Written by Candas Emcioglu

Withrepparttar collapse ofrepparttar 125865 USSR andrepparttar 125866 end ofrepparttar 125867 Cold War,repparttar 125868 political and economic power relations that had been in place sincerepparttar 125869 end of World War II were rendered obsolete. What we are observing today is a shift inrepparttar 125870 global power dynamics, which will eventually allign to a new axis of world order.

Althoughrepparttar 125871 mainstream media channels all overrepparttar 125872 world have successfully managed to disinformrepparttar 125873 general public into believing that what has been taking place sincerepparttar 125874 September 11 attacks is a “War On Terror”, a growing number of people are starting to suspect that there are other political and economic dimensions torepparttar 125875 causes ofrepparttar 125876 9-11 Attacks,repparttar 125877 bombing of Afghanistan, andrepparttar 125878 current invasion of Iraq.

Ever sincerepparttar 125879 Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944, which establishedrepparttar 125880 rules of commerce and financial relations amongrepparttar 125881 major industrial states andrepparttar 125882 independent nation-states,repparttar 125883 US has been enjoying an artificial privilage inrepparttar 125884 global economy through its ability to adoptrepparttar 125885 US dollar asrepparttar 125886 currency of global exchange. When President Nixon liberatedrepparttar 125887 US fromrepparttar 125888 gold standard in 1971,repparttar 125889 dollar becamerepparttar 125890 denominator ofrepparttar 125891 world reserve currency, andrepparttar 125892 global economy became fully dominated byrepparttar 125893 US dollar atrepparttar 125894 expense ofrepparttar 125895 rest. Although this fact has been known by those in financial and political circles, it is hardly ever mentioned inrepparttar 125896 media.

International institutions, such asrepparttar 125897 IMF andrepparttar 125898 World Bank, has been giving loans exclusively in dollars up to this day, and thus,repparttar 125899 rest ofrepparttar 125900 world has been forced to build their dollar reserves for repayment of debt and international trade for over sixty years. Today, over two thirds ofrepparttar 125901 world trade is conducted in dollars conferring onrepparttar 125902 US an economic advantage.

However, as well as being an advantage,repparttar 125903 same system has also created a very fragile US economy that is fully dependent onrepparttar 125904 faithrepparttar 125905 rest ofrepparttar 125906 world has inrepparttar 125907 stability ofrepparttar 125908 dollar. Analysts know perfectly well that, as strong asrepparttar 125909 US economy may appear, it could collapse very abruptly ifrepparttar 125910 trust inrepparttar 125911 stability ofrepparttar 125912 dollar is broken, or if there is an alternative means of pricing instead ofrepparttar 125913 dollar.

Whenrepparttar 125914 US buys goods and services produced by other countries,repparttar 125915 pricing andrepparttar 125916 payments are made in dollars. Asrepparttar 125917 US does not have a corresponding need to accumulate foreign reserve, it enjoysrepparttar 125918 privilage of spending more than it earns, and can afford to run a trade deficit year after year, whilerepparttar 125919 rest ofrepparttar 125920 world earns more than it spends as a result of this artificial monetary system.

Currently,repparttar 125921 huge trade deficit inrepparttar 125922 US indicates thatrepparttar 125923 US economy has a “need” to “borrow” two billion dollars per day fromrepparttar 125924 rest ofrepparttar 125925 world to keep its economy from collapsing. Naturally, ifrepparttar 125926 dollar remainsrepparttar 125927 dominant global currency, there would not be any risks, andrepparttar 125928 US could continue to enjoy its privilage without any complications. Onrepparttar 125929 other hand, any tendency to move away fromrepparttar 125930 dollar towards another currency would spell disaster and would demolishrepparttar 125931 global hegemony thatrepparttar 125932 US has been enjoying for nearly sixty years.

Without Country

Written by Terry Dashner

Without Country

Terry Dashner

“’If you are ever tempted to say a word or to do a thing that shall put a bar between you and your family, your home, and your country, pray God in his mercy to take you that instant home to his own heaven. Stick by your family, boy; forget you have a self—while you do everything for them. Think of your home, boy; write and send, and talk about it. Let it be nearer and nearer to your thought,repparttar farther you have to travel from it and rush back to it, when you are free…’

“‘And for your country, boy,’ andrepparttar 125864 words rattled in his throat, ‘and forrepparttar 125865 flag,’ and he pointed torepparttar 125866 ship, ’never dream a dream but of serving her as she bids you, thoughrepparttar 125867 service carry you through a thousand hells. No matter what happens to you, no matter who flatters you or who abuses you, never look at another flag, never let a night pass but you pray God to bless that flag. Remember, boy, that behind all these men you have to do with, behind officers, and government, and people even, there isrepparttar 125868 Country Herself, your Country, and that you belong to Her as you belong to your own mother. Stand by Her, boy, as you would stand by your mother…’”

His name was Philip Nolan. Inrepparttar 125869 early 1800’s, Nolan, in a fit of anger, told a military court that he never wanted to hear ofrepparttar 125870 United States again. Nolan was sentenced to have his wish fulfilled. He was to spendrepparttar 125871 rest of his life at sea, never to touch an American port and never to be given any news aboutrepparttar 125872 United States. Asrepparttar 125873 years passed, he lived to regret deeply his rash statement and to long for any reminder of his home, his family, his native land. He died aboard ship fifty years later, and in all those years he heardrepparttar 125874 name ofrepparttar 125875 United States only once.

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