by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog
Looks like Trump is running amok with his “trading policies”. Not only has he upset the European Union – which doesn’t deserve any better, frankly, for having been and still being submissive vassals against the will of by now 90% of Europeans; but he has also managed to get China into a fury. Well, for China it is really not that important, because China has plenty of other markets, including basically all of Asia and probably increasingly also Europe, as Europe increasingly feel the need for detaching from the US.
What is striking, though, is that even at the outset of the G20 Summit now ongoing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Trumps Ministers have made it clear that unless Europe cancels all subsidies – referring primarily to agricultural subsidies – and eliminates the newly imposed retaliatory import duties, new trade deals are not going to be discussed. Never mind that the US has the world’s highest farm subsidies.
From afar this looks like the most wicket and non-sensical trade war the US via Trump, is waging against the rest of the world – à la “Make America Great Again”. Will it work? Maybe. One can never predict dynamics, especially not in a neoliberal western world that is used to live on linearism, which by definition is always wrong. Knowingly and deliberately the west and it’s financial key institutions, IMF, World Bank, FED, European Central Bank – trick the public at large into believing their statistics and predictions – which, if one goes back in history, have always been off, way off.
All life is dynamic. But to understand this it takes independent thinking – which the west has long given up, unfortunately. So, in response to the latest Trump-promoted trade fiasco at the G20 in Argentina, the IMF is up in arms, saying this might lower world GDP by at least 0.5%. – Even if true, so what?
In reality, there is a totally different scenario that nobody dares talk about. Namely, what renewed local production and monetary sovereignty can bring to the world economy; precisely what Mr. Trump says he wants to propagate for the US of A – local production for local markets and for trade with countries that respect mutual benefits. The latter is of course a question not easily achieved by any trade deal with the US. But the former is an enormous economic power keg. The stimulation of local economies through internal credit, is the most commanding means to boost local employment and GDP.
Then there is the sanctions game. It’s getting ever more aggressive. New sanctions on Russia, new sanctions on Venezuela – and new heavy-heavy sanctions on Iran. And the European puppets still follow suit, although they are the ones that most suffer from US sanctions imposed on others, especially because out of ‘stupidity’ or fear, they cannot let go of the destructive empire, hobbling away on its last breath. Or is it perhaps, that those fake leaders of the Brussels construct are bought? – Yes, I mean bought with money or with favors? – It’s not out of this world, since those of the European Commission who call the shots are not elected, thus, responsible to no one.
Take the case of Iran, Trump and his peons, Bolton and Pompeo, have threatened every oil company around the globe with heavy sanctions if they keep buying hydrocarbons from Iran beyond November 2018. Particularly concerned are the European Petrol giants, like Total, ENI, Repsol and others. – As a consequence, they have canceled their literally of billions of euros worth of contracts with Iran to protect themselves – and, of course, their shareholders. Just recently I talked to a high executive from Total. He said, we have no choice, as we cannot trust our people in Brussels to shield us from Washington’s sanctions. So, we have to look elsewhere to fulfill our contractual obligations vis-à-vis our clients. But, he added, we did not buy the American fracking stuff; we are negotiating with Russia. – There you go.
The European market for Iran’s hydrocarbon is estimated at about 20% of Iran’s total production. An amount, easily taken over by China and others which are too big (and too bold) to be sanctioned by the empire. Some may actually resell Iranian hydrocarbons through their backdoor to the otherwise sanctioned European oil corporations.
Iran has another strong weapon which they already made clear, they will use, if the US attempts seriously to block anyone from buying Iranian oil and gas. Iran can block the Gulf of Hormuz, where daily about 30% of all hydrocarbon used by the world is being shipped, including about half to the United states. This might increase the price of petrol exponentially and ruining many countries’ economies. However, higher prices would also benefit Russia, China and Venezuela, precisely the countries that Washington wants to punish.
Would such a move by Iran provoke a direct US aggression? – One never knows with the war profiteers of the US. What’s for sure, such an intervention would not pass without a commensurate response from China and Russia.
On the other side of the scenario – imagine – countries mired in this global mess, made in the US of A, start looking for their own internal interests again, seeking their own sovereignty, independence from the globalist dependency. They are embarking on economic policies furthering self-sufficiency, self-reliance; first foodwise, then focusing on their scientific research to build their own cutting-edge technology industrial parks. A vivid example is Russia. Since sanctions were imposed, Russia has moved from a totally import-dependent country since the collapse of the Soviet Union, to a food and industry self-sufficient nation. According to Mr. Putin, the sanctions were the best thing that happened to Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. Russia has been the world’s largest wheat exporter for the last two years.
Europeans have started quietly to reorient their business activities towards the east. Europeans may finally have noticed – not the elitist puppets from Brussels, but Big Business and the public at large – that the transatlantic partner cannot be trusted, nor their self-imposed EU central administration of Brussels. They are seeking their own ways, each one of these nations are seeking gradually to detach from the fangs of Washington, eventually detaching from the dollar dominion, because they notice businesswise the dollar-based economy is a losing proposition.
There is BREXIT, the most open move away from the ‘freedom limiting’ European dictate which is nothing else but a carbon copy of the economic dictate of the dollar, as practiced in the United States and everywhere the dollar is still the main international contract and reserve currency.
