Against the backdrop of so much financial hardship, it is well past time Kurds demanded the return of stolen assets. The true peshmerga who fought on the frontlines (rather than those who claimed to be peshmerga but traded oil with the Islamic State) deserve no less.
Not only does Iran not win because of Iraqi moves on Kirkuk, but it actually loses — the events of the last week weakened Iran’s real proxies among Iraqi politicians tremendously.
Russia asserts itself as a revisionist power determined to expand its sphere of influence using a wide array of tools. These tools include economic pressure, shrewd diplomacy, oil and gas manipulation, bribery, disinformation, covert action, cyber-attacks, military coercion, and sometimes outright invasion.
In the runup to China’s twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress, many analysts have turned bullish on the Chinese economy. If Xi and China’s new leadership actually roll out economic restructuring next year, the dislocations will likely be far greater than investors are anticipating. On the other hand, if they don’t act, imbalances will continue to swell, making the pending correction all the more painful.
Asian nations themselves understand that the Sino-Japanese relationship is Asia’s other great game, and is in many ways, an eternal competition.
The federal government’s Ponzi-scheme finances continue to limit the overall defense budget and drive up the cost of every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine. And the distinctions between Donald Trump’s Build-the-Wall and Bernie Sanders’ Come-Home-America domestic politics don’t amount to much difference.
President Trump is doing exactly what he needed to do for healthcare in terms of using his pulpit to mobilize support for tax reform. If he’s going to pass anything, he has to make it real for ordinary Americans and also figure out how to be able to say the bill cuts taxes for every single American.
When it comes to taxation, Prime Minister Modi has doubled down on his predecessor’s worst instincts. The BJP, long India’s party of business, has morphed into its party of bureaucracy.
When the deadline for Catalan regional president Puigdemont to clarify Catalonia’s status arrives, Prime Minister Rajoy will likely face a difficult choice.