21st Century Wire says…
As the dust settles in Kiev, another money trail has been revealed…
According to reports out of Kiev (see links below), the US has quietly transfers 33 tons of Ukrainian gold out of the country and back to vaults in the US. Presumably, this sovereign wealth transfer would be counted as partial “collateral” for a fresh round of IMF, US FED, and ECB paper debt that is currently being organised for dumping into the Ukraine’s economic black hole.
Multiple inquiries to US Federal Reserve administrators into the location of the Ukraine’s gold have been met with the proverbial ‘pass the buck’, making tracking and tracking the final resting place of these 33 tonnes very difficult indeed – but one can expect that the NY Fed is probably the institution who has masterminded this financial heist.
Note how gold flows into New York, but has difficulty flowing out of US private banking hands as is the case with the ‘confiscation’ of Germany’s gold. Numerous attempts by Bundesbank to repatriate its gold reserves have been met with a brick wall, and to date, Germany has only recovered a miniscule 5 tonnes directly from the NY Fed – out of the total 674 tonnes (an additional 32 tonnes were recovered via French central bank).
It’s worth pointing out here that when NATO sacked Libya in 2011, one of the first items that came into question was the gold in Libya’s state-run central bank. Prior to the NATO takeover of that country, Libya had one of the highest per capita gold reserves in the world, alongside Lebanon, giving Libya a distinct advantage should it carry out former Libyan leader Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi’s long-term financial transition to a gold-backed Libyan Dinar. As you can imagine, this is no longer the case in Tripoli.
Additionally, like Libya, both Syria and Iran are two of the world’s last remaining nation states who both have state-run central banks and gold reserves which fall outside of the world’s private central banking syndicate.
Needless to say, you can see an obvious pattern emerging here.
And the story continues…
The Big Lie + What Happened To Ukraine’s Gold?
By PM Fund Manager Dave Kranzler
Investment Research Dynamics
The Big Lie is that Central Banks don’t care about gold. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Ben Bernanke, more than once, claimed that he didn’t understand gold. When Ron Paul asked Bernanke in front of Congress why Central Banks own gold if it’s irrelevant, Bernanke flippantly suggested that it was out of tradition. In both cases Bernanke was lying and he knew it.
In comparison, Greenspan seemed to have some respect for the laws of economics and – at least that I can recall – never would outright state that gold was not an economic factor. Greenspan lied as much as Bernanke did about everything else but he never committed himself to lie about gold. Most of you have probably read Greenspan’s 1966 essay, “Gold and Economic Freedom” (linked). I have read it several times because it explains as well as anything out there why gold works as a currency and why Government-issued fiat currency does not.
What I find amazing about The Big Lie about Central Banks and gold is that if gold really is considered to be irrelevant, the how come Central Banks – especially the Fed – are so secretive about their gold storage and trading activities? What’s even more amazing is that no one other than Ron Paul and GATA asks them about this. Think about it. GATA spent a lot of money on legal fees attempting to get the Fed to publicly disclose its records related to the Fed’s gold activities. The Fed spent even more money denying GATA’s quest. And how come the Fed won’t submit to a public, independent audit of its gold vaults?
This brings me to the issue of the Ukraine’s gold. According to public records, the Government of Ukraine owns 33 tonnes of gold that was being safekept in Ukraine. Last week a Ukrainian newspaper reported that acting PM Arseny Yatsenyuk ordered the transfer of that gold to the United States. The actual report is here: LINK. Jesse’s Cafe Americain provided a translated version here: LINK.
On the assumption that the report is true, and so far I have not seen any commentary or articles suggesting it is not true, the biggest question is, how come the U.S. has absolutely no problem loading up and transporting 33 tonnes of gold from Ukraine to the U.S. but seems to have difficulty loading up and transporting any of Germany’s gold from New York to Berlin? And how come the U.S. and Ukraine seem to care about that gold at all, if indeed gold is irrelevant? It would seem that it would be a lot less expensive and logistically complicated just to have the U.S. military post a few armed guards around the gold if they’re worried about theft. On the other hand, I’m sure Putin would be happy to buy the gold from Ukraine.
What makes the story even more interesting is that GATA’s Chris Powell has spent considerable time trying to get an answer to the question of whether or not the U.S. has taken custody of Ukraine’s gold. When he queried the NY Fed, they responded with:
“A spokesman for the New York Fed said simply: “Any inquiry regarding gold accounts should be directed to the account holder. You may want to contact the National Bank of Ukraine to discuss this report” (LINK).
After trying for two days to get an answer from the U.S. State Department, they finally responded by referring him to the NY Fed (LINK).
The final piece in verifying that the report is true is deflection from Ukraine. Mr. Powell has queried the National Bank of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Embassy in DC, and the Ukrainian mission to the UN in NYC. Crickets. As Chris states the case:
“The difficulty in getting a straight answer here is pretty good evidence that the Ukrainian gold indeed has been sent to the United States.”
Unfortunately, it is likely that the citizens of Ukraine will end up paying the same price for allowing the U.S. to “safekeep” their sovereign gold. That price is the comforting knowledge that their gold has been delivered safely to vaults in China under U.S./UK bullion bank contractual delivery obligations, where it will be locked away for centuries.
All this skullduggery over a barbarous relic that has been deemed irrelevant by the U.S. Federal Reserve…
READ MORE FINANCIAL NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Financial Files
DANGEROUS: Turkey’s Erdogan to End Secular Democracy, Invoking New Holy War Between ‘Cross and Crescent’
21st Century Wire says…
Earlier this week, 21WIRE outlined how the current Turkey government is about to bring an abrupt end to country’s secular democratic government in favor of political Islam and one-party rule.
Turkey is about to pass over a very dangerous threshold…
Unknown to the US media, who is intoxicated with Russian conspiracy theories and the running joke which is US healthcare, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (image, above) is instituting the final phase in his Stalinization transformation of Turkey from a secular democracy – to a Neo-Ottoman religious fiefdom.
On April 16, Erdogan will hold a new Referendum to change the country’s constitution, giving the government sweeping new legal powers – including a provision that would allow him to be ‘President for Life‘ – potentially ruling until 2029.
Last week, the Turkish autocrat dispatched his emissaries to European countries to help campaign to Turkish voters in countries like the Netherlands and Germany. After Germany cancelled various rallies organized by Turkish ministers, Erdogan accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of “Nazi practices.” The Dutch government saw what was coming and proceeded to ban Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from flying to Rotterdam to attend a Turkish rally in support of Erdogan’s new powers, Reuters reported.
“Listen Netherlands, you’ll jump once, you’ll jump twice, but my people will thwart your game,” Erdogan said. “You can cancel our foreign minister’s flight as much as you want, but let’s see how your flights come to Turkey now. They don’t know diplomacy or politics. They are Nazi remnants. They are fascists.”
Erdogan’s then went on to threaten Europe, saying, that they “won’t be secure on their streets anymore.”
It is somewhat rich for Erdogan to be labelling others Nazis. In reality, more than any other single figure on the greater European geopolitical scene today – it is Erdogan who has the closest resemblance to Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler. There are a few strange similarities to their consolidations of power. Two charismatic leaders, using crisis to physically transform the structure of government, and both instituting a brutal crackdown on the press in their country. Both deeply engaged in undeclared wars of aggression and invasions against their neighbors, and both openly trumpeting aspirations of regional hegemony and dominance and actively pursuing additional territory for their homeland. More importantly – both invoking exceptionalist themes – in Hitler’s case it was race, religion and über nationalism. In Erdogan’s case, emotive religious identity politics and invoking Ottoman imperial nostalgia and crusade-era themes like ‘a battle between ‘Crescent and Cross.’
Erdogan, even invoked the crusades last week – appearing to call for a renewed intercontinental religious war between Islamic world and Europe. Erdogan, as rendered by Hurriyet Daily News. stated, “Where is the liberty of religion? They have commenced a struggle between the cross and crescent. There is no other explanation than this. I am saying this clearly: Europe is heading toward the days just before World War II.”
Erdogan’s Stalinist Purge
Since the Coup-the-Wasn’t in July 2016, Erdogan used the alleged political crisis to institute a brutal purge that would impress Josef Stalin’s.
After taking to his media’s airwaves encouraging political foot soldiers to go out and dispense violent ‘street justice‘ to his designated opposition, Erdoğan instituted one of the most systematic and brutal crackdowns on civil society seen in recent years. What started as a purge of 7,000 suspected military plotters, judges, politicians, journalists has expanded, bringing the total to upwards of 100,000 people – all suspended and arrested by the government for either treason or “having terrorist ties.” Included in the purge were some 28,000 teachers who it deemed as having “links to terrorism,” along with 785 members of the Ministry of Labour, and 24 elected mayors.
Any normal media pundit would call this the totalitarian antics of a paranoid megalomaniac – but not the Western media. As a NATO member state it should shock every US and European citizen that their governments are military partners with this type of government in Turkey.
Symbolically, Erdogan’s new Turkey very much resembles a scene from Star Wars, where nefarious emperor Palpatine suspended the Republican government in a state of emergency – to fight a ‘terrorist’ enemy created and nurtured by him in a clandestine fashion.
“The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I’ve just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.“―Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin (Star Wars trilogy)
This story line virtually mirrors Erdogan’s facilitating and supporting of ISIS and Al Nusra terrorists groups operating freely, in and out of Syria using Turkey as a safe haven with medical triage for fighters, training grounds, and even a supply and financial hub based in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.
