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Democrat in Georgia, An 'LGBT Activist', Arrested For Child Porn and Molesting Kids Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 17:42:54 Id: a84f01 [Preview] No. 5302 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The public is once again disturbed after hearing that a popular Democrat in Georgia, who's also a filmmaker of an award-nominated and critically acclaimed movie about LGBT teenagers; has now been arrested in a child pornography scandal.

The pedophile, Kent Igleheart, is a well known Democrat in the state of Georgia, hailing from the city of Roswell.

Police say that Kent Igleheart was using the Kik Messenger app, which is for some reason extremely popular amongst pedophiles, to have contact with over 121 underage children with 21 of those children being Georgia residents.

Judge Linda W. Hunter's DeKalb County courtroom had originally heard the case where Igleheart was charged with 15 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one misdemeanor count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

He served on the Roswell City Council, as per the Democratic Party, where he was actively engaged in a social justice warrior style of virtue-signaling for years towards progressive and cultural marxist ideals; actively attacking Conservatives for their support of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Christianity and traditional values, and speaking out against anyone who wanted to continue a normal lifestyle.

While Kent Igleheart has a long history in film, outside of politics; he became an icon amongst Democrats once he wrote and directed the virtue signaling classic short film, which was set around a group of homeless teenagers that were LGBT.

The Roswell City Council accepted a resignation from Igleheart back in November after his arrest.

What makes the case of Igleheart so disturbing, is that he's believed to have had sex with multiple minor children.

It's been confirmed that one girl, who was only 13-years-old at the time of the relationship (she's 17 now), was a victim of the perverted Kent Igleheart.

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Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 17:43:31 Id: a84f01 [Preview] No.5303 del
Note: corrupt Judge dismissed evidence of child molestation, he still faces charges for child pornography though.

Hypocrite Jeff Sessions Usurps States Rights Over Cannabis, But Allows Big Pharma A Monopoly Over THC! Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 16:28:18 Id: 9a89c0 [Preview] No. 5299 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hypocritically granted a monopoly on the sale of THC to big pharma company Insys Therapeutics whose drug fentanyl is responsible for killing tens of thousands every year.

Meanwhile he has promised to arrest people over a plant that makes them healthier and happier.

In a statement released by the justice department last week, Sessions reversed the policy of allowing states to make their own decisions on legalizing cannabis and vowed to use federal tax dollars and resources to enforcing this tyranny.

Jeff Sessions should focus on how Congress crippled the DEA’s ability to fight the opioid epidemic. Instead he tramples upon states’ rights and recreational marijuana laws.

64,000 Americans died last year from opioids. None have died from THC. But, you know, priorities.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 4, 2018

The Free Thought Project reports:

Revealing the sheer hypocrisy and criminality of Sessions’ move—which vowed to uphold the archaic and despotic Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana—Sessions’ DEA granted a company a monopoly on the sale of the synthetic form of the plant which contains the exact properties of cannabis.

The active ingredient in cannabis, THC, remains classified as a Schedule 1 drug—meaning the government claims it is dangerous, addictive, and has no medical value. Coincidentally, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the DoJ’s Drug Enforcement Administration granted Insys Therapeutics—a rogue pharmaceutical company rife with corruption—a Schedule II classification on their synthetic form of THC, Dronabinol.

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Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 16:34:26 Id: 9a89c0 [Preview] No.5300 del
This is the one issue I actually agree with leftists on, and I have not used any drugs for many many years.

Cannabis does not kill people, you cannot OD from it, you simply get the munchies. It may be bad for your health (smoke is not good for your lungs) but it will not kill you. Hell, cigarettes and booze are much more dangerous and kill a lot more people than cannabis!

The way I see it is smoking it for medical purposes should be legalized. Industrial hemp (which has NO THC at all) should be legalized, for businesses to manufacture clothing, paper among other things. Small fine if you get caught abusing it to get high.

That's my honest opinion.

ISIS Declares War On The Palestinians (Really, Mossad!?) Reader 01/07/2018 (Sun) 15:40:43 Id: 558370 [Preview] No. 5222 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
ISIS has declared war on the Palestinians over their failure to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

The Islamic State in Egypt has urged its militants in a new 22-minute execution video to kill Palestinians, in a blatant show of solidarity towards Israel.

