TAKING THE KEYSTONE (UKRAINE) FROM IRAN TO BRAZIL AND CONNECTING IT TO BIDEN AND SLUSH FUNDS – Q said, “Slush funds are everywhere…. Follow the money, it’s the key”
Buckle-up, this goes from the US to Ukraine, Iran, Brazil, Russia, Switzerland, Argentina and back to the US….. and Joe Biden.
Yesterday, in the article linked below that builds on the premise that Ukraine is the KEYSTONE, we were able to examine the potentially circular flow of money between Obama/Biden <> Ukraine/Iran <>Iran/Ukraine <> Biden Obama.
By the way, it’s absurd amounts of money – absurd. Here’s that piece and it is critical for context for everything that follows (as is the slew of relevant Ukraine/KEYSTONE posts on my Gab page from recent days - https://gab.com/Statecraft_Discerned ):
Today, let’s work backwards on our timeline and see if recent news events can be tied back to any of what has already been established; and again, it’s all rooted in the notion of Ukraine being the KEYSTONE.
Before we get into it, let’s review important components to the theory of UKRAINE being the KEYSTONE. The critical piece, which is linked within links in the article above, is the geopolitical publication I cited establishing UKRAINE as the ‘KEYSTONE IN THE ARCH’ as it relates to regional security. That’s a critically important word – SECURITY. It provides context for the use of KEYSTONE.
Let’s examine the pretext that Joe Biden established on 22 Nov 14 at the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul.
There he said (emphasis mine,)
“First is a new development, the use of corruption and oligarchy-kleptocracy as a tool of international coercion (interesting word choice, Joe.) Second, is use of energy as a weapon, undermining the security of nations. Global energy security is a vital part of America’s national security. In East Asia, President Obama and President Xi just signed a historic agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the United States has launched an initiative to double the access to electric power. We call is Power Africa. And in the Caribbean and Central America, our administration has launched a new, regional energy strategy to help boost sustainable economic growth and diversity of energy sources. (Look out for Haiti/Carribean and Africa below – I tie them back, too.)
“But here in Europe, energy is -- energy security is an especially vital regional security interest because of Russia’s track record in using the supply of energy as a foreign policy weapon against its neighbors in violation of basic commercial and international norms. (The entire predication of Ukraine being the KEYSTONE centers on regional security and now we directly link regional security to ENERGY. What links to ENERGY – Joe Biden.)
“This is a huge strategic problem for many countries that rely on Russia for their energy supply. But the truth is this is also a unique moment for Europe. Europe has a real opportunity to change their circumstances. We believe -- the President and I -- we believe that energy security is the next chapter in the European project of integration and market expansion that began decades ago with European coal and steel.
“As a matter of economic and national security, that means we need governments and the European Commission to work hand-in-hand with the private sector (this is Biden establishing the foundation for corruption – nexuses, relationships, etc.) to ensure diversity in sources of fuel from hydrocarbons to renewables; diversity in countries of origin, from North Africa, to the Eastern Mediterranean, to the United States; more interconnections, that supply routes that are more reliable -- everything from new pipelines to LNG facilities.
“We have been aware that this single source of energy has been a problem for a long time in Europe. But now, now, now is the time to act. What’s happening in Ukraine only underscores the urgency. And my message here is not that Europe can or should do away with Russian imports. That's not the case at all. I have no doubt that Russia will and should remain a major source of energy supplies for Europe and the world.
This is about energy security (again, tying energy to security.) To achieve it, Europe needs to ensure it diversifies its resources, its routes and its suppliers.”
Those are Joe’s words. Here’s why they’re important.
Even in then Vice President’s own blog, these statements were made, “The Vice President’s speech at the Munich Security Conference in February 2015 laid out a vision for how to revitalize NATO, strengthen democratic institutions in Europe, prioritize investments to bolster energy security, and grow trade and investment ties across the Atlantic. The Vice President has been leading the administration’s effort to support a sovereign, democratic Ukraine, visiting the country three times in 2014. ” Perhaps in-part, this explains why the Biden has so strongly chastised the president on NATO.
Again, UKRAINE is the KEYSTONE via ENERGY and SECURITY – Biden said it himself. Moreover, how does this position Ukraine – directly in the middle of two sides: Russia>Ukraine<West/US as it relates to both ENERGY and SECURITY. That’s important.
With the Ukraine/KEYSTONE context in place, let’s get to it.
As is customary, I will rely on TIMING and a timeline to bring all of this together. Yesterday’s timeline was predicated on these concepts: Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma, US aid dollars to Ukraine, Obama’s cash and funding to Iran and, most importantly, the timing of brand new diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Iran coinciding with all of it. Moreover, we were able to establish a likely circular flow of money between all of the major players.
Today, we’ll add Brazil to that timeline and tie it back to Biden and a recent DOJ development. Of course, we’ll have to go to Switzerland and other places to get there.
