Josh Friedman made two trips to the Mexican-Guatemalan border this year, both following the break-up of a migrant caravan from Central America. First, Friedman produced a series of reports from the Mexican-Guatemalan border in late January, just days following major clashes there between Mexico's National
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By JOSH FRIEDMAN For US persons or anyone who has access to US credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP) is a no-brainer right now… if you can reasonably afford to spend $4,000 in the next 3 months; if you have opened 4 or fewer personal credits cards in the last 24 months; if you
Bilderberg's media team says it hopes a conference will take place in 2021. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, site of the 2019 Bilderberg Meeting The annual Bilderberg Meeting, in which western elites rub shoulders and discuss major issues facing Europe and North America, will not take place in 2020, marking the first year
He Ain't No Midas Mark Bryan'sThe Shit Show "In just one term in office, Donald Trump has rendered the United States unrecognizable, and has faced no consequences for doing so. He has carried out a sustained assault on democratic institutions, put his family members in charge of critical government functions during a pandemic, called for
Q has been identified, and it is exactly who one would expect. QAnon is a curious entity. Like many things in 2020, it has similar antecedents, but the extent strength and power of its influence is almost without precedent. Recessions have happened before, but not like this. Pandemics have happened before, but not like this.
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NuLcKKByXk Angry California residents took to the streets on Friday to protest the state's Coronavirus shelter-in-place order. Protests occurred at several locations across California, including outside the state Capitol in Sacramento. Josh Friedman reports live from a large protest in Huntington Beach, located in Orange County. A day prior to the protest, California Governor Gavin
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, site of the 2019 Bilderberg Meeting By JOSH FRIEDMAN Western elites from industry, finance, politics, media and academia will not meet on their scheduled dates this year at the annual Bilderberg conference due to travel restrictions and coronavirus prevention efforts, the meeting organizers’ press service says. The private gathering of western
Brexit is at an impasse. This is not news. Things have not progressed at all in the UK in what feels like years. The EU is ready for all scenarios, come-what-may. Michael Gove is telling the world that the EU is not interested and unwilling to talk about Brexit. The EU is saying that, and
The European Union has just concluded its quinquennial ritual of choosing the leaders of its major institutions. This process has, especially since the introduction of the spitzenkandidaat process in 2014, been subject to much criticism for not being very transparent. This is clearly an invalid debate for two reasons. The first is that none of
Josh Friedman reports from Istanbul on re-run Election Day in Turkey's economic capital and largest city. How did the results of Istanbul's mayoral election get annulled? Why is control of Istanbul so significant in Turkish politics? What's at stake for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan? //www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxs7oQctcNA
View all of Josh Friedman's video reports from Montreux, Switzerland, the site of the 2019 Bilderberg conference, as well as from the Geneva airport, where many of the participants arrived and departed. See which participants speak with the press and which do not. Also, take in some news and analysis from the sidelines of this
In 1992, Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man was published. The conclusion that he, in this book, had come to was that the course of history would experience a fundamental change in pace. He was not the only one to think this. In fact, due to the fall of the Soviet
The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace MONTREUX, Switzerland By JOSH FRIEDMAN Jared Kushner The son-in-law of United States President Donald Trump, the frontrunner to be the next chancellor of Germany, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the king of the Netherlands and top bankers and CEOs will convene this week in Montreux, Switzerland for the
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Though widely considered to be a prestigious travel document, the United States passport has fallen to 38th place in the passport rankings compiled by tax and immigration consultancy Nomad Capitalist. Nomad Capitalist, led by global citizenship expert Andrew Henderson, publishes a passport index that differs fundamentally from other passport rankings FreeManPost has
By Josh Friedman The Balkan country Macedonia, also known as Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, will now be formally renamed North Macedonia following a vote in the Greek parliament that ratified a deal between Athens and Skopje and brought an end to a nearly three-decade dispute between the two sides. Athens had long objected to
Work in paradise Okay, it’s not exactly a hostel. It’s effectively a resort. But there is a hostel component to New Teddy’s On The Beach, located in beautiful Jambiani on the east coast of the the main island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. This beach resort of sorts has dorm beds placed inside big beach huts that
Report from Skopje: Original: Josh Friedman interviews locals in Thessaloniki, the capital of Greece's Macedonia region, about the longstanding name dispute between Greece and Macedonia, aka FYROM, and about the recent agreement that may resolve the matter. The report includes background information on the dispute, which largely revolves around Greek Macedonians alleging their
Evet: Josh Friedman reports from Istanbul on presidential and parliamentary Election Day in Turkey. Will Erdogan win Turkey's new executive presidency outright or will the election go to a runoff? Who is challenging Erdogan in his alleged bid for one-man rule of the country? What are some of the key issues, and in which
For nearly 3 decades, Milo Djukanovic has led Montenegro in one way or another, charting a path that has included seemingly contradictory ideologies; going from getting bombed by NATO to joining NATO; overcoming corruption and organized crime allegations; and surviving an alleged Russian-plotted election day coup attempt. Now, Djukanovic is returning from behind the scenes
By SABOOR NADEM Hundreds or more Afghan asylum seekers gathered in the center of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and protested Saturday against the alleged unequal and unfair treatment of immigrants by the Swiss government. Some of the protesters held signs that stated, “We are all human and the Swiss government should not differentiate between
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
By JOSH FRIEDMAN In the first-ever nomadic journalism webinar, I reveal my formula for traveling to 20+ countries a year and share some stories from the reporting trails. Where should you be based? How can you find news to cover? And what are some of the tricks of the trade of a globetrotting journalist?
