While the rest of the world watches Donald Trump- and now that I am home from my trip- I am endeavoring to keep track of what is happening elsewhere that may, in my humble opinion, have Biblical Prophetic significance and to keep you informed:
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US Troops to participate in Massive NATO Exercises
NATO will hold its largest amphibious exercise in more than a decade this fall with more than 30 nations and 36,000 allied troops participating, including robust support from U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
Trident Juncture, set to unfold across Western Europe from Oct. 3 to Nov. 6, will take place as tensions continue to escalate between Russia and some Eastern European NATO members who are shaken by saber-rattling in the region and continued Russian intervention in Ukraine.
While the host nations — Spain, Portugal and Italy — don’t necessarily consider Russia to be a major threat, their NATO allies in Eastern Europe do, said Luke Coffey, a former Army captain who’s now a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank.
“The reality is NATO is a defensive alliance, meaning Estonia is defended the same way as Spain or D.C.,” Coffey said. “An attack on Estonia is an attack on Spain, whether Spain likes it or not.”
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We have discussed Agenda 21 in past recent posts: Now they are rolling out the new and improved version on steroids:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, The World Bank Group
On Sunday, August 2nd, following more than two years of intense negotiations and hard work, the UN’s 193 Member States reached consensus on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be considered and adopted by world leaders at the September UN Summit on the post-2015 development agenda in New York.
The emerging development agenda is universal, calling for action by low, middle and high-income countries alike. In the current draft document, Member States pledge that no one will be left behind. Indeed, the 2030 Agenda encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda heralding an historic global turning point.
As noted by the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, the focus of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs’) on people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership provides a comprehensive and robust development path for the world to follow over the next fifteen years.
The World Bank Group is eager to work with governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and others to achieve the global goals and targets: We are committed to helping meet them by supporting their implementation, providing finance, and collecting and sharing data.
Formal adoption of the Agenda 2030 by world leaders in New York this September will mark an historic step along the global development path. Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000, the SDGs contain an all-encompassing and nuanced set of targets that generate momentum and accountability for sustainable development including ending poverty by 2030.
The new goals, along with the broader sustainability agenda, address the root causes of poverty, the inter-connected nature of both challenges and solutions, and the universal need for development that works for all people.
Poverty eradication is at the heart of the new development agenda and has at its core the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
The SDGs identify and aim to tackle systemic barriers to sustainable development such as inequality, unsustainable consumption and production patterns, inadequate infrastructure and lack of decent jobs.
Member States stressed that the desired transformations will require a departure from “business as usual” and that intensified international cooperation on many fronts will be required. This includes a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development encompassing multi-stakeholder partnerships. Agenda 2030 also calls for increased capacity-building and better data and evidence for measuring sustainable development.
The High Level Political Forum on sustainable development, set up after the Rio+20 Conference, will serve as the apex forum for follow up and review and will thus play a central role. The UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and specialized agencies will also be engaged in reviewing progress in specific areas.
The successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa last month was a key stepping stone on the global development path. It gave important positive momentum to help conclude a critical year for multilateral consensus on a development agenda for the world.
The consensus reached on the 2030 Agenda outcome document will provide momentum for negotiations on a new binding climate change treaty to culminate at the Paris Conference of the Parties (COP) Climate Change conference from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
The World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending poverty and promoting shared prosperity are fully aligned to the 2030 Agenda. Indeed, such alignment sets us out walking hand in hand with the rest of international community on an ambitious new path for sustainable development.
At the beginning of the process and in the initial engagement of our institution with the UN and the development community, we identified three areas of focus and work: Finance, data, and implementation.
Finance, data and implementation encapsulate huge challenges, but steps are under way already on all three fronts. We are in good shape with our work on data, with our Memorandum of Understanding with other multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the UN, our own Data Council, as well as ongoing work on the data revolution. On finance, we can build on the success of our Spring Meetings Development Committee paper on “Billions to Trillions” as well as on our highly acknowledged participation in Addis. On implementation, the WBG has a big task ahead to promote and support the global public goods agenda and to help clients achieve the SDGs in accordance with national priorities and via smart partnerships that pull in the wider development community, including the MDBs, CSOs, and the private sector.
As many have said already, the consensus around 2030 Agenda and the SDGs they enshrine are a great step forward, but the real work lies ahead.
The Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.3 percent to 2,927.29 at the close, after rising as much as 4.3 percent and declining 3.9 percent. The cuts in borrowing costs and lenders’ reserve ratios were announced hours after the benchmark measure closed with a 7.6 percent drop on Tuesday.
Chinese equities have lost half their value since mid-June, as margin traders closed out bullish bets and concern deepened that valuations are unjustified by the weak economic outlook. The government has halted intervention in the equity market this week as policy makers debate the merits of an unprecedented rescue, according to people familiar with the situation.
“The prevailing sentiment is still that investors want to cash out, whatever the government does,” said Ronald Wan, chief executive at Partners Capital International in Hong Kong. “Confidence is already damaged. Doubts over the effectiveness of policies are getting bigger. The market will remain under selling pressure for a while.”