Here we go:
29-31 May 13
Preceding the entirety of the timeline presented yesterday, which is linked above, Vice President Joe Biden declares a convenient (timing) ‘new era’ of US-Brazilian relations. Not coincidentally, this is the exact same script that was rolled-out to spur a new era of relations between Ukraine and Iran.
Consider, “The United States and Brazil represent two of the largest, most innovative, dynamic economies in the world today. It is true both of us can continue to prosper whether or not we deepen our economic relations. But imagine, just imagine what these two dynamic economies could do with greater trade and investment for our people, for the hemisphere, for the world.”
Joe has placed the ball on the tee, here. Biden then swings the bat (emphasis mine), “In addition to strengthening the economic relationship between our two countries, the Vice President also discussed other areas where we can work together, including ENERGY, global development and PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE TIES. Again, what was Hunter Biden’s supposed specialty in Ukraine? Wasn’t it ENERGY? Yes.
First, we have these remarks from Brazilian VP Temer, “And as a rule I highlighted to Vice President Biden that in our country, we adopted in our country since in our institution we have been able to bring together the concepts of liberalism with those of the welfare state. And liberalism is perceived as the wider freedom, the freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and also -- and specifically the freedom of press -- with a high degree of preservation of individual rights.
“And on the other hand, we have been able to adopt the rules of the welfare state as we ensure the right to housing, which have generated programs such as the family grant program, the housing program Minha Casa, Minha Vida, which has allowed millions of people to graduate from extreme poverty and move up to the middle classes in our country. And this has promoted an international insertion over our country and international scenario and -- within the international scene.”
I would characterize Temer’s remarks as a wholesale setting of the stage. Brazil is openly avowing adherence to Obama’s welfare state as coupled to a faux liberal democracy at the same time they are agreeing to partner with Joe Biden on energy. Lock, stock and barrel – they’re in.
It continues and coincidentally or not, but just as Q suggested, going down the road of the UN Security Council and how members of it had been leveraged with compromising material (see Q 3635, which referenced leveraging the UN Security Council vis-à-vis the plot synopsis for ‘Official Secrets’.) Here is the relevant quote, comment (emphasis mine), “I did not forget to mention and I was well received by Vice President Biden, we have been reinforced of the interest of Brazil to have A SEAT AT THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL as we have also received the support for application of Sao Paulo in Brazil for the 2020 Expo.”
Then, Joe gets to speak and he just can’t help himself as it seems he was already looking forward to running in 2020 at this time; some 6+ years earlier. Biden stated, “And now my friend is lobbying me on 2020. I tell you it’s amazing.” How convenient. Joe would hypothetically be POTUS at the same time his son Hunter would have been positioned to receive a windfall of corrupt money from the players therein.
Joe then gets to brass tacks, “We spoke about how to deepen trade and investment in both our nations. Our annual trading relationship has now surpassed $100 billion a year, but there is literally no reason -- no reason why the world’s largest and seventh largest economies can’t increase that fivefold over time.”
“We also talked about how we could work together on areas that you have far surpassed us. You produce 50 percent of your energy with renewable energy. Our goal is to get to 20 percent by the middle of the next decade. We have a lot to learn from you -- a lot to learn from you.
“We also think -- and it’s been discussed you may be able to learn something from us in being able to access shale gas. The access of shale gas in an environmentally sound way has radically altered America’s energy prospects -- radically altered those prospects.
“Energy now, natural gas is less than $2 in the United States. It’s $17 or more in Europe and other places. It has great potential for your country, as well as for ours.”
What is the context for Ukraine? What is Hunter Biden’s supposed area of expertise? Yeah, ENERGY. What was the specific area of expertise as it relates to Burisma, natural gas? Yeah.
What a tangled web we weave… I mean, what a tangled web Joe weaves. Joe even chats about other hotspots that look like trouble for the previous administration and the Democrats in general – Haiti and Africa. Joe knows no bounds.
That’s considerable pretext to set the stage but it’s needed. Here’s why.
Guess with whom Biden met when he was in Brazil? Petrobras. What do we know about Petrobras? Well, it’s an energy company owned by Odebrecht SA, which is notoriously corrupt and whose CEO was arrested for corruption in 2015.
Consider, “Odebrecht, who was charged in July with corruption and money laundering, declined to respond to specific questions about the price fixing and political kickback case focused on state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.”
Did you catch that - the reference to a “state-run” oil firm? As in Brazil being the state. As in Biden partnering with the leaders of Brazil and specifically as it relates to energy and more specifically as it relates to a corrupt company that has an established history of corruption with politicians. Yup. That’s what I caught. I also caught the references to corruption, money laundering and political kickbacks.
It gets worse. Consider the political element alone (emphasis mine), “Among dozens of executives under investigation for overcharging Petrobras on contracts and using the excess to bribe politicians, Odebrecht had an especially close relationship to former President Lula.”
Remember, this is ALL BEFORE the start point of the time-line established yesterday, which begins with Hunter Biden’s affiliation with Burisma in 2014. As stated, this is the setting of the stage for the rest of it.
Let’s move forward.
Consider, “Once one of the most influential people in Brazil, company chief Marcelo Odebrecht was sentenced to 19 years in prison for his role in the scandal -- although he is now serving a reduced sentence in his luxurious Sao Paulo mansion.
“Dozens of politicians have become embroiled in the affair, including former Brazil presidents Michel Temer and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is serving a 12-year jail sentence for accepting bribes from the company.”
ARENT’T THOSE THE SAME PEOPLE I JUST DEMONSTRATED AS BEING BIDEN’S LIKELY CO-CONSPIRATORS? Yes. Now look at this WSJ quote tying it all back to the United States from a settlement standpoint.
Consider, “Odebrecht and petrochemical company Braskem SA in 2016 struck parallel agreements with authorities in three countries to pay up to $4.5 billion, as part of the largest anticorruption settlement in history. Braskem is partly owned by Odebrecht and Petrobras.
“The settlements with U.S., Brazilian and Swiss authorities have spawned corruption probes in other Latin American countries where the two companies operate. Last month, Odebrecht filed for chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. shortly after it filed for bankruptcy in Brazil in June.”
To say that settlements were necessary in the US is to say that entities within the US were exposed to or caused to suffer harm, financial or otherwise. Again, who was it that established the foundation for the brokering of such deals? Yeah, Joe Biden.
It seems to me that the Biden’s may have just rigged the entire world to exploit the energy industry as an avenue for personal enrichment vis-à-vis fraud and corruption. And don’t forget that Paul Pelosi, Jr. also traveled to Ukraine and is also a board member for a Ukrainian energy company Viscoil. It’s also to remember that others such as the Kerry’s and Romney’s have been alleged to be involved. That’s a tangled web, no?
On 20 Nov 19, the DOJ issued a press release stating (emphasis mine), “An indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Jose Carlos Grubisich, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Braskem S.A. (Braskem), a publicly traded Brazil-based petrochemical company, for his role in a massive bribery and money laundering scheme involving Braskem and its parent company, Odebrecht S.A. (Odebrecht). The scheme allegedly resulted in the diversion of hundreds of millions of dollars from Braskem to a secret slush fund used, in part, to pay bribes to government officials, political parties and others in Brazil to obtain and retain business. Grubisich, who also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Braskem, and in various capacities for Odebrecht, was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), one count of conspiracy to violate the books and records provisions of the FCPA and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.”
Notice the ‘slush fund’ reference? Yeah, me, too.
All of this started with the idea that Ukraine was the KEYSTONE. That if you somehow removed it from the ‘fabricabed structure,’ as built by Joe Biden and Barack Obama, the entire thing would crumble.
Again, what was created in Brazil with all of this money? That’s right – a SLUSH FUND.
There is one missing piece – the specific linkage between the US, Biden, Brazil and Ukraine (the KEYSTONE.) Here it is.
According to the Brazil Business Council, BUSBC member companies, which includes Braskem, were present when Biden made his speech. As stated, Braskem’s parent company is, Odebrecht. Braskem happens also to be the US’s largest domestic producer of polypropylene. That places the corrupt parent company, by proxy vis-à-vis Braskem, in touch with Biden at the time of his speech.
As for the Ukraine/Biden connection back to Brazil, we must rely on the context of energy so it may be that the nexus between Ukraine and Brazil is Biden himself. But there could be more.
Brazil blocked the sale of Petrobras holdings to ‘foreign investors’ in 2017. The individuals looking to acquire the holdings remained private, but there were connections to be found. The purchasing company, Mega SA, is an Argentinian outfit. Research also shows linkage to Quimica MEGA SA that’s also Argentinian and which, according to “Chemeurope.com” is a European distributor; obviously the Ukraine being in Europe.
When accessing the Mega SA webpage, it presents in Spanish requiring an English translation. Conveniently, as with trying to access the Spanish version of the site, the site has been at least temporarily removed. The only way to view the site at the time of this writing was via Linked-In and then it only populated in Spanish. Even weirder, look at the web address from the Google translated site, https://www.ciamega.com.ar/, or https://www.CIAmega.com.ar/ (emphasis mine.) Weird, indeed.
The Petrobras scandal also expands to Switzerland whereby the investigation then tied to both Vitol and Trafigura, the world’s number one and two leading oil producers, respectively. Both also have locations in Ukraine.
There we have it – full circle. Concession – this is veneer level work and nexuses or relationships have been established. Deeper understanding is needed to fully implicate Biden in all of it but the evidence is encouraging.
As Q said, “follow the money – it’s the KEY…. Slush funds are everywhere.”
Well, I’ve followed the from the US to Ukraine, to Iran and now to Brazil and then to Switzerland, before going back to the US and putting it all back on presidential candidate Joe Biden. And it’s all sourced.
Again, how is Ukraine not the KEYSTONE? Rhetorical question.
UKRAINE IS THE KEYSTONE.