US Dollar Suffers Serious Setback



One More Nail in the Coffin Brics


By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall


Today Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa struck another blow against the US petrodollar in Fortaleza Brazil. Leaders of the five emerging nations officially  agreed to form their own development bank to rival the World Bank and IMF. The bank will be centered in Shanghai, its first president will be Indian and it will begin with an initial capitalization of 100 billion dollars.

The five countries referred to as BRICS have long complained about the not-so-subtle economic warfare the US and Europe wage against developing nations via the World Bank and IMF.

The World Bank/IMF Protection Scheme

As John Perkins eloquently describes in Confessions of an Economic Hitman, these US-dominated agencies operate a mafia-like protection scheme on the global south. Economic hitmen like Perkins pressure leaders of developing nations to accept development loans for massive infrastructure projects (dams, bridges, super highways, etc.) they neither want nor need. If they accept, their economies are paralyzed by crushing debt repayments. If they refuse, they risk assassination or being overthrown through US military intervention or a CIA coup. In nearly every case, the loans go to specific US corporations who build the dams, bridges and super highways.

In addition to crushing debt repayments, the IMF also impose their notorious “structural adjustment” programs on debtor nations. As a condition to renewing their loans, these countries are forced to open their economies further to US and European investors and enact a variety of austerity measure. These typically include privatization of state-owned utilities (by selling them to US and European corporations) and reduction of public spending by laying off state workers and cutting pensions and food and energy subsidies.

Still At It in Ukraine

This is exactly what we saw happen in Ukraine. Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich declined the IMF loan and structural adjustment program he was offered as a condition of EU membership. For obvious reasons, he preferred Russia’s offering – a loan without structural adjustment strings attached and a generous energy subsidy in the form of low prices for Russian natural gas. Sure enough he was overthrown by a fascist coup engineered conjointly by the CIA and Victoria Nuland (wife of Robert Kagan, cosignatory of the neocon Project for a New American Century), Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

As a condition of the $17 billion IMF loan that followed the coup, the new puppet government has eliminated natural gas subsidies (resulting in a 50% increase in the price consumers pay).  They have also frozen pensions and wages, as well as agreeing to a further cut government spending by 2% of GDP per year.

As if this tyrannical bullying weren’t enough, China and other BRICS nations are also repeatedly rebuffed when they request equal representation in the World Bank/IMF leadership. Ever since their founding in 1945 in Bretton Woods New Hampshire, the US has been wrongheadly uncompromising that the president of the World Bank must be American and the president of the IMF from Western Europe.

The Almighty Petrodollar

So how, people might ask, does the BRICS decision to form a rival development bank hurt the US dollar? Aside from their iron-fisted manipulation of international development loans, the US also exerts also exerts tyrannical domination over world trade through their militant (i.e. backed by military aggression) insistence that crude oil be traded in US dollars to the exclusion of any other currency. Thoughtful economic pundits are quick to point out that George W. Bush’s military campaign to take out Saddam Hussein immediately followed the latter’s decision to trade Iraqi oil in Euros. The government of Iran made a similar move in 2007, which precipitated growing calls from both sides of Congress to bomb them back to the Stone Age.

Ever since Nixon removed the US dollar from the gold and silver standard in the 1970s, the US dollar has no intrinsic worth because it can’t be redeemed for precious metals. The US dollar, like all global currencies, is simply invented out of thin air by private banks as they issue new loans (see A Proposal to Strip Banks of Their Power to Issue Money).

The dollar only derives value from its role as the world’s reserve currency. Because the US military industrial complex demands that oil be traded in US “petrodollars,” any country wishing to purchase oil on the global market must hold dollars in reserve. Because of the continual demand for dollars this creates, the dollar maintains its value.

Currency Wars

For more than a decade, Russia and China have been working to unseat the dollar as the world’s reserve currency by trading with each other, with Iran and various other central Asian and eastern European countries in currencies other than the US dollar.

The reason Obama is trying isolate China and Russia militarily has nothing to do with any military threat, which is nonexistent. It also has very little to do with competition over scarce oil and gas resources.

It’s all about the survival of the US petrodollar as the world’s reserve currency. As other countries begin trading in other currencies, they quit buying and stockpiling US dollars – and the value of the US dollar continues to decline. Which has major ramifications for an economy that’s totally dependent on importing food, energy and manufactured goods. What Obama and the political elite fear more than anything is the day the bottom drops out of the dollar and Americans need a wheelbarrow full of dollars to buy a pair of shoes manufactured in Hong Kong.

