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Registered: 07-30-2004
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 12:35pm

      I’m a news junkie.  Lately it seems that there is so much about wars and fighting, but are there more wars than normal?  Are we in a more violent time than in the past?  Well I found a website that lists the wars from 1899 to 2012.  Glancing through the list of 249 wars there hardly seems to be a year when there wasn’t a war.  Sometimes the wars were more severe and sometimes less severe. 

      Fatalities are given for each war.  These fatality numbers are “predominantly, but not consistently, so-called ‘battle related deaths’ or ‘battle deaths’.”  In some cases they include civilian deaths particularly after 1945.  Of the 249 wars the ten with the most fatalities are: World War II, 1939 to 1945, 50,000,000; World War I, 1914 to 1918, 10,670,868; Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1967 to 1976, 2,050,000; Vietnam War, 1965 to 1975, 2,048,050; Chinese Civil War, 1945 to 1950, 1,200,000; Third Sino-Japanese War, 1937 to 1941, 1,000,000; Korean War, 1950 to 1953, 995,000; Russian Revolution and Civil War, 1917 to 1922, 802,225; Iran vs Iraq, 1980 to 1988, 644,500 and Rwanda Civil War, 1990 to 2012, 527,145.  According to the above data the nine deadliest wars ended before the beginning of the 21st century.

      The author of the website gives three estimates for “Battle deaths, including civilians” during the 20th and the 21st centuries – a low figure of 73,498,586; a high figure of 113,297,972 and a “best” figure of 76,379,295.  The given fatality figure of 50,000,000 for World War II is 65% of the “best” figure of 76,379,295.  If these figures are relatively good estimates of the number of battle deaths for World War II and for the 20th and the 21st centuries then almost two thirds of the battle deaths occurred during the six years 1939 to 1945.

      What is even more significant is that during the 20th and 21st centuries the population of the world has increased.  For example according to the United Nations the world population in 1940 was 2.3 billion, while in 2010 it was 6.79 billion.  This means that the world population in 2010 was almost three times what it was in 1940. 

      To me this shows that there have always been wars and in that regard the present time is no different than the rest of the 20th and 21st centuries except that it seems to me that wars are less deadly now than the average for the 20th and 21st centuries.


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Registered: 03-08-2011
In reply to: tom.j.g
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 3:41pm

Wars to save dollar: Iraq war, Ukraine war.

839. Iraqi crisis created to save dollar (6/18/2014)


In early June, Russia switches the oil payment from dollars to Euros.


Gazprom Signs Agreements to Switch from Dollars to Euros


Global Research, June 07, 2014


Gazprom Neft had signed additional agreements with consumers on a possible switch from dollars to euros for payments under contracts, the oil company’s head Alexander Dyukov told a press conference.


“Additional agreements of Gazprom Neft on the possibility to switch contracts from dollars to euros are signed. With Belarus, payments in rubles are agreed on,” he said.


Dyukov said nine of ten consumers had agreed to switch to euros.




This is very important news. If people starting to abandon the dollar, US will be hurt seriously in economy. Yet the news was little reported by the mainstream media. Several days later, the ISIL rebel in Iraq activates an offensive. The puppet Iraqi government retreats without any resistance. As a result, the oil price goes up.



Oil prices spike as Iraq violence flares

 By Mark Thompson  @MarkThompsonCNN June 12, 2014


Oil prices spiked Thursday to levels not seen in nine months as escalating violence in Iraq sparked worries about crude exports.


Light crude oil futures touched $106 a barrel, up nearly 2% and the highest price since September 2013.




Since the money used in most oil trading is dollar, the higher oil price will force the buyer to keep more dollar in bank as purchasing power. It’s a big amount if future option is included. Manipulating oil price becomes a strategy to save the dollar. Iraq is a big country of oil production and exportation. Its political stability has huge influence to oil price. US has turned it into a switch to adjust the oil price.

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Registered: 03-08-2011
In reply to: katsung47
Sun, 08-10-2014 - 5:39pm
844. To save the dollar by hitting the Euro (7/17/2014) Someone argues,
Originally Posted by imaginethat Russia is the world's largest exporter of oil. Any increase in the price of oil benefits Russia.
That’s true. But oil price is the fastest way to adjust the demand of the dollar. We saw then the Euro – an alternative to the dollar, is threatened.
Portugal bank crisis shakes investor confidence By Brigitte HagemannJuly 10, 2014 Lisbon (AFP) - Fears over the health of Portugal's largest listed bank, Banco Espirito Santo, sent its shares into freefall Thursday, shaking stock markets in Lisbon and across Europe and even the Atlantic. http://news.yahoo.com/portugals-financial-system-weak-pockets-imf-182844328.html
Euro is the reserve currency next to the dollar. When dollar is weak that oil buyers have to use Euros for payment to Russian oil, what if Euro’s value is threatened? Similar situation had acted four years ago when US had a financial crisis (the bankruptcy of Leman Brothers caused by sub-prime loan collapse), US resolved it by introducing the Greek financial crisis.
Wall St. Helped to Mask Debt Fueling Europe’s Crisis By LOUISE STORY, LANDON THOMAS Jr. and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ Published: February 13, 2010 Wall Street tactics akin to the ones that fostered subprime mortgages in America have worsened the financial crisis shaking Greece and undermining the euro by enabling European governments to hide their mounting debts. As worries over Greece rattle world markets, records and interviews show that with Wall Street’s help, the nation engaged in a decade-long effort to skirt European debt limits. One deal created by Goldman Sachs helped obscure billions in debt from the budget overseers in Brussels. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/business/global/14debt.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
If the high oil price would benefit enemy Russia, then US has to dig into the foundation of ally’s wallet. Last time the ignition was Greece, this time it is Portugal.