Iran

A Failing Empire, Part 1: Russia & China's Military Strategy To Contain The US

"Looking at the global political landscape over the last month, two trends are becoming more apparent. The infamous military and economic power at America’s disposal is declining, whereas in the multipolar field, an acceleration has occurred in the creation of a series of infrastructures, mechanisms and procedures to contain and limit the negative effects of America’s declining unipolar moment."

"Fake Nukes": Iran Faked Ballistic Missile Launch

Over the weekend, Iranian state television released video footage claiming to show the launch of a new type of medium-range ballistic missile. However, according to government sources, the video was "fake news", or rather "fake nukes", as Iran never actually fired the ballistic missile.

Patriots, Flags, & Referenda - "We're All Screwed"

"There’s a lesson there. That we seem to have forgotten already. And now have to learn all over again. Through Colin Kaepernick, through the unbelievable Kurdish women’s YPG army, though the streets of Barcelona. Our world is screwed up, and we need to unscrew it."

Brent Crude Spikes To Highest Since July 2015

North Korean war-talk has extended early gains for Brent Crude (driven by anxiety over the post-Kurd-referendum fallout), pushing prices to their highest since July 2015.

Frontrunning: September 25

  • Merkel’s Bloc Regroups After ‘Nightmare Victory’ in Germany (BBG); Germany’s Election Results Reflect European Unease on Economy, Immigration (WSJ)
  • Chastened Merkel looks for coalition partners after vote (Reuters)
  • Iraqi Kurds Vote in Independence Referendum (WSJ)
  • GOP Revises Obamacare Repeal With Bill Headed to Likely Defeat (BBG)
  • Trump Tax Plan to Cut Taxes for Corporations and Wealthy (BBG)

Trumps Expands Travel Ban To Eight Countries, Adds North Korea, Venezuela

On Sunday evening, President Trump announced he would replace his controversial travel ban with a targeted list of restrictions that will enhance vetting for nationals from eight countries, and prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea and Venezuela to the United States as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

Iran Releases Video Showing Off Brand New Ballistic Missile

"The 2,000-km-range missile can carry the warhead 1,800km away," the Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps told reporters on Friday. "The specification of this missile is that it can carry several warheads instead of one to hit several targets."

"We Will Not Seek Permission": Defiant Iran Unveils New Ballistic Missile

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered another snub to the Trump administration when he said that Iran would continue its missile program in defiance of US sanctions, and to underscore the determination, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard unveiled its newest long-range ballistic missile during a military parade in Tehran.

Frontrunning: September 22

  • North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat (WSJ)
  • A nuclear test over the Pacific? Logical, terrifying (Reuters)
  • What's a 'dotard'? Kim's insult to Trump (Reuters)
  • From Rubble and Ruin, a Mexican Town Wonders How to Rebuild After the Earthquake (WSJ)
  • Bonuses Are Shrinking. Blame Hurricanes and Trump (BBG)