Politicians Hunt Amazon Riches

Politicians Hunt Amazon Riches

Ministers from 75 countries — including the US and China — agreed Friday to launch talks towards establishing global rules on e-commerce at the WTO in a rare victory for international cooperation. The talks were announced by the EU’s top trade official, Cecilia Malmstrom, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos where […]

The Never-ending Euro Crisis is the Price of Socialism and Mass Immigration

The Never-ending Euro Crisis is the Price of Socialism and Mass Immigration

The European Central Bank will “probably” downgrade its growth forecasts soon, a senior official said Friday, a day after the Frankfurt institution warned that economic risks to the euro area had worsened. “The near-term growth will probably be reduced in our forecast published in March,” Bank of France governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau told Bloomberg […]

Brexit is On

Brexit is On

British finance minister Philip Hammond said Friday he believed the EU might compromise over a Brexit deal in a way that would persuade lawmakers in London to support it. “I don’t think the European Union is going to change its fundamental position around the backstop”, a controversial provision in the deal relating to Ireland, Hammond […]

Latest News from Davos

Latest News from Davos

1. Davos experts explain the Venezuela crisis Following news on Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was unseated by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, experts gathered to discuss how the country got here and where it is headed. South American countries and Canada have recognised Guaidó as interim president. Earlier on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump […]

Trade Talks With China Will Be ‘Determinative’

Trade Talks With China Will Be ‘Determinative’

Thursday, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that the upcoming trade talks between the United States and China will be Key in determining whether the globe’s 2 largest economies can reach a deal on trade. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will meet with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on 30-31 January. “I think […]

Socialism Destroyed Venezuela

Socialism Destroyed Venezuela

Venezuela has been in a state of deepening economic and humanitarian crisis for several years. Last week, Venezuela’s Congress declared President Nicolás Maduro illegitimate, and there were mass protests and violence across the country. On January 23, opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself President, and US President Donald Trump endorsed this declaration, as did Canada […]

Europe is a Disaster

Europe is a Disaster

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi on Thursday warned that risks to the eurozone economy were now tilted “to the downside”, acknowledging for the first time that waning global momentum was weighing on the region’s outlook. But he stressed the ECB had “not run out of” tools to tackle worsening headwinds, suggesting the bank was […]

Google and Facebook Keep Throwing Cash at Politicians

Google and Facebook Keep Throwing Cash at Politicians

Facing increased public scrutiny, Google and Facebook spent record amounts of money lobbying the US government on privacy and antitrust policies in 2018, with both companies topping previous highs, new data filings showed. In quarterly filings to Congress disclosed on Tuesday, Google revealed that it dished out a company-record of $21.2 million on Washington lobbying […]

President Trump, “State of the Union Address will Come after ‘the shutdown'”

President Trump, “State of the Union Address will Come after ‘the shutdown

President Trump said Wednesday night he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends. President Trump has concluded that there is “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber” and that he was not looking for an option after Speaker Pelosi (D:CA) […]

China Economic Outlook

China Economic Outlook

China’s economic growth of 6.5% in the past quarter was the weakest since the financial crisis and is expected to slow further. How are emerging domestic and global trends affecting China’s economic outlook? Did you know: China’s GDP growth is slowing from 6.6% last year to a projected 6.3% this year. Background reading: Is a […]

Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy Questions Europe’s Future

Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy Questions Europe’s Future

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the Italian people are questioning the validity and credibility of the European project without regarding its historical merits. “Our experience might be an indication of what Europe will look like tomorrow,” he says. “A sense of despair is spreading. Even the middle class is facing poverty. Everyone feels that […]

China Retail Market is Expanding

China Retail Market is Expanding

Chinese consumers should outspend their American counterparts in 2019, with retail sales in the Asian giant continuing to grow in the coming years, according to an industry forecast published Wednesday. Retail sales in China are expected to hit $5.64 trillion, an increase of 7.5 percent over 2018, while Americans are likely to spend $5.53 trillion, […]

More Time for BREXIT Possible

More Time for BREXIT Possible

The Latest on Britain’s exit from the EU Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is suggesting it may be possible to give Britain more time to leave the European Union if it comes up with a good strategy, saying a no-deal BREXIT would be bad for everyone. Chancellor Kurz is quoted by Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper […]

