Iraq

The Relentless Push Towards War

"The only real constant to be found in both European and US politics is war. It doesn’t seem to matter who’s in office in the US - Republican/Democrat, conservative/liberal - there’s a war machine constantly running. My concern is that there's a building risk that one day that war machine is going to bust apart."

MISOC: The U.S. Military's Secret Brand Of Fake News

If MISOC is manipulating targets into spreading information about ongoing operations using only logic, fear, desire, or other mental factors to trigger specific emotions, attitudes, or behaviors of U.S. civilian populations, this is exactly how it could be done. This is how it has already been done in foreign countries.

US Deploys Troops Along Syria-Turkey Border

US troops and armored vehicles have been deploying along the Syrian-Turkish border, days after a Turkish airstrike killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters. The US involvement is meant to send "a message of reassurance for the Kurds and almost a warning message." It also may lead to military conflict between the US and Turkey.

Are Oil Prices To Blame For The Venezuelan Crisis? (Spoiler Alert: Of Course Not!)

Venezuela is undergoing the typical collapse of a country that has been subject to years of all kinds of political interventions. The fall in oil prices is the external shock that brings to light the embarrassing result of years of price controls, currency controls, nationalizations, uncontrolled monetary creation, and economic dirigisme.

Paul Craig Roberts Warns "Trump Now A Captive Of The Deep State"

"I spent a quarter century in Washington. The evil that is in control there at the present time is unprecedented. I have never seen anything like it. Can the world survive the evil that is concentrated in Washington, evil that has the support of the governments of the Western world?"

India Faces A New Challenge: Jihadist Radicalization

Jihadist terrorism in India is on the verge of acquiring a global footprint, as radicalization and recruitment have become more sophisticated thanks to social media and the Internet. This marks a clear departure from the past when jihadist terrorism was almost synonymous with the insurgency in Kashmir.

WTI/RBOB Jump On Largest Crude Draw In 2017 Offset By Major Product Build, Rising Production

WTI/RBOB prices were at the lows of the day after last night's huge surprise inventory data from API, but kneejerked higher after DOE reported a surprisingly large crude draw (the biggest since Dec 2016. However, it's clear that refineries are on fire as gasoline and distillates inventories surged by the most in at least 3 months. US crude production rose once again to its highest since August 2015.