Serbia Test EU Resolve and International Institutions Amid Covid Spike

Greece just barred citizens from the landlocked country of Serbia following that state’s declaration of a state of emergency on July 3, 2020. The news comes on the heels of growing COVID-19 numbers in the Balkans, with Serbia currently registering 16,420 cases and 317 deaths. Ironically, Belgrade made the decision on the same day that…

Clashing Elites: Failure and Fortune Re-Imagined

The trillion dollar stimulus package that has primarily gone toward bailing out American industry, was financed by its major debt-buyers, like Japan, UK and China. The US is once again selling debt through the Federal Reserve to to stabilize the US economy, other Western nations will likely follow suit– just as bad debt was sold…

Repackaging the Developing World

Nations around the globe are mulling over how to restart and rescue flagging economies brought on by the worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic. Among those seeking a solution to economic woes are the world’s “developing economies,” many that often have GDPs lower than many Western multinationals. These nations must not only determine how to solve the new…

Germany Tasked With EU Recovery Woes

Germany is slated to take the helm of the European Union’s Presidency of the Council in July. Currently at a 62 percent GDP to debt ration it has been tasked to take the helm of the beleaguered Union struggling with debt ratios at or above 100 percent. Greece, has ballooned to nearly 200 percent, and…

The Emerging Details of a Post-Covid World

This year, it was the first time history of the People’s Republic of China that a gross domestic product (GDP) target will not be set. The PRC began setting targets in 1990 when it began to “open up” greater for globalized trade. 1990 was a rocky year worldwide as the Eastern European block began to…

Breaking Bad: Pushing Back Against A Punishing Austerity

In the past, southern European countries have been punished fiscally by northern European states to preserve the fragile ecosystem of the European Union. It has meant grueling austerity measures that tested populations across Europe. Today, as Covid-19 continues its destructive path, for the first time, Southern European nations may not be punished for the fiscal…

Oil Wars, An Aftermath Ensuing

Just before the lockdown a small but powerful storm was brewing, a contest that implicated the fortunes of Saudi, Russia and the USA. Fracking created for the US a unique opportunity to be a leader in oil production as long as prices remained competitive. The fracking made importing oil less dire and put the USA…

Eating the Dream: Managing A Covid Recovery

According to the CDC the United States has registered nearly 750,000 cases and over 39,000 deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world. The state of Emergency issued by the US President sent millions of Americans into their homes to shelter in place until the virus had run its course. Even while…

Lead by Italy, Southern European States Strain EU Pact in Uncertain Times

When Italy agreed to 65 billion dollars in austerity measures prescribed by the European Union, the result had a crushing effect on the populace.  It is largely believed that financial and economic indiscretions in Europe’s southern economies contributed had to the crises. As the EU’s third largest economy, Italy was among those foremost nations being…

World News Roundup: Beyond the Headlines

In an effort to get beyond wall to wall pandemic coverage and find news that effects our world beyond case numbers, this article explores a sample of news from around the world. If you don’t see your nation, send suggestions through the contact portal. USA News US Legislatures Focus on the Offensive In Age of…

While You Were Sleeping: The Unreported News of a New World Emerging

While Americans were busy sheltering in place and panic buying toilet paper, U.S. legislatures were busy putting the finishing touches H.R. 2444 which was introduced in May 2019. While top news syndicates are busy counting the number of COVID-19 cases, The bill, also known as the Eastern European Security Act authorizes the Secretary of State…

Five African Proverbs for Balance in A Changing World

Usually, every year around this time, I like to release a list of African Proverbs that business owners can use to support their endeavors. Good solid advise to help them navigate their market and persevere through all circumstance. However, given the major changes to markets around the world, and particularly here in the USA with…

The Center Cannot Hold: Economic Aftermath

September 11, 2001. It is a day that no living American will ever forget. The crashes happened in a matter of minutes, but the reverberations from the fallout continues to this day. It was the first time it ever occurred to anyone that the United States could be toppled–that a nation of grandiose democratic ideals,…

COVID-19: Beyond Economics, Bio-Defense and Finance (Part II)

As COVID-19 continues its path throughout the world, it is clear that China has been the worst hit. According to a recent China Caixin report and various manufacturing indexes, mainland factory activity has hit a record low. Before COVID-19, China forged ahead united in the face of a vicious trade war, massive Hong Kong protests,…

Coronavirus, Costs & Chaos: Slouching Toward Bethlehem To Be Born

Among the many international issues facing the world, the Coronavirus has become a foremost cause. According to Johns Hopkins University, the first Coronavirus case emerged on December 1, 2019. The first case had no connection to the now infamous Wuhan, Hubei, China Fish Market.  Despite this, many early cases began to emanate from the Wuhan…

