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The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing

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by Michael Synder

Sep 24, 2015

You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news.  But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal.  Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume.  Hopefully they are right.  When the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 777 points on September 29th, 2008 everyone freaked out and rightly so.  But a stock market crash doesn’t have to be limited to a single day.  Since the peak of the market earlier this year, the Dow is down almost three times as much as that 777 point crash back in 2008.  Over the last sixty days, we have seen the 8th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis and the 10th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis.  You would think that this would be enough to wake people up, but most Americans still don’t seem very alarmed.  And of course what has happened to U.S. stocks so far is quite mild compared to what has been going on in the rest of the world.

Right now, stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this.  The following is a summary of what we have seen in recent days…

#1 The United States – The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 2000 points since the peak of the market.  Last month we saw stocks decline by more than 500 points on consecutive trading days for the first time ever, and there has not been this much turmoil in U.S. markets since the fall of 2008.

#2 China – The Shanghai Composite Index has plummeted nearly 40 percent since hitting a peak earlier this year.  The Chinese economy is steadily slowing down, and we just learned that China’s manufacturing index has hit a 78 month low.

#3 Japan – The Nikkei has experienced extremely violent moves recently, and it is now down more than 3000 points from the peak that was hit earlier in 2015.  The Japanese economy and the Japanese financial system are both basket cases at this point, and it isn’t going to take much to push Japan into a full-blown financial collapse.

#4 Germany – Almost one-fourth of the value of German stocks has already been wiped out, and this crash threatens to get much worse.  The Volkswagen emissions scandal is making headlines all over the globe, and don’t forget to watch for massive trouble at Germany’s biggest bank.

#5 The United Kingdom – British stocks are down about 16 percent from the peak of the market, and the UK economy is definitely on shaky ground.

#6 France – French stocks have declined nearly 18 percent, and it has become exceedingly apparent that France is on the exact same path that Greece has already gone down.

#7 Brazil – Brazil is the epicenter of the South American financial crisis of 2015.  Stocks in Brazil have plunged more than 12,000 points since the peak, and the nation has already officially entered a new recession.

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VIDEO — via drone: Aftermath footage of landslide in Brazil World Cup host city

RT
Jun 16, 2014


VIDEO — London Mask March: Scuffles with police as Anonymous allies rally

RT
November 6, 2013

In London a bonfire lit outside the gates of Buckingham Palace with crowds wearing white masks involved in scuffles with police. There were similar scenes near parliament too. RT’s Sara Firth reports. Read more http://on.rt.com/0t3ysl

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VIDEO — Total Despair: Teachers strike for over 40 days, hit with tear gas in Brazil

RT
October 1, 2013

Clashes broke out in Rio de Janeiro’s busy downtown business district on Tuesday as police skirmished with striking schoolteachers. Teachers pressing for better pay had gathered in front of City Hall, where a vote on Mayor Eduardo Paes’ salary proposal was expected. The strikers oppose the proposal, which they say doesn’t go far enough to addressing their demands. Chaos broke out in late afternoon when police officers set off deafening percussion grenades and fired rubber bullets in this densely frequented commercial district. Negotiations between the city and the teachers’ unions have been acrimonious, and Tuesday was the strike’s 46th day.

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VIDEO — The Meaning of the Brazilian Protest Movement

Global Research TV
July 16, 2013

Last month’s protests swept through Brazil’s cities, bringing hundreds of thousands onto the streets to protest rampant political corruption, declining government services and rising public costs. Contrary to the rosy economic picture that the World Bank and the IMF have tried to paint over the past decade, Brazil’s growing discontent with the neoliberal model is now on full display. Find out more in this week’s GRTV Backgrounder on Global Research TV.


Brazilian Soccer Fans Decapitate Ref After He Stabs, Kills Player

by Greg Howard
Deadspin
July 6, 2013

Last Sunday, an amateur soccer match in Brazil came to an unbelievably gruesome end when a referee was murdered by outraged fans. His head was then cut off and placed on a spike. The beheading was retaliation; the ref initially stabbed a player to death.

It happened in the Maranhão region of northeastern Brazil. Thirty-year-old Josenir dos Santos Abreu approached the referee, 20-year-old Otávio Jordão da Silva (pictured above) during a match to argue a call. Abreu reportedly threw a punch at da Silva, who then took out a knife he was carrying with him during the match, and stabbed the player. Abreu died of his wounds en route to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the player’s friends and family invaded the pitch and attacked da Silva. They reportedly tied up the referee, beat him, stoned him, lynched him, and then quartered him. When they finished, they cut off his head and placed it on a stake in the center of the field.

