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March 20, Iran To Sell Oil In Non Dollar Currencies

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad either has balls of steel or is completely mad but has planned to start selling oil on 20 March through Iran’s Oil Bourse  in currencies other than the US dollar in an attempt to undermine it. Two other countries tried something similar, Iraq and Libya and we know what happened to them. 😉

“The dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme is nothing more than a convenient excuse for the US to use threats to protect the ‘reserve currency’ status of the dollar,” the newspaper, which calls itself the voice of the Islamic Revolution, said.

“Recall that Saddam [Hussein] announced Iraq would no longer accept dollars for oil purchases in November 2000 and the US-Anglo invasion occurred in March 2003,” the Times continued. “Similarly, Iran opened its oil bourse in 2008, so it is a credit to Iranian negotiating ability that the ‘crisis’ has not come to a head long before now.”

Iran has the third-largest oil reserves in the world and pricing oil in currencies other than dollars is a provocative move aimed at Washington. If Iran switches to the non-dollar terms for its oil payments, there could be a new oil price that would be denominated in euro, yen or even the yuan or rupee.

India is already in talks with Iran over how it can pay for its oil in rupees.

Even more surprisingly, reports have suggested that India is even considering paying for its oil in gold bullion. However, it is more likely that the country will pay in rupees, a currency that is not freely convertible.

 

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“I Don’t Pay” Movement Has Started

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The “I Don’t Pay” movement has started in Greece and spread to Spain. This is another people movement in much the same vain as the Occupy movements and looks like it will catch on.

$15 Trillion Transferred to UK

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Lord James of Blackheath asked a parlimentary question as to why $15 trillion was transferred from the US to HSBC in 2009.

In April and May 2009, the situation started with the alleged transfer of $5 trillion to HSBC in the United Kingdom. Seven days later, another $5 trillion came to HSBC and three weeks later another $5 trillion. A total of $15 trillion is alleged to have been passed into the hands of HSBC for onward transit to the Royal Bank of Scotland. We need to look to where this came from and the history of this money. I have been trying to sort out the sequence by which this money has been created and where it has come from for a long time.

With 3 possible causes

There are three possible conclusions which may come from it.

First, there may have been a massive piece of money-laundering committed by a major Government who should know better. Effectively, it undermined the integrity of a British bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, in doing so.

The second possibility is that a major American department has an agency which has gone rogue on it because it has been wound up and has created a structure out of which it is seeking to get at least €50 billion as a pay-off.

The third possibility is that this is an extraordinarily elaborate fraud, which has not been carried out, but which has been prepared to provide a threat to one Government or more if they do not make a pay-off.

The full transcript of his speech can be found at

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201212/ldhansrd/text/120216-0002.htm#column_1016

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