Turkey

Patriots, Flags, & Referenda - "We're All Screwed"

"There’s a lesson there. That we seem to have forgotten already. And now have to learn all over again. Through Colin Kaepernick, through the unbelievable Kurdish women’s YPG army, though the streets of Barcelona. Our world is screwed up, and we need to unscrew it."

Brent Crude Spikes To Highest Since July 2015

North Korean war-talk has extended early gains for Brent Crude (driven by anxiety over the post-Kurd-referendum fallout), pushing prices to their highest since July 2015.

Frontrunning: September 22

  • North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat (WSJ)
  • A nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying (Reuters)
  • What's a 'dotard'? Kim's insult to Trump (Reuters)
  • From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake (WSJ)
  • Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (BBG)

Trump's "Fiery" United Nations Speech: Full Transcript

"Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell, but the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the united nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems."

Turkey Faces Threats For Inking Landmark Arms Deal With Russia

"...there is one result the Western sanctions produce – the targeted countries come together to create alternative poles of power... This policy has failed to keep Turkey away from military cooperation with Russia. In the multipolar world there is always an alternative to turn to..."

America's Slow-Motion Military Coup

"In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has..."

The Geopolitical Earthquake Of The Looming Kurdistan Referendum

In a move that is entirely expected, Iraq's Supreme Court has ruled that the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum scheduled for Sept. 25 cannot take place. The ruling comes as Turkey has begun military exercises along its border with Iraq's Kurdish region in a show of force meant to signal it will not tolerate an independent Kurdistan.

Frontrunning: September 15

  • Dollar leaps versus yen, pound at highest since Brexit result (Reuters)
  • Several hurt in 'terrorist' incident in London (Reuters)
  • North Korea Puts Guam in Range With New Missile Launch Over Japan (BBG)
  • U.N. Security Council to meet after North Korea fires another missile over Japan (Reuters)