Turkey

In "Seismic Shift" To Mid-East Regional Power, Saudis Halt Egypt Oil Supplies As Cairo Turns To Iran

Saudi Arabia has informed Egypt that shipments of oil products have been halted indefinitely, suggesting a deepening rift between the two nations. In response, an Egyptian delegation suggested late on Sunday evening that it would visit Iran, Saudi Arabia's main political rival, to try to strike new oil deals. Such a visit would cement a break in Egypt's alliance with Saudi Arabia and "mark a seismic shift in the regional political order."

US-Backed Forces Launch Military Offensive On Islamic State Capital

As the world remains focused on the unprecedented emotional rollercoaster that the US presidential election has become, a U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian, Kurdish and Arab  armed groups launched an operation to retake the northern city of Raqa, the capital of Islamic State in Syria. The new offensive ratchets up pressure on Islamic State at a critical moment, just as it battles an Iraqi assault on its stronghold in the northern city of Mosul.

This Is No "New Cold War"; It's Far Worse Than That

Only M.A.D. avoided the Cold War becoming a hot war. But M.A.D. is not just a physical reality but equally importantly a mutually-shared belief-system, a belief-system that becomes no longer operative if one of the two sides switches to believe that a way exists actually to win a nuclear war - in other words, to believe that conquest of a nuclear power by another nuclear power is a real possibility.

Turkish Police Raid Opposition Headquarters, Arrest Pro-Kurdish Party Leaders

After cracking down on the rank and file, the police, army, the state workers in the aftermath of July's "failed coup", Erdogan has now gone after the third largest political party in Turkey, and his on his way to becoming a full-fledged dictator, and all thoughout the humanitarian,democratic western powers sit back and pretend not to see Turkey's collapse into a dictatorial power.

Frontrunning: November 1

  • There is a bubble in articles about China's bubbles: Asset Bubbles Threaten China’s Economy (WSJ)
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Fundraising Benefited From Loophole In Federal Anti-Corruption Rule (IBT)
  • Clinton and Trump Prepare for Possibility of Election Overtime (BBG)
  • Trump Leads Clinton by 1 Point in New Poll as Enthusiasm Declines (ABC)
  • Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia (NYT)

Seven World-Historical 'Achievements' Of The Iraq Invasion Of 2003

Here is a list of the noteworthy, ongoing results of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq beginning in March 2003. (Recall that invasion was denounced by the UN as illegal, based entirely on lies, and - given the U.S.’s hegemonic position in the world, allowing it to act with impunity - the crime’s architects have never punished.)

The Loosening Grip - A Beginner's Guide To The Death Throes Of Empire

The United States is not in danger. The Empire is. This is not good. Empires, the Soviet Union notwithstanding, seldom go quietly. Either Washington gambles on war of some sort against Russia, or Russia and China, in the desperate hope of reversing things, or the Empire  gets slowly eaten. Or not so slowly. Once one country pries itself loose, many may rush for the door.

Podesta Part 23: Wikileaks Releases Another 700 Emails; Total Is Now 36,891

Down the final stretch in the presidential race which has just over one week left, Wikileaks continues its ongoing broadside attack against the Clinton campaign with the relentless Podesta dump, by unveiling another 701 emails in the latest, Part 23 of its Podesta release, bringing the total emails released so far to exactly 36,891.

US Orders Family Members Of Istanbul Consulate Employees To Leave

The U.S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the October 29, 2016, decision to order the departure of family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Department of State made this decision based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent.