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2016 Greatest Hits: Presenting The Most Popular Articles Of The Past Year

The eighth anniversary of Zero Hedge is just around the corner, and so, for the eighth year in a row we continue our tradition of summarizing what our readers found to be the most relevant, exciting, and actionable news of the year. We bring you the articles that you, dear reader, found to be the most interesting in the past 365 days.

2016 Ended: Saying Goodbye To A Roller-Coaster Year

The importance of information grew exponentially and 2016 will be remembered as a year of information wars. No information sources are fully trusted anymore. Internet has become a battlefield where information wars are waged to influence large masses of people and a considerable number of world leaders.

Why Politicians Are To Blame For Most Terrorist Attacks

In over-reacting, governments and media play into the hands of the terrorists who want to create fear and demonstrate their strength, but whose greatest gains come when they provoke an exaggerated self-destructive response. There is a dangerous disconnect in the minds of governments and news organisations between what happens in the war in Iraq and Syria and the long-term consequences this has on the streets of Europe.

"Potential Breakthrough" - Syrian Ceasefire, Which Snubbed The US, Holds On First Day

In the latest snub to the Obama administration, a nationwide Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey - one which explicitly avoided US participation - went into effect at midnight and was holding steady on Friday despite minor violations, marking what Bloomberg said is "a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has been shredding high-level peace initiatives for over five years."

Frontrunning: December 30

  • Russia Set to Expel 35 U.S. Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat (BBG)
  • Trump’s Plan to Partner With Russia Faces Bigger Hurdle (WSJ)
  • Trump could reverse effects of Obama order on Russia (Reuters)
  • Gold Lures Investors Worried About Trade Wars and Trump Tweets (BBG)
  • Syria truce backed by Russia, Turkey, holds but clashes reported (Reuters)

Thursday Humor? Oman To Join Saudi "Anti-Terror Alliance"

While we can understand shifting regional alliances, we - and everyone else - laughed out loud when reading that in order to show his "ideological proximity" to the Saudis, Oman’s defense minister sent a letter to Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which the small Gulf nation decided to join the... wait for it, Islamic Military Alliance Against Terrorism.

Putin Announces Syrian Ceasefire Deal, Ready To Start Peace Talks; Obama Snubbed Again

Vladimir Putin said a Syrian cease-fire agreement has been reached with Turkey. Putin said that Russia and Turkey will guarantee the truce, which is set to begin at midnight. The truce would be followed by peace talks between Syrian President Assad's government and the opposition. Sergey Lavrov said that that Donald Trump's administration will be welcome to join the Syrian peace process once he takes office.

Russian Embassy In Damascus Comes Under "Terrorist Shelling"

In the latest attempt to provoke Russia, less than two weeks after the Russian ambassador in Turkey was assassinated, moments ago the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus was shelled twice on Wednesday afternoon; the ministry calling it a provocation aimed at derailing peace settlement in the country.

Another PR Fiasco For Obama: Russia, Turkey Agree On Syria Ceasefire Plan, Snub Washington

Turkey and Russia have agreed on a proposal toward a general ceasefire in Syria, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said on Wednesday, and will aim to put it into effect by midnight. Anadolu, citing sources, said the two countries have reached a consensus that will be presented to participants in the conflict on expanding the ceasefire that was established in Aleppo earlier this month.

Frontrunning: December 28

  • Crude Rally Lifts Commodity Currencies; Bonds Rise: Markets Wrap (BBG)
  • Kerry Plans Middle East Speech as Israel Moves to Ease Tension (BBG)
  • Japan Looks to Smooth Over Past as New Threats Arise (WSJ)
  • Israel backs off East Jerusalem settlements (Reuters)
  • House Flipping Makes Comeback as Home Prices Rise (WSJ)

Who Wants To Keep Gas Flowing Through Ukraine And Why?

It is hard to see the position being taken by Poland - and by those in solidarity with Warsaw over this matter (or who are clearly urging that country to embark on such initiatives) - as anything but a deliberate attempt to jeopardize Europe’s energy security...