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VIDEO — Storm in World Cup: Clashes continue in Brazil with tear gas & rubber bullets

RT
June 27, 2013

Fierce clashes broke out between protesters and riot police during a demonstration near the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday. Clashes began after tens of thousands of protesters, in part angered by the billions spent in World Cup preparations, tried to march to the stadium and were confronted by police who fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Angry protesters picked up tear-gas canisters and hurled them back at police, along with a shower of rocks. Two protesters were hurt, including a 21-year-old man who fell from an overpass and is reported to be in a critical condition.

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VIDEO — The Overnight Brazilian Revolution – Brazilian Man

108morris108
June 20, 2013

Brazil is the powerhouse of South America, if and when Brazil falls the rest of South America is likely to follow. The spirit of the youth is strong but there is no particular ideology guiding them, just disgust with the Government.
I do not share the interviewees feelings on many issues, personally I respect Chavez’ and Fidel’s revolution


VIDEO — Brazil Boiling: brutal clashes as country gripped by protests

RT
June 20, 2013

Violent clashes have erupted in the northern city of Fortaleza in the hours leading to a Confederations Cup match with Mexico. Dozens were hurt as riot police unleashed tear gas and barrage of rubber bullets at a crowd of some 30,000 Brazilian protesters. Protests and clashes continued in other cities as well. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/89f5mm

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VIDEO — Brazil is Dangerous And Children Get Killed – Brazilian Man

108morris108
June 19, 2013

Brazil Is Dangerous No Way to Become Socialist

Killing children on the streets is real and happens every day

Armoured cars provide security Until you step out.
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I think there is some secret agenda to colonise and transport indigenous people away from their lands, Internationally too, and these violent societies in the Americas are the consequence of these mass migrations.


VIDEO — Brazil Protests Over Crony Capitalism – Sao Paolo Resident

108morris108
June 18, 2013

Triggered From A Bus Fare Rise, People are fed up with corruption and absurd appropriations of money for unnecessary projects. Social Media and the example of the Mediterranean unrest has helped organise the protests.


Brazil sees largest protests in decades

Nik Press
June 18, 2013

Brazil sees largest protests in decades as unrest hits second week

By RT

Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities.

Protests initially began last week following a government announcement of an increase in public transportation costs, which brought out students and young workers and led to more than 250 arrests.

According to reports by Brazilian media such as Jornal do Dia, the initially peaceful demonstrations last week became heated, and led to clashes with Brazil’s riot police that left at least 100 injured in the major cities of Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.

Though the protests initially began following the announcement of bus fare increases, they have evolved to include a wide range of groups that have grown dissatisfied over everything from government corruption and income inequality, as well as to outrage over the police’s harsh response to protesters last week.

In a sign that public dissatisfaction was still simmering, soccer fans booed president Dilma Rousseff on Monday during the opening of a two-week tournament at a stadium in the capital Brasilia. The heckling only intensified when the president of the global soccer body, FIFA, reprimanded the crowed for failing to show the president “respect.”

Thousands of students and people take part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Thousands of students and people take part in a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Though Rousseff was able to ride on her predecessor’s popularity, Brazil’s economic growth has slowed considerably since she took over from Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is widely credited with lifting 40 million Brazilians out of poverty. Brazil’s economy has posted its worst two-year performance in over a decade, and inflation rose to 6.5 per cent in May.

At least 20,000 Brazilians were expected to demonstrate in Sao Paulo on Monday, with organizers placing the figure closer to 30,000.

Demonstrators invade the stairs of the Teatro Municipal in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators invade the stairs of the Teatro Municipal in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators shout slogans outside the Municipal theatre in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators shout slogans outside the Municipal theatre in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators clash with riot police outside the Municipal Theatre in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators clash with riot police outside the Municipal Theatre in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators cause destruction in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators cause destruction in downtown Rio de Janeiro on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)

Demonstrators set fire to traffic signs during a protest at the Antonio Carlos Avenue, next to Mineirao stadium which hosts the Confederations Cup, on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Bernardo Salce)

Demonstrators set fire to traffic signs during a protest at the Antonio Carlos Avenue, next to Mineirao stadium which hosts the Confederations Cup, on June 17, 2013. (AFP Photo / Bernardo Salce)


