Kremlin Slams Demands For Assad's Ouster As ISIS Kills Hundreds Of "Human Shields" In Mosul

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that Assad needs to stay in power to prevent the country from falling into the hands of jihadis, and added that the entire territory of Syria must be "liberated," dismissing demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's departure as "thoughtless." "There are just two options: Assad sitting in Damascus or the Nusra sitting in Damascus."

Unraveling The Aleppo / Mosul Riddle

There’s no question Baghdad needs to take back Mosul from ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. It could not do it before. In theory, the time is now. The real question is the conflicting motivations of the large “who’s who” doing it...

Nigeria Slashes Oil Prices, Admits There Is A "Huge" Cargo Glut

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation lowered by at least $1 a barrel its official selling prices (OSPs) for 20 out of 26 oil grades. Qua Iboe, Nigeria’s largest export crude under normal circumstances, was reduced by the most since 2014.  The reason for the dramatic price cuts according NNPC, the state oil company, is a  “huge cargo overhang" as the country attempts to regain market share.

Why Hillary Clinton Is A Bigger Concern For China Than Donald Trump

So you think Donald Trump is the biggest threat to world peace? And Barack Obama engineered America’s “pivot to Asia”? It was actually Hillary Clinton, emphasising the necessity of a “strategic turn” for the United States, who launched the pivot to Asia in an October 2011 article titled “America’s Pacific Century”. The tone was martial: “Our military is by far the strongest and our economy is by far the largest.”

Iran Asks For "Billions Of Dollars" In Ransom To Release Another Two US Hostages

Iranian news sources close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects “billions of dollars to release” those U.S. citizens still being detained.” “We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer … several billions of dollars to release” Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer, who was abducted by Iran after the United States paid Iran a $1.7 billion ransom.

Saudi Arabia Launches Sale Of 5, 10 And 30 Year Bonds, Seeks To Raise Up To $15 Billion

The most anticipated bond sale of the year has officially started, with Saudi Arabia seeking to sell between $10 and $15 billion in three tranches, a 5Y, 10Y and 30Y offering. Pricing is expected to take place tomorrow, Oct. 19; with the books set to close at 5pm in NYT on Tuesday October 15.  Tentative pricing will be as follows:

The Real Humanitarian Crisis Is Not Aleppo

Why do we hear only of the “humanitarian crisis in Aleppo” and not of the humanitarian crisis everywhere else in Syria where the evil that rules in Washington has unleashed its ISIL mercenaries to slaughter the Syrian people? We are in the middle of a presidential campaign in the US and no one has asked why the US is determined to overthrow a democratically elected Syrian government that is supported by the Syrian people.

Podesta's Iran Deal Admission Exposes Tragic Results Of AP's 2013 Treachery

In 2013, the AP hid what it knew about the existence of secret discussions between the Obama administration and Iran concerning the latter country's possession and use of nuclear materials. The Obama administration asked a journalist at another outlet and the AP to keep quiet about what they knew — and they did.

Frontrunning: October 17

  • Bonds Selloff Spreads on Inflation Concern; Stocks Fall With Oil (BBG)
  • Trump charges U.S. election results being rigged 'at many polling places'  (Reuters)
  • CNN’s Stelter Blames Firebombing of NC Republican Office on Trump's 'Over Heated' Rhetoric (Newsbusters)
  • Britain, France seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria (Reuters)
  • Inside the Secret Society of Wall Street's Top In-House Lawyers (BBG)