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Still No Real Hope for Syrian Talks. $

It is not unusual to have peace talks fall apart in the Middle East but in the past there has been at least a feeble attempt before the involved parties…

Another Middle East Entanglement?  

The US is making plans to engage with ISIS forces in Libya sooner than later. Four years after the ouster of Muammar Gadaffi the country is still in the midst…

Scandal Rocks Japan $

The powerful Minister of the Economy in Japan has been forced to resign over a scandal accusing him of taking bribes from a construction company. Akira Amarui had been one…

Maybe it was a Hydrogen Bomb After All.

Maybe it was a Hydrogen Bomb After All.

We wonder if the Presidential hopefuls have really slept hard on the potential that they could be the sitting President that has to take on a very real threat from…

France Declares Labor Emergency

Unfortunately the response has been akin to sending a bucket brigade to fight a ten-alarm fire. The statements from Hollande are accurate enough – the chronic rate of unemployment is…

Four Scenarios for the Iran-Saudi Mess  $

Four Scenarios for the Iran-Saudi Mess   $

It is customary to blame the US for everything that happens in the Middle East but given the US engagement over the years there is often a grain of truth…

While You Were Sleeping – North Korea Detonates a Nuclear Bomb? $

As we were writing this evening, earthquake sensors in China were picking up a 5.1 magnitude “earthquake” near or in the same spot that a 2013 nuclear test was conducted…

China Continues to Slow 

There are always assumptions about China and they are almost always wrong. During the major growth years, the assumption was that China had discovered some magic formula that would allow…

Populism in Europe  $

Populism in Europe    $

There will be at least one major victory for the populists in Europe this coming year but it is not clear which brand will emerge victorious. There are the leftist…

Lessons from the Five Star Movement? $

If there is anything that can be safely said about the electorate in the US and Europe these days it is that they are near universally angry and frustrated. The…

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