Shaun BRADLEY: The End Of The (Petro)Dollar: What The Fed Doesn’t Want You To Know; antimedia/zerohedge 27.06.2017

Below Shaun BRADLEY surveys the increasingly loss of the Petro-Dollar’s importance and indicates, that the (US-backed) attacks on Qatar are motivated among other reasons by the country’s cautious shift away from the US currency …

Martin Zeis

27.06.2017 —

The End Of The (Petro)Dollar: What The Fed Doesn’t Want You To Know

Authored by Shaun Bradley via

The United States’ ability to maintain its influence over the rest of the world has been slowly diminishing. Since the petrodollar was established in 1971, U.S. currency has monopolized international trade through oil deals with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and continuous military interventions. There is, however, growing opposition to the American standard, and it gained more support recently when several Gulf states suddenly blockaded Qatar, which they accused of funding terrorism.

Despite the mainstream narrative, there are several other reasons why Qatar is in the crosshairs. Over the past two years, it conducted over $86 billion worth of transactions in Chinese yuan and has signed other agreements with China that encourage further economic cooperation. Qatar also shares the world’s largest natural gas field with Iran, giving the two countries significant regional influence to expand their own trade deals.

Meanwhile, uncontrollable debt and political divisions in the United States are clear signs of vulnerability. The Chinese and Russians proactively set up alternative financial systems for countries looking to distance themselves from the Federal Reserve. After the IMF accepted the yuan into its basket of reserve currencies in October of last year, investors and economists finally started to pay attention. The economic power held by the Federal Reserve has been key in financing the American empire, but geopolitical changes are happening fast. The United States’ reputation has been tarnished by decades of undeclared wars, mass surveillance, and catastrophic foreign policy.

One of America’s best remaining assets is its military strength, but it’s useless without a strong economy to fund it. Rival coalitions like the BRICS nations aren’t challenging the established order head on and are instead opting to undermine its financial support. Qatar is just the latest country to take steps to bypass the U.S. dollar. Russia made headlines in 2016 when they started accepting payments in yuan and took over as China’s largest oil partner, stealing a huge market share from Saudi Arabia in the process. Iran also dropped the dollar earlier this year in response to President Trump’s travel ban. As the tide continues to turn against the petrodollar, eventually even our allies will start to question what best serves their own interests.

Many E.U. member states are clashing with the unelected leadership in Brussels over immigration, terrorism, and austerity measures. If no solutions are found and things deteriorate, other countries could potentially follow the U.K.’s lead and vote to leave, as well. It is starting to become obvious that countries in Eastern Europe will look to the East to get the resources their economies need.

China, Russia, and India are all ahead of the curve and started stockpiling gold years ago. They recognize that hard assets will be the measure of true wealth in the near future — not fiat money. The historic hyperinflation that has occurred in these countries solidified the importance of precious metals in their monetary systems. Unfortunately, most Americans are ignorant of the past and will likely embrace more government bailouts and money printing when faced with the next recession. Even Fed officials have admitted that more quantitative easing is likely the only path going forward.

Several renowned investors have warned about this ongoing shift of economic power from West to East, but bureaucrats and central bankers refuse to admit how serious things could get. The impact on the average person could be devastating if they are not properly educated and prepared for the fallout. (…)

Pepe ESCOBAR: „China widens its Silk Road to the world“; Asia Times, 13.05.2017

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Martin Zeis 13.05.2017

Tomorrow the two-day Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is starting in Beijing. Representatives from more than a hundred nations will converge in Beijing and most of them are from the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

„Of course we will have Vladimir Putin, representing the Russia-China strategic partnership (BRICS, SCO) that spans everything from energy to infrastructure projects (including the future Trans-Siberian high-speed rail). But, crucially, we will also have Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, leaders of two key hubs of OBOR/BRI.

Most of the West still needs a weatherman to see which way the wind is blowing. And a lot of Western media revel in dismissing OBOR/BRI as a conspiracy, a “scheme”, or a Chinese attempt to “encircle” Eurasia. Only one G7 leader will be in Beijing; Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who is very keen to investigate symbiotic links between Italy’s Industry 4.0 program and China’s Made in China 2025 manufacturing initiative.

