Battle For the Arctic Heats Up

06/14/202050 Comments

An incredible event took place this week: A Russian tanker docked at the Port of Jiangsu on China's east-central coast, offloading its cargo of liquefied natural gas from the Yamal LNG plant in Russia's north.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "James, that's not so incredible. Tankers regularly carry LNG from Russia to Asia via the Suez Canal in the winter months!"

Oh, yes, of course, my dear, well-informed reader. But here's the rub: This was no ordinary tanker, but the Christophe de Margerie, an ice class LNG tanker designed to transport gas along the summer route across the Arctic.

"But James, the summer route doesn't open until July!"

Exactly. This was a test to see whether the trip could be started nearly two months early. The Christophe de Margerie launched from the Port of Sabetta in Russia's frozen north on May 18th and hooked up with the Yamal, a nuclear icebreaker, which escorted it through the Arctic passage. Together, the ships were able to trim nearly 4,000 nautical miles off the regular winter shipping route, which takes the cargo on a circuitous journey around Europe and through the Suez Canal before arriving in Asia.

Make no mistake: This event may not have received as much coverage as the other groundbreaking stories of 2020 (or any coverage at all, other than the reports in a handful of sites specializing in such matters), but it is important. In fact, it speaks to the fact that the Arctic is increasingly becoming a geopolitical prize . . . and a potential flashpoint for future military conflict between the superpowers.

What's happening in the Arctic now? And why are the world's superpowers moving to militarize this region of the globe? Find out more about the latest geopolitical hotspot in this week's edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber.

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  1. wda says:

    When did the first tankers ever cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific using the North-EAST-passage … (there should be a note in my archives … yep…) 2010 it was. Summer of course. Soon all year round, IF tankers keep spoiling Eaaarth’s ocean that long.

  2. robert.t says:

    Those billions in new arms expenditures will come back as herrings. Or democracy. Or something. Mark my words.

    Another economic miracle: US gas shipped to Poland to forestall Russian market domination is considered healthy competition. Some mathematical contortions and awkward silences are needed to convey how the remote production and long lugging work out cheaper than a cross-Baltic hop via pipeline, but that’s what serious publications like Foreign Affairs are for, right? Nobody actually says it makes economic sense, so if you end up thinking it does…who’s fault is that?

    Fortunately it’s been shown that the US can make up for any shortfall by buying product from…

    …er, from Russia?

  3. Jed says:

    Poor Zbigniew, he died too early to see this.

    Maybe that’s why they’re blocking out our sunshine with the chemtrails, they want to keep that Northeast passage cold, like the beer in Jerry Reed’s big-rig:

    Smoky and the Bandov

    East bound and down, loaded up and shippin,
    they’re doin’ what was said couldn’t be done,
    they’ve a long way to go and a short time to get there,
    World War three is sure as hell to come.

  4. mkey says:

    Dan Dicks Assaulted Then ARRESTED After Being Attacked By Group Think MOB!!!

    More insanity for Dan. I can no longer continue lying to myself that these people are payed professionals. Also, for people who like looking into numbers, check out the youtube video id.

    Of course, disgusting policing should be well noted as well.

    • Duck says:

      We went from having things like yellow vests and then anti-lockdown protests to flat out race-hate/war in a week…. fast redirection work for someone.

      A guy who shot at a cop with a tazer was killed and the drive thru where it happened was burned down, a guy hanged himself and there are protests when its ruled a suicide… media is ramping up the anger and hate.

      Mob rule or police state?

      • CreativeLife says:

        Good day,
        We are flooding again. So much for our garden…the food supply is also under controlled demolition, they can shut down the supply to any area they want so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Most of my friends are farmers, grain beef dairy poultry all in dire straits. Maybe a few hours of sunshine as it stopped pouring and wind subsided. Time to go clean up the mess. Huge storm over the last 24 hrs again.

        Here is an excellent article from a good source showing the real agenda by the Soros (not just Soros) sponsored Black Life Matters. It shows the agenda from the BLM website and describes how the government MSM et al promotes protests to fulfill another byte of their agenda….