Bitcoin has suddenly become all the rage at the time of writing at the beginning of 2018 and 5778. Although it is not something new, having been around since 2009, and far from the only cryptocurrency around Bitcoin has garnered a lot of attention in recent times. At the time of writing, there are
By KSENIYA TARASEVICH The civilized world is moving fast to legalize, or at least decriminalize, cannabinoids. Meanwhile in Belarus, owning just 1 gram of marijuana can get you 2 years in prison — which, in actuality, means up to 8 years. This is how the Belarusian drug policy is failing the people of Belarus. The
Al Stankard, aka Harlem Venison By OMAR KHAN A civil war sparked from racial tension is the last thing on my mind — that is until I met a hippy-looking man preaching unity and found out he is an avowed “racist.” Then anxiety heightened into fear. It looks like the alt-right isn’t just
Josh Friedman notices a striking resemblance between a line of architecture in the heart of Paris, France and a line of architecture in Astana, Kazakhstan. Could it be that the mysterious symbolism in Astana is more inspired by Paris than the Illuminati? For background on Astana and Kazakhstan, as well as the intriguing architecture, watch
I thought I would be running from toilet to toilet with diarrhea. Upon returning from my first multi-country adventure several years ago, my stomach was ready to explode. I thought I was permanently restricted to living in the U.S., where I could maintain control of my diet. After all, I have gluten intolerance and other
Oct. 15 - Josh Friedman reports from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on a rather unusual competitive election day in Central Asia. Who is in the race and what kind of action can we expect? As Kyrgyz voters head to the polls, there are two candidates out of 11 who are considered frontrunners. One, former prime minister Sooronbay
In this video, I discuss some of the health, wealth and social advantages of having a home to return to while living a life of frequent travel. These advantages, however, don't necessarily outweigh the advantages of going even more nomadic. It depends on the person and the timing. In separate videos I will discuss
By NIKOLAY FILIBEV The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK was created after the end of WWII as the crown jewel of the British Labour Party. Even though being among the most developed countries, UK has its fair share of problems with regards to healthcare. These problems are far bigger than what the politicians
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?
Josh Friedman shares his top lesson for anyone seeking a new life abroad or a new life of travel. Filmed outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria RELATED READING: 7 WAYS TO FLY FOR FREE 6 WAYS TO FIND THE CHEAPEST FLIGHTS
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
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.
Josh Friedman embarks upon a day of border hopping in Central Europe complete with a look inside and out of the microstate Liechtenstein and an examination of the complex web of borders or lack thereof in the region. Find out which Central European borders goods and/or people can traverse freely. When it comes to
Josh Friedman kicks off his journey in beautiful Switzerland with a striking view of the city of Lucerne. Saboor Nadem, a refugee from Afghanistan who is living in the Lucerne area, discusses how he is finding life in Switzerland. RELATED PODCAST WITH SABOOR NADEM: AFGHANISTAN FROM THE EYES OF A JOURNALIST-TURNED-REFUGEE
"I don't want these people in Bulgaria," Dinko Valev, Bulgaria's renowned "refugee hunter," says of the asylum seekers entering Europe during recent migrant waves. Valev (aka Dinko from Yambol) obtained fame and possibly fortune after he tied up a group of asylum seekers, filmed them lying on the ground and called the police to pick them up.
Josh Friedman takes you to Bratislava, Slovakia, which is in the middle of Europe geographically and politically. Bratislava is quaint and located between popular European tourists destinations, yet Slovakia is often overlooked as a country, as well as a place to visit. Geographically, Bratislava straddles the Danube River, and it nearly straddles Austria and Hungary.
By ROBERTA DOMBROVSKYTE The Vilnius street artists that brought us murals like “the Putin and Trump kiss” and “The party is over” have decided to tell us all the truth about cannabis. On the 15th of August, the assumptions day, the anarchist district Užupis announced it is liberalizing cannabis. The mural was unveiled in a
By JACLYN SNOW You can learn to sail across the sea, swing on vines through a cloud forest, or ride horses into the sunset for free when you are willing to work in exchange for accommodation in your travels! This is my third and final article covering the topic of work-exchange for free/cheap travel. In
By JACLYN SNOW If you’ve always wondered how so many young people afford extended travel, look no further for your answer than here! In my last article I wrote about how to travel for free doing work exchange (or “volunteer-for-stay”), by which you exchange your services for free accommodation and meals while you travel, and gain an incredible
Take a trip to the D-Day beaches of Normandy, France where Allied soldiers sacrificed their lives by charging into German gunfire. Josh Friedman takes you to Pointe Du Hoc, where American rangers first climbed the cliffs on D-Day, and to Omaha Beach, where the deadliest of the fighting took place.
