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LME Spot Prices *       Aluminum: $1,785/ton*       Copper: $5,854/ton*       Gold: $1,463.80/oz Coming Up This Week *       The UK is hosting NATO heads of state Dec. 3rd and 4th. Pres. Trumpis going, even though he considers NATO obsolete.*       House Democrats gave Pres. Trump until Friday to decide…

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Turkey & Syria It sounds like yesterday’s meeting between Presidents Trump and Erdogan went great…for Erdogan. Erdogan told reporters that he’d returned Trump’s letter warning him not to be a “tough guy” or a “fool,” and Trump let him get away with his usual talking points, including asking the U.S. to extradite Fethullah Gülen and…

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Syria U.S. military officials reportedly watched—and recorded—live drone video feeds that appeared to show Turkish troops targeting civilians during the early stages of Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria, and are treating the video as evidence of possible war crimes. That’s bound to make Pres. Erdogan’s visit to the White House today awkward. Turkey’s Demiroren News…

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China Pres. Trump said he actually hadn’t committed to rolling back tariffs on China yet, erasing some of this week’s optimism over a “phase one” trade deal with China. Apparently some in his administration—perhaps including Trump himself—still object to unraveling the new tariffs it put in place. Stocks fell on the news. U.S. prosecutors filed…

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Hong Kong China hinted at forthcoming changes to “perfect” how the Chief Executive of Hong Kong is appointed and removed. It’s not clear what exactly that means: perhaps Beijing is preparing to evict Carrie Lam, or maybe it’s just looking for ways to exert more control over the territory and shut down opposition movements. Meanwhile,…

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Russia Facebook removed three networks of accounts linked to “Putin’s chef,” U.S.-sanctioned troublemaker Yevgeny Prigozhin. The dismantled accounts were apparently designed to sow fake news in Africa—Madagascar, the Central African Republic, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya—as practice for meddling in the U.S. election in 2020. Bolivia The…

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Happy Halloween! IS IS named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qorashi as its new leader—and thus gave Western militaries a new target. Western analysts don’t seem to know who Qorashi is (and his name may actually be an alias to conceal his identity), but the “Hashimi” part suggests that he’s descended from the Prophet Mohammad’s Banu Hashimi…

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Syria Pres. Trump’s big news was indeed the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who apparently blew himself—and three of his six children—up in a dead-end tunnel as U.S. special operations troops stormed in. Two of Baghdadi’s IS affiliates were captured. Trump’s announcement featured some pretty bombastic lines: “we flew very, very low and very,…

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Brexit John Barrow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, rejected a vote on PM Johnson’s Brexit deal yesterday on a technicality, which means that today lawmakers will vote yes or no on whether they support the deal in principle. It’s awkward because the vote is likely to be close, and even if the deal…

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Syria The situation in northern Syria continued to devolve, with rising global concern about Turkey’s brutal offensive against the Kurds. Russian military police are reportedly patrolling the area between Turkey’s military and the Syrian troops that came north to prevent clashes—and/or fill the vacuum. Meanwhile, VOA reports that the U.S. is rushing diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire…