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With French candidates set for next year’s election the ending of sanctions against Russia is almost assured

With France's Republican party resoundingly ousting establishment and neo-con candidates last weekend, the stage is now set for a new day in French politics.  And what is most interesting about the two front runners is how compatible many of their positions are despite their parties being on opposite ends of the spectrum. Marine Le Pen currently leads in the polls over newly minted Republican candidate Fran ...

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The real Asian pivot: Russia and China see potential in the ending of sanctions and U.S. joining the AIIB

As President Barack Obama gets ready to go out on his final foreign 'road show' this week, the world waits in anticipation to see if President-Elect Donald Trump could not only heal the wounds of disassociation that America has suffered over the past eight years under Obama's foreign policies, but if the new Commander in Chief is ready and willing to be an equal partner in forging a new financial and econom ...

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Russia wants to end sanctions against EU, but European Commission rejects olive branch

On Nov. 8, Russia's Economic Minister spoke to business leaders in Rome about their desire to end the game of sanctions inflicted by both sides over the U.S. induced Ukrainian conflict.  However, Aleksey Ulyukaev asserted that it was not Moscow who was holding up talks to end the economic warfare between Europe and Russia, but the European Commission in Brussels. Beginning in early 2014, the U.S. chose to i ...

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Italian businesses beg Russia to suspend their sanctions on the EU

The German business community is not the only one within the EU at odds with their government over economic sanctions imposed upon Russia in which they were falsely accused of invading Ukraine back in 2014.  In fact, several Scandinavian economies have also turned on their own leaderships after businesses there have lost billions of Euros from lost trade with the Eurasian power. And now we can add Italy to ...

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Israel the newest ‘ally’ of the U.S. to pivot towards Russia

On Oct. 27, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced in a news conference that they were in talks with Israel about formulating a free trade initiative and even having them join with the European Economic Union. Medvedev's words come as more and more 'allies' of the United States pivot towards the East, with Israel as the latest one to join up with Turkey, the Philippines, and Saudi Arabia. The Eura ...

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European coalition starting to crack in imposing new economic sanctions against Russia

After nearly three years of economic sanctions placed on Russia for their opposition to the U.S. incursion into Ukraine, the clear loser in this new Cold War has been Europe.  And while Russia itself has not walked away unscathed from the trade and economic restrictions it had with long-standing Western partners, the sanctions did pave the way for Moscow to pivot towards China and to even steal away a U.S. ...

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Russia in talks with U.S. economic ally South Korea to establish free trade with the EEU

The world is rushing headlong into a myriad of new trade alliances, with much different protocols than that of the European Union.  For example, over in Asia China leads the Asean trade union along with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and in the Eurasian sphere Russia has put together a group of trade partners under the umbrella of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). And at the heart of these tr ...

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Europe’s sanctions against Russia leaving them running out of natural gas heading into winter

Sanctions have consequences... no matter if you are the one implementing them, or the one receiving them.  And since Europe relies heavily on Russia to supply them both oil and natural gas for their economic engines, attempts by EU nations to harm the Eurasian power through the limiting of energy imports and the slowing down the Nordstream Pipeline project have suddenly backfired as natural gas reserves are ...

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Russia and Iran working on a new banking system that bypasses the dollar

So... what would you do if you are one of the two countries that have been put under the Damocles Sword of dollar based economic sanctions in the past decade? You can A. - Impose reverse sanctions of your own B. - Impose reverse sanctions on allies of the United States C. - Go black market like Iran did for a decade when they traded oil for gold through Turkey Or D. - Pick up your ball and go play at a fiel ...

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America’s foreign policy nightmare: Afghanistan to look towards Russia for new opportunities

More than a decade of American blood, tears, and trillion dollar war budgets have achieved little from the war in Afghanistan, except perhaps to expand the heroin trade for the CIA once the poppy fields were allowed to grow after the Taliban were eradicated.  And now that the Central Asian country stands on the verge of joining the World Trade Organization, Afghan leaders are not looking West towards the U. ...

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Who knew! Lower taxes, economy grows

One of the biggest arguments between the right and the left is over whether raising or lowering taxes would be the most beneficial for an economy.  During the Reagan years, lowering taxes coupled with raising interest rates brought about an ending of stagflation, and an economic boom to the United States.  Subsequently, liberal minded Americans would point to the Bill Clinton years as being a true barometer ...

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As Western central banks mull over new QE programs within the status quo, Russia and China discuss a new monetary system

Over the weekend, well known author and economic analyst Willem Middelkoop sent out an email regarding some insider information he received about a meeting between Russian and Chinese leaders where they discussed ending dollar hegemony, and cultivating the establishment of a new financial order.  This meeting, and its main thesis, is occurring at the same time that Western financial institutions in both Ita ...

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