By JACLYN SNOW Many young people these days travel for extended amounts of time, while the rest of the world wonders how they afford it. I personally traveled for 14 months on what I had previously anticipated to be a 3 month budget, which led to many people asking whether my family was funding me
By JOSH FRIEDMAN SKOPJE, Macedonia - Following a turbulent two-year political crisis, Macedonia has a new government and is seeking to expedite its bids to join NATO and the European Union. While tensions have cooled in Macedonia and Skopje has raised its standing in Brussels, the country’s internal ethnic conflict remains very much unresolved and,
Update June 12: According to the Central Election Commission, with 99.6 percent of votes counted, here are the tallies: PDK - 34.02 percent Vetevendosje 27.07 percent LDK - 25.71 percent Update 10:30 p.m.: As PDK supporters celebrate in the streets of Pristina, there is a tight race for second place. U.S. NGO Democracy in
By JACLYN SNOW Grey camping is an opportunity created by the sharing economy which allows people to experience camping on private property with permission of the owner and a small fee, instead of staying at a large-scale popular campsite or totally roughing it in the wild. Grey camping spots all over the world are available
Welcome to Europe! By JOSH FRIEDMAN Americans who plan to do some traveling this summer might want to keep an eye on exchange rates, as the dollar has recently dipped in value and could slide further. Following a couple years of a strong dollar — when compared to other fiat currencies — President
The exit sign atop the Arc de Triomphe in Paris By GARY KIRKLAND This essay concerns two separate issues that many have conflated to obfuscate both issues. One is whether rich people or countries should give money to poor people or countries. The second issue is whether the climate is changing because of global
Alex "Sasha Daygame" Lasarev By JOSH FRIEDMAN SOFIA, Bulgaria — Departing from countries ranging from Japan to Brazil and Canada to New Zealand, men of countless walks of life journeyed to Sofia, Bulgaria, Europe’s highest capital, to absorb the teachings of a lineup of lesser-known gurus assembled by a comedian-turned-pickup artist-turned-professional at “waking
By JACLYN SNOW Are you intrigued by the idea of glamping (glamor camping) in comfort and style for $10 a night, or would you prefer to camp at a beach resort for less than $5 a night? Do you love the idea of spending your evenings in an opulent tree-house while on vacation? Do you
Via Coin Desk at 17:50 GMT The popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin has surpassed the $2,000 price level for the first time ever, according to CoinDesk. Bitcoin, which began 2017 just below $1,000, has more than doubled in value less than five months into the year. Bitcoin hit the $2,000 mark Saturday evening GMT following a
By FABIANO DIAS What is it like to receive wages and manage your life using bitcoin? It has been more than a year now since I started receiving 100% of my wages in bitcoin. I can state for sure I'm not the only one, since I work for Bitwage, an American Company that allows professionals to
Seth Rich By JOSH FRIEDMAN A private investigator and former Washington, D.C. homicide detective said murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich leaked emails to the publishing organization WikiLeaks prior to his death and that local and federal investigators are engaged in a coverup of the murder. Rod Wheeler Rod Wheeler,
Editor’s Note: Brent Sanders is a lyricist for the band Urban Grey. FreeManPost is publishing a collection of songs he has written, the first being Antifa Love. New Cannibal Creed By BRENT SANDERS People.. Dinner's ready The menu is divine Your two favorite prey To the left or right When free speech zones Mean truth's demise
By JACLYN SNOW Housesitting is an exciting way to get free luxury accommodation when you travel. I combed the web to present you with these ten incredible places to housesit around the world, certain to ignite your wanderlust! Remember, these are only ten out of literally thousands of housesits available all over the globe, and
May 8 (day following the election): At least 1,000 people protested Macron in Paris following his election win. Josh Friedman reports from the protest. Election night update: Emmanuel Macron is projected to win the French presidency with more than 65 percent of the vote. Josh Friedman reports from Paris on a presidential election day in
The popular cryptocurrency bitcoin has reached the $1,500 level for the first time ever. Around 3 a.m. GMT, bitcoin is trading at $1,505, according to CoinDesk. Bitcoin has repeatedly hit record highs this year despite fierce debate among its prominent users over how best to scale the cryptocurrency. The split in the bitcoin community largely
Reporters Without Borders 2017 Press Freedom Map. The color categories are: good (white), fairly good (yellow), problematic (orange), bad (red) and very bad (black). By Josh Friedman Reporters Without Borders has released its annual index ranking countries worldwide on press freedom. According to the latests index, the North Korean press has less freedom
Watch Josh Friedman's Turkey East To West playlist showcasing a trip around Turkey at a pivotal moment in the history of the modern Turkish republic. Head from up in the mountains in the east to down into Turkey's restive southeast, followed by a trip to the capital on referendum day. Stops on the Aegean Coast
By JACLYN SNOW Do you want to stay somewhere beautiful on your next vacation without worrying about expenses? The travel industry makes it seem like quality vacation housing is an expensive luxury, but with access to the right information you can stay in gorgeous, centrally located, private homes on vacation for free, very cheap, or
Josh Friedman visits Izmir, Turkey where both an ancient Greek agora and an Ottoman bazaar can be found in the middle of town. Take a look at the fusion, as well as separation of Greek and Turkish cultures from a sprawling port city on Anatolia's Aegean Coast.