Paris is Burning, 10th Week of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

Paris is Burning, 10th Week of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

Saturday, fighting broke out, as around 7,000 “yellow vest” demonstrators marched through Paris in a 10th weekend running of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government. The demonstrations were largely peaceful but Reuters Television reporters said they saw clashes break out late in the afternoon between police and demonstrators, some wearing masks, in Paris’ Invalides district. […]

President Trump, ‘I will keep my promise on border security one way or another”

President Trump, ‘I will keep my promise on border security one way or another”

Friday, President Trump made a “major announcement” Saturday on the government shutdown and his demand that Congress fund the Mexican border Wall. President Trump offered the Democrats a deal that would extend protections for so-called Dreamers by three years in exchange for $5.7-B in funds he is seeking for a border barrier in a well […]

The Key Reasons for Australia to Exit the Paris Accord Now

The Key Reasons for Australia to Exit the Paris Accord Now

It is urgent that all Australian politicians understand the dangers in the Paris Climate Agreement. Here are the Key Reasons to EXIT PARIS NOW: The science is not settled – hundreds of scientists in Australia and thousands more throughout the world reject the theory that human production of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is driving dangerous global […]

US, NKorea Holding Talks on 2nd Trump-Kim Summit

US, NKorea Holding Talks on 2nd Trump-Kim Summit

High-level diplomatic talks to finalize a 2nd summit between President Trump and NKorean leader Kim Jong Un are happening this week in Washington. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to meet former NKorean chief diplomat Kim Yong Chol at a Washington hotel Friday. The meeting will likely be followed by Chairman Kim’s visit to […]

German Economy Seeing Worst Year Since 2013

German Economy Seeing Worst Year Since 2013

Germany’s economic performance in Y 2018 was its weakest in 5 years, it was reported Tuesday. The German economy grew 1.5% last year, a sharp decliner from the 2.2% expansion in Y 2017, and the slowest annual rate since the European debt crisis in Y 2013. Experts say the slowdown was due to a number of […]

BREXIT Update: PM May’s Government Survived No-confidence Vote

BREXIT Update: PM May’s Government Survived No-confidence Vote

$GBP, $USD Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government survived a no-confidence vote, a day after her BREXIT deal was overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers. The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306, meaning Mrs. May can remain in office. There was no effect on US financial markets. Tuesday, UK […]

President Trump Assures US Farmers, “tough choices now reap rewards down the road”

President Trump Assures US Farmers, “tough choices now reap rewards down the road”

$SOY Monday, President Trump defended his tough trade policies in front of thousands of American farmers, a Key constituency that has struggled because of his trade dispute with China, plus he promised fair trade deals that will put America’s rural heartland back on strong solid ground. “We have taken the toughest ever actions to address […]

France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Movement Crossed the Channel to London

France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Movement Crossed the Channel to London

Hundreds of protesters inspired by France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ movement are rallying in Britain, drawing attention to government austerity programs that have hit the poor hard. Wearing yellow vests with slogans such as “Britain is Broken” written on the back, the demonstrators marched in London to demand that politicians pay attention to their plight rather than […]

President Trump, Will Not Declare an Emergency Yet

President Trump, Will Not Declare an Emergency Yet

President Trump softened expectations that he is close to declaring a national emergency to get the money he want to build the US-Mexico border wall as a 3-week impasse closing parts of the government continued Friday. There are about 800-K federal employees who missed their 1st paychecks under the stoppage. Lawmakers tried to reassure federal […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

FDA begins to move on allowing hemp-based CBD products, Florida’s legal battle over medical marijuana takes another twist, and more. National FDA Begins Process of Allowing Hemp-Based CBD Products. After President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill into law late last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release pledging to pursue […]

Former FEMA Chief: “President Trump On Solid Legal Ground” if he Declares National Emergency to Fund The Wall

Former FEMA Chief: “President Trump On Solid Legal Ground” if he Declares National Emergency to Fund The Wall

