Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St and managing editor of the News Doctors http://thenewsdoctors.com/ and independent financial journalist, Eric Dubin are back for Episode #12 of Welcome to Dystopia.
With the horror in Paris, we need to stress that terrorism doesn't
emerge out of a vacuum. Paul Craig Roberts' article on Paris attacks: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/...
It has a political context, and it's impossible to understand the events in Paris without understanding that ISIS arose from conditions created by U.S. and allied nation policy - including direct financial and training support, particularly from Saudi Arabia
and Turkey playing key roles. The roots of U.S. policy of fomenting
Islamic radical terrorist groups as a tool extend all the way back to
the early 20th Century (led by the U.K.), but the biggest milestone
along the development of this "tool" is best represented by former
National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski's plan to build-up
Al-Qaeda as a proxy force, setting an Afghanistan "bear trap" to weaken the Soviet Union. This isn't conspiracy theory. It's documented history, and Brzezinski openly boasts about his role.
“‘What is most important to the history of the world?’ Brzezinski said in 1998, ‘some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?’ — it had at least one unexpected result: it created a global jihad movement, led by veteran fighters who were convinced that they had defeated one superpower and could defeat another.” See: http://thenewsdoctors.com/?p=542014
The policy of using radical jihadists as a political tool continues to
this very day. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we had top U.S. military brass and politicians taking to the media and testifying before Congress, arguing for the need for additional so-called "moderate
terrorists" to overthrow Syrian President Assad. These so-called
moderate terrorists are principally the Al-Qaeda spawn al-Nusra Front and related groups. The U.S. spent over a decade presenting Al-Qaeda as the greatest terrorist threat in history, and responsible for 9/11.
Eric discussed how there is a split within the U.S. policy community
when it comes to Chinese renminbi inclusion into the SDR basket. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idU... You can see an expression of this split given the missives that come out of the "think tank" community. A prime example was published just yesterday by the Peterson Institute for International Economics: http://blogs.piie.com/realtime/?p=5244 Tune into the show for more, including Eric's explanation for how and why much of the media and alternative media are getting this story wrong.
Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St had on returning guest, derivatives expert, precious metals expert and longtime veteran of the financial industry, Rob Kirby of Kirby Analytics http://www.kirbyanalytics.com/
During this 45+ minute interview, Jason asks Rob about interest rates and if Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve can raise them?
Rob thinks at most there will be 1-2 token interest rate increases of 25 basis points and those are by no means guaranteed, before the Federal Reserve has to reverse course and lower interest rates as close to zero as possible across the entire yield curve.
Rob then talks about how interest rate swaps affect the Fed's ability to raise rates. Jason brings up a recent Bloomberg article how Wall St banks are offering discounted interest rate swaps to attract people to buy them. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/article...
Jason then asks Rob if there will be bail ins to force Americans to put their savings into US Treasury bonds?
To wrap up the interview, Jason and Rob talk about the gold and silver markets.
Rob thinks the paper leverage ratios on COMEX/LBMA are 100% not sustainable and they will blow up in the near future especially as more and more mines come offline or miners go bankrupt.
Wall St for Main St welcome back Dr. Mark Thornton, who is a Austrian economist and Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute. In this podcast, we discussed the differences between Keynesian economic and Austrian economic on deflation, interest rates and the boom/bust cycle. Find out why the government and central banks fear and loathe deflation!
Bill Holter writes and is partnered with Jim Sinclair at the newly formed Holter/Sinclair collaboration. Prior, he wrote for Miles Franklin from 2012-15. Bill worked as a retail stockbroker for 23 years, including 12 as a branch manager at A.G. Edwards. He left Wall Street in late 2006 to avoid potential liabilities related to management of paper assets as he foresaw the Great Financial crisis coming. In retirement he and his family moved to Costa Rica where he lived until 2011 when he moved back to the United States. He was a well-known contributor to the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA) commentaries from 2007-present. Bill has retained a working relationship with Miles Franklin and can help with any of your precious metals needs including storage.
During this 25+ minute interview Jason asks Bill about the inflation/deflation debate. Jason and Bill talk about how the mainstream media and experts like Harry Dent talk non stop about deflation while people's grocery bills, healthcare bills and asset prices have soared higher.
To wrap up the interview, Jason asks Bill why Russia and China haven't pulled the plug yet on the US Dollar as the sole WRC?
Bill says it's very simple. As long as China can continue to accumulate undervalued gold from the US and the West they will allow the current system to keep going.
This week's episode had special guest Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute For Peace and Prosperity http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/, Daniel McAdams.
Daniel McAdams is the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute. He formally served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s 2012 retirement.
There's a popular misconception that libertarians advocating for a non-interventionist foreign policy is tantamount to isolationism. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the Ron Paul Institute is making progress advancing this understanding.
In a little over a month, power relationships in the Middle Eastern war theater have shifted considerably. Daniel provides us with perspective on the recent United Nations meeting between Russian and U.S. officials, and what conclusions we might draw now that the U.S. policy establishment is being forced to play out a hand with unanticipated cards and, with Moscow essentially exposing the absurdity of the American strategy of building up "moderate" terrorist forces with the goal of overthrowing the Assad government.
Now that Russian air raids have sent terrorist factions fleeing the Syrian theater, the US is sending in more special forces "boots on the ground." We say "more" because special forces have been operating in the Syrian theater all along. Daniel makes reference to Finian Cunningham's latest article at the Ron Paul Institute website: "US Special Forces deployed as ‘human shields’ to salvage terror assets in Syria." Access this link to read it: http://tinyurl.com/ojp3ukw
We discussed Hillary Clinton and Doug Henwood's latest book, "My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets The Presidency." As a traditional progressive, Henwood is receiving considerable attention for daring to call out Hillary for her decidedly non-progressive politics. Wrapping oneself with the banner of championing women's and LGBT rights is all well and fine, but many progressive Hillary supporters have no idea Hillary's politics doesn't match that of a traditional progressive, especially when it comes to international relations and the support of crony capitalist interests at home and abroad. See: http://tinyurl.com/q4ckk9u ...and you have to see the cover of this book!