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Old 09-25-2018, 12:49 PM   #151
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A couple of recent interesting stories...

This one, if it goes forward, could be very bad for the US dollar, if it goes forward...

Europe Plans ‘Special Vehicle’ to Maintain Companies’ Ties to Iran, Avoid U.S. Sanctions
The move is a direct rebuke of President Trump’s policy on Iran and his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS—The European Union said late Monday that it would establish a special payment channel to allow European and other companies to legally continue financial transactions with Iran while avoiding exposure to U.S. sanctions.

The move is a direct rebuke of President Trump’s policy on Iran and his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal in May, and sets the stage for a confrontation between the U.S. and Europe in the days ahead at the U.N. General Assembly, where Iran is among the prominent themes.

EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made the announcement of a “special purpose vehicle” jointly, in English and Farsi, after a meeting at the U.N. of the parties still committed to the deal—Iran, EU, U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China.

“We are not backing down [on the Iran nuclear agreement],” said a European diplomat. He said the speeches of European leaders at a Security Council meeting Mr. Trump is hosting on Wednesday on nonproliferation, including Iran, will reflect the Monday night statement.

The statement said the participants of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, “underlined their determination to protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran.”

The mechanism—the details of which would be set up in future meetings with technical experts—would facilitate payments related to Iran’s oil trade, exports and imports, and “reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran,” the statement said.

European companies have been flocking out of Iran’s market and ending contracts to avoid risking U.S. sanctions. Iran has argued that the 2015 deal entitled the Islamic Republic to benefit from lifting of sanctions and to enter the world market.

However, Iran’s economy has stumbled, with the currency dropping almost daily against the U.S. dollar since the U.S. exited the deal.

It remains to be seen whether or not European companies will change course even with added help from their governments to avoid U.S. sanctions.

But the optics of the move by the European Union together with China and Russia to defy the U.S. signaled continued criticism of the Trump administration for its decisions on Iran.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is at the General Assembly this week promoting U.S. foreign-policy successes, among them exiting the Iran nuclear deal and fostering engagement with North Korea.

Ms. Mogherini said Iran has remained fully committed to its obligations under the nuclear deal, as certified by a dozen reports from U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

She also hailed the 2015 agreement as a major achievement for diplomacy and nonproliferation and “deeply regrets” what she called the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. from the deal.

The statement also said parties to the deal would continue to aid Iran in modernizing the country’s Arak research reactor and converting the Fordow facility, a former enrichment plant, into a nuclear, physics and technology center.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/europe-...ons-1537855415



Deutsche Bank warned over money-laundering as auditor appointed

Germany’s financial watchdog has ordered Deutsche Bank to do more to prevent money-laundering and “terrorist financing,” and has appointed an independent auditor to assess progress.

The regulator, BaFin, said on Monday that this was the first time it had made such an appointment related to money-laundering. The move comes as European regulators step up their scrutiny of banks’ dealings with their customers following a series of scandals.

The head of Danske Bank, Denmark’s biggest, resigned last week after an investigation showed that many of the €200bn (£180bn) of payments through its small Estonian branch were suspicious.
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Last year, Deutsche Bank was fined nearly $700 (£530m) for allowing money-laundering. Germany’s biggest bank said in a statement that it agreed with BaFin it needed to improve its processes to properly identify clients.

“We have the strong commitment to operate within regulatory-compliant practices for the identification of our clients,” Deutsche Bank said. Neither BaFin nor Deutsche Bank gave details of the new measures the bank would adopt.

No new scandal or case triggered BaFin’s move, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

In August, Reuters reported that Deutsche Bank had uncovered further shortcomings in its ability to fully identify clients and the source of their wealth. BaFin said it had appointed KPMG as its special representative for a three-year period to assess Deutsche Bank’s progress.

The intervention is another blow to the reputation of one of Europe’s biggest banking names. Deutsche Bank has made management changes and announced a strategic overhaul that includes thousands of job cuts and scaling back its global investment bank as it battles to recover from three consecutive years of losses.

In January 2017, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay US and British regulators $630m in fines over artificial trades between Moscow, London and New York that authorities said were used to launder $10bn out of Russia. The US Federal Reserve fined the bank an additional $41m in May 2017 for failing to ensure its systems would detect money-laundering.

https://www.theguardian.com/business...-deutsche-bank

Ex-Deutsche Bank Trader Arrested in Italy in Euribor Probe

Former Deutsche Bank AG trader Andreas Hauschild has been arrested in Italy and may be extradited to the U.K. to face charges that he helped rig a key interest rate benchmark, the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office said.

He’s being held after a trip to the country activated a European arrest warrant issued by the SFO. He was charged in the U.K. in 2015 with 10 other traders from around the world, but escaped trial in the U.K. because Germany rejected an extradition request.

