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Frontrunning: June 23

  • One year after Brexit: Forget euro zone breakup, sterling now deemed riskier (Reuters)
  • Senate Holdouts Seek Upper Hand in Perilous Health Bill Talks (BBG)
  • Trump’s Tape Ruse Risks Fresh Legal Jeopardy in Russia Probe (BBG)
  • Arab states demand Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts back ties to Iran (Reuters)
  • Qatar Seen Rejecting List of Severe Demands to End Gulf Crisis (BBG)

Why The EU's Policy Towards The Syrian Conflict Is A Disaster?

"The European Union has to understand finally that idealism is simply magnifying human suffering and endangering the security of all parties. There is the realist alternative, which focuses on one’s own interest instead of morality."

After The ISIS War, Is A US-Russia Collision Inevitable?

"During the campaign, candidate Trump won support by pledging to work with Russia to defeat our common enemy. But if, after ISIS is gone from Syria, we decide it is in our interests to confront Assad, we are going to find ourselves in a regional confrontation."

The Middle East Is Blowing Up

Every day brings another scary headline from the Middle East — which makes it easy to treat them as background noise rather than a clear and present danger. But the latest batch is reminiscent of the Balkans circa 1914, which means it may be time to tune back in...

Soft Sharia Emerges In Turkey

The good news about Turkish justice is that despite 15 years of not-so-creeping Islamization, court verdicts do not yet sentence wrongdoers to public lashing, stoning, amputations or public hangings in main city squares. The bad news about the Turkish justice system is that it is increasingly religiously ideological...

Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years

Israel has been secretly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a "secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war" aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces, the WSJ reported.

Syrian "Rebels" In Turmoil After Qatar Crisis

Mustafa Sejari of the Liwa al Mutasem rebel group in northern Syria said "god forbid if this crisis is not contained I predict ... the situation in Syria will become tragic because the factions that are supported by (different) countries will be forced to take hostile positions towards each other."