        The Most Dangerous Superstition….Larken Rose….check out his stuff.

        Wonder what kind of UN Police will surface from the DUMBS? Just a curiosity!

  5. Duck says:

    The UK and thus NATO control the straits of Gibraltar and really can bottle up the Mediterranean from the rest of the world anytime they feel the need.
    They will never give up up because it is a perfect choke point.
    You’d need to nuke the Rock which I am reliably told is riddled with tunneled shelters. Thats assuming that an actual hot war would last for some time rather then a big exchange of weapons of mass destruction in which case its only useful in the build up

    • Jed says:

      I was there, lot’s tunnels, and hilarious bad-ass monkeys. I don’t like the idea of them getting nuked.

      • I Shot Santa says:

        Monkeys? Little psycho balls of hairy muscle! But they taste so good!

        • Jed says:

          I know it, love McNuggits!

          • I Shot Santa says:

            Used to buy little fajita strips of monkey meat off the street vendors in Panama. Taste so much better once you discover how vicious they are!

            • Jed says:

              That’s good to hear, plenty of their fat masked cousins around if you run out of food.

              • I Shot Santa says:

                That’s for sure! Plenty of meat outside of fish here. But I won’t go hunting until a certain line is crossed. Illegal now. Of course, it’s also illegal for me to camp out here now due to the corona cold. I know, makes no sense. But what does anymore?

                Water’s still high. Almost overflowed where I’m at now. Actually wound up crossing 2 more flooded out areas in my kiddy raft to get here, not counting the river (which was exciting). So, I think I’ll be safe from detection. Did break my nook though, so no reading this month. Plus, I need a new dumbphone (I buy the cheapest ones). But it’s still better than living amongst the mask people.

  6. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Corbett’s article “Battle For the Arctic Heats Up” again underscores how the U.S. attempts to dominate the world by controlling trade and energy.

    Right now, natural gas prices are at an incredible low. They have been on a downslide since the end of 2018. However, it is used for much of the electric energy production around the world.

    Within the article was the link to “The horror! The horror!”. I enjoyed reading over that Joseph Conrad story quote. The concept conveys a lot.

  7. Duck says:
    43:30 onwards he discusses the people who messed with Wikipedia for no other reason then “its fun”, this interview is old, from before interest groups started to put as much effort into controlling it. Earlier he discusses HOW individuals messed with wikipedia and gained power in its structure.

    Jason Scott is internet archive’s ambassador at large and this whole interview is pretty cool- internet archive is very cool, but I have no idea how much independence they can and do maintain and if you want to keep something you need to have a copy of your own.

    I think Scott said something like “trusting you tube to keep your videos is like using walmart to store your food”

  8. manbearpig says:

    “…here’s the rub: This was no ordinary tanker, but the Christophe de Margerie, an ice class LNG tanker designed to transport gas along the summer route across the Arctic…”

    Christophe de WHO again??

    “…According to our contacts in Tripoli, at the time of his arrest, DSK was headed for Berlin in order to work out a solution with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Afterwards, he and a German envoy were supposed leave to negotiate with Colonel Gaddafi’s representatives, and very possibly with Gaddafi himself considering that his signature was indispensable for unblocking the situation.

    We are now witnessing a financial war on an unprecedented scale. While the economic situation of the United States is on the brink and the dollar could rapidly turn into monkey currency, the agreement concluded at the G8 and endorsed by the G20, implemented by the IMF in conjunction with the World Bank and the international banking circles, of which DSK was the architect, has been suspended. The hegemony of the dollar remains intact albeit more artificially than ever. The dollar which the emerging states wanted to resize but on which the U.S.-Israeli industrial-military complex rests its power.

    In that context, what is one man’s honor worth?
    Thierry Meyssan

    BUT! What’s DSK got to do with Christophe-de-something or other??

