After a week in which stock-trading abruptly algos decided that rising yields are irrelevant at worst, and at best positive for equities, the correlation has again flipped overnight sending Asian shares lower and S&P futures sliding.
While the NATO defense chiefs’ meeting on February 14-15 was full of the usual turgid speeches with opaque meaning to leave one guessing what’s really behind those nice words; the alliance actually took two far-reaching decisions proving a clue to its plans for near future...
Romania’s commitment to increase its defense budget to NATO)target of 2% GDP has spurred the government to approve a $1 billion purchase of American-made M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System).
Washington’s primary objective of bombing the pro-government troops on February 7 - that led to dozens of Russian casualties - was to create divisions between the US-backed Kurds and Russia-backed Syrian government...
In a historic first, a poll published on Monday by German newspaper Bild put the anti-immigrant, Alternative for Germany (AfD) party at 16%, showing that they are currently the second most popular political organization in Germany and more popular than Germany's Social Democrats (SPD).
"1984 has come in the real world, but the declining and former leading superpower, America ('Oceania' in George Orwell’s uncannily prophetic description of the future that he prematurely set to occur in 1984), is apparently determined to stay ‘on top’, even if it’s the last thing that anybody does."
"I was hoping when I opened this conference on Friday that, in concluding the conference, I would be able to say we can delete the question mark. In other words: ‘We are back from the brink'.... I’m actually not sure we can say that."
"The Social Justice trend has appeared in recent years, and has rapidly gained momentum... But, in fact, this trend is not new. Rabid groups of accusers appear throughout history, generally during times of existing social tension."
"Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily..."