Travel along with Josh Friedman across Turkey east to west. As noted in the first video, a constitutional referendum is taking place on April 16, and thus there is a lot of activity in the country at the moment. April 13: The trip begins up in the mountains near the Iranian and Armenian borders where
By JACLYN SNOW Safe, clean, and comfortable accommodation is a priority for travelers which is often so expensive that it compromises the duration of your travel. I know a few dozen ways to find cheap or free accommodation, about half of which I’ve used myself and the others which I’ve researched and been told about
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
By JACLYN SNOW Have you ever felt that you paid too much for a rental car? Have you dreamed of taking a stunning road trip in an R.V. for less than a dollar a day? I’m here to give you the inside scoop about how to rent cars, trucks, R.V.s and camper vans for free
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Liberland founder and president Vit Jedlicka In an interview with FreeManPost at the 2017 Liberty Con in Prague, Liberland President Vit Jedlicka predicted that next week, for the first time ever, a state will officially recognize Liberland’s status as a country. Jedlicka says the state that plans to recognize Liberland
By JACLYN SNOW I’ve been writing about free and cheap travel for the past few months because I passionately believe travel should be accessible to all people. So far I’ve outlined concrete strategies for obtaining free flights and cheap flights, as well as finding trains, buses and boats on six continents. You may have noticed
Istanbul's Golden Horn with the Galata Tower (center) and Galata Bridge (right) Correction: The number of foreign visitors declined by 30 percent, not 10 percent as originally stated By JOSH FRIEDMAN Want to visit Istanbul and stay in a room overlooking the sea for less then $20 a night? Now is your chance,
By GARY KIRKLAND As I write this essay the United States of America National Government is trying to get a “Repeal and Replace Obamacare (Affordable, really the UN-affordable, Care Act).” Congress gave the new bill the “American Care Act,” I think. This bill, just like Obamacare, involves people getting medical insurance. The personal story at
Josh Friedman reports from the March 3 protests in Skopje By JOSH FRIEDMAN SKOPJE, Macedonia - Three months following parliamentary elections, Macedonian political parties have still yet to form a government. Both political and ethnic tension is building in the small Balkan state of about 2 million people, and the U.S., EU, NATO and
The price of a single bitcoin exceeded the value of an ounce of gold for the first time. On Thursday, bitcoin closed at $1,268 while a troy ounce of gold finished the day at $1,233, the BBC reports. Many savers and investors who distrust central bank-controlled currencies view gold and/or bitcoin as a hedge against money
By JOSH FRIEDMAN The United States passport is the world's 35th best travel document, a ranking it shares with Slovenia, according to an index released this week by citizenship and international business guru, Andrew Henderson. Henderson's Nomad Capitalist company unveiled the first Nomad Passport Index, which differs fundamentally from the annual passport rankings that FreeManPost has previously
By Jaclyn Snow I’ve been writing about the best ways I know to get free and cheap transport to encourage travel near and far. A couple of weeks ago I provided resources for free and cheap alternative travel by boat, bus and train which are available on multiple continents. My research showed that transportation varies
Update March 1: Bitcoin is again reaching records high. It is trading above $1,218 Wednesday afternoon GMT. Bitcoin soared to record highs on Friday, eclipsing the $1,200 mark for the first time. The popular cryptocurrency has since fallen back in the $1100s. On Friday, bitcoin climbed as high as $1,206.60, according to a Market Watch
Kosovo celebrated nine years of independence from Serbia on Friday. But, just how independent is Kosovo? The small Balkan state is currently prohibited by its own constitution from having a military. Nearly two decades after the Kosovo War, NATO forces still roam the streets of the former Serbian province, providing security. Also, key decisions about
By Josh Friedman The United States fell to 17th place in the Economic Freedom Index, an annual ranking of countries by economic liberty. Nations like the United Arab Emirates, Georgia and Lithuania now offer more economic freedom than the U.S., according to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C.-based think tank. In the 2017 Economic
By Jaclyn Snow I recently spilled my secrets for getting cheap flights and free flights, but many people don’t love to fly and seek alternate modes of transportation. Whether for health reasons or fear of flying, travel by air isn’t for everyone - and if it’s because of the environmental impact, then car travel isn’t
Josh Friedman reports from Bucharest, Romania, where protesters braved subfreezing temperatures on the 13th consecutive night of demonstrations against the Social Democratic Party-led government that recently tried to decriminalize certain types of corruption. Meet Romania's protesting monk: Some images from Piata Victoriei in Bucharest:
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
Visigoths sack Rome - Wikimedia Commons By GARY KIRKLAND Immigration is a hot issue right now around the world. This essay will discuss the issue from both a historical and Libertarian perspective. Between 100,000 and 40,000 years ago, homo sapiens sapiens first emigrated out of Africa. By 30,000 years ago, based on archaeological and
UC Berkeley Riot Editor's Note: Brent Sanders is a lyricist for the band Urban Grey. FreeManPost will be publishing a collection of songs he has written, beginning with Antifa Love. Antifa Love By BRENT SANDERS B) Hate can’t be allowed to prosper in the system — It must be banned; it must
By JACLYN SNOW Where would you go if you could fly for free? Well guess what - you can, and there are so many ways to do it! I recently released my best advice for finding the cheapest flights, and today I’ll reveal a plethora of options for obtaining free flights! For your convenience, I
Josh Friedman discusses the legacy of democracy while standing at its birthplace in Athens, Greece. The ruins of the Ancient Greek agora in Athens The Acropolis in Athens
The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled that British Prime Minister Theresa May must obtain parliamentary approval in order to begin exit negotiations with the European Union, the BBC reports. However, the court ruled approval from the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies is not necessary. The majority of voters in Scotland and Northern
The price of gold has increased nearly $100 over the past month. Over the past week, the precious metal has received a jolt from President Donald Trump, who is stating publicly that he believes the U.S. dollar is too strong. Gold is trading at slightly below $1,213 an ounce early Tuesday, according to Gold Price.
