Saturday, May 25, 2024
"The payment settlement method should not be confined to a small number of people and emerging economies should diversify their forex reserves out of US dollars," says an Indian economist who has been watching the developing situation around the globe with a keen eye.
You may recall that Russia has been cut off from the SWIFT system. Now if you’re a consumer of Western legacy media, you’d likely not have heard a word on it, but the fact is that Russia was largely prepared for this and has already developed and is now using the SPFS the Russian equivalent of SWIFT, developed by the Central Bank of Russia since 2014.
Michael Burry, the quirky hedge-fund manager made famous in The Big Short movie (played by Christian Bale), complains that no one is paying attention to crypto’s leverage. For months, he has been suggesting that bitcoin is on the precipice of collapse.
Malaysian cops seized and destroyed 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs by crushing them with a steamroller — after the miners allegedly siphoned off almost $2 million worth of electricity to power the energy-intensive machines.
African countries emerged as “independent” nation-states in a context of a debt-based fiat money system, the fiat dollar standard. Independent is in quotation marks because Africa’s countries’ independence is nominal. That is said with due respect and gratitude to all brave men and women who fought, bled, and died to end (direct) colonialism. Still, Africa remains under indirect colonization. One of the most crippling, and certainly the most shackling, forms of subjugation Africa is under is monetary colonialism.
Thus far, the most severe consequence of Russia's military operation has been the exclusion of Russian banks from the global financial system. But the tide seems to be turning with petrodollar's status threatened as first shipment of Russian coal paid in Yuan is on its way to China.
Bloomberg reported that during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, Putin explained how Russia and Turkey will bypass the dollar by announcing that part of the cost of Russian gas exports to Turkey will be paid in rubles.
The Russian ruble has undergone an astonishing recovery, surging to levels not seen in almost two years, after losing over half of its value in March owing to Western sanctions. Sergey Kopylov, a junior partner at consultancy firm BSC and a lead researcher at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, unravels the mystery of the rising ruble.
What may surprise some people, however, is that Russia and the BRICS countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, are officially working on their own “new global reserve currency,” RT reported in late June. Nobody even seemed to notice.
Based on a tip by the CIA, Indian authorities have caught a Pakistani agent smuggling fake Indian currency notes via Dubai and Bangkok. The new notes in circulation were printed in 2016 after India's War on Cash. However, GreatGameIndia...