Forget Iran, Maximum Pressure Has Shifted To China


07-08-19 10:26:00,

Authored by Tom Luongo,

In the past week the pressure on China by the U.S. has escalated daily. Since the trade delegation came back from China with lunch barely digested the Trump Administration has gone into over drive on demonizing China here at home.

From finally declaring China a currency manipulator after years of threats on Monday the latest is now a planted story in Axios that Vice-President Mike Pence bringing forth a list of Chinese officials to sanction for Human Rights violations under the Global Magnitsky Act.

This is based on a lie, of course. A lie helped along by Bob Fu, the head of ChinaAid, an NGO working, nominally, to alleviate the horrors of the Chinese government. Or, at least, that’s what you’re supposed to believe.

Vice President Mike Pence has signaled that the Trump administration is open to using the Global Magnitsky Act to sanction top officials in Xinjiang, China, where more than 1 million Uighur Muslims are being held in internment camps, according to a Chinese religious freedom advocate who met with Pence at the White House Monday.

Notice how Axios still states this as fact, that the Chinese are running 1 million people in concentration camps, even though the story was quickly debunked as the rogue statement by U.N. committee member, Gay MacDougall, who claimed this 1 million number was real.

It’s not true, because if it was someone credible would have confirmed it. But it’s a lie that has been breathlessly repeated for the past year to create the illusion of reality so that now Pence can pile on to further inflame the ‘China is evil’ story to hapless Trump supporters giddy at their chosen savior’s tough stance on China.

That tough stance on China in economic areas will require even more farm subsidies as China now refuses to buy our soybeans, corn and other agricultural products as a result of Trump’s asinine trade war.

Because Trump cares about farmers. Yeah, right. Trump cares about getting re-elected.

But it is in Hong Kong where things are really dangerous from a geopolitical perspective.

China has had to respond to the riots in Hong Kong with a firm hand and is being backed into a dangerous situation to quell the unrest. 

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Iran goes for “maximum counter-pressure” | The Vineyard of the Saker


22-06-19 08:20:00,

Sooner or later the US “maximum pressure” on Iran would inevitably be met by “maximum counter-pressure”.  Sparks are ominously bound to fly.

For the past few days, intelligence circles across Eurasia had been prodding Tehran to consider a quite straightforward scenario. There would be no need to shut down the Strait of Hormuz if Quds Force commander, General Qasem Soleimani, the ultimate Pentagon bête noire, explained in detail, on global media, that Washington simply does not have the military capacity to keep the Strait open.

As I previously reported, shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would destroy the American economy by detonating the $1.2 quadrillion derivatives market; and that would collapse the world banking system, crushing the world’s $80 trillion GDP and causing an unprecedented depression.

Soleimani should also state bluntly that Iran may in fact shut down the Strait of Hormuz if the nation is prevented from exporting essential two million barrels of oil a day, mostly to Asia. Exports, which before illegal US sanctions and de facto blockade would normally reach 2.5 million barrels a day, now may be down to only 400,000.

Soleimani’s intervention would align with consistent signs already coming from the IRGC. The Persian Gulf is being described as an imminent “shooting gallery.” Brigadier General Hossein Salami stressed that Iran’s ballistic missiles are capable of hitting “carriers in the sea” with pinpoint precision. The whole northern border of the Persian Gulf, on Iranian territory, is lined up with anti-ship missiles – as I confirmed with IRGC-related sources.

We’ll let you know when it’s closed

Then, it happened.

Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, went straight to the point; “If the Islamic Republic of Iran were determined to prevent export of oil from the Persian Gulf, that determination would be realized in full and announced in public, in view of the power of the country and its Armed Forces.”

The facts are stark. Tehran simply won’t accept all-out economic war lying down – prevented to export the oil that protects its economic survival. The Strait of Hormuz question has been officially addressed. Now it’s time for the derivatives.

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VVD wil maximum van €500 voor contante betaling – Marketupdate


06-11-18 06:52:00,




  »   VVD wil maximum van €500 voor contante betaling

Frank Knopers
6 november 2018Economie


Als het aan de VVD ligt moet het in de toekomst niet meer mogelijk zijn om aankopen boven de €500 met contant geld af te rekenen. Volgens VVD-Kamerlid Foort van Oosten is dit een effectieve manier om criminelen dwars te zitten, omdat die vaak over grote hoeveelheden contant geld beschikken. Door alleen nog maar pinbetalingen voor grote aankopen toe te staan wordt het voor criminelen veel moeilijk om geld wit te wassen, aldus van Oosten.

Volgens het Kamerlid is contant geld erg belangrijk binnen het criminele circuit. Volgens nieuw onderzoek van de Universiteit van Utrecht wordt er in Nederland ieder jaar voor €16 miljard witgewassen, geld dat voor 90% afkomstig zou zijn van drugshandel in fraude. Dat geld komt in de samenleving terecht wanneer criminelen dure spullen kopen en deze met cash afrekenen.

Ontmoedigen contant geld

Het beperken en ontmoedigen van contant geld kan inderdaad een bijdrage leveren aan het bestrijden van witwaspraktijken. Maar tegelijkertijd is contant geld ook een vertrouwd spaarmiddel voor mensen die niet al hun geld op een bankrekening willen zetten. Zeker met een spaarrente van bijna nul procent valt er wat voor te zeggen om wat extra contant geld in huis te houden.

In heel Europa zien we een ontmoedigingsbeleid voor contant geld, in het bijzonder waar het gaat om grotere bedragen. In Spanje geldt al een limiet van €1.000 voor contante betalingen, terwijl je in Italië maximaal €1.000 per dag aan contant geld kunt opnemen bij de bank.

Kamerlid @FoortvanOosten (@VVD) wil het witwassen van geld moeilijker maken door bedragen boven de 500 euro verplicht te laten pinnen.

“Je moet het iemand niet mogelijk maken dat geld uit te geven.”#PolitiekVandaag

— EenVandaag (@EenVandaag) November 5, 2018

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