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Challenges and Opportunities in the Week Ahead

Liquidity will return to the foreign exchange market, and volatility may increase. The three-month implied volatility of the euro and yen fell to record lows last week (~4.35% and 5.06%, respectively), extending a multi-year trend. The dollar is threatening to break out of recent ranges that have been historically narrow.  A breakout could underpin volatility.  However, low volatility is not just about the foreign exchange market.  The volatility of the S&P 500 (VIX) is below 12%...

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16/8/19: U.S. Military Presence Worldwide

Generally, I do not find Politico to be a great source for geopolitical analysis and data, but here is one exception - a handy map of U.S. military bases, smaller deployment platforms and unconfirmed deployment platforms worldwide: Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, one country remains completely and comprehensively surrounded by the U.S. military deployment platforms (and these exclude non-U.S. Nato platforms): Russia.The map does not show the U.S. navy and airforce reach...

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Newly-Declassified Documents Show Western Leaders Promised Gorbachev that NATO Would Not Move “One Inch Closer” to Russia

The U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union at the time it broke up and many other experts have said that the West promised Gorbachev that – if the USSR allowed German re-unification – NATO wouldn’t move “one inch closer” to Russia. While Western leaders have long denied that such a promise was ever made, newly-declassified documents now prove this. The National Security Archive at George Washington University reported Tuesday: U.S. Secretary of State James...

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Estonia Expels Two Russian Diplomats; Moscow Warns This “Unfriendly Action Will Not Go Unanswered”

Two senior Russian diplomats, Consul General Dmitri Kazjonnov and Consul Andrei Surgjev, have been ordered to leave Estonia the country's foreign ministry said on Friday.It was not immediately clear what prompted the expulsion, and the Estonian foreign ministry gave no other details. "We can only confirm that two diplomats have been expelled," said spokesperson Mariann Sudakov. Russian flag at the Russian Embassy in Tallinn. According to a local news portal, the duo were posted at Moscow's...

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US Reverses: Tillerson Offers “Snubbed” NATO New Dates For Meeting

Yesterday, just hours after James Comey's hearing on Russian interference in the US election (which provided zero proof, but countless innuendo and extrapolations), we reported that Rex Tillerson planned to skip the April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers in order to be present at Mar-A-Lago during the first US visit by China's president, and one week later travel to Russia, which as Reuters said is "a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs", or in other words -...

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Trump Warns Germany “Owes Vast Sums To US… Must Be Paid For Defense”

Amid #NoHandshakeGate and the "we have something in common" moment, yesterday's meeting between President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel was at best cordial, judging by the G-20 discussions, and this latest tweet from Trump... Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes..... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017 ...vast sums of money to NATO & the United States...

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Is McCain Hijacking Trump’s Foreign Policy?

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, “The senator from Kentucky,” said John McCain, speaking of his colleague Rand Paul, “is working for Vladimir Putin … and I do not say that lightly.” What did Sen. Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? He declined to support McCain’s call for a unanimous Senate vote to bring Montenegro into NATO as the 29th member of a Cold War alliance President Trump has called “obsolete.”...

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Pence Vows “Unwavering Support” For NATO, Pledges To Hold Russia “Accountable”

One day after John McCain made a questionable diplomatic outburst when as part of a US diplomatic tour meant to reassure Europe, and NATO, of Trump's support, the Senator told participants at a Security Conference in Munich that the Trump administration is in "disarray", on Saturday morning Vice President Mike Pence did his best to return to conventional foreign policy after he vowed that the United States will "hold Russia accountable." In an address to the Munich Security Conference, Pence...

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Angela Merkel’s EU Army Poses the Greatest Threat to World Peace in 2017

This article was orignally posted at www.disobedientmedia.com Abstract German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Europhile politicians have pushed forward with an aggressive campaign to militarize the European Union. These plans have at times been kept from European citizens in certain states. The new EU Army appears to be supplied at least in part by NATO which is currently being affected by corruption scandals and the death of its Chief Auditor under suspicious circumstances. Germany has...

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Mystery Surrounds NATO Auditor General’s Suspicious Death

Police in Belgium are probing the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a high ranking NATO official - the auditor general, whose responsibilities included probing terror financing - after his body was discovered in his car with a gunshot wound to the head. As SudInfo reports, troubling elements accumulate around the death of Yves Chandelon, a senior official of the NATO based in Luxembourg, who lived in Lens, near Tournai. The man was found dead on Friday in Andenne, with a...

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