How to Crush the Gold Cartel

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Feature Article by Paul Rosenberg
I have friends who are convinced that a cartel is manipulating the gold and silver markets. I have other friends who disagree, but today I’ll hang with the former. And they plead a good case, with there being 100 times more paper gold than physical and a small group in full control of daily price setting… among other things.

Accordingly, many holders of gold and silver go on about breaking this cartel, even though nothing ever really changes.

Today, however, I’m going to tell everyone exactly how to break the cartel. I’m not sure how many people will take it to heart – there are easier “solutions” being thrown at them all the time – but I’m going to explain it all the same. Each holder of metals can do with it as he or she wishes.

The Simple Plan

If you want to crush the cartel, there’s one simple thing that must be done. Here it is:

Gold and silver must be used in daily commerce.

That’s it. If that happens, the car
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Schmoozing in Riyadh

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Schmoozing in Riyadh

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Tuesday, Mike Pompeo met with Saudi king Salman and crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) in Riyadh.

His trip is all about assuring them of no change in bilateral relations, accountability for eliminating Jamal Khashoggi off the table. Longstanding ties between both nations remain strong.

The kingdom’s horrendous civil and human rights abuses are non-issues. According to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, “Pompeo met today with Saudi king Salman in Riyadh.” 

“The secretary thanked the king for Saudi Arabia’s strong partnership with the United States. The secretary and the king discussed a number of regional and bilateral issues.” 

“The secretary also thanked the king for his commitment to supporting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance.”

The
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Saudis to Admit Jamal Khashoggi Killed During Interrogation

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Saudis to Admit Jamal Khashoggi Killed During Interrogation?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

According to CNN, Reuters, AP News, the NYT, and other media, the Saudis will admit responsibility for Khashoggi’s death.

Citing unnamed sources, media reports claim Riyadh will say he died during a botched interrogation and plan to abduct him, what happened conducted without kingdom permission, parties involved to be held responsible.

One report, citing an unnamed individual familiar with Riyadh’s plan, claimed crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) approved Khashoggi’s interrogation and abduction, the kingdom to try absolving him of responsibility for his death, shifting blame to an unnamed intelligence official.

Why would Riyadh have dispatched a 15-member security team to Istanbul on the day Khashoggi disappeared inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, returning less than 24 hours later, if not to abduct an
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Russia Reportedly to Refine Iranian Oil for Export

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Russia Reportedly to Refine Iranian Oil for Export

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Washington under Republicans and undemocratic Dems use unilaterally imposed illegal sanctions as political, economic, and trade weapons against its adversaries – a failed strategy. Yet it persists.

US harshness toward Iran since its 1979 revolution achieved nothing. The Trump regime’s aim to crush its economy, mainly by blocking its oil sales, failed before implementation in early November.

On Sunday, OilPrice.com said Iran has ways around Trump regime sanctions, including by having “private local entities buy (its) crude and then resell it to foreign traders.”

According to FGE Energy’s Middle East managing director Iman Nasseri, Iran can work with “private middle-m(en) to…find buyers and arrange for logistics that could possibly be invisible to the monitoring systems” – payment for deliveries to be mos
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Hundreds of Thousands Likely Perished from War in Yemen

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Hundreds of Thousands Likely Perished from War in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Since US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing and blockade of Yemen began in March 2015, Western and other media continue claiming only 10,000 Yemenis perished.

It’s a fabricated claim to downplay what’s largely a forgotten war, little reported about it, nearly none on US major media television.

It’s Obama’s war, now Trump’s in cahoots with the Saudis and UAE, despotic regimes contemptuous of human and civil rights, allied with Washington’s war OF terror in the Middle East – committing countless numbers of Nuremberg-level crimes in one country after another, Yemenis harmed most of all.

On Monday, the UK-owned, controlled, and operated BBC reported “at least 10,000 people…killed in the (Yemeni) conflict.”

Though technically correct by prefacing 10,000 killed with saying “at least,
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What’s Going On in Idlib, Syria’s Demilitarized Zone?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
What’s Going On in Idlib, Syria’s Demilitarized Zone?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

In mid-September, Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan agreed on establishing a 15 – 20 km-wide demilitarized zone in Idlib province along the Turkish border.

Russian and Turkish forces will control the zone, an offensive to liberate Idlib put on hold at least until later this year, maybe not until 2019.

Full withdrawal of US-supported terrorists was to be completed by October 15, the deadline missed because al-Nusra and allied jihadists refuse to disarm and leave – likely at the behest of Washington, their paymaster.

According to AMN News, Syria’s military “demand(s) answers regarding the(ir) failed…withdrawal from the designated buffer zone,” adding:

“(T)he Syrian Arab Army’s High Command is in talks with the Russian military about the next steps to take in the Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama
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Whitewashing Jamal Khashoggi’s Elimination Likely

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Whitewashing Jamal Khashoggi’s Elimination Likely

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The West values Saudi oil, super-wealth, and investments too much to let the kingdom’s elimination of Jamal Khoshoggi disrupt longstanding relations more than short-term.

Trump tried deflecting attention from its responsibility for what happened, saying king Salman claims to know nothing about it, adding maybe “rogue killers” were behind it.

Suggesting elements other than Saudi’s ruling family ordered Khashoggi’s elimination defies logic. He disappeared after entering its consulate, never emerging, the kingdom clearly responsible for what happened.

Either king Salman is fully aware of Khashoggi’s fate, or he’s too old and in poor health to be anything more than a figurehead. 

In his 80s, he suffered at least one stroke, affecting his mobility and stamina. Reportedly he suffers from shortness o
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Believe women: Apply Congress’ Christine Blasey Ford test to TSA's female victims

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Feature Article by Jim Bovard
In the uproar over Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, many members of Congress declared that women have a “right to be believed.” Unfortunately, Congress is ignoring legions of women who have been sexually abused thanks to the immunity Congress provides to federal agents. But a federal appeals court may grant relief despite Washington’s negligence.

Congress gives the Transportation Security Administration almost $8 billion a year and does nothing to constrain how TSA’s 43,000 screeners treat American travelers. A Justice Department lawyer insisted last year that there’s no law “establishing a specific degree of permissible intrusiveness of a (TSA) security screening pat-down.” Americans have no legal recourse regardless of how TSA’s screeners treat them, thus explaining why TSA pat-downs become more intrusive.  

Many women have s
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Syria Another US Forever War?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Syria Another US Forever War?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Is Afghanistan the prototype for all US wars of aggression? Forever war rages in the country, now in its 18th year with no prospect for resolution.

Is Syria following the same pattern, war in its eighth year with no end in sight? 

The difference between Washington’s aggression in the country and all its other war theaters is Russia’s intervention to combat US-supported terrorism at Assad’s request.

Is it enough to make a great enough difference? Will Russia’s involvement lead to conflict resolution?

It’s unattainable as long as US forces occupy parts of the country with no intention to leave – Washington’s goal unchanged since Obama launched war on Syria.

It’s all about regime change, controlling the country’s resources and population, partitioning it for easier control, and isolating Iran ahead of a similar
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Escalating Online Censorship

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Escalating Online Censorship

by Stephen Lendman

In cahoots with dark US forces, anti-social media escalated their war on alternative views – ones conflicting with the official narrative by pulling down hundreds of pages.

The worst is likely yet to come. Censorship in America is the new normal – speech, media and academic freedoms threatened.

Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other tech giants are allied with Washington against digital democracy, the last frontier of media freedom.

Major print and electronic media operate as press agents for wealth, power, and privilege, suppressing what’s vital to know on issues mattering most.

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is increasingly ignored in America and Europe, stating:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any med
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