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"What Did They Expect?" Turkey Pivots From NATO, Signs Russia Missile Deal

"What do you expect? Should we wait for you? We take care of ourselves in every security point. We are taking precautions and we will continue to do so," Turkey's president Erdogan said addressing Western opposition to Turkey's just concluded deal to buy Russian advanced surface to air missiles.

Defiant North Korea Blasts "Evil" UN Sanctions, Vows To Accelerate Nuclear Program

"The adoption of another illegal and evil ‘resolution on sanctions’ piloted by the U.S. served as an occasion for the DPRK to verify that the road it chose to go down was absolutely right. The DPRK will redouble the efforts to increase its strength to safeguard the country’s sovereignty and right to existence"

Pat Buchanan Warns "Tribalism Marches On!"

As nationalism tore apart Yugoslavia and the USSR in the 1990s, and surged to propel British secession from the EU and Donald Trump’s triumph in 2016, that primal force appears on the march again...

Crackdown Begins: Chinese Banks Are Suspending North Korean Transactions

Japan's Kyodo reports that Chinese state banks have started suspending transactions through accounts held by North Koreans, making it nearly impossible to do business between the two countries.  At least three major state banks - Bank of China, China Construction Bank and Agricultural Bank of China - have banned North Koreans from opening accounts.

(What's Left Of) Our Economy: The Real 'Dreamer Fakeonomics'

"...following President Trump’s decision to rescind Obama’s DACA program, an economic conventional wisdom has been quickly established... that the impact on the nation’s growth, employment, and productivity would be disastrous... Sadly - but not surprisingly - an examination of the data reveals this conclusion to be quintessential fakeonomics..."

Markets, Not Government, Improve Race Relations

"So why hasn’t the market succeeded more effectively and fully in improving the lot of those who are the descendants of slaves in America? To a great degree, I would argue it has been caused by the political power of special interest groups and economic policies introduced by government."

Frontrunning: September 6

  • Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the Caribbean (Reuters)
  • Social and Economic Polarization in U.S. Worsens, Poll Finds (WSJ)
  • Trump Risks GOP Civil War Pushing Congress for ‘Dreamer’ Bill (BBG)
  • Michael R. Bloomberg: Trump’s DACA Failure Is Congress’s Opportunity (BBG)
  • Array of Threats Stir Up Markets (WSJ)

The Islamic Future Of Europe

"Throughout Europe, expressions of anger are conscientiously marginalized. Calls for mobilization, or any serious change in immigration policy, come only from politicians scornfully described as 'populist'...Even the slightest criticism of Islam immediately arouses almost unanimous indignation."

Europe's New Lie: Comparing Asylum Shelters to Nazi Concentration Camps

What is the best way to shut down the debate on immigration? By heightening the language to levels impossible to be debated. That is what has been happening in the new -- and false -- trend of comparing the waves of migrants arriving in Europe to Jews during the Holocaust.