The collapse of the nearly year-long negotiations between the United States and the Taliban had only one winner: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Now, he will almost certainly go on to win reelection once the votes are tallied.
Much of establishment Washington has been stumbling over itself in recent days to convince President Trump to launch punitive military strikes against Iran on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
Since U.S.-Taliban negotiations broke down, national security experts such as Stephen Hadley and Michèle Flournoy [“Don’t leave the Afghan peace talks for dead,” Thursday Opinion, Sept. 26] have advocated changes to the U.S. diplomatic strategy.
North Korea claims that it is creating its own cryptocurrency. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency prices fell on the news—at least briefly—because if North Korea is developing its own cryptocurrency, that may reduce its demand for existing cryptocurrency options.
The recent strikes on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities, likely perpetrated by Iran, were certainly not a good thing. Though no one was killed, the attacks disrupted global energy markets in the short term, and mark a significant new escalation in the Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry.