Prices for Rhodium are climbing near 2008 all time highs (archived, archived). The brittle platinum group metal is primarily produced by South African and Russian operations while most trades typically involve producer to industrial user transactions without much of the "paper" market that flattens gold prices. This may be an early indicator that markets aren't inclined to value dollars like they used to. It could also suggest deep Afropessimism is setting in among Asian traders that may be stockpiling the material amid doubts South Africa can continue producing.
Holding its own against periodic USG, British, and Israeli invasion threats, Iran has begun conducting joing naval exercises with Russia and China in the Gulf of Oman (archived, archived). After a series of tit for tat ship captures that resolved in Iran's favor, USG threats of the sort that lead to Dubya's Iraq misadventure and Hussein Bahamas' collected "Spring" misadventures appear increasingly empty when it comes to Iran.
NGINX developer Igor Sysoev's former employer Rambler Group has entered a claim to ownership over the software's codebase leading to a police raid on NGINX's Moscow offices (archived). NGINX was initially released in 2004, and Sysoev started a commercial venture around the code when he left Rambler Group in 2011. When San Francisco based F5 networks spent 670 million USD to acquire Sysoev's firm earlier this year, it seemed to raise issues with Rambler's management as to what exactly Sysoev had been doing while on their payroll.
The US Pantsuit party's ongoing Ukraine, Biden, Phone, Trump impeachment circus appears to be building towards an implosion which will surely be very damaging to what little is still standing of the party machine (archived). The GOP intends to summon Hunter Biden, alleged "whistlebower" Eric Ciaramella, and others to testify. The Pantsuit panic over "Trump-Russia collusion" that fell to "Trump-Ukraine collusion" will in the end probably lead people to wonder "What the fuck foreign policy was the Hussein Bahamas administration pursuing anyways?"
Alleged "whistleblower" Eric Ciaramella's name is systemically being censored by Pantsuit alligned media and online censorship organs including but not limited to Google, Twitter, and Facebook (archived).
A lawsuit filed by the Pantsuitist US DNC against numerous parties including the Russian Federation, democratically elected US President Donald Trump, and others has been dimissed (archived). Clinton appointed District Judge John Koeltl found the Russian Federation's earlier declaration of sovereign immunity compelling though he declared:
The primary wrongdoer in this alleged criminal enterprise is undoubtably the Russian Federation, the first named defendant in the case and the entity that surreptitiously and illegally hacked into the DNC’s computers and thereafter disseminated the results of its theft
As Koeltl accepted the DNC's own political talking points about this particualr hack, one which saw their emails spread all over, everyone later spreading the emails was therefore indemnified for engaging in protected journalistic activity. This case's end comes as a case involving the embattled Pantsuit's own supernode Jeffery Epstein is in the early stages of its own prosecution after stalling for years due to Epstein's protection as an "intelligence" asset.
Sytech, a contractor for Russia's FSB has reportedly been breached and an alleged 7.5 TB document dump has been placed with the British national broadcaster BBC and other Western propaganda outlets (archived). Projects Sytech was allegedly working on for the FSB include social media surveillance, tor user identification, and keeping a Russian internet online in the event the rest of the internet goes to shit. The hack is being attributed to the online handle 0v1ru$ and a group calling itself "Digital Revolution" as headlines about the hack are priviledging the existence of a project to counter the US Navy Tor network over everything else that may or may not be in the dump.
The possibility that the labels 0v1ru$ and Digital Revolution could be fronts for a state actor appear to be absent from mainstream reporting on the issue. With the print space dedicated to using hypothetical "Russian Influence" and "Russian Hacking" to paper over the femstate's own failings, the absence of speculation over a potential state actor contributing to the leak is suspect. Then again, the headlines are hyping "attack on Tor" rather than "Russian conspiracies confirmed" at present.
A Ukranian militia group alligned with the Maidan government of Ukraine has been busted smuggling weapons including an air to air missile through Italy while also issuing death threats against Italian deputy Prime minister and de facto head of government Matteo Salvini (archived). Western media had to walk back their initial reports that the group was instead aligned with Russophilic seperatists seeking to defend themselves from the embattled US backed government of Ukraine.
This incident highlights the increasingly strained nature of the NATO behemoth as intraEuropean tensions build and major members of NATO are seeking more cordial relationships with Russia as a hedge against other NATO allies with conflicting interests.
As the Empire's relevance in the world continued to slide, the very inconvenient happenings are piling up:
- Turkey, bearer of the NATO alliance's second largest military,1 has begun taking delivery of S-400 air defense hardware from Russia in defiance of the USG empire's wishes. The US had been reluctant to sell NATO ally Turkey the inferior US air defense missile systems until Turkey had already made the deal with Russia, and when the belated offer to sell came from the USG, the price tag was several times higher than the superior Russian option.
- Democratically Elected US President Donald Trump declared his dislike for Bitcoin and desire that the USG move to regulate Bitcoin far too late for it to even try.
- The recent arrest of Pantsuit Supernode Jeffery Epstein appears positioned to bring all sorts of ugly inside the US Demoocracy and its party into view. One of the larger carbuncles consists of the tamper put on earlier Epstein prosecutions due to his ownership by an "intelligence" agency. Attempting to preempt the mess, the Pantuitist media cucks are underweighting inconvenient portions of Epstein's WoT in their coverage while party legislators call for probes into their opposition's funders before their own supernode's network gets mapped (archived).
- The "panic over energy expenditure for the purpose of socialist industrial capture" lobby has yet to produce a response to address bold scientists declaring clouds exist.
The ongoing pretense projected by the criminal organization calling itself the United States Government that it can meaningfully sanction foreigners continues to embarass as NASA has had to withdraw an speaking invitation to Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin (archived). NASA extended the invitation to Rogozin in reciprocity after the director of NASA carried out an official visit to Russia, but it turns out Rogozin is on one of the many US sanctioned persons lists and the rescinded this invitation to a foreign dignitary.
Lately the USG's pretense it can act against foreigners for their transactions with other foreigners has led to three way tensions with China and Canada after the CFO of Huawei was arrested in Canada where she awaits potential extradition because the USG imagines it can sanction Iran.
Relatedly the USG's NATO ally Turkey has rejected an offered sale of Patriot Missiles by the US in favor of Russia's S-400 system (archived). The moves comes after years of the US refusing to sell Turkey the air defense missiles, but a committment by Turkey to buy Russian S-400 missiles finally got the US to offer the missiles on the condition the purchase of S-400 missiles be cancelled. Turkey has additionally assisted the Venezualan gold industry in defiance of impotent USG sanctions.