By JOSH FRIEDMAN In a surprise move, internationally isolated Belarus announced earlier this month it is lifting visa restrictions on citizens of 80 countries, including the U.S., Canada and almost all European states. The former Soviet republic, which has been deemed by the U.S. to be Europe’s last dictatorship, appears to be incrementally opening up to
With major national elections less than two months away, prominent European nationalists gathered in Koblenz, Germany Saturday for a 2017 populism kick-off conference. The gathering was a meeting of Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), a European Parliament group that includes the likes of France’s National Front, Holland’s Party of Freedom and Germany’s Alternative for
Sunrise over Sweden from airplane window. Photo: Jaclyn Snow By JACLYN SNOW Many people believe you have to be rich to travel internationally, but anyone with the right tricks can find extremely inexpensive and even free flights! I backpacked through 27 countries last year on a shoestring budget, and I am happy to
The price of gold rose steadily over the first two weeks of 2017, surpassing the $1,200 level on Thursday. Gold for February delivery closed at $1,196.20 an ounce on Friday, Market Watch reports. Gold began the year around $1,150. The precious metal's value in dollars has increased about 3.9 percent thus far in 2017. The
By JOSH FRIEDMAN After soaring to above $1,150 in the first week of 2017, the price of the cryptocurrency bitcoin fell to around $750 Thursday. Bitcoin hit a low of $752.11 early in the day, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index. China is by in large driving the volatility in the price. Beijing imposes
Report from Banja Luka during the September referendum on Republika Srpska Day Update: The outgoing Obama Administration announced on Jan. 17 that the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik. By Josh Friedman Bosnian Serbs are celebrating Republika Srpska Day, a holiday banned by Bosnia’s Constitutional Court. And, rather than caving to
Irish emergency passport Ireland's foreign ministry announced passport applications from the United Kingdom surged 41 percent in the wake of last year's Brexit referendum, CNN Money reports. Ireland has received nearly 65,000 British applications for citizenship since the UK voted to leave the EU. Citizenship applications from Northern Ireland, which is part of
The soaring cryptocurrency Bitcoin is trading at $1,147 early Thursday, within $20 of the all-time high of $1,165.89, according to CoinDesk. The record high was set on Nov. 30, 2013. In addition to approaching a record high, Bitcoin is nearing parity with gold, which is trading at $1,178. Bitcoin's price rose steadily in 2016, appreciating about
By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following intense criticism by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Ford Motor Company opted to scrap its plans to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico. Ford says it will instead invest $700 million in Michigan and create 700 U.S. jobs, CNN Money reports. Trump has promised tax cuts and regulatory reductions, while
The price of gold rose .9 percent Tuesday, finishing the day at a three-week high of $1,162 an ounce, the Wall Street Journal reports. In 2016, gold climbed 8 percent despite a sharp selloff over the final three months of the year. A relatively strong dollar did not stop gold from rising last year either.
The popular cryptocurrency bitcoin began 2017 by climbing above the $1,000 level for the first time in three years. Bitcoin is currently trading around $1,020. Bitcoin's price rose steadily in 2016, appreciating about 137 percent over the last 12 months, CNBC reports. Bitcoin outperformed all central-bank issued currencies last year, according to the BBC. Cryptocurrency
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,
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,"
Afghan asylum seeker Rashid Noori, who reportedly worked as an interpreter for U.S. and UK troops in Afghanistan, says he suffered a severe beating earlier this month in Sofia, Bulgaria. Noori says he has lost half of his hearing in one of his ears, and he was nearly left for dead on the street. A
Fed Chair Janet Yellen announcing the rate hike The Federal Reserve increased its federal funds rate last week by a quarter point, boosting it to the target range of .5-.75. The federal funds rate is the United States' most significant interest rate. When the federal funds rate increases, borrowing money becomes more expensive.
Jan. 30, 2017: VMRO failed to meet its deadline on forming a coalition, and party leader Nikola Gruevski is returning the mandate to form a government to Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov. It is unclear if Zoran Zaev will get the next crack at trying to form a coalition. Update: A revote took place in one electoral
By JOSH FRIEDMAN If you are of the belief that a Trump presidency will be a catastrophe, now is an excellent time to search abroad for new opportunities. And if you are one of the people who threatened to move to a different country in the event of Trump winning the White House, put your
Reports from Sarajevo, Belgrade and Pristina:
Josh Friedman reports from the refugee camp beside the fence and effective detention center at the Serbian-Hungarian border. Report from the camp outside Kelebija, Serbia: Refugee speaks from inside one of the detention centers: Hungarian authorities accused of beating and starving migrants:
Antonio Guterres Despite there being calls for the next United Nations chief to be a woman and/or from Eastern Europe, Portugal's Antonio Guterres cruised to victory in the secretary-general race. Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal and head of UN refugee agency UNHCR, emerged victorious in all six straw polls conducted prior
European Commission VP Kristalina Georgieva walking to the Saturday night banquet at the 2016 Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Hannah Borno By JOSH FRIEDMAN After months of denying she was seeking to join the race for United Nations secretary-general, European Union budget chief Kristalina Georgieva accepted the nomination for UN boss
A billboard in the heart of Banja Luka showing Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik urging Bosnian Serbs to vote in the referendum By JOSH FRIEDMAN BANJA LUKA, Bosnia - An overwhelming 99.8 percent of voters declared their support for the Jan. 9 holiday of Republika Srpska Day during a referendum held Sunday in
Saboor Nadem reports from the Serbian-Hungarian border where hundreds or more asylum seekers are now stranded. The migrants have come from a variety of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as African nations. Migrants camped outside the Serbian village of Horgos are praying, protesting and hunger-striking in attempt to gain permission to cross
Step inside a place that does exist but is not formally recognized as a country. Josh Friedman takes you to Transnistria, the region that broke away from Moldova and has its own parliament, president and currency, but lacks recognition from any United Nations member state.
Despite the Leave victory in the British referendum asking to remain or to leave the European Union last Thursday, things might not be so straightforward for an actual process of British separation from Europe. By PHILIPPE ROV The outcome of the British referendum regarding the EU last Thursday showed one thing clearly: there is
Update: The UK voted 51.9 to 48.1 to leave the EU. Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would resign. Scotland is beginning preparations for another independence referendum. Watch a report on the Brexit results below. Josh Friedman reports from underneath the Arc de Triomphe on Brexit Day — June 23, 2016 — and discusses nationalism
European Commission VP Kristalina Georgieva walking to the Saturday night banquet at the 2016 Bilderberg conference in Dresden, Germany. Photo: Hannah Borno By JOSH FRIEDMAN At a conference attended by two prime ministers, the king of the Netherlands, the CEO of Shell and the chairman of Google, one would think a European Union
Josh Friedman reports from Dresden, Germany, the site of the 2016 Bilderberg conference. Who is in attendance? What is going on? Longtime Bilderberg correspondents Dan Dicks and Luke Rudkowski add their input: So does Charlie Skelton, who has been covering Bilderberg for The Guardian since 2009:
Kristalina Georgieva By JOSH FRIEDMAN The annual Bilderberg conference, which kicks off Thursday in Dresden, Germany, will have one Bulgarian participant. You would not know that, though, by looking at the nationalities on the participants list. Kristalina Georgieva, a high-ranking European Union bureaucrat whose name has been floated as a possible candidate for
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN The animosity and glaring differences between two New Yorkers, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, will be on the line in the main event to succeed President Barack Obama. While Trump staggered through the worst week of his year-long, high drama Republican campaign, Democrat Clinton became the first woman in American history to
Josh Friedman kicks off a trip around Germany in Frankfurt, the city of the euro. As the refugee crisis has taken center stage in Europe, many people have forgotten that all is not well with the currency that is supposed to be ensuring stability across the continent.
Josh Friedman reports from within the march. Hundreds of far-right German nationalists marched through the city of Dortmund Saturday. Many of the demonstrators yelled chants calling for national socialism while walking through the city streets. German riot police marched alongside the nationalists, creating a barrier between them and the hundreds, or possibly thousands, of counter-demonstrators
Saboor Nadem reports from the refugee camp at the Olympic baseball stadium in Athens, Greece. Watch asylum seekers throw chicken, rice, peas and potatoes in the garbage in protest of the quality of food they receive.
Liberland President Vít Jedlička speaking with a Croatian officer on the Danube River. Croatian officers have arrested Liberland settlers, including Jedlička. This week marks the first anniversary of the founding of Liberland, or does it? Liberland is a 1-year-old libertarian microstate located on previously unclaimed land along the Danube River between Serbia
Hotel de Bilderberg, site of the first conference The Bilderberg Group, an organization of European and North American elites from business and politics, has announced its 2016 meeting will take place June 9-12 in Dresden, Germany. Bilderberg meetings occur annually at hotels or resorts in Europe or North America. The meetings are closed
Basir Yousofy UPDATE: The Lithuanian government confirmed Yousofy worked Lithuania's military in Afghanistan and granted him asylum in Lithuania. By JOSH FRIEDMAN An asylum seeker currently stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border is a former Lithuanian interpreter who reportedly worked with Lithuania's military in Afghanistan. Basir Yousofy says the Taliban was hunting him in Afghanistan because he
Watch interviews with asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who are trapped outside Idomeni, Greece at the Greek-Macedonian border. Some have been camped at the border for a month. A video report on the situation at the border can be seen here.
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
Josh Friedman reports from outside Idomeni, Greece at the Greek-Macedonian border where 10,000 or more asylum seekers are stranded. Europe has shut down the Balkan refugee route, leaving the people at the border in limbo. Watch previous reports from the Greek-Macedonian border:
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump moved closer to a general election showdown, with both presidential candidates dominating Tuesday's primary vote in five well-populated states. Trump's strong showing in Florida, a key state, caused one of his main competitors to drop out of the race. Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced a halt
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Businessman Donald Trump extended his lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination by winning Tuesday's voting in three out of four contested states. But the shocker of the day came from Democrat Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator scored a major upset over frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Michigan's Democratic primary election.
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.
On “Super Saturday,” leading Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz split four primaries and caucuses. Trump won Louisiana and Kentucky, while Cruz claimed Kansas and Maine. Turning to the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders bested frontrunner Hillary Clinton in two of three contests. Sanders won Kansas and Nebraska, while Clinton claimed Louisiana. The
Galata Bridge Josh Friedman gives a standing tour of Istanbul from the famous Galata Bridge. Catch a glimpse of East and West and old and new from a location that divides the world both geographically and culturally. Also take a trip to Istanbul's Historic Peninsula to visit the world's most famous church-turned mosque-turned
The frontrunners in the presidential race for Republicans and Democrats were big winners again as voters in 12 U.S. states made their selections on Super Tuesday. In the biggest day of the primary election and caucus season, both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton swept to victories in seven states, primarily in the Deep
President Hassan Rouhani casting his ballot. Rouhani can now count on more support for improving Iran's ties with the West. By JOSH FRIEDMAN Iranians voted in a national election on Friday. The results are still not entirely clear, but western media are naming Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as the big winner. Iran’s presidency was
A 28-year-old man in Saudi Arabia must serve 10 years in prison and endure 2,000 lashes for expressing atheism on social social media, The Independent reports. Saudi religious police, which monitor social media, determined the man posted more than 600 tweets denying the existence of god, ridiculing Quranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and
Donald Trump rolled to a third straight win in his campaign to become the next president of the United States, swamping his Republican rivals in the Western U.S. state of Nevada. With 95% of Nevada's caucus vote counted, the billionaire hotel developer and former reality TV host held a 22-point lead over his nearest competitor.
