Tuesday June 6, 2023
SNc Channels:

About Salem-News.com


Feb-05-2011 21:40printcomments

Egypt 2011: Preview of America in 2015

The short-term impact is immediately reflected in commodity prices: grains, oils, meats and precious metals. All have seen huge upswings.

Riot police
Can you tell where this is? Courtesy: herald247.com

(CHICAGO) - Take a good look at what's happening in Egypt during February, 2011. What's happening there may happen in the U.S. within four short years.

That's the grim forecast made by the National Inflation Association (NIA) in the frightening advisory recently released by the normally staid organization. The NIA is warning that the Federal Reserve policies have primed a ticking inflationary time bomb that could explode into a "misery index" unseen even during the Jimmy Carter years.

If such a scenario unfolds-and they contend the U.S. economy is rushing towards that dire destination like a runaway freight train-then in only a handful of years America will be erupting in chaos worse than what's transpiring in Cairo.

The unrest that has broken out in the Middle East has galvanized the attention of the world, yet similar unrest broke out in the UK during the latter months of 2010 and in East Africa too. Those riots and demonstrations were mostly ignored by the U.S. media.

What is driving the breakouts of demonstrations and civil unrest is the price of food. The commodity prices have soared as much as 30 to 50 percent during the last year for such staples as wheat, corn, rye, soybeans and sorghum.

Overall the third world has been much more greatly impacted by the jump in prices than the Western nations. Some countries' populations, like Yemen and Egypt, spend as much as half their annual income on food.

The food they do purchase usually is enough for two modest meals a day. With prices catapulting into the stratosphere, many families have been forced to fall back on little more than one and a half meals a day.

In other words, they are barely hanging on and tipping into the chasm of starvation.

How this all came about can be directly traced back to the Federal Reserve's monetary policy during the last 18 months.

The so-called "Qualitative Easing 1" (QE1) and subsequent QE2 dumped many hundreds of billions into the U.S. and world economy. The "money" is funny-money. Nothing backs it. In essence, the Fed just snapped its fingers and declared the dollars exist.

More than one trillion dollars created out of thin air and then channeled into money center banks and capital markets has both a short-term and long-term inflationary impact.

The short-term impact is immediately reflected in commodity prices: grains, oils, meats and precious metals. All have seen huge upswings.

As the Fed struggles to kick-start the American economy the unintended consequence is slow starvation for many of the poorer, non-industrialized countries. The Middle East may be just the beginning.

Food riots followed by demonstrations and civil unrest could spread across most of Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

Other Middle Eastern countries could be also affected—including Pakistan. And that country's sitting on up to 100 nuclear missiles.

Those are the short-term consequences. The longer term impact could spill over into Eastern and Western Europe and jump the Atlantic to North America.

Mexico has already had their "tortilla" food riots during 2009 and 2010. The demonstrations were primarily driven sharp spikes in corn prices due to the U.S. energy policy of using corn to create ethanol. That caused a shortage of corn on the world markets and the Mexican staple is corn.

Courtesy: newzar.wordpress.com

The NIA has assessed all these factors and sees the world having entered an extended period of "inflation panics."

“One thing NIA is almost 100% sure of is that come year 2015, middle-class Americans will be spending at least 30 percent to 40 percent of their income on food, similar to Egyptians today,” states the organization in its recent news release. Because of this, the NIA is strongly urging Americans to prepare for hyperinflation to avoid being caught up in future panic buying.

The Fed's policy is unchanging. Recently, private banking consortium even went so far as to float the idea of a QE3. The more the money supply is diluted, the greater the likelihood that hyperinflation will explode onto the U.S. economy with devastating results.

“At least in Egypt, their currency still has purchasing power and their citizens are trying to implement a regime change before it is too late. By 2015 in America, it will already be too late and the civil unrest here has the potential to be many times worse,” the NIA advisory warns.

As the dollar continues to weaken and inflationary pressures mount, more commodities will become scarce. Cocoa and sugar have already felt huge impacts and to a lesser degree, wheat, which fueled the uprising in Yemen, Egypt and to a smaller degree the Kingdom of Jordan.

Large international hedgers have moved in and gigantic food processing companies are attempting to hold the line on the upsurge in prices. But Washington seems to have no intention of changing its policies and—according to many savvy traders—may even be oblivious to the fallout its policies are generating.

This story was originally published by: Helium.com


Terrence Aym is a Salem-News.com Contributor based in Chicago, who is well known nationally for his stirring reports on the top ranked site, helium.com. Born in Minnesota, Terrence Aym grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs. Having traveled to 40 of the 50 states and lived in 7 of them, Aym is no stranger to travel. He's also spent time in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Western Africa. An executive for many years with Wall Street broker-dealer firms, Aym has also had a life-long interest in science, technology, the arts, philosophy and history. If it's still possible to be a 'Renaissance man' in the 21st Century, Aym is working hard to be one.

Aym has several book projects in the works. Media sites that have recently featured Aym, and/or discussed his articles, include ABC News, TIME Magazine, Business Insider, Crunchgear.com, Discover, Dvice, Benzinga and more recently, his work has been showing up in South Africa and Russia.

Comments Leave a comment on this story.

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.

Mcx Tips October 10, 2011 4:44 am (Pacific time)

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I'll love to read your next post too. Regards Mcx Tips

commodity tips May 24, 2011 8:45 pm (Pacific time)

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too. Regards Commodity tips

B February 6, 2011 6:37 am (Pacific time)

I just read his article on Magnetic Polar Shifts Causing Massive Global Superstorms. Now this about Egypt. Great creative writer. There are a lot of people who can't tell the difference. Please let them know that all of this is fiction. Wouldn't want Al Gore to get too excited.

[Return to Top]
©2023 Salem-News.com. All opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Salem-News.com.

Articles for February 4, 2011 | Articles for February 5, 2011 | Articles for February 6, 2011
Click here for all of William's articles and letters.

The NAACP of the Willamette Valley

Annual Hemp Festival & Event Calendar


Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.