Welcome to the XXVII71 Issue

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BEIRUT: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE “PARIS OF THE MIDDLE EAST”?

While the capital city of Lebanon has seen a substantial restoration caused by decades of civil war and foreign intervention, it’s hard to imagine it was once an elegant city and one of the most…
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U.S. ECONOMY: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

Heavy Meddle As we go to press, gold is in the $1,490 per ounce range, despite the strong dollar.  Historically, the higher the dollar, the lower the price of gold.   Gold is dollar-based.  As the…
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AS GOES AUTO SALES, SO GOES THE ECONOMY

As we have long noted, a key indicator to note is the health of the world’s auto industry, which makes up 5.7 percent of global economic output and 8 percent of world trade. In China, the world’s…
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THE NERVE OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE

The U.S. spent almost $1 trillion more than it took in during 2019, a deficit not seen in seven years. The Fed will hold a meeting this week to decide if they are injecting enough cheap money into…
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WELL-OILED CORPOCRACY 

Oil continues its upward climb for the fourth straight session, despite the drop in U.S. inventory. Crude stocks fell last week by about 1.7 million barrels. As we go to press, Brent crude is at $61…
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WORLD’S ON FIRE. TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

Not only are forest fires burning up across the globe – in Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal, Alaska, California, to name a few – the streets are on fire, too.    As reported throughout the year in the…
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BOLIVIA: WHEN IS “ENOUGH” ENOUGH?

In Bolivia, ranked by the World Bank Group as one of South America's poorest nations, with substantial income inequality despite economic improvements under its current President, Evo Morales, the…
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GETTING HOT IN CHILE 

Santiago, Chile and Beirut, Lebanon are almost halfway across the globe from each other, yet the flames of protest, which have lit up streets in both cities, have been ignited by identical issues:…
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LEBANON ERUPTION

In Lebanon, last week, and still continuing, an estimated million people took to the streets to protest harsh austerity measures, which have deepened financial distress on all but the rich. …
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HONG KONG: WEEK 21  

Protests were both peaceful and violent in Hong Kong over the weekend. Angry at aggressive police tactics, groups of protestors blocked roads, vandalized stores, and threw gas bombs. One video shows…
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CATALONIA: GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH

Following up on Trends Journal coverage of the ongoing Catalan independence movement, which erupted again following Spain’s Supreme Court sentencing of nine Catalan politicians and activists earlier…
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SYRIA: TANKS A LOT

Defense Secretary Mark Esper clarified that tanks and other “mechanized forces” were being sent to defend the oil and said the stated goal in Syria has always been “about defeating the ISIS Coalition…
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WHAT’S A YEMEN?

As we go to press, the Saudi launched/American-backed war against Yemen, which has caused the worst humanitarian disaster in the world today, with some 14 million people starving, a devastating…
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IRAQ: “MADE IN AMERICA” MISERY

Over the weekend, at least 74 protesters were killed and over 3,600 wounded as protestors demanded an end to government corruption; rising unemployment; and dire living conditions, such as limited…
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ALGERIA: WHO’S SMILING NOW?

Last Sunday, hundreds of judges and prosecutors initiated a strike protesting the heavy-handed moves by the government to reduce the influence of around half of the country’s judiciary in an attempt…
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GERMANY: NO NUKES, NO U.S. TROOPS

Martin Schulz, leader of the German Social Democrats, said last week that if he wins next month’s election, he will make it clear the U.S. is to withdraw its nuclear arsenal from German territory.…
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OCCUPY PEACE? 

One of the key tenants of Occupy Peace, a movement created by Gerald Celente to bring Peace and Prosperity to the world, is to abide by the Founding Fathers doctrine of “no foreign entanglements.”…
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“HOMELESS AND HELPLESS”: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE NO HOME

In every town hot and cold, big and small… the homeless population will explode.  It will keep growing and getting worse as economies falter and wars erupt. Citizens out of work, no money. Masses…
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BURN BABY, BURN

Another year, another hellscape of wild fires and winds sweeping through America’s most populous state, California.  America, the land of the “Exceptionals.” Exceptionally stupid, that is! They’ve…
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NEW COMPOUNDS ROLL BACK AGING

Two new compounds are showing promise not just in slowing physical aging but actually reversing it. The first is rapamycin, a substance discovered on Easter Island (a volcanic island in Polynesia)…
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NEW DEVICE HARVESTS WATER AND ENERGY FROM AIR

In 2004, a utility company hired physicist James McCanney to analyze the future usefulness of renewable energy technologies. It was then he discovered that the increasingly popular, three-bladed wind…
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UN-PLASTIC

Researchers at Finland’s Aalto University and the country’s VTT Technical Research Centre have created a new entrant in the competition to replace petroleum-based polymers and plastics.   The team…
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INVESTMENT TREND: CARBONTECH

Carbon is the new black gold: capital is rushing to back schemes promising to harvest carbon from the air. Dimensional Energy, a start-up populated with Cornell University faculty, is touting its…