June | 2014 | The End of Free

Welcome to The Farrar Report. George Farrar in this video talks about the end of free and the rise of the paywall.
Operation Desert Storm (the codename for the Gulf War) began from August 1991 and lasted till February 1991. It was a war fought by a coalition of 34 countries, led by the U.S. Army against Iraq in retaliation of their assault and invasion of Kuwait. This war is also referred by other names, including First Iraq War, Kuwait War, Gulf War I, First Gulf War, or Persian Gulf War. The operation preceded the invasion of Kuwait by Iraqi troupes. Iraqi’s invasion of Kuwait brought a lot of international condemnation, and economic sanctions were imposed on them by the United Nation’s Security Council.
President George Bush, then president of the United States deployed military troupes into Saudi Arabia and encouraged other nations to send in their troupes to the scene as well. Afterwards, some nations sent in their military support in aid of the war, and the major contributors alongside U.S. were Egypt, United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia.
The prime cause of the war that led to the operation was a landlocked dispute involving Iraq and Kuwait. Iraqi’s attempt to claim more territories on a land supposedly owned by Kuwait was rejected, prompting Iraq to engage in severe military battles to claim the land. There is an indication that Kuwait’s over production of oil against the requirements of OPEC also aggravated their disputes. Iraq began complaining about this behavior of not respecting their quota in July 1990. However, they decided to take action by deploying about 30,000 military troops to the Kuwait-Iraq border. This act did not augur well with several UN members, and they urged Iraq to cede the land and evacuate the border. However, Iraqi’s refusal and the subsequent invasion of Kuwait led to the intervention of the coalition forces.
An aerial bombardment aimed at expelling Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait began on January 1991. This was preceded by ground assault. With the combined strength of the coalition forces, Iraqi troupes were ousted from Kuwait territory. The firepower of the coalition forces was too much for the Iraqis and they ceased fire 3 months after the ground assault on them began. Kuwait was liberated and the coalition forces proceeded to Iraqi territories. This did not deter the Iraqi troupe as they went ahead to launch Scud missiles on Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other coalition forces. In April 1991, the UN Security Council passed a bill and initiated the terms for a cease fire between the aligned and coalition forces. The controversies surrounding the procedures for this cease fire later resulted to the outbreak of another war in 2003.
To find out more about the history of American foreign policy check out the book The War State by Michael Swanson.
There are people whose major occupation is the collection of gold coins. These dealers collect these coins from a wide range of sources and sell them at a profit. If you are looking for gold coin dealers, most of them will be interested to do business with you.
Coins have been part of trading since 700BC. It is a symbol of trade in many parts of the world. In the past, dealership is based on pure gold coins, but several metals are now being added like nickel or copper. However, the pure gold coins are still the most valuable in the market.
Gold coin dealers usually appraise the value of a coin by looking at the historical significance, quality, and physical condition. Rarity is also a major factor they consider. Usually, the older the coin, the higher it will be priced. Apart from the gold coins, dealers equally keep their eyes on precious metals such as bracelets, necklace, rings, and earrings. Jus like coins, these items undergo similar appraisal and need to be in good condition.
If there are no gold coin dealers in your area, you can search them over the internet.
If you have been in the gold trading business for long, you will understand that it is simpler to trade online than selling them in a pawnshop or in your local jewelry store. There is more competition online among these dealers unlike in the conventional stores where there is a fixed price for each item. Online dealers will give you the best price but jewel hops will offer the lowest price range in the market. But if you are looking for quick cash, then conventional jewelry shops or pawnshops will come in handy. However, if your aim is to do gold coin business and gain enough returns , you may want to consider online dealers.
Transactions over the internet are easier and much faster. The introduction of faster ways of shipping things throughout the world has even made it easier to buy from another region. If what you are looking for is not in your region, you can easily go over the internet and search for them. When you find what you need, shipping will not be a problem.
Gold is expected to go up. This post from kitco.com explains why is now about to go up and make people a lot of money.
But with this swiftness comes the risk of dealing with strangers. You have to be very careful when dealing with gold coin buyers and sellers to avoid being ripped off. Conduct your search properly and make sure you sell or buy from established dealers with high reputation.