Upheavals in the geopolitical arena continue as the decline of U.S. hegemony becomes increasingly evident, instinctively clashing with the rising economic, cultural and political power of Russia, China, India and other countries.
Signs of moral bankruptcy, an all but openly corrupt Western press, and a political class indulging in abuse of power combine to amplify a profound sense of crisis. In such a climate of crumbling trust, growing social unrest — reinforced by foreign policies bent on militarism and proxy wars in hot spots across the world — the specter of financial turmoil lurks gloomy with impending collapse of the U.S. dollar appearing inevitable.
Meanwhile, with powerful alliances forming as developing nations discover their strength, old, traditionally dominant structures are challenged in international relations.
At a more fundamental level, a complex web of trends in every major area of policymaking and human activity appears to unfold, underpinned by sweeping advances in technology and fueled by a current of developments in everything ranging from matters of faith and health to community affairs — clearly suggesting, for some, the awakening of a new global consciousness.