The Five Star Movement in Italy was created on similar premises – breaking out from Brussels, from the Euro-policy handcuffs. In a first attempt towards sidelining the Euro, they received a spanking from the euro-friendly Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, when he refused to accept the 5-Stars coalition partner’s, Lega Norte, proposed Eurosceptic Minister of Finance, Paolo Savona, who called Italy’s entry into the eurozone a “historic mistake”. This thrive by Italy to regain monetary sovereignty has by no means ended. To the contrary, it has taken strength and more determination. Germany moves in the same direction – quietly opening doors to Moscow and Beijing.
Unfortunately, these moves have little to do with a new more human and peace-loving consciousness, but rather with business interests. But perhaps conscious awareness – the reconnecting with the original spark of a humanity solidified in solidarity is a step-by-step process.
What if, considering the motion towards peoples’ new self-determination, Trump’s amok run, his jumping from chaos to more chaos, to the sanction game no end – punishing, or threatening friends and foes alike, will lead to a genuine de-globalization of the world? – If this were to happen then, we the 90% of the globe’s population, should be very grateful to Mr. Trump who has shown and created the path to enlightening – the enlightening of de-globalization.
Peter Koenig is an economist and geopolitical analyst. He is also a water resources and environmental specialist. He worked for over 30 years with the World Bank and the World Health Organization around the world in the fields of environment and water. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for Global Research; ICH; RT; Sputnik; PressTV; The 21st Century; TeleSUR; The Vineyard of The Saker Blog; and other internet sites. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed – fiction based on facts and on 30 years of World Bank experience around the globe. He is also a co-author of The World Order and Revolution! – Essays from the Resistance.
But for such brilliance, I would fear all might be lost.
Excellent writing. Reason to believe Trump may indeed prove to be a genuinely exceptional President.
Not because of him, not entirely.
Trump is on the stage. Lot’a business going on we don’t see.
It’s quite possible that “deglobalization” is exactly what Trump was after all along. He has been talking along those lines for as long as he has been a public figure…
In fact, if this is the only outcome of the Trump Presidency it will have been worthwhile.
yeah, his environmental and endangered species policies are horrible.
Trump, is one of the reasons I’m beginning to be more, and more convinced that there are some other forces, far beyond the visible realm kicked in to operation mode some years ago. Perhaps a monumental idiot had to come to “power” in order to achieve certain peaceful goals.
Some atoms were moved, and here he is…Trumping about.
Or, maybe he pretends to be a clown, and late at night, when his makeup is gone, he is just a normal, thinking human being.
Very good article Peter. Thank you!
I always thought that he was a clown. But, I support anyone who is against the globalization in hope that the little World can regain its independence, if only economic, which means prosperity instead of only selling good made in Asia, which killed all native industries.
remember Reagan acting stupid or hard of hearing…if you are old enough? we don’t have the luxury of examining Trump in the rearview mirror just yet
Oh, I am old enough, I did not like him either. I even remember Cuban crises.
Maybe the teevee makes you think he’s a clown? He looks pretty serious to me.
Or, to put it in the words of the Saker:
Will they dump the Empire for the US, or dump the US for the Empire?
Trump seems to to want to dump the Empire for the US. I say seems because it is not at all clear. It could well be that Trump is trying to save the Empire and the US but on a whole new set of rules advantageous to the US.
China is beating the US at its own game (with US rules). Hence the need for rule change and the spate of sanctions.
I don’t see Koenig endorsing trump in this article.
no, just talking practically – Trump is to be hated on many fronts – not just the sanctions and trade war front. His arms sales to Saudi Arabia were horrible – his Israeli behavior is horrible – his opening of all the national parks to Big Oil – is horrible – his dismantling of Obamas agreement on Endangered Species’ body parts not being allowed to enter the US – is horrible – it goes on and on – his relations with women as well….
But he is a lord of chaos – he’s been bankrupt multiple times – and Peter is just making a prediction of what might happen due to the uncontrolled chaos of the Crown Clown
“His arms sales to Saudi Arabia were horrible”
Presumably you detest Mr Putin’s S400 Saudi contract equally?
If you ask me, the Saudis are ripe for regime change. However, if you want to rank arms deals, I don’t think the S400 cracks the top 20 worst deals. Ahead of it are the jets, the rockets, assault weapons, handguns, tanks and cluster bombs, using which is widely considered to be a war crime, that the US sold them over the decades.
The S400 has little to no value as an offensive weapon.
“The S400 has little to no value as an offensive weapon.
Come now, Russia is every bit as (war criminal) complicit if a Houthi Soviet era missile is destroyed by it.
Money, money, money.
I think the United States is scared about what happens to Saudi Arabia in the future.
They know the regime is unstable. So Trump talks loud about Iran. And the Syria war was weird.
This is a very different era from the 1990s. Large nations are declaring themselves almost dictators. Not from strength. Or spirit. Because they are afraid.
Turkey, India, China.
The world’s banking systems have been failing for over a decade now.
“If this were to happen then, we the 90% of the globe’s population, should be very grateful to Mr. Trump who has shown and created the path to enlightening – the enlightening of de-globalization.”
Whether he is actually in this mode is uncertain, but it (de-globalization) is a theme which I detected in his run up and early activities. As to his success %probability — medium to low. There are too many other aspects which reduce his chances. “America Great Again!” has a whole lot of deep meaning for certain parasitical elements and they will not let go without a fight.
Maybe Peter doesn’t back up Trump but…
“What if, considering the motion towards peoples’ new self-determination, Trump’s amok run, his jumping from chaos to more chaos, to the sanction game no end – punishing, or threatening friends and foes alike, will lead to a genuine de-globalization of the world? – If this were to happen then, we the 90% of the globe’s population, should be very grateful to Mr. Trump who has shown and created the path to enlightening – the enlightening of de-globalization.”
