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Frontrunning: November 21

U.S. sues to stop AT&T buying Time Warner, says would hike rates (Reuters) Merkel Tells Her Rivals: Back Me or Face Voters (BBG) German Turmoil Threatens Europe (WSJ) European Giants Are Making a Bad Month Worse for Stock Market (BBG) Taylor Swift Is Building a Wall (VF) Balance of Power: Putin Reaches for Prize with […]


American Woman Faces 20 Years In Zimbabwe Jail For Tweet About Mugabe

On Friday, Techzim reported that Martha O’Donovan from Magamba TV was taken into custody for a tweet that had allegedly been sent out by her during the Shoko Festival in early September. Just when we thought the ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was a big joke; the cops fire a warning shot!   We are reliably […]


Spain Order Jailing Of Catalan Leaders: ‘What Happens Next’ To Puigdemont?

The Spanish public prosecutor on Thursday ordered the country's High Court that the Catalonian secessionist leaders be jailed. An arrest warrant be issued for ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and eight members of his former government.  Investigative magistrate Carmen Lamela issued the ruling on Thursday at the request of prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal […]


Australian Government In Turmoil After Deputy PM Ruled Ineligible For Parliament, Costing Turnbull Majority

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, was ruled as ineligible to remain in parliament by the nation’s High Court due to his dual New Zealand citizenship, in the process sending the country into political chaos as the ruling wipes out PM Turnbull's one seat parliamentary majority. Section 44 of the Australian constitution, written in 1900, […]


Global Stocks Jump Among Earnings Bonanza; Nikkei Closes Above 22,000 For First Time In 21 Years

US equity futures are higher, boosted by a bevy of better than expected earnings out of tech giants Amazon, Intel and Microsoft as Asian stocks and European shares climb amid the dovish sentiment unleashed from Thursday’s ECB update. Asian equities rose as investors bid stocks following strong corporate results from India to Japan. The MSCI […]


“Tiger Woods Of Poker” Loses Landmark Lawsuit For Cheating In Mayfair Casino

The American poker player, Phil Ivey, ten-time World Series Poker winner, lost his UK Supreme Court case to recover 7.7 million pounds ($10.2 million dollars) of winnings from Crockfords, a casino in London’s prime Mayfair district. Afterwards Ivey – known as the “Tiger Woods of poker” with $23 million of career winnings – complained that […]


Watch Live: Catalan’s Puigdemont Due To Address Parliament After Delay

Live Feed (due to start at 1pm ET): *  *  * Update (12:00pm ET): La Vanguardia reports that a last-minute meeting delayed the beginning of the plenary session in which Puidemont could declare independence by one hour. CUP Group Says Catalan Republic Must Be Proclaimed Today As The Spain Report reports, there are three rumours […]


Catalan Leader Asks For Mandate To Declare Independence, Suspends Consequences Of Vote “For Weeks”

Summary (via Bloomberg): It sounds like Catalan President Puigdemont is trying to catch Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at his own game. Rajoy has always said he won’t talk as long as the Catalan government is acting outside the Spanish Constitution’s framework. Puigdemont is basically saying — fine let’s do that — but if doesn’t […]


Spanish Police Set To Arrest Catalan Leader “Immediately” If He Declares Independence

Spain’s D-Day is here: the country’s biggest political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981 is about to get a resolution – one way or another – and as Bloomberg reports, Spanish police are ready to arrest Catalan President Carles Puigdemont “immediately” if he declares independence in the regional parliament, according to two people […]


Catalans Occupy Schools, Blockade Roads Amid Police/Government Threats, “History’s About To Be Written”

The Spanish ambassador to UK, Carlos Bastarreche, has warned Catalan government’s move will have ‘serious implications’ for European stability… Europe is watching “a slow-motion, low-cost coup d’etat” by the Catalan government.   “If the Catalan government succeed it will be a drama for Europe, starting with the UK, because it will mean that a region […]


Watch Live: Catalans Occupy Schools, Blockade Roads Amid Police/Government Threats, “History’s About To Be Written”

Live Feed: The Spanish ambassador to UK, Carlos Bastarreche, has warned Catalan government’s move will have ‘serious implications’ for European stability… Europe is watching “a slow-motion, low-cost coup d’etat” by the Catalan government.   “If the Catalan government succeed it will be a drama for Europe, starting with the UK, because it will mean that […]


Spanish Government Orders Google To Delete App Used For Catalan Independence Vote

Catalonia’s High Court on Friday ordered Google to delete an application that it said Catalan separatists were using to spread information about a disputed independence vote this Sunday, Reuters reported. The court also ordered Google to block any future applications developed by the gmail address “Onvotar1oct@gmail.com”, according to a written ruling. The app, which was […]