Uganda Pivots to Wealth Creation Amid US Kayihura Sanctions

In September of 2019, the US levied sanctions against former Ugandan Inspector General of Police.  The US Department of the treasury issued the sanction citing, “human rights abuses, corruption and bribery.” In better context, it would be the equivalent of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi levying sanctions against former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for human…

A New Independence

In April, 1775, the United State, then only 13 small colonies, embarked upon a national quest to secure independence from the United Kingdom. Despite the many years it acted as a vassal state to the Crown, the new colony sought to secure its own military and socioeconomic destiny.  That movement resulted in a years long…

Italy Fortifies Security on Economy and Migration

In August 2011, Italy agreed to 65 billion dollars in austerity measures meted out by the European Union. The reverberations of the world Financial Crises of 2008 cracked veneer of Europe’s largest socioeconomic pact. With southern European nations like Italy and Greece at the forefront of the fray, many saw major economic retraction in their…

Who Chooses the World’s Economic Winners and Losers?

A late January 2020 report by Transparency International was released, grading national corruption across the globe. The report more than rankled a few feathers despite being overshadowed by the coverage of the Wuhan Flu which hit Asia earlier this year. Nigeria was among those nations whose rankings had slipped, even under the aggressive anti-corruption policies…

Row Over ECO Currency Reveals External Controls

The latest developments coming out of Africa further solidifies the notion that the currency tides are turning. It was only a few decades ago that the U.S. Dollar and Oil/Dollar reigned supreme, despite its lack of actual intrinsic value. It is important to note, that in 1971 when former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon un-pegged…

2019 Year In Review

With just days before the new year, everyone is preparing their resolutions, taxes and end of year party plans. While we are eager to look forward, let us also learn the lessons of the past with a brief look back as we close out the year with the 2019 Year in Review: US-China Trade War…

Democratizing The News Cycle

The concept that the top news networks would be held by only a few powerful companies used to be a point of high contention for most journalists. The idea that messaging and news would be held in the hands of a powerful few is the worste nightmare of a true journalist (and quite honestly, humanity)….

African Travel Tips for Buying Local

The African Development Bank’s most recent figures on tourism indicate that 9.3 million jobs are associated with the tourism industry in Africa. Increasingly, African Americans and their cousins in the Caribbean are visiting “the Motherland” in greater numbers seeking a change of scenery. Many are seeking social and business opportunities as they book travel to…

NATO Defense Pledge May Tax Already Strained Western Budgets

While political pundits and news analysts were busy bandying about the rhetoric that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders were making small talk of the current sitting US President, many did not note the outcomes of the two-day 2019 NATO Summit. The event ran from December 3rd to the 4th in London, with major pledges…

Toolkit Essentials(finale): The Golden Rule

One of the most key aspects of a thriving nation is its economy. Beyond its ability to protect its citizens with a thriving military and sound diplomacy, nations of the future must start to focus on monetary policy as a means of both developing their nation through infrastructure, trade, domestic business, social initiatives and military…

Toolkit Essentials: Diplomatic Segue

According to international relations analysts and political theory, there are two kinds of power: Hard Power and Soft Power.  Gunships, nuclear weapons and capable standing military fall squarely under hard power, while Diplomacy lies quietly under the banner of soft Power. We would be remiss not to acknowledge that both kinds of power wield palpable…

Toolkit Essential: Human Capital Investments

In the second part of this series on the New World Economic Toolkit, we will now look at one of the most critical areas of economic and geopolitical dominance: People. Currently, the United Nations estimates that the world population reached 7 billion souls in 2019. That is a lot of people roaming the planet, and…

Toolkit Essential: Economic Defense

It was Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary who said that “Business is War.” He speaks not only from his own conception of business, but from a socio-cultural context. As information becomes more readily available we begin to see more readily how ideological difference based on culture affects how nations, groups and countries do business. What we…

The New World Economic Toolkit

It was postulated maybe 25 years ago that the world was ready to move into a period of relative peace and cooperation. Nobel Peace Prizes were being given out like candy and the rise of international diplomacy was touted as the way forward in solving international disputes. Led by the United States and its allies,…

A Growing Threat: Economies of Power

Although China has grown immensely over the past 20 years, countless other economies have seen much advanced growth. India, the UAE and Vietnam are among them to name only a few. Many of these countries have extensive business interactions with the USA and other advanced economies. While the US has quite a large trade deficit…

