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Russia to Sign $20bn Trade Deal with Iran
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 15, 2014, 10:08 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin is moving forward on a $20 billion trade deal with Iran.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Now, since the start of 2014 Moscow and Tehran have been discussing a so-called oil-for-goods deal. The barter arrangement would see Russia buy up to 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day in exchange for Russian equipment and goods, including metals and food. Reuters reported there was no military equipment involved. The agency added the deal was expected to reach $15 to $20 billion in total and would be done in stages with an initial $6 billion to $8 billion tranche."

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BP to Sell-Off Texas Panhandle Assets
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 15, 2014, 09:05 PM

Oil giant, British Petroleum is continuing to dump its assets held in the Untied States.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "BP is taking bids on its rights to about 280,000 gross acres of natural gas-rich properties in the Texas Panhandle, a spokesman said late Tuesday."

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Mayor de Blasio Selling Big Apple to Chinese Tycoons
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 15, 2014, 07:40 PM

BEIJING:  Mayor de Blasio is telling Chinese tycoons and corrupt government officials, "If you like your food stamp skyscrapers in New York City, you can buy em." He's assigned the New York Immigration Department to launch a campaign in China to persuade wealthy Chinese to purchase big money real estate in the Big Apple

The Beijinger reports that, "It is challenging for foreign nationals to gain permanent residency in the United States. As a result, the United States government has developed a way for individuals and families to gain permanent status through an EB-5 immigrant investor program."

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China to Transform Crimea into Green Energy Hub
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Apr 15, 2014, 12:17 AM

 BEIJING:  China may soon scrap its plans to construct a $5 billion solar power plant in Nevada and embark on massive renewable energy projects in Crimea.

Voice of Russia reports that, "China takes interest in alternative energy projects in Crimea, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said. "We also agreed (during talks in China) that we will look into new projects, including in our new regions. Chinese colleagues who deal with alternative energy, take interest in these projects in the Republic of Crimea," he said at a session chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev."

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Bank Rossiya Booming amidst Sanctions
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Apr 14, 2014, 11:29 PM

Russia-based Bank Rossiya is enjoying robust business despite Obama-led sanctions.

According to the Moscow Times, "Bank Rossiya, sanctioned by the U.S. last month for being the financier of the Russian elite, has been granted the right to service payments on Russia's $36 billion wholesale electricity market. The market regulator gave the bank the role in a board meeting on April 10, taking the job away from Alfa Bank, which has serviced the domestic electricity market since 2008, Kommersant reported. The appointment will boost Bank Rossiya's turnover by 10 percent and give it additional revenue of about 4 billion rubles ($112 million) annually from commission charges, analysts estimated."

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Israel to Expand Natural Gas Exports
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Apr 14, 2014, 10:16 PM

Israel is exploiting US and EU sanctions on Russia to expand its natural gas exports.

Reuters reports that, "Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas."

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Russian Jets Taunt Obama Red Line on US Warships
by Tom McGegor    Mon, Apr 14, 2014, 09:28 PM

At the very moment US President Barack Obama announced a new red line on the Black Sea, Russian fighter jets flew nearby US Navy ships deployed to the region.

According to Fox News, "A Russian warplane made several close-range passes by an American warship in the Black Sea over the weekend, in what the Pentagon is calling a "provocative" move amid escalating tensions in the region."

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Reggie Love Gets Chatty about Obama Flexibility
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Apr 14, 2014, 08:14 PM

US President Barack Obama's deposed body man, Reggie Love was observed at a lunchtime bistro in Washington D.C. talking to a White House aide as he explained Obama's flexibility, and "no" he wasn't talking about a 'Reset on Russia.'

The Daily Caller reported that, "President Obama‘s former body man Reggie Love is — ahem — loving life. Specifically, life outside the White House. Thursday, The Mirror spotted him at lunch, dining al fresco at BLT Steak, a short sprint from the White House. If the 32-year-old was ever a tense, stressed out aide in a suit, you wouldn’t know it. He was relaxed, at ease, and sipping lemonade as he chatted away with what looked to be a longtime female friend, possibly a former coworker."

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