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The British rush for Russian gold

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Theodore Butler
April 13, 2004

As I was preparing this article, the gold and silver
markets moved dramatically down. No one should be terribly
surprised. The important point is that the dealers
succeeded in tricking the brain-dead tech funds again.

There is something I must say about today's dramatic
price decline. Kodak and the users didn't use less
silver than normal. The miners didn't produce more

Ted Butler: The Relative Value of Silver

Section: Daily Dispatches

5:25p ET Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

There's early commentary at MineWeb on today's fall in
the gold price:

As always, Jim Sinclair has some interesting and
timely things to say as well:

MineWeb and Sinclair comment on Tuesday''s fall in gold

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Maria Golvnina
Reuters via The Moscow Times
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Miners are competing for a Siberian field believed to
contain 1,000 tons of gold.

Western gold explorers may have learned a lot about
doing business in Russia after a flurry of deals in this

Gold rush lures Western miners to Russia; Chinese demand for gold said strong

Section: Daily Dispatches

Schroeder Government Is Reported to Want
Even More Freedom to Spend Gold Reserves

By John Fraher
Bloomberg News Service
Sunday, April 11, 2004

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Hans Welteke, son of Bundesbank
President Ernst Welteke, said his father clashed with German

Harmony, South African mineworkers union sound conciliatory

Section: Daily Dispatches

9:34p ET Saturday, April 10, 2004

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

The Financial Post's interview today with John Ing, chief
of Toronto investment house Maison Placements, appended
here, echoes what you've been hearing from GATA and its
consultants and friends, like GoldMoney's James Turk and
Sprott Asset Management's John Embry, for a long time now.
The nice thing is that these points are starting to reach

David Bond interviews Hecla CEO; Jason Hommel updates silver stock valuations

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Confident that job losses can be minimized

By Hilton Stone
Sunday Times, South Africa
Sunday, April 11, 2004

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Harmony
Gold are confident they will find a way to avoid widespread
job losses at the country's third-biggest gold producer.

Argument about Germany''s gold is said to have preceded Welteke''s leave

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12:34p ET Sunday, April 11, 2004

David Bond's latest Wallace Street Journal column is
an interview with Hecla CEO Phillips S. Baker, who
says, among other things, that Hecla has been assured
that it will recover the gold recently seized by the
Venezuelan government and that Hecla won't be hedging
its gold and silver production. You can find Bond's
interview at his Internet site here:

Financial Post gets GATA-like comments from Maison Placements'' John Ing

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11a ET Saturday, April 10, 2004

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

James Turk, editor of The Freemarket Gold & Money
Report, proprietor of GoldMoney, and consultant to
GATA, has responded to Frank Veneroso's warning
about investing in commodities. Turk's conclusion:
"I expect that gold has many more years left in its
current bull market, regardless what happens to corn,
copper, soybeans, silver, and other commodities."

Turk responds to Veneroso''s warning about investing in commodities

Section: Daily Dispatches

4:25p ET Friday, April 9, 2004

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

This story from the Gulf News reports that the United Arab
Emirates sold the last of its gold reserves last year as the
gold price was rising. This was almost certainly the writing
off as "sold" the gold that the UAE already had leased
through the Bank of England, and thus this should be
construed as immensely positive for the gold price.

No more gold reserves for United Arab Emirates

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Company Press Release

Johannesburg, South Africa, April 6 -- Durban Roodepoort Deep
Ltd. has increased its stake in leading Internet-based gold
marketing company to 14 percent with a further
investment of US$1.8 million.

GoldMoney has enjoyed record growth since DRD announced
its initial investment of US$200 000 (1.4 percent) in January
this year, said founder James Turk, the well-known and