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“The Sultan And I”: Trump Meets Erdogan To Compare Autocrat Notes, Talk Kurds

Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Washington on Tuesday which is hilarious for all kinds of reasons. First of all, Trump has stolen more of Erdogan’s moves in four months than Kobe Bryant took from Michael Jordan in four years. Additionally, Trump (and a whole lot of the shadowy media outlets that back him)…

“Turkish Delight”: This Hasn’t Happened Since October 2013

Now I don’t know why, but a whole lot of people have gotten it in their heads that Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent referendum win (which, you’re reminded, essentially made him Sultan) is a positive development for Turkey. This despite the fact that the consolidation of power in a newly reconstituted (both figuratively and literally) presidency quite…

In Truly Absurd Move, Turkey’s Erdogan Bans Wikipedia, TV Dating Shows

“”In radio and television broadcasting services, such programmes in which people are introduced to find a friend…. cannot be permitted.”

“We May Come Overnight, All Of A Sudden!” Turkey’s Erdogan Warns, As US Troops Deployed

Earlier this week, we highlighted a story that’s flown (both figuratively and literally) under the radar. Namely the Turkish military’s airstrikes on Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq. You’re encouraged to read the entire post here: One Man’s Kurd Is Another Man’s “Terrorist”: Turkey Bombs US-Allied Forces In Syria, Iraq. The bottom line is that Turkish…

Cartoon Break (“Pandora’s Box”)

Be careful what you vote/wish for…

Trump Calls Erdogan: Man Who Rigged Vote Congratulates Man Who Rigged Vote

The powers that be in Europe (those would be the same folks the Marine Le Pens of the world are hell-bent on usurping) were less-than-enthusiastic about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s historic referendum victory, documented extensively here over the weekend. And it’s easy to understand their trepidation. After all, Erdogan probably rigged the vote. That’s not…

Cartoon Break (“A Dictatorial Congrats”)

Round of applause.

Here’s What To Expect For Turkish Assets Following The Great Sultan Rally

Monday is “write your own Turkish lira jokes” day…

Fortune Cookie Say: “Good Econ Data!” The Sultan Returns. Welcome To Monday.

Boom! It’s Monday. Let’s hit the ground running.

The First Week Of The Rest Of Your Life

Welcome to the first week of the rest of your life. By now you all know what’s coming and if you don’t, well, you can review the HR weekend reading or you can simply scan the short version here. Overnight, the action found the dollar adrift (although it did bounce a bit later in the…

The “Deep State”: Why Trump’s Conspiracy Theory Is Both Bullsh*t And Dangerous

“Turkish experts will tell you that discussion of the “deep state” flourishes in a climate of conspiracy and political polarization. It encourages the public to doubt the pillars of civil society — from the judiciary to the press — and take shelter in the shadow of a populist leader. That’s where the parallels to American politics in the age of Trump start to become all too real.”

Tragic Irony: How Trump And Le Pen Perpetuate Radical Islam’s Apocalyptic World View

One of the most tragically ironic things about populism anno 2017 is the extent to which it reflects the very same radicalism its adherents claim to be fighting against.

Hours After Call With Erdogan, Trump Wakes Up, Says Will “Never Have Security” If Judicial Branch Independent

Some friendly advice, from one autocrat to another…

Daily Kickstart (Japan Battles Bond Markets, Mexico/Turkey Battle FX Traders, May Meets W/Trump)

As is rapidly becoming custom, we start with FX markets, where the USDJPY rose again, recapturing a 115 handle following the BoJ’s 10th bond buying operation of the month. If we hit 116, the dollar rally could gather some momentum “as the market seems to be short vol above that level,” one European trader told…