What’s most shocking about this however, is how the US media will provide more headline space and hours of ‘expert panel’ analysis in CNN for a tweet from Donald Trump – rather than to cover this disturbing development in Turkey which could very trigger the balance of nations in the Middle East.
In a recent interview with Free West Media, Independent Syrian MP from Aleppo, Fares Shehabi (photo, above) announced, ‘We want Turkey to withdraw its invading forces.’
Presently, both Turkey and the US are amassing their military assets and troops on the ground inside Syria, in preparation for a big media event in April, which will be marketed in the West as “The Battle for Raqqa.”
Shehabi believes the Turkish leadership is chasing an Ottoman-style hegemony in the region:
“I am not surprised, of course! Erdogan’s behavior is well expected by us Syrians because we were the first to suffer from his Ottoman ambitions. As you know, the Ottoman Empire expanded into our country Syria after sacking Aleppo and also expanded westward into Romania, Austria and Hungary. We defended our city Aleppo against his piracy and looting and against his terror mercenaries,” said MP Shehabi.
On Turkey’s looting of Aleppo since 2012, Shehabi explains, “He robbed more than 30 000 factories, our grain, wheat, cotton, oil and most importantly our historical monuments. He also gathered, harbored, trained, armed and sent tens of thousands of jihadi terrorists via his borders into our main cities.”
“We just want Turkey to withdraw its invading forces from our land and implement international laws for preventing the flow of terrorists and their weapons into our sovereign country. We don’t have any problems with the Turkish people, but we have a big problem with Erdogan and his ruling Islamist gang, for they wrongly believe they are the only people who know God.”
“Regarding Turkey’s support of ISIS, Shehabi stated, “Here are the facts: Most ISIS fighters came to Syria through Turkish airlines. Erdogan’s troops used to walk side by side with them in many border towns in Northern Syria. Erdogan also facilitated the creation of other Al-Qaeda offsprings such as Al-Nusra-Front and Ahrar Al-Sham and he still regards the latter a legitimate Syrian opposition group, even when the group itself admits to embrace the well known al-Qaeda agenda and ideology. Moreover, Erdogan built tens of training camps for jihadi mercenaries to serve his agenda in Syria,” added Shehabi.
21WIRE has also reported on Turkey’s role in helping violent Uygur fighters who make up a portion of the ISIS ranks – an ethnic group of Muslims living near the far west frontier of China speaking the ancient Turkic language.
The case against Turkey is damning, and all we hear is silence from the US, UK, France and the ‘great European powers.
READ MORE TURKEY NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Turkey Files
According to reports, a 19-year-old Jewish Israeli man has been arrested in Israel and is being charged with making “most” of the bomb threat calls to Jewish institutions since Jan. 1.
By John Tiffany
Since Jan. 1, over 100 bomb threats have been made against Jewish institutions, such as schools and community centers, around the world, including in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. The establishment immediately insinuated that “hateful Trump supporters” were terrorizing the Jewish community. Now, it turns out a 19-year-old Jewish man living in Israel, who holds dual citizenship in America and the Middle Eastern state, stands accused of making most of the threats.
The “cyberattack unit” of Israel’s fraud squad arrested the teenager March 23, it was reported inHa’aretz, an Israeli newspaper. The arrest was based on information received from the FBI and other non-Israeli law enforcement agencies.
The motives of the crime are as yet unknown, said an Israeli police spokesman.
Israeli cops seized computers and other equipment the “primary suspect” allegedly used to make it hard for police to track the culprit to his lair. The suspect will remain in custody for at least the next seven days while the investigation continues.
Israeli Judge Amit Michles said, “. . . reasonable suspicion already exists at this stage that convincingly links the suspect to the calls that have been attributed to him . . . to different institutions around the world . . . some of which have led to panic.”
It is looking as if something like an insanity defense is contemplated.
The prisoner’s lawyer, Galit Bash, said: “This is a young man without a criminal record who from a young age suffers from severe medical problems. There is concern that his medical condition affects his cognitive functioning. Therefore, we asked the court to order that the young man be referred to a medical examination. The court accepted our claims and instructed the police to examine the young man’s medical condition.”
The 19-year-old was never enlisted in Israel’s usually mandatory army service because he was determined to be unfit to serve.
The waves of bomb threats all turned out to be hoaxes.
In “at least three” instances, bomb threats were also reportedly accompanied by destruction at Jewish cemeteries, including one in which more than 500 headstones were broken or toppled in Philadelphia. However, in one case in Brooklyn, vandals never toppled gravestones. Instead, dozens of grave stones fell due to neglect and the fact that no one was taking care of them.