A former federal emergency boss said that President Donald Trump is “on solid legal ground” if he declares a national emergency to secure funding for his much-desired border Wall. “But he is going to have some troubles along the way, and one of them will be whether libertarian conservatives are going to accept a stronger […]

Republicans ‘Unified’ Over Shutdown

Republicans ‘Unified’ Over Shutdown

Vice President Mike Pence said the President “made clear today that he is going to stand firm to achieve his priorities.” President Donald Trump says Republicans are “totally unified” in the shutdown standoff over his long-promised southern border Wall, though some GOP lawmakers have been expressing concern about the 19-day partial government closure. President Trump […]

China Trade Talks “going very well”, Extend to 3rd Day

China Trade Talks “going very well”, Extend to 3rd Day

President Trump expressed optimism that US-China trade talks in Beijing are progressing well. Chinese authorities to give a statement following the latest round of negotiations. “Talks with China are going very well!” President Trump tweeted on Tuesday as the 2nd day of mid-level meetings wrapped up. While the hosts indicated the talks would run Monday and Tuesday, […]

Venezuela and the Reality of Socialism

A public transport employee who doesn’t earn enough to feed himself, a doctor who watches his patients die for lack of medicines, a lawmaker without a legislature, three generations of one family emigrating — the list of victims of Venezuela’s crisis is long. They come from all walks of life and dread the prospect of […]

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn Appears in Court

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said Tuesday he had been “wrongly accused and unfairly detained” at a high-profile court hearing in Japan, his first appearance since his arrest in November rocked the business world. In a statement prepared for the hearing and issued by a spokesperson, Ghosn was expected to conclude his remarks by saying: […]

US China Trade Talks

US officials entered a second day of trade talks with Chinese counterparts in Beijing on Tuesday, overshadowed by an unannounced visit from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This is the first time the two sides have met face-to-face since US President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping agreed to a tariff truce during a […]

US-China Trade Talks Progressing, President Trump Optimistic

US-China Trade Talks Progressing, President Trump Optimistic

President Trump is expressing optimism about trade negotiations with China as US officials are expected in Beijing for talks aimed at easing a trade dispute. President Trump spoke recently to Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday, saying: “I really believe they want to make a deal. The tariffs have absolutely hurt China very badly.” After several […]

DAX PERFORMANCE-INDEX (.GDAXI) shares overcome losses

DAX PERFORMANCE-INDEX (.GDAXI) shares overcome losses

DAX PERFORMANCE-INDEX (.GDAXI) shares overcome losses European shares also overcome losses from a day earlier, with Germany’s DAX gaining 3.4 percent and France’s CAC 40 rising 2.7 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 advanced 2.2 percent. In Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 2.2 percent. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.8 percent. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 2.3 […]

Apple, Google and Facebook Face a Difficult 2019

Apple, Google and Facebook Face a Difficult 2019

The newly installed US Congress is expected to see a fresh effort to develop new regulations for big technology firms, with a focus on tougher enforcement of privacy and data protection. The wave of data scandals that have hit Facebook and other online platforms has prompted growing calls for action by lawmakers looking to curb […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Launches Socialist Agenda

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Launches Socialist Agenda

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began her term as the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress with a Socialistic bang this week by proposing to tax the ultra-rich at 60 or 70 percent. The daughter of hardscrabble working-class parents, the 29-year-old New Yorker was working toward making good on a campaign promise, making the USA a […]

Paris Protesters Revive ‘Yellow Vest’ Movement

Paris Protesters Revive ‘Yellow Vest’ Movement

Hundreds of protesters are breathing new life into France’s apparently waning ‘yellow vest’ movement with marches in Paris and gatherings in other cities, in the 1st demonstration of the new year. Authorities warn that they will not tolerate illegal acts. French security forces fired tear gas and flash-balls after a march through central Paris went […]

US China Trade Deal Close

US China Trade Deal Close

President Donald Trump said Friday he is confident Washington and Beijing will reach a deal to bring to a close the months-long trade dispute that has roiled global financial markets. “I think we will make a deal with China,” Trump said at the White House, and noted that talks are underway with China “at the […]

