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Is Ruble Collapse Act of War? by Paul Craig Roberts



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By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts thinks the only thing that explains the plunge in the Russian ruble is that it is being attacked by America.  Roberts contends, “It is not a currency crash in the sense there are no economic reasons for the ruble’s fall.  Unlike the United States, which has a massive trade deficit, and if the currency markets were not rigged, the dollar would be collapsing, the Russian economy has a trade surplus.  Therefore, there is no pressure on its currency for economic conditions.”  Dr. Roberts goes on to say, “This is not some independent action of market forces. So, it’s either hedge funds, currency speculators like Soros, or it’s an Act of War on behalf of the United States government by the Federal Reserve or the Exchange Stabilization Fund. . . or possibly both hedge funds working with the federal government.”
Manipulating the markets, any market, is supposed to be illegal, but don’t count on the bankers going to jail.  Dr. Roberts, who has a PhD in economics, thinks, “The big banks, the big Wall Street money, are essentially agents of the government.  This is why they don’t get prosecuted.  This is why they can break all kinds of laws, commit felonies and settle with a fine.  This is what we’ve been watching in the financial arena.  When these financial gangsters are caught, instead of being indicted and put on trial, they pay money.”
How could the Russians retaliate?  Dr. Roberts says, “If the Russians wanted to do payback, it’s very easy for them.  The next time all of these contracts, paper gold contracts, are dumped on the futures market, the Russians need to go and buy them all up, then demand delivery because there is no gold to deliver.  The whole system would collapse.  So, the Russians could cause a gold squeeze here anytime they want. . . . They would blow the system wide open because they can’t make delivery.”
On war, Dr. Roberts says recent resolutions passed in Congress certainly point to it.  Dr. Roberts explains, “These resolutions demonize Russia and define it as a great threat.  They call on Obama to arm the Ukrainians so we can use the Ukrainians to fight Russia.  In other words, we are going to fight Russia down to the last Ukrainian.  Of course, the Ukraine can’t fight Russia.   The whole purpose of this is to have the Russians slap them down, then we can go to the Europeans and say see, see the Russians invaded and look how dangerous they are.  You’re next.  They will be in Berlin tomorrow.  They’ll be in London by the end of the week.  Paris will fall, and Rome will burn. We can’t wait to tell the Europeans this because the whole purpose of this is to completely break every kind of relationship, economic, political and cultural, between Russia and Europe.  That’s what Washington’s goal is.  That’s what it’s all about.  This includes attacks on the ruble and sanctions.  They are setting up a war that nobody can win, for what reason?  For American superiority?  You don’t have superiority if the world is awash in radioactive waste and there is nuclear winter.  The climate has collapsed.  The whole thing is an absurdity.
On the teetering economy and possible economic collapse, Dr. Roberts says, “We know something serious is wrong.  The only provision of Dodd-Frank that has any teeth is the provision that says if the big banks are going to be casinos and gamble on derivatives, they cannot do that in the depository institution where depositors have their accounts.  They have to farm it out into subsidiaries.  So, if the subsidiaries get into trouble, the subsidiaries have no access to depositors’ money.  This is the only real reform part of Dodd-Frank.  Citigroup got put into the recent spending bill, the repeal of this, so they can gamble on derivatives, and taxpayers and depositors are on the hook for the losses.  Why would you do that unless you had a lot of derivatives trouble.  It could easily be the oil derivatives. . . .  The banks can gamble all they want and they are covered by the FDIC, which has no money. . . . This gives the banks access to depositors’ money. . . . This is sick, and it shows the United States government is the most corrupt government on earth, far more corrupt than Russia or China.”
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with economist Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.
(There is much more in the video interview with Dr. Roberts.)
After the Interview:
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By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  (Early Sunday Release)

Gold expert and money manager Egon von Greyerz says Japan is leading the parade to the bottom of the currency heap. Greyerz says, “Japan is printing unlimited amounts, and we can see that yen is leading the race to the bottom of the currencies.  Gold in yen is now only 10% below the peak because printing is debasing the currency.  That is what gold reflects.  Gold just reflects the destruction of paper money.  That’s happening in Japan, and it will happen in most other countries.   Greyerz goes on to say, “The Eurozone is under tremendous pressure, and it is virtually going into a deflationary implosion, and the ECB (European Central Bank) cannot let that happen because there will be no chance of the European banking system surviving with a deflationary implosion. Therefore, I am absolutely convinced the ECB is not far from starting to print major amounts of money, and that will accelerate in the next year. The U.S. is just a little bit behind, and the U.S. will also have to start printing money.”
Greyerz also predicts, “The yen is collapsing, and I think the next one to fall is probably the dollar, and I think that fall could actually be imminent. That’s going to happen at the same time gold starts going up.”  Greyerz goes on to explain, “There is no reason for the dollar to be strong.  It is size wise the most indebted economy in the world.  The so-called good figures coming out of the U.S. are not happening in the real economy.  It’s happening for some companies through financial engineering and the figures are not as good as they are being reported. We know ordinary people are suffering in the U.S., and the U.S. has the biggest debt in the world that will never be repaid. Tax revenues are more or less constant while the debt is going up exponentially.”
Egon von Greyerz thinks a new round of money printing in the U.S. will happen soon. Greyerz predicts, “Absolutely, I think early in 2015, the first quarter or the second at the latest.  It will definitely happen, and by the way, I hate this word QE (quantitative easing).  They make up these words so no one can understand them.  What is QE?  I like to call it MP because that’s what it is—money printing.  They are destroying the value of money by printing unlimited amounts.  We all know you cannot create wealth by printing money.  If we could, we would all just stop working and print money.”
On the vote to back the Swiss Franc with 20% gold, von Greyerz says, “The whole of the elite were against us. Now, we thought the people, the Swiss people, would be on our side because the Swiss people understand the importance of gold.  They were clearly influenced by the massive campaign of the government and of the central bank.  The losses for the Swiss National Bank could have been very serious, and that’s why they were quite desperate to stop this initiative.”  Egon von Greyerz goes on to say, “Switzerland now has to print money.  The currency is only backed by 7% gold, and now they have a free-for-all to print more money . . . this, of course, will be very bullish for gold because it won’t be just Switzerland. Virtually, every country in the world will start printing money. ” 
Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Egon von Greyerz, founder of Matterhorn Asset Management. 
(There is much more in the video interview.)
After the Interview: 
Egon von Greyerz added that gold will be thousands of dollars higher in price in the not-so- distant future. He says the time to buy mining stocks and bullion is now.  There is lots of free information on von Greyerz’ website, GoldSwitzerland.com.

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