Geopolitics

BLACKROCK: 10 geopolitical risks we’re watching

• <b>Markets are calm, but there are many geopolitical risks simmering.</b>• <b><br>BlackRock is watching three in particular: the North American trade neogtiations, North Korea, and the deteriorating US-China relations.</b>• <b><br>Most geopolitical shocks have short-lived market impacts, except in regions directly …

Economy

Great Powers and Global Politics

<i>Terminology</i><i>A meaning of the term Great Power(s) (GP) in global politics from the beginning of the 16th century onward refers to the most power and</i> …

International Relations

India-US ties: Can’t wish away Pak factor

There are things happening in American foreign policy and happening fast. Much of these relate to India. Just as China is defining its future through …

Pakistan

Rajoy risks cross-party support in clamping down on Catalonia

The constitutional and political confrontation between Spain’s central authorities and Catalonia’s pro-independence forces is entering its most acute …

Uncharted

BRICS: Towards Creating New Space for Global Peace Development Potentialities

BRICS constitutes the 50% of the worldwide population and nearly takes 1/3 of the global GDP (Gross Domestic Products) that makes it a catalyst to …

International Relations

The Fall of Raqqa Sets Into Motion New Power Alignment in West Asia

The end of the caliphate has opened fresh sectarian, ethnic and political fault lines that will suffuse the region in harsh competitions and …

Middle East

Trump's actions are beginning to have global consequences

<b>(CNN) —</b> The last time Baghdad sent troops into Kirkuk to kick out Kurdish forces, I was in the first group of journalists taken to see the aftermath.<p>Bloated bodies and blown-up trucks littered the road as we arrived.<p>Fresh on the heels of the allied liberation of Kuwait in 1991, swaths of Iraq's …

Opinion

Here's How to Pull Turkey Back From the Brink

Erdogan gets more authoritarian, and closer to Russia and Iran, every day. But kicking him out of NATO would make things worse.<p>Since its founding nearly a century ago, Turkey's foreign policy goal has been summed up in a simple phrase: “No problems with our neighbors.” But the situation today is …

Turkey

Is This 'The Calm Before The Storm' On Iran And Oil?

A war with or within Iran has been a growing risk for decades.<p>President Trump appears willing and ready to push the issues with Iran regarding …

Business

“A colossal miscalculation”: why the Kurds’ independence bid might lead to civil war in Iraq

America’s allies are shooting at each other. It could get much worse.<p>America’s two main allies in the fight against ISIS in Iraq are now in a shooting war with each other over control of an oil-rich city — a fight that has the potential to throw Iraq into chaos and possibly even full-scale civil …

Iraq

A Male Infertility Crisis Is Coming. The Middle East Can Help.

Western men’s sperm counts are falling, and we ought to be concerned.<p>A major study published this July in the highly regarded fertility journal Human Reproduction Update showed that across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, men’s sperm counts declined by 50 to 60 percent over the …

Opinion

Instead of Risking Nuclear War, U.S. Should Let South Korea take over its own Defense

The Cold War was marked by hysteria over the potential for nuclear conflict. School kids practiced getting under their desks and families built bomb shelters in case the missiles fell. Although there were moments of acute danger, most notably the Cuban Missile Crisis, the world seemed to enter a …

North Korea

Why you shouldn’t trust the recent gains in oil prices - MarketWatch

Given the historic summit between Saudi Arabia and Russia in early October — the first time a sitting Saudi king has visited the Kremlin — one cannot …

Business

Oil Pulls Back From Recent Rally Despite Iraq Tensions

LONDON – Oil prices fell for a second consecutive day Friday, coming off a three-week high earlier in the week, as investors considered the potential impact of ongoing geopolitical risks on global oil supply.<p>Brent crude, the global benchmark, fell nearly 1%, to $56.67 a barrel on London's …

Oil

Rethinking Anglo-American Empire: It Starts with the Language

<i>There is a serious, almost insurmountable, language obstacle I find when trying to discuss the US regime or its foreign policy. It is the absolute</i> …

International Relations

News Highlights: Top Global Markets News of the Day

Stocks, Dollar Jump After Senate Passes Budget Proposal<p>Stocks, the dollar and bond yields edged higher after the U.S. Senate passed a budget blueprint seen as a key hurdle in revamping the tax code. The Dow industrials added 0.5%.<p>EU Inches Forward on Brexit but Says Progress Is Too Slow<p>European …

Economy

News Highlights: Top Energy News of the Day

Oil Edges Higher on Geopolitical Tensions<p>Oil prices rose Friday, boosted by disruptions to production in Iraq amid geopolitical conflict.<p>U.S. Oil-Rig Count Fell by Seven in Latest Week<p>The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. fell by seven in the past week to 736, according to oil-field …

United States

Read George W. Bush's scathing rebuke of Trump presidency

Former President George W. Bush on Thursday delivered a scathing warning about Donald Trump, saying his “America first” philosophy portends a dangerous inward turn that is eroding democracy at home and threatening stability around the world.<p>“The health of the democratic spirit is at issue,” the …

International Relations

Why is Saudi Arabia suddenly so paranoid?

In the past, Saudi Arabia depended upon its enormous oil wealth and the United States for its security. It used the former to buy friends and pay off …

Middle East

Some unhappy reasons for why we are on the verge of another war in Lebanon

By “Tippi Poynt”<br>Best Defense office of impending wars<p>Conversations with Israelis these days tend to end up in one place: casus belli. Specifically, …

Middle East

10 Geopolitical Risks We're Watching

Markets may be a sea of calm, but geopolitics are anything but. We have our eyes on 10 geopolitical risks and are tracking their likelihood and …

Business

New era for post-crisis interest rates threatens gold

With expectations of rising interest rates in the US, gold is once again under pressure.<p>The yellow metal was trading at about $1,285 on Thursday, …

Economy

Trump: America’s Gorbachev

Here’s an interview I conducted via e-mail with political scientist William Reno of Northwestern University. Prof. Reno specializes in researching …

Conservative View

Geopolitics Will Lift Gold And Oil

The two bellwether commodities - gold and crude oil.<p>Fear and uncertainty impact these commodities.<p>North Korea breeds fear.<p>Iran and the Middle East …

Business

Rising Middle East Tensions Cap The Upside For West Texas Intermediate

Growing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East are leading to greater supply constraints.<p>The Brent-WTI spread is at close to its highest point in …

Oil

The situation in Ukraine

The European Union cannot solve this problem, just because it currently has the same armies that ironically Stalin asked the Pope to have - hence it …

Ukraine

By Refusing to Recertify Nuclear Deal, Trump Has Put Iran on Notice for Regime Change

Donald Trump’s recent moves on Iran signals the start of a more aggressive phase of US power.<p>US President Donald Trump’s refusal to recertify the …

International Relations

America Is in Denial About Iraq

Well, that didn’t take long.<p>The last pockets of the Islamic State in Iraq have still not been recaptured, and already the country’s sectarian …

International Relations

Gold Prices Set to Snap 3-Day Losing Streak as Geopolitical Uncertainty Spikes

Investing.com – Gold prices rose on the Thursday as an uptick in political uncertainty in Spain weighed on risk sentiment while ongoing dollar …

Gold

ISIS is taking aim at Africa

• <b>As Islamist militant groups attempt to expand their operations into new areas, some have looked to the Sahel region in western and central Africa and seen opportunity.</b>• <b><br>The militant groups exist in pockets throughout the western Sahel and Lake Chad basin.</b>• <b><br>For countries like the US and France, there’s</b> …

Nigeria