David Cameron UK Prime Minister David Cameron has set June 23 as the date voters will decide whether or not Britain will stay in the European Union. The UK has been a member of the EU and its predecessor agencies since 1973. Voters approved membership in 1975 when the UK was a member
Jeb Bush Update: With 100% of the vote recorded, 32.5% went to Trump, giving the celebrity businessman a 10-point victory. Rubio held on to second place with 22.5% and Cruz was right behind him at 22.3%. Bush finished with just 7.8% of the vote. In a big day of American voting on Saturday, the early
Two female Boko Haram (WTF is Boko Haram?) suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday morning at a refugee camp in Northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 58 people, CNN reports. Some of the refugees targeted in the attack were former Boko Haram sex slaves, whom African troops freed last week. On Tuesday, a third woman was supposed
A 20-year-old Iraqi migrant raped a 10-year-old boy in the bathroom of a Vienna swimming pool. When questioned by Austrian police, the Iraqi man said it was a "sexual emergency," The Telegraph reports. The migrant said he had not had sex in four months, and he "followed his desires." He also told investigators that he
North Korea fired a missile into space Saturday using ballistic missile technology, according to the U.S. State Department. Pyongyang disputes the claim, saying it launched an earth observation satellite on a rocket named Kwangmyongsong-4. The U.S., as well as North Korea's regional enemies, Japan and South Korea, condemned the launch, which came one month after Pyongyang conducted
By ARNOLD FRIEDMAN Trump's humility lasted one day. He dramatically returned to form by accusing the Cruz campaign of committing voter fraud to steal the Iowa caucus vote. IOWA RECAP: TRUMP LOSES HIS HEARTLAND GAMBLE The State of Iowa should disqualify Ted Cruz from the most recent election on the basis that he cheated- a
Tokyo has deployed warships in the sea of Japan and missile interceptors on land in preparation for North Korea's upcoming "satellite" launch, The Guardian reports. Pyongyang plans to launch the Kwangmyongsong earth observation satellite on a date between February 8 and 25. February 16 is considered a likely date because it is the birthday of former
Only gets prison and lashes for leaving Islam A Saudi court has ruled that a Palestinian poet is allowed to live, even if he left the faith of Islam. The man must serve eight years in prison and endure 800 lashes, though. CNN reports a court in Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Ashraf
As Syrian government and opposition leaders prepared for peace talks, Islamic State militants detonated three bombs in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Syria's capital Damascus, killing at least 50 people. Syrian state news agency SANA reported the attack began with a car bombing in the al-Sayyeda Zainab area on Sunday. Then two suicide bombers blew themselves
A trio of female Boko Haram (WTF is Boko Haram?) suicide bombers teaming up with other militants from the Islamist group killed at least 86 people Saturday night in northeastern Nigeria. Witnesses who survived heard screams of children burning to death, AP reports. The Islamists militants attacked Dalori, a Nigerian village, as well as two nearby
A gang of up to 100 masked men dressed in black attacked migrants in central Stockholm Friday evening, the BBC reports. Witnesses said the men physically attacked people thought to be foreigners. One man punched an officer in the face and was arrested, according to a statement released by Swedish police. The Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper reported
Suicide bombers killed 28 people and wounded 65 in an attack on a market in Cameroon, Reuters reports. Nigerian-based terror group Boko Haram (WTF is Boko Haram?) is suspected of being behind the attack. The bombing took place in the town of Bodo, which borders Boko Haram strongholds in northeastern Nigeria. Suicide attacks have become
A 15-year-old asylum seeker stabbed to death a 22-year-old woman who was working at a Swedish refugee center, CNN reports. The fatal stabbing occurred Monday at a home for asylum seekers who are younger than 18. The refugee center is located in the town Mölndal in Western Sweden. AFP reports Swedish police arrested the 15-year-old on a
Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Monday marks the five-year anniversary of the protests in Egypt that led to the toppling of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Five years following Egypt's Arab Spring uprising, police are raiding thousands of homes in search of people who may protest against current President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the BBC reports. Sisi
Five year's following Tunisia's Arab Spring revolution, unrest has returned to the North African nation. Protests over rising unemployment have spread across the country, and violence has broken out between police and protesters, The Guardian reports. The government has responded by imposing a nationwide overnight curfew.
Relive the 2015 edition of the European refugee crisis in a series of video reports from the Balkans and beyond. More than 1 million asylum seekers arrived in Europe in 2015, the majority of whom beached in Greece and traveled across the Western Balkans to reach more prosperous European Union states. Interviews with asylum seekers from
Two pivotal elections, deadly terror attacks and a resumption of war between Turks and Kurds highlighted a tumultuous 2015 in Turkey. Ankara also added Moscow to its enemies list. Josh Friedman reports. Watch a playlist of reports from Istanbul in 2015. Coverage of both election days in included.
Josh Friedman interviews Iranian refugees who are protesting the Macedonian government's decision to refuse them passage.
Refugees, or economic migrants, have poured into Europe from all over Africa and as far east as Bangladesh. Many are now stuck in no man's land at the Greek-Macedonian border. Josh Friedman reports.
