Syrian Politician: "WW III Has Begun, And It's Being Fought In Syria"

Syrian Social Nationalist Party representative Tarek Ahmad says that the war in Syria has reached a dead end, with the intervention of foreign powers turning the situation into a chaotic mess. Moreover, the politician says that Syria is just one front in a Third World War being waged by Washington and its allies.

Italy Is The EU's Weakest Link

Italy’s economy is weak. There is no growth. The banking system is in bad shape. Unemployment is high. There is substantial public unrest, and Renzi’s standing is weakening. Italy has been somewhere between recession and stagnation since 2008. After eight years, the situation shows no signs of improving... The faster they get out of the EU the better.

More Troubling Evidence That Hillary Clinton Will Start WW3

Putin, a former KGB agent, “doesn’t have a soul,” Clinton quipped... Is this the sort of starting point you want from a new U.S. President? There’s a reason so many genuine progressives and liberals can’t stomach Hillary Clinton and refuse to vote for her. Sure, there’s the rampant embrace of cronyism and incessant oligarch coddling, but there’s also her penchant for bloodthirsty militarism.

Un-Becoming American - One Man's Painful Journey To Renouncing Citizenship

“I am sorry, we cannot open a bank account for you because you are a US citizen... Earlier this month we received a directive from top management not to open any more accounts for US passport holders, even if they are also Swiss. I am really sorry, but we cannot do anything for you..." You’re guilty until proven innocent... This was when I first considered renouncing my US citizenship.

Retired Green Beret Warns "We Haven't Been This Close To Nuclear War In A Long Time"

As can readily be seen by the current events, the world has not been this close to a nuclear war and World War 3 in a long time.  There are four major flashpoints right now that could easily escalate and ignite a powder keg, transforming from a regional conflict or conflicts into a world war: Syria, the South China Sea, Ukraine, and North and South Korea.  The “reconstruction” of a Cold War-type faceoff, initiated by the U.S. and NATO building up forces in Eastern Europe and facing off against Russia.

Spot The Odd (Hedge Fund Strategy) Out

The trend is your friend... until the end. August was a great green month for many hedge funds (with Multi-Strategy and Event-Driven strategies doing best). But, as RBC notes., 'trend-following' CTA/Managed Money funds "got smoked."

Why Syria Matters To You

Syria is drawing in major global and regional powers. When, for example, the US and Russia are engaged in a country - with very different goals and supporting hostile factions - it is certainly not something to dismiss out of hand. On the contrary, Syria matters a great deal. If nothing else, it has become a test of the strength of powers with interests far beyond Syria.

The Fed's Missed Window & Failed Realizations

Unwittingly, the Fed has now become co-dependent on the markets. If they move to tighten monetary policy, the market sells-off impacting consumer confidence and pushes economic growth rates lower. With economic growth already running below 2%, there is very little leeway for the Fed to make a policy error at this juncture. Therefore, the Fed remains trapped between keeping the financial markets happy and trying to resolve their monetary dilemma. The problem is that eventually something has to give and it will likely not be the outcome the Fed continues to hope for.