Angela Merkel might have turned down her invitation but it doesn’t really matter as German industrialists are all for OBOR/BRI.“ (1)

In an article „China widens its Silk Road to the world“ Escobar specifies the geopolitical/geoeconomic implications of this connectivity project — spanning 65 nations, 60% of the world’s population and a third of global economic output.

Escobar is one of the few world famous journalists covering the New Silk Roads since they were first announced in 2013. (2)

(1) Asia Times 13.05.2017 – see attachment (pdf) and URL:

(2) Pepe Escobar: New Silk Roads and an Alternate Eurasian Century; TomDispatchOctober 5, 2014 URL:

ESCOBAR-China-widens-its-Silk-Road-to-the-world170513.pdf .pdf

Dilma ROUSSEFF: “Creation of BRICS really scared some countries; The BRICS Post, 10.06.2016 

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Martin Zeis, 10.06.2016

10.06.2016 —

Dilma ROUSSEFF: “Creation of BRICS really scared some countries

Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff has said those betting on the BRICS to disintegrate are making an “unforgivable mistake”.

“The creation of BRICS was an event of unprecedented significance in world affairs. The emergence of BRICS and the G20 group was a peak from the standpoint of multilateral processes and of building a multipolar world,” Rousseff told Russian state daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

The BRICS nations account for about a quarter of global economic output. China and India are among the world’s fastest growing large economies.

“I should say that the creation of BRICS really scared some countries, and we know that. Thinking that this quintet will fall apart or disappear would be tantamount to making a strategic and unforgivable geopolitical mistake,” she added.

The Brazilian Senate voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff in May.
However, a wave of scandals buffeting Brazil’s interim government is weakening the resolve of some senators to oust suspended Rousseff, offering the leftist leader hope of surviving an impeachment trial in the upper house.

Leaked recordings, of politicians and key allies of interim President Michel Temer, discussing Brazil’s sprawling kickback scandal has dented the credibility of the new administration.
Temer’s Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira and Planning Minister Romero Juca were caught conspiring against the Petrobras corruption probe in leaked recordings which were broadcast by national media. Both Ministers stepped down subsequently.
Brazilian daily O Estado de S Paulo also reported that Temer’s seven-year-old son, Michelzinho, is the registered owner of properties worth $550,000. The report also said Temer’s total assets nearly doubled between 2006 and 2014.

Meanwhile, Rousseff said on Thursday that each of the BRICS states are currently experiencing economic problems stemming from the West-induced crisis.

A new World Bank report, Global Economic Prospects: Divergences and Risks, says emerging economies need to look to policy reform in order to keep pace with growing global challenges. (1)

“But we will overcome that crisis to get even stronger than we were in the past. Our alliance rests upon the idea of strategic nature of these relations. It is an inter-continental union,” Rousseff said.

The BRICS Bank announced its first set of investments in April this year. The $100 billion NDB will compete with institutions where the US has considerably more influence—organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. (2)

According to surveys by Brazilian media, up to a dozen of the 55 senators who voted last month to put Rousseff on trial are now undecided.

If just a couple of those change sides, the Temer camp would lose the 54 votes it needs – two-thirds of the 81-seat Senate – to convict Rousseff. She would then be able to serve out her term until 2018.

Analyst Sam Cowie says many view Temer’s government as illegitimate. (3)
“What legitimacy does Temer’s unelected government have to impose cuts that will seriously affect tens of millions of mainly poor and lower income Brazilians?” Cowie asks.


Fakten und Hintergründe zum Staatsstreich in Brasilien – Texte von Harald NEUBER und Pepe ESCOBAR

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Martin Zeis, 14.05.2015

Hallo zusammen,

Harald Neuber zeigt in seinem heute auf telepolis veröffentlichten Text die soziale Herkunft, die (kriminelle) Vita, die politischen Vorstellungen und den unbedingten Herrschaftswillen der alten Kompradoren-Oligarchie Brasiliens auf, die in enger Koordination mit den zuständigen US-Stellen einen Staatsstreich gegen die gewählte PT-Regierung orchestrierte.

