As China builds its military, manufacturing, education and infrastructure base the country will surpass the U.S as the leading world economy by 2030. “America First” policies are naive. Global trade is the key to growth.

Why is anyone surprised? According to London’s Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) China and India will be fighting for the first place as world’s economic powerhouse in the latter part of this century. Both countries emphasize education and infrastructure as foundation for stability domestically, and these nations generate growth through global trade.

While China’s cornerstone for growth is global trade, the current U.S administration considers “America First” agenda most likely to succeed. America First policies will fail to develop the growth needed as the domestic  market is rabidly becoming saturated in terms of expansion and growth opportunities.

In addition, America needs to provide healthcare for its citizens to be competitive and considerable growth is required to pay for the recent GOP tax cuts.

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Trump Has Refused To Implement CIA Plan Ordered By Obama That Was Designed To Deal With Cyber Threat From Russia. Report

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Obama ordered spy/intel agencies to plan responses to cyber threats from Russia before leaving office. After 2016 election U.S officials suggested ways to counter Kremlin propaganda machine including options for CIA to “zap,” or neutralize Russian websites. Trump has refused to implement any of those responses. Source; Washington Post

The first piece of Trump’s wall is set to go through a Texas wildlife refuge — GarryRogers Nature Conservation

GR: Destroying a nature refuge to satisfy a campaign promise is probably more than Trump’s fellow phobes wanted. But there is no limit to the damage Trump will do to get some approval. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the harm from such a wall. Perhaps we can help some of Trump’s supporters […]

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MPs set to debate motion accusing Blair of ‘misleading’ them over Iraq – Politics live

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It was Tony Blair’s government that got rid of the principle of “double jeopardy” in English law (the principle that you cannot be put on trial for the same crime twice). So there is something appropriate about the fact that, although the Chilcot inquiry effectively cleared Blair of lying to MPs as he made the case for war, the Commons is going to debate a motion saying that Blair did mislead parliament and that this should be investigated.

The motion has been tabled by the SNP and this is what it says:

That this House recognises that the Chilcot Inquiry provided substantial evidence of misleading information being presented by the then Prime Minister and others on the development of the then Government’s policy towards the invasion of Iraq as shown most clearly in the contrast between private correspondence to the United States government and public statements to Parliament and to the people and also in the presentation of intelligence information; and calls on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, further to its current investigation into the lessons to be learned from the Chilcot Inquiry for the machinery of government, to conduct a further specific examination of this contrast in public and private policy and of the presentation of intelligence, and then to report to the House on what further action it considers necessary and appropriate to help prevent any repetition of this disastrous series of events.

At a time when Blair is planning his political comeback, it is high time that this parliament and its committees at long last brought this dark stain on UK foreign policy to a close by investigating how such grave misleading occurred and taking the appropriate action to avoid it happening again.

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