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JPMorgan has Gone Long Silver at Last | Ted Butler (Sep 30, 2018)

  • Reluctant Preppers Published on Sep 30, 2018
    Already hoarding a world-record 750 million ounces of physical silver, JPM has managed to accumulate another 21+million ounces in just the past 6 weeks. This amassing of physical was further accompanied by selling off their 200M oz paper short position from June to 100M oz short in Aug and now 0 oz short and even net long paper silver. This is the first time JPM has been long both physical and paper silver simultaneously, positioning them to capitalize on a potentially massive upward move in silver price. Renowned silver analyst Ted Butler of Butler Research returns to Reluctant Preppers to lay out this unprecedented setup! Read Ted’s article “What Disconnect?” 
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    http://silverseek.com/commentary/what…

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Russia: S-300 Defense System Delivery to Syria Has Begun

  • PressTV Published on Sep 29, 2018
    Moscow says it has started delivering the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system to Syria. Sergey Lavrov made the announcement at a news conference at the United Nations. He also warned Western powers about trying to undermine UN-led efforts to end Syria’s seven-year conflict. The delivery comes despite strong objections by Israel and the United States. Lavrov also defended Iran’s presence in Syria.

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US Creating Basis for Regional Conflagration in Middle East: Scholar

  • PressTV Published on Sep 30, 2018
    The United States is creating the basis for the regional conflagration in the Middle East by fortifying its circle around Iran, American writer and academic James Petras says. The US State Department has endorsed the proposed sale of more than 800 tactical missiles to Bahrain amid the Al Khalifah regime’s heavy-handed crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents in the tiny Persian Gulf country. The approval includes Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Pods and Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) Unitary missiles for an estimated cost of $300 million, the Arabic-language al-Khaleej al-Jadeed news website reported on Saturday.
http://www.pravdareport.com/hotspots/conflicts/13-03-2018/140334-middle_east-0/

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http://www.pravdareport.com/news/video/28-02-2018/140202-nuclear_war-0/

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Devastation in Indonesia’s Palu: Massive Earthquake & Tsunami Left More Than 800 Dead

  • RT Published on Sep 30, 2018
    Drone footage from Palu in Indonesia reveals the devastating impact of Friday’s massive earthquake that spawned a tsunami and left more than 800 dead. The footage shows a collapsed bridge and a multitude of collapsed buildings, including residential homes along the coastline.

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The Arch Of Baal Was Put Up In Washington D.C. One Day Before Brett Kavanaugh Testified To Congress

  • The Arch Of Baal Was Put Up In Washington D.C. One Day Before Brett Kavanaugh Testified To Congress
    by , http://endoftheamericandream.com/
    Is it just a coincidence that the “Arch of Baal” has been erected in Washington D.C. on the exact same week that Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are testifying before Congress?  The future of the U.S. Supreme Court is literally hanging in the balance, and many believe that it is quite odd that this ancient pagan symbol has been put up at this precise moment in time.  According to the official website of the Institute for Digital Archaeology, the Arch of Palmyra was unveiled on the National Mall on September 26th, and it will remain there until September 29th.  You can view a photograph of the arch standing directly in front of the U.S. Capitol building right here.  Just one day after this arch was put up, Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress.  Perhaps this is all just a “giant coincidence”, but things of this importance usually don’t happen by accident.


    The elite deeply understand that symbols have power, and the fact that the Arch of Baal has been placed directly across from the U.S. Capitol is highly significant.

    Jonathan Cahn, the author of The Paradigm, has pointed out that Baal was a god of power, fertility and child sacrifice.  In this video, he makes a very strong connection between what was going on during the era of Baal worship and what is taking place in America right now.  In the end, the debate over whether or not to confirm Brett Kavanaugh comes down to the issue of abortion, and this vote in the Senate is going to have tremendous implications for the future of our country…

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/is-washington-dc-the-city-of-7-hills-the-endtimes-babylon-city-2/

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Propaganda: Israel Believes Hamas Gearing Up for War as Gaza Crisis Deepens

  • War Propaganda: In war propaganda, you always portray yourselves as righteous victims reacting defensively to the aggressive actions of the enemy. Hamas is a creation of Israel and is controlled via ShinBet/Mossad. The plan is to drive the Palestinians into the Sinai desert via war. Hamas has already agreed with Zionist ‘666’ Israel for the creation of a Palestinian state in North Sinai (see bottom of post). The Palestinians, IMO, are the REAL Jews of the Bible. The fulfillment of Revelation 12: 6,13-14 is near.
  • Israel Believes Hamas Gearing Up for War as Gaza Crisis Deepens
    by , https://www.haaretz.com/
    Conflict inevitable unless progress made on stalled Palestinian reconciliation, Gaza humanitarian crisis ■ Israeli defense agencies say Abbas pushing Hamas into war with Israel

    Defense officials believe that war with Hamas has become significantly more likely in recent weeks and that a conflict is only a matter of time unless progress is made on two key issues.

    The defense establishment’s view isn’t new. But recent moves by Hamas have strengthened its assessment that the Gaza organization seeks a conflict with Israel, even if only a limited one.

    Hamas recently resumed demonstrations along the Gaza border and set up special units to harass Israeli soldiers at night, in the early morning and during periods of fog. These come on top of existing units for tactics such as incendiary balloons, tire burning and naval operations. Seven Palestinians, including a 12-year-old, were killed by IDF fire during Friday’s border protests, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

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  • Hamas was and is still a tool of the Israeli Mossad/ShinBet. IE. They work for Zionist ‘666’ Israel.
  • The Intercept Published on Feb 20, 2018
    Did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym for “Islamic Resistance Movement” — would probably not exist today were it not for the Jewish state? That the Israelis helped turn a bunch of fringe Palestinian Islamists in the late 1970s into one of the world’s most notorious militant groups? That Hamas is blowback? Former Israeli official Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Segev, who was the Israeli military governor in Gaza in the early 1980s, told a New York Times reporter that he had helped finance the Palestinian Islamist movement as a “counterweight” to the secularists and leftists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Fatah party, led by Yasser Arafat. Avner Cohen, a former Israeli religious affairs official who worked in Gaza for more than two decades, told the Wall Street Journal in 2009 that Hamas is “Israel’s creation.” Hamas was the result of this, as Mehdi Hasan explains. First, the Israelis helped build up a militant strain of Palestinian political Islam, in the form of Hamas and its Muslim Brotherhood precursors; then, the Israelis switched tack and tried to bomb, besiege, and blockade it out of existence.
  • Zionist, Moshe Sharett, who was Israeli’s first Foreign Minister from 1948-1956, and Prime Minister from 1954-1956 said (emphasis mine):
    In his diary, Sharett quotes a conversation with Army Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan in May 1955:

    We face no danger at all of an Arab advantage of force for the next 8-10 years…Reprisal actions which we couldn’t carry out if we were tied to a security pact are our vital lymph…they make it possible for us to maintain a high level of tension in our population and in the army. Without these actions we would have ceased to be a combative people… “

    Sharett concludes: “The state…. must see the sword as the main if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may — no it MUST — invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation and revenge…. And above all, let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.

    Jews Against Zionism: (emphasis mine)
    It has been the age-old intention of Zionism to intentionally stir up anti-Semitism anywhere possible, and even more commonly, to take advantage of any Jewish suffering anywhere in order to enhance its cause. Indeed, hatred of Jews and Jewish suffering is the oxygen of the Zionist movement, and from the very beginning has been to deliberately incite hatred of the Jew and then, in feigned horror, use it to justify the existence of the Zionist state – this is, of course, Machiavellianism raised to the highest degree. Thus, the Zionists thrive on hatred and suffering of Jews, and seek to benefit thereby through keeping Jews in perpetual fear, causing them to ignore the true nature of Zionism, and instead to consider the Zionist state is their salvation.
    .…
    As far as Zionism is concerned, the founder of Zionism and apostate, Theodor Herzl, sought to intensify hatred of the Jew in order to enhance the cause of political Zionism. Here are some of his “pearls”:

    “It is essential that the sufferings of Jews. . . become worse. . . this will assist in realization of our plans. . .I have an excellent idea. . . I shall induce anti-semites to liquidate Jewish wealth. . . The anti-semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews. The anti-semites shall be our best friends”. (From his Diary, Part I, pp. 16)
    …..
    There is a huge amount of literature describing how the Zionists made it very difficult to save Jews during and after World War II. As various individuals and organizations were trying to arrange departures of Jews to western countries, the Zionists worked overtime to prevent this from happening. They expressed the opinion that building up the Jewish population of Palestine was more important than enabling Jews to go to third countries, and they insisted to western powers that Jews should not be accepted anywhere other than Palestine. Indeed, Yitzchak Greenbaum, a famous Zionist, proclaimed that “one cow in Palestine was worth more than all the Jews in Poland.” The infamous David Ben-Gurion said in 1938:


    “If I knew it was possible to save all the children in Germany by taking them to England, and only half of the children by taking them to Eretz Israel, I would choose the second solution. For we must take into account not only the lives of these children but also the history of the people of Israel.”

Author: Iraqi Jew – Naeim Giladi

https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/hexagram-star-of-david-or-star-of-lucifer/

Revelation 2:9 – …. and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Another ‘Palestinian’ terrorist with Star of David tattoo! Mossad motto: “By way of deception thou shalt conduct war!”

http://henrymakow.com/israelcreatedhamastoavoid.html

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http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=western_support_for_islamic_militancy_202704#western_support_for_islamic_militancy_202704

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123275572295011847.html

This article does not tell the whole story! Hamas was and still is a tool of the Mossad! Click on image for article!

http://www.dailypaul.com/79129/gaza-residents-idf-troops-posing-as-hamas-men

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http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/97107/World/Region/Hamas,-Israel-planned-GazaSinai-Palestinian-state-.aspx

Hamas is a creation of Israel. It is Zionist controlled opposition.
The fulfillment of Revelation 12 is near.
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https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Abbas-claims-Hamas-and-Israel-are-meeting-to-annex-part-of-Sinai-to-Gaza-432528

The plan is to drive Gazans ie. Palestinians into the Sinai peninsula. Annexing Sinai into Gaza is BS. Click on image for article.

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eremnews.com%2Fnews%2Farab-world%2F1309795&edit-text=

Origina arabic article here: https://www.eremnews.com/news/arab-world/1309795 . Click on image for translation.

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WHO: 10 Palestinians, Including 4 Children, Were Killed by Israelis in Gaza in 2 Weeks

  • WHO: 10 Palestinians, Including 4 Children, Were Killed by Israelis in Gaza in 2 Weeks
    by http://english.wafa.ps/index.aspx
    JERUSALEM, September 27, 2018 (WAFA) – The latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health (MoH) indicate that during the demonstrations between 10th and 22nd September, 10 Palestinians including four children were killed and 1,193 were injured by the Israeli forces, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a special situation report on Gaza published on Thursday. Most of the killings and injuries occurred during protests as part of the March of Return on the Gaza border with Israel.

    Out of the total 1,193 injured, 690 patients required transfer to the MoH hospitals or NGO clinics, including 127 children and 37 females. Of the hospitalized injured, 19 cases were critically life threatening, 275 moderate, 386 mild, and the remaining 10 were unspecified cases.

    The report said that Gaza’s 14 public hospitals rely on donated fuel to run generators during the electricity black-outs, which continue to last up to 18-20 hours per day. The last batch of UN donated fuel has been distributed during August 2018. The local authorities have since procured 120,000 liters and a charity organization (Human Appeal International) has provided 10,500 liters to sustain services at public hospitals throughout the month of September.

    Nevertheless, hospitals are rationalizing the use of the remaining fuel reserves by suspending sterilization, laundry, cleaning, catering and selected diagnostic services during electricity cuts.

    On 17 September the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), announced the release of $1 million from the humanitarian fund for fuel procurement. This support will ensure uninterrupted electricity supply for up to 250 critical health and water and sanitation facilities for a period of up to 6-7 weeks.

    In August 2018, the Central Drug Store of the MoH in Gaza reported 47% of essential drugs at less than one month’s supply and 40% completely depleted and 30% of essential disposables were at less than one month’s supply, said WHO.
https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/ashkenazis-self-styled-jews-are-not-the-descendants-of-the-ancient-israelites/

Revelation 2:9 – …. and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Noam_chomsky-It_is_not_War_it_is_murder_by_Zionist_Israel

https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/ashkenazis-self-styled-jews-are-not-the-descendants-of-the-ancient-israelites/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/tales-from-gaza-what-is-life-really-like-in-the-worlds-largest-outdoor-prison-8567611.html

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3595097,00.html

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/ashkenazi-jews-are-not-descendents-of-the-biblical-israelites-2/

Revelation 2:9 – …. and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

  • “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the Jews. Her research found that virtually all the Jews came from Khazar blood. Not only that but Oppenheim discovered that the Palestinians—the very people whom the Jews had been persecuting and ejecting from Israel’s land since 1948—had more Israelite blood than did the Jews. In sum, the vast majority of the Jews were not Jews; some of the Palestinians were. Some of the Palestinians even had a DNA chromosome which established that they were “Cohens”—workers at the ancient Temple and synagogues of the Jews.” – Quote
https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/professor-noam-chomsky-jew-my-visit-to-gaza-the-worlds-largest-open-air-prison/

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http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/10059/20131009/dna-samples-confirm-ashkenazi-jews-are-of-european-descent-study.htm

Ashkenazi Khazar Jews are not semitic people and not the real Jews of the Bible! Not the descendents of the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel !Click on image for article!

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Alternatives Are Being Tested To Be Put In Place For When System Falls On It’s Own Sword: Rob Kirby

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Chinese Air Force Holds Live-Fire War Drill In South China Sea Days After US Exercise

  • Chinese Air Force Holds Live-Fire War Drill In South China Sea Days After US Exercise
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    China Central Television, as per the Twitter account of the official People’s Daily newspaper, reported Saturday that the Chinese military deployed fighter jets and bombers to conduct live-fire war drills in the disputed South China Sea, just days after the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and nuclear-capable US B-52 strategic bombers held exercises over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan on September 27.

    The report said dozens of jet fighters from the People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force from the Southern Theater Command on early Saturday conducted “live-fire drills to tests pilots’ assault, penetration and precision-strike capabilities at sea,” said The Japan Times.

    Beijing on Thursday blasted the US and Japan exercise over the East China Sea, calling them a “provocation.”

    “China’s principle and standpoint on the South China Sea are always clear,”
     Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said, according to Chinese state-run media. “China firmly opposes U.S. military aircraft’s provocation in the South China Sea, and will take all necessary measures.”

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Gerald Celente: Economic Meltdown Worse Than Great Depression Coming. Economic 9/11 Markets Will Collapse

  • Gerald Celente: Economic Meltdown Worse Than Great Depression Coming. Economic 9/11 Markets Will Collapse
    by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release)
    Renowned trends researcher Gerald Celente is making a big change to his 2018-2019 economic forecast. Celente says, “We believe we are setting up now for a market crash that will be the worst in modern American history. The fundamentals are . . . the loan bubble. There is $250 trillion worth of debt out there. Let’s put this together. What did the Federal Reserve do last week? They raised interest rates. Now, we are looking at the Fed Funds Rate back to 2008 levels. What’s going on in the emerging markets? As those interest rates go up in the states, you are seeing currencies crashing. They are hitting new lows in Argentina, Turkey and India. At the same time . . . oil is back up at 2014 levels. . . . Go back to the last five recessions. What were they preceded by? Higher oil prices. When the higher oil prices kick in, the recession kicks in, and the markets go down and gold prices go up. . . . We do not give financial advice, but gold right now, we believe, is at the bottom. You might get a price $30 per ounce lower, but the risk is very low . . . because $1,200 per ounce is around mining cost.”

    So, what is the timeline for this coming market meltdown? Celente says, “The timeline is tough, but look . . . all you need is one major failure or one major hedge fund pulling out because that’s who is running the show. You look at the number of stocks that have declined . . . . Look at the big hedge funds and the private equity groups that are running this, and look at their debt level. It does not take a genius to figure this out. If you have $250 trillion worth of (global) debt and interest rates are going up, and it’s costing you more to borrow as you are making less, what is going to happen? It’s going to collapse. . . . You’ve got to pay more on your debt, and your debt is ballooning. Of course, it’s going to crash. It’s a Ponzi scheme. . . .It’s going to be worse than the Great Depression. When this thing crashes, it is gone.”

    Celente says you should have is physical gold, but don’t wait too long to buy it. Celente says, “There is going to be a spike to the $2,000 per ounce mark when it gets past $1,450. It won’t be a gradual increase. It’s going to be the same thing that happened in the panic of 2008. It was going up slow and, all of a sudden, it escalated. That’s what we are going to see again. Anybody that has half a brain or is not a big sellout knows that this is a big Ponzi scheme. It was created by the federal banksters. It drove up equity markets, and it did not raise the standard of living of people around the world. This is why you see the populist movements popping up throughout Europe. There is going to be violence in the streets when the big crash happens because people are fed up with the establishment.”

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Netanyahu’s UN Speech Aimed at ‘Creating Pretexts for Attacks’ – Scholar

  • Netanyahu’s UN Speech Aimed at ‘Creating Pretexts for Attacks’ – Scholar
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    The Iranian foreign minister called Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims of a secret nuclear facility in Iran “an arts and crafts show.” In a tweet published on Thursday, Mr. Zarif noted that Israel was the only regime in the Middle East possessing a secret and undeclared nuclear weapons program, including an actual atomic arsenal.

    Radio Sputnik discussed Netanyahu’s speech at the UN with Tim Anderson, an expert in international politics at the University of Sydney.

    Sputnik: Iran says that Netanyahu’s claims cannot be taken into account seriously. What judgment do you have regarding Israeli PM’s UN speech? Do his arguments stand up to scrutiny?

    Tim Anderson: 
    He is a dangerous man and he is creating, like his mentor in the US, pretexts, which were a bit of credibility, pretexts that he will use and has used for almost arbitrary attacks.


    He’s threatened to attack, for example, his Iranian opponents in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon; he’s making very serious threats and this is the pretext, the pretext of some preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear program.

    Sputnik: Do you think that he was believed? How seriously were his remark taken and by whom?

    Tim Anderson:
     It’s difficult to say because in a sense political alliances mean more than beliefs these days. Unfortunately, there’s a great indulgence of Israel in Russia, there’s a special relationship there.


    Of course, we know that many of the European states are committed; so whatever they might believe, how they react to this sort of new pretext to war, unfortunately, hangs more on the traditional alliances and actually whether it’s a convincing argument.

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Not only is he NUTS, he is genocidally insane and a pathological liar ! Graphic source: http://whatreallyhappened.com/

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U.S. Punishes Iranians and Threatens Nations That Disobey

  • TheRealNews Published on Sep 29, 2018
    As the Trump administration and its Israeli government ally continue their destabilization campaign against Iran, the EU, Russia, and China have reached a deal with Tehran that would shield financial transactions from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions. The U.S. has warned of “terrible consequences” for those defying its sanctions. Can Iran and the remaining nuclear deal partners withstand U.S. pressure? We speak to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

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Iranian Speedboats Chase US Aircraft Carrier in Hormuz Strait

  • RT Published on Sep 30, 2018
    Iranian TV aired footage showing a March encounter when the USS Theodore Roosevelt was shadowed by a pack of fast attack craft apparently manned by the Islamic Republic’s elite Revolutionary Guards. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9fhe

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US Could Use Navy for ‘Blockade’ (an Act of War) to Hamper Russian Energy Exports – Interior Secretary

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Taylor/Released)

  • Soon, you will need Pentagon’s permission before you are allowed to fart.
  • US Could Use Navy for ‘Blockade’ (an Act of War) to Hamper Russian Energy Exports – Interior Secretary
    by https://www.rt.com/
    US could use its Navy to prevent Russia’s potential energy supplies to the Middle East, Internal Secretary Ryan Zinke said, Washington Examiner reports. The blockade would actually mean an “act of war,” Russian Senator fired back.

    Zinke alleged that Russia’s engagement in Syria – notably, where it is operating at the invitation of the legitimate government – is a pretext to explore new energy markets.

    “I believe the reason they are in the Middle East is they want to broker energy just like they do in eastern Europe, the southern belly of Europe,” 
    he has reportedly said.


    And, according to to the official, there are ways and means to tackle it.

    “The United States has that ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade … to make sure that their energy does not go to market,”
     he said.


    Zinke was addressing the attendees of the event hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance, a non-profit group which styles itself as the “voice of the energy consumer” in the US. He went to compare Washington’s approaches to dealing with Russia and Iran, noting that they are effectively the same. 

    “The economic option on Iran and Russia is, more or less, leveraging and replacing fuels,”
     he said, while referring to Russia as a “one trick pony” with an economy dependent on fossil fuels.


    Zinke’s statements provoked an angry response from Moscow, which equated a potential maritime blockade to an “act of war,” while calling the internal secretary’s assumptions “nonsense.”

    “A US blockade of Russia would be equal to a declaration of war under international law,”
    Russian Senator Aleksey Pushkov said, commenting on Zinke’s words. Russia does not currently export any energy to the Middle East, which itself is a major oil exporting region. The whole idea is an “absolute nonsense,” the Senator argued.

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