The People’s Bank of China said it will cut the one-year lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.6 percent and lower the required reserve ratio by 50 basis points for all banks. The move, which follows the biggest devaluation of the yuan in two decades earlier this month, comes amid signs of decelerating growth for the world’s second-biggest economy. A rate cut failed to boost the market for a second straight time as stocks ended lower after the last reduction in June.
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China Central Bank Injects $22 Billion into Economy
China pumped 140 billion yuan ($21.8 billion) into its economy on Wednesday, in the central bank’s latest bid to shore up slowing economic growth and waylay investors’ fears of a “hard landing.”
The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) injected billions of yuan into the interbank money market via a short-term liquidity operation, the bank said on its website.
The loans mature in six days and have an average weighted bid rate of 2.3 percent.
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YES! Donald Trump says he WOULD crack down on out-of-control Muslim immigration in America, too
By BI: There are two ways Islamofascists plan to conquer America — one by violent jihad, the other by mass Muslim immigration. They are NOT refugees, NOT asylum seekers – they are conquering armies posing as refugees, performing ‘al hijra’ – mass migration to conquer infidel lands for Islam. Barack Hussein Obama has enabled it. Donald Trump wants to stop it.
IBD Lost in all the coverage of the GOP presidential hopeful’s plan to seal the Mexican border is his proposal to curb Muslim immigration, which Obama is dangerously abetting through liberalized refugee programs. In fact, this administration has been ushering in immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries at the rate of more than 100,000 a year.
Citing national security, Trump would stop the flood of immigrants from Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Syria and other Muslim countries posing a terrorist risk.
“Additionally,” he said in his five-page immigration reform proposal,“we need to stop giving legal immigrant visas to people bent on causing us harm.”“From the 9/11 hijackers to the Boston bombers and many others, our immigration system is being used to attack us,” he added. Importing more hard-core Somali families and male Saudi students raises our risks of being attacked.
Trump and Sen. Rand Paul are the only major presidential candidates talking about limiting the influx of immigrants from the Middle East. To that end, Trump also wants to increase standards for refugees and asylum-seekers “to crack down on abuses.”
He calls for product ban: Iranian Supreme leader urges officials not to forget that ‘Zionists and American’s’ enmity toward 1979 Islamic Revolution “has not declined”
Jerusalem Post by Michael Wilner
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Ex Obama Aides: US should give Israel bunker-buster bombs to prevent Iran from getting nukes
Dennis Ross, the former peace envoy and David Petraeus, ex-CIA director penned an OP-ED for Washington Post Wednesday August 26,2015
The Iran nuclear deal would be far more effective if the United States provided Israel with weapons capable of destroying the Islamic Republic’s atomic facilities, two former high-level US officials wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Wednesday.
Dennis Ross, the former peace envoy and adviser on Middle East issues to a number of presidential administrations, and David Petraeus, the erstwhile Central Intelligence Agency director and former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, argued in an op-ed that Washington needs to make clear that it will use force against Iran if it breaches “the nuclear threshold firewall” after year 15 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“Now is the time to make it clear that there will be a firewall between Iran’s threshold status and its having a nuclear weapon,” the two men wrote. “Now is the time for the Iranians and the world to know that if Iran dashes toward a weapon, especially after year 15, that it will trigger the use of force. At that point, it would be too late for sanctions to preempt an Iranian nuclear fait accompli.”
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Pentagon upgraded the biggest bunker-buster bomb in its arsenal even as talks continued over Tehran’s nuclear program, readying a weapon that could destroy Iran’s facilities if negotiations failed.
Work to improve the design, guidance systems and anti-jamming capabilities on the so-called Massive Ordnance Penetrator began before the conclusion of negotiations with Iran.
The most recent test of the 30,000-pound device was in mid-January, the Journal said.
The bomb was created to give US President Barack Obama options for attacking fortified facilities like Iran’s Fordow nuclear installation, which is built into a mountain.
This past April, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter addressed the possibility of a military option against Iran, saying that bunker busting bombs, meant to penetrate Iran’s underground facilities, are “ready to go.”
Speaking to CNN, Carter said that the deal between Iran and the P5+1 hinges not on “trust” but rather on “verification.”
“We have the capability to shut down, set back and destroy the Iranian nuclear program and I believe the Iranians know that and understand that,” Carter said, indicating the US’s willingness to utilize high-powered bombs if Tehran does not abide by the deal.
The reference to the Massive Ordinance Penetrator, or MOPS, whose reach extends 200 feet below ground, was the first that any American figure had made concerning substantive military planning against the Islamic Republic’s fortified subterranean facilities.
In their op-ed, Ross and Petraeus argue that the administration should commit to providing Israel with the upgraded, advanced version of the bomb rather than the 4,400-pound ordnance that the president pledged to provide in his letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). Nadler eventually decided to support the Iran deal despite significant pressure from a solid bloc of his New York constituency.
“While some may question whether we would act militarily if the Iranians were to dash to a bomb, no one questions whether the Israelis would do so,” Ross and Petraeus wrote.