There is a basic structural problem with supporting 100+ million non-employed adults.
Syrian President Assad responds to aggressive European interviewer, stating Syria's position with clarity and grace. (Transcript)
Will Donald Trump end the American (global empire) "Unipolar Movement"?
(It is unsustainable, so he can get in a little ahead of the collapse and avoid some of the floundering. At least he doesn't want WW-3 with Russia. "Good negotiator"? Let's see it.)
Italy looks like it has to leave the Euro next; unavoidably. Italy must devaluate the Lira, but it needs to go back to the Lira first. The EU is dumping on Italians pretty badly, and they are fed up. Empire crumbling... Thanks Eleni.
More people than ever are drowning in the Mediterranean, 4500 so far this year, trying to get to Italy lately. (Thanks empire...)
Completely-wrong-footed NATO fumbles to get ready for President Trump (and the collapse of the EU?) "For the first time," says a German NATO officer, "a withdrawal from NATO by the United States is on the table, or at least a threat."
Director of National Intelligence, General James Clapper, 75, will retire with Barack Obama, having been in government for 50 years. This was always his plan. Trump will appoint his replacement.
Mike Pompeo, close to VP-elect, Mike Pence, will be Trump's CIA Director.
Senator Jeff Sessions will be Attorney General. (Lots of opening offers to negotiate-down are apparent here.)