New York City – The stock market Dow Jones average was creeping towards the 20K mark as Wall Street investors seemed a bit nervous. Huh? Was it the credit bubble in bonds or was it the the looming increase in interest rates that was bothering them the most? How long, everyone wonders, before this house of cards crumbles?
Europe – Europe today is a complete financial mess. The strongest countries face lackluster economic growth, while the weakest, like Greece, are struggling to recover from depression-like downturns. Politically, things are even worse, as disillusionment with European and domestic institutions and elites is at record levels, and support for far-left and far-right parties is growing, creating political instability. And then there is the immigrant problem.
While the European Union (EU) and the multicultural northern member states prevaricate over a migrant crisis they cannot seem to get a grip on, more conservative Eastern European nations Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia have been meeting in Prague to discuss closing the Balkans to illegal immigrants. The entire continent is fast becoming a tender box of unrest.
Asia – Countries like Iraq and Syria are locked in an ever escalating battle of Christians versus Muslims. Tens of thousands lie dead with no end in sight. And, behind the scenes you can see Russian and Iranian officials making long term war plans behind closed doors. Caught in the middle are civilians who are running, but with no welcoming place to go. ISIS, at about 80 thousand strong continue their insane antics in hot spots all over the region and will serve as a focal point for a military buildup in the US under Trump.
China – Bloated with hundreds of millions of dirt poor citizens, a ‘false’ economy and a leadership intent on world dominance and you have all the makings for major upheaval and even war.
The Baltic’s – Sandwiched like meat in between the West and Russia, these countries face a doom and gloom future. This area is very likely to play a large role in future World Wars that could ignite between the super powers.
The above are just a few of the ‘nasties’ that are working behind the scenes in a world that sits on the ragged edge. Not mentioned are fun realities like climate change, rotting infrastructure, probabilities of pandemic disease outbreaks, shortage of water and pollution. All of which will land on the table in front of the newly elected President Donald J. Trump sometime in mid January 2017! Oh. And, did I mention that the US is pretty much flat broke?