Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

Syraq SITREP 53: Can Putin and Bibi Cut a Face Saving Deal to End Israeli Attacks On Syria?

The situation in the Levant appears to be spiraling downward toward full scale war between Iran’s Syrian and Hezbollah allies and Israel. Tel Aviv has cited an Iranian military presence in the war-torn nation as a pretext to launch continuous attacks. Not only Israel’s Air Force but the Iron Dome defense system and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) artillery were engaged after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retaliated for multiple IAF strikes inside Syria last week.

The clashes initiated from the Israeli side, which the ‘international community’ aka the NATO/Gulf Arab states bloc blamed on Iran, came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Victory Day ‘Immortal Regiment’ march alongside Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The symbolism of a Russian leader jointly commemorating the Soviet victory over the Nazis with the PM of the Jewish State was not lost on anyone, especially after a report in Izvestia that no S300 missile systems would be delivered to the Syrians (though this report did not rule out that the systems have been covertly shipped to the Russian base at Kheimmim for safe storage from IAF missiles next to Russian troops).

What quid pro quo between the two world leaders led to this controversial Kremlin decision was the subject of widespread speculation among Russia watchers and academics with an interest in the complex Moscow-Tel Aviv relationship. A bilateral engagement tested by being on opposite sides of the Syria War, yet (as we wrote back in late 2015) bound by shared interests in eastern Mediterranean pipeline gas, Jewish Russian re-pats returning from Israel to Moscow, and the Russian Orthodox Church’s historic role in the Holy Land. Due to the late and post Soviet emigration, after the three official languages of Hebrew, Arabic and English, Russian is Israel’s unofficial fourth language.

Photo of Syrian SAMs streaking across the Damascus skies, May 10, 2018 by 24 Resistance Axis

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Trump-Kim Summit Set for June 12 in Singapore, Mahathir Sworn In as Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Praises China’s Belt and Road

Trump-Kim Summit Set for June 12 in Singapore, Mahathir Sworn In as Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Praises China’s Belt and Road

May 10, 2018 (EIRNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greeted the three remaining American detainees released by North Korea at 3 a.m. at Andrews Air Force Base, outside Washington this morning.

The release of the three Americans, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, as The Hill reported, was presented as a goodwill gesture by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ahead of what will be a historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

That summit was announced a few hours later as set for June 12 in Singapore.

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How a Nation Is Destroyed, And How It Can Save Itself

How a Nation Is Destroyed, And How It Can Save Itself

by Paul Gallagher

Sam Quinones, 
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Bloomsbury Press, Paperback Edition 2016,
353 pages, $18.00

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after creating a Justice Department task force targeting prescription drug manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids, was interviewed May 1 by the Washington Post. Sessions asked his interviewer: “Have you read Dreamland? For the first time, you get a glimpse of how it [the American opioid addiction epidemic] really developed.”

When crime reporter Sam Quinones testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Jan. 9, 2018 on one of the greatest crimes against America in its history, he had already gone beyond the extraordinary understanding of the nation’s drug addiction epidemic “glimpsed” in this book, published in 2016. He now knew that new national missions, like a “new Apollo Project” for the space program and a “new Marshall Plan” for Appalachia, were needed to lift Americans back up out of the mud of depression, personal isolation, and addiction.

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Rogue Coin Radio Triple Play Mid-May 2018

Rogue Coin Radio Triple Play Mid-May 2018

Follow them on Twitter at @RCCryptoSchool, learn at the CryptoSchool.io, sign up for their Telegram trading channel and then watch CryptoZ, Cowboy and Frank DeLalla trade in this ‘blood market’ so you can entertain yourself — and profit like a pro. — JWS

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Putin: Russia Must Free Itself of ‘Dollar Monopoly’ To Achieve Economic Sovereignty

Putin: Russia Must Free Itself of ‘Dollar Monopoly’ To Achieve Economic Sovereignty

The Chinese preference for buying non-dollar denominated oil and gas from its strategic ally Russia and now Moscow exporting more crude to the Asian giants rather than Europeans are themes we’ve frequently discussed here at RogueMoney. Although Putin’s inauguration speech was largely overshadowed in global media coverage by the seeming Russian non-response to aggressive Israeli strikes on Syria, the Vladimir Vladimirovich made several decisive points in a May 7 speech marking his fourth and likely final term in office.

While Putin is completing his cabinet and the formation of a new government with several familiar faces (led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev), many Russia watchers remain gloomy about Moscow’s false choice between ‘autarchy or capitulation’ to American sanctions pressure.

The rapid expansion of China’s CIPS alternative to SWIFT, the successful rollout of the petroyuan and Shanghai Gold Exchange as financial anchors for the One Belt One Road (OBOR), plus the Trump Administration’s alienation of leading EU trade partners with its belligerence against Iran; all of these trends are proving our thesis and that of London Paul that time is on the Russians’ side and Washington won’t be able to afford waging Cold War 2 for more than a few years.

— JWS

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The Sirius Report with London Paul 05-07-2018

The Sirius Report with London Paul 05-07-2018

London Paul returns to RogueMoneyRadio with his analyses of Washington unilaterally abandoning the JCPOA, the Trump Administration’s pressure on EU members led by Germany to abandon their lucrative contracts with Iran, and ‘the cabal’s failures in Eurasia. London Paul does not ‘trust the plan’ of QAnon’s online following and calls U.S. foreign policy “a neocon wet dream” at the moment, with President Trump campaign promises to dial back American military commitments being flouted. London Paul also connects the dots between the U.S. government reimposing sanctions on Iran, Israeli air strikes and threats to assassinate Assad in Syria, and Saudi desperation to drive up the oil price. He also discusses the collapse of special counsel Robert Mueller’s case for lack of Trump-Russia collusion evidence and the new media’s impatience with the slow pace of exposing and weeding the ‘deep state’ cabal’s operatives out of government.

“The next four weeks will be very pivotal” London Paul says in deciding the direction the U.S. is headed in the event driven scenario. — JWS

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Bitcoin Beats Gold

Bitcoin Beats Gold

The Bitcoin-versus-gold debate is certainly nothing new, but there’s one aspect in which the gold standard of cryptocurrency beats out the gold standard of historical currency hands down.

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