IMF sounds alarm bells over trade slowdown and low inflation

Urgent action is needed to reverse a slowdown in trade and stop low inflation from triggering a downward spiral of weak growth, job cuts and higher debt, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

A global lurch towards protectionism and the sluggish recovery had driven a “remarkable” slowdown in trade since 2012, according to analysis by the Fund.

The IMF warned that a further move away from trade liberalisation was likely to “hold back international trade in goods”, harm economic development and prolong the global slowdown.

Russia Issues New “Rules of Engagement” in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN (US/Turkey/Israel in the cross-hairs!)

So the next “mistake” by a US pilot, will very likely be the last mistake that pilot makes.  Once the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system “locks-on” to an aircraft, there is no escape and no defense. The system cannot be jammed and its missiles cannot be fooled by flares or chaff.  An S-300 absolutely, positively, will hit and kill any aircraft it is fired at.

This is also bad news for Turkey, which also has troops and planes operating inside Syria without permission.  If a Turk aircraft attacks a Syrian Army unit, it, too, will be shot down.

Israel is also in trouble with these news rules of engagement.  Israel has been sending the Israeli Air Force to strike areas of the occupied Golan Heights – official Syrian territory.  Israeli jets will now be shot down if they attack a Syrian Army position.