Stakes Rise in Browder-Gate – EU Threatens Cyprus with Article 7

It's been quite a week for Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty.  First Hungary and now Cyprus.  And all because of some guy named Bill Browder? Despite numerous warnings and obstacles, Cyprus continues to assist Russia in investigating the finances of Bill Browder.  This has resulted in letters of warning to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades … Continue reading Stakes Rise in Browder-Gate – EU Threatens Cyprus with Article 7

Russia Raises Rates to Raise Stability

2018 has not been kind to the Russian Ruble.  Despite a improving macroeconomic statistics and a widening positive balance of trade the Ruble has lost more than 10% versus the dollar so far this year. So, the recent decision by the Bank of Russia to surprise everyone and raise interest rates 0.25% seems like a … Continue reading Russia Raises Rates to Raise Stability

Trump Doesn’t Want Peace with the EU

Donald Trump is on a mission.  His goal? Destroy the post-WWII institutional order that has outlived its usefulness. And there have been a number of major moves that fundamentally tear at the fabric of that order.  In a span of a day we've had the following things occur in quick succession. French President Emmanuel Macron … Continue reading Trump Doesn’t Want Peace with the EU

Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live — Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions

In real estate everything comes down to location, location and location.  In geopolitics, everything comes down to leverage, leverage, and more leverage. The U.S. has financial leverage over much of the world through the use of economic sanctions.  And with each passing day the evil of The Magnitsky Act and its progeny shows itself upon … Continue reading Gold Goats ‘n Guns Live — Sanctions, Sanctions, Sanctions

Lira Collapse To Jump the Mediterranean

The Turkish Lira crisis is fundamentally different than the Russian Ruble crisis of 2014/15.  This one has contagion risk. Back then no one was worried about the fall of the ruble having spillover effect.  If Sberbank failed, it wouldn't jump to Europe.  Then again, there was little worry about that since the Russians had more … Continue reading Lira Collapse To Jump the Mediterranean

No Peace in Strengthening Iran Sanctions

President Trump is out of options.  So are his main vectors of information, the Israeli Firsters in his cabinet and family.  Israel, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have lost the Syrian War and the ramifications of that are immense. Because by losing this war the U.S. has been revealed as a paper tiger incapable of … Continue reading No Peace in Strengthening Iran Sanctions

The Curious Case of Bill Browder

"Deserve's got nuthin' to do with it." — William Munny, Unforgiven A couple of weeks ago I told you the first U.S. Civil War was here. What I didn’t tell you was the face of that Civil War is Bill Browder. Browder was responsible for The Magnitsky Act. It handed our government insane sanctions powers on individuals and … Continue reading The Curious Case of Bill Browder

The Short News – Browder, Graham and 6 Minutes of Memes

Having been cross-streaming on YouTube and Periscope now for a few months, I'm getting a better sense of what is and is not driving traffic to it; demographics and the like. And it's obvious to me that it is time to shake things up a bit.  So, I'm starting something I'm calling "The Short News." … Continue reading The Short News – Browder, Graham and 6 Minutes of Memes