Turkey

Turkish Turmoil: Let The Politics Begin

A month on from Turkey’s failed coup attempt, and you’ll find endless op-eds opining the supposed strategic implications of Erdogan’s rear-guard offensives. In a nutshell, it breaks down into four key arguments...

The True Story Of How War Broke Out In Syria

...The CIA agents running the Deraa operation from their office in Jordan had already provided the weapons and cash needed to fuel the flames of revolution in Syria.   With enough money and weapons, you can start a revolution anywhere in the world. In reality, the uprising in Deraa in March 2011 was not fueled by graffiti written by teenagers, and there were no disgruntled parents demanding their children to be freed.    This was part of the Hollywood style script written by skilled CIA agents, who had been given a mission: to destroy Syria for the purpose of regime change.  Deraa was only Act 1: Scene 1.

US Nuclear Bombs In Turkey At Risk Of "Seizure By Terrorists Or Other Hostile Forces"

Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by "terrorists or other hostile forces", a Washington think tank said on Monday. The US has an estimated 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey, 110km from the border with Syria. The base's Turkish commander was arrested on suspicion of complicity in last month's coup plot.

Frontrunning: August 15

  • China shares hit seven-month high; world yields keep falling (Reuters)
  • Dollar pinned down by easing Fed rate hike expectations (Reuters)
  • Russia says oil market talks with Saudi developing (Reuters)
  • Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief (NYT)
  • The No-Pivot Election: Clinton and Trump Make No Policy Concessions (BBG)

A Post Western World? A Disturbing Interview With Prof. Harry Redner - Part 2

The political and economic issues broadly discussed in the media usually revolve around political cycles, terrorism, foreign policy, rising debt levels, sluggish economic performance, academic underachievement, environmental problems, ageing demographics and so forth. In our view, this all ties into a major cycle of history that has been with us for some time, and which has been gaining traction since the 1990s: the end of "Western Civilization" and the transition towards a globalized society.

Senate Democrat Accuses Donald Trump And His "Friend" Putin Of Founding ISIS

"It was also important to realize that [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad, by what he did in his country, allowed ISIS to move into ... Syria and get strongholds and recruit. That was the work and support of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, who is Trump's best buddy. So you can say Trump and his friend Putin are the founder of ISIS, which probably would be more accurate than calling out the commander in chief in that way."

Merkel Urges German CEOs To Hire Refugees

Merkel has invited executives from some of Germany's biggest listed companies to attend a summit next month where she will urge them to hire more refugees. According to Germany's Bild, the government wants to get as many as possible refugees into the job market, which would reduce their dependence on the state. This is great news for Deutsche Bank, which now has many potential candidates for a "scapegoat" CEO as the company's woes accelerate.

Frontrunning: August 12

  • Stocks Hit New Highs, and That Could Be Just the Start (WSJ)
  • China Slows as Stimulus Impact Wanes (WSJ)
  • How the China Shock, Deep and Swift, Spurred the Rise of Trump (WSJ)
  • Italian Economy Unexpectedly Stagnates in Threat to Renzi (BBG)
  • Clinton disparages Trump's economic plan, vows to help workers (Reuters)

Erdogan Threatens To Abandon US Dollar In Trade With Russia

According to Turkey's Gunes newspaper, which said that as part of the discussion between Putin and Erdogan on Tuesday, the Turkish president suggested to abandon the US dollar in bilateral trade between Turkey and Russia, and instead to transact directly in lira and rubles.

George Soros, NATO Allegedly Hacked By "Russians"

Step aside Democratic party: according to the latest official conspiracy theory promoted by the media, in addition to the DNC, unknown hackers managed to penetrate both the server of retired former top NATO general, Philip Breedlove as well as that of George Soros, the prominent billionaire supporter behind Hillary Clinton's campaign. Only the people are not "unknown", as the media already has its pre-determined narrative : they are, of course, Russians.

How Donald Trump Can Win In A Landslide

If Trump sticks to the following points, he will win the election and win it in a landslide.  In each case, Trump’s message – when he stays on point – resonates with many Americans. 

France Moves To De-Radicalize Its Mosques

France is taking steps to de-radicalize its mosques in the hopes of preventing the radicalization of its Muslim community. Since December, the French government, acting under expanded emergency powers, has shut down twenty mosques for preaching Salafism, a strict and highly politicized Sunni interpretation of Islam.