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    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Kurdish fighters advance against the Islamic State; North Korea could go back on U.S. terror list; Russians pay the price for Putin; and much more.
    Dec22

    FP’s Situation Report, presented by Lockheed Martin: Kurdish fighters advance against the Islamic State; North Korea could go back on U.S. terror list; Russians pay the price for Putin; and much more.

    By David Francis and Sabine Muscat Iraqi Kurdish fighters are driving back the Islamic State in Sinjar. U.S. involvement in the fight against the Islamic State began at Mt. Sinjar last summer, where members of Iraq’s minority Yazidi group were stranded. This weekend, the Peshmerga, backed by Christian and Yazidi militias, drove Islamic...

    Canada faces long conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine
    Dec22

    Canada faces long conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine

    OTTAWA – It could very well be that 2014 is remembered as the year when Canada traded one shadow war for possibly two others. The flag was barely folded and put away in Kabul, marking a formal end to more than 12 years of counter-insurgency war against the ghostly Taliban, before CF-18s were dispatched to begin pounding extremist targets in Iraq....

    Super-Rich Russians Are Fleeing To The UK In Record Numbers
    Dec22

    Super-Rich Russians Are Fleeing To The UK In Record Numbers

    Russia’s uber-rich are seeking refuge in the UK in record numbers as the economic crisis in their home country deepens. According to Home Office statistics, the number of Russians granted fast-track visas — given to those who will invest at least £2 million in the UK — jumped by 69% in 2014, compared with the previous year, The Sunday...

    Emerging-Market Crises and Russia’s Fix
    Dec22

    Emerging-Market Crises and Russia’s Fix

    Vladimir Putin can forget about IMF help unless he backs off on Ukraine and re-engages with the West. …read more Source:...

    The Santa Rally Continues
    Dec22

    The Santa Rally Continues

    Last week’s wild ride saw oil prices hit five and a half year lows for oil prices and a five year record for weekly gain on the TSX. This week might just be quieter (although let’s not make any bets), with markets in North America and Europe closed for Christmas and Boxing Day, and more closures next week for New Years. The Day Ahead...

    Obama: Putin hasn’t ‘rolled me,’ economic sanctions on Russia have worked
    Dec22

    Obama: Putin hasn’t ‘rolled me,’ economic sanctions on Russia have worked

    President Obama doesn’t believe that he’s been “rolled” by Vladimir Putin, rejecting the idea that the Russian president has outmaneuvered the U.S. in a geopolitical chess match. In an interview with CNN, the president said economic sanctions on Moscow are working, crediting the American-led effort with a downturn in...

    Russian minister talks up the ruble
    Dec22

    Russian minister talks up the ruble

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian minister says he’s expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and said the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies. Igor Shuvalov, the deputy prime minister overseeing the economy, said in comments to Russian news agencies on Monday that the government “opposes”...

    Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions
    Dec22

    Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there’s one country that’s reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by the United States and the European Union. President Alexander Lukashenko is relishing his new role as broker of the Ukraine...

    Canada faces new Cold War in Europe and hot war against ISIL in Iraq in 2015
    Dec22

    Canada faces new Cold War in Europe and hot war against ISIL in Iraq in 2015

    OTTAWA – It could very well be that 2014 is remembered as the year when Canada traded one shadow war for possibly two others.The flag was barely folded and put away in Kabul, marking a formal end to more than 12 years of counter-insurgency war against the ghostly Taliban, before CF-18s were dispatched to begin pounding extremist targets in...

    Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions
    Dec22

    Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there’s one country that’s reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by the United States and the European Union. President Alexander Lukashenko is relishing his new role as broker of...