Bashar Assad Makes Syrian Currency Debut on 2,000-Pound Bill

The Syrian Central Bank has debuted a new, higher denomination bill featuring dictator Bashar al-Assad, the first time Assad has appeared on the nation’s currency. Such an appearance may imply renewed confidence in his stability as a leader, as the Islamic State rapidly loses territory in its “capital,” Raqqa.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a man displays a new bank note of 2,000 Syrian Lira, ($3.9), during a press conference for the Central Bank Governor Duraid Durgham in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, July 2, 2017. The notes are the first time the face of …

Trump Calls Out China in Acceptance Speech

Donald Trump issued a stern warning to the Beijing regime in his acceptance speech. He said he would stop China’s “outrageous theft of intellectual property,” “illegal dumping” and “devastating currency manipulation.”

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to …

Obama Administration Moves to Add Women, Blacks to $5 and $10 Bills

Now that Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew has confirmed his agency’s decision to replace President Andrew Jackson with black Republican Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, the Obama administration is looking to place more leaders of the women’s suffrage movement onto the back of the $10 bill and plans to add black civil rights leaders onto the back of the $5 bill.

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, file photo, a woman holds a sign supporting Harriet Tubman for the $20 bill during a town hall meeting at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. A Treasury official said Wednesday, April 20, 2016, that Secretary Jacob Lew …

Turkey Busts Suspected ISIS Members for Attempting to Mint Currency

AFP reports that Turkish police have busted six suspected ISIS militants for attempting to illegally mint coins. It seems like one of the more bizarre crimes to emerge from the Islamic State chamber of horrors, but the report notes that ISIS has long been interested in creating its own currency to achieve a measure of independence from what it describes as “the satanic global financial system.”

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Short on Money, Greece Brings Back the Barter System

Greeks are getting around what is delicately described as a “liquidity problem”—i.e. no money—by bringing back the barter system. It even has an Information Age twist: a bartering website with its own virtual currency system, and thousands of users.

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