A dark and sinister madness has descended upon the American government. It is madness because it is divorced from reality. It is madness because it is divorced from a desire to serve the human race (which is the ultimate expression of sanity). And it is madness because its promotion of violence is certain to cause more violence rather than ending it. It is dark and sinister because its underlying intention hides in the shadows from which it springs out at crucial moments to forward its dastardly purpose.
As we near the end of the 3rd Q for 2014, time is running out for all the 2014 enthusiasts that are calling for higher prices by year-end. The lessons learned from 2013 have been forgotten as not only are not prices beginning to move higher, they are making new recent lows. Incredibly enough, many of these prognosticators are paid pretty well by their subscribers. Lesson to be learned? Absolutely no one can divine the future.
Six major banks caught up in the investigation into rigging the currency markets are being pressed by the regulator to agree to fines ? possibly of as much as ?1.8bn ? in the next eight weeks. Watchdog warns RBS, HSBC, JP Morgan, Barclays, Citi and UBS they face penalties that could top Libor payout.
Gas prices in Ukraine may quadruple if Naftogaz of Ukraine sets a unified price for all gas consumers, a company senior official said on Wednesday. Alexander Todiichuk, Naftogaz of Ukraine Deputy CEO, said this initiative had been supported by the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry.“This is a heavy blow, politicians trying to avoid it in view of elections this autumn as people’s discontent may affect this process,
Data breach at retailer Home Depot Inc led to fraudulent transactions across United States, draining cash from customer bank accounts; the Wall Street Journal. Criminals using stolen card information to buy prepaid cards, electronics and groceries. Home Depot confirmed its payment systems were breached, 56 million payment cards compromised in cyberattack at its stores.
The lawsuit, which seeks more than $40 billion from the US government, challenges the manner in which AIG was rescued. AIG shareholders argue that the moves violated their Fifth Amendment rights, in that their private property was taken for “public use, without just compensation.”
Ukraine is now in recession. Deep economic ties with Russia have resulted in painful adjustments in recent months. The nation's exports are down 19% from last year, expected to fall further. Retail sales falling, industrial production collapsing. Nation's currency, trading near record lows.
Gazprom Neft (Gazprom Oil). Almost all their clients for crude oil and petroleum products have signed agreements to pay in Rubles. Novoport, already begun delivery for Ruble currency, deliveries to the Asian market are to be completed in Yuan currency.
Russian banks should continue working in Ukraine despite current difficulties because their exit from the country would hurt Ukrainian economy, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.
Russia will not reconsider its decision to ban imports of certain goods, including the prepaid ones;Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Russia banned imports of meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28-nation European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway for 12 months.
Ireland's economy is growing at an explosive pace. Rising exports to the US, Britain and China transform the former crisis-state into eurozone’s star economy. Turnaround comes less than a year after Ireland regained economic sovereignty, first eurozone bail-out country to emerge from its EU-IMF Troika regime.
Russian authorities told people not to panic on Tuesday as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West over Ukraine, new sanctions and falling oil prices. Russians concerned a weaker ruble would drive up inflation, make foreign trips and foreign currency purchases unaffordable.
According to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government has officially run a deficit of 589 billion dollars for the first 11 months of fiscal year 2014. U.S. national debt has actually grown by more than a trillion dollars in less than 12 months.
With weak job growth, rising poverty, it’s an idea that is gaining more credence. Arguments for a universal basic income (UBI) in which everyone without exception would receive an equal stipend Advocates of UBI see it as more effective means of reducing poverty and shrinking the inequality gap. Politics of the issue are not favorable.
. Finance ministers from the bloc’s 28 countries are fleshing out a host of ideas circulating in European capitals. With interest rates already at record lows, ministers need radical steps to help growth at a time of near record unemployment.
The United States European Union announced Friday expanded package of sanctions against Russian financial, energy, and defense sectors. Banks affected include Russia’s largest lenders Sberbank, Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank could lead to credit crunch at end of the year; $25.1 billion in Russian foreign corporate debt matures.
By disqualifying municipal bonds from the category of liquid assets, the biggest banks are likely to trim back their holdings in munis which could raise the cost or limit the ability for states, counties, cities and school districts to issue muni bonds to build schools, roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs.
There are no systemic threats to Russian food security after Russia’s embargo on food imports from western countries in response to sanctions over Ukraine, the chief of the Federal Antimonopoly Service told reporters Monday. no global changes in food prices, wave of price hike expectations subsiding.
