This week's revelation and confirmation that the United States(US) military spent $22 million investigating unidentified flying objects(UFOs) in the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, in a way, fittingly sets up an eerie, weird and bizarre 2018.
The World in 2018 will be anything but normal. As is strange as evident-film of UFOs in the sky; to a trickled-down-economics tax overhaul in the US; to a determination of a soft or hard Brexit, if there will be an exit, in the United Kingdom(UK); to the rise and complexity of the European Union(EU); to the aspirations of Ukraine and of Catalonia and of other peoples; to the continued meddling of Russia; to the nuclear threat of North Korea; to the widening international scope of China; to the determinant identity of Africa; to the new alliances of Latin America; to the recovery and simplicity of the Caribbean; to conflicts in the Middle East; to the struggles of refugees; to the pangs of the displaced and of the poor; and to the humanity-failed children of conflicts in Yemen and in Syria and elsewhere, 2018 will be unprecedented.
American isolation, nationalism, war, rumors of war, conflicts, widening inequality, environmental issues and human rights concerns will be major affairs in 2018. To this end, I will attempt my yearly assessment of the year to come continuing tomorrow:
December 21, The World in 2018 - Africa.
December 22, The World in 2018 - Canada and Mexico.
December 23, The World in 2018 - Caribbean.
December 26, The World in 2018 - Central and South America.
December 27, The World in 2018 - Middle East.
December 28, The World in 2018 - Asia.
December 29, The World in 2018 - Europe.
December 30, The World in 2018 - United States.