Turkey

Turkish Referendum Full Preview

On Sunday, Turkey will vote in a hotly contested referendum on the presidential system, whose outcome could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country's political system in its modern history. Here is the full preview.

US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb

The US National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S Air Force announced the first successful field test of the modernized B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

Tillerson In Moscow: Is World War III Back On Track?

If anyone is worried whether the prospect of a major war, which many of us considered almost inevitable if Hillary Clinton had attained the White House, is back on track, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow was cold comfort.

WikiLeaks Issues Response To CIA Director Mike Pompeo

"Director Pompeo's speech attempting to stifle speech only serves to underscore why WikiLeaks' publications are necessary. WikiLeaks will continue to publish true, newsworthy information that contributes to the public debate."

If An Electorate Falls In The Forest, Is Their Voice Heard?

If there’s one lesson Europeans can glean from their allies across the Atlantic, it’s that bullets can be dodged, but not indefinitely. As we are learning the hard way, necessary reforms are challenging to enact. Avoidance, though, will only succeed in feeding anger and despair. The longer the voices of the desperate go unheard, as just so many silently falling trees in the forest, the more piercing their cries will be in the end.

America, The Waning Days

"...these are the most dangerous times in the existence of an empire. The waning days. The downward slope. The swans that will pop up in that are definitely black; there’s no predicting those graceful beauties..."

Bill Blain "Can't Figure Out What Is Keeping Stocks So Buoyant?"

At this stage folks who think the Trump Jump effects are real seem to be missing the big reality – nothing in Washington has changed: the diverse and loosely aligned lunatic fringes of the Republician party mean policy Gridlock remains the reality.

Turkey's Barks And Bites

At the moment, Erdogan's priority is to win the referendum on April 16 that he hopes will change the constitution so that he can be Sultan-for-life. Picking fights with "infidel" Europeans might help him garner more support from conservative and nationalist Turks. When the voting is done, however, he will have to face the reality that an alliance cannot function forever with one party constantly blackmailing the other.