US Economy Still Strong

US Economy Still Strong

Global stocks shot higher on Friday following a strong US jobs report and dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on the prospects for higher interest rates. Those back-to-back market-friendly developments helped US and European stock bourses surge higher and set aside for now nervousness over trade wars, a US government shutdown and a […]

America is Getting Greater and Greater

America is Getting Greater and Greater

Friday, Larry Kudlow, director of President Trump’s National Economic Council, said that the economy’s addition of 312,000 jobs last month means “we are in a boom” and there is no recession on the horizon. “There is way too much pessimism out there, probably because of the stock market correction,” Mr. Kudlow said. “But sometimes stocks […]

Tech Giants Face Tax Investigations

Tech Giants Face Tax Investigations

US internet giant Google used a legal mechanism to transfer almost 20 billion euros from the Netherlands to Bermuda in 2017 for tax purposes, a Dutch newspaper report said Friday. Google, which is owned by US parent company Alphabet, moved 19.9 billion euros ($22.7 billion) with a tax evasion strategy dubbed “Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich”, […]

The Border Wall 2019: President Trump, “Walls Work”

The Border Wall 2019: President Trump, “Walls Work”

As President Trump lobbies for money for his promised border wall, he talks up other barricades. He points to walls in Israel, at the Vatican, even at former President Barack Hussein Obama’s house. On Wednesday, PresidentTrump declared at a Cabinet, “Walls work.” He added: “There is a reason why politicians and wealthy people build walls […]

The Wall 2019: DHS Wants It!

The Wall 2019: DHS Wants It!

US DHS officials were set to make a plea for a southern border Wall in a White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, when Senator Schumer (D-NY) continuously interrupted the meeting and it was adjourned. President Trump said that he isopen to working on a way to legal status for young illegal immigrants known as […]

President Xi’s New Year Speech Rallies the Nation

President Xi’s New Year Speech Rallies the Nation

China’s President Xi Jinping delivered a New Year speech Monday evening, calling on the whole nation to strive for “an unprecedented and great cause” in Y 2019, the 70th anni of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese people, who are self-reliant, hardworking and enterprising, have created a China miracle recognized by the […]

President Trump,”Calm Down and Enjoy the Ride”

President Trump,”Calm Down and Enjoy the Ride”

President Donald Trump, in an all-caps tweet Tuesday, wished everyone a Happy New Year, including the “haters and the fake news media.” “HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA!” he said. “2019 WILL BE A FANTASTIC YEAR FOR THOSE NOT SUFFERING FROM TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. JUST CALM DOWN AND ENJOY […]

NKorea’s Kim Says He’s Ready for More Talks with President Trump

NKorea’s Kim Says He’s Ready for More Talks with President Trump

NKorea’s leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he want to extend his Summitry with President Trump into Y 2019. During his televised New Year’s speech, Chairman Kim said he is ready to meet with President Trump at any time to produce an outcome “welcomed by the international community.” He told his countrymen that the North […]

BREXIT 2019: It May Not Happen

BREXIT 2019: It May Not Happen

Now the chances of the UK leaving the EU are “50-50’’ if Parliament rejects Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement in January, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said in an interview Sunday. “If we were not to vote for that, I’m not sure I would give it much more than 50-50,” the veteran campaigner for […]

Shutdowns and Markets

Shutdowns and Markets

The paralysis triggered by the US government shutdown could have unexpected consequences, such as muddying economic statistics just as the markets are extremely reactive to any whiff of uncertainty. More than a week into the game of chicken between President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress, the publication and recording of statistical indicators are being […]

Muslim Extremists Make Egypt a Dangerous Place

Egypt continues to be targeted by Muslim terrorist attacks launched by a local affiliate of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS). In November, the extremists attacked a bus taking Coptic Christians to a local monastery and killed seven people. In September, Egyptian police detained a man who’d attempted to detonate an explosive device outside the US […]

Sweden Attempt to Hide Islamic State Murders in Morrocco at Christmas

Sweden Attempt to Hide Islamic State Murders in Morrocco at Christmas

Swedish state broadcaster SVT has come under fire for what was an obvious effort to downplay the horrendous details of the murders of two Scandinavian backpackers in Morocco last week. Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were killed while backpacking in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains. While both girls were […]

Donald Trump Got Elected, Went to Washington and Changed It

Donald Trump Got Elected, Went to Washington and Changed It

Just 2 years in office, US President Donald Trump has rewritten the rules of the Presidency and the normal operations inside the nation’s capital. He has cast away codes of conduct and traditions that have been in place there for several generations. In Donald Trump’s Washington everything is political. He has shredded legacies, decorum and […]

President Trump Intent on Making Good His Promise to Build ‘The Wall”

President Trump Intent on Making Good His Promise to Build ‘The Wall”

President Trump is intent on following through with his campaign promise to build a Wall along the US-Mexico border, even if that means extending the partial government shutdown until Dems agree to $5-B in funding, Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) “I can tell you that if they believe that this president is going to yield on […]

Distinguished USAF Vet’s “Fund the Wall” Campaign Passes $17-M Facing Death Threats and Twitter Censorship

Distinguished USAF Vet’s “Fund the Wall” Campaign Passes $17-M Facing Death Threats and Twitter Censorship

$TWTR Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is blocking the petition, and the triple amputee was attacked by Jimmy Kimmel and Alyssa Milano personally triggering an outpouring of attacks. So far, having raided over $17-M in only 8 days via crowd funding for “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” distinguished USAF Vet Brian Kolfage writes that he is […]

The Fed is Damaging America

The Fed is Damaging America

President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his verbal assault on the Federal Reserve, blaming the central bank for mounting fears over the US economy and comparing it to a blundering golfer. “The only problem our economy has is the Fed,” Trump tweeted. “The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has […]

President Trump’s Approval Rating Up at 40%

President Trump’s Approval Rating Up at 40%

President Donald Trump’s approval rating went up 2 percentage points from last week to 40%, according to the latest Gallup poll released Monday. 55% of respondents disapprove of the President’s performance. President Trump’s 38% approval last week was tied for his lowest rating in the poll since last February. His worst point ever in Gallup polling is […]

President Trump say No to Armchair Generals Who Want to Keep US “At War Forever”

President Trump say No to Armchair Generals Who Want to Keep US “At War Forever”

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Sunday praised President Trump for doing “exactly what he promised” by withdrawing US troops from Syria, and derided the “armchair generals” in Washington who “want to keep us at war forever.” In an TV interview Senator Paul said he’s “very proud” of President Trump’s determination to get US troops out of […]

President Trump Actually Sacked Dem ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, and Now He Has Run Him Out of His Administration

President Trump Actually Sacked Dem ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, and Now He Has Run Him Out of His Administration

The publicity former US Defense Secretary James Mattis got over his resignation letter, has caused President Trump to appoint a new Defense Secretary Sunday morning, ensuring that General Mattis is out of the administration fast. Read Mad Dog Mattis was sacked! “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick […]

Its Time for US Senators to Negotiate ‘The Wall’ in Good Faith

Its Time for US Senators to Negotiate ‘The Wall’ in Good Faith

Americans see through Senate Democrats’ efforts to thwart President Trump’s call for additional border Wall funding, as they want a secure border and they elected President Trump because he promised to keep the country safe. “Let’s see if they can start negotiating in good faith,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R:LA) said Friday. “I think […]

Senate Adjourns, No Deal, Negotiations Continue

Senate Adjourns, No Deal, Negotiations Continue

The Senate adjourned Saturday without a deal to end a partial government shutdown as talks dragged on over President Trump’s border wall with Mexico. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R:KY) ended the rare Saturday session hours after the Senate had opened. Talks were underway at the Capitol involving Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Democratic […]

US Lawmakers Want Oil & Gas Pipeline Cyber Security

US Lawmakers Want Oil & Gas Pipeline Cyber Security

$USO, $UNG  Congressional lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday to better protect US Crude Oil and Nat Gas pipelines from cyberattacks, after a report detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits. A federal report released Wednesday said Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, does not have a process to […]

Wall Street May Get a New Type of High

Wall Street May Get a New Type of High

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday called for the legalization of recreational marijuana use in his state — a move that would add America’s most populous city to the growing list of places that allow the drug’s use. The announcement marked a shift for the Democrat, who was re-elected for a third term as […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

