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  • Why California Needs Thirsty Alfalfa

    In the early 1860s Henry Miller and Charles Lux, a pair of German immigrants who had established themselves as butchers in San Francisco, began buying land along the San Joaquin River in the Central Valley about 100 miles (as the crow flies) southeast of the... Read More >>

    Israel Thanks Obama For Keeping Its Nuclear ‘Secret’

    Despite last-minute jitters from Israel, the Obama administration will continue to play along by shielding the Jewish state from a conference that could force it to disclose its nuclear weapons. Last Friday, Rose Gottemoeller, the undersecretary of state... Read More >>

    Russia Is Using Mobile Crematoriums To Hide Ukraine’s Dead

    Russia is so desperate to hide its military involvement in Ukraine that it has brought in mobile crematoriums to destroy the bodies of its war dead, say U.S. lawmakers who traveled to the war-torn country this spring. The U.S. and NATO have long maintained... Read More >>

    China’s Growing Meth Addiction

    In the summer of 2013, a 50-year-old chemistry professor in the Chinese province of Xi'an apparently decided to emulate "Breaking Bad." Teaming up with a Mr. Chen, Professor Lu (full names haven't been released) straddled between his classroom duties and a... Read More >>

    China’s Pivot To Latin America

    On a swing through Latin America last week, Premier Li Keqiang of China wooed his hosts with potentially big deals. But Latin leaders shouldn't let yuan fever blind them to their need to establish a more balanced relationship with China, one of their most... Read More >>

    Durable Goods Orders Slide YoY 4th Month In A Row Despite Dramatic Upward Revisions

    After dramatically upwardly revised data from last month (but following an even more dramatic downward revision to all historical data earlier in the month) - the highly noisy series of Durable Goods Orders printed -0.5% (from +5.1% in March, revised up from... Read More >>

    Chinese State Paper Warns ‘War Will Be Inevitable’ Unless U.S. Stops Meddling In Territorial Dispute

    Whereas over the past year, ever since the outbreak of the hostilities over the fate of Ukraine following the Victoria Nuland orchestrated presidential coup, relations between Russia and NATO have devolved to a Cold War 2.0 state as manifested by countless... Read More >>

    Global Trade Dives Most Since The Financial Crisis

    How great was the global economy in the first quarter? We know the US economy was crummy. The revised GDP estimate will likely sink into red mire. Hence the heated proposals these days, including at the Fed, to apply “a second round of seasonal... Read More >>

    How The Saudis Wag The Washington Dog

    American diplomacy favors (majority) white, English-speaking countries (the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and non-Hispanic European settler states (Canada, Australia and New Zealand again, but also Apartheid South Africa and, of course,... Read More >>

    ISIS Planning U.S. Nuclear Attack In Next 12 Months

    Three weeks after the first supposed attack by Islamic State supporters in the U.S., in which two ISIS "soldiers" wounded a security guard before they were killed in Garland, Texas, the time has come to raise the fear stakes. In an article posted in the... Read More >>

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