According to a UN report released in 2015, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) kept in regular contact with members of ISIS since May 2013: https://archive.fo/YbwqY

The report confirms an admission by a captured Israeli General that Israel are secret sponsors of ISIS, using the terrorist organization to further their zionist agenda in the Middle East: https://archive.fo/ryGlI

Rt.com reports: The 22-minute video, allegedly released by an affiliate of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Sinai Peninsula, and published by the Jihadist-monitoring SITE Intelligence Group, begins with footage of US President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement on Jerusalem. The propaganda footage, initially released Wednesday, culminates in the execution of a former IS member pictured on his knees in an orange jumpsuit.

115 bodies of civilians & Syrian troops killed by #ISIS recovered from 2 mass graves in Raqqa https://t.co/M7evTJ6hUn pic.twitter.com/J0HzF3oOrw

— RT (@RT_com) December 31, 2017

The victim in the video, referred to as Musa Abu Zamat, is accused by his terrorist captors of smuggling weapons to Hamas’ military wing from Egypt. An IS preacher, named as Abu Kazem al-Maqdisi, originally from Gaza himself, calls on IS followers to attack Hamas sites and courthouses in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is also blamed for its cooperation with Western countries and fighting Jews only in Israel. Minutes later the captor is executed by a shot to the head. The terrorist who carried out the execution was identified in news reports as being Muhammad al-Dajani, a former member of Hamas’ military branch in Gaza.

Hamas, the de facto governing authority of the Gaza Strip, has called for a new intifada or uprising against Israel in the wake of Trump’s announcement. The agitation for a new uprising spurred mass revolts, in which Israeli security forces used live munition, rubber bullets, and tear gas to quell the massive unrest. On Thursday, Hamas spokesperson Salah Bardawil slammed the IS video as “a Zionist production in which Arab tools participate to distort the resistance.”

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Reader 01/07/2018 (Sun) 15:42:10 Id: 558370 [Preview] No.5223 del
At this point there can be no denial anymore, it is so out in the open, it really could not be more blatant.

Reader 01/07/2018 (Sun) 19:45:37 Id: a0195d [Preview] No.5238 del
Yet, the kikes are getting desperate.

Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 03:11:30 Id: 84ea5c [Preview] No.5291 del
Does anyone really care about them anymore, or are they just has-beens?

Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 03:19:46 Id: 41e640 [Preview] No.5292 del
Depends which group your talking about.

ISIS is manufactured by intelligence agencies like CIA/Mossad. They'll pop up from anywhere when given loads of cash and arms to stir shit up. When we don't need them, they are later disposed of.

Kikes are alive and so are the Palestinians, both which are equally hated by opposing factions, but both groups still around (unfortunately).

This disaster will likely continue, no matter how much we complain about it, because kikes and muslims can never reach any peace agreements, nor do I think they want to. They will always be fighting over land. And as far as America, as long as we have a military industrial complex, we will always be sticking our noses into the fiasco affair (unfortunately).

Good! Paris Prosecutors Probe Apple Over Planned Obsolescence After Caught Slowing Down Old iPhone Models Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 03:05:51 Id: c0b321 [Preview] No. 5289 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
RELATED: >>>/news/4788 ; >>>/news/4856 ; >>>/news/4963

Paris prosecutors have launched a probe of US tech giant Apple over suspected "planned obsolescence" in some of its iPhone models, a judicial source told AFP on Monday.

The investigation was opened on Friday and is being led by anti-trust and consumer protection specialists in the French economy ministry.

It comes after a complaint by the association Stop Planned Obsolescence (HOP or Halte a l'Obsolescence Programmee) after Apple admitted last month that it intentionally slowed down older models of its iPhones over time.

Planned obsolescence is a widely criticised commercial practice in which manufacturers build in the expiry of their products so that consumers will be forced to replace them.

It is decried by consumer groups as being unethical and is suspected of being particularly prevalent in the electronics industry, which produces mountains of unrecyclable waste each year

To tackle the problem, France passed landmark legislation in 2015 known as "Hamon's law" which made the practice illegal and -- in theory -- obliged retailers to say whether replacement parts were available.


Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 03:09:59 Id: c0b321 [Preview] No.5290 del
I remember telling people 20 some years ago that eventually corporations would imbed a kill switch into their electronic products to make the malfunction years later to force people to buy new electronics. I was considered "a nut" for stocking up on electronics. Well... I don't feel so nutty now!

