Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

News Links, February 22, 2017

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Dubai likely to lose 'shopper's paradise' status: S&P
Saudis tighten their belts for Eid in age of austerity
Gov't cuts, which began late in 2015, are now rippling through almost every area of the Saudi economy, reducing consumers' disposable income
There's No 'Free' Lunch at 40,000 Feet, Either
Airlines are bringing back complimentary meals because you pay for them in other ways.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Germany Won't Let Washington Join Ukraine Conflict Negotiations
Leaders from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine met Saturday to discuss how to solve a bloody rebel movement that has torn apart Eastern Ukraine in recent years. Missing from the action was a representative from the U.S. And Germany's foreign minister said that won't change anytime soon.
Israel to Demolish Palestinian Homes for Settler-Only Road in East Jerusalem
Hundreds of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem are about to be made homeless as the Israeli government begins its initial excavations for a new road project, running 11 km, and aiming to connect settlements in the occupied West Bank to Jerusalem itself.

Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants
Where have all these protesters been the last few decades? Their sudden appearance suggests that they were satisfied with the previous occupants of the Oval Office. -- RF

## Energy/resources ##
Russia Gains Upper Hand In Asian Oil War
The supermarket food gamble may be up
Brexit, migration and climate pressures mean our 'too big to fail' global food chain could unravel


## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
Our Systems Are Failing (interview with author of  Failing States, Collapsing Systems, Nafeez Ahmed)
Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car (Our Finite Earth)
Auditors declare war on hidden losses
Stricter checks could reveal a Japan Inc. riddled with Toshiba-like problems
Condo price in 2016 second-highest on record
The price of new condominiums in Japan hit the second highest level on record last year, fuelled by rising costs in personnel and materials.
China says bird flu outbreak 'controllable' but greater effort needed
National health commission puts provincial authorities on alert as the country grapples with its worst outbreak of the deadly bird flu strain
China orders that every single car in Xinjiang prefecture must have GPS tracking system installed

## UK ##
Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA
Council leaders are warning of deep cuts to services despite nearly every local authority in England planning to raise council tax in 2017.
It's arrogant hotheads like this who start wars. -- RF
The American Dream moves further out of reach.





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