• Steve H. Hanke
    05/04/2016 - 08:00
    Authored by Steve H. Hanke of The Johns Hopkins University. Follow him on Twitter @Steve_Hanke. A few weeks ago, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sprang a surprise. It announced that a...

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"Forgotten Sandlot" Or "The Next Dubai"? This Tiny African Nation Is Now A Geopolitical Hot Spot





China's choice of Djibouti as the country that will host Beijing's first overseas military outpost has put the tiny African nation in the geopolitical spotlight. Situated on one of the planet's most critical oil chokepoints, and nestled amongst countries that serve as operations bases for some of the world's most notorious terror groups, Djibouti is set to become a focal point for power poltiics in the years ahead.

 
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Another Volcker Moment? Guessing The Future Without Say's Law





If the dollar’s purchasing power falls much further, the market will expect higher interest rates, so this then becomes the likely outcome. The question will then arise as to whether or not the Fed will dare to raise interest rates sufficiently to stabilise the dollar's purchasing power. If the Fed delays, it could find itself facing a difficult choice. The level of interest rates required to stabilise the dollar’s purchasing power would not be consistent with maintaining the record levels of debt in both government and private sectors. Thirty-six years on it could be another Volcker moment.

 
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Europe Is Paying A Heavy Price For Complacency As Existential Crisis Deepens





History teaches that ethnic minorities can bring about unrest in the long run. Current European leadership and European leading elites have maneuvered Europe into a situation that will spin out of control and result in a vicious circle of violence. Europe faces an existential crisis.

 
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"Satanic Cocktail" Of Nails And Acetone Used In Devilish Brussels Bomb Design





When ISIS bombmakers want to get the biggest "bang" for their proverbial buck, they turn to a familiar compound nicknamed "The Mother Of Satan." 

 
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Explosions, Gunfire As Belgian Police Conduct Ongoing Anti-Terror Raids After Overnight Arrests





"The tactic of detaining people first and asking questions later will likely become increasingly common. There will be lots more of them. They are going to be what's called over-broad. They are going to just try to find people or evidence that may stop the next terrorism attack, and they will figure out who they have under custody."

 
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Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos To Build Power





A European Union military force with power to intervene in member states. A new “Marshall Plan” to radically redesign whole regions of the world and impose regional government. A United Nations empowered to manage it all. Christendom under siege. And the end of nationhood as it is understood today. That is where the “refugee crisis” is heading, as the engineered disaster wreaks havoc across Europe and beyond. Despite the appearance of chaos, though, it is all by design, with a series of radical goals in mind.

 
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It's 1790 All Over Again - The World Is Sunk By Central Banker Conceit





The conceit of the majority of the members of the National Assembly in France in 1790 led to the total prostration of the economy of France in the course of seven years. The conceited Central Bankers of today will without a doubt achieve a world sunk in economic prostration. But don't expect any one of them to ever say "We were mistaken".

 
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Brussels Suicide Bombers Planted Hidden Camera At Home Of Top Belgium Nuclear Official





"I don’t understand how you could have been in possession of this video since Nov. 30, but on Jan. 13, when I questioned you on this, you answered, ‘There is no specific threat to the nuclear facilities.’ ”

 
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The 8 Major Problems The Next President Will Face





Dear Donald and Hillary: In around ten months, one of you will wake up as Mr. or Mrs. President. After the fabulous fun of post-inaugural balls, you will walk into the Oval Office on Saturday, January 22 and launch into your first 90 days in office.  To make your job just a little more manageable, what we would like to do is take you around the world and review some of the economic realities faced by our global partners. For many of them, those realities are not pretty. And you want this job why?

 
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The Latest Key Developments In The Brussels Terror Attacks





Two days after the tragic terrorist attacks in Brussles, the situation remains extremely fluid, with the largest concern being that more sleeper cells may be activated especially since the third man who participated at the Zaventerm airport suicide bombing is still at large. Here, courtesy of the Guardian and Politico, are the most recent key developments out of Belgium.

 
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7 Strange Questions About The Brussels Terror Attacks That The Mainstream Media Is Not Asking





The horrific terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium on March 22, 2016 are going to reverberate in our memories for years to come, and perhaps that was the intention.  Terror attacks are designed to create fear and to get attention, and these attacks have definitely done both. But what was the real motive for these attacks?  The following are 7 strange questions about the Brussels terror attacks that the mainstream media is not asking...

 
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Trump "Agrees 100%" With Cruz's Muslim Patrols; Wonders Why He Didn't Think Of It First





“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

 
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Why Belgium Is Ground Zero For European Jihadis





"Returned Syria fighters are a huge threat... It is absolutely unbelievable that our governments allow them to return... Every government in the West, which refuses to do so [lock them up], is a moral accessory if one of these monsters commits an atrocity. ... Our citizens are in mortal danger if we do not restore control over our own national borders."

 
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Frontrunning: March 23





  • Futures little changed day after Brussels attacks (Reuters)
  • Trump, Clinton win big in Arizona, but Cruz, Sanders show fight (Reuters)
  • Belgium identifies Brussels bomb suspect, suicide bombers (Reuters)
  • After Brussels Terrorist Attacks, Security Ramped Up in U.S. Cities (WSJ)
  • Terror Impact Threatens Cameron EU Pitch, Merkel's Open Door (BBG)
  • Brussels Attacks Will Jolt 2016 U.S. Presidential Race (WSJ)
 
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Dollar Winning Streak Continues For Fourth Day Pushing Oil Lower; Futures Flat





Following two days of rangebound moves, where Monday's modest market rebound was undone by the Tuesday just as modest decline (despite the early surge higher on the latest "bullish for stocks" European terrorism), overnight equity action continued to be more of the same, and as of this moment S&P 500 futures were unchanged, while European stocks were modestly higher. But while equities remain surprisingly uneventful despite loud warnings by both JPM and Goldman now that another bout of volatility and equity downside is coming, in FX there has been a substantial change, one which has seen the US dollar rise for a fourth day, the longest winning streak in a month, driven by the latest round of hawkish Fed jawboning courtesy of the Chicago Fed's Charlie Evens yesterday, which in turn has pushed down prices of oil, gold and copper.

 
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