Wikileaks enthüllte vorgestern, dass der neue „Interims“-Präsident Temer ein Informant für US-Geheimdienste und das Pentagon war/ist. In zwei Depeschen vom 11. Januar und 21. Juni 2006, die von Sao Paolo an das US Southern Command in Miami übermittelt wurden, erörterte Temer die politische Situation/Entwicklung unter der Präsidentschaft Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva und die Aussichten seiner Partei, falls sie die anstehenden Wahlen gewinnen sollte. (vgl. zerohedge, 13.05.2015: „Another US-Sponsored Coup? Brazil’s New President Was An Embassy Informant For US Intelligence“; URL: )

Dem „Empire of Chaos“ geht es bei dem Staatsstreich darum, Brasilien als bedeutendstes Land Süd- und Mittelamerikas

a. aus dem Bündnis der BRICS-Länder und damit aus dem dort vertretenen Konzept eines vom US-Dollar-System unabhängigen Wegs der infrastrukturellen, ökonomischen, politischen Entwicklung herauszubrechen;

b. damit des Weiteren die eigenständigen Bündnisse der süd- und mittelamerikanischen Staaten entscheidend zu schwächen;

c. den gesamten früheren kolonialen US-„Vorhof“ – wie parallel den EU-Raum (über die NATO, TTIP, CETA) – den US-Konzernen und dem Wallstreet-IWF-Weltbank-Plünderungs-Komplex zu unterwerfen.

In einem auf zerohedge am 08.05.2016 geposteten Artikel „The New Normal: Cold War 2.0″ schreibt Pepe ESCOBAR zu diesem „Roll-Back“-Projekt der USA u.a.:

Das imperiale Projekt der U.S. besteht darin, die NATO, welche bereits zu einem global agierenden Weltpolizisten (Robocop) mutierte, in eine integrierte politische, ökonomische, Handel treibende, militärische Allianz umzuformen – und zwar unter dem Kommando Washingtons, wobei zentrale Vasallen/contributors wie die Ölmonarchien am Golf und Israel einbezogen werden.

Der „Feind“ des Imperiums ist das einzige authentische, selbstbestimmte Projekt des 21. Jahrhunderts: die Eurasische Integration, welche von den durch China konzipierten Neuen Seidensstraßen über die von Russland geführte Eurasische Wirtschaftsunion (EEU) bis zu den BRICS reicht mit deren Neuer Entwicklungsbank im Tandem mit der Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) – plus dem wiedererstarkten, noch unabhängigen, mit Eurasien verbundenen Iran sowie den anderen Zentren der blockfreien Länder.“ (zit.a. Übers.)


Pepe ESCOBAR’s summing-up piece: The New Normal: Cold War 2.0; zerohedge 08.05.2016

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Martin Zeis, 09.05.2016

Dear all,

below an Escobar summing-up piece about the „two-fisted“ project of the „Empire of Chaos“ to prevent an alternative co-operative way of negotiating economic, trading affairs, respecting the particular self-centered social developments/needs in the different world regions, in particular the BRICS’ / Global South’ ones.

The imperial “project” is clear; to configure NATO, which already mutated into a global Robocop (Afghanistan, Libya, Syria), into an integrated political-economic-commercial-military alliance. Always under Washington’s command, of course. And including key peripheral vassals/contributors, such as the Gulf petromonarchies and Israel.(cf. Pepe Escobar – see also pdf-attachment)

Martin Zeis

08.05.2016 —

The New Normal: Cold War 2.0

We are all living in Hybrid War time. From R2P (“responsibility to protect”) to color revolutions, from currency attacks to stock market manipulations.

From judicial-financial-political-media enabled “soft” coups – as in Brazil – to support for “moderate” jihadis, multiple stages of Hybrid War now cross-pollinate and generate a vortex of new mutant viruses.

Hybrid War, a Beltway concept, has even been turned upside down by the conceptualizers. NATO, affecting puzzlement at the very existence of the concept, interprets the Russian “invasion” of Ukraine as Hybrid War. That serves prime Hybrid War purveyors such as the RAND corporation to take it further, peddling war game scenarios of Russia being able to invade and conquer the Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — in less than 60 hours.
And that, in turn, foments even more Western military hysteria, encapsulated by the new NATO commander, a.k.a. Dr. Strangelove; Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who made sure he would come up with a stage entrance worthy of his predecessor, Philip Breedlove/ Breedhate.

Slightly amused at the whole conceptual circus, Russians respond with actions. Extra deployments in our Western borderlands? No problem; here’s your asymmetrical answer. And say hello, soon, to our new toy: the S-500s.

