Middle East

Economics Of The Standoff Between Turkey And The Netherlands

As the diplomatic squabble between Turkey and the Netherlands continues to fester, concerns are raised about whether — and to what extent — the tensions will harm bilateral relations, particularly in economics where the two countries have robust trade and investment connections.

Frontrunning: March 23

  • U.S. stock futures slip as concerns mount over delays to Trump tax cuts (Reuters)
  • Global Markets Follow U.S. Stocks Lower (WSJ)
  • Gorsuch, Avoiding Pitfalls, Moves Closer to Approval (WSJ)
  • Trump, Koch brothers at odds over 'Trumpcare' vote (Reuters)
  • Manafort's plan to 'greatly benefit the Putin Government' (AP)

The Mainstream Media Is Using "Trolling" As An Excuse To Censor The Right

"...a 'review team' is subjectively deciding which content it will censor. What happened to the programmers and objectively censoring 'trolls' and abuse? The whole thing is much more similar to McCarthyism, except instead of targeting 'communists' during the Cold War, they are targeting 'right-wing' websites and individuals. Truly a threat to 'national security' in the same vein as ISIS, isn’t it?"

Not Just The US: UK Bans Use Of Laptops On Flights From 6 Mostly Muslim Countries

One day after the Trump administration imposed a ban for carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the US from 10 airports in mostly Muslim countries following unspecified terrorism threats, moments ago the UK issued a similar ban, restricting the use of carry on laptops and tablets for inbound flights for flights originating in the following nations: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and surprisingly, Saudi Arabia.

US' Main Target In Syria Is Iran; ISIS Comes Second

It appears that the US is not looking for an anti-terrorist coalition to fight the ISIS in Syria in a concerted manner, which Russia would have liked. Washington’s preference seems to be for a limited alliance under its leadership, comprising the US’ European partners, Turkey and the GCC states. A question that arises here is whether it is the defeat of the Islamic State that is the US’ number one priority in Syria or the containment of Iran.

Start Dealing!

Empires have one historical constant: they fail.

Is Denmark On The Brink?

"The Danes look at Sweden with absolute horror...Denmark is on the brink. And Europe is on the brink. We completely lost our culture, our values and our moral compass. What used to be good is now evil and vice-versa."

Is McCain Hijacking Trump's Foreign Policy?

With the death of Communism, the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Bushite New World Order, America needs a new grand strategy, built upon the solid foundation of America First.

Is Turkey Lost To The West?

Not long ago, a democratizing Turkey, with the second-largest army in NATO, appeared on track to join the European Union. That’s not likely now, or perhaps ever.