It has been my “vision” that there are a lot of things happening in the background that most of us are not aware of.
I repeat, Trump’s Uncle, John Trump was very involved in Tesla papers, alternative-ufo energies along with a Mr. Bush very involved with MIT.
Trump was a friend of Nixon and there are connections to Jean Dixon who was a powerful medium of her time.
Sorry I’m not giving links and connections… You can do searches on your own if you are at all interested.
Everybody talks about “shadow government” and “illuminati” but nobody wants to look into “how it works”.
If you are at all interested, Daniel in Dark Journalist is doing an incredible series on X-knowledge that hides a lot of esoteric knowledge related to ufo/aliens secret knowledge and alternative free energies.
This knowledge is so incredible that it is too dangerous to be known at this time with the mind set of human beings and especially the “elite-deep state government”.
A big change/mutation has to happen to humanity before the truth becomes popular.
What we see going on with “de-globalization” is a long process… just like it took more than a century to put it in place involving neozionists etc…
I “dare” visualize that it is a “chess game” that’s being played, and for some unknown reason, Trump is moving maybe several moves ahead of most people can perceive.
Anyone who plays chess understand the levels of knowing moves ahead of the adversary.
Could it be that at some point, the game is being played at another level than “reason”?
Like “non-linear” like Peter talks about?
“One can never predict dynamics, especially not in a neoliberal western world that is used to live on linearism, which by definition is always wrong.”
When one starts to delve into the “invisible-energetic-universal consciousness”, there is no time, there is no space. Quantum Physics aludes to that. It’s all potential. What makes it reality?
Observation and awareness. Media can swerve/manipulate that “observation-awareness”. Thus the awareness of the “powers-that-be” to use “mind-control” techniques to move the masses and make them believe and “emote” in the direction they wish.
The whole Mueller investigation along with the “reality show” going on with the “rigged elections” is a mind-control process that is succeeding to divide the Americans… or maybe to “awaken” the Americans.
The “Walk-Away” movement gives me hope!!!
With LOVE and JOY,
Interesting comment–indeed, the direction we must go in lies in the realm of mystery, the unseen, the spiritual and particularly those slightly out of focus paranormal realities that are real but not quite. In fact when you approach that realm you enter into paradoxical multi-dimensional realities. That general direction is the only way forward because the normal political-economic-cultural processes are mostly rigged and gamed by oligarchs of all kinds. Hopefully the de-globalization process will enable us to re-globalize under completely different rules–ones that actually benefit humanity.
Hi Peter – great article – I agree – but how could Trump not know that everytime he does this – it drives the rest of the world into the waiting arms of Russia ? I suppose he’s perhaps such an egotist that he can’t think far enough ahead and thinks that the US economy can handle the fleeing markets of the pinions…but the newspapers every day must tell him ?
Anyway – lets hope that this isn’t some globalist agenda and that Russia truly is sovereign.
The law of unintended consequences. Everything the Saudis did to weaken Iran only strengthened it. Everything the US did to weaken Russia in the last 20 years only strengthened it. Just look at all the incompetent morons populating the US Senate and Congress. Right down to everyones little darling Trey Gowdy, who has completely bought into the Russia hoax.
It’s the political climate which is promoting the most incompetent, most corrupt and unscrupulous people to power. Like it was at the end of the Soviet Union. Sane, reasonable, responsible people like even Rand Paul have barely any room to breathe with no hope of ever changing anything in this system. He has been called a traitor for merely having a different opinion on the Helsinki summit.
They are operating on faulty premises, with a warped, inaccurate perspective of the world, no wonder nothing works out the way it does. For example, there are some idiots in the US who are still believing that Russia is on the brink of collapse, because of the “crippling” sanctions the US and it’s vassals imposed. This has no basis in reality, Russia is doing better than before the sanctions, much better. Yet these dimwitted buffoons still enjoy air time on mainstream television spewing this nonsense to this day.
Perhaps they are indoctrinated? This indoctrination has been around for about 800+ years with Maimonides in XII century? The Greeks can easily read into his name as they were always good at giving people nasty names.
Why? Because he dared to claim that he is an incarnation of one of the ancient Greek Philosophers.
“the path to enlightening – the enlightening of de-globalization.”
A confused piece by, the normally excellent, Peter Koenig. Globalization is not the core problem – the parasite exists within individual Nation States also.
“It’s not out of this world, since those of the European Commission who call the shots are not elected, thus, responsible to no one.”
That might lead one, for example, to suspect that the Democrat/Republican fiasco offer a benefit/choice to more than just Corporate America and its moneyed class https://www.socialistalternative.org/challenging-capitalism-and-the-two-parties/democrats-two-party-system/
“That is why big business funds two political parties, so that when one of their parties is discredited, they have their alternative ready to step in. Both Democrats and Republicans are integral parts of the two-party system. But each plays a slightly different role in that system.
The Wall Street Journal, the chief voice of Wall Street, reported on November 22, 1993: “Even though President Clinton has railed against rich people, special interest lobbyists, overpaid executives, and insurance and drug companies, he is now aggressively wooing big business, inviting small groups of top executives – 80 in the past 10 months – to lunch. On issue after issue, Mr. Clinton and his administration come down on the same side as Corporate America.”
While the Democrats at times have offered some small reforms, this has not been because they stand for the interests of working people and the poor, but instead has been because those reforms benefited the capitalist system or were conceded due to a mass movement in the streets.
If the Democrats really wanted to pass progressive legislation, they could break a Republican filibuster in the Senate. Obama had a mandate to pass groundbreaking legislation to clip the wings of Corporation America. Republicans were on the ropes. He could have introduced the popular single-payer health care system and then gone to the media and toured the country exposing how the insurance companies were backing a Republican filibuster, linked to mobilizing for ongoing protests all across the country. That would have shattered the filibuster.
This points to the fact that, even as an opposition party, the Democrat are totally ineffective. Without their support, none of Bush’s polices could have been passed. Not once was the filibuster even seriously threatened on any significant Republican legislation. In other words, the Democrats may have argued against Bush’s policies verbally, but they rolled over to allow his agenda to pass. Policies like the invasion of Iraq, tax cuts for the rich, No Child Left Behind, and the Patriot Act all got sizeable Democratic Party votes. This shows how the filibuster is an excuse used by the Democrats to hide their refusal to deliver on their promises, and how they systematically manipulate the trust of their supporters.”
The article is short, accurate and to the point. I have for years been watching the performance of the US Government, which has left the impression of a Roman emperor suffering from a severe case of paranoia, being reduced to a little Caligula.
As I have written before, the Washington political established, controlled by the neocons, have found themselves in a completely new situation, and one which they have trouble accepting. They are seeing the rise of the East, Russia and China. Their response has been one of imperial brute force, making threats left, right and center, and forgetting that the rest of the world is watching. Trump has been reduced to a neocon spokesman, doing as told, just like Obama and others before him. Even Europe has been reduced to accepting imperial threats from Washington, which it only partially accepted, bidding for time to make other choices.
Yes, Europe is slowly but surely looking towards the East, as analysts have already pointed out it will do. The European elites, no matter how much influence Washington is exerting over them, have their own economic and financial priorities. They are being asked to make economic and financial sacrifices for the sake of Washington’s imperial ambitions. Well, in the long run this will just not work out. By the second half of 2016 the EU lost 100 billion euros in trade with Russia, bitterly resented.
As everyone knows, no empire has ever lasted, as such an entity costs huge amounts of money and makes a heap of enemies. Washington is proving this fact. Russia and China don’t have to worry about the collapse of the US empire, as Washington is dismantling it with it’s imperial policies. It’s only a matter of time before Europe joins the Russian-Chinese economic camp, and there is nothing Washington can do about it short of a wider war, for which it will find no general support in Europe.
“It’s only a matter of time before Europe joins the Russian-Chinese economic camp”
Oh dear, instead of this bunch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Americans_by_net_worth robbing us blind we can have this bunch do that instead http://uk.businessinsider.com/richest-russian-oligarchs-putin-list-2018-1?r=US&IR=T/#13-aleksey-kuzmichev-79-billion-13.
Oh dear, but your sarcasm cannot be accepted, as the situation in Russia cannot be compared to the one in Ukraine. Who built that 12 mile bridge in Crimea in a mere 2 1/2 years, a feat no Western nation can replicate ? By a Russian oligarch. What have Ukrainians oligarchs been doing since 2014 ? Plundering the country and filling Western banks. Russia has resorted back to private enterprise. And yes, a class of wealthy people is thus created. However, they are under Government supervision, being asked to respect Russian laws, a contrast to what you had in Russia under Yeltsin.
“Who built that 12 mile bridge in Crimea in a mere 2 1/2 years, a feat no Western nation can replicate ? By a Russian oligarch.”
It was the engineering excellence of the Russian working class that built Kerch. The Soviets had a Russian in space in 1961 long before the state was looted.
Now the Russian laws, just like those in the US, have been designed by the Russian rich to ensure they (and their offspring) remain rich even when their offspring are nothing more than international playboys.
“For every megaproject somewhere, an infrastructure gap elsewhere
Regardless of whether or not the Crimean Bridge is directly to blame for Yakutsk’s continued inaccessibility, the gradual evaporation of funds for this Siberian bridge shows how megaprojects do not get built without exacerbating infrastructure gaps elsewhere. Time and again, it seems like geopolitically unimportant places in remote places like the Arctic lose out on investments in public infrastructure. Major industrial projects like pipelines and ports may go ahead, but unless it’s the Faroe Islands, it seems, the things people need – houses, schools, bridges – are sacrificed in the process.
Dissenting voices in the Sakha Republic have made their frustration with the lack of investment in a bridge to Yakutsk known. In 2014, Mikhail Nikolayev, a State Duma representative and former president of the Sakha Republic argued to The Moscow Times, “The country has enough funds and resources. To try to cut in one place to patch up another is unacceptable for the country. I think the government and the president perfectly understands [that Siberia and the Far East are Russia’s future] and will not cut funds destined to their development.”
Time will tell if the Russian president who drove so masterfully across what will certainly be remembered as a crowning achievement of his rule will realize this and build bridges in less areas less symbolic to national territorial integrity. If not, then maybe Chinese and perhaps even Japanese companies, with whom Rosavtodor is now supposedly planning to sign a concession agreement, will be the real builders of bridges in the Arctic. Already looking forward to that moment, one Chinese business leader has claimed that the bridge to Yakutsk will be the “continuation of the Great Silk Road.””
Apparently lots of great working class engineeres, everywhere http://uk.businessinsider.com/giant-infrastructure-projects-around-the-world-2017-6?r=US&IR=T/#the-newly-expanded-panama-canal-was-unveiled-to-the-public-in-early-june-102-years-after-it-first-opened-it-took-54-billion-and-40000-workers-to-triple-the-capacity-of-the-waterway-4
Not “instead”: both groups.
Well, there’s always time for Alexandra Ocasio-Cortes to become US president, establish communism and have the masses rise up and massacre the US part of the group – those who’ll not have fled to greener pastures…
But seriously, Trump will change certainly the world: he may even shake the Europeans so much that some sense of self-preservation will induce a measure of fighting spirit.
That is, if their beloved migrants have not destroyed them before they awake…r
“Well, there’s always time for Alexandra Ocasio-Cortes to become US president”
Will never happen.
The US populace, etc, have been fed so much opiate that they can no longer identify who they should really lynch but rather want to be like those who they are being starved by … & that’s the clever ones.
The rest just want to be Kim Kardashian or Kamaliya Zahoor andr blame the pesky immigrants for all their problems https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/londons-russian-jet-set-stars-in-reality-tv-show-s82lvhxmjmb
The only one robbing you blind is Germany
and their Eurogroupe. Go read previous
articles from Ramin Mazaheri.
“The only one robbing you blind is Germany”
Definitely not the only one, just one of many.
At number 48 in this list, it’s, practically, impossible to argue that “Russia” is doing any different though https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)_per_capita
The Dying Russians
“Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. I was used to losing friends to AIDS in the United States, but this was different. People in Russia were dying suddenly and violently, and their own friends and colleagues did not find these deaths shocking.”
“I showed up for a meeting with a newspaper reporter to have the receptionist say, “But he is dead, don’t you know?” I didn’t. I’d seen the man a week earlier; he was thirty and apparently healthy. The receptionist seemed to think I was being dense. “A helicopter accident,” she finally said, in a tone that seemed to indicate I had no business being surprised.
The deaths kept piling up. People—men and women—were falling, or perhaps jumping, off trains and out of windows; asphyxiating in country houses with faulty wood stoves or in apartments with jammed front-door locks; getting hit by cars that sped through quiet courtyards or plowed down groups of people on a sidewalk; drowning as a result of diving drunk into a lake or ignoring sea-storm warnings or for no apparent reason; poisoning themselves with too much alcohol, counterfeit alcohol, alcohol substitutes, or drugs; and, finally, dropping dead at absurdly early ages from heart attacks and strokes.”
In the seventeen years between 1992 and 2009, the Russian population declined by almost seven million people, or nearly 5 percent—a rate of loss unheard of in Europe since World War II. Moreover, much of this appears to be caused by rising mortality. By the mid-1990s, the average St. Petersburg man lived for seven fewer years than he did at the end of the Communist period; in Moscow, the dip was even greater, with death coming nearly eight years sooner.
Russia has long had a low birth rate. After 1989, however, it fell and still has not recovered: despite financial inducements introduced by the Putin government, the Russian fertility rate stands at 1.61, one of the lowest in the world (the US fertility rate estimate for 2014 is 2.01, which is also below replacement but still much higher than Russia’s).
Russian mortality trends for 1991-2001: analysis by cause and region
Russia experienced a further economic crisis in 1998, including rapid devaluation of its currency and increases in poverty. This economic crisis coincided with a further increase in adult mortality in the three years up to 2001, with life expectancy falling to 58.9 among men and 71.8 among women, levels similar to the low points reached in 1994. The cause of this recent dramatic decrease in life expectancy is not known. We examined the disease specific trends during this period to clarify these unique patterns.
An extra 2.5-3 million Russian adults died in middle age in the period 1992-2001.
Was the Collapse of Soviet Union a peaceful separation by consent, or a hidden, internal bloody war in a new Dimension, by very powerful mysterious forces?
Are the Russian people, able to do anything, in what is left after collapse of USSR, to derail themselves from the track of N.W.O?
similar thing now happening in USA with the opioid crisis.
people just dying. i’ve read that during the great depression
millions (5-10 millions) americans died, a great unreported fact.
can’t have such small fact ruin the “exceptional nations’ image,
A very interesting comment.
“We ask our allies & partners to join our economic pressure campaign against #Iran’s regime. We must cut off all funding the regime uses to fund terrorism & proxy wars. There’s no telling when Iran may try to foment terrorism, violence & instability in one of our countries next,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.
Err…I think this means usa themselves…surely….
The Soros Globalist movement is all about stripping Christianity away from those who believe. So we thank Mr. Koenig for his compliment that Trump is a “de-Soros-ing, de-globalizing” figure.
Various global inatitives, most notably the myth of “man-made global warming” and the agreements to “prevent” it, have been engineered to specifically to extract money from U.S. Citizens and send it elsewhere. The period of adjustment where rigged treaties are disposed of and fair ones created are likely to be tumultuous. However, there are few other options.
Advocates have yet to explain how Petro-yuan printed in Chinese operated Muslim labor camps are going to replace the dollar. The fact that China is converting its Muslim population by force (1), makes it hard to believe that there will be close cooperation between Muslim Iran and anti-Muslim China.
Putin had the opportunity to oppose these camps at the last SCO meeting, but instead gave tacit approval via his unequivocal endorsement of Chinese President Xi’s policies.
“The Soros Globalist movement is all about stripping Christianity away from those who believe.”.
Well if the Pope can imagine Judaism as the “elder brothers” this might just be the one instance that particular devil got it right.
“Advocates have yet to explain how Petro-yuan are going to replace the dollar”
1) Because it is backed by and convertible into gold which is real money.
2) Because countries want real money and proper international laws of trade which would apply to everyone
The USA with it’s dollar empire cannot provide either.