Josh Friedman reports from Istanbul on Turkey's second election day of the year. Watch the video reports below:
FMP's Josh Friedman returns to Turkey two months following Turkish parliamentary elections. Turkey still has not formed a new government, but it does have a new war or two. Friedman reports from Istanbul, where a day prior, not one, but two terror attacks occurred. Might the chaos have a political purpose? Watch the previous reports
In Vino Veritas
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump picked up an endorsement Friday from a former basketball champion, a man who once wore a wedding dress and a self-appointed U.S. diplomat to North Korea. Dennis Rodman stated on Twitter that Trump has been a great friend for many years. "We don't need another politician, we need a businessman
You probably thought, when reading the headline that this was something explaining which gender identities are superior and why. Those on the right would assume that this article will promote homosexuality. Those on the left would assume that this would promote the two traditional genders. In fact, this is not the case, no one gender
Seriously, who does he think he is? All that we can know from Mr. Trump's behaviour is that is a very insecure and unpleasant man. Judgement calls aside, let's find out what he did. Mr. Trump is a very successful real estate mogul. His hair is also weird. Mr. Trump was behind the hit television
Hi there, Check out our latest episode. We cover the city of lights that is Paris, the quaint Czech capital that is Prague, and the terrifying Greek Crisis.
Greek banks are preparing a contingency plan in which they would confiscate at least 30 percent of deposits above €8,000, Financial Times reports. The process of distressed banks raiding deposits is called a "bail-in." In 2013, a bail-in took place in Cyprus, during which funds were seized from uninsured deposits of more than €100,000. If a
FMP's Josh Friedman covers the Turkish elections from Istanbul. Watch the video reports below:
A day before a nationwide vote in Greece that could decide the country's future in the eurozone and European Union, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Greece's creditors of terrorism, BBC reports. "Why did they force us to close the banks? To instil fear in people. And spreading fear is called terrorism," Varoufakis said. Greece's
Mr. Cameron's Conservative party has won a landslide victory in the recent UK elections. Such a wide majority was expected by very few sources. While not all might agree with the result, this cloud does have a clear silver lining. The leader of the xenophobic UKIP party, Nigel Farage has resigned. This follows the disappointing
Every day we come across inspirational and amazing stories. None can be more inspirational than going from having only a single rat as a friend to not only leading a nation, but setting an example for world leaders across the globe. This story is that of the former president of Uruguay, José Mujica. Mr. Mujica
A few days ago Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp attracted controversy once again. This time it was not for a phone hacking scandal or anything else which affects our impoverished and eternally persecuted ultra-wealthy celebrities. This time it was for something much, much more worrying. Although we might discount her opinion as that of only one individual,
By James E. Carlisle With the World Cup behind us and the Olympics on the horizon, Brazil takes a break from the spotlight, but I find myself here in the northern state of Pará, immersed in a vibrant culture which keeps on shining. Brazilian culture is renowned for being an exciting fusion of European, African
Since the GFC of 2008, Western Economies have been struggling to recover. Part of this slow recovery has led to a reduction in demand. AS a result, this has led to deflationary pressure on prices. Deflation, in a nutshell, is what happens when overall market prices fall. This can range from anything to your groceries
Dieudonné M'bala M'bala is a well known French stand up comedian who has a habit of making headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Currently his largest impact on society has been the spread of a gesture which he invented called “La Quenelle”. This gesture is seen as a sort of reverse nazi salute. Although
The European Central Bank, also known as the ECB was struck by protests today. The whole affair involved the arrest of nearly 400 anti capitalists with one agenda. They seek to try to make Mario Draghi and their colleagues go back on opening the new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. Once again the Occupy Movement shows its
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
Josh and Daniel made a short trip to Macedonia's capital. Find out what we thought of the Balkan Vegas
A crowd of thousands stormed a jail in India Thursday evening, dragged out a suspected rapist and beat him to death in the street, CNN reports. The rampage took place in the state of Nagaland located in far northeastern India. Police have arrested 43 people on a host of charges, including arson, rioting, attempted murder
China is the most populous country in the world. Also known as the People's Republic of China, is it never, ever, to be confused with the Republic of China. The latter corresponds to the island of Taiwan, which is considered an independent country by most countries. The notable exception being China, which does not recognise
North Korea is one of the world's few remaining dictatorships, and a source of endless fascination from the outside. Officially known as the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), it occupies the upper half of the Korean Peninsula. The name is somewhat of a misnomer, as the country is neither democratic, nor is it a
Boko Haram translates roughly to “Western Education is Forbidden." Boko Haram is an Islamist terrorist group based primarily in northern Nigeria. Founded in 2002, it is one of the largest and most high-profile terrorist organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Like other such groups, its activities are not confined within the borders of a signle nation. It
China's monthly trade surplus reached a record high of $60.6 billion in February, the BBC reports. A country's trade surplus is the difference in price between its exports and imports. Find out WTF China is here
Nigerian Islamist terror group Boko Haram has reportedly sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, the world's foremost Muslim militant group that currently occupies much of Syria and Iraq. Boko Harma Abubakar Shekau purportedly released a video in which he says that he is announcing his organization's "allegiance to the Caliph of Muslims."
By NIKOLAY FILIBEV The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK was created after the end of WWII as the crown jewel of the British Labour Party. Even though being among the most developed countries,
By ROBERTA DOMBROVSKYTE The Vilnius street artists that brought us murals like “the Putin and Trump kiss” and “The party is over” have decided to tell us all the truth about cannabis. On the 15th
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