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VOLUME -25 NUMBER 12
Publication Date: 12/1/2010
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Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Jacob Fattal, Publisher
As the year draws to a close, we have seen any number of events that seem totally unbelievable, including several instances of deja vu. The economy has grown better by fits and starts, and it is sputtering along with a continuous upswing. Not terrific, but not bad. Trade show attendance and results have been better, people are out buying consumer goods again, and more manufacturing has moved back to the U.S. — mainly because the dollar continues to struggle in world markets.

North Korea is making noises that suggest it wants a new war to go along with its nuclear program, while China struggles to keep a lid on that boiling kettle; it is still ostensibly North Korea's ally and patron, but the starving, saber-rattling Northerners continue to be an embarrassment to China, which values its own place as a major player on the world stage.

In the meantime, the cauldron of the Near East continues to boil and bubble; Iraq is still having trouble stabilizing as U.S. troops withdraw; Afghanistan keeps popping up with hotspots; Iran has never stopped pursuing its nuclear program, while the West continues to look for ways to get them to stop. And terrorists continue to look for new ways to attack the West, while flying becomes increasingly difficult as airports have become the scenes for invasive pat-downs and virtual strip searches.

In the midst of what might look like chaos in the global infrastructure, business continues to grow, trade shows are becoming more positive globally, and there is strong optimism about the prospects for the coming business year. No, we're not there yet, by any means, but slowly, inexorably, the world economy is recovering.  

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