“We confirm Andreas Hauschild was arrested on a European arrest warrant last month in Italy. An extradition hearing is due to take place in Milan next month,” a spokeswoman for the SFO said Friday.

Hauschild’s German defense attorney, Eren Basar, is out and will return Monday, his law office said. Officials at Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank declined to immediately comment. A call to Hauschild’s mobile phone wasn’t immediately answered.

The 54-year-old was one of four former German traders who didn’t take part in a Euribor trial earlier this year after the SFO lost the extradition bid. A Frankfurt court in March ruled the alleged crimes had taken place too long ago to be tried.

Two other traders were convicted in the Euribor case, while a jury was unable to reach a verdict on three Barclays Plc traders. One Deutsche Bank manager was cleared by the jury. They were accused of working together to fix the euro interbank offered rate, the interest rate benchmark behind trillions of dollars worth of securities.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-euribor-probe
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I wonder which thread will last longer, or prove more ridiculous.

This one, who's initial post posited 2015 as the year the US dollar "collapses, vis a vie oil, or the "going to war" with Iran thread.
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EU, UK, Russia and China Join Together to Dodge US Sanctions on Iran

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York is a place where world leaders are able to hold important meetings behind closed doors. Russia, China, the UK, Germany, France, and the EU seized that opportunity on Sept. 24 to achieve a real milestone.

The EU, Russia, China, and Iran will create a special purpose vehicle (SPV), a “financially independent sovereign channel,” to bypass US sanctions against Tehran and breathe life into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in jeopardy. "Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to facilitate payments related to Iran's exports, including oil," they announced in a joint statement. The countries are still working out the technical details. If their plan succeeds, this will deliver a blow to the dollar and a boost to the euro.

The move is being made in order to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. According to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the SPV will facilitate payments for Iran’s exports, such as oil, and imports so that companies can do business with Tehran as usual. The vehicle will be available not just to EU firms but to others as well. A round of US sanctions aimed at ending Iranian oil exports is to take effect on November 5. Iran is the world's seventh-largest oil producer. Its oil sector accounts for 70% of the country's exports. Tehran has warned the EU that it should find new ways of trading with Iran prior to that date, in order to preserve the JCPOA.

The SPV proposes to set up a multinational, European, state-backed financial intermediary to work with companies interested in trading with Iran. Payments will be made in currencies other than the dollar and remain outside the reach of those global money-transfer systems under US control. In August, the EU passed a blocking statute to guarantee the immunity of European companies from American punitive measures. It empowers EU firms to seek compensation from the United States Treasury for its attempts to impose extra-territorial sanctions. No doubt the move will further damage the already strained US-EU relationship. It might be helpful to create a special EU company for oil exports from Iran.

Just hours after the joint statement on the SPV, US President Trump defended his unilateral action against Iran in his UNGA address. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the EU initiative, stating, “This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional global peace and security.”

To wit, the EU, Russia, and China have banded together in open defiance against unilateral steps taken by the US. Moscow and Beijing are in talks on how to combine their efforts to fend off the negative impacts of US trade tariffs and sanctions. A planned Sept 24-25 visit by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu, who was coming to the United States for trade talks, was cancelled as a result of the discord and President Trump added more fuel to the fire on Sept. 24 by imposing 10% tariffs on almost half of all goods the US imports from China. “We have far more bullets,” the president said before the Chinese official’s planned visit. “We’re going to go US$200 billion and 25 per cent Chinese made goods. And we will come back with more.” The US has recently imposed sanctions on China to punish it for the purchase of Russian S-400 air-defense systems and combat planes. Beijing refused to back down. It is also adamant in its desire to continue buying Iran’s oil.

It is true, the plan to skirt the sanctions might fall short of expectations. It could fail as US pressure mounts. A number of economic giants, including Total, Peugeot, Allianz, Renault, Siemens, Daimler, Volvo, and Vitol Group have already left Iran as its economy plummets, with the rial losing two-thirds of its value since the first American sanctions took effect in May. The Iranian currency dropped to a record low against the US dollar this September.

What really matters is the fact that the leading nations of the EU have joined the global heavyweights — Russia and China — in open defiance of the United States. This is a milestone event. It’s hard to underestimate its importance. Certainly, it’s too early to say that the UK and other EU member states are doing a sharp pivot toward the countries that oppose the US globally, but this is a start — a first step down that path. This would all have seemed unimaginable just a couple of years ago — the West and the East in the same boat, trying to stand up to the American bully!

https://www.strategic-culture.org/ne...ions-iran.html
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Does that mean that "Casino-Owning-Americans" are now going to want to be called "Oil-Exporting-Americans"?
My prognostication is looking pretty strong these days...

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Nations have been been going with baskets of currencies more, and the US dollar less for years now, but at an increasing rate in the last 5-7 years.

They are also in large scale repatriating their gold bullion from the Federal Reserve.

