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Turkey's Erdogan Goes Full-Dictator: Designates Journalists And Teachers As "Terrorists"; Arrests Lawyers





President Erdogan has had enough. Enough of academics. Enough of lawyers. Enough of journalists. And especially enough of Kurds. That's why he's going to force parliament into expanding the definition of "terrorist" and that's why he's stripping HDP lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution. Oh, and he's officially kicking off his campaign to rewrite the consitution and expand his powers in April.

 
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In Dramatic Move, Syrian Kurds Set To Declare Proto-State On Erdogan's Border





Well, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s worst nightmare is about to come true. The Syrian Kurds are about to declare federalism. "The system envisions areas of democratic self-administration that will manage their own economic, security and defense affairs," a document under discussion in northern Syria asserts. The details, Kurdish officials said, would be worked out later. The name of the new proto-state: "The Federal Democratic System of Rojava-North Syria."

 
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Hungary's Orban "Rings Alarm Bells" On Brussels Plot To Create "United States Of Europe"





Viktor Orban is "gathering allies" to storm Brussels and break up a nefarious plot to subvert the willl of nations on the way to creating a United States of Europe. Who's with him? 

 
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Why Russia Is Leaving Syria: Putin Achieved Everything He Wanted





"In short, for once there is more truth than rhetoric in claims of a 'mission accomplished.'”

 
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Islamic State Closing In On Germany





"Salafists want to establish an Islamic state in Germany," warns Hans-Georg Maaßen, director, BfV, German intelligence, adding that the Islamic State was deliberately planting jihadists among the refugees flowing into Europe, and reported that the number of Salafists in Germany has now risen to 7,900.

 
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Al-Qaeda Robs US-Armed Syrian Rebels (Again), Takes TOWs, Ammo, Tank





In the latest embarrassment for US-armed and trained Syrian rebels, Division 13 was overrun in Maarat Numan on Sunday when al-Nusra (who has a history of making a mockery of the US effort in the country) seized TOWs, ammo, and armored vehicles. 40 FSA fighters were kidnapped. Meanwhile, The Pentagon wants to restart the ill-fated trained and quip program. 

 
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Voting To Destroy The Establishment





Trump’s blunt, angry, provocative, anti-establishment message has struck a chord among millions of disaffected Americans who have been ignored, abused, scorned, and shit on by the elitist establishment, banking cabal, corrupt politicians and government apparatchiks. The Deep State establishment has overstepped their bounds. Their ravenous pillaging of the national wealth through outsourcing millions of American jobs, largest mortgage control fraud in history, and outrageous gall in shifting their losing bets onto the backs of hard working Americans is about to bite them in the ass.

 
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Putin Orders "Main Part" Of Russian Army Out Of Syria As Peace-Talks Resume





Having collapsed just over a month ago, peace talks to end the Syrian strife resumed today amid the "fragile" truce brokered by US and Russia. So that makes the following even more intriguing:
*PUTIN ORDERS `MAIN PART' OF RUSSIAN ARMY TO START SYRIA PULLOUT, PUTIN SPOKE W/ ASSAD, TOLD HIM OF DECISION TO PULL OUT: PESKOV
So having stated proof of Turkish troops in Syria this morning, and after the resignation of the Russian navy commander, Putin tells the foreign ministry to intensify their role in the peace process.

 
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Frontrunning: March 14





  • Fed to sit tight on rates at March meet, hint at hikes to come (Reuters)
  • Election setback a 'wake-up call' for Merkel, media and politicians say (Reuters)
  • Germany’s Merkel under renewed attack after populists’ poll success (FT)
  • Temperatures Rise on Eve of Next GOP Contests (WSJ)
  • Carl Icahn setting up son to take his place: sources (Post)
  • Turkey Vows Swift Retaliation After Bomb Kills 37 in Capital (BBG)
 
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Central Bank Rally Fizzles: Equity Futures Lower As Attention Turns To "Hawkish Fed" Risk





While Asia was up on China's bad data, and Europe was higher again this morning to catch up for the Friday afternoon US surge, US equity futures may have finally topped off and are now looking at this week's critical data, namely the BOJ's decision tomorrow (where Kuroda is expected to do nothing), and the Fed's decision on Wednesday where a far more "hawkish announcement" than currently priced in by the market, as Goldman warned last night, is likely, in what would put an end to the momentum and "weak balance sheet" rally.

 
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Mystery HFT "Dude" Is Crushing The Turkey Stock Market





"There’s a giant bull in the [Turkey stock market] china shop," exclaims one trader, but (unsually for Turkey), "nobody knows anything for sure" about who he, she, or it is. As Bloomberg reports, a mystery investor who first appeared a year and a half ago with $450 million of bets on a single day, almost double the market average, is now executing major transactions with increasing frequency, scaring away competitors who can’t figure out when he or she will strike next, traders and bankers said.

 
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Visualizing The Militarization Of The Middle East





The global arms trade is huge, trending upwards now for roughly 15 years straight. But where are these arms going?

 
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Democracy, Be Damned - The "Sea Island" Conspiracy Reveals The Deep State





What we see at Sea Island is that, despite all their babble about bringing the blessings of “democracy” to the world’s benighted, AEI, Neocon Central, believes less in democracy than in perpetual control of the American nation by the ruling Beltway elites. If an outsider like Trump imperils that control, democracy be damned. The elites will come together to bring him down, because, behind party ties, they are soul brothers in the pursuit of power.

 
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China Is Now In Control Of Global Silver Prices





China has been an unofficial price-setter for most metals over the past decade. And this week, the country became an official participant in setting prices for one of the world’s most important precious metals markets. That’s the London Bullion Market silver price. Where one of China’s largest banks just became a member of an elite group of players that controls fluctuations in this key metal.

 
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