With western attempts to foment terrorism in China via the Uighurs it is not surprising that China is trying to divert this important group away from Wahhabi terrorism.
Perhaps you would like to write about the huge number of US FEMA concentration camps being built, what their purpose is and also give us a list of US black interrogation and torture sites dotted around the empire.
I know they exist but have often wondered just how many there are and which governments host them.
“…Chinese operated Muslim labor camps…” Where are those labor camps???
Primarily in Xinjiang province in western China where they are being used to dispose of the excess Muslim population. This has been going on for decades. Here is another source.
These allegations need to be seen in the context of what is going on in that very remote part of the world.
“Sources in the Russian law enforcement agencies, citing data from closed communication channels with the Defense Ministries of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, say that the operation to prepare a large-scale hybrid offensive against Russia through Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is in the final phase.”
Xinjiang is in north west China and right next door to Tajikistan .
“According to Russian intelligence agencies, at the moment the combat potential of the Islamic State ranges from 2500 to 4000 people. This is also confirmed by sources from the Ministry of Defense of China. The Chinese military claims at least 3,800 militants operating in 160 terrorist cells. Their greatest concentration is in the province of Nangarhar, in which the Islamic State increases the production and smuggling of drugs, as well as creates an infrastructure for the training of terrorists and recruits local people.”
Nangarhar is close to China and is the location of the 2 largest US military bases.
So with western help the terrorists are building up their forces. Uighurs have already been reported fighting against the government in Syria.
“According to the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan, in the near future the leadership of the Islamic State plans to expand the grouping by another 1.2 thousand militants. Most of them will also be located in the province, under the control of Gulab Mangal and his people.
It is worth noting that the two largest US bases in Afghanistan are in the immediate vicinity of the Nangarhar province, which is hardly worth considering as a coincidence.”
Apart from attacking Russia, this terrorist force has another purpose.
” If the operation succeeds, a focus of instability will be created along the path of the One-Belt-One-Road project, which is designed to strengthen the economic and logistical integration of Eurasia. ”
So it would seem that the Chinese have become aware of this and are trying to ensure that the Uighur population does not fall victim to Wahhabi terrorist ideology and that Xinjiang remains firmly under the control of the government. The Chinese people and government certainly do not want another Syria or Libya erupting inside their country though that would seem to be the west’s intention.
Things are never quite as they are described in western media and I wonder how any credibility can be given to an article which relies on US controlled Radio Free Asia and . . .”the US Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) “
Trump wants to save the US and its Empire and to dominate markets and resources and technology. This is what trade wars are all about. He wants globalization which is a globalization where the US dominates and takes everything, a zero sum game and not shared interests. By definition, this is not achievable.
Effective globalization is one where countries engage in trade-offs and mutual benefits. The size of the US economy and its military empire is based on the dominance of the US Dollar and when the rest of the world manages to detach from the US economy, the US Dollar will collapse together with the US economy.
US trade deficits and military dominance cannot be uncoupled from the US Dollar as world reserve currency. Trump will fail at reconciling contradictory forces. There will be a different form of globalization with out the US in it.
“the US Dollar will collapse together with the US economy.”
Not according to some MAGA supporters hereabouts http://thesaker.is/two-analyses-by-paul-craig-roberts/#comment-542820
“A123 on July 20, 2018 · at 7:49 am EST/ED
The only way out of the pit dug by prior administrations is to get the private sector moving forward at a good clip. Strong corporate payrolls & earnings yield tax revenue, and strong employment reduces government outlays for welfare and other ‘safety net’ programs. The Trump plan is beginning to work. His growth initiatives are now providing “
However, all those receipts have had little impact on the debt clock http://www.usdebtclock.org/ (adding $270 Billion since April) and a, er, massive wage rise of 0.9% above inflation before all those Trump tax cuts come home to roost https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/with-official-unemployment-this-low-why-are-wages-rising-so-slowly
The financial and legal structures which enable Globalization must be scaled back if such a program is to succeed. Primarily the global system of central banks controlled by the Bank for International Settlements. But also, the World Trade Organization, the IMF and the World Bank. As well as the myriad of further trade agreements such as NAFTA. Furthermore, global flow of investment capital and trade would be too risky and not possible without a security apparatus of global reach such as the US military. Reduction of military spending or ending foreign deployments does not seem to be on Trump’s agenda.
Beyond that though, restoring local production is perhaps even a greater challenge. The current system of multi-national corporations is exactly that – “multi-national”. When corporations are legally incorporated in one country, head-quartered in a second country and have design and/or manufacturing in third or fourth countries, the concept of an “American” corporation does not make sense. Many “American” companies outsource to China. If that magically went away tomorrow, corporations would simply shift manufacturing to Vietnam or Africa. Shifting to local manufactures may require that penalties or fines be applied to the multinationals. The US government has always sought to use only the “carrot” approach (positive incentives such as tax breaks) and never the “stick” (negative consequences such as tax penalties or tariffs).
Industrial Policy could be used as a basis for such a program as was used to target and develop industrial sectors in Japan, South Korea, China and (formerly) the US and Britain but the current intelligentsia would recoil in horror at any policy of “central planning”.
Complete abandonment of the multi-national corporate system might be another alternative but this could be disastrous given the highly advanced and efficient systems of just-in-time delivery and resource allocation.
Analysis by Craig Murray of the reasons given by supporters for Brexit showed that it is largely about stopping dark colored people, especially scary Muslims, from entering the country. The Brexiteers are more than happy to remain vassal to the US.
Apparently keith von wsws thinks so as well, and is rather distraught about it, given all his hostile attention in the comments here. ;-D
given all his hostile attention
The statements are not hostile they merely reflect my opinion.
You imagine hostility because I do not share your opinion that RU is a real force against the “zionazis”. That word reasonably describes their nature (I agree with that but have no truck with your prejucided “gay” addition).
Here’s another picture that makes me sick but I imagine you will simply airbrush Shoigu from it
“On July 20,#Shoigu,Russian Minister of Defence,held conversation w/ @AvigdorLiberman,Defence Minister of #Israel. The sides discussed 🇷🇺🇮🇱coop b/w defence departments+exchanged views on situation in southwest #Syria &other topical issues of regional security in #MiddleEasl2
Which bothers you more, keith “jones”, criticism of israel, or criticism the homosexual element supporting israel?
BTW, are you capable of posting a source that isn’t zionazi-gay propaganda?
Also why not select a name instead of using anonymous? You use keith at mondoweis, are you ashamed to do so here? Why?
“You use keith at mondoweis”
Calm Down Vot, i’ve never heard of mondowels.
“why not select a name”
It’s a long story … too long.
“are you ashamed”
of lots, but nothing ever written on this blog.
“criticism of israel”
I detest the apartheid state of Israel including their treatment of the Palestinian people. Anyone, including homosexuals, who support Israel have my greatest scorn.
Regarding homosexuals in general, my opinion is that they are that largely (but see the link which refers to how power can influence that here https://medium.com/@PeterHolmes/my-theory-of-human-sexuality-c5135b1e84cf) by natural predisposition , tethered to one edge of the normal distribution curve of human sexuality.
Based on that belief there seems little point to hate their practices. I can only thank god I am not required to face the prejudice they do from a large section of society (including, of course, yourself). That does bother me but not as much as it probably should.
The Russian Federation are the owners of the Official Twitter feed of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the State of Israel website
If you don’t like it you’d be better asking the Kremlin to change it’s content and then I can stop referring to it.
As the comment by David Ben Joel on 21st July in the Twitter link said:
“He was just putting a fresh coat of paint on that red line Seems like The Bear understands”
I detest the supplication of RU to this people/state.
I have little idea what you are referring to – if you wish to discuss more then please elaborate.
Enjoyed your article and I think your conclusion is correct. Trump’s disruptive behavior may well be disruptive to the globalist agenda. I even think that is the intention behind what Trump and those supporting him are doing. As for us in Europe, it’s beginning to dawn on us that we we have been duped by incompetent leadership and media. Changes around the corner.
Another phenomenon that one easily forgets is the emerging crypto/blockchain technologies which will empower local economies and facilitate exchange on a global basis for those now out of loop. What many of us hoped for when the internet was young was that it would empower everyone, not just a chosen few. That didn’t happen. The internet was hijacked by big corporations. They will have to release it back to us, the hostage. The crypto/blockchain is that disruptive technology and it will soon deliver
All in all, we’re in for some good times!
Crypto currencies — it is all in the name. These are spook projects sold to us as private start-ups. Just like Google; just like Facebook. They are spook funded and administrated — the public faces are just well paid actors. The block-chain will record all your transactions, everything, and this is supposed to equal freedom? And the so-called anonymous part, the crypto, was broken a long time ago, e.g. Bitcoin failed its anonymity test.
Just look at the “leadership” or “champions” of Bitcoin — they are all Jewish. And the mysterious creator of Bitcoin? Well it is said that his name roughly translates to “Intelligence Central” :)
Anyway, it is a relief to read a Koenig paper in which is not calling all Westerners evil; nevermind that Westerners have been slaves to the international bankers for at least 200 years.
I agree with Mr Koenig. Trump is playing Israelis card. They see multipolar world as a bigger chance to survive. And to have their peace of cake. They have their own agenda. European ciokabalists are just bluffing, buying time waiting for their civil services in US to impech Trump or to kill him and blame Russia. All deals are revisible and „big ones“ are waiting. Why? Russian sanctions are again on track. Why if they are not naive? This is their filter game, where they are moving spotlights from themselves to people America. Cio European elites which are running things, are using America as a stick to world. American institutions are not american ones. But rather corporative ones of London-Vatican mix interests. First time openly pope envoy was present in Davos and Bilderberg meeting in Italy. They are the ones who tranmsformed America to pure evil. They penetrated all societies. Change fundament of masonic agenda. They dont care if America becomes broke. Like they did not care with Osmanic empire. They are the ones who sell whites and blacks, asiats, indians on a market. Jews that serves this elites are not Jews, belivers or emphatic beings at all. Just brokers and soldiers on field. They are the ones who are selling stories about armagedon, following Holy books to look more obvius to common belivers to act upon it, etc. Albert Pike pupils. Fear is their main weapon for centuries. Catholic church in a collusion with monarhs and bankers hold Europeans and Americans as their slaves for centuries. Creating their nonemphatic psichology from the first steps. Euro-cionistic powers are ruled by the same evil which left India, Summer and setlle later in Egypt. Trump enveloped by generals and army counterservise is creating an environment where they are becoming more transparent. Among Americans, Europeans. Ofcourse, everything has it price. Real Jews are just using situation. They come up from the same school milieu. However the complete world can see now that western Eurpeans can not be awaken and are lost to their Mamon gods and selfish interests. America at least has its central part. Central Europe is built up of slavic genes. Moreover, Trump is balancing situation with China stance on a Russia side. China is also partialy their project, from hunger and rise to quantum computers. Why, because it is a next stick and nest of billions who are paying taxes. Money loundry machine which is giving them a power. However there are people there who a confronting kabalistic structure to. Will they succeed or not, we will see. Howeveer, one way or another Southeastern Asia will not be allowed to be destroyed. Iran is another thing, in mousetrap.The last one without central multipolar Family bank. Here are interests of „better ones“ intersecting with kabalistic ones.
Were I wealthy enough I too would buy his book to read, reread.
As I said up here in March:
“What Trump and Putin are are co-agents of strikingly similar conceptual frameworks that are at odds with the ultimate globalist plan for eviscerated national sovereignties. The Outer Party fights them as though their lives depend on it. And they do. The Inner Party are using both men as transitional cleansing agents on the way to a culminating globalist regime. The current ‘Globalist’ vs. Nationalist struggle is an orchestrated conflict. (There’s much talk of ‘false dialectics’ these days. Lucifer is the Prince of this World and the purveyor of intellectual confusion. All dialectics are false, though God works mysteriously to guide His eschatology through.)
Trump and Putin are thus wed, neither by treasonous acts nor shared paramours, but by worldviews that happen to align. The collusion narrative neatly ties both leaders together in the pejorative image of partners in crime. Exactitudes such as these hardly matter to those who would like nothing better than to see an end to both of them by any means necessary.”
“For today, we have a wily gate-crasher in the White House. Under him, the People are tasting the early, tangible fruits of a renationalizing economy: full employment, rising property values, an anticipatory stock market rise and re-equilibrating food and consumer prices (ultimately to revise downward for America consumers) when China’s backdoor entry to the American market via camouflaged proxy points Mexico and Canada is appreciably closed. Again, this is all part of an equilibration process sanctioned from above.”
Some historical context on Russophobia and it many variants. It wasn’t invented by the Comey FBI. It’s not even Made in America. No, it’s a lot older. I’m going to post a tweet link up here because I don’t know how else to attach graphics.
The charts come from Stratfor’s George Friedman’s 2015 lecture which can be watched in its entirety here:
Shortly thereafter (or am I being a conspiracist?) Friedman got ash-canned from the very organization he created. The reason? Exceeding candor. But that’s a conjectural byway. Friedman is resurrecting MacKinder (the English father of Geopolitics) when he says:
“So, the primordial interest of the United States over which for a century we have fought war, the First, Second, and Cold War has been the relationship between Germany and Russia, because united they’re the only force that could threaten us, and to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
MacKinder was scoffed at in 1904 for citing Russia as Britain’s arch-enemy. He only looked more ridiculous after the world wars. He’s being vindicated now. Ironically it was Alexander Dugin who reconstructed MacKinder for a Russian audience, inverting its strategic lessons of course.
What is the greatest nightmare of all? A fusion of German industrial prowess with Russian space, military industries and it incalculably vast mineral resources i.e. a German pivot east into the arms of the Eurasian continent. Then it’s lights out for Anglo-Saxon hegemony and the last gasps of mercantilism (500 years of sea-based, banker-assisted economic exploitation). See Freidman’s Cordon Sanitaire – it’s fraying. badly. Crimea.
With Russian/Chinese superiority in hypersonic missile technology (‘aircraft carrier killers’) and the various Eurasian circumventing land-based initiatives (One Belt One Road, New Silk Road) that usurp sea power superiority, the primordial Sea Power/Land Power see-saw is beginning to equilibrate.
So, Russia is a ‘primordial enemy’, first of the British Empire then later by inheritance, of the American Empire. This is gonna kill aficionados of those great BBC WW2 documentaries, but the objectives of the two world wars was not to defeat Germany per se, but to deplete Germany and Russia jointly, sort of a twofer. That’s also why an antithetical ideology Marxism was introduced by banker Jakob Shiff (familiar surname) into Russia, assuring decades of antagonism with fascist Germany.
One of the implications of this primordial designation is that Russia can NEVER be ‘partnered-with’ as that would be tantamount to aiding and abetting one’s arch-rival and possible looming successor in a Eurasian confederation. And who wants to do that?
A US-Russia rapprochement is out of the question. So we’re trying to resurrect Kissinger’s triangulation to construct a fresh wedge between Russia and China; employ strategies of tension around the perimeter of Eurasia (THAAD to NK, make hellholes of Syria and Ukraine, seek turmoil in Iran, seed social/economic unrest in China via the weaponry of tariffs).
Therein lies the rationale for the tireless and neurotic Russophobia mantra. The globalists are trying to lather us up for an inevitable WW3 where US and Russia (the two preeminent nationalist powers with strong leaders) become jointly depleted in the process. Shades again of the two predecessor world wars.
There are TWO MEN keeping us from the brink of the abyss: Trump and Putin, each isolated in his own way. It’ll be over Globalism’s dead body that anything comes of this first meeting. What a tragic lost opportunity it’ll be if these two men don’t prevail as Russia is experiencing a powerful post-Marxist Christian renaissance. I note today Trump is pushing the second meeting into 2019. Hmm. Time is of the essence.
I voted from Trump and supported him from the beginning. But I’ll be honest. I didn’t know he possessed such raw personal courage. We could expect it of JFK. But the context never arrived in Trump’s life to display it previously. I pray for Trump. The ambitiousness of what he’s attempting has no historic parallel. The globalist project is millennia old (and eschatologically embedded) as any cursory reading of the Bible can attest. Trump enjoys no friends in positions of power. None.