Moving Parts!

Steven LeBlanc


US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

The world has many moving parts. Here is what I have been watching lately (and a few observations):

Iran: The Iran deal will inject Iran, with an estimated $150 billion within the next 18 months. Iran can use many of these billions-plus in funds, and send some of that money to either Syria, Hamas or Hezbollah. Hezbollah (enemy of Israel) receives one billion dollars per year from Iran, that figure will grow significantly. Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt fear Iran. Prime minister Netanyahu said on NBC News’ “ Meet the Press”—“A Middle East crisscrossed with nuclear trip wires is a nightmare for the world”… “I think this deal is a dream deal for Iran, and it’s a nightmare deal for the world.”

“A lot of the Gulf countries feel they are being thrown under the bus,” said Mishaal al-Gergawi, managing director of the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi and a prominent Emirati political commentator. “The Gulf thought it was in a monogamous relationship with the West, and now it realizes it’s being cheated on because the U.S. was in an open relationship with it.”

China: is experiencing a panic, a rapid deceleration in economic activity is causing both private and foreign capital to exit the country—is this a temporary panic or a longer-term angst that will cause a severe correction in world stock markets? The belief is that the Chinese economy is slowing—causing a plunge in commodity prices (iron ore, palladium, oil and gold). If the Chinese economy is slowing this impacts America companies who sell goods in China, hurting profits.

World Banks: printing massive amounts of money: Japan, China, and Europe are printing, and printing, and printing a lot of money. In doing this– these nations are devaluing their currencies. This has helped the dollar go higher and the Euro to fall by 30%.

Cracks in the European Union: The Greek crisis is causing division in Europe. Germany is being perceived by some, as a bit of a bully as it is the force to reckon with when dealing with European problems. The following is from

More recently, the economic crisis weakened the French economy and, as a result, France’s political influence. Meanwhile, it enhanced Germany’s role as the main decision-maker in Europe. France is still the main military force in continental Europe and has been particularly active abroad in recent years, as exemplified by its interventions in Northern and Central Africa. But Paris is concerned about its weakened political influence in EU affairs. Today, many of the most important decisions in Europe are made in Brussels, Berlin and Frankfurt.

These changing dynamics were clear during the Eurogroup negotiations on the Greek crisis. Berlin won the backing of fellow Central and Northern European nations, including the Netherlands, Finland, Slovakia and the Baltic states, most of which are part of Germany’s supply chain and all of which have strong trade ties with the Germans. But for historical reasons, Germany is a reluctant hegemon.

European Unemployment continues to cause stress in Europe. Germany has survived the recession quite well, but other nations, including France, are struggling, this is causing resentment between Eurozone member states:


And of course there is Russia, but that subject will have to wait for a future blog.

Always keep in mind that watching world news and reading prophecies from the Bible, should encourage repentance, and drawing closer to God. We are not in the prediction business. Prophecy should lead to a sense of personal urgency and deep personal change:

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house … Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:33-37).

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”—Luke 21:36.

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