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Germany’s Delegation To Russia Signals That Merkel Is Looking For New Allies

A delegation of executives from major German corporations recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such delegations are not unusual. Sometimes it is routine, sometimes a courtesy. But occasionally, it has significance. In the case of Russia-Germany relations, such meetings are always potentially significant.

Clinton, Assange, And The War On Truth

"So I think Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator... and a tool. I mean he’s a tool of Russian intelligence. And if he’s such a, you know, martyr of free speech, why doesn’t WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia?"

Rex Tillerson Makes "Secret" Visit To Afghanistan

Cloaked in secrecy and under heavy security, Tillerson slipped out of the Qatari capital of Doha in the pre-dawn hours and flew a military plane into Afghanistan on Monday on the third leg of a trip that started in Saudi Arabia. Tillerson will visit Pakistan on Tuesday and India on Wednesday.

Xi's Roadmap To The Chinese Dream

China's Belt and Road Initiative - the New Silk Road - will spark the country's development and turn the dream into reality...

McCain As Metaphor

"McCain hails the crusade to 'help make another, better world' – yet the American people don’t want another world, they want to live in this world in peace and security, rather than sacrificing themselves to some imaginary 'duty' to uplift the world on Uncle Sam’s shoulders. That’s one reason why Trump is in the White House and McCain is on the outside looking in."

Can Trump Drive A Wedge Between Saudi-Russian Alliance?

Together, Russia and Saudi Arabia produce a fourth of the world’s oil. The laws of competitive international commodity trading have pit the two petrostates on opposite poles of the U.S.-Russia geopolitical rivalry. But a new era of American oil exports and ailing national budgets is pulling Moscow and Riyadh together in trying financial times.

Frontrunning: October 19

  • Rajoy Deploys Ultimate Weapon of Law on Catalonia (BBG)
  • Congress Rolls Toward Shutdown Fight Over Immigration, Obamacare (BBG)
  • Hong Kong Stocks Tumble Most This Year as Geely, Developers Sink (BBG)
  • Inside battle imperils $230 million cryptocurrency deal (Reuters)
  • From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel (Reuters)