Chile, Barrick And The TPP


by Katherine Frisk

Shortly before the Canadian elections, two articles appeared on VT in connection with Barrick Mining and Chile.

Why did Chile get an Earthquake and Tsunami?

Barricading Canadian Democracy

First for a recap. 2011 and 2012 were busy years. Tsunami in Japan, earthquakes, Arab spring popping up everywhere, the destruction of Libya, the start of the Syria war and in amongst all these stories along with the anti-GMO-Monsanto rallies around the world and “Occupy Wall Street,”End the Fed” became a battle cry.

At the same time Bibi presented his bomb at the UN in order to blast Iran off the face of the earth, Ron Paul gathered unprecedented crowds at presidential election rallies then mysteriously dropped out after Rand attended a Bilderberg meeting, Sheldon Adelson backed Mitt Romney and Obama gained a second term. 9/11 truth gained traction and whispers were heard about returning to a Gold Standard and the end of the dollar as the international reserve currency.

Gold and silver bugs were stacking. “Keep on stacking!” was the battle cry. Predictions of as much as a rise to $10,000 an ounce were flying through the net.

I had a personal interest in this particular aspect. With the drop in the gold price since 2008 stock market crash I almost lost my pants. But I was caught. Selling at that stage and walking away or holding out in the hope of a gold price recovery so I could regain my losses were my two choices. I chose the latter.

By early 2013 the gold price started to recover, it reached approximately $1700 an ounce as I recall. I recovered half my losses, debated getting out which is what I should have done, but decided to still keep hanging in there for a full recovery. Judging from all reports that I could lay my hands on, this seemed the logical thing to do. The gold price is now sitting at somewhere around just over $1000 an ounce.

But in all this mess I also discovered a number of other things. That since the 1990s the gold price has been manipulated and kept down in order to sustain the value of the dollar. The dollar is not backed by gold, it is pieces of paper and numbers on a screen. It has no real tangible value, gold or otherwise, other than faith in the system.

Gold price manipulation has been on going through illegal banking practices. One of the mechanisms is GLD certificates, which in reality are really worthless pieces of paper flying through the markets. The only real value in investing in precious metals is through shares in mines and dividend payouts and buying the real stuff. Gold in hand, not in vaults where it can be stolen, and it has been, but that is another long story.

For Example See: TRUTH JIHAD: The Great American Gold Grab

Due to smashing the gold price, many mines around the world could not even cover their costs. Many went belly up and many investors never saw any dividends. What this has done is not only rob individuals of their investments but it has also severely affected the revenues of countries which has also resulted in miners strikes and the inability of the mines to raise wages which in turn has caused political and social instability in some gold mining countries.

Which brings me back to Barrick. And some speculation on my part. See the two articles at the top for a more detailed background. This is the short version.

For almost 15 years Barrick has been selling gold to individuals, banks and governments. They have also been in a long and protracted court case in Chile that involved two factors. Illegal ownership of property and environmental damage. Chile has huge gold reserves which if we go back in time was the motivation for the Pinochet coup and dictatorship in order to prevent Chile from nationalizing its resources and so that investors like Barrick could get their hands on all that gold amongst other things, and put it into the hands of corporations. Namely the Vampire Squid.

So as a recap. Rumours are flying around that the world will return to the Gold Standard and the dollar will no longer be the international reserve currency. That the days of the Federal Reserve system are coming to an end.

Barrick is sitting on huge amounts of gold in Chile which it has sold to individuals, banks and governments mainly in the western world, while at the same time, both China and Russia are stocking up on gold reserves and the BRICS bank and the AIIB are being put into motion which will mean that the BIS, World Bank, IMF and the Federal Reserve will no longer be the world’s sole controllers of the world’s economy. In other words, more balance of power.

But in early 2013 when the gold price was starting to recover, Barrick not only lost the court case, but as it turned out, they had not even mined any gold as yet in the first place and had sold a bunch of worthless pieces of paper to individuals, banks and governments. As a result the gold price plummeted , all that worthless paper going down the toilet.

There are a lot of angry people out there. I am one of them. This time I did not almost lose my pants, I lost everything. Trust me on this, I feel this at a very personal level. Not only because of my approaching old age where I now have zilch and no doubt will be living in a tent soon, but because my own country is sitting with miners strikes, mines struggling to survive and more social and political upheaval which South Africans, quite frankly, have had enough of.

Also see: TPP: $3.5 Trillion Stolen, Gold Price Rigging, Colour Revolutions and hanging out with BRICS

Due to gold price rigging and manipulation over a 20 year period, my country has lost billions in revenue. As I am sure have so many others. A return to honest brokering and a real monetary standard not one based on fantasy, as the dollar clearly has been, is essential for a healthy, transparent and growing global economy. Real trade based on supply and demand. Real competition, real assets and real commodities.

But wait, there is something else waiting in the wings. A few years ago I picked up on this thing called the TPP. But is was secret, so nobody could really find out much about it. However, last week it was leaked to the media.

Chris Hedges has written a very informative article on the subject.The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History. “

Here are some relevant and important points to keep in mind.

“It allows corporations to bypass our three branches of government to impose enforceable sanctions by secret tribunals. These tribunals can declare our labor, consumer and environmental protections [to be] unlawful, non-tariff barriers subject to fines for noncompliance. The TPP establishes a transnational, autocratic system of enforceable governance in defiance of our domestic laws…

These three agreements solidify the creeping corporate coup d’état along with the final evisceration of national sovereignty. Citizens will be forced to give up control of their destiny and will be stripped of the ability to protect themselves from corporate predators, safeguard the ecosystem and find redress and justice in our now anemic and often dysfunctional democratic institutions. The agreements—filled with jargon, convoluted technical, trade and financial terms, legalese, fine print and obtuse phrasing—can be summed up in two words: corporate enslavement…

The TPP removes legislative authority from Congress and the White House on a range of issues. Judicial power is often surrendered to three-person trade tribunals in which only corporations are permitted to sue. Workers, environmental and advocacy groups and labor unions are blocked from seeking redress in the proposed tribunals. The rights of corporations become sacrosanct. The rights of citizens are abolished.

The agreement is the product of six years of work by global capitalists from banks, insurance companies, Goldman Sachs, Monsanto and other corporations.

“It was written by them [the corporations], it is for them and it will serve them,” Zeese said of the TPP. “It will hurt domestic businesses and small businesses. The buy-American provisions will disappear. Local communities will not be allowed to build buy-local campaigns. The thrust of the agreement is the privatization and commodification of everything. The agreement has built within it a deep antipathy to state-supported or state-owned enterprises. It gives away what is left of our democracy to the World Trade Organization.”

As I have pointed out many times before, this is NOT a capitalist system, this is a corporate fascist system. Which brings me back to Chile. Chile has signed the TPP agreements.  I will leave you to connect the dots and come to your own conclusions.

Also See: TPP, Weather Warfare And Naval Buildup In The South China Sea.

Katherine Frisk is a freelance writer, political commentator and author of Jesus Was A Palestinian.



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