European Union

Europe: Jihadists Posing As Migrants

"Three years ago, it was easy to identify someone who has become radicalized. Now, most fanatics disguise their convictions... it is not a secret, it has been published... I would not venture to a specific figure, but tens of thousands, more than 50,000." - Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counterterrorism Coordinator.

New NGO Racket: Smuggling, Inc.

"...it has become plain that some of the NGOs working in the Mediterranean are acting as something more than intermediaries. Many have in fact been acting as facilitators. This makes the NGOs effectively no more than the benign face of the smuggling networks. Undercover workers have also discovered NGOs handing vessels back to the smugglers' networks, effectively helping them to continue their criminal enterprise indefinitely."

Palladium Suddenly Spikes To 16-Year Highs

Amid hope for reinvigorated auto production (after Hurricane Harvey's destruction) and yesterday's escalation in US-Russia tensions (Russia being the world's largest producer), spot Palladium is spiking today, hitting its highest since record highs in January 2001.

Frontrunning: September 1

  • August Jobs Report Expected to Show a Slowdown in Hiring (WSJ)
  • Emotions Swell as Houston Begins Cleanup (WSJ)
  • Fuel shortages to hamper Labor Day travel (Reuters)
  • Harvey’s Made the World’s Most Important Chemical a Rare Commodity (BBG)
  • Economists Consistently Overestimate U.S. August Payrolls (BBG)

The Fake News Media Of Sweden

"In most democratic countries, the media should be critical of those who hold power. In Sweden, however, the media criticize those who criticize the authorities."

Frontrunning: August 30

  • Harvey Forces Thousands to Seek Shelter (WSJ)
  • Damage From Harvey Rising by the Hour Amid ‘Apocalyptic’ Flooding (BBG)
  • Houston’s Economic Heft Gives City Means to Recover From Harvey (WSJ)
  • Why Trump Didn’t Tweet About Latest North Korea Missile Launch (BBG)
  • Stocks Rebound as Korean Fears Abate; Gold Steady: Markets Wrap (BBG)

Why Every European Country Has A Trump Or Sanders Candidate

As Europe since the end of World War II has slipped ever more securely into the orbit of American military and economic power, it is only to be expected that the Atlantic Community will be increasingly homogeneous..."America is here already. We have our millionaires and people are dying of hunger."