Middle East

Pepe Escobar: Daesh, Creature Of The West

"According to Saudi intelligence, Daesh was invented by the US government – in Camp Bacca, near the Kuwait border, as many will remember - to essentially finish off the Shiite-majority Nouri al-Maliki government in Baghdad..."

Is India The Next Pakistan? "It Keeps Getting Worse Ever Faster"

One of the largest illegal migrant groups in the US is from India. In this modern era, India’s crisis will not stay limited to India. As is the case with those from other eastern religions and societies, once they arrive, Indians vote to mirror what they left behind in their home country, often unknowingly — as the virus of totalitarianism is deeply ingrained in the culture of irrationality. A wall might not be the answer, but Trump isn’t all that wrong.

Frontrunning: March 24

  • Trump Says If Vote on Health Bill Fails, Obamacare Stays (WSJ)
  • Risky House healthcare vote to test Trump's negotiating skills (Reuters)
  • Trump Dares GOP in High-Stakes Vote on Troubled Health Bill (BBG)
  • All drill, no frack: U.S. shale leaves thousands of wells unfinished (Reuters)
  • Twitter explores subscription-based option for first time (Reuters)

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.

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