    “…And this summer, de Margerie made what the US considers to be his most subversive statement. He spoke out against the preeminence of the US dollar in international payments. Although the idea would be beneficial to Russia, our country has not yet carried out plans to force those who purchase our resources to pay for them in rubles, in order to strengthen our currency. “There is no reason to pay for oil in dollars,” stated de Margerie in July. “Doing without the (U.S.) dollar, that wouldn’t be realistic, but it would be good if the euro was used more. The dollar occupies too large a niche in the international oil and gas trade. The fact that oil prices are quoted in dollars per barrel does not mean that payments actually have to be made in that currency. There are no valid reasons to pay for hydrocarbons in the American national currency.”

    …it’s just a string of uncontested events and facts that fit together in a completely logical sequence that neatly eliminates the patchwork of all those supposedly random coincidences.

    And how could it have been done? With its many years of experience, the American intelligence services can easily stage bigger events than the assassination of the head of a large company in a third country… But it seems we’re likely to never know the real answer to the question “Who killed de Margerie?”


    Oh THAT Christophe de Margerie!

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Taken from ManBearPig’s comment…

      “There is no reason to pay for oil in dollars,” stated de Margerie in July.


      But it seems we’re likely to never know the real answer to the question “Who killed de Margerie?”


      Oh THAT Christophe de Margerie!

    • miriam.b says:

      manbearpig, so interesting—thank you for that link, it really connects the dots…….

      • manbearpig says:

        Gosh, the pleasure’s all mine miriam and HRS! Glad you found that article interesting!

        Oftentimes, Meyssan also offers some extremely interesting insights.

  9. Ukdavec says:

    Good subject to cover.

    ” Russia gives nuclear group control of Arctic sea route
    Rosatom plans to deploy icebreaker fleet to allow year-round access for shipping”

    “This has led to comparisons with the 19th century Great Game in central Asia. The analogy is perhaps inevitable, but it is not quite accurate. The Arctic is regulated by treaties to a large extent, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This goes into great detail on delimiting territorial seas, economic zones, and the right of transit passage.”

    ” Nike Inc. last week urged companies to avoid shipping through the region. Signatories to a pledge it made include Gap Inc., H&M Group Inc., and shipping companies CMA CGM SA and Hapag-Lloyd AG. That hasn’t stopped the flow of commodities — especially from Russia.”

    And do not forget Greenland

  10. marvinsannes says:

    In 2013 or 14 the 1st Arctic tankers began crossing the Arctic Ocean. I almost bought stock in a couple companies that build these huge ships, that have a life of 5 yrs. Those companies are on the 2nd cycle. Most of the shipping is from Norway to China.

    Those dastardly Rooskies began selling THEIR oil for rubles on 6.6.14. And Margerie’s plane crash is in Oct. Easily buy a Moscow mobster to fire one of those electronics jammers used to bring down Connell’s plane, JFK,Jr’s plane, Wellstone’s plane, and a couple others I forgot.

    2014 was the summer the oil price began to fall (also the yr. of the horrific Israel strike into Gaza). That plan to foil the Rooskies destroy the Canada shale, the Koch Bros. supply of heavy crude for their Minn. refinery, and the E. TX refinery designed to process only the heavy oil from Canada, which required that Water Protector’s pipeline, and now Koch Industries desperately needs that VZ heavy oil.

    Geesus! If only the left hand had told the right hand what they were doing. Now, America’s frackers are going tits up! Good! We need the water.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      I’m impressed. You really got a good timeline of how oil did and other events. Thanks.

    • manbearpig says:

      “Those dastardly Rooskies began selling THEIR oil for rubles on 6.6.14. And Margerie’s plane crash is in Oct. Easily buy a Moscow mobster to fire one of those electronics jammers used to bring down Connell’s plane, JFK,Jr’s plane, Wellstone’s plane, and a couple others I forgot.

      2014 was the summer the oil price began to fall (also the yr. of the horrific Israel strike into Gaza)”…

      Very interesting marvinsannes! As was the rest that I didn’t quite catch… Have to look into those leads at some point.

  11. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Corbett has some good stuff in his “Recommended Reading and Viewing”

    I like this…
    BILL GATES IS MY GOD by Bob Westfall Moonlight Poet

    • Not This Little Frog says:

      I second that…

      very catchy tune with good lyrics to boot.

