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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to hold meeting with President Putin in Moscow

There are wide ranging implications of Venezuela and Russia’s impetus to ditch the Dollar.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is set to shortly arrive in Moscow as part of the Energy Efficiency and Energy Development International Forum which is held during Russian Energy Week. The event brings together the CEOs of top oil and gas companies, as well as minsters and heads of state from prominent energy producing nations.

Later this week, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will meet with President Putin, in an historic visit for a Saudi monarch. Saudi Arabia and Russia have already confirmed a $1 billion bilateral investment fund in another historic first.

While the world’s eyes have been focused on the rapidly expanding relationship between traditional US ally Saudi Arabia and Russia, few are discussing the Maduro-Putin meeting which is also to take this week.

Venezuela recently made the decision to price its oil in Chinese Yuan, in a move designed to undercut recent US sanctions on Venezuela, sanctions which targeted President Maduro personally as well as the country’s economy as a whole.

Venezuela’s decision came shortly after the recent BRICS summit in Xiamen where moves were made to facilitate the creation of a BRICS trading currency as well as a BRICS crypto-currency. Prior to the BRICS summit, China announced that it will begin issuing oil futures contracts in gold backed Yuan.

BRICS in talks to create own cryptocurrency in another blow to US Dollar

Furthermore, during a bilateral meeting between the Presidents, ministers and business leaders of Russia and China in July of this year, both countries expressed their readiness to begin trading in local currencies, in a further blow to US Dollar hegemony.

As a leading oil producer and OPEC member, Venezuela has an important role in a world economy that is increasingly losing its dependence on the Dollar. Furthermore, as the OPEC member which along with Iran has been targeted most heavily by US sanctions, Venezuela has a uniquely pressing interest in expanding the avenues of global trade based on a new currency standard.

2017 BRICS Declaration: Emphasis on a results based, ideology free model of global economic cooperation and development

In this sense, by targeting Russia, Iran and Venezuela simultaneously with unilateral sanctions, the US has helped to create an economic alliance of convenience between the three countries which will clearly have far reaching implications for much of the world.

By meeting the leaders of Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, among others, during the same week, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending a clear message to the wider world: Russia is open for business with any willing partner and furthermore, there is no ideological component to the Russian business model. Russia has and continues to deal with countries on issues of trade, irrespective of wider geo-political alignments.

 

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“Transphobic” Swedish Professor May Lose Job After Noting Biological Differences Between Sexes

A university professor in Sweden is under investigation after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded”

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A university professor in Sweden is under investigation for “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded” and that genders cannot be regarded as “social constructs alone,” reports Academic Rights Watch.

For his transgression, Germund Hesslow – a professor of neuroscience at Lund University – who holds dual PhDs in philosophy and neurophysiology, may lose his job – telling RT that a “full investigation” has been ordered, and that there “have been discussions about trying to stop the lecture or get rid of me, or have someone else give the lecture or not give the lecture at all.”

“If you answer such a question you are under severe time pressure, you have to be extremely brief — and I used wording which I think was completely innocuous, and that apparently the student didn’t,” Hesslow said.

Hesslow was ordered to attend a meeting by Christer Larsson, chairman of the program board for medical education, after a female student complained that Hesslow had a “personal anti-feminist agenda.” He was asked to distance himself from two specific comments; that gay women have a “male sexual orientation” and that the sexual orientation of transsexuals is “a matter of definition.”

The student’s complaint reads in part (translated):

I have also heard from senior lecturers that Germund Hesslow at the last lecture expressed himself transfobically. In response to a question of transexuallism, he said something like “sex change is a fly”. Secondly, it is outrageous because there may be students during the lecture who are themselves exposed to transfobin, but also because it may affect how later students in their professional lives meet transgender people. Transpersonals already have a high level of overrepresentation in suicide statistics and there are already major shortcomings in the treatment of transgender in care, should not it be countered? How does this kind of statement coincide with the university’s equal treatment plan? What has this statement given for consequences? What has been done for this to not be repeated? –Academic Rights Watch

After being admonished, Hesslow refused to distance himself from his comments, saying that he had “done enough” already and didn’t have to explain and defend his choice of words.

At some point, one must ask for a sense of proportion among those involved. If it were to become acceptable for students to record lectures in order to find compromising formulations and then involve faculty staff with meetings and long letters, we should let go of the medical education altogether,” Hesslow said in a written reply to Larsson.

He also rejected the accusation that he had a political agenda – stating that his only agenda was to let scientific factnot new social conventions, dictate how he teaches his courses.

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Despite Pledge Not to, Germany Approves Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia

Germany is the latest to renege on promises to ban weapons sales for use in the Yemen War.

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With Saudi Arabia forever escalating their war in Yemen, the growing calls by human rights groups to stop selling them arms with which to commit war crimes are struggling to compete with the vast sums of money the Saudis are offering for those arms.

Germany is the latest to renege on promises to ban weapons sales for use in the Yemen War, announcing Wednesday that the Economy Minister has greenlit a new round of artillery systems for sale to the Saudis.

The systems are designed for precise counterattack, and are clearly being bought explicitly to use in Yemen. Yet the Merkel government, as part of its coalition deal, announced a full export ban to “any sides fighting in Yemen,” including the Saudis.

While this was at the time supposed to be a condition of the Social Democrats joining the government. So far, Merkel has not explained why the sale was approved over the putative ban, and the Social Democrats have not complained either.

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FBI Had “Two Sets Of Records” On Trump Investigation; Comey, McCabe Implicated: Carter

Sara Carter: FBI/DOJ had ‘two sets of books’ in the Russia investigation.

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Journalist Sara Carter told Sean Hannity during his Wednesday radio show that the FBI has two sets of records in the Russia investigation, and that “certain people above Peter Strzok and above Lisa Page” were aware of it – implicating former FBI Director James Comey and his #2, Andrew McCabe.

Hannity: Sara, I’m hearing it gets worse than this–that there is potentially out there–if you will, two sets of record among the upper echelon of the FBI–one that was real one that was made for appearances. Is there any truth to this?

CarterAbsolutely, Sean. With the number of sources that I have been speaking with as well as some others that there is evidence indicating that the FBI had separate sets of books.

I will not name names until all of the evidence is out there, but there were certain people above Peter Strzok and above Lisa Page that were aware of this. I also believe that there are people within the FBI that have actually turned on their former employers and are possibly even testifying and reporting what happened inside the FBI to both the Inspector General and possibly even a Grand Jury.

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