The Economics of the Erotic

It is estimated that sex trafficking earns nearly nearly 100 billion dollars per year, according to Human Rights First, an organization focused on the ills and prevention of human rights abuses.  The recent arrest and subsequent suicide of American business man and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein shed brought more attention to the scourge of human trafficking…

Bolivia Refocuses Fight for Socioeconomic Stability

Just this past October, Bolivian president Evo Morales and his team launched a new project to combat drug trafficking in his nation. The Centro Regional de Inteligencia Antinarcoticos or CERIAN, as it is called will nationalize the push to find, prosecute and eliminate the scourge that has plagued many Latin American nations for decades. According…

China At 70: On Trade & Economic Autonomy

On October 1st, China will celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  China has accomplished in 70 years, what the West has only been able to achieve over hundreds of years and with the help of chattel slavery, wars, colonialism and aggressive socioeconomic policy.   It is mind blowing to think that China was…

National Health the Superpower of Growing Nations

Few people realize major financial and social toll of the large scale humanitarian crises that we gawk at daily on our televisions or smart phones.  We do not fully understand the generational trauma being inflicted by needless skirmishes, years of infrastructural and financial deprivation and the escalation of petty domestic conflicts that rob businesses and…

The Economics of Chaos

More specifically, the power to control those resources have become the proverbial bottom line.

The Recession the West Needs

By all indications, it looks as though the world is moving into another recession.

And that’s good. Yes, that’s fantastic for the Fractal Banking system. Especially for the world banking system and the dollar.

Haiti: An Opportunity Missed

It has largely been the victim of those who came to “save” it from recent misfortunes. The imperative to create more inclusive systems of economic, trade and finance beckons even more.

On Entropy: The Shifting World

As children, sometimes the most asinine things earn our attention.  At least in the old days they did, back when children played with toys that didn’t talk back or require a lithium battery to operate. One of those old affects was the proverbial spinning top. An awkward space-ship looking toy that, with the right torque…

Saving the Dollar: Shifting Priorities in a Dying Monetary System.

It looks like China has beat the U.S. to the punch once again, devaluing its currency to just above its customary 7:1 ratio. The move is key in the equilibrium of the money ratios that determine the costs of goods and services. It is key to view the developments with the understanding that U.S. talks…

Saving Your Self: Social Media

The US has the highest social media penetration of any country. but the U.S is not alone, now more than ever, people around the world are logging on.

Dirty Little Secrets of Social Media’s Back Alley

But, then the algorithms changes just kept changing. From Google, to Facebook, to Instagram, Twitter and more, it became harder to find what you wanted or to even see posts and shares from people you actually followed…

Plan of Attack: Making Social Media, social again.

Your Social Brand: Consider your social media interactions as a part of your personal brand. Ask a friend or relative look through your social media and tell you their impressions. This will help you understand better how you come across on social media. Having your social media appraised annually by a friend, family member or professional is a good idea.

Social Media Survival Guide

As a communications professional and social media manager, I often see all of the positives that social media can bring. I engage on social media primarily for business and I am always thrilled about my results. Even in my personal social media account, I made a decision to change my strategy from aggregating a large…

Economic Standoff: A Changing of the Gaurd

A standoff is brewing between the United States and China over the Asian country’s growing economic and technological dominance.  The world now watches as China begins to move into 5G and driver-less cars; while Tesla executives argue in board meetings and U.S. companies suck up tech and economic competition at home through questionable practices that…

Giving Good: Solution-Based Giving in the Information Age

In 2017 Charity Navigator produced a report that indicated that giving was on the rise.  Over 400 billion dollars were given to charity in that year alone.  However, most people are unaware that most charitable donations in the US goes toward places of worship.   While such giving is admirable, perhaps funds might be better spent…

Windfarms Help Bolster Growth in the Dominican Republic

In 2011 the Dominican Republic opened its first wind farm, a concept meant to increase power output on the island nation.  A Harvard University Case Study and subsequent  research reveals that the Los Cocos Wind Farm is the first grid-connected windfarm in the Dominican Republic.  By the end of summer 2018, the Republic announced that…

Crimea Refocuses on Tourism in Push for Economic Diversification

When the tiny 10,000 square mile (27 km) peninsula known as Crimea fell into political unrest, its future was in doubt.  The row which started in the aftermath of an election pitted Western powers against Russia in what became a standoff over time.  Despite its elections to the contrary, the official record for the U.S….

Eating the Developing World: A Pandemic Response

The recent pandemic has once again highlighted the built in ineptitude and inadequacies of the current world financial system.  This time, it can be easily highlighted in the ballooning IMF loans and financial arrangements wresting a strangle-hold on the developing world. The IMF is providing a different kind of leadership in the Pandemic. Unlike China…