Syria as US/Russia Proxy War

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The situation in Syria has grown even more dangerous than the crisis in Ukraine. Thank goodness we have Mr. Batchelor and Professor Cohen available each week to keep us all up-to-date with fair, objective news and analysis.

This week's must listen program is full of information that you need to hear:

  • An overall update on the recent headlines from both Ukraine and Syria
  • A discussion of the just-released Dutch report on the cause of the crash of MH17
  • An explanation and history of the first Cold War from 1946-1991
  • And a disturbing discussion of the proposal, put forth by the American "War Party", to send Stinger and other surface-to-air missiles to the US-backed "moderate rebels" of Syria (all four or five of them?)

As usual, please take the time to listen to this extremely important podcast.



Turd Ferguson's picture

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silver66's picture


My lucky day


Turd Ferguson's picture

Russia is sending its only


Russia is sending its only aircraft carrier to the eastern Mediterranean.

ratioarbitrage's picture

Quick lunchtime contango update

The backwardation over $16.00 dried up; there was a bit of contango even after the fall into the $15.80s, so the recent pop to almost $16.00 also appears to be futures action and there is half a cent of contango now at this higher level.

Whether it is a head fake by wicked shorts, buying by optimistic longs etc. I have no idea but it does not appear to be the result of increased tightness in the physical market or any increase in physical buying.


Just saw the action in gold, which provides one obvious technical explanation for the unnecessary price rise, due to matching algos.

Another thought also occurred to me: if institutions seeking physical use SLV as a vehicle, it may be possible to create a time-offset between the moment of their demand and the impact on the physical market. This could be useful in a physical market, particularly if the time when SLV brings the demand to the market is not only delayed from the silver buying but predictable.

So for example if you could buy SLV on Monday afternoon into a low price in the knowledge that it would then be fixing into physical on Tuesday into a weaker physical market (due to a higher price induced by your contract buying), you could reduce the footprint of your purchases on the physical market. It is just a thought and SLV experts will no doubt have something to say about it.

LostMind's picture

I can't help but believe

I can't help but believe this is all part of the "transformation" of America is all about. While Obama looks like a puppet for the neocons, he almost looks like he played them into a box...

There is no doubt that he sides with the Shias over the Sunnis, or at least that is what it looks like.

Bush and Clinton were deep in bed with Saudis. Obama seems to be 180 degrees opposite that relationship. His up bringing and his backers are Muslim Brotherhood oriented, which has its largest backing from Iran (Shite).

No one here will know the truth, but all the little bits of data points to the neutering of the USA and the neocons, while hanging it all on the neocons. Obama will be successful in blaming the neocons on our ruin and he will have come closer than any other enemy to destroy us from within...

Again, my thoughts...

Our Democrat leaders all drank from the Salinsky/Marx cup and they have been working to do exactly what they set out to do. Destroy us from within. The only problem is that the USSR was that experiment already and it ended in ruin. Why Liberals here think they can do it and make it work? Arrogance... yes, arrogance...

Often said and never will be proved... Liberalism is a mental health problem, it is delusional and breeds borderline and narcissistic personality disorders...

Fatso's picture

Fresh jackass video

unclepete's picture

Pepe with in depth background

Pepe reminds me of George Orwell's writings ( and participation ) in the Spanish Civil War

to fight Fascism.........a lone contrary voice.

kardnul's picture

The People at Wikileaks Are Heroes - Nothing Less

“Unless you are prepared to monitor and deconstruct every specious assertion, so-called news has become unwatchable and unreadable.”

To the rulers of the world in Washington and Europe, Syria's true crime is not the oppressive nature of its government but its independence from American and Israeli power - just as Iran's true crime is its independence, and Russia's true crime is its independence, and China's true crime is its independence. In an American-owned world, independence is intolerable.

Hawkman's picture

Another excellent, but short dialog

I have come to really enjoy these broadcasts but always lament their brevity.

Thanks TF for continuing to (re) post them here.


JackPutter's picture

Thje magician's trick

is to keep you watching one thing closely, while achieving something totally different.  TPP (This search is massive with results), TTIP (Being protested in EU countries but the propaganda machine is churning),AGOA (I'm just learning about this one), dont forget NAFTA, and CAFTA.

I see quite a few of these as a corporate governance on a global scale.  A little music to get you through the days reading.

Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons (with lyrics)

President quietly closes in on China investment treaty

"Given China’s stature as the world’s second-largest economy, the deal would have a massive impact on U.S. businesses, but it has largely been overshadowed by the massive Trans--Pacific Partnership (TPP)."

J Siefert's picture

Some thoughts re. Russia in Syria

One unmentioned reason for Russia to be in Syria right now - as the world is becoming a more dangerous place and the risk of US/NATO aggression against Russia increases - is this:

  • Their armed forces have been built up lately but a lot of their equipment is new and untried in a combat situation.  Carrying out a sustained operation in a foreign environment some distance away from their mother-land gives them the chance to do exactly that, i.e. try their new toys out.
  • It also gives some of their fighting men the chance to see active service using their new equipment.
  • It is a demonstration to the world (read US/NATO) of their capabilities. For instance, the US had no idea that those missiles could fly so far or be launched from relatively light-weight vessels.
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