In fact, most of what economists refer to as inflation is actually a steady devaluation in the dollar’s buying power. Since 2002 when I first moved to New Zealand, the value of the US dollar has declined by nearly 50%. In October 2002, one US dollar bought $2.10 New Zealand dollars. Today a US dollar only buys $1.20 New Zealand dollars.

Wrongheaded US Policy

Obama and the political elite have good reason to fear the increasingly imminent collapse of the American dollar. When the dollar becomes worthless, it will take a whole wheelbarrow of money to buy a pair of shoes manufactured in Hong Kong.

Sadly the Obama administration continues to rely on misguided (and economically destructive) policy of trying to destabilize China’s and Russians  political and economic allies, fanning the flames of war in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen, Chechnya, Pakistan – the list goes on and on.

I find this especially discouraging given the wealth of practical solutions put forward by the likes Ellen Brown, Steven Keen, Michael Kumhauf, Paul Craig Roberts and other so-called “renegade” (i.e. non-Wall Street) economists and a few brave Congress people. Enactment of specific reforms that other countries are seriously examining could put the US economy (and dollar) back on track in a matter of months.

Media Censorship of Genuine Reform Options

In my view, first and foremost would be to abolish the Federal Reserve and the ability of private banks to create debt-based money out of thin air (see A Proposal to Strip Banks of Their Power to Issue Money ). This would have the immediate result of eliminating the national deficit, as well as drastically cutting the national debt. Second and third on the list would be withdrawing from idiotic fair trade treaties like NAFTA and the TPPP,  which have decimated US manufacturing, and rebuilding US manufacturing capacity by subsidizing renewable energy production and technologies and public transportation instead of US oil companies. Number four would be instituting a 1% financial transaction tax (FTT) on all investment bank transactions (e.g. derivatives trading and other speculative activities). As of 2011, forty countries had enacted an FTT.

Thanks to the iron control corporate lobbyists exert over our “elected” leaders and the mainstream media, these options can’t even be mentioned in polite US society, much less seriously debated and enacted.

So long as stubborn corporate resistance to rational economic reform remains persists, the best we can expect is that the US economy will continue to deteriorate and the value of the dollar will continue its downward slide. The only uncertainty is how long the American people will continue to submit to ruthless oppression and exploitation by Wall Street corporations. Not long, in my view.

Below is James Corbett’s excellent documentary Century of Enslavement, which  explains in detail how private banks create money out of thin air when they issue loans. Contrary to popular belief the money supply isn’t issued or controlled by the federal government. The vast majority is issued by private banks, which gives them ultimate control of our money supply and economy.

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  1. Its nice to see their game plan so neatly organized and demonstrated so effectively. Its too big to fail. The whole organization made up of small business’s that are still as large as any multinational conglomerate. It would take BRICS to see this system taken apart and force them to reimburse those countries that were robbed by a false sense of security through predatory lending.

  2. Sorry i’m late to the party Dr. we got to stop posting on the same day, didn’t even know you had this up, great piece. Like you said this situation is not irreversible and I’m also sure a guy like Paul Craig Roberts could fix it real fast. Only problem is, also like you say, it involves getting rid of the Federal Reserve, magic money and a 1% tax on all stock transactions. The banksters will never allow that so it therefore follows suit that we must git rid of them first. I see Moti Nissani has commented up in the facebook section. He has written an excellent piece presenting a theoretical method that would be effective.
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  3. ——“On 4/18/13 The German government has been storing about half of its gold supply with the USA FED, apparently in the NYC FED vaults. Germany decided to bring home all its gold, but the FED has said that isn’t possible to do, and it would need until 2020 to be able to accomplish the transfer.”

    ——“The Germany then asked to visit the FED vaults to inventory the gold & determine its actual existence, but the FED refused to permit Germany to examine its own gold. The reasons given were “security” &“ no room for visitors”….…They apparently came a second time, and… the FED did open only one of 9 rooms were permitted ….to look at the stack of gold, but were not permitted to either enter or touch. ….”

    —— Even more, the situation is the same with the supposed gold depository at Fort Knox. Nobody has seen the gold there for a very long time. The last audit, and the last public visit, was in 1953, just after USA President Dwight Eisenhower took office. —- No outside experts were allowed during that audit, and the audit team tested only about 5% of gold there. So, there hasn’t been a comprehensive audit of Fort Knox in over 60 years…”

    ——-”Goldman Sachs were proven to have been selling gold certificates to the public, ostensibly backed by real gold in their vaults, but the story leaked out that they in fact held no gold at all, ……Even worse, Goldman were charging customers storage fees for the gold that didn’t exist.”

  4. End the Feral Reserve! Eliminate the Rockefeller’s and their fortune. Free education! Free healthcare. Eliminate the other bloodline oligarchs and their fortunes. Many billionaires here are also deserving of elimination and asset distribution. DeVoss, Adelson, Paulson, ROMNEY, Milman. All the Bushes.
    I feel better already!

  5. The control of oil, natural gas and pipelines is directly linked with the ability to force the world to stick to the petrodollar as the exchange medium. The Caspian Basin Caper as I call it was to get control of the pipeline ROW to get the oil and gas to the ocean. Their intended terminal end of the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline at Gwadar, Baluchistan Province, Pakistan is now a Chinese commercial and naval port. All of their oil and gas from Iran, Middle East and Africa is to be piped from there across Pakistan to China.

    Additionally, China joined as financial partner for the IPI Pipeline (Iran Pakistan India) when USA was blocking financing on that.

    The BRIC’s move is defensive to protect their own economies from these predators in US and UK that have pushed this Neocon agenda all wrapped up as a Global War on Terror against a religion.

    Was idiot plan when they dreamed it up, still is a failed business plan all the way across the board. Those folks that believe in Zbigniew Brzezinski’s The Grand Chessboard need to get lessons on what checkmate means.

  6. The concept of Jubilee was practiced in many cultures around the world. This cycle of term limits on debt for an entire people is not based in religion, but is a natural process built into our existence just like weather patterns. The wisdom of implementing a 42 -50 year limit on a debt cycle ensures that wealth cannot grow through usury controlled by Oligarchy or power elites. The way it works is to simply absolve all debts for all people every 42 – 50 years. This way, the financial actions of a people does not affect future generations negatively.

  7. Yes, the BRICS are getting pretty feisty. It’s not just the bank, and their Business Council. They are also making joint statements about foreign policy, and it’s not quite what the US had in mind.

  8. Fine article, Dr Bramhall. The fundamentals such as you and Marilyn Barnewall present are not discussed much, as you know. I, and many of my close associates, believed that the president controlled the Fed, rather than the other way around. The fact is/was that I seldom had an interest in peeking behind the curtain -even in 2008, when my Ky. senators and congressmen (except for Ben Chandler) rushed to convince us that we had to bail out the banks, ‘no questions asked.’ “Anything else would be irresponsible,” as Rep. John Yarmuth said.
    A simple minded person might have asked why we didn’t eliminate the Fed at that time.


  9. And so it starts. Trade wars, currency wars and eventually World Wars….the bankers wars. I wonder if this pantomime is following a pre determined direction. Christine Lagarde from the IMF issued a rather convoluted message earlier this year with her speech about lucky number 7and i read that the International Bank of Settlements is also starting to make noises. Couple with that the breakdown of privacy laws in the the 5 eyes nations, perhaps this is in preparation of whats to come. Oh and Gold and Silver is dropping and we have property bubbles everywhere, think UK and Australia where i come from.

    • Only 3 countries (Iran, Cuba and North Korea) still not on IMF/World Bank/BIS payroll, as far as I can gather.
      A few years ago it was 7 with Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.
      I am in Australia and just about gag on the guff fed to the brain-dead masses as ‘NEWS’
      and especially the brain-dead Ken and Barbie doll NEWS readers

      you know

      “I’m a Barbie doll
      in a Barbie world…plastic….fantastic..
      You can do my hair
      undress me every where..

      Come on Barbie.

      Ah yes
      that is the fantastic feminazi theme propounded by our Zionazi controllers.

  10. One should not forget that in the same instate that a country connects to the full IMF structure, the countrys gold reserve tends to leave the country for the US. In the Ukraine the gold left on a covert american flight at about the same time that the legally elected president left the country. Usually then the gold disappears in the unauditable vaults of the Federal Reserve. The alleged reason was security. US desperately needs physical gold and that drive should not be underestimated.

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