Bilderberg 2018 To Meet In Turin, Italy? A Surprise Announcement From The Balkans
By JOSH FRIEDMAN UPDATE: The Bilderberg Media Service responded on Feb. 13 with the following statement: "Kindly note that we do not confirm the date and venue of this year's Bilderberg meeting at this stage. As in previous years, we will publish a press release including the date and location, the discussed topics as well
Ukraine In Review: From The Site Of The Deadly Odessa Blaze
Josh Friedman recaps a 3.5 week journey around Ukraine while discussing the 2014 clashes and fire in Odessa that left 48 people dead, as well as the familiar themes of hybrid and information warfare. Where does Ukraine stand as a country now? Is Kiev headed for a new Maidan? Is there hope for economic prosperity?
Trading Places? Poroshenko To The States, Saakashvili To Kiev In This Week’s News From Ukraine
From Ukraine’s famine/genocide memorial in Kiev, Josh Friedman discusses this week’s news in Ukraine, which also happens to be playing out in the United States. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and newfound challenger Mikheil Saakashvili effectively swapped places with the currently stateless Saakashvili returning to Kiev and Poroshenko heading to New York for a UN General
Ukraine September 2017: Saakashvili, War, Peace & War Games
Josh Friedman reports from Kiev, Ukraine, where the president of the country is bound for a clash with a governor-turned-stateless person who just barged across the border. Also, war rages on in Ukraine's East, and in neighboring Belarus, Russia is conducting a major military drill that has surrounding countries worried.
U.S. Appoints Special Prosecutor In Trump-Russia Case
Donald Trump and Robert Mueller The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it appointed former FBI chief Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. A DOJ press release states Mueller will oversee an ongoing investigation into the Russian government’s alleged efforts to influence
Russia, Belarus Celebrate ‘Unity Day’
Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin Editor’s note: For some background on the recent protests in Belarus and Russia, read interviews with demonstrators conducted by the Vilnius Students for Liberty and published by Freedom Today. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Russia and Belarus on Sunday marked 20 years of a supranational union between their two countries. While
Belarus Opens To Tourists As Tensions With Russia Rise
READ FMP’S REPORT ON THE NEW VISA POLICY: WANT TO TRAVEL TO BELARUS? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE By JOSH FRIEDMAN Internationally isolated Belarus lifted visa restrictions Sunday on citizens of 80 countries, including the U.S., Canada and almost all European states. Individuals who hold passports from most of the 80 states that cracked the list
Oil Prices Hit 18-month Highs, Then Slide
UPDATE: Oil finished the day down more than 2 percent. Brent slid to $55.47, falling from the 18-month high it hit early in the day, Reuters reports. ORIGINAL: On the first trading day of 2017, oil prices hit 18-month highs, Reuters reports. Benchmark Brent crude rose by more than 2 percent to a high of $58.37,
Best And Worst Stock Markets Of 2016
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (+13.4%), Russia's RTS (+27%, or 52% in dollar terms), Argentina's Merval index (+45%), Brazil's Bovespa index (+39%), the Canadian TSX Composite index (+17.5%) Norway's All-Share index (+18%), Indonesia's stock market (+15%) and London's benchmark FTSE 100 (+14.4%) were the best performing stock markets of 2016, according to CNN Money. Following the "Trump bump,"
Terror Attack In Berlin, Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated
In a deadly start to Christmas week, a Turkish police officer assassinated Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, and a man drove a truck through Berlin’s central Christmas market, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. Additionally, a gunman opened fire in a Muslim prayer center in Zurich Switzerland, wounding three people. All
Trump Calls For Limiting U.S. Support Of NATO On Eve of Brussels Attacks
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN The night before the deadly terrorist attacks on Brussels, Donald Trump called for the United States to rethink its involvement in NATO. Then on the same day as bombs were set off at the Brussels airport and a metro station, the Republican frontrunner in the U.S. presidential race scored another decisive primary election victory
Where Does Your Passport Rank?
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Seven countries issue passports that provide more visa-free travel options than the U.S. passport, according to recently released rankings. German citizens have the world's top travel document. Henley & Partners (H&P), a residence and citizenship planning firm, ranks passports based on the number of countries and territories to which they provide visa-free access.
WTF was… Putin Absent?
WTF was... Putin Absent? As we all know Putin was absent for over 10 days in early 2015. Well, speculation around this has been rampant. Forget any of the previously suggested theories as they have all been disproved. Putin did not fall ill. Putin did not have surgery. Putin was not deposed. Putin did not
Postmodernism In Geopolitics: Obscure Philosophy Makes Inroads At The Kremlin, White House And Bilderberg
Henry Kissinger exiting the 2016 Bilderberg Conference By JOSH FRIEDMAN Though not commonly associated with political movements, the philosophy of postmodernism is becoming increasingly apparent in geopolitics and now seems to be penetrating circles of establishment and anti-establishment figures alike from the United States to Russia. The result is a general state of