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Pepe Escobar :: All that pivots is gold #China #Qatar #MENA #AQIM #AFRICOM #MALI #Sahel

To quote the immortal line in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, as filmed by John Huston, "Let's talk about the black bird" - let's talk about a mysterious bird made out of gold. Oh yes, because this is a film noir worthy of Dashiell Hammett - involving the Pentagon, Beijing, shadow wars, pivoting and a lot of gold.

Let's start with Beijing's official position; "We don't have enough gold". That leads to China's current, frenetic buying spree - which particularly in Hong Kong anyone can follow live, in real time. China is already the top gold producing and the top gold importing nation in the world.


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Fort Russ: Russia's Week in Humor for May 22, 2015

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"Surely the burning tires in front of the Rada will convince the EU that Ukraine is ready to join it?"

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В Киеве в ходе протестов у здания Рады произошла потасовка между милицией и протестующими

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​‘Double standards between Christians and Muslims’

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Russia’s dual-screen Yotaphone 2 starts selling in China

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Hillary who? Russians skeptical about Clinton as future US president, poll shows

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Clashes, tires on fire outside Ukrainian parliament in Kiev

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The bells are chiming, the junta's demise is a matter of time, and it is the Ukrainian people who will kick them out. What remains to be seen is if they are as farsighted as to reorient the whole mess they created to begin with. 

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Fort Russ: John Tefft meets with Russian bloggers, Nuland pays a visit to a curious Museum of Modern Art in Moscow

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"...modern art is hardly at the top of an agenda of a typical Moscow visitor, interested in art". Actually, I disagree - it may certainly not be at the top of Nulland's agenda, art whether modern or not-so-modern. But not for people like me, who enjoy art from its archeological times to the very present. In Moscow there are interesting manifestations of course, and the new Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val is highly interesting and demands a visit.

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Fort Russ: Inside source: Putin will not abandon Syria or Ukraine

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What is happening with refugees from Libya defies description. However, it is quite fair, that the citizens of a destroyed country are fleeing to Europe, where nobody bombed anyone, and on the contrary, they bombed Lybia! Today after shattering the country into broken shards, the EU has to take all these refugees. We have already heard what Merkel said about Ebola and even blaimed WHO for being too slow. Meanwhile Sarkozy is nowhere to be heard and is hiding in dark corners, hiding his eyes from those condemning him, whom there are many. Sarkozy managed to elude prosecution for his "military activities" in the last presidential cadence, but Hollande is generally a nasty centipede. Nevertheless, Libya is destroyed and its hydrocarbons are looted by American companies.

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Fort Russ: Ex-PM: Ukraine's default is a culmination of a plan

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​Журналист: Сирийские повстанцы считают Россию своим непосредственным врагом

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‘Destruction of Palmyra would be a great loss, whole humanity will suffer’

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Washington asks Athens to back anti-Russia sanctions - Greek minister

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The US should stop bullying the European states and interfering in their sovereign decisions.

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Ireland to hold world’s first popular vote on gay marriage, polls in favor

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'Humanitarian suicide': Kiev backtracks on human rights pledge in Eastern Ukraine

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The Ukrainian parliament has approved a regulation removing the obligation to protect certain human rights in the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
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And what could be expected from a Fascist regime?

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Fort Russ: Widow in Donetsk, her husband and children gone, informs a French journalist

Fort Russ: Widow in Donetsk, her husband and children gone, informs a French journalist | Global politics | Scoop.it
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There are many people like Margarita in the Donbass, and I guess the journalist missed an important reason why she wouldn't leave her appartment: her husband's grave in the nearby, perhaps even her children's. I met a lady in Moscow whose father, in his 70s, refused also to be evacuated to Russia from Donetsk for that reason. Russians' soul, as it is commonly said, embodies also that aspect, the presence of gone relatives, the visit to the cemetery at least once a year... The Immortals March this past May 9, when millions of Russians in the whole country marched with the pictures of their parents, grand-parents, and even more distant relatives, is hugely eloquent: Russians don't forget their people, and they will not skip the occasion when some flowers are required.  

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Fort Russ: Russia Daily Brief for May 21, 2015

Fort Russ: Russia Daily Brief for May 21, 2015 | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Gribauskaite simply refused to answer TV interview questions that were not coordinated ahead of time, including one on same-sex marriages, and threatened to leave the interview unless the interviewer relented--which he did.

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Fort Russ: Ukrainian militants executed a Novorossia militia man and his pregnant wife (video 18+)

Fort Russ: Ukrainian militants executed a Novorossia militia man and his pregnant wife (video 18+) | Global politics | Scoop.it
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"It is not a montage and it's not staged, - said the investigator.- This is an authentic footage. Identification of the other participants is a matter of time". 

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