Just weeks after defaulting (yet again) on its debt (whether technically or not), and shortly after raising the minimum wage by 31% (to $523 a month) amid runaway inflation, Argentina decided to pass legislation (dubbed "the supply law") letting the government regulate private-sector prices, profit margins and production levels. The opposition is up in arms,
Putin’s adviser Sergei Glazyev: “The world is going through overlapping cyclical crises. Global economy is changing. The structure that has driven economic growth for 30 years has exhausted. The world needs to transition to a new system and transition has always come about through war…
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro: The West's policies will make the euro and dollar dependent on the yuan and ruble, Castro criticizes the policies of Washington and Europe, which will he claimed would lead to an economic collapse, making the euro and dollar “useless paper."
Russian bank hit by sanctions earlier this year, named former U.S. senators Trent Lott and John Breaux as its lobbyists. The two will work on “banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions.” In July, Gazprombank's parent company was hit with sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Two years since San Bernardino filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, gives the city protection from creditors while it reorganizes to make city solvent. The city was projecting a $45 million deficit when it sought refuge in bankruptcy. Mediating with our major creditors to agree to payments at reduced rates.”
Russia and China have begun construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries.
China agreed to buy $400bn (£240bn) of gas from Russia's Gazprom. Russia will ship 38 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas annually .The deal will lessen Russia's dependence on European buyers.
Argentina planning to increase food supplies to Russia by $1.8-2 billion. Agriculture Minister Carlos Casamiquela: food import ban imposed by Russia against Western countries opportunity for Argentine producers and exporters to supply poultry meat, beef, fish, dairy products, dried fruit, vegetables.
Ecuador planning to create world’s first digital currency issued by the country’s central bank, would not be a crypto-currency like Bitcoin. Use of the currency will be voluntary, will not be used to pay the state employees. Will be possible to make and get payments via cellphones,
Massive cyberattack could take down our banking system at any time. Attack on our major banks so massive the FBI and Secret Service got involved, investigating huge cyber attacks on Wall Street banks, extremely organized,sophisticated.
Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold talks on trade cooperation and the BRICS partnership with South African President Jacob Zuma. goals to amplify Russian-South African investment ties, increase trade, increasing supply of agricultural products from South Africa.”
But all these discussions of our dysfunctional politics ignore the larger truth, which is the entire model of the Status Quo is broken. Even if reformers succeeded in ridding the political system of cronyism and favors-for-campaign-contributions--two essentially impossible reforms
By forcing Russia to conduct more business in the yuan and other Asian currencies, the U.S. may be speeding up the end of the petrodollar and giving China more prominence on the world stage. Russian businesses reducing their exposure to the dollar to minimize damage from tougher punishments.
For years now I have carefully outlined the most likely path of collapse to take place within the U.S., and a vital part of that analysis included economic destabilization caused by a loss of the dollar’s world reserve status and petro-status. I have also always made clear that this fiscal crisis event would not occur in the midst of a political vacuum. The central banks and international financiers that created our ongoing and developing disaster are NOT going to allow the destruction of the American economy, the dollar, or global markets without a cover event designed to hide their culpability.
Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved.
"This is the end game."
According to a Federal Reserve report on American households’ “economic well-being” in 2013, fewer than half of all Americans said they’d be able to come up with four Benjamins on short notice to deal with an unexpected expense.
Ukraine's next crisis will be a economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.
Farmers in the 28-nation European Union (EU) have suffered losses after Russia recently imposed a food ban on the West in retaliation for sanctions slapped on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine. estimated to suffer USD 16-billion in losses this year
Russia reportedly consider sanctions against the West if United States and European Union (EU) impose more bans on Moscow. Moscow may “fully or partly” ban car imports if Washington and EU adopt fresh sanctions. Would not apply to production of foreign automakers operating inside Russia.
President of Finland to Visit Russia to discuss bilateral cooperation between Russia, Finland and international issues. Swiss dodge embargo. "Imports of Swiss cheese to Russia may rise,"Switzerland may replace cheeses from EU countries.
The top court in Portugal has partially rejected government austerity three percent levy on public sector pensions starting at 1,000 euros. Plan to charge tax on pensions did not ensure “fairness, ruled the government was authorized to cut salaries of public sector workers earning more than 1,500 euros.
“The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves, a necessary consequence of which has been what the Russians are doing, causes more harm to us than to Russia; Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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