Even little Slovenia gets roped into the gold price-fixing scheme

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Slovenia Joins Central Bank Gold Agreement

By Christian Vits
Dow Jones Newswires
Friday, December 22, 2006

http://www.nasdaq.com/aspxcontent/NewsStory.aspx?cpath=20061222%5cACQDJO...

FRANKFURT -- The Slovenian central bank will become a party to the European gold agreement, the European Central Bank said Friday.

"In the interest of clarifying its intentions with respect to its gold holdings, Banka Slovenije agrees with and becomes a party to the joint statement dated March 8, 2004," the ECB said.

China to spend $2 billion to rescue Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe, China Negotiate $2 Billion Loan

From Agence France-Presse
Friday, December 22, 2006

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061222/bs_afp/zimbabwechinaeconomyaid_0612...

Zimbabwe and China are expected to begin negotiations for a two-billion US dollar loan agreement to help stabilise the economy, a state-run daily reported.

"China's government is ready to negotiate with the government (of Zimbabwe) for a two-billion US dollars loan facility to help it fight inflation and other aspects of the economy," Zimbabwe's Ambassador to China, Chris Mutsvangwa, told the Herald newspaper.

Government's power to debase currency is unlimited

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11:49p ET Friday, December 22, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Here's a case of a government financial official telling the truth -- that government has unlimited power in one respect, the power to debase its own currency, and that currency debasement has become virtually international policy.

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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S. Korea Has 'Unlimited Resources'

Many GATA favorites to speak at Vancouver conference in January

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5:26p ET Thursday, December 21, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA Chairman Bill Murphy will speak (and your secretary/treasurer will applaud) at the Vancouver Resource Investment Conference on Sunday and Monday, January 21 and 22, 2007.

In fact, there will be many GATA favorites speaking at the Vancouver conference, like Bob Bishop of Gold Mining Stock Report; Ian Gordon of The Long Wave Analyst; Peter Grandich of the Grandich Letter; Frank Holmes of U.S. Global Investors; Jason Hommel of Silver Stock Report; John Lee of Mau Capital Management; David Morgan of Silver-Investor.com; Jay Taylor of J. Taylor's Gold & Technology Stocks letter; James Turk of GoldMoney and the Freemarket Gold & Money Report, a GATA consultant; and market analyst and GATA consultant Frank Veneroso.

James K. Galbraith: Paulson and Bernanke were clueless in China

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By James K. Galbraith
The Guardian, Manchester, England, UK
Monday, December 18, 2006

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/james_k_galbraith/2006/12/clueless_i...

Speaking as I rarely feel entitled to do, on behalf of all my fellow professional economists, I felt true, true sympathy last week for Ben Bernanke, as he trailed after Henry Paulson in China.

Paulson's China policy is easily understood. In the United States government the Treasury represents the interests of Wall Street, as Joe Stiglitz has written eloquently from direct observation. An alumnus of Goldman Sachs, Secretary Paulson is ideally suited to his job.

James Turk: Three strikes against the dollar

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9:45p ET Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

James Turk, founder of GoldMoney, editor of the Freemarket Gold and Money Report, and consultant to GATA, has just called a third strike against the U.S. dollar.

The first strike, Turk writes, was Iran's conversion from dollars to euros. The second was the U.S. government's proclamation of a ban on melting one-cent and five-cent coins now that their metal value exceeds their currency value. And the third -- a strike against not only the dollar but also the euro and the yen -- is an expansion of government control over economies, including the prospect of capital controls such as Thailand briefly experimented with this week.

Reg Howe: Gold derivatives -- elephant in the boardroom

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9:25p ET Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Reginald H. Howe, plaintiff and litigator in the first federal gold price-fixing lawsuit and consultant to GATA, has studied the latest figures on derivatives in gold, silver, and commodities, as compiled by the Bank for International Settlements. He concludes that the Western central banks and their agents are using fewer forwards and swaps and more options to restrain prices. Maybe this is because the real goods are running out, leaving only paper to deceive the markets with.

These people will be TOASTING the IMF

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Wall Street Bonuses
Flood NYC's Economy

By Adam Goldman
Associated Press
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_bi_ge/wall_street_bonuses

When Michael Aaron learned that Wall Street investment banks were going to be shelling out record bonuses this holiday season, the savvy wine merchant uncorked his own plan to make serious dough. He paid for a double-page advertisement in The New York Times, boasting a rare bottle of 1995 Dom Perignon. The price tag -- $14,950.

Why, Ted Butler asks, would anyone want a 'no delivery' contract?

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9:14p ET Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GoldSeek's companion site, SilverSeek, has posted a long colloquy between silver market analyst Ted Butler and Jim Cook of Investment Rarities in Minneapolis. It's particularly interesting for Butler's observations about the new silver contracts on the Comex and London Metals Exchange, which he calls "no delivery" contracts, contracts that can be settled only in cash and that, as a result, seem designed to divert investment demand away from any possibility of collecting the real stuff. You can find the colloquy, "Interview with Ted Butler," here:

Where would gold be without last week's €410 million in ECB sales?

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ECB Gold Reserve
-€410 Million,
Forex +€200 Million
In Week to Dec. 15

By Saadia Hashmy
Dow Jones Newswires
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

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LONDON -- The Eurosystem's reserves of gold and gold receivables fell €410 million to €174.056 billion in the week ended Dec. 15, the European Central Bank said Tuesday.