Turkey

Turkey Bans Concerts, Hunger Strikes, Public Gatherings And Protests In Ankara

In the latest Turkish crackdown on civil freedoms, the governor's office in Turkey's capital, Ankara, announced a month-long ban on public gatherings and all forms of protests, including sit-ins, hunger strikes, concerts and similar gatherings in order to "protect public order" claiming that such activities increase the chances of terrorist attacks.

Frontrunning: August 2

  • Trump close to decision on addressing Chinese trade practices (Reuters); White House Weighs Trade Measures Against China (WSJ)
  • Republicans Pivot to Tax Cuts Amid Frustration at Lack of Detail (BBG)
  • Russian losses in Syria jump in 2017, estimates show (Reuters)
  • Market Paradox: Firms Get Punished for Posting Earnings (WSJ)
  • OPEC’s ‘Catch-22’: How to Unwind Its Deal to Cut Oil Output (WSJ)

Hegemony Is A Three-Player Game

"Three-player games are easy to model - it’s always two against one... This is the greatest political struggle in the world today. The nationalists and realists want to improve U.S. relations with Russia. The globalists are horrified at the prospect and want to maintain warm relations with China while isolating Russia."

EU To Force Poland, Hungary And Czech Republic To Accept Refugees

One month after the EU's executive Commission launched legal cases against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for "defaulting on their legal obligations" by refusing to accept migrants, on Wednesday the three Central European nations suffered another blow after Brussels mounted a legal fightback to force them to comply with EU refugee quotas.

Pat Buchanan Asks "Are America's Wars 'Just And Moral'?"

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter?