by Gerald Celente Trends Journal
If you had read the Winter 2012 Trends Journal, published in early January, youd know that we accurately forecast, in detail, virtually everything going on right now in the financial world and in the geopolitical arena.
We respectfully submit that no other publication can make such a claim. Its all there in black & white, brilliantly illustrated in full-color, award-winning graphics.
As a prelude to discussing the Top 12 Trends for 2012, we wrote:
2012 is the year when many of the long-simmering socioeconomic and geopolitical trends we have been forecasting and tracking will climax.
And climax they have.
We predicted the Greek debt crisis would not be solved, but would deteriorate, even as European leaders were insisting they had solved it:
Thanks to our efforts, bragged French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, if there had not been an agreement it was not just Europe that would have sunk into catastrophe, it was the whole world.
Agreement notwithstanding, the whole world is now demonstrably heading toward catastrophe.
We predicted an economic development that virtually no one else was forecasting:
The BRICS will not escape repercussions from the economic decline of the West. For example, as the US and Europe slip deeper into depression and their appetites for foreign imports slacken, China, which sells heavily into those markets, will take a severe economic hit. A weakened manufacturing-based China will adversely affect natural resource-rich exporters including Brazil, Russia and South Africa, among others.
Those repercussions are now being felt worldwide: commodity prices have plummeted, strong currencies have weakened, and exports and imports have slowed dramatically.
Regarding Iran, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, the Spanish Indignados, the newly formed political parties youll find our accurate commentary and projections, chapter and verse, in the Trends Journal: What would happen, why it would happen, and where it would lead.
Gerald Celente is founder and director of The Trends Research Institute, author of Trends 2000 and Trend Tracking (Warner Books), and publisher of The Trends Journal. He has been forecasting trends since 1980, and recently called The Collapse of '09.