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South America, the New Target for Conquest?

Brazil

An intriguing event in Latin America.  Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, an economist who enjoyed a 54.5 million strong popular vote in 2014 was targeted by Brazilian oligarchs.

Winning 51.6% of the votes in 2014, Dilma Rousseff carried on her centre-left Worker’s Party mandates by upgrading Brazil’s education standards, healthcare policies, housing + construction, and employee wages.  The focus of Rousseff’s administration was to build Brazil to make it more independent from other nations’ economies.

When we read into what the Anti-Rousseff groups say on social media, the blame is being placed largely on China’s decelerating demand for oil.  This to me sounds a lot like something straight from the PNAC playbook.  As you may already know, PNAC revealed to us numerous clandestine plans to destabilize nations, to pursue corporacratic world domination, and to eventually shift the focus of military usage into occupying Asia. This isn’t merely conspiracy.  It is what is behind all the events in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and Syria.

Let’s take a look at oil producing nations around the globe.

oilmap

Light crude, or sweet crude is what you would call a premium product.  It’s easier and cheaper to process by a large margin, and is therefore much more profitable if you were an oil producing nation.

Brazil’s oil deposits have what you would call heavy crude.  Heavy crude requires a lot more chemical dilution to process into a use-able state.  It’s also harder to extract from the ground because it’s mixed in with a lot of dirt, water, bacteria, and heavy metals.

Saudi Arabia also has heavy crude, but they mask their prestige in the international oil trade by processing their semi-light crude reserves in favor of the oil found in heavy crude deposits.  Their oil is split between semi-light and heavy crude, but they list themselves as light crude producers.

…Several Saudi fields, including those in the Divided Zone, contain heavier grades by international standards. Al Ghawar field produces crude ranging from API gravity 33 degrees to 40 degrees, which is considered light crude oil in the kingdom but is generally heavier than most international light crude oils. As Saffaniyah produces heavy crude oil with API gravity ranging from 27 degrees to 32 degrees.

The historical production pattern until the early 1980s contained greater proportions of light and very light crude oils. By the mid-1980s, government policy sought to adjust output between heavy and light crude oils to reflect actual users of each, so that the kingdom would not exhaust its supply of light crude oils. Estimates for 1991 showed that this balance was not achieved, however; Extra Light (from Al Barri field) and Arab Light (crudes from Abqaiq, Al Ghawar, Abu Hadriyah, Al Qatif, and others) recorded production levels close to 70 percent of total output of 8.2 million bpd, whereas Arab Medium (from Az Zuluf, Al Marjan, Al Kharsaniyah, and other fields) and Arab Heavy (from As Saffaniyah, Manifah, and other fields) production levels approached 11 percent and 19 percent, respectively. In the early 1990s, the consensus was that after capacity was expanded, the split between light and heavy grades would shift to 10 percent more heavy crude oils, despite recent discoveries of very light grades south of Riyadh. During the 1980s, technological developments in refining narrowed the differentials between light and heavy crudes. Therefore, the traditional price disadvantage that the Saudis faced was steadily being erased because of the more sophisticated refineries being brought on line.

Saudi crude oils also contain high sulfur levels. Crude from Al Ghawar has sulfur content ranging from about 1.9 percent to close to 2.2 percent by weight, which is generally considered high. As Saffaniyah crude’s sulfur content is even higher at above 2.9 percent by weight. Sulfur compounds are undesirable, often contaminating crude oils and corroding processing facilities.

http://www. country-data. com/cgi-bin/query/r-11609.html

Back to the Anti-Rousseff groups.  Brazil’s economy was doing real well from 2000 and forwards. The oligarchs in Brazil claim that because of China’s decelerating demand for oil in 2011, money was being wasted on education, housing, wages, and healthcare; precisely the things that Rousseff stood for.  Brazil’s economy thrived during this time.  It wasn’t doing too well, but it wasn’t doing very bad either.  It wasn’t until December of 2015, that opposition groups pushed hard for Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.  This coincides squarely with Saudi Arabia’s push on the oil industry when they suppressed the price of oil down to $20-$40 a barrel.  Suspicious isn’t it?

The oligarchs in Brazil, according to Rousseff, seek to alter Brazil’s laws to make oil companies in Brazil more “accessible” to international companies.  I’m assuming they plan to sell off companies like Petrobras to the US and Saudi Arabia, though I’m patiently waiting to hear more details.

To make this even simpler to understand for people like you and me, the former vice president Michel Temer is supposed to replace Rousseff on the interim.  But what we know about Temer comes as no surprise.  Temer is an embassy informant for the US.

Two cables dated January 11, 2006, and June 21, 2006, obtained by WikiLeaks reveal that Temer, a member of the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party party (PMDB), briefed US diplomats on the political process in Brazil and his party’s aspirations to gain power at the time of 2006 elections, which were won by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the Workers’ Party.

Aloysio Nunes, a senator belonging to Temer’s political party, was also caught visiting Washington a mere three days after Rousseff’s impeachment.  Nunes is coincidentally the guy who led the other senators to impeach Rousseff.  His visit to the US was to receive instructions from people belonging to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Albright Stonebridge Group.

https://www.rt.com/news/343390-brazil-rousseff-impeachment-us/

The other accusation by Anti-Rousseff groups involves loans from public banks that were used to bolster Brazil’s money reserves.

Former Brazilian presidents, governors and mayors have used this technique in the past to meet budget surplus targets. Inside of Brazil’s money sphere, this is standard practice.

The opposition claims this to be their primary vehicle for Rousseff’s impeachment, which to me sounds very unrelated to their actual motivations.   What this looks like to me is the result of Saudi Arabia’s transition from being an oil producer into becoming a money lending state.

Rousseff’s personal record has remained untarnished ever since taking the seat of the Brazilian presidency.  Rousseff’s traditional opponents even attest to this by saying she is an “honest politician.”  It appears that it is only the latest batch of agitators in Brazil that are the ones trying to pin her down.

More on this as the story unfolds.

 

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