World News and Trends: What's the state of the world as we enter 2009?

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What's the state of the world as we enter 2009?

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What's ahead in the new calendar year of 2009? The Good News is not in the business of short-term political and economic forecasting, but we can bring you a region-by-region overview of major trends to watch around the world—undergirded by biblical teaching (see Luke 21:34-36 Luke 21:34-36 [34] And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares. [35] For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. [36] Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
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). As Daniel Franklin, editor of The Economist's publication The World in 2009, states in his lead editorial, "Anyone hoping for a period of calm after the turbulence of the past year will be disappointed . . . 2009 promises to be a period of bracing adjustment for a changed world." Let's now pan across the globe, taking note of conditions in the light of biblical prophecies. Since the largest portion of The Good News mailing list is in North America, we begin here.