Middle East

Media Slams Gary Johnson's Aleppo Gaffe, Ignores Even Worse One From Hillary

While corporate media’s focus was  on how presidential candidate Gary Johnson asked, “What is Aleppo?” during an interview on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," Hillary Clinton made the bold and equally ludicrous statement that she would never put boots on the ground in Syria (and Iraq): “We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again, and we’re not putting ground troops into Syria. We’re going to defeat ISIS without committing American ground troops.” There’s just one problem: the number of American troops deployed to Iraq has been rising steadily in the past few years and will most likely continue to for a long time.

One "Lifelong Socialist" Norwegian's Perspective On Trump

"Despite Norwegian mainstream media and political establishment support for Hillary Clinton (They also supported Mark Rubio and Bernie Sanders when they were running), I would like to apologize for our politicians and voice my support for Trump. I believe that Americans need to think about what is at stake from lifelong socialists’ perspective. Despite what people read about Norway being the best place to live, it comes with a price."

Oil Markets Brace As U.S. Looks To Sell 100 Million Barrels From SPR

Aging infrastructure could render the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) increasingly ineffective, according to a new report from the Department of Energy. In 2015, Congress authorized the DOE to sell $2 billion worth of oil from the SPR between 2017 and 2020 and use the proceeds to make infrastructure upgrades.

US Paid Iran Another $1.3 Billion In Cash In Form Of Swiss Francs, Euros And Other Currencies

One month ago, a scandal erupted when it emerged that the US had made a $400 million cash delivery to Iraq (in foreign currencies) to facilitate the release of 4 US hostages held by the regime; many promptly called it a ransom payment. Overnight the WSJ confirmed that this was just a part of a bigger shippment of cash, when it reported that the Obama administration followed up a planeload of $400 million in cash sent to Iran in January with two more such shipments in the next 19 days, totaling another $1.3 billion.

Global Oil Demand Set To Tumble As China Cracks Down On Teapot Refiners

Purchases by the China's teapot refiners, granted permission last year to buy foreign crude, have soaked up some of the global oil glut over the past years. However, blistering crude oil demand from teapots may be about to hit a brick wall as a government tax crackdown threatens to constrain this new source of demand from China.

US Faces Major Setback As Europeans Revolt Against TTIP

At the turn of the century few argued when the 20th century was dubbed the "American Century." Over the past 16 years, America's fortunes have changed with dizzying speed. The safer bet is that the 21st century will not be America’s. The TTIP’s rejection by European leaders and grass roots’ protests against the agreement testify to the fact.

Europe Debates The Burkini: "We Will Colonize You With Your Democratic Laws"

"Beaches, like any public space, must be protected from religious claims. The burkini is an anti-social political project aimed in particular at subjugating women... It is not compatible with the values ??of France and the Republic. Faced with such provocations, the Republic must defend itself." — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. But according to the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, the high court's ruling against burkini bans, "far from appeasing [Muslims], will instead increase passions and tensions."