....snipped...

We have somewhere between 5 and 14 years, I would guess. It just isn't that easy to set up an alternative monetary system when there is no emergency, but the moment the alternative becomes viable and reliable, that's pretty much the end of the dollar hegemony...and then you can expect a worldwide dumping of dollars from reserves....a sort of reverse bank run.

How's that "We are not going to war in Syria you crazy tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist" prediction held up over the last 6 years?

http://www.patriotsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=64439

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My prognostication is looking pretty strong these days...




How's that "We are not going to war in Syria you crazy tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist" prediction held up over the last 6 years?

http://www.patriotsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=64439
Well you're still completely wrong.

Look at what you wrote.

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Officials with the US Department of Defense have confirmed that the Pentagon has finalized procedures that outline how American forces could soon combat the government of war-torn Syria and officially involve itself in that state’s bloody uprising.

After months of rumors suggesting that the US has unofficially made efforts to weaponize rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, officials with the Defense Department tell CNN that the Pentagon has finished drafting blueprints that lay-out just how the US military could aid in ousting the leader with America’s own troops.
Pop Quiz.

Is Assad still in power?


That's a definite yes.
Have US forces tried to oust him?
Not only no, but F*ck no.

Oh and hows that "war" with Iran going?
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Well you're still completely wrong.

Look at what you wrote.



Pop Quiz.

Is Assad still in power?


That's a definite yes.
Have US forces tried to oust him?
Not only no, but F*ck no.

Oh and hows that "war" with Iran going?
1. Assad is in power because the plan failed.

2. Are you making the case that the US does not have military forces in Syria, or that the US does not and has not provided aid? You can't be serious.

I mean, you now...I could find dozens of articles...but just one should make the point, I think...

U.S. Strengthens Its Forces in a Crowded Syrian Battlefield

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/04/u...ops-syria.html

Do I need to post a dozen more?

"how the US military could aid in ousting the leader with America’s own troops. "

EDIT:

OK, maybe one more...

The United States military suffered its first combat death in Syria on Thursday when a service member was killed in the northern part of the country, an area where the Americans are helping to organize an offensive against the Islamic State.

American warplanes have been bombing targets inside Syria to help tens of thousands of militia fighters try to oust the Islamic State from Raqqa, the group’s stronghold in the country.

American forces are on the ground as well. More than 300 members of the United States Special Operations Forces are in Syria to help recruit, train and advise the Kurdish and Arab fighters who are trying to encircle the Islamic State in Raqqa, cut off its supplies and ultimately retake the city.


The Special Operations Forces member who died Thursday was killed by an improvised explosive device in the vicinity of Ayn Issa in northern Syria, United States military officials said.


https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/24/w...es-turkey.html

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Oh yeah, the Iran thing...

Remember this?

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov...licy/iran-deal

And all the warhawks in government were livid, totally pissed. Remember? It was very bipartisan the hate for Obama's Iran deal...

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-repo...-a-worse-start

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...?noredirect=on

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/...release-236966

https://nypost.com/2016/08/03/obamas...top-to-bottom/

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/artic...ayal-of-israel

https://www.usnews.com/opinion/artic...ayal-of-israel

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-re...-the-iran-deal

In case you forgot...Obama cut this deal in total secrecy...not congress, not the press, not the democrats...nobody was in on it.

It's one of the few things that I wholly applauded Obama for.

I didn't know t the time Obama agreed to fork over $1.5 Billion dollars in cold cash on pallets....but I was happy that Obama wasn't on board with another war. He totally screwed the deep state, which is why you say WaPo and the NYT excoriate him for it....they are the mouthpieces of the deep state.

Why were they so mad?

Because he screwed their timeline all to Hell.
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EU, UK, Russia and China Join Together to Dodge US Sanctions on Iran

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York is a place where world leaders are able to hold important meetings behind closed doors. Russia, China, the UK, Germany, France, and the EU seized that opportunity on Sept. 24 to achieve a real milestone.

The EU, Russia, China, and Iran will create a special purpose vehicle (SPV), a “financially independent sovereign channel,” to bypass US sanctions against Tehran and breathe life into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in jeopardy. "Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to facilitate payments related to Iran's exports, including oil," they announced in a joint statement. The countries are still working out the technical details. If their plan succeeds, this will deliver a blow to the dollar and a boost to the euro.

The move is being made in order to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. According to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the SPV will facilitate payments for Iran’s exports, such as oil, and imports so that companies can do business with Tehran as usual. The vehicle will be available not just to EU firms but to others as well. A round of US sanctions aimed at ending Iranian oil exports is to take effect on November 5. Iran is the world's seventh-largest oil producer. Its oil sector accounts for 70% of the country's exports. Tehran has warned the EU that it should find new ways of trading with Iran prior to that date, in order to preserve the JCPOA.

