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With the Chinese economy coming under increasing strain, the last thing Beijing needs is a challenge to the legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party administrative policy and governance in Hong Kong. As well as a decreasing trade figures, China also faces yet another incipient banking crisis and the potential for the massive Chinese property ‘bubble economy’ bursting. Now Hong Kong’s students and pro-Democracy activists are challenging China’s governance mandate in Hong Kong.
It would appear that some vital facts about the Ebola emergency have been kept from the general public, in the mistaken belief, by governments everywhere, that public panic will make their job of managing this contageon more difficult. This short term expedient is backfiring because the application of measures and the dissemination of the facts about this virus across governments is not consistent. Governments seem stunned by the fact that their peoples are seeking information globally outside of the control of nation states and authorities. The truth has a way of leaking out, but the problem of nation states attempting to suppress or manage the release of information to stop some imagined panic by their populations, is doing more harm than good.
BOOTS GET CLOSER TO THE GROUND as the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.
Officials have not identified the division that will deploy — the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.
An official announcement is expected in the coming days. But Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently confirmed the Army “will send another division headquarters to Iraq to control what we’re doing there, a small headquarters.”
It’s unclear how many soldiers will be sent, or how long they will deploy. Division headquarters average between 100 and 500 soldiers and deploy for one year.
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