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Rory
Post  Post subject: International political tensions  |  Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:11 pm
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China laid out the red carpet for everyone at G20 except Obama

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:28 pm
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Is China really trying to replace the USD with yuan as global reserve currency?

http://sputniknews.com/business/20160903/1044933366/china-russia-yuan.html

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:56 pm
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Hard to say, but I don't see why they wouldn't. Over a billion people, one of the largest economies in the world, growing player with seat at table. In just 10 years, four of the five largest economies in the world will be in APAC. Why not?

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 7:09 pm
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To what extent does that tension correlate with the current situation in the South China Sea?

China and Russia have formed an alliance in both cases.

Look at Obama's body language in this photo:

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The carpet thing was a pretty cruel act.

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Rory
Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 9:22 pm
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iNoww come back and argue with me :D

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:25 am
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Is there a point buried somewhere in all of this, something that would encourage me to continue engaging?

That you're disappointed with your current lot and angry at those in power and seeing calamity in every corner is obvious, but also frankly is a bit boring and repetitive after a while.

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:24 am
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No, I just find the world an interesting and politically charged place right now

Jeez I'll save it for someone who sees that too

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:57 pm
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US says Russian jet flew 10ft from plane over Black Sea

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37303247

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:09 am
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Russia has been playing these games for a while now, basically trying to taunt the US into responding with force and get blamed for escalating the situation / desensitize them so they fail to respond in a timely manner when it's actually required if a real attack is initiated.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us- ... ntentions/
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/18/politics/ ... ngagement/
http://www.channel4.com/news/nato-russi ... ael-fallon

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:12 am
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Another view. Found this graphic (click to enlarge) and the related commentary informative:

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[url="http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/09/daily-chart-2"]http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/09/daily-chart-2g[/url]
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TERRORIST attacks are fiendishly hard to prevent. Anyone can rent or steal a lorry and drive it at a crowd. Especially in America, it is all too easy to buy high-powered semi-automatic weapons that can kill scores of people in moments. Neither great planning nor great intelligence is required to carry out such attacks. Thus it seems likely that much of Europe and America will have to get used to acts of Islamist-inspired terrorism becoming, if not routine, at least fairly regular occurrences.

But even though the number of deaths from attacks is rising, the West has experienced this level of terror before. As a result of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the actions of ETA, a Basque separatist group, terrorism was consistently deadlier in the 1970s and 1980s than it has been since.

Yet the chance of being murdered was small. During the 30 years of the Troubles, the annual risk for civilians of being killed in Ulster was about one in 25,000. Even in 2001, the likelihood of an American in the United States being killed in a terrorist attack was less than one in 100,000; in the decade up to 2013 that fell to one in 56m. The chance of being the victim in 2013 of an ordinary homicide in the United States was one in 20,000. Barack Obama was correct when he said earlier this year that the danger of drowning in a bathtub is greater than that of being killed by terrorists. Baths are a one-in-a-million risk. Even if the terrorism deaths in San Bernardino and Orlando were doubled to give an annual death toll, the risk would still be about one in 2.5m.

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:15 pm
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I find the comparison between Western Europe and the United States particularly interesting. So many Americans paint the threat of death by terrorism as so menacing and probable, yet they are either ignorant to the terrorism of Western Europe in 70s and 80s or they have forgotten how bad it was. The US has been relatively unaffected by terrorism over the last 45 years, yet a large portion of our country acts like it's actively under siege.

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:34 pm
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I would be more worried about nuclear war or economic collapse than terrorism.

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:40 pm
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I'm more worried about figuring out what to cook for dinner (hmm tacos, burgers, lasagna, pasta or what?) than any of the above.

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 6:28 pm
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You're just like my family :P

They keep telling me the world isn't going to end tomorrow

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 8:02 pm
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That's the thing though, the world isn't going to end tomorrow. Hell even if all the governments collapsed next Tuesday, within a month there would be some semblance of structure at the regional level at least. People would have figured out some way to trade for resources, goods, and services by then. Look at Greece. Although highly dense urban areas will definitely be hardest hit due to a variety of factors.

Life would go on though and the world would keep spinning.

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:15 pm
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It's all kicking off again in the South China Sea

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-38347221

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Post  Post subject: Re: International political tensions  |  Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:11 pm
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While I doubt this one act will lead to anything major, I do admit that the recent actions of China in the South China Sea do not bode well. I can only hope that China's rapid growth is not able to be maintained and that it leads to their own collapse. I doubt China would intentionally throw us into another World War, because right now they are way more dependent on international trade for food and would be hurt most by such an event.

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