The SPV proposes to set up a multinational, European, state-backed financial intermediary to work with companies interested in trading with Iran. Payments will be made in currencies other than the dollar and remain outside the reach of those global money-transfer systems under US control. In August, the EU passed a blocking statute to guarantee the immunity of European companies from American punitive measures. It empowers EU firms to seek compensation from the United States Treasury for its attempts to impose extra-territorial sanctions. No doubt the move will further damage the already strained US-EU relationship. It might be helpful to create a special EU company for oil exports from Iran.

Just hours after the joint statement on the SPV, US President Trump defended his unilateral action against Iran in his UNGA address. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the EU initiative, stating, “This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional global peace and security.”

To wit, the EU, Russia, and China have banded together in open defiance against unilateral steps taken by the US. Moscow and Beijing are in talks on how to combine their efforts to fend off the negative impacts of US trade tariffs and sanctions. A planned Sept 24-25 visit by Chinese Vice-Premier Liu, who was coming to the United States for trade talks, was cancelled as a result of the discord and President Trump added more fuel to the fire on Sept. 24 by imposing 10% tariffs on almost half of all goods the US imports from China. “We have far more bullets,” the president said before the Chinese official’s planned visit. “We’re going to go US$200 billion and 25 per cent Chinese made goods. And we will come back with more.” The US has recently imposed sanctions on China to punish it for the purchase of Russian S-400 air-defense systems and combat planes. Beijing refused to back down. It is also adamant in its desire to continue buying Iran’s oil.

It is true, the plan to skirt the sanctions might fall short of expectations. It could fail as US pressure mounts. A number of economic giants, including Total, Peugeot, Allianz, Renault, Siemens, Daimler, Volvo, and Vitol Group have already left Iran as its economy plummets, with the rial losing two-thirds of its value since the first American sanctions took effect in May. The Iranian currency dropped to a record low against the US dollar this September.

What really matters is the fact that the leading nations of the EU have joined the global heavyweights — Russia and China — in open defiance of the United States. This is a milestone event. It’s hard to underestimate its importance. Certainly, it’s too early to say that the UK and other EU member states are doing a sharp pivot toward the countries that oppose the US globally, but this is a start — a first step down that path. This would all have seemed unimaginable just a couple of years ago — the West and the East in the same boat, trying to stand up to the American bully!

https://www.strategic-culture.org/ne...ions-iran.html
http://www.patriotsplanet.com/BB/sho...&postcount=153

In light of the recent Huawei arrest, I figured I would bring this one back for folks interested in what is actually going on.
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Deutsche Bank axes 18,000 jobs worldwide as part of $8.3bn ‘restart’ plan

Numerous Deutsche Bank employees around the globe were told to leave on Monday, with the German lender eliminating entire teams in Asia and Australia as part of its massive plan to “restart” some business operations.

Cuts began on Monday morning in Sydney, Hong Kong and other locations in the Asia-Pacific region. In Asia alone, Deutsche Bank will close all operations, though the majority of the redundancies will take place in the US and Europe. The German firm said it will reduce its global workforce to 74,000 by 2022 in a move that will cost €7.4 billion ($8.31 billion) altogether.

The bank did not reveal which jobs will be lost, but announced that it will completely withdraw from areas relating to trading shares – the bulk of which is concentrated in London and New York.

Elsewhere, those being let go will be offered redundancy packages prior to their departure. A Hong Kong-based equities trader told Reuters that the mood inside his division was “pretty gloomy” as employees were being called to meetings. “[There are a] couple of rounds of chats with HR and then they give you this packet and you are out of the building,” he said.

Christian Sewing, Deutsche Bank CEO, called the measure “a restart” which will make the company focus on its clients, bringing it closer “to our roots and to what once made us one of the leading banks in the world.”

He referred to “uncomfortable decisions” and added that he understands “this impacts people and affects their lives in a profound way.”

The drastic measure comes after Deutsche Bank failed to merge with rival Commerzbank in April. The merger had been supported by the German government, but both banks left the talks after they concluded that the deal would be too costly.

Deutsche Bank has been struggling with the decline of its businesses since the 2008 financial crisis. Despite being Germany’s largest bank, it experienced problems establishing sustainable revenues. Its failed merger with Commerzbank meant that it had to take action to stay afloat and boost market confidence.

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I think the OP can be finally answered, considering it's now 2019.

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Maybe you should try reading the OP first.

My first post comes in at #27. Let me...once again....quote myself because you get very confused sometimes about what I write...

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We have somewhere between 5 and 14 years, I would guess. It just isn't that easy to set up an alternative monetary system when there is no emergency, but the moment the alternative becomes viable and reliable, that's pretty much the end of the dollar hegemony...and then you can expect a worldwide dumping of dollars from reserves....a sort of reverse bank run.
Are we clear as mud?

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