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US Prepares To Expand Secondary Sanctions On Russia Ladylove
by Tyler Durden
 

More than two years into the war in Eastern Europe, it's time to ask: What have Western sanctions against Russia actually accomplished?

China faces largest bank run in history; nearly 4 trillion yuan withdrawn in April. alexmark

Afghanistan has sold 150,000 tons (1.1 million barrels) of crude oil from the Amu Darya basin for more than $80 million over the past 10 days, with Beijing’s investment in the country beginning to bear fruit. 

Webmaster addition: This is what our government is risking by provoking Russia and China! As a side note, the last bomb shown, the Tsar Bomba, was tested at 50 megaton but was designed as a 100 megaton weapon.

People’s Liberation Army fighter jets escorted a Dutch helicopter that violated Chinese airspace under the auspice of a UN mission. Beijing warned the Netherlands to avoid such incidents in the future.

The Dutch military has created a dangerous situation in the East China Sea after using a UN mission as a cover-up, Chinese Ministry of Defense representative Zhang Xiaogang has said.

He added that Beijing urges the Netherlands to limit any activities of their armed forces in the region and vowed decisive counter-measures in response to provocations near China’s territory.

China's Puzzling Gold Moves Revealed alexmark

The US military is planning to create a “hellscape” of drones in the Taiwan Strait if China moves to attack Taiwan, the top US military commander in the region has told The Washington Post.

Adm. Samuel Paparo, the head of US Indo-Pacific Command, told Post columnist Josh Rogin that the idea would be to send thousands of drones, unmanned submarines, and drone boats into the Strait to buy time for the US and Taiwan to prepare a defense of the island.