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Trends This Week – Why gold will endure – 02.08.17

Trend forecaster Gerald Celente provides a “globalnomic” view on how all roads lead to gold. The War on Terror continues, tensions in Israel escalate, and the populist parties across Europe continue to gain popularity. Despite rising interest rates strengthening the dollar, gold prices will rise as investors seek a safe-haven asset amid rising tensions and destabilized economies all over the world.

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Andrew J. Bacevich – On Building Armies (and Watching Them Fail)

First came Fallujah, then Mosul, and later Ramadi in Iraq.  Now, there is Kunduz, a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan.  In all four places, the same story has played out: in cities that newspaper reporters like to call “strategically important,” security forces trained and equipped by the U.S. military at great expense simply folded, abandoning their posts (and much of their U.S.-supplied weaponry) without even …