What Hillary wants
The notion that Moscow would have any interest at all to capture Baltic states is ludicrous in itself. But with the evidence of direct occupation of Afghanistan (the Taliban will never quit) and R2P in Libya (a failed state devastated by militias) spelling miserable failure, NATO badly needs a “success”. Enter warmongering rhetoric and conceptual manipulation – and this when it’s actually Washington that is deploying Hybrid War all across the chessboard.

Reality occurs beyond NATO’s looking glass. Russia is way ahead of the Pentagon/NATO in A2AD — anti-access/area denial; Russian missiles and submarines may easily prevent NATO fighter jets from flying in Central Europe and NATO ships from “patrolling” the Baltic Sea. For the “indispensable nation”, that hurts – so bad.
Relentless rhetorical hysteria masks the real high-stakes game in play. And that’s where US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fits in. Throughout her campaign, Clinton has extolled “a major strategic objective of our transatlantic alliance”. The major “strategic objective” is none other than the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a NATO-on-trade complementing political and military NATO.

The fact that TTIP, after the latest Dutch leaks, now runs the risk of being mired in Walking Dead territory may be a temporary setback. The imperial “project” is clear; to configure NATO, which already mutated into a global Robocop (Afghanistan, Libya, Syria), into an integrated political-economic-commercial-military alliance. Always under Washington’s command, of course. And including key peripheral vassals/contributors, such as the Gulf petromonarchies and Israel.

The imperial “enemy”, of course, would have to be the only authentic project available for the 21st century: Eurasia integration – which ranges from the Chinese-led New Silk Roads to the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union; BRICS integration, which includes their New Development Bank (NDB), in tandem with the Chinese Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB); a resurgent, still independent Iran – Eurasia-connected; and all other independent poles among Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) nations.

This is the ultimate, ongoing 21st confrontation that will keep generating multiple, localized hybrid warfare forms – as it takes place not only across Eurasia but across the whole Global South. It’s all interlocked – from Maidan to the secret TTIP negotiations; from provoking China in the South China Sea to an oil price war and an attack on the ruble; from the NSA spying on Petrobras feeding a slow motion, legalistic regime change process in Brazil to an EU ravaged by twin plagues; a refugee crisis ultimately provoked by NATO’s wars (and instrumentalized by Turkey) coupled with Salafi-jhadi terrorism also spawned by the same wars.
Even with France and Germany still dithering – as in paying too heavy a price for sanctions on Russia — Washington’s “project” counts on a ravaged EU being a perpetual hostage of NATO. And ultimately, a hostage of NATO on trade – because of those US geostrategic imperatives against Eurasia integration.

This implies another necessity; the conceptual war – it’s the evil Russians who are waging Hybrid War, not us! — must be won at all costs, by instilling constant fear into the average EU citizen. In parallel, it’s also essential to put on a show; thus one of the most massive US-designed military operations on European soil since the end of the Cold War – complete with Navy and Air Force displaying nuclear capability. – emphasis, zerohedge —


Pepe ESCOBAR: Hybrid War Hyenas Tear Brazil Apart; RI 18.04.2016

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Martin Zeis, 19.04.2016

Dear all,

for months Pepe Escobar covers the Brazilian Coup in preparation noticing specific details of an US-backed/driven Hybrid Warfare in Latin America to destroy „the neo-developmentalist project for Latin America – uniting at least some of the local elites, invested in developing internal markets, in association with the working classes“ and to spure a neoliberal restoration.“

The most important point of this attack is Brazil, a key member of the BRICS and the 7th largest economy in the world.

Quite bluntly David Ignatius, Washington Post Opinion writer, exposed the tools and aims of the Empire’s foreign policy to this effect:

“U.S. power flows from our unmatched military might, yes. Anything that expands the reach of U.S. markets – such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership in trade, for example – adds to the arsenal of U.S. power. But in a deeper way, it’s a product of the dominance of the U.S. economy.

Conversely, U.S. power is limited by measures that drive business away from America, or allow other nations to build a rival financial architecture that’s less encumbered by a smorgasbord of sanctions.”

Source: David IGNATIUS: A grim warning against America’s overuse of sanctions; WP March 29, 2016, URL: