Global Geopolitics update for 12.24.2017

In observance of Christmas, Global Geopolitics will be taking a break and return shortly on 01.01.2018.

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Update for 1.1.2018:

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Commandant of Marine Corps: ‘Big Fight’ Coming

U.S. Marines deployed to Norway were told this week to prepare for war. (Getty)

 

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, during a stop to visit a 300-member detachment of the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines stationed in Norway, told the men under his charge that a “big-[expletive] fight” is coming and they need to be prepared. Continue reading

US preparing ‘bloody nose’ attack on North Korea

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The US is preparing plans to deliver a “bloody nose” attack against North Korea to knock out its nuclear weapons program.

The White House has “dramatically” ramped up its military plans amid fears that diplomacy won’t thwart North Korean despot Kim Jong Un from making good on his threats, sources told the UK’s Telegraph. Continue reading

PLA, Chinese foreign policy experts advocate preparations for war on Korean Peninsula

  • Chinese military and government leaders are revising their contingency preparations for regime implosion in North Korea
  • Plans now call for the establishment of refugee camps inside Chinese territory

As the potential for conflict between North Korea and the United States and its Asian allies fluctuates by the week, both Chinese military and civil authorities are advocating mobilising for the worst potential contingencies. Local authorities in China’s Jilin province in the northeastern region known as Dongbei, which shares a long border with North Korea, have already made preparations in case they end up being on the front line in a war on the Korean peninsula. Continue reading

Chinese jets carry out multiple drills around Taiwan

 

Chinese jets conducted drills near Taiwan’s airspace on Wednesday for the sixth time this month, as relations between the two rivals worsen.

China sees self-governed Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified at some point — by military force, if necessary.

The two sides split after a civil war in 1949. Although Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy, it has never formally declared independence. Continue reading

Russia finalises S-400 missile system deal with Turkey

 

Russia said Thursday that it had completed negotiations with Turkey for the sale of an S-400 air defence missile system, with delivery scheduled for late 2019.

“Practically speaking, the contract is entering the phase of realisation,” said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide who oversees matters of military cooperation. “All parameters, all technologies, the entire deal has been agreed.” Continue reading

Federally Funded U.S. Institute for Peace Hosts Pro-Hamas Tunisian Group

 

A pro-Hamas leader of Tunisia’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked Ennahda Party met last month with the federally funded U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP) in Washington.

The Nov. 29 meeting covered the relationship between Islam and democracy in the light of Ennahda’s 10th Party Congress in May 2016, the Ennahda Abroad Facebook page said. There, the group agreed to stop trying using electoral politics to achieve its religious objectives. This change of tactics likely was caused by Ennahda’s 2014 defeat in Tunisian elections. Continue reading

WAR GAMES: Russia ‘secretly practised full-scale invasion of Europe with bombing raids on Germany during Vladimir Putin’s military drills’

This graphic shows the areas of the drills and what military forces were used

 

The terrifying Russian war drills were carried out in September and featured ground, sea and air forces as well as artillery and missile launches.

RUSSIA has practised a full-scale mock invasion of the West that includes capturing Baltic states, bombing Germany and invading neutral countries, it has been revealed.

The terrifying war drills were carried out in September and featured troops, artillery, tanks, missile attacks and naval and air force raids. Continue reading

China’s Achilles Heel

Image credit: Poster Collection, US 3481, Hoover Institution Archives.

 

The best political commentary out of East Asia last week is the one published on December 15 by South Korea’s second largest newspaper, Dong-A Ilbo. The paper’s editors asked a question on the mind of the entire Korean nation after their president had been outrageously snubbed by the Chinese leadership during his four-day state visit to the communist country, and Korean reporters accompanying their president’s visit were savagely beaten by thuggish Chinese security guards: “China should reflect on this question: why is it that for such a big country, there is hardly any neighbor that can be described as China’s friend?” Continue reading

Europe’s Era of Harmony Is Over

No one else I know can muster as much deep experience and insight into the sprawling, incendiary world of geopolitics as my good friend George Friedman, founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures; and in today’s Outside the Box – part 2 of my 8-part SIC Speaker Series – George brings all his powers to bear to issue quite a declamatory statement on the present and future of the European Union. Continue reading

66% of the Economy is Already Electronic & 99% of Money is Electronic

 

QUESTION: I loved your mention of how our money is not “printed”. You are THE ONLY financial expert to mention this. And you can’t understand our economy without understanding Electronic Money. I researched this 3 or four years ago and came up with, .003 physical currency vs the rest as Electronic Money. I later stumbled across an article on the same subject by an economics professor who put the ratio at .0003 physical. SO, who/where/how much/ and by who’s authority is E money created? E money is how the economy is propped up, and the amount is in TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS.

ANSWER: That is about correct. However, it is actually much worse. About 40% of the value of the paper currency of the United States circulates outside the USA. In fact, about 40% of the debt is also held outside the USA. Continue reading

President Trump Keeping Promise On EMP Protection

 

President Donald Trump on Monday (December 18, 2017) in what may well be remembered as an historic speech describing his new “America First” National Security Strategy, broke new ground by promising to protect U.S. critical infrastructures from “cyber, physical, and electromagnetic attacks.”

After 8 years of the Obama Administration ignoring the existential threat posed by electromagnetic pulse (EMP), President Trump deserves the gratitude of his nation for being the first president to include EMP in his National Security Strategy.  Continue reading

US military intelligence staff allege ‘toxic’ work environment, lack of oversight

 

Current and former employees of the United States’ primary military intelligence agency have publicly accused the agency’s senior watchdog of not doing her job and sabotaging the careers of her subordinates. According to Foreign Policy, which interviewed the disgruntled employees, “no one is policing” the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at the moment. The DIA is one of the largest institutions in the US Intelligence Community. It collects, analyzes and disseminates foreign military-related intelligence, and has active personnel stationed in over 140 countries. As is the case with every agency in the US Intelligence Community, the DIA’s activities are monitored by an internal office of the Inspector General. The office is tasked with investigating allegations of illegality, mismanagement, fraud, waste and abuse inside the DIA. Continue reading

Data Breach Affecting ‘Nearly Every American Household’

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Nearly every American household has been affected by a massive data breach that exposed their private information, but few people even know about it yet.

A “cyber risk team” of security researchers with UpGuard says Alteryx left a cloud-based data repository open to online access earlier this year. The Experian consumer credit reporting agency, already involved in one of the biggest data breaches in history, is a partner of Alteryx, a California-based data analytics firm. Continue reading

Military Chief: Russia Could Cut Under Water Internet Cables, Crippling West

As was warned about, years ago:

Top Secret Brief: Russian Threat to Undersea Cables Growing

Russian Presence Near Undersea Cables Concerns U.S.

U.S. Shadowing Russian Ship in Atlantic Near Nuclear Submarine Areas

 

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the head of Britain’s Armed Forces, told a group of military insiders that the risk of such action is grave and potentially catastrophic.

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