China Won’t Stop Buying Iranian Crude Oil Despite US Request

Beijing has declined a request by U.S. envoys to stop importing crude oil from Iran, Bloomberg reports, citing unnamed sources in the know. While this is a major setback in President Trump’s quest of cutting Iranian oil exports to zero by November 4, Beijing, according to the sources, agreed to not increase its imports of […]

In Post-Attack Speech, Venezuela’s Maduro Blames ‘Ultra-Right’ & Colombia

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, speaking shortly after an attempted attack during his Saturday public address, has said some of the perpetrators have already been captured. Maduro, without any sign of injury, delivered a televised address about two hours after his public speech at a military event was interrupted by loud explosions. Venezuelan officials said explosive […]

Iran’s IRGC Confirms Holding Drill in Persian Gulf

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it held a military drill in the Persian Gulf this week with the aim of securing the strategic waterway and deterring potential threats posed by the enemies. “The exercise was conducted with the aim of controlling and safeguarding the security of the international waterway within the framework of […]

Can Trump Get America Out of Afghanistan?

Last week the White House ordered its top diplomats to seek direct negotiations with the Taliban, the latest foreign relations about-face from an administration that seems to be specializing in them. After early escalation and record-setting bombs , President Trump is looking for a way out of Afghanistan. The Taliban is far from defeated, but […]

The Next Big Energy Standoff Will Happen Here

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China have agreed on a so-called single working text to continue negotiations for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the disputed South China Sea. “I am pleased to announce yet another milestone in the COC process,” said Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday, Singapore’s foreign minister, who is hosting […]

The Greek Disaster: State Inertia and the Market Economy

What happened in Attica, Greece, close to Athens, is without precedent. An ordinary fire, like the ones that occur in this area almost every other summer, met up with a terrible, sudden wind that turned it into real galloping inferno. The tragic result was 87 dead Greek citizens and more than 20 still missing. Huge […]

UN Peacekeepers Return to Disengagement Line Between Syria, Israeli-Occupied Territory

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has returned to its positions on the line of separation between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after leaving it in 2014, a war monitor reported Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the UNDOF vehicles were spotted returning to the crossing between the Syrian southern province […]

Have You Gained or Lost Weight? Congrats, TSA is Now Tracking You For Suspicious Activity. – Editorial

If you fall asleep or use the bathroom during your next flight, those incriminating facts could be added to your federal dossier. Likewise, if you use your laptop or look at noisy children seated nearby with a “cold, penetrating stare,” that may be included on your permanent record. If you fidget, sweat or have “strong […]

Australia Charts Its Own South China Sea Course

Australia’s decision to invite a Chinese warship to participate in upcoming naval exercises off its northern coast at Darwin signals a widening divergence with the United States on how to respond to Beijing’s expansionist ambitions in the South China Sea. The US Navy, also involved in Exercise Kakadu later this month, recently canceled a similar […]

Now in Effect: Arizona Law Takes Another Step to Support Sound Money

Today, an Arizona law goes into effect taking another step toward establishing gold and silver as money. The new law supplements Federal Reserve notes with honest money that has stable, constitutionally protected value. Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Tucson) sponsored House Bill 2013 (HB2013). The new law recognizes silver and gold as liquid capital for trust companies. […]

Facebook Granted ‘Unprecedented’ Leave To Appeal Over Referral Of Privacy Shield Case To Top EU Court

Back in April, we wrote about the latest development in the long, long saga of Max Schrem’s legal challenge to Facebook’s data transfers from the EU to the US. The Irish High Court referred the case to the EU’s top court, asking the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to rule on eleven […]

Pakistan Needs A Strong New Leader – Editorial

The words ‘hope’ and ‘Pakistan’ do not often appear together. Pakistan, a sprawling nation of 205 million, is hard to govern, even harder to finance, and seething with tribal or religious violence and discord. But Pakistan, which for me is one of the most interesting and important nations on earth, is by far the leading […]

Putin Man In The Middle Between Assad, Erdogan Over Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is counting on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to prevent a Syrian military attack on Idlib, which, Erdogan said, could destroy the Astana accord. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said July 26, “Idlib is our goal, but not just Idlib. … The military — and it is at their discretion — […]

FBI Paid Dossier Author Christopher Steele, According To Redacted Documents

The FBI has released 70 pages of documents related to contacts with British spy Christopher Steele, author of the notorious Trump-Russia dossier. Though almost entirely whited out, the documents still show FBI paid Steele. The documents were released on Friday after the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch sued to get access to them under the […]

The Bleak House of the US-Turkey Alliance – Editorial

Strictly speaking, this is not the first time that Washington has imposed sanctions against Turkey. But the circumstances are entirely different, which makes the present crisis far more intractable. The US imposed an arms embargo on Turkey in 1975 followed the latter’s invasion and occupation of Northern Cyprus. Ankara retaliated by shutting down all US […]