The “Black Knights” are the Partisan Fighters in an Economic War, by Valentin Katasonov

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Occasionally while discussing issues related to the West’s economic sanctions against various countries, the subject of the «black knights» crops up. The term «black knight» is given to the small trading partners of a country that is affected by sanctions. They act as intermediaries, facilitating trade and economic relations between that country and the rest of the world. Currently, «black knights» are doing business on such a huge scale that the companies themselves are finding their own clients from among the countries under sanctions, and those nations are able to select the intermediaries that best fit their needs.

Most of the information about the activities of «black knights» comes from media outlets with ties to Iran. Some experts argue that the first «black knights» appeared on Iran’s horizon immediately after Washington introduced sanctions against that country in 1979. Some of them were thought to already have experience working with other countries under sanctions, such as Cuba, South Africa, and Rhodesia. The «black knights» that are now offering their services to Iran are registered in some of the farthest-flung corners of the globe: Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the CIS countries. And from time to time they may change the country in which they are registered or simply vanish without a trace. In the latter case, it means that the firm had been established for merely a single day’s work on a single transaction.

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Conversation: Greece in the bigger picture?

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Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece on 26 January 2015 and by 29 January The Saker had given his verdict:

“Greece voted for sanctions against Russia.

The dream was nice while it lasted.

Now lets forget SYRIZA.

The Saker”

The same day, Dmitry Orlov’s advice was this:

“[ Deleted. There is no point. SYRIZA folded and voted to extend the ridiculous sanctions against Russia. The dream was nice while it lasted. Move along, people, nothing to see here, just some more fake European “democracy.” ]”

Meanwhile, Russia Insider was more optimistic and on 30 January 2015 went with:

“Greece Is Now a Russia Sanctions Veto. Merkel Is Foaming at the Mouth

Greece is now effectively a veto power when it comes to future Russian sanctions. Merkel will have to find a new country to bully. “

ZeroHedge went with the following on 27 January 2015:

“Greece Begins The Great Pivot Toward Russia”

And also reported the following by 31 Jan 2015:

“ECB Threatens Athens With Bank Funding Cutoff If No Deal In One Month: February 28 Is Now D-Day For Greece”

It would be interesting to see how the Podemous situation evolves in Spain as well. The people in Greece were gearing for mobilization on the street level, opposing the “system” and then came Syriza. The situation in Europe is accurately, in a dialectic sense, captured by writer Dagmar Henn when she says (paraphrasing):

“The actual mobilization of people in Greece came to a halt with Syriza. While Syriza might be a positive change globally speaking, it is at the same time a negative change for Greece.”

AE

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