Lars Schall explores the time-honored tradition of following the money in an attempt to discover answers to yet unresolved questions regarding the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in New York City. Mr. Schall is an independent investigative journalist that has produced many hard-hitting pieces regarding Central Bankers' manipulation of gold prices, and the failure of the US Central Bank (The Federal Reserve) to return all of Germany's gold reserves in the past.
In this “election” season, many remain shocked that a leading candidate for the presidency is a demagogue with a visible authoritarian side and what looks like an autocratic bent. All such labels are pinned on Donald Trump, but the new American system that’s been emerging from its chrysalis in these years already has just those tendencies. So don’t blame it all on Donald Trump. He should be far less of a shock to this country than he continues to be. After all, a Trumpian world-in-formation has paved the way for him.
China's choice of Djibouti as the country that will host Beijing's first overseas military outpost has put the tiny African nation in the geopolitical spotlight. Situated on one of the planet's most critical oil chokepoints, and nestled amongst countries that serve as operations bases for some of the world's most notorious terror groups, Djibouti is set to become a focal point for power poltiics in the years ahead.
"It’s almost like Game of Thrones to me, where you have the dynastic struggles between these power groups within the American system for control of the country and the world... And among other things, U.S. cities are now on the target list. The combination of debt, enforced austerity, underinvestment, privatization, and the undermining of democratically elected governments is now happening here."
It’s spy thriller stuff; no one is talking. But there are indications Russia would not announce a partial withdrawal from Syria right before the Geneva negotiations ramp up unless a grand bargain with Washington had been struck. Tradeoffs seem to be imminent. And that would imply a power shift has taken place above Obama - who is essentially a messenger, a paperboy.
"Three quarters of the previous selling of equity ETFs during January and February has been reversed in just three weeks. CTAs appear to have fully covered their shorts. Indeed both CTAs and Discretionary Macro hedge fund managers appear to be close to neutral right now... we conclude that the short covering phase that started a month ago is very advanced."
"Salafists want to establish an Islamic state in Germany," warns Hans-Georg Maaßen, director, BfV, German intelligence, adding that the Islamic State was deliberately planting jihadists among the refugees flowing into Europe, and reported that the number of Salafists in Germany has now risen to 7,900.
This is how freedom falls, and tyrants come to power.
The "it's for your own protection" chickens are coming home to roost. The tyrannical powers granted to government in order to stop foreign terrorists are rapidly being turned inward against an ever servile and apathetic American public. The “war on terror” is slowly but surely transitioning into a “war on the citizenry.” A war that will only intensify as the public mood toward the status quo deteriorates further.
In what will likely not surprise too many, The Pentagon has admitted it has deployed drones to spy over U.S. territory for non-military missions over the past decade. Confirming yet another conspiracy theory is conspiracy fact, FBI director Robert Mueller testified before Congress that the bureau employed spy drones to aid investigations, but in a "very,very minimal way, very seldom." The report concludes, "the appetite to use spy drones in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow."
What are the “top trumps” that could send bond, credit and equity markets substantially higher or lower than currently expected? Here are the six "positioning, policy and profits" indicators that will determine the next leg in the market.
Does this mean the short squeeze - whether ordinary course of business or engineered by banks to push the price of both the S&P and oil higher so that energy companies can sell equity and repay secured bank loans (as we speculated last week) - is over? According to JPM, not just yet, even though by now the weakest hands have clearly tapped out. In fact, since there has been virtually no rotation into ETFs, the most brutal part of the squeeze may be just ahead. Here's why:
Following the unprecedented Romney roundhouse kick to Trump's character, The Donald is about to rebuff "the loser." As John McCain backs Romney's rant, it appears yesterday's Koch Borthers, Icahn, Murdoch mega-donor call for a truce has been broken as Trump prepares to return fire against "failed candidate Romney" and his establishment cronies.
Please help me to trust government. Show me the math, and I may throw away my tinfoil hat.