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Frontrunning: June 14

  • Federal Reserve Expected to Deliver Rate Increase (WSJ)
  • Fire engulfs London tower block, at least six dead, more than 50 injured (Reuters)
  • Children lost, baby thrown to safety (Reuters)
  • Democrats Accuse Sessions of ‘Stonewalling’ (BBG)
  • World stocks march on as Fed rate hike looms, dollar steady (Reuters)

Multipolar World Order: The Big Picture In The Qatar-Saudi Fracture

"The American century is rapidly coming to an end. Terrorists are biting their masters’ hands and the vassals are rebelling. The unipolar world order that defers to the United States is rapidly disappearing, and the consequences are being felt in many areas of the world."

Is This The First Sign Of A US-Chinese Solar War?

The U.S. has alerted the World Trade Organization that it is considering tariffs against imported solar panels, with a ruling from the ITC likely to come by November 2017. Such an act would be chiefly aimed at China, which leads the world in solar panel production and exports...

Frontrunning: June 9

  • UK voters deal May a crushing blow (Reuters)
  • May Fights to Remain U.K. Premier After Election Debacle (BBG)
  • Warning of U.S. desertion, EU chief calls for European defense (Reuters)
  • EU Turns Schadenfreude Up to Maximum After May Election Disaster (BBG)
  • Dollar cleans up as UK election shock stuns sterling (Reuters)
  • Trump tweets on Comey, declares ‘total vindication’ (AP)

Frontrunning: June 7

  • Islamic State Claims Rare Attack on Iran Parliament, Major Shrine (BBG)
  • UAE turns screw on Qatar, threatens sympathizers with jail (Reuters)
  • U.S. Oil Exports Double, Reshaping Vast Global Markets (WSJ)
  • Trump’s Closest Allies Warn President It’s Time to Stop Tweeting (BBG)
  • Trump Taps Former Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray as New FBI Chief (WSJ)
  • Poll: Pound Could Plunge to $1.20 on Friday (BBG)

Partitioning Syria: Oil, Gas, And Peace

It’s the 101st anniversary of the Sykes–Picot Agreement and, in light of the non-stop Syrian Civil War, it’s time to ask, “How’s that working out for you?”

More Solar Jobs Is A Curse, Not A Blessing

Citing U.S. Department of Energy data, the New York Times recently reported that the solar industry employs far more Americans than wind or coal. This is supposed to be a good thing, according to the Times. In reality, it’s not a good thing at all, and certainly not a positive trend. In fact, the job numbers actually underscore how wasteful, inefficient and unproductive solar power actually is.

Gulf States Launch Naval Blockade Of Qatar

In what has emerged as the most significant escalation to result from the Qatar diplomatic crisis - which pits two of OPEC’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, against the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas and further disrupts stability in the region -  the biggest Middle East oil and container ports banned all vessels sailing to and from Qatar from using their facilities.