VIDEO — Rio police heli opens fire in slum during drug baron car chase

Russia Today
May 8, 2013

A shocking video of Rio de Janeiro police in a helicopter firing on a moving car in a populous slum has sparked a probe. Footage emerged of the high-octane chase a year after it happened, raising concerns over the excessive use of police force – READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/alluai

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5 of 10 Top Economies in the World Drop the Dollar [video included]

Activist Post
April 1, 2013

The U.S Dollar is quickly losing its status as the world reserve currency. Five of the top ten economies in the world, plus a few others, no longer use the dollar as an intermediary currency for trade. This trend poses a huge risk to the dollar and the United States along with it.

ZeroHedge points out today that Australia, the world’s 12th-ranked economy, has now joined a growing list of nations that have agreed to bypass the dollar in bilateral trade with China. China, ranked 2nd behind the U.S., also has similar agreements with Japan (3rd), Brazil (6th), India (9th), and Russia (10th).

Although unilateral agreements have been in place for some time between China and the countries listed above, last week the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) agreed to set up a development bank to compete with the IMF, indicating it’s gearing up to compete in a post-dollar world.

Additionally, Brazil, who agreed in principle to drop the dollar with bilateral trade with China some time ago, just made it official with $30 billion in annual currency swaps which will facilitate around 50% of all trade between them.

VIDEO: http://www.bizu.tv/economies-china-and-brazil-ink-bilateral-trade-deal-45549

Besides those agreements with China, some of these nations have made other similar agreements with each other. India and Japan began swapping $15 billion in each other’s currency in 2011 to handle their bilateral trade. And the sanctions against Iran haven’t stopped them from trading oil with China, Russia, and India in anything but the dollar.

Here’s how the current reign of the US dollar compares to previous world reserve currency:

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It appears that the dollar is certainly nearing the end of its reign, which could lead to severe economic hardship for the United States.

Dave Hodges writes:

The United States’ good economic fortune is due solely to the fact that world must use the dollar, the Petrodollar if you will, in order to make their nation’s individual oil purchases; this provides the only source of backing for the U.S. dollar that the Federal Reserve requires in order to somewhat sustain our back-breaking debt that the banker-occupied United States government has passed along to the American taxpayer in the form of bailouts.

And Marin Katusa of Casey Research writes:

If the US dollar loses its position as the global reserve currency, the consequences for America are dire. A major portion of the dollar’s valuation stems from its lock on the oil industry – if that monopoly fades, so too will the value of the dollar. Such a major transition in global fiat currency relationships will bode well for some currencies and not so well for others, and the outcomes will be challenging to predict. But there is one outcome that we foresee with certainty: Gold will rise. Uncertainty around paper money always bodes well for gold, and these are uncertain days indeed.

America’s imperialism, combined with its ultra-fiat status of unending debt creation, appears to have created a final downward spiral that has caused many of the top economies to abandon a sinking ship. It might not be too much longer before the rest follow suit. Now might be a great time to consider diversifying into other currencies, and even digital currencies, to mitigate growing losses in the U.S. dollar.

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‘Hegemonic corporations scared as BRICS plan bank to rival IMF’ [video]

21stCenturyWire
March 28, 2013

A new global bank is being born in South Africa – where the world’s top emerging economies are meeting. The new financial powerhouse would be a direct challenger to the World Bank and the IMF – both dominated by the US. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa also green-lighted a new, mammoth crisis fund – and hinted they would ditch the dollar.


Spectacular video: ‘Jetman’ soars over Rio de Janeiro skyline

Russia Today
May 3, 2012

Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy continues to push the boundaries of aviation – this time, by successfully completing a flight under a sunny sky over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Yves Rossy, the only person to fly with a rigid wing equipped with four jet engines, dropped from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where he stabilised the wing and headed full throttle north to circumvent Corcovado. He then tracked south of the city to fly alongside Ipanema, Copacabana, and Sugar Loaf Mountain, before pulling his parachute and safely landing on the infamous Copacabana beach.

Rossy’s carbon-kevlar Jetwing has four engines attached, which each offer a thrust of 22kg, propelling the Swiss aviator at between 200-300kph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand. The rest of the controls are left to the human-fuselage, Yves Rossy himself who simply usages his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend.

Rossy’s previous aerial feats include flying in formation with two L-39c Albatros Jets over the Alps, flying across the English Channel and looping the loop around a hot-air balloon.