For 30 years the 1,000 square miles surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia have lay largely inhabited and remains one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world. But that's all about to change if a group of German and Chinese investors have their way about it.
The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. Maps are worth many more. Our perspective on the world is rooted in an objective and unbiased approach to examining geography and power. These four maps are especially helpful in thinking about the geopolitical forces that will shape the world in the year ahead.
While there is no proof that Bill is indeed ogling Ivanka Trump as this viral clip alleges, judging by Hillary's reaction (and Bill's stoic avoidance of Hillary), it is hardly that far fetched. In any case, it's been a long week, it's Friday, and its funny.
While most are well aware that President Obama is leaving office having almost doubled the national debt during his 'reign', the more concerning fact is that this debt-splosion came with the weakest economic recovery in US history. What this means simply is that Obama is handing Trump the 'riskiest' America since World War II as debt-to-GDP is the highest since Truman.
Our education begins within a few minutes of arriving on planet Earth. That’s when we begin to learn that crying and carrying on is rewarded with coddling and nourishment. That particular lesson stays with us throughout our lives, more so with some people than others. But once our parents hand the keys to our brains to professional teachers, any number of factors come to play in our education... and even terrible ideas can spread virulently.
At least two major Chinese private providers of home price data have stopped publishing the figures, at a time when China's housing bubble appears to be bursting. "Housing prices are an extremely sensitive matter right now."
What will the year ahead look like for Europe? 2017 will be another chapter in the European Union’s slow unraveling (which even Soros sees as inevitable)... a process that has been underway for over a decade.
After a barrage of complaints over the airing of CNN at an Indiana YMCA, CEO Robert Wanek was forced to change the channel, saying "In order to eliminate perceived political bias associated with national news outlets, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will only be showing local news channels in the future."
President Trump’s brief inaugural speech was a declaration of war against the entirety of the American Ruling Establishment. All of it.. but it will take a complete sea change to rectify the course this country has been heading in the past eight years.
Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, amid Chuck Schumer's jabs over HUD, the Senate has confirmed retired Marine General James Mattis as defense secretary and retired Marine General John Kelly as homeland security secretary. They were both expected to be confirmed easily, and were, but Democrats promised fights over several other nominees.
Trump recently said, “We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.” In our view, there’s only one way Trump could fight the global elites and their SDR plan: return the dollar to some sort of gold backing.
Apple sued its mobile chip supplier Qualcomm for $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been "charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with." The suit follows a US FTC lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over unfair patent licensing practices.
With all eyes focused on Washington, on a Friday evening, Morgan Stanley just revealed that 58-year-old Morgan Stanley CEO James "don't call me Jim" Gorman was paid $22.5 million. Despite a notable drop in earnings from expectations and a focus on cost-cutting, Gorman got a 7.1% pay rise (almost double that of Jamie Dimon).
One day his Supreme Court justices will retire. Obamacare may be repealed. History will forget about his charisma and charm. Edward Snowden may eventually return home. The 500,000+ pages of regulations his administration issued will be replaced. And even the families of all the innocent victims who were accidentally killed in his drone strikes may move on with their lives.But the debt will still be there.
The death of Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki who had presided over the sprawling "Carwash" corruption scandal, and who died yesterday in a freak airplane crash has sent shockwaves both around the globe and in Brazil, because while few in polite company will discuss it, it has opened the possibility of political assassinations as a means of "quieting" legal proceedings.