Iran

Iran Launches Missile Strikes Against "Terror Bases" In Eastern Syria

In a major escalation of the Syrian proxy war, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it launched multiple missile strikes from IRGC missile bases in provinces of Kermanshah & Kordestan, targeting "terror bases" in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria in retaliation for ISIS-claimed attacks in Tehran.

Iran, China Conduct Joint Naval Drills

Iranian and Chinese naval forces took part in a joint drill in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, Iran's IRNA news agency reported.  It was only the second time the Chinese flotilla has visited the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas since 2014, and comes at a tense moment as the Senate last week passed a new round of sanctions against Tehran.

"It's The 'Russia', Stupid!"

"Will the Oliver Stone interview change any minds? It’s too soon to tell. But if the soft coup against Trump succeeds, it might not matter, since then America could not be considered a self-governing constitutional republic even in a residual sense. We may have already passed our own Rubicon and just don’t know it yet."

US General Wants 20,000 Additional Ground Troops Sent To Afghanistan

With the Pentagon today backing away from media reports that they’d settled on a figure of 4,000 more troops, influential retired Gen. Jack Keane suggests that the US needed to send up to 20,000 more ground troops if they wanted to win the war. But is this war "winnable"?

Germany, Austria Slam US Sanctions Against Russia, Warn Of Collapse In Relations

Germany and Austria slammed the latest U.S. sanctions against Moscow, saying they could affect European businesses involved in piping in Russian natural gas. They warned the possibility of fining European companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project "introduces a completely new, very negative dimension into European-American relations."

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves New Sanctions To "Punish" Russia

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved new sanctions to punish Russia for "meddling" in the 2016 election. The bipartisan legislation, which passed with in a 97-2 vote, slaps new sanctions on Russia and restricts President Trump from easing them in the future without first receiving congressional approval.

Frontrunning: June 14

  • Federal Reserve Expected to Deliver Rate Increase (WSJ)
  • Fire engulfs London tower block, at least six dead, more than 50 injured (Reuters)
  • Children lost, baby thrown to safety (Reuters)
  • Democrats Accuse Sessions of ‘Stonewalling’ (BBG)
  • World stocks march on as Fed rate hike looms, dollar steady (Reuters)

Multipolar World Order: The Big Picture In The Qatar-Saudi Fracture

"The American century is rapidly coming to an end. Terrorists are biting their masters’ hands and the vassals are rebelling. The unipolar world order that defers to the United States is rapidly disappearing, and the consequences are being felt in many areas of the world."

Five Democrat Votes Allow Trump's Saudi Weapons Deal To Clear Senate

A bipartisan bid to block President Trump's recently negotiated $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia failed in the Senate. The effort to stop the weapons sales, authored by Senators Rand Paul and Chris Murphy, fell short on a 47-53 vote, with four Republicans joining most Democrats in voting against it and five Democrats voting to preserve deals that will arm the Saudi Kingdom with some of the most sophisticated equipment available.

No Surprise Here – 'Reality Winner' Has Not Become The Next Edward Snowden

"...while it is easy enough to chalk the whole Reality Winner episode up to typical government incompetence, perhaps we should be asking a different question; was something far more sinister at play here, with the deep state working behind the scenes towards undermining the current administration?"

Qatar Is Running Out Of Dollars

"We have no dollars because there is no shipment or transportation from the United Arab Emirates. There is no stock," said a dealer at the Qatar-UAE Exchange House in Doha's City Center mall. "The shipment is blocked from the UAE."