Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History Is Uncle Sam's Way To War

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict. The Russian leader deplored the use of history as […]

Paul Craig Roberts Asks "If This Is Freedom And Democracy, What Is Tyranny?"

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, “Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over […]

Chinese Stocks Are Plunging

Despite a liquidity injection and the rest of the world in 'risk-on' mode over the French election results, Chinese markets are tumbling… On Friday, we asked "Is China Trying To (Slowly) Burst Another Stock Market Bubble?" as Chinese monetray conditions were tightening dramatically… And, as Bloomberg reports, it seems the catalyst is further crackdowns on […]

Trump: If The DOJ Wants To Arrest Assange, "It's OK With Me"

Having selected several key excerpts from Donald Trump’s lengthy AP interview earlier, we urge readers looking for fascinating yet surreal bedtime reading to give the full, nearly 8,000 word transcript a try, as it contains bizarro excerpts such as this: AP: You did put out though, as a candidate, you put out a 100-day plan. […]

These Are The Tallest Buildings In Each State

One of the most interesting things about skyscrapers and high-rises is their competitive aspects. The Empire State Building, The Burj Khalifa, and other tall buildings were built, in part, to say to the rest of the world: “Look what we can do!” There hasn’t just been competition between countries, either – there has been some […]

FX Volatility Crashes As Traders Unwind "Existential Euro" Hedges

Heading into today's vote, FX options markets had seen massive demand for downside protection against a result that threatened the euro's existence. That didn't happen and so those hedges are being unwound en masse with the biggest drop in EURUSD implied vols in history…   Close up, 1mo EURUSD vols erased all the damage from […]

How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?

Fox News Channel parent News Corporation may be wrapped up in the sexual harassment accusations surrounding host Bill O’Reilly, but, as International Business Times' Lydia O'Neal reports, the company is facing another long-running scandal involving what appear to be exuberant payments to a Democrat – payments that occurred even as News Corp. was lobbying the […]

Despite difficulties, Randgold set to expand Tongon past 4 years

London-listed Randgold Resources (LON:RSS) isn’t letting labour unrest including a recent illegal sit-in by workers ruin its prospects for its Tongon gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The Africa-focused gold producer said on Sunday it has confirmed “multiple opportunities for extending the life of the operation beyond the current four-year horizon,” according to CEO Mark […]

Mount Polley permitted to pipe treated wastewater into Quesnel Lake

Nearly three years after a tailings dam at Mount Polley copper-gold mine in British Columbia breached, mine owner Imperial Metals (TSX:III) has been granted a water discharge permit from the B.C. government that will allow the company to flow treated mine wastewater into Quesnel Lake. CBC News reported last week that the BC Liberal government, […]

Dollar Breaks Below Key Technical Support, Hits 5-Month Lows

With Euro strength dominating FX markets, the Dollar Index has tumbled below 99.00 to the lowest level since Nov 11th.   For the first time since Oct 4th, the dollar index is trading below its 200-day moving-average…   The most volatile pair is EURJPY as risk-on drives drag fx carry higher… Source: ZeroHedge

Trump To Hold Top Level Briefing On North Korea Following US Citizen Arrest

Shortly after the news that later on Sunday, president Trump would hold a phone call with China president Xi and Japan’s PM Abe, the White House said in an advance schedule that on April 26 it will hold a briefing for senators with its “four principals” on North Korea “as the administration considers its options […]

Is Trump A Weaker President Than George W. Bush?

Shortly after his inauguration, Trump started doing the politicians favorite dance-step: The 180-Degree Pivot.  This is where the politician as a candidate for office issues policy promises that patronize enough voters to get the politician elected.  Once elected, the politician reverses course and becomes a puppet for actual policy-deciders “behind the scenes.”  The only “promise” […]

Accommodative Monetary Policy Is Encroaching On Fiscal Policy

“We believe that the ECB is presently using monetary policy in effect to conduct fiscal, as well as monetary policy. Elected politicians should be up in arms; that they are not would imply either that they do not understand this or that they simply accept it. This may provide an interesting pointer as to the […]

Visualizing The Evolution Of The American Economy Over The Past 50 Years

The American economy and the industries that power it have experienced fascinating change over the last half century. An interesting way to track that change is by following the largest, most powerful companies in the United States has they make their way up and down the annual Fortune 500 list. Slant Marketing has done just […]

Allianz’ Mohamed El-Erian On Financial Repression

Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE and a Bloomberg View columnist, discusses global economic risks with Tom Keene and Francine Lacqua at the IMF and World Bank meetings. (Source: Bloomberg) Source: Financial Repression Authority

NYT: FBI Refused To Pay $50K For FISA-Linked Trump Dossier After Former MI6 Agent Failed To Corroborate Claims

Highlights: Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele provided the FBI with a 35 page “pissgate” opposition research dossier on Donald Trump. The New York Times just revealed an agreed upon $50,000 payment if Steele could back it’s claims. When Steele failed to do so, the FBI refused to pay him the $50,000 – implying a low level of confidence in the dossier. Despite the […]

Siberian gold mine collapse kills two

Two gold miners are dead and one is in critical condition after an underground gold mine near the Siberian city of Chelyabinsk partially collapsed. Citing an industry watchdog and a report from Russian news agency TASS, state-owned RT said the incident occurred at the 700-metre level. More than 160 miners were evacuated at the Tsentralnaya mine […]