ghafli. The king also replaced Minister of Economy and Planning Adel Fakeih withMohammad Al Tuwaijri, his deputy.

Al Tuwaijri, formerly vice minister for economy and planning, had already played a key role in shaping Saudi economic and fiscal policy over the past year. Before joining the government in May 2016 he was Middle East chief executive for HSBC. He’s served as a frequent spokesman for the government’s economic reform plan on TV and with Western journalists.

King Salman also issued an decree forming an anti-corruption committee headed by the crown prince. Its powers include the ability to trace funds and assets, and prevent their transfer or liquidation on behalf of individuals or entities, along with the right to take any precautionary actions until cases are referred to relevant investigatory or judiciary authorities, according to a government statement.

The committee’s formation was deemed necessary “due to the propensity of some people for abuse, putting their personal interest above public interest, and stealing public funds,” the Royal Order said.

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Hong Kong expands cross-border gold market with China, with 900 kilos of gold traded in Shenzhen

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by Enoch Yiu, South China Morning Post:

The second cross-border gold market between Hong Kong and China kicked off with US$36.88 million worth of the precious metal traded in Shenzhen.

Nine hundred kilogrammes of gold, worth 244.44 million yuan (US$36.88 million) changed hands on Friday evening, kicking off Hong Kong’s second cross-border market with mainland China under the so-called Gold Connect programme.

The first trades under the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Gold Connect were made after a ceremony hosted by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Haywood Cheung Tak-hay, president of the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society.

Under the scheme, mainland Chinese investors can authorise any of the 70 Hong Kong dealers located at the Qianhai special economic zone in Shenzhen to buy and sell gold bullions, and settle the transactions in cash or by physical delivery. The bullions are designated as one-kilogramme gold bars.

The Gold Connect is the city’s second such trading scheme after a link-up between Hong Kong and the Shanghai market in 2015. The new link with Shenzhen has 70 Hong Kong participating dealers, more than double the 30 who signed for the Shanghai-Hong Kong Gold Connect.

“The new Gold Connect, which starts tonight, as well as the gold vault in Qianhai, will help gold traders save time and money settling gold trades,” Chief Executive Lam said. “This will benefit both Hong Kong and mainland gold traders and investors.”

Lam added the new scheme would create closer ties between Hong Kong and Qianhai and credited the local gold bourse’s efforts to tie up with gold exchanges in Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar.

The proposed gold vault will commence operation in April, and be able to store 1,500 tonnes of gold, allowing mainlanders who trade the metal in Hong Kong via Qianhai, and gain physical delivery.

“The new connect will boost the internationalisation of the yuan. The Shanghai Connect has already benefited international investors to trade gold in the mainland,” said Cheung of the dealers’ guild. “The new Shenzhen leg will make it easier for 2,000 jewellery makers to trade gold in Hong Kong.”

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Spain Just Lit a Fuse Under Catalonia — its Richest Region

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by Don Quijones, Wolf Street:

Acute uncertainty is like sand in the gears of the local economy. 

It’s amazing how fast the wheels of the Spanish justice system go round when the establishment wants them to, and how slowly they revolve when it doesn’t, which is usually when members of the same establishment — senior politicians and civil servants, bankers, business owners, or even royalty — are in the dock, which is happening with disturbing regularity these days.

On Thursday we saw Spanish justice at its fastest. In the dock was the recently sacked vice president of Catalonia’s separatist government, Oriol Junqueras, and seven other elected representatives of the breakaway region who stand accused of a litany of charges, including rebellion, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years’ imprisonment.

The counsel for the defence had less than 24 hours to prepare the case. After just a few hours of hearing preliminary evidence, the National Court Judge sent half of Catalonia’s suspended government to jail without bail. On Friday,the same judge issued an international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, the disputed Catalan president who fled to Brussels on Monday, as well as four other former ministers who did not show up to court on Thursday.

Catalonia’s separatist politicians are paying a very high price for overplaying their hand. As we warned months ago, many in the Catalan government had hoped that threatening to declare independence unilaterally, or even following through on the threats (which it kind of did on Friday), might be enough to push the Spanish government into having to compromise. It was a massive bluff, and it’s hugely backfired.

But while jailing Catalonia’s elected government may be justifiable by Spanish law and will probably go some way to placating the more revanchist elements of the Spanish public, it will also further inflame tensions and polarize divisions within Spain’s north eastern region while doing yet more damage to the tattered image of Spanish democracy in the rest of the world. It also risks exacerbating economic uncertainty and instability in Catalonia, Spain’s richest region.

Just when things appeared to be returning to some semblance of normality as local people and the region’s political parties turned their attention to the regional elections scheduled for December 21, Rajoy, his government, and the judges they help appoint just lit a fuse under the region.

In Catalonia today it’s virtually impossible to tell what will happen tomorrow, let alone this time next month or next year. Such acute uncertainty is like sand in the gears of the local economy. Rather than slowing, the exodus of Catalan-based companies to other parts of Spain has actually accelerated in the wake of Madrid’s activation of article 155 of Spain’s constitution. On Tuesday alone an additional 99 companies bid farewell to Catalonia, albeit merely on paper for now.

Spain’s central bank yesterday warned that the current crisis could, in the worst case scenario, end up shaving 2.5 percentage points off Spain’s GDP in the next two years. That could be very optimistic if a genuine, lasting solution is not found to this crisis soon — and preferably one that does not involve the government in Madrid criminalizing a political movement supported by roughly half the region’s population.

The greatest tragedy of all, as British-Spanish journalist John Carlin wrote yesterday in the Barcelona daily La Vanguarda, is just how “spectacularly unnecessary” the current conflict is and how easily it could have all been avoided:

First, with a change of the sacred text of the Spanish Constitution and the approval of an agreed referendum, just as any other modern and democratic State (Canada, United Kingdom) would have done in similar circumstances. But it could have been avoided with even less, with merely conciliatory gestures and respectful words, with the granting of extra powers to the autonomous Catalan region, with a minimum of statesmanship, with the desire to think first of the general good.

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