Monday, January 11, 2016

Today Was a Wild Day for the Oil Market - Bloomberg Business | Putin Is Waging a Relentless Cyberwar Against Ukraine

"ISIS or ISIL, will define the last year of the Obama administration... if the fight bogs down, so too will Obama’s agenda in his last year." - Defense Issues, Leaders and Programs To Watch in 2016 | "...10 million more will come to Europe... Schengen [abolishment of border controls] has collapsed." - EU Refugee Crisis 2016: 10 Million More Asylum Seekers Heading To Europe, German Official Warns | Vladimir Putin interview on relationship with West


National Security Adviser: Susan Rice, Obama’s adviser since July 2013, wields largely unprecedented powers over the national security apparatus. She has reportedly clashed with Carter and his predecessor, Chuck Hagel, and critics inside the building often use her as a scapegoat for problems with the war in Syria and Iraq. The roadmap for the war against the Islamic State group runs through her office.
Islamic State group: It seems obvious to say, but the Islamic State group, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL, will define the last year of the Obama administration. If the US and its allies are able to show tangible progress against the group, it could allow room for addressing other issues; if the fight bogs down, so too will Obama’s agenda in his last year.
"The massive surge of refugees in Europe hailing from the Middle East and Africa has barely scratched the surface for the number of asylum seekers who will come to the continent... as many as 10 million more will come to Europe because its countries' borders have not been regulated... “The protection of external borders is not working. Schengen [abolishment of border controls] has collapsed. A fair distribution of refugees has not taken place," said Gerd Müller..."
Putin has recently been upping his rhetoric toward the West. Significantly, the Russian leader — who is currently juggling Moscow's intervention in both Syria and eastern Ukraine — began 2016 by designating NATO a "threat" in an updated paper on Russia’s national-security strategy. 

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