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Is War Inevitable In The South China Sea?

The indispensable nation’s military hegemony over the whole South China Sea must always be undisputed. Always. But already it is not. China is positioning itself as a cunning, asymmetrical aspirant to “peer competitor”. For the moment Beijing ranks second in the Pentagon’s list of “existential threats” to the US. Were not for Russia’s formidable nuclear power, China would already be number one. At the same time China does not need to launch any military offensive against an ASEAN member; it’s bad for business. But make no mistake; at some point in the future, there will be a serious confrontation between the US and China over “access" to the South China Sea.

Jihadist Al-Nusra Forces Launch Offensive To Keep Assad Out Of Syria's Aleppo

Over the past month the offensive for Syria's second largest city, has shaped up as one of the most important conflicts in the three year-old Syrian civil war. The aim of the offensive, which was preceded by a surge in Russian air strike, is to cut the last rebel supply line into Aleppo city. However, with Assad's armies advancing on the besieged city, surprising reinforcements for rebel forces emerged when earlier today Al-Nusra's Jihadist forces, attacked regime forces southwest of Aleppo in a new battle the remove the siege.

Trump's Response To Parents Of Killed Muslim Soldier: "Hillary Voted For The Iraq War, Not Me!"

"Hillary Clinton should be held accountable for her central role in destabilizing the Middle East. She voted to send the United States to war against Iraq, helped lead the disastrous withdrawal of American troops years later that created the vacuum allowing the rise of ISIS, and has never met a regime change she didn’t like (which have all been disasters) – not to mention her invasion of Libya and her abandonment of American personnel in Benghazi."

One Trader Explains Why He Is "Unplugging"

"My doctors were very clear on this: Unplug before life pulls the plug on you. And I’m listening. ... But perhaps this is the larger message: It’s time to focus on real life not cyber life. And after all, how many years of one’s life can/should one spend day in and day out on cyberspace? Adios Twitter, it’s been real. I’m unplugging..."

Turkey Surrounds, Blocks Access To NATO's Incirlik Airbase Amid Speculation Of Second Coup

All roads in and out of NATO's critical Incirlik Air Base located in Adana have been closed as Turkish Minister of European Affairs cautions that it is just a "safety inspection" while local newspapers speculate that a second coup attempt may be underway. According to Hurriyet, 7000 armed forces with heavy vehicles have surrounded and blocked off the airbase.

3 Killed, 1 Wounded At Shooting North Of Seattle; Suspect In Custody

Three people were killed and a fourth was injured in a shooting in Mukilteo, Washington north of Seattle, according to police. About 15-20 people were partying at home in the Chennault Beach neighborhood when gunfire broke out around 12:30 a.m., according to Mukilteo Police.

Weekend Reading: DNC – Discerning & Notional Conjugations

This week, the headlines have been dominated by the Democratic National Convention pushing Janet Yellen’s latest FOMC non-action to 'page 6'. "Global instability is now the perma-excuse for the Fed.” The only question will be where that instability pops up next?

DNC Grand Finale: Ladies Night, Hillary Unleashed (And Katy Perry!) - Live Feed

It's the day everyone has been waiting for - Ladies' night. The grand finale of four days of Democratic dreamery as Kary Perry takes the stage (after Barbara Mikulski - the first woman elected to the Senate). The night will be capped off by Chelsea Clinton introducing her mother - the first female nominee for President from a major party (Victoria Woodhill was first female nominee in 1872).