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 May 13 - The world economy is starting to look a lot like the Titanic, HSBC chief economist warns
 Article: Miscellaneous

Like the ill-fated White Star liner, the global economy is sailing across the ocean with too few lifeboats and an iceberg looming on the horizon, warns HSBC chief economist Stephen King.
And that's going to be a titanic problem for global policy makers. It's been six years since the last U.S. recession and though they don't come like clockwork, King says we are closer to the next one than the last one. But unlike past downturns, the weak recovery from the last recession has not allowed monetary policymakers to replenish their arsenals. Budget deficits are still huge, debt levels too high and while the U.S. economy has improved it's far from top form.

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 May 13 - Planet reeling from a series of earthquake strikes - may be indicator more quakes are on the horizon
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

As the above map indicates, seismic stress factors appear to be building along the Alpide Belt and across the ever-volatile Pacific Ring of Fire. 97% of the earthquakes on the planet occur in these two densely-populous regions. The occurrence of large earthquake events could continue, as tectonic plates across the globe readjust to the recent flurry of seismic unrest. People living in the regions of Mexico and Central America should also remain alert for the outbreak of moderate to large-scale seismic events that could come on the heels of these recent events.
Earth's magnetic field weakening 10 times faster than thought: Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm.

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 May 14 - In Canada, aboriginal pastors mix Christianity with Native spirituality
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Inside a cramped, run-down loft in one of this city's poorest neighborhoods, Cheryl Bear Barnetson sits at a communal drum, leading a group of people in song. The sharp beating of the drum grows louder and faster. She and the other aboriginal singers surrounding it begin to chant. "Jeeee-sus, Jeeee-sus, Jeeee-sus     " Although it doesn't look like a typical house of worship, this place is a church. Bare brick walls surround small coffee tables and chairs. A large wooden cross is all that distinguishes the space from a 1920s speakeasy.
Barnetson is one of the pastors who minister here every Sunday night. Using traditional aboriginal practices, they share the gospel with the people who walk through the doors of Street Church. They all attend for their own reasons - some for religion, others for a free meal.
To the right of the stage, an aboriginal man plays a hand drum along with the congregation. After the song is finished, she says, "We're all here for Jesus tonight." The man abruptly stands, takes his drum and walks loudly down the creaking stairs, shouting profanities. His reaction does not surprise Barnetson - she knows that churches once played a central role in suppressing and attacking aboriginal culture in Canada - nor is she concerned.

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 May 14 - China, Russia Seek New Internet World Order
 Article: One World Government

China and Russia have made little attempt to hide their geopolitical ambitions. Militarily, each has asserted a right to terrain not recognized as theirs. Economically, the two have designs on gaining a greater foothold in the world marketplace, Western roadblocks be damned.
And while an unprecedented pact not to deploy network hackers against each other may prove largely symbolic, it's yet another glaring sign of the two countries' shared desire to shake up a world order largely dominated by the U.S. since the end of World War II. "This agreement is not about Russia's and China's love for each other - it's about how they dislike the U.S.," says James Lewis, a cybersecurity researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 
It was during a visit to Moscow this month by Chinese President Xi Jinping - punctuated by a military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat in the Second World War - that Russia and China took their partnership to the next level. Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed dozens of bilateral agreements, including one outlining their shared agenda for the Internet.

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 May 11 - In September, The UN Launches A Major Sustainable Development Agenda For The Entire Planet
 Article: One World Government

The UN plans to launch a brand new plan for managing the entire globe at the Sustainable Development Summit that it will be hosting from September 25th to September 27th.  Some of the biggest names on the planet, including Pope Francis, will be speaking at this summit.  This new sustainable agenda focuses on climate change of course, but it also specifically addresses topics such as economics, agriculture, education and gender equality.  For those wishing to expand the scope of "global governance", sustainable development is the perfect umbrella because just about all human activity affects the environment in some way.  The phrase "for the good of the planet" can be used as an excuse to micromanage virtually every aspect of our lives.  So for those that are concerned about the growing power of the United Nations, this summit in September is something to keep an eye on.  Never before have I seen such an effort to promote a UN summit on the environment, and this new sustainable development agenda is literally a framework for managing the entire globe.

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 May 19 - UNHCR, Accenture provide global biometric identity management system to help refugees
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is working with Accenture to deliver a biometric technology system for registering and verifying the identities of displaced individuals around the world, providing refugees with the help they need. After a competitive tendering process, Accenture secured the three-year contract in which UNHCR will deploy Accenture's biometric identity management system (BIMS) across UNHCR global operations.
Accenture's system is able to capture and store fingerprints, iris data and facial images of individuals, providing these undocumented refugees with their only personal identity record.

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 May 15 - World population-food supply balance is becoming increasingly unstable
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Researchers report that as the world population increases and food demand has grown, globalization of trade has made the food supply more sensitive to environmental and market fluctuations. This leads to greater chances of food crises, particularly in nations where land and water resources are scarce and therefore food security strongly relies on imports.
The study assesses the food supply available to more than 140 nations (with populations greater than 1 million) and demonstrates that food security is becoming increasingly susceptible to perturbations in demographic growth, as humanity places increasing pressure on use of limited land and water resources.

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 May 13 - Vatican and 'State of Palestine' agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty
 Article: Miscellaneous

The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, which is expected to be signed soon by both parties. It is hoped that the agreement will encourage the international community to acknowledge an independent State of Palestine, alongside Israel.

A senior official at Israel's foreign ministry stated that Israel "was disappointed to hear about the Holy See's decision to agree on a final text of an agreement      with the Palestinians, that includes the term 'the state of Palestine'. This move does not advance the peace process and further distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations. Israel will examine the agreement and weigh its actions accordingly."

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