John Kerry Gives Russia An Ultimatum: Stop Bombing Aleppo Or All Cooperation Ends

John Kerry threatened to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. Kerry issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kerry told Lavrov the U.S. was preparing to "suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria," including on a proposed counterterrorism partnership, "unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo"

Why Even Racists Need The Freedom To Speak

"This may be difficult to accept, but in order to heal race relations, or at the very least get a proper understanding of why they’re so fractured, racist ideas need to be a part of the discussion. Banning accounts and passing suppressive laws against problematic speech won’t help us...It only shields us from uncomfortable truths that we may need to realize about ourselves and our fellow human beings."

Deutsche Denial Tsunami Begins: Draghi "Not ECB Fault", IMF "Solid Base"

It is becoming very clear that the Deutsche Bank debacle is getting very serious. How do we know? Simple - everyone is denying everything. Overnight DB CEO Cryan denied any need to raise capital or need a bailout; this morning ECB's Draghi denied low rates were responsible, and denied The IMF's statement the bank is systemically important; and now IMF's Lagarde is denying any need for government intervention.

The Banquet Of Consequences Is Being Served (By The Central Banking Cartel)

Last week, the Federal Reserve decided to keep US interest rates unchanged, marking its 96th month of life at the zero bound. Apparently, for all of its "data dependence", the Fed feels the economy could still benefit from *just* a little more of its ZIRP happy juice. But as anyone with a little common sense will tell you, More is not always better. It's quite possible to have too much of a good thing. And in its pursuit to kick the can for a little longer, the Fed has crossed a dangerous line.

Treasury Sells 7Y Paper In Another Mediocre, Tailing Auction; Bond Market Yawns

When the results for the sale of $28bn in 7 paper printed, the result was a modest tail, with a high yield of 1.389% tailing the 1.385% When Issued. As a reminder, last month's 7Y auction had an even bigger tail but that was due to concerns of a potential rate hike by the Fed in September; this time there was no such concern.

"Russian Roulette" - Credit Suisse CEO Admits "EU Banks Not Really Investable"

European banks are in a “very fragile situation” and are “not really investable as a sector" according to Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam. Speaking at a conference in London this morning, The FT reports, the CEO of Europe's 'other Deutsche Bank' said "only a fool would try to make a five-year prediction in a world that is so random," wishing John Cryan (DB CEO) well, "I hope that they come out of their current predicament."

Turkey Contemplates Buying Deutsche Bank

Yigit Bulut, chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Turkey should consider "using a new wealth fund or a group of state-owned banks to buy" the embattled Deutsche Bank. Bulut made the proposal on Tuesday via his Twitter account, saying Germany’s largest lender should be made into a Turkish bank.