Suicide Bomb Attempt Foiled in France | Facts and Summary

Just a day after we reported on the French building a wall around the Eiffel Tower to prevent future attacks, terror almost struck France again. But, today, “three men and a girl of 16 were found with bomb-making materials by anti-terrorist police.”

Apparently, the 16 year old girl was being monitored by French police after threats to attack France and leave France to fight in Syria or Iraq. Her boyfriend (aged 20) and two other people were also arrested in the raid (Source: Telegraph.uk)

In the so-called “bomb-making laboratory,” where the four were arrested, explosive materials and computer parts were found. Of these explosive substances was TATP (triacetone triperoxide), the explosive material that was used to create the bombs in the Paris Attacks (Source: Mirror.uk).

This comes at a pressing time for France, as their country has lost 230 of its countrymen after jihadist attacks since the beginning of 2015 (Source: RNZ). The country has been on high alert ever since major attacks on Paris and Nice, as well as more recent attacks, such as the attack at the Louvre just last week.

As of now, it is unknown whether on not the people involved were refugees, or even if the arrested are of Middle eastern origin. This information may or may not be withheld, as the media likes to hide any information that goes against their agenda to prove that the refugees are ‘peaceful.’

The Frenchmen and everyone around the world should be thankful that one less jihadist attack will kill more innocent people, and the French authorities are doing a top notch job keeping their citizens safe.

Donald Trump’s Opposition Toward Globalism

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During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump railed against the ideas of free trade and globalism saying that they have “bled our country dry”. Additionally, he said they have forced jobs and economic prosperity out of the United States; but how true are his claims?  Mr. Trump has consistently pointed toward the North American Free Trade agreement, or NAFTA as a major cause of job loss in the united states. However, this claim is mostly false. Since NAFTA was enacted in 1994, overall employment did not see any major changes until the financial crisis in 2008. Since 2008 overall employment in the United States has risen and for the most part, has remained steady. There is a considerable amount of data that supports this claim. However, it should be noted that since 1994 U.S. manufacturing jobs have seen a serious decline; you can see that data here. While Trump does make a valid point that U.S. manufacturing jobs have left the United States because of globalist trade deals like NAFTA as well as those with China, it does not necessarily mean that overall unemployment is rising.

The other question that must be answered about Globalism is: “Does it help other countries at the expense of the United States.” The answer: no.  According to the World Bank, since 1995 the United States’ real GDP grew on average by 2.55%. During that time the only time the United States saw negative growth was during the financial crisis between 2008 and 2009. Since 1995 U.S GDP per capita grew by $13,707.3, and the United States still has the world’s largest economy by far. Last year the U.S. economy’s overall GDP was 18 trillion dollars while China, the world’s second largest economy, had a total GDP of 11.5 trillion dollars–6 and a half trillion dollars less than the United States. Additionally, U.S. GDP per capita last year was 7 times greater than that of China’s. While China’s economy is growing faster than that of the U.S., the U.S. still remains the dominant force in the global economy, and the average American is much wealthier than the average Chinese citizen.

Donald Trump’s claims that globalism is “destroying” our country are not very accurate, but the facts don’t matter to Trump. Much of Trump’s base is working class white voters, many of whom lost their jobs in manufacturing. These workers hear Trump’s rhetoric about how globalization has “destroyed” our country, and it appeals to working class white voters because, to them, globalization has taken away their jobs and destroyed many of the communities these people live in. Working class voters like the ones who voted for Trump are not concerned with all the positive aspects of globalization and how it has grown the global economy. They want their communities to be restored to a time when well-paying working-class jobs made towns in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania thrive. Unfortunately, many of these working-class Trump voters will likely be sorely disappointed. Trump’s policy of slapping heavy tariffs on companies exporting manufacturing jobs overseas will most likely impact the American consumer. Products from China, and Mexico, which account for a large amount of U.S. imports will probably become much more expensive. Heavy tariffs and protectionist trade policies will likely lead increased prices for consumers, and will not encourage the kind of growth and investment Trump wants. However, only time will tell if Trump can spur economic growth or not.