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Week in Review

Last week Via Meadia began a recap of the “Ten Trends to Watch” — a series of posts from 2010 that made predictions about the future of our complicated and connected world. So far, we have posted updates to the first five trends: “Disaggregation and Death of the West,” “Small ‘d’ democratization,” “Panopolis,” “Proliferation, Great and Small,” and “Economic Upheaval.” There will be more to come this week.

Elsewhere this week, Pakistan’s government is in turmoil. A quiet coup could be in the works. The violence continues in Sudan. Tehran and Moscow are doubling down in Syria.

In China, the Wukan protest ended with a promotion for a leader of the demonstrations, but little else. Other protests have swept China recently. Worringly, Chinese shoppers aren’t shopping. Elsewhere in Asia, the Great Game is being fought on a watery battleground.

According to an Iranian lawmaker, President Obama sent a letter to Tehran to persuade the mullahs to come back to the negotiating table. Meanwhile, Hamas is distancing itself from Tehran. So is China: Premier Wen Jiabao concluded a lucrative trip to the Middle East this week, but avoided Iran.

The World Bank issued a dire warning for the global economy. Cocaine cartels in Latin America are on the move.

In Europe, leaders are working to layer more fudge on an already fudgy situation. Marine Le Pen, a conservative French politician, is more popular than ever before.

Texas and Colorado issued new rules on fracking. President Obama is struggling to keep his very different supporters together. And there was good news from the American manufacturing industry: the US is becoming the next outsourcing destination.

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  • Luke Lea

    I’d like to see more China coverage. Let’s look beneath the covers. E.g., our trade with China has undoubtedly improved the material life of a significant fraction of the peasantry who have moved into the big cities. But if China’s export led growth strategy falters, will these people be left better off than before? Will they be able to support themselves in a country substantially without internal markets? Oh, but they really do have internal markets, you say. Horrible thought if they don’t.

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