DHS: Border Wall Will Only Cost 1/20th What The Federal Already Spends, Totally Do-able! Reader 01/06/2018 (Sat) 18:33:23 Id: 0711a6 [Preview] No. 5204 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
President Donald Trump’s 700-mile border wall would cost just $1.8 billion annually for ten years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The expected construction cost is only 1 cent for every $20 spent by the federal government!

The Journal‘s article said the Department of Homeland Security’s unreleased plan had been sent to a group of Senators:

In total, the administration details about $33 billion in desired new border security spending, including funding for technology, personnel and roads. The document refers to this as “critical physical border security requirements.”

The document, from the Customs and Border Protection agency at the Department of Homeland Security, envisions the border-wall project unfolding over 10 years. If carried out as described, by 2027, about 970 miles of the 2,000-mile southwest border would have some sort of fencing or wall separating the U.S. from Mexico …

The non-wall requests include $5.7 billion over five years for towers, surveillance equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles and other technology; $1 billion over five years for road construction and maintenance; and $8.5 billion over seven years for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and other personnel.

The planned $18 billion over a decade in spending on the wall matches the $1.6 billion already approved for 2018 by the GOP-controlled House and Senate, amid protests from Democrat Party leaders.

The pending 2018 budget includes $1.6 billion to build 60 miles new barriers in Texas and to upgrade 14 miles older barriers in California.

The proposed cost $1.8 billion per year cost would consume less than one-2,088th of the 2018 federal budget, expected to be around $3,800 billion. In turn, the wall’s cost would be offset by a reduced northward flow of illegals and drugs, so cutting the federal government’s cost for welfare, unemployment and policing.

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Do pictures help or will you continue being retarded? Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 01:06:04 Id: 85ccaf [Preview] No.5283 del
>because we know walls do work no matter what the liberal Marxist-funded mainstream prestitutes tell people.
What part of TOO LATE, ASSHOLES did you not understand?
>If you see illegal immigrants, especially any crime being committed by Mexicans,
They're legal Mexican'ts. They commit the crimes without me having to be witness to them. There are certain neighborhoods where a week doesn't go by without a shooting here.
>a never Trumper
That's a laugh, considering how desperate grab your ankles for Trump faggots are. What's with your idol worship? He's a low testosterone over the hill fat fuck with a ridiculous orange tan. Why do you jerk off to that? I will never understand homosexuals.
>weave discord
/news/ isn't r/The_Donald on Reddit. I know you Red Pill Dropper groupies came from there riding on his cock, but that's beside the point.
>crying woe is me
Bitch, I'm making everyone aware who isn't in Texas and still talks shit like they know what's going on in the state I live in AS THEY DON'T.

Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 01:07:19 Id: 85ccaf [Preview] No.5284 del
Meant to ref. >>5278 not 5277

Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 01:22:51 [Preview] No.5285 del
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lol this thread!

Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 02:42:42 Id: d5482b [Preview] No.5286 del
The wall topic obviously triggers you. Seriously, get over it. Whether this works or not will all be proven after a few years after it is finally installed. Till then, I say its much much better than doing nothing at all.


Reader 01/09/2018 (Tue) 02:47:33 Id: d5482b [Preview] No.5287 del
You may be right, this could all be bait. I'm just sick of the defeatist who lurks on this board telling us to shut up and accept America becoming a third world hellhole. Even if he's right about Texas, I still don't want to see more of this shit spreading to other states, and if it takes a God damned wall to slow down immigration so fucking be it.

One Week After Clinton's House Fire, Arson Hits Trump Tower (WTF Is Going On!?) Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 16:48:25 Id: dae23e [Preview] No. 5270 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A small fire broke out on the roof of Trump Tower on Monday morning, officials claim.

Smoke was seen billowing off the top of the Manhattan skyscraper, carrying for several blocks.

Firefighters were called to the Fifth Ave. skyscraper, located at East 56thSt., at about 7:20 Monday morning.

The blaze appeared to break out in the building’s heating and cooling system, the FDNY said.

They quickly knocked the fire back, but firefighters are currently making sure it didn’t spread.

Two people suffered injuries, including one man who was taken away on a stretcher after battling the rooftop fire.

Eric Trump, the President’s son and an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, confirmed the rooftop cooling tower ignited.

“The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!” he tweeted.

While President Trump and the First Family now live in the White House, the commander-in-chief maintains a palatial apartment in the 58-story tower. The President was in Washington at the time of the fire.

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Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 17:04:11 Id: dae23e [Preview] No.5271 del
Could this have been a failed bomb that ignited earlier than intended? Don't know but this is all fishy. In the last month three arson attacks have taken place: first at the Clinton mansion in Chappaqua, New York... next at one of Roy Moore's accuser's home (which completely burned down)... now at the Trump Tower in New York.

All three fires have ONE thing in common: politics.

Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 22:47:42 Id: 5991d6 [Preview] No.5281 del
Something was goin' on.

New Controversial Book Reveals Saudi Purge Was Orchestrated By Trump To Dismantle Deep State Islamic Connections Reader 01/07/2018 (Sun) 16:26:24 Id: 4b7b8f [Preview] No. 5224 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A new book based on interviews purportedly coming from White House insiders has revealed that US President Donald Trump was behind the elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to the position of Saudi Arabia's crown prince last year.

The claim is included in the book titled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House which went on sale on Friday. Michael Wolff said on Friday his book is based on more than 200 interviews with Trump and his close aides.

"We've put our man on top," Trump is said to have claimed to friends, according to the book, after Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as next-in-line to the throne and made his then-31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, the new crown prince in June 2017.

Bin Salman is a close friend of Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. His sudden elevation last year to the post of crown prince shook up the line of succession and turned on decades of custom within the Saudi royal family.

Just a month before for Saudi Arabia's political shakeup, Trump had visited the kingdom and met with leaders from across the Middle East and signed a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi leaders. According to The New York Times, Kushner personally intervened on the arms deal with Saudi Arabia ahead of Trump’s visit to the kingdom.

Wolff in his book called Trump’s Saudi trip a “get-out-of-Dodge godsend,” as it was an escape from Washington, DC where he recently fired FBI Director James Comey. “There couldn’t have been a better time to be making headlines far from Washington. A road trip could transform everything.”

When bin Salman was named crown prince, Trump called and congratulated him on his “recent elevation.”

And later in November when bin Salman imprisoned his hundreds of political rivals and other Saudi elites in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, Trump tweeted, “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing.”

“Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!” he added.

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Reader 01/07/2018 (Sun) 20:05:20 Id: 76ce09 [Preview] No.5242 del
Many of the royals were crypto-kikes working with ZOG but whatever. The whole Middle East is FUBAR anyway. Wish we could leave it, but thats not gonna happen. So, I'd recommend not signing up the draft agreement (I never did), and just not joining the forces. Let the SJW trannies fight the ZOG wars.

Reader 01/07/2018 (Sun) 20:29:56 Id: 97470a [Preview] No.5249 del
Its really odd reading names like "Bin Salman" or "Bin Laden" because theyre just saying "son of Salman/Laden" and arent their proper names
Osama would be the given name for example
t. easterner

I also think Trump is just establishing his own deep state connections by installing "his guy" for when he leaves office, because why the fuck wouldnt you as the leader of the most powerful nation in the present

Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 16:13:28 Id: 003eab [Preview] No.5266 del
>I also think Trump is just establishing his own deep state connections by installing "his guy" for when he leaves office

I assume you mean for future business relations? That could be one of many aspects...

From what I understand the CIA wanted Bin Nayef to become the next globalist crown of Saudi Arabia, whom had deep ties with both the Bush and Clinton families. Nayef's disposal during the coup was very unwelcome by the US "deep state" (as many call it).

It has come to my attention that Trump is outlining a covert strategy to break up older power broker connections that have deep covert ties with the corrupt US political establishment. At the same time Trump is trying to re-establish more nationalistic ties with allies such as the UK and Israel (perhaps neo-nazis may not find this at all pleasing or comforting). Just keep that in mind.

A re-structuring of power is slowly occurring, the old political guard is having connections severed off (one by one, year after year). Expect more of this. Such as regime changes in Iran, North Korea, Germany, Denmark, possibly even China (if Trump and his mad dogs can manage pulling it off). They did in Saudi Arabia which was a huge blow to the US political establishment and believe me they resent this very much.

Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 18:51:59 Id: 66d56f [Preview] No.5275 del
I wonder if this was triggered by what he read in the 911 report. I knew this was him when I first heard news, he was constantly mentioning saudi pre election, he had this planned for a while.

Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 19:30:01 Id: f19b31 [Preview] No.5276 del
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As I see many events and stunts happening, to which some I admit seem quite foolish at the moment, I'm starting to wonder if Trump doesn't have a grand plan.

Perhaps this Saudi purge wasn't only to weaken US-OPEC reliance and cut off our 'deep state' political connections... perhaps; as questioned with the new trade tariffs he intends on imposing against China >>5274 ; Trump intends on creating an ultimatum for our political elites that indeed would be very risky?

Think of the ultimatum as such: either 1) we re-industrialize the United States (obviously with the help of kikes, thus his pro-Israel ass kissing) and turn America around into becoming a self-sufficient self-reliant industrial powerhouse once again ... or 2) we crash this whole fucking system with no survivors (does anyone remember Trump tweeting how he would not bailout the big banks if they fucked up again? Cannot find this tweet anywhere but it could be key evidence!). If that were to happen Trump could declare a state of emergency, have the Fed audited, then arrest and jail all the corrupt actors and impose martial law over a currency collapse. This would wreck "the deep state" as would it wreck all other insolvent institutions. Then the big clean up would begin.

That ultimatum would fall into the government's hands and they'd be stuck to decide outcome (or fate). Don't know... just a guess.

Be Prepared: Prices To Rise! Economic Trade War Nears As Trump Seeks Tariffs On Mass Produced Chinese Goods Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 18:17:55 Id: 955de6 [Preview] No. 5273 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to unveil an aggressive trade crackdown in the coming weeks that is likely to include new tariffs aimed at countering China’s and other economic competitors’ alleged unfair trade practices, according to three administration officials.

Trump is tentatively scheduled to meet with Cabinet secretaries and senior advisers as soon as this week to begin finalizing decisions on a slew of pending trade fights involving everything from imports of steel and solar panels to Chinese policies regarding intellectual property, according to one of the administration officials.

Senior aides are also laying plans to use Trump’s State of the Union address at the end of the month to flesh out the president’s trade vision and potentiallypreview a more aggressive posture toward China, according to the official.

Aides stressed that the specifics are still in flux, but multiple officials told POLITICO that internal conversations have moved beyond the basic question of whether Trump should take tough trade steps and are now focused on what precise measures the president should impose.

By turning to trade, Trump is returning to a key campaign pledge that many advisers worry he did not deliver on in his first year in office. And with limited prospects for passing legislation, trade is one of a handful of major policy areas on which the president can act without having to rely on Congress.

Aides said the upcoming closed-door trade meetings with the president will help shed more light on his thinking. Trump’s senior advisers have been fighting behind the scenes for months over the direction of his trade agenda, but officials on both sides of the debate said it remained unclear exactly how aggressive the president was prepared to be.

One official said the president is “undecided and could come out any number of ways.” Still, it is “very likely” that the president will green-light tariffs of some kind in the coming weeks, the official added, a move that could prompt severe blowback from targeted countries.

The president outlined his thinking on trade during meetings with Republican congressional leaders at Camp David this weekend, according to people familiar with the talks.

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Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 18:42:47 Id: 02b4ea [Preview] No.5274 del
Holy shit, if this happens to be true I hope Trump knows what this could mean for the US petrodollar.

First off we still rely heavily on China to keep our monetary system afloat as they hold lots of our debt in T-bonds. China could create chaos for our economy if they were to decide to liquidate those bonds on a mass scale which less and less countries are willing to buy those IOUs up today. Another couple of rounds of QE ain't going to fix that, and even the Fed knows it at this point! This ain't the 80s no more folks. This could cause hyperinflation.

Also, the US needs to be aware that if we rely and depend on other nations to produce and manufacture most of our goods, we will be FUCKED in a trade war. Our whole country needs to become very self-sufficient if this is to become an effective trade war for us... in reality, we are not very self-sufficient at all!

Tax cuts provided a YUGE incentive for corporations to come back to the US and hire Americans... HOWEVER this now changed after China recently struck back and told corporations that if they stay in China and remain loyal they will not pay ANY corporate tax at all - currently a 0% corporate tax policy is now effect in China! So our corporate incentives fell through a glass roof at this point, it would be much more profitable for productive industries to remain in China.

