Sometimes America can be myopic, self-centered, and oblivious. Today is one of those days when many of the news outlets are focusing on Twitter, the Toyota recalls, and Taylor Swift. With more chaos brewing in the Middle East, it’s a good time to remember that there are some major wars underway.
I only say this because these are disturbing times, and we have to be reminded of the fact of the dangers of global political conflicts. Keep it in mind.
Let me catch you up to date on what’s going on “out there,” as well as other stuff:
- Violence in Israel is flaring up again, following the reopening of a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City (The Guardian).
- The Obama adminstration and Benjamin Netanyahu are headed for a showdown (NPR)
- George Mitchell’s Israel trip is on hold (Politico)
- What does it mean for Iran? Well, the eminent bombing rumors that have circulated may be put on hold. (Huffington Post)
- Several folks think Biden’s trip to Israel was aimed at discussing the bombing of Iran. Instead, it devolved into a critique of Israel’s settlement policies. (Politico)
- The US and EU are calling for a “clear response” to Iran. Some believe that bombing isn’t yet off the table. (AFP)
- Iran is standing its ground (Tehran Times)
- Zero Hedge technical take predicts a market crash in April (Zero Hedge)
- U.S. Housing starts declined 5.9% in February (Bloomberg). Do housing start numbers in the dead of winter really matter?
- The Fed wants to “avoid lower inflation” (Bloomberg). Isn’t that another euphemism for printing money?
- U.S. lawmakers are going to press China for action on currency (Reuters). Yippee! Trade War with China! Just what we all need!
- Sony has signed a $250M deal with the Michael Jackson estate on forthcoming albums involving both previously unreleased material and famiar ones. (Wall Street Journal). Just beat it!
- Core Strength Training for Men. (Wall Street Journal). I just think it’s funny that you can find this stuff on a Wall Street Journal page.
- Is China-Google a lose-lose scenario? (Associated Press)
- Google’s biggest blunder: Not letting Microsoft buy Yahoo (Slate). I can go with it.
- Vitamin D linked to lower heart disease risk (L.A. Times)