      My totally, unrelated, positive new event for the past week: our new ducks just started laying eggs 4 days ago.
      One small though significant step in path towards food autonomy/ self reliance

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        “Not This Little Frog”, Good to see ya my friend!

        The image of the new ducks and eggs seems so aesthetic and soothing during these times.

        • Not This Little Frog says:

          Yes : )
          It’s also soothing looking out my window, watching ducks (they’re great entertainment), and know that with all the craziness that’s happening and with food shortages only likely to continue and get worse that we have a source of protein available every morning in our permaculture garden.
          Our guinea pigs are a little bit nervous and not so sure about the ducks. Ducks have earned a bit of a reputation of being bullies in the farm yard. A characteristic that we have been observing in our context too…

          • mkey says:

            Ducks are indeed source of entertainment. Get some goats and you’ll have a theater every day.

  12. FlyingAxblade says:

    Gov-Ind-Mil-Propaganda = GIMP, OR Ped-Ind-Mil-Pro = PIMP, OR Tec-Order-War-Pro = TOWP, or TPOW or POWT (pout)

  13. Alchemist says:

    I think what we’ll see in the coming months/ years is a mix of old and new war methods. WW3 was kicked off by a pandemic (new), now we’re having riots (old). I won’t speculate here about what might be next, but I do think we’ll see boots on the ground at some point (in addition to all the new tricks they have up their sleeves).

    Is Russia the only country giving real resistance against globalism? After covid, I wonder if resistance from China might be a facade.

    Putin and his Arctic bases

  14. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Fluoride Trial – 2nd and Final Week – Real Courtroom Dynamic Action

    Here is a vast collection of reports from the first week.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Fluoride Trial – Monday June 15, 2020
      Derrick Broze gives us a minute by minute play of the courtroom

      Michael Connett goes after the “goon squad scientists”

      Derrick Broze Twitter Feed

    • victoria says:

      👍 cool collection, im hoping for a landmark victory

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      June 16, 2020 – VIDEO
      #Fluoride Trial
      Fluoride Trial – This 2nd and Final Week ending Wednesday June 17th

      Derrick Broze gives a ReCap of Monday and Tuesday (Days 5 & 6 of Trial)
      (30 minutes)

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        (I am whispering… …around the 13:20 minute mark Derrick is again discussing this “Goon Squad Scientist”, Dr. Chang. You will understand why I am whispering.)

        The viewer can grasp a vast list of harmful chemicals which Dr. Chang has defended as posing no viable health risk.

        I want to mention that the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has some excellent studies and information on these chemicals.

        Also, I want to mention that most of these chemicals end up in our drinking water.
        But beyond that, also in the general water system. Thus, when crops are irrigated, even organic crops, they end up with these pollutants in the food chain.
        Even well water irrigation has been shown to deposit harmful chemicals like perchlorate (which adversely affects the Thyroid).

        Dallas For Safer Water

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          Derrick Broze goes into detail about the evil hired goon, Dr. Ellen Chang.

          She has repeatedly defended the use & dumping of toxic Teflon like Fluoride chemicals PFAS compounds which have harmed thousands of people, animals and waterways.

          Thanksgiving weekend of 2019, a film was released called Dark Waters.
          (3 minute trailer)

          The film is based on a very true story involving PFAS compounds.
          Actually, previous to its release there was an online documentary detailing the account interviewing people who were sickened or deformed or affected by the poisoning.

          Just about every living person on the planet now has some of these PFAS chemicals in their system.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        At the 26 minute mark of “Derrick Broze gives a ReCap of Monday and Tuesday (Days 5 & 6 of Trial)”

        Derrick talks about how Fluoride affects minorities (Blacks and Hispanics) more than Caucasians.
        According to a top EPA scientist, it seems to be genetically related (alleles).
        QUEUED VIDEO (alleles comes later in 5 minutes)

        The above queued video was quickly grabbed from
        At the website, there are many, many graphics which show how minorities are more affected by Fluoride (and also Lead via fluoridation).

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        Hot Potato!
        Update Wednesday afternoon- June 17th.

        The last hour of the court have a lot of back and forth, with Judge Chen and the EPA and the Fluoride Action Network.