Trump seems to be obsessed with our Stock Market. Big mistake. That is highly manipulated by Keynesian economists who flood the markets with paper and digital fiat, in other words WORTHLESS speculations with a bunch of robotic monkeys jumping up and down tossing around IOUs back and forth.

Getting back to tax cuts, the middle class will benefit, sure. But NOT if prices start to go up! That's the key disaster here: if prices go up due to tariffs, the low & middle class tax cuts are completely null due to an influx of inflation. And if the T-bonds start getting dumped!? Holy fucking shit, look out!!

Europe Becomes Victim Of Russia's Newest Oil Strategy Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 17:27:59 Id: 32f2bb [Preview] No. 5272 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Higher shipments of Russian crude oil to China may saddle European importers with a fatter bill, an industry consultancy warned at the end of last year, noting the latest stage of Russia’s Eastern pivot: the launch of the expanded East Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline that would lift Urals crude supply to China twofold, to 30 million tons annually.

FGE said in a note quoted by Bloomberg that Russia will start moving more Urals eastward right after the launch of the pipeline extension, at a rate of 160,000 bpd. The overall increase of Russian crude shipments to China, according to the consultancy, could be around 200,000 bpd.

This means less oil for Europe, which is Russia’s number-one oil client. This only highlights the significance of Moscow’s Asian pivot amid lingering European sanctions following the 2014 annexation of Crimea and Russia’s involvement in separatist conflicts in the Ukraine.

In 2016, Russia exported an average 3.7 million barrels daily to European countries, compared with less than a million bpd to China, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In percentage figures, Europe accounted for 70 percent of Russia’s 2016 crude oil exports, while the share of China was just 18 percent.

The rise in Chinese exports has been quite steep since 2014: as of November last year, Russia shipped 1.3 million barrels of oil daily to China. All the latest signs point to further growth. However, exactly how much this would hurt European buyers is unclear.

The Urals is currently trading at a discount of about $4 to Brent crude but WTI’s discount to the international benchmark is $6 a barrel. In other words, Russia’s diverting of crude oil from Europe to China could be an opportunity for U.S. exporters as long as they can keep their transport costs low enough. Europe will probably be grateful for the diversification.

Over the long term, things are even more uncertain. Clearly, Russia has prioritized its relationship with China: In addition to the ESPO expansion, Gazprom is on track to complete the Power of Siberia gas pipeline by 2019. The 2,500-km mammoth of a pipeline will pump 1.3 trillion cu ft of gas to China annually.

This soaring demand has already created shortages in parts of the country. A recent report by Eurasia Daily suggested the Power of Siberia will be essential in avoiding future gas shortages. Would that take gas away from Europe? It’s unlikely given Gazprom’s 30+-percent market share in Europe, and besides, there’s enough gas for everyone. What might happen is China overtaking Europe as Russia’s biggest gas export market at some point in the future, especially if Russia–EU relations continue to be strained.


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Good! Trump Ends Amnesty Status For 200,000 El Salvadorans Reader 01/08/2018 (Mon) 16:39:04 Id: 40b93d [Preview] No. 5269 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
President Donald Trump’s deputies are ending the often-extended ‘TPS’ temporary refugee status for up to 200,000 El Salvadoran migrants, which was first granted when earthquakes hit their home country in 2001.

The TPS decision — reported by numerous media outlets — underlines Trump’s determination to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, and to push his “Buy American, Hire American” inauguration-day promise, despite growing pressure from the GOP’s business-first wing, Democrats and their allies in the establishment media.

The decision also pressures Democrats to accept Trump’s immigration reforms — or else run as the pro-amnesty political party in November 2018.

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for deciding whether or not to extend TPS status, based on whether the original disaster is still damaging the country. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is Trump’s DHS secretary.

Most of the 200,000 El Salvadoreans will return home by September 2019, likely boosting the small nation’s economy with savings and skills earned in the United States during the last 17 years.

The decision will free up jobs for American citizens and other legal immigrants.

Many of the El Salvador migrants were living illegally in the United States when the earthquake hit their home country in 2001. Since then, the “Temporary Protected Status” has been 11 times by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.