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Ratings Agencies Add to Sri Lanka’s Political Woes

SriLankaPoster, cc Flickr Vikalpa | Groundviews | Maatram | CPA, modified,

The political and economic difficulties are piling up for Sri Lanka.

France Yellow Vest Protests: Jupiter Has Fallen

GiletsJaunes, cc Flickr KRIS AUS67, modfiied,

A new and virulent protest movement has French President Emmanuel Macron reeling. Has the self-styled ‘Jupiter’ come crashing down to Earth?

US Debt: Bomb or Overblown?

Source: Congressional Budget Office (CBO), public domain

Ignored by headlines and political debate, the US debt load continues to expand at a staggering rate.

FLASH: Escalating Russia-Ukraine Tensions

ODESSA, Ukraine (July 17, 2017) Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), shows the combat information center to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko while he tours the ship in Odessa, Ukraine, during exercise Sea Breeze 2017. Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multi-national maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security within the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)170717-N-ZE250-167 Join the conversation:

All the latest from the Kerch Strait crisis.

Russia-Ukraine Naval Clash off of Crimea


Russian vessels have fired on the Ukrainian Navy near Crimea, risking a major escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Pakistan IMF Bailout Talks Spinning their Tires

LagardeIMF, cc Flickr Valsts kanceleja/ State Chancellery, modified,

In Pakistan’s failed IMF talks, we see growing friction between the old and the new financial word orders.

Belt and Rage: China Consulate Attacked in Karachi

Chinaflag, cc Nicholas Raymond, modified,

The attack in Karachi reflects animosity toward Chinese investment in Pakistan’s tribal regions. It may also be a sign of things to come.

Will Brexit Open the Door for an EU Army?

Eurofighter, cc Flickr Alan Wilson,, modified,

The United Kingdom often scuttled attempts at greater EU integration on security matters, but the prospect of an EU Army will remain daunting after Brexit.

US-Saudi Relations: Business as Usual as Khashoggi Anger Fades

cc Flickr, James Mathis, modified,

The strategy of patience, denials, and scapegoats appears to be working for now. But Crown Prince Mohammed Bin-Salman may still face difficulties down the road.

ECB Nears End Date for QE

EUBonnCongress, cc Flickr European People's Party, modified,

As economic storm clouds gather on the horizon, will the ECB get cold feet about ending its unprecedented quantitative easing program?

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