        Derek Broze writes in his Tweets…
        “Judge Chen sets conference between FAN and EPA for August 6th.”

        “The judge delayed the decision to give both parties time to confer to see if there is anyway to reach an agreement. Basically time to the EPA to reconsider the petition or see if they want FAN to refile. The judge was offering alt options before ruling.”

        Jay Standards Tweets:
        “While the court did not issue a strict rule making today on the #FluorideTrial, your followers should know that plaintiffs and plaintiffs counsel view today’s court opinion as a substantial victory in this case. Today’s ruling truly changed the game. Onward!”

        Prior to this “Status Conference” and August 6th date, during the discussion Fluoride Action Network Twitter states:
        “Judge is intimating that FAN has essentially won the case, but he’s giving the EPA a chance to right their wrongs.”

        Twitter – FAN – Fluoride Action Network

  15. victoria says:

    deep questions for Corbett…

    are santa’s circumambulating travel lines superimposed on the arctic landmass map, a MRI of the arctic council’s brain?

    is uncle sam santa or satan?

    has amerika’s historic route 66 been extended overseas to the arctic region? or is that just a Normal Stupid Pompeo Deception?

    last but most definitely not least, a long overdue thank you James, whilst i dont always agree with you (nor your interviewers/interviewees), i sincerely appreciate all the time & heartfelt effort, professional work ~ top notch!

  16. Ukdavec says:

    From Dodgy Dossiers to the Sacking of Whitlam: The British Empire Stands Exposed

    “I used to believe as many do, in a story called “the American Empire”. Over the last decade of research, that belief has changed a bit. The more I looked at the top down levers of world influence shaping past and present events that altered history, the hand of British Intelligence just kept slapping me squarely in the face at nearly every turn.”

  17. HomeRemedySupply says:

    June 19, 2020 Friday –
    ZeroHedge via Activist Post
    “COVID-19 Exposure Notifications” App showing up on iPhone and Android phones

    I just checked. It is on my Android phone.
    It says it is turned “off”.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Lonepine says:
      I had a surprise just a few minutes ago. I have an iPhone 6. I have a few ipads as well as computers. Have had multiple computers over the years. All my devices have auto updates turned off. No exceptions. Some software developers can’t crank out the updates instantly just because Apple feels the need.
      I double checked my phone when they came out with the new update to support contact tracing.
      Auto updates still off.

      Just now I walked in the house and looked at my phone. Lo and behold, there is a message that it is going to auto update later tonight. Trust me, I didn’t forget or get confused. Has to be something Apple is trying to do via backdoor. I have no intention of updating. Ever. I have backups in case they try it again.

  18. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I’m curious to hear what GeneralBottleWasher has to say following the weekend.

    The Masked and the Maskless…

    I should mention that certain news outlets tend to demonize those who go maskless. Even their questions imply a “disregard for others and Grandma”.
    June 19 – Friday – Yahoo News
    White House press secretary says she’ll attend Trump’s Tulsa rally, but won’t wear a mask

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that she would be among the administration officials attending President Trump’s reelection rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, but she will not be wearing a mask recommended to help stop the spread of COVID-19…

    …Seconds before her explanation, CDC Director Robert Redfield posted a message on Twitter advising Americans to wear masks to “help slow the spread” of COVID-19…

    …Health experts are warning that Trump’s rally, which will pack nearly 20,000 attendees into Tulsa’s Bank of Oklahoma Center, represents a perfect storm for the transmission of COVID-19. The CDC has cautioned against attending “large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.” The agency also recommends face coverings at events where people are inclined to shout or chant.

    On Friday afternoon, the Oklahoma state Supreme Court denied a request to compel the management of the BOK Center to enforce “mandatory social distancing guidelines,” including a requirement to wear a face mask, at Saturday’s rally. That ruling clears the way for the rally to go forward over the objections from local businesses that had characterized it as a “super spreader event.”…

    …California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order Thursday…
    “Californians are now REQUIRED to wear face coverings in public spaces.”

    …On Friday, AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, reversed course and announced it would require patrons to wear face masks when it reopens in mid-July….

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