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Geopolitical Economy Report is an independent news outlet that provides original journalism and analysis to understand the changing world.

    US senator says Ukraine is 'gold mine' with $12 trillion of minerals West 'can't afford to lose'

    US senator says Ukraine is 'gold mine' with $12 trillion of minerals West 'can't afford to lose'

    Ukraine is a "gold mine" with $12 trillion worth of critical minerals, US Senator Lindsey Graham insisted in a TV interview. Ben Norton discusses how Western companies want these resources, and how Washington hopes to block China's access to them to hurt its technology industries.

    VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TRPk3N8FyQ

    Zelensky is literally selling Ukraine to US corporations on Wall Street: https://geopoliticaleconomy.com/2022/09/09/zelensky-selling-ukraine-wall-street/

    Topics
    0:00 Intro
    1:35 Clip: US Senator Lindsey Graham wants Ukraine's minerals
    2:24 Ukraine war has nothing to do with democracy
    5:44 US also wants to 'weaken' Russia in Ukraine
    6:21 Wall Street buys up Ukraine
    8:08 Military-industrial complex profits
    10:07 Washington Post on Ukraine's 'battle for minerals'
    11:55 Russia
    12:48 US seeks to block China's access to minerals
    15:44 Multiple reasons for Ukraine war
    17:10 Trump wanted to take Venezuela's oil
    19:16 Exxon CEO ran US State Department
    20:29 US plan to seize Russia's $300B in FX reserves
    21:20 Clip: Lindsey Graham calls to seize Russia's reserves
    21:43 Debate over Russia's central bank reserves
    23:07 De-dollarization
    24:38 Outro

    • 25 min
    94% of Americans want to end Ukraine war, but US rejects China peace deal, opposes talks with Russia

    94% of Americans want to end Ukraine war, but US rejects China peace deal, opposes talks with Russia

    Polling shows that the vast majority of people in the US and Western Europe want a negotiated settlement to end the war in Ukraine, but NATO opposes a peace proposal made by China and Brazil, while refusing to invite Russia to a so-called "peace conference" in Switzerland. Ben Norton explains.

    VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=l5eQd1E_Huo

    Topics
    0:00 Intro
    1:30 Biden authorizes attacks inside Russia
    2:12 France plans to send military forces to Ukraine
    3:52 US discusses increased nuclear weapon deployments
    4:57 Poll: most people in US & W Europe want peace
    7:04 China & Brazil propose peace plan
    9:38 West's "peace conference" didn't invite Russia
    11:26 China wants peace in Ukraine
    15:45 Nicaragua backs China-Brazil peace plan
    16:05 Outro

    • 17 min
    Mexico's political rebellion: Following AMLO, new President Claudia Sheinbaum paves multipolar path

    Mexico's political rebellion: Following AMLO, new President Claudia Sheinbaum paves multipolar path

    In Mexico, a new independent left-wing movement has defeated the country's elites. Following current President AMLO, President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum and their Morena party won the 2024 election in a landslide. Ben Norton is joined by journalist José Luis Granados Ceja to discuss what their "Fourth Transformation" (4T) means for the US, China, Russia, Latin America, and the global economy.

    VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=M0k0WU7JKgM

    Check out Soberanía, the Mexican Politics Podcast: https://youtube.com/@SoberaniaPodcast
    Follow José Luis on Twitter: https://x.com/GranadosCeja
    Mexico Solidarity Media website: https://mexicosolidarity.com

    Our related video "Mexico's AMLO has 80% approval, despite media lies & US meddling": https://youtube.com/watch?v=-2PQPJUn6KU

    Topics
    0:00 Claudia Sheinbaum wins election
    1:36 Geopolitics: Mexico, US, China, Russia
    3:19 AMLO boosts minimum wage, reduces poverty
    3:45 Economy & natural resources
    6:09 US corporations are angry
    7:34 Introducing guest
    8:18 Why Sheinbaum's victory is historic
    13:01 AMLO & 4th Transformation
    21:43 Morena & defeat of PRI-PAN-PRD establishment
    32:38 Mexico's economy
    44:24 Geopolitics: US new cold war on China & Russia
    53:28 Latin American regional integration
    1:01:02 Everyday life in Mexico
    1:08:21 Outro

    • 1 hr 10 min
    How Wall Street buys US elections: Blackstone funds Trump, BlackRock backs Biden

    How Wall Street buys US elections: Blackstone funds Trump, BlackRock backs Biden

    While BlackRock veterans run Joe Biden's Treasury, Donald Trump's presidential campaign is financed by Wall Street's highest-paid CEO, of Blackstone, the world's largest commercial landlord. Ben Norton explains how Wall Street investment companies, asset managers, and banks essentially buy US elections.

    VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ZJaJ4BST6Nc

    Check out our related video - "How the dollar's 'exorbitant privilege' enriches the USA (and global elites)": https://youtube.com/watch?v=jYkiMcR1Rj8

    TOPICS
    0:00 Wall Street always wins US elections
    0:57 Blackstone CEO funds Trump
    2:58 BlackRock backs Biden
    3:48 BlackRock vs Blackstone - What's the difference?
    7:30 Wall Street's highest paid CEO, Stephen Schwarzman
    10:15 Oil & gas industry moguls fund Trump
    10:53 Fossil fuel profits tripled under Biden
    13:15 Oligarchs back fellow billionaire Trump
    15:14 Biden promised: "Nothing would fundamentally change"
    15:54 10% of Americans own 93% of stocks & 67% of all wealth
    17:23 USA is not a democracy; it's an oligarchy
    18:43 Wall Street funded Barack Obama
    19:20 Wall Street funded Mitt Romney
    20:07 US government represents Wall Street
    21:54 BlackRock veterans run Biden's Treasury
    25:08 Goldman Sachs veterans ran Trump's Treasury
    27:16 Blackstone: the largest landlord in the US (& on Earth)
    30:53 De-industrialization & financialization
    32:25 Private equity destroyed Toys“R”Us
    33:11 Private equity firms buy up retirement homes, hospitals, vets
    34:53 2008 crisis & subprime mortgages
    37:22 Financial parasites
    38:39 Outro

    • 38 min
    US & Israel destroy international law in Gaza, while preaching 'rules-based order'

    US & Israel destroy international law in Gaza, while preaching 'rules-based order'

    As Israel bombs Rafah with US support, both are blatantly defying the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and International Criminal Court (ICC). Ben Norton documents the hypocrisy of the Biden administration's claims to uphold the "rules-based international order" as it sponsors Netanyahu's crimes against humanity in Gaza.

    VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Q2B6wkbO6vw

    Check out our related video - "US threatens ICC, warning 'If they [prosecute] Israel, we're next!'": https://youtube.com/watch?v=ChZZ3GKiNE0

    Topics
    0:00 Intro
    1:30 ICJ orders Israel to stop attacking Rafah
    2:38 Israel bombs tent camp in Rafah
    3:51 US & UK help Israel violate ICJ rulings
    4:34 UN expert calls for sanctions on Israel
    6:28 Netanyahu: "Nobody will stop us - not the Hague"
    7:19 US threatens to sanction ICC
    8:19 Israeli spy chief threatened ICC
    9:23 Trump & Biden attack ICC
    9:50 Hypocrisy of "rules-based order"
    13:02 US House Speaker Mike Johnson threatens ICC
    13:48 US "rules-based order" vs. international law-based order
    14:40 UK PM Rishi Sunak praises "rules-based order"
    15:00 Germany's hypocrisy on Israel
    17:55 Western neocolonialism
    23:58 China defends international law
    26:16 Outro

    • 26 min
    China & Russia strengthen friendship, blasting Western 'neocolonialism' & US militarism

    China & Russia strengthen friendship, blasting Western 'neocolonialism' & US militarism

    Putin met with Xi Jinping in Beijing, where China and Russia released a joint statement blasting Western "colonialism and hegemonism", supporting a multipolar world and more representation for the Global South, and calling for de-dollarization and expansion of BRICS. Ben Norton analyzes the historic document.

    VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ufjxmDLQyBU

    Full text of the joint statement with links here: https://geopoliticaleconomy.com/2024/05/24/china-russia-joint-statement-new-era-75th-anniversary/

    Topics
    0:00 Intro
    0:49 Putin's visit to China
    1:42 Summary of the joint statement
    4:58 Russia deepens economic integration with China
    7:18 China expands trade with anti-hegemonic nations
    8:50 Note on translation of joint statement
    11:20 75th anniversary of China-Russia relations
    13:46 Supporting Global South & multipolar world
    17:58 Condemning Western neocolonialism & hegemony
    20:49 Expanding cooperation
    23:03 "True multilateralism"
    25:14 Group of Friends in Defense of the UN Charter
    27:35 Shanghai Cooperation Organization
    28:33 Expanding BRICS
    30:10 Nuclear weapons
    30:33 Condemning US militarism
    34:26 Climate change & pollution
    36:01 Ukraine war
    38:58 Non-interference
    40:29 ASEAN
    40:46 East Asia
    41:33 North Korea
    42:36 West Asia (Middle East) & Palestine
    44:07 Afghanistan
    45:18 Africa
    46:25 Latin America
    48:17 Outro

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

krl1010 ,

Motivated

Sometimes underestimates people’s experience (I’m 74, been around a long time), but Ben is incredibly motivated to learn and explain the world. Highly recommend, especially as his interests include economics and China.

Goood Potatoo ,

Absolutely biased discussion on Mexico’s elections

Granados says the Public Health system has improved, that is a lie. There are reports of children with cancer who died due to lack of medicines. A friend with diabetes just died last week because he could not get access to dialysis.

Judi_nyc ,

Hits the Bullseye on All Counts

Precise and clear explanations. Highly recommend.

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