Sunday, July 15, 2018

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): Out & About in Our World ((With an Update From Africa))

As our team went to press, President Trump had left Scotland after a 2-Day non working getaway at his resort to meet with the President of Russia in Finland.    Before he left, though, he gave an interview to CBS News which was reported out by the Team at the Washington Examiner in this manner--and an apparent suggestion that The UK should sue the EU--which the UK Prime Minister noted she decided not to take:   

President Trump described the European Union as "a foe" in an interview aired Sunday, ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland.
"I think we have a lot of foes," Trump told CBS News. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they are a foe."

As the President called for a massive increase in spending, the team at the National Priorities project provided a snapshot of what that would entail with profound implications for the World:

The world is becoming a more dangerous place.

This week at the NATO summit, President Trump not only campaigned, as he has been, for every NATO country to spend at least two percent of its GDP (gross domestic product, a measure of economic productivity) on its military – but for every NATO country to double that goal and spend four percent.

The two percent goal is already nonsensical, and just serves to underscore how European countries that spend less on their militaries also spend more on bread and butter programs that actually make peoples’ lives better, as Lindsay Koshgarian writes in Fortune.

The massive military spending spree Trump demanded at NATO serves no actual security purpose. Trump’s four percent goal comes out of the same playbook as his military parade. It would make a big point, at a big cost, with no real benefits.

If every NATO country met the four percent goal, it would be akin to adding a U.S.-sized superpower to the world. Conversely, if every NATO country – including the U.S. – spent two percent of its GDP on its military, total NATO spending would actually decrease – and that could allow the U.S. to meet any number of other domestic and international goals, according to this thought-provoking Washington Post analysis.

We also were assessing what was the latest out of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.   As the Syria War seems to be winding down, there is a "clamour" for Iran to leave and Iran's Supreme Leader Advisor for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that Iran is willing to leave Syria as Israel continues its' attacks.     The more crucial flashpoint, right now, is Iraq though especially as protests continue and now there is a nationwide internet shutdown-as the protests began in Basra and have continued onward.  As for Afghanistan, Civilian deaths continue to climb at an alarming rate.   There was also the on-going siege of Gaza and the latest flareup as Israel pounded Gaza yet again as two teen-agers were killed after Hamas rocket attacks.  
As we look to a new week, though, we wanted to note that the Final Game of the World Cup is being played right now as we went to press.   France was up 2-1 against Croatia.   This is also as the formal handoff between Russia and Qatar occurred:

Russia Hands Over FIFA World Cup Hosting Duties To Qatar

Onward to the New week as we conclude with this #Africa Watch as the World celebrates Mandela Day on July 18: 

More than 1.8m social grants beneficiaries migrated to new Sassa card
More than 1.8-million social grants beneficiaries have been migrated to the new gold South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) card, the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Comprehensive Social... 
Saudi Arabia pledges to invest R133bn in South African energy sector
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambitious plan to attract $100-billion to kick start the country’s struggling economy got a major boost on Thursday, when Saudi Arabia committed to invest $10-billion... 
Western Cape edges closer to an end to the drought as dam levels continue to rise
Duduzane Zuma culpable homicide case postponed
Ramaphosa embarks on Eskom overhaul
Tshwane mayor defends 'bodybuilder' executive director appointment
'You are a land thief' – BLF tells AfriForum's Kallie Kriel at Duduzane court appearance
Nkwinti off to see Lesotho Highlands Water Project progress
Fatality-free Pan African sparkles on lower-cost, longer-life prospects
South Sudan parliament votes to extend president's term until 2021

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