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On Obama and the Nature of Failed Presidencies

Geopolitical Weekly

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 03:01 


By George Friedman

We do not normally comment on domestic political affairs unless they affect international affairs. 

However, it is necessary to consider American political affairs because they are likely to have a particular effect on international relations.

 We have now entered the final phase of Barack Obama's presidency, and like those of several other presidents since World War II, it is ending in what we call a state of failure. 

This is not a judgment on his presidency so much as on the political configuration within it and surrounding it.

The midterm elections are over, and Congress and the president are in gridlock. 

This in itself is not significant; presidents as popular as Dwight Eisenhower found themselves in this condition. 

The problem occurs when there is not only an institutional split but also a shift in underlying public opinion against the president. There are many more sophisticated analyses of public o…


Mango’s Tropical Café Owners Unveil Design For The Skyscraper

Posted by: Sudie Crouch Tags: bar, cafe, destination, entertainment, Florida

 Posted date: November 18, 2014 

Developers of The Skyscraper – the world’s tallest roller coaster and the anchor attraction for the $250 million Skyplex indoor entertainment complex – revealed today the track design for the mega-thrill ride, set to open in 2017 at International Drive and Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida.

David and Joshua Wallack, father-son owners of Mango’s Tropical Café South Beach, Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando and Skyplex unveiled the full ride experience animation of the Skyscraper today at IAPPA’s (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Attractions Expo held in Orlando. 

IAPPA attendees may learn more about The Skyscraper at Skyplex and Mango’s Tropical Café in booth #2217 at the attractions expo going on now through November 21.

Skyscraper, the world’s first Polercoaster, and soon to be the tallest s…

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís promises to cut extreme poverty by 45 percent by 2018




President Luis Guillermo Solís and Planning Minister Olga Marta Sánchez on Monday, Nov. 17 present the “National Development Plan 2015-2018 Alberto Cañas Escalante” at the National Theatre in downtown San José.

(Courtesy of Casa Presidencial)

Six months after taking office President Luis Guillermo Solís outlined – in a 560-page document – a roadmap for his administration that includes a promise to reduce Costa Rica’s extreme poverty rate by 45 percent by 2018, the year he leaves Casa Presidencial.

Solís presented the “National Development Plan 2015-2018” on Monday night at the National Theater along with Planning Minister Olga Marta Sánchez.

The plan includes three major goals: fostering economic growth by increasing the quantity and quality of jobs; reducing poverty and economic and social inequality; and combating corruption and promoting a more transparent state.

Solís’ main campaign pledge was to reduce extreme poverty, which he defined as t…

Gambia: $19.27 Million Agric Project Launched in Nbr/Crr


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By Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Gambia government through the Ministry of Agriculture over the weekend launched the Gambia Commercial Agriculture and Value Chain Management Project (GCAV) in the North Bank Region and Janjanbureh in the Central River Region.

The US$19.27 million project was financed through a World Bank credit and loan, and the Gambia government's contribution.

Giving an overview of the GCAV, the project coordinator, Falalo Touray, said the project will be implemented over a five-year period (2014-2019), covering three administrative regions: Central River Region - North and South, North Bank Region and West Coast Region.

The project would primarily support two value chains, rice and horticulture, particularly vegetables for which accessible markets exist and productivity gains are achievable through adoption of technologies, he said.

In addition, mango would be supported, with focus on increasing domestic pr…


China free trade agreement would see Red Centre mango wine exporter dancing in the street

NT Country Hour Nathan Coates

Posted about an hour ago

Tue 18 Nov 2014, 5:10pm PHOTO: A box of mangoes from the Red Centre Farm at Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs. (Caddie Brain) MAP: Alice Springs 0870 A free trade agreement (FTA) with China would see a Central Australian mango wine exporter dancing in the street. AUDIO: China FTA would see a Red Centre mango wine exporter dancing in the street (ABC Rural) The Federal Government says Australian mango wine exporters currently face a Chinese import tariff of up to 40 per cent. However, Ti Tree mango wine maker and exporter John Crayford says he has dealt with an import tariff north of 50 per cent on his fruit wine. Following the signing of an FTA with China, Australian mango wine makers would see the current tariff disappear over four years. Mr Crayford says he's very excited about the tariffs being removed. "It would be great because our wine …

AUSTRALIA : Weather bureau says El Nino now a 70 per cent chance, dry conditions, heatwaves already occurring

ABC Rural By Catherine McAloon

Updated about an hour ago

Tue 18 Nov 2014, 4:27pm

PHOTO: While El Nino hasn't yet been declared, impacts like heatwaves are already being felt. The Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded its outlook for an El Nino, bringing dry conditions to eastern Australia in the next three months.

There's now a 70 per cent chance of an El Nino developing and it could last into late summer, or early autumn.

The bureau's ENSO tracker, which monitors El Nino and La Nina activity has moved from 'watch' to 'alert' status.

Dr Andrew Watkins, the weather bureau's manager of climate prediction services, says there has been further warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean in the past fortnight.

"We've gone up to basically around about El Nino thresholds, or even just over them," Dr Watkins said.

"What we are saying to people is, we are pretty close to El Nino conditions in some of the things we monitor, but not all, we're not act…

Agriculture Transportation Coalition urges the President to act on the West Coast Port crisis

By: AJOT | Nov 17 2014 at 05:20 PM | Ports & Terminals

The impact of West Coast port disruption is becoming increasingly dire for U.S. agriculture and forest products exporters. 

Christmas trees are not being exported and will miss the holiday season in Asia completely. 

Potatoes are not being exported and the cargo will likely be a total loss for the farmers whose entire year is dependent upon current shipments. 

Foreign customers are already canceling orders and turning to other countries to satisfy their needs.

The consequences are being felt throughout the country. The railroads are unable to bring agriculture products from the Midwest and the South to West Coast ports because of the labor slowdown at the ports. 

At the same time, the ocean carriers are passing on their increased cost by imposing draconian congestion surcharge fees on the U.S. exporter, who cannot pass them on to the customer. 

It is rendering our agriculture and forest products non-competitive in the global marketpl…