In a slap to the face of its Western friends, as the FT puts it, instead of visiting a Nato ally, Erdogan's first trip abroad since surviving last month’s coup attempt the Turkish president is going to Vladimir Putin’s Russia. As one Turkish diplomat in Moscow said: “Our relations with the US are the worst in 50 years . . . and that definitely makes engaging Russia an attractive option.” Needless to say, Putin will be most delighted by this development...
The killing of over 400 drug dealers in he Philippine government's "war on narco-politics" has reportedly led to an additional 500,000 turning themselves in... “I’ll really have you killed… My order is shoot to kill you. I don’t care about human rights, you better believe me.” Those are the words of recently elected Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, adding during a televised national address "my mouth has no due process."
The leader of Germany's liberal Free Democrats likened Turkish President Erdogan's purge of state institutions to the actions of the Nazi party in the 1930s. His comments echo those of Austria's far-right Heinz-Christian Strache who said on Saturday that Erdogan's use of the failed putsch in July to crack down on his opponents was reminiscent of Hitler's use of the Reichstag blaze to amass greater power.
Turkish Foreign Minster Mevlut Cavusoglu called Austria the "capital of radical racism" on Friday after Chancellor Christian Kern suggested ending European Union accession talks with Ankara. Cavusoglu said Kern's comments, spurred by a crackdown on suspected perpetrators of a failed coup last month, were "ugly" and that he rejected them all.
The daily Svenska Dagbladet reported that 30,000 people whose asylum application had been rejected and were scheduled for deportation, had gone missing. The police say they lack the resources to track down these illegals... but do not complain: "If you disagree with the establishment, you are immediately called a racist or fascist, which we definitely are not. At times I felt that this was what it must have been like to live in the old Soviet Union."
After the recent surge in terrorist attacks on US soils conducted by ISIS-affiliated refugees who had entered the country thanks to Chancellor Merkel's "Open Door" policy, we expected that popular support for Merkel would once again drop in the polls, but not even we expected such a dramatic move.
With all eyes on today's jobs report, where consensus expects a 180K payrolls gain, European, Asian stocks and S&P futures all rise amid a surge in government debt as markets digest the BOE's "kitchen sink" easing for a second day. But please don't overthink it. In deja vu fashion, Bloomberg summarizes the action simply as "stocks rose around the world on speculation central bank stimulus measures will support the global economy." We've heard that just a few times before.
Though Europe does not have the rates of gun violence the United States continues to grapple with, European governments have made over a billion euros by fueling gun violence in the Middle East and North Africa.
According to a jailed former Islamic State jihadist, German-born Harry Sarfo, has revealed that the terrorist group is actively seeking volunteers in Germany and the UK to carry out “loads of attacks at the same time in England, Germany and France.”
Corporate media regularly attempts to present Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria as solely responsible for the ongoing conflict in the region. The media does report on events that contradict this narrative - albeit sparingly - but taken together, these underreported details shine a new light on the conflict.
While over the past week Trump has hardly needed outside help to generate a spectacular dose of media scandals, overnight an unexpected attack came from none other than French socialist president Hollande expressed extreme revulsion at Donald Trump’s “excesses” in the U.S. presidential campaign and warned against the authoritarian tone adopted by the Republican nominee.
Obama has given the go-ahead for work to begin on upgrading the B61 airborne nuclear bomb, as the Pentagon is eager to embark on a multi-billion-dollar scheme to improve the US nuclear arsenal. The decision by the NNSA authorized the program to enter a post-engineering phase, which comes after four years of work. As a result, the first upgraded bombs are set to roll out by 2020. The B61 has been the principal US airborne nuclear bomb since 1968, when the first version was commissioned
Turkey's foreign minister has told Germany that “if there is no visa abolition, we will be forced to abandon the agreement struck on March 18 concerning taking back [refugees]” to which Germany's vice chancellor had a quick response: "Germany and Europe should under no circumstances be blackmailed."