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GEOPOLITICAL RISK+GLOBAL COMMERCE

US-AMERICAS | GEOPOLITICAL RISK

Is Multilateralism Finished? -Project Syndicate

America the Erratic Trump quitting the Iran Deal illustrates how foreign policy decision-making fundamentally changed after 2008. -The American Interest

ECONOMIC STATECRAFT Clashing With Trump, E.U. Tries to Blunt U.S. Sanctions on Iran -NYT

“We should know that the effects of the announced American sanctions will not remain without consequences,” Mr. Juncker said. “We have a duty to protect our European companies.”

Sanctions on Iran and Venezuela May Empower U.S. Rivals -NYT

As Trump tightens asylum rules, thousands of Venezuelans find a warm welcome in Miami Venezuelans lead requests for “affirmative asylum” after an 88 percent increase last year. -The Washington Post

US-AMERICAS | MARKETS IMPACT+OPPORTUNITY

GLOBAL BUSINESS

THE NEW ANTI-MONOPOLISTS Should big tech companies like Facebook be broken up? NYU professor Scott Galloway calls for people who are concerned about privacy to elect leaders who will rein in the tech giants. -Recode

House panel rebukes Trump, upholds sanctions on Chinese tech megafirm -Politico

A practical guide to the European Union’s GDPR for American businesses American businesses operating or serving customers in the EU need to understand what they need to do to prepare for a new reality — which begins on May 25. -Recode

How sugar policy could kill the farm bill For decades, sugar policy has been dictated by a complex system of price supports, production limits and import restrictions designed to maintain high commodity prices. Despite a number of attempts over the years to overhaul the policy, lawmakers have left it in place to protect sugar growers and processors. -Politico

HEY. HEY. THE DUKES ARE TRYING TO CORNER THE MARKET China's Tianqi Lithium to buy a quarter of Chile's SQM for $4.1 billion -Reuters

The Lithium Cartel Should Be Stopped Why are we so relaxed about an emerging oligopoly in the key battery element? -Bloomberg

For Sale: Stalled Pipeline Project, Angry Protesters Included -Bloomberg 

GLOBAL MACRO

Deal or No Deal: Can China Shrink U.S. Deficit by $200 Billion? -Bloomberg

Big Ag turns to peas to meet soaring global protein demand Global demand for protein – whether from meat, aquaculture or plant sources – is booming in part due to rising incomes in emerging markets in Asia and Africa -Reuters

Put Your Bitcoins in the Money Market Also a fake ICO, a fake medical-billing company, a CBS update and hedge-fund names. -Bloomberg