Tag Archives: Iran

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    2020 Begins With A Bang (Literally)

    A heck of a lot happened this week
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, January 3, 2020, 4:54 PM

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    It sure didn’t take long for 2020 to get interesting. Iran The biggest development of the new year happened Thursday when the US military assassinated Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful figure after its Supreme Leader, in a surgical drone strike. This is an extremely serious action; one that Iran is highly likely to respond forcefully…

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    World War III

    What has the assassination of Soleimani started?
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, January 3, 2020, 8:02 AM

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    Note:  Just like Fukushima, the assassination of Soleimani is a fast-breaking development.  This is a very fluid account of the situation — we’re updating this constantly and reacting as the news unfolds. 

    There we were, just two days into the new decade of the 2020’s and the top trending hashtag on Twitter was #worldwarIII.

    Awesome start to the decade there Team Elite!  So much to look forward to with the neocons in charge.

    The US assassination of the most revered top military commander in Iran is simply mind-boggling in its brazenness and possible (probable?) implications.

    And now we’ve struck additional targets as of Friday evening. The situation is escalating dangerously fast

    The critical part being missed by the mainstream media outlets currently reporting on development is… (Enroll now to continue reading)

     

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    Drone Iran US War

    Drone Shot Down, Gold And Oil Shoot Up

    How will the US react?
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, June 20, 2019, 5:45 PM

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    Maybe with all the monetary stimulus and other catalysts, oil and gold were just itching for a reason to go higher, but on Thursday morning oil convincingly launched higher on news that Iran shot down a US drone.

    Gold, which had rather mysteriously spiked earlier on Wednesday night stayed elevated, even as copper, platinum and palladium all tumbled back lower throughout the day.

    The drone shot down was a very advanced, and large version equipped presumably with the latest and most advanced spying and detection hardware. This action moves us a few notches closer to an actual shooting war with Iran.

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    Black Swan Event

    Waiting For The Black Swan

    War with Iran would be the beginning of the end
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, June 14, 2019, 2:38 PM

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    Two more tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday morning  (6/13/19) in the Gulf of Oman, and if hostilities advance we could be facing a ‘black swan’ event. One that changes everything, and divides the world into ‘before’ and ‘after’ periods.

    A lot of us are waiting for ‘something’ to happen. We know that there are too many unsustainable trends and practices running and we fall into the “let’s just rip the Band-Aid off” camp.   Some, like myself, have lost faith in the political leadership and institutions and doubt they retain any capacity to attend to anything more than their own selfish interests, let alone manage the difficult tasks ahead rooted as they are in systems theory and managing complexity.

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    Off The Cuff: The Party’s Over

    Terrible data is finally ending our hopium addiction
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, May 20, 2019, 10:15 AM

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    In this week’s Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:

    • Next Up: A Currency War With China?
    • Recession Warning
    • A War With Iran, Too?
    • More Cracks In Europe

    The self-delusional “Everything is awesome and getting better!” narrative that has pushed markets ever higher for the past years is suddenly unravelling. The current China tariffs will undo any remaining salubrious impact of the Trump tax cuts, a global recession appears underway, and — seriously — are we about to go to war with Iran??

    Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio as well as all of PeakProsperity.com’s other premium content.

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    War with Iran

    War with Iran – The Risk is Elevated

    Are you prepared?
    by Chris Martenson

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:46 AM

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    Is it really about to go down in Iran?  Is a war now coming?

    The Twitter feeds I have tracking Iran are on fire this morning.

    Looks like the Trade deal is bad enough and the Barr investigation threatening enough that the “answer” is war with Iran.

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    If The Saudi Arabia Situation Doesn’t Worry You, You’re Not Paying Attention

    A key geopolitical axis is swiftly shifting
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:57 PM

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    While turbulent during the best of times, gigantic waves of change are now sweeping across the Middle East. The magnitude is such that the impact on the global price of oil, as well as world markets, is likely to be enormous.

    A dramatic geo-political realignment by Saudi Arabia is in full swing this month. It’s upending many decades of established strategic relationships among the world's superpowers and, in particular, is throwing the Middle East into turmoil. So much is currently in flux, especially in Saudi Arabia, that nearly anything can happen next. Which is precisely why this volatile situation should command our focused attention at this time.

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    We Risk Being Collateral Damage In The Neocon Lust For War

    So much so that I've upped my personal preparations
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, October 29, 2016, 1:40 AM

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    Among the many conflicts that are boiling over, the one that concerns me the most — by far — is the West's very intentional efforts to demonize Putin specifically, and Russia generally.

    Blatantly obvious propaganda is being used, most heavily by the very same (and unrepentant) main stream media outlets that were used the last time around — when we ended up commencing a 'pre-emptive' war based on ginned-up intelligence that turned out to be wholly false. We owe it to ourselves not be so easily led this time around.

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    Making The World A More Dangerous Place

    US foreign policy at work
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, November 7, 2015, 1:06 AM

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    Without any doubt, the Middle East has been a very long-simmering region of violent religious and tribal enmity.

    In that regard, perhaps today is no different than 1,000 years ago. But given the importance of the remaining oil in the Middle East to the next 20 years of global economic health, the violence and chaos seen there recently is hugely important to the entire world.

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    The End of Dollar Dominance?

    Loss of reserve currency no longer an idle threat
    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:24 PM

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    Dollar Daze

    One thing that is absolutely crystal clear at this point is that Putin and Russia consider the US and its dollar hegemony to be a parasitic anachronism that no longer serves anybody besides the US.  Putin has made many direct comments to that effect and then followed them up with concrete deals struck in ways that bypass the dollar entirely.

    Here's what he said back in 2011, well before any of the recent action started:

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