The battle over medical marijuana in Utah continues, and the battle over medical marijuana in Florida may be ending, and more. Florida Florida Governor-Elect to End Former Governor’s Court Battles Over Medical Marijuana. Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is parting ways with his predecessor, Rick Scott (R), when it comes to medical marijuana. A spokesman […]

US Hemp Market Set to Boom

US Hemp Market Set to Boom

Hemp getting the OK nod from the federal government  $IDCN, $DMAN  A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress last Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like any other agricultural crop. THC is the cannabis compound that gives […]

1000’s of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protest in Paris for the 5th Week Running

1000’s of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protest in Paris for the 5th Week Running

 Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities Saturday in the 5th weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a shooting in Strasbourg earlier this week.  In Paris, police were out in force to contain possible outbursts of violence. But several major stores, such as the […]

Trump Brings Apple Back to USA

Trump Brings Apple Back to USA

US President Donald Trump thanked Apple chief Tim Cook on Friday after the tech giant unveiled plans for a $1 billion campus in Texas that is expected to create thousands of jobs outside its Silicon Valley base. “Thank you to @tim_cook for agreeing to expand operations in the U.S. and thereby creating thousands of jobs!” […]

French Economy in Meltdown, EU will Suffer

French Economy in Meltdown, EU will Suffer

A survey of French businesses on Friday indicated a major dip in activity linked to the month-long “yellow vest” protests ahead of a decisive weekend for the grassroots opposition movement and President Emmanuel Macron. The survey of businesses by the IHS Market research group indicated that output had contracted in December, underlining the economic impact […]

Yellow Vests Spark Global Protests Against Excessive Taxes

Yellow Vests Spark Global Protests Against Excessive Taxes

The “yellow vest” revolt in France over the high cost of living has sparked copycat protests abroad — as well a swarm of fake reports. AFP’s fact-checking service sorts the real from the imagined: – Copycat protests – The month-long French demonstrations, which have led to repeated rioting in Paris, have inspired protesters in a […]

Trump Winning in China

Trump Winning in China

President Donald Trump on Friday predicted a major US-China trade deal in the near future, saying that Beijing’s negotiating position had been weakened by the impact of the tariffs war between the world’s top two economies. “China wants to make a big and very comprehensive deal. It could happen, and rather soon!” Trump tweeted. His […]

What’s Making the Markets Nervous

What’s Making the Markets Nervous

Wall Street led stock markets lower across the globe on Friday after data showed weakness in the Chinese and eurozone economies, despite further indications Beijing and Washington might be moving to end their trade war. Signs of easing tensions had helped propel equities higher earlier this week, with both China and the United States seeming […]

President Trump: “China Wants to Make Deal With US”

President Trump: “China Wants to Make Deal With US”

President Donald Trump, saying China admits the trade war with the U.S. has taken a toll on its economy, announced the Chinese now want to make a major deal with the White House. President Trump’s comments came in a Friday Tweet. He wrote: “China just announced that their economy is growing much slower than anticipated because […]

North Korea Making Progress

North Korea Making Progress

South Korea is in close consultations with the United States and the United Nations to get sanctions exemptions ahead of a planned groundbreaking ceremony in North Korea for a joint project on connecting roads and railways over their border, the unification ministry said Friday. On Thursday, the two Koreas agreed to hold an event in […]

Canada has Damaged their Relationship with China

Canada has Damaged their Relationship with China

The arrest of a top Chinese tech executive at the request of the US has snared Canada in the middle of a major international dispute involving Beijing and Washington. Ottawa confirmed on Thursday that China had detained two Canadian nationals under what Beijing has said is suspicion of threatening its national security. That came nearly […]

Confidence in Japan Stops Falling

Confidence in Japan Stops Falling

Confidence among Japan’s biggest manufacturers was unchanged this quarter after slipping for three consecutive surveys, central bank data showed on Friday. The Bank of Japan’s Tankan report — a quarterly survey of about 10,000 companies — showed a reading of 19 among major manufacturers in its December survey. The reading was unchanged from the previous […]