42 42 VII. News Trends & Stories • The U.S. Can Not Be Trusted – Case XXX- IV: Trump Cheats On China Sanction Deal IV. The Shift to the Multi-Polar World A. The Big Picture Eurasia • US Threatens To Cut Off China From SWIFT If It Violates North Korea Sanctions • Putin on N. Korea Crisis: Tensions ‘Balanc- ing on Brink of Large-scale Conflict’ • Syrian War Report – September 25, 2017: US-Russian Tensions Grow In Deir Ezzor Province • Economic Sanctions Against Russia Flop: The First Comprehensive Study of Anti-Rus- sia Sanctions Shows They Hit EU Much More than Russia • Russian PM: “The U.S. Just Declared Full- Scale Trade War On Russia” • Russian Foreign Ministry Office Makes a Statement about the Ransacking of Russian Diplomatic Property by US • Turkey Chooses Russia Over NATO for Missile Defense • Iran Announces New Missile Production Line: State Media • Interpol Approves Membership for State of Palestine Over Israeli Objections • US Opens First Permanent Military Base in Israel as Tensions with Iran Rise • Japan’s Shifting Power Alliances • “Unloading Dollar Assets Would Be Most Effective” – Chinese State Media Unveils Trade War ‘Countermeasures’ • The New Silk Road will Go through Syria • China & Portugal Step Up Cooperation on New Silk Road Initiative • The New Silk Road will Go through Syria • Hungarian PM Orban Pledges to Support Poland against ‘European Inquisition’ • Germany Election: Merkel Wins Fourth Term, Nationalists Rise • Iceland Government Collapses over Pedophile Furor • What the Heck is going on in Catalonia? Covert War, Currency War or Navigation Failure? • China Prepares Sale of $2 Billion in U.S.-Dollar Bonds • US to Pause Naval Operations Worldwide After USS John McCain Collision • Ten Sailors Missing, Five Injured after US Warship Collides with Oil Tanker Near Singapore • Why Do U.S. Navy Ships Keep Crashing? • U.S. Navy to Relieve Admiral of Command after Collisions • USS Fitzgerald Leadership Removed, Details of Collision Aftermath Released • Considering the USS Fitzgerald Incident • What’s Really Going on with those Expen- sive Aegis Class Missile…Part One • What’s Really Going on with those Expen- sive Aegis Class Missile…Part Two • Navy Returns to Compasses and Pencils to Help Avoid Collisions at Sea The Americas • Winners And Losers When Trade War Breaks Out Between The US And China • Initial Jobless Claims Surge Because of Hurricane Harvey • Goldman “Unexpectedly” Exempt From Venezuela Bond Trading Ban Vatican • Tony Gambino of the Gambino Crime Family: “The Vatican Runs the Mafia” • Pope Francis: US-Russia Alliance ‘Danger- ous’ • That Vatican Auditor Fired Last June Just Talked… a Little B. Global Powwows • ​ Road to the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix • ​ Ninth BRICS Summit Opens Xi Jinping Chairs the Summit and Delivers Important Speech Stressing Stronger BRICS Partner- ship for a Brighter Future • ​ A Brief Explainer on the BRICS Summit in China’s Xiamen 86