Soros lost $ 1 billion betting against Trump
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 11:14 AM PST
January 13th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– ktovkurse – translated by J. Flores –
The biggest event of last year, no doubt, was the US presidential elections, which not only brought an unexpected result, but also brought big changes in the stock market. In the stock market these movements help one to get rich, or on the other hand, to lose a lot of money. Among such people can be well-known personalities.
The victory of Donald Trump helped eminent speculator Carl Aykanu, which according to the media, earned a decent chunk of change. On the other hand, the no less well-known George Soros, according to The Wall Street Journal, has lost nearly $ 1 billion.
Last year, Soros again began to manage the Soros Fund Management, which means he and his family have at their disposal a portfolio of $30 billion.
According to sources, George Soros was trying to weigh every decision and chose the cautious strategy, but after the victory he wagered that this would bring a decline in the value of US assets and the dollar. The facts show that the investor here was wrong. the Republican victory brought an unprecedented long rally – the biggest rise by more than 10%.
Of course, Soros was not alone in these projections; before the elections, all analysts have argued that a Trump victory bodes poorly for American companies and the value of the dollar, as it does not bring any significant improvement in the economy. Like it or not, time would soon tell, however, that the market reacted differently – now already an accomplished fact.
According to the WSJ, Soros, as an experienced financier, holds an investment in shares of various companies, primarily in the industrial and financial. Strictly speaking, these positions helped the fund end the year with growth of 5%.
It is noteworthy that the former partner of Soros – Druckenmiller, who worked for the fund until 2000, made a prediction during the election campaign: with the victory of Hillary Clinton, he believed that this would see a stock upsurge, and with the victory of Trump, vice versa. Immediately after the election, he shared that had sold gold. So, Druckenmiller’s family fund, which invests in its own interests – Duquesne Family Office, had earned more than 10% over last year.
It is noted that George Soros, a number of major donors to the Democratic Party, as well as its representatives and affiliated lobbying organizations and foundations held a closed conference in Washington, dedicated to the discussion of the tactics of the « fight against Trump » in the coming years.
The program of the forum, which appeared in the public domain, shows that he was talking about plans for a fairly stiff opposition to Donald Trump as president.
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Who is to blame for killing of Russian ambassador to Turkey?
Posted: 13 Jan 2017 09:32 AM PST
Fort Russ, January 13th, 2016 –
Source: molonlabe Live Journal
Translated by L. Gimalieva, edited by Tatzhit Mihailovich
(originally published in Russian January 3rd, 2016 see Background section below for author’s credentials -ed.)
Assassination of an ambassador is a big deal, obviously. Right now, some politicians are trying to take the blame off Turkey, so as to not damage the fragile Russia-Turkey relations. They are right in that Turkish government does not bear any direct blame, but one of the indirect causes of the terrorist act was Erdogan’s policy of uniting the nation through religion. This had led to conditions in Turkey in which [islamists assassinating foreigners] was not only possible, but quite probable.
But that only created an opportunity for the crime to happen. As for who took advantage of it, and therefore bears direct responsibility, that is another matter.
First of all, I am inclined to think that the terrorist was acting alone. Such a terrorist act does not require any human or material resources, all that is needed is one person who decides to do it. So, we need to discuss what drove his decision.
1) The terrorist managed to inform us of his motive, shouting about revenge for the suffering of the inhabitants of Aleppo.
2) It is unlikely that a Turkish law enforcement officer had personally traveled to Aleppo to witness the « suffering » with his own eyes. He must have been shown “war crimes” by those who wanted some psychos to develop a deep-seated hatred of Russia.
3) There are two forces that are actively promoting the theme of « residents of Aleppo suffering under Russian bombs ». The first is the [An-Nusra] terrorists themselves, the second is the US government and its allies. The former create fake ‘evidence’, the latter attract international attention to it.
Two examples seem particularly relevant to this situation:
A) A group of people who were photographing children smeared with red paint standing near ruined buildings was arrested in Egypt (see more here). They brazenly told the police that the photos were intended for distribution on the Internet, to show the consequences of the Russian airstrikes in Aleppo.
And by the way, there were many other such scandals. The most famous was a “7-year-old girl from Aleppo » named Bana, who ran a well-organized twitter campaign in perfect English « with the help of her mother » – this fake account was called out repeatedly.
B) The second piece of news is even less unexpected. When discussing the murder of Andrey Karlov, the presenter on SNN TV channel in USA reported that the motive for the assassination was the suffering of residents in Aleppo. She went on to say that there were a lot of photos and video footage of the suffering on the internet, and that “all Muslims” were outraged by it, feeling that the « Russian aggression has gone beyond all reasonable bounds » (similar narratives were promoted all over Western press, e.g. here, here, here, and an excellent example here – ed.). This rhetoric was perhaps less clumsy than that of the Ukrainian politicians – who simply lauded Karlov’s assassin as a hero – but the basic message is the same.
Of course, the US State Department categorically refuted the accusations that their government was involved in the assassination of the Russian ambassador. But I don’t see these allegations as quite so baseless.
The [Western governments and their mass media establishment] are directly responsible for what happened. They brainwashed the assassin, gave him motive and a target. (Just like ISIS does not normally organize terror plots, but rather urges the feebleminded to act on their own – ed.)
Of course, they were not in direct contact with the assassin. But it is thanks to the lie-spreading efforts [of Western establishment media] that the terrorist decided to commit this act.
The identity of the terrorist does not matter. He was only a puppet in this crime, whilst the real culprits are now protesting their innocence at the US State Department press conferences and such.
The blogger molonlabe (AKA hard-ingush) is a counter-terror operator somewhere in North Caucasus region of Russia, presumably in Ingushetia. He has gained popularity while working as a common operative (i.e. a « door kicker »), but has since been reassigned to a desk job. He retains his anonymity, and the few interviews he gave were in a mask (this is common practice for counter-terror officers, so that their families and friends could not be targeted).
Broadly speaking, he makes three kinds of posts, all of them quite interesting:
– Short, often « cool » or humorous stories and videos about the life of counter-terror operatives.
– Stories discussing the nature of terrorism in the Caucasus, or showing footage of recent counter-terror operations
– Discussions of morality, philosophy, and life in general (these are surprisingly deep; molonlabe often jokes along the lines of « just because you’re a door kicker doesn’t mean you have to be an idiot… although it certainly helps »)
In conclusion, I’ll present a few examples below:
Two videos of a search warrant that developed into a shootout –
A training video, showing a thermobaric grenade (big boom, but no fragments) fired as a « surprise » during training:
Another training video, this one with a humorously changed soundtrack, showing the disdain the guy feels for pop music and glorifying criminal lifestyles:
Finally, an article I translated long ago for The Saker:
LJ-molonlabe: How Insurgents Live in Hiding
PS. This translated article (i.e. the one about the real culprits in the death of Karlov) is also intended to serve as a « primer » for future discussions of the nature of today’s mass media – tatzhit