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DGI Brief - July 7, 2016

Good morning, all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #UK #Colombia #Cuba #Afghanistan and #China

- UK: Minister of Interior Theresa May & Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom are the 2 candidates for leadership of the governing Conservative Party, & thus the post of Prime Minister. May voted “stay”, Leadsom wanted to “leave”. The election will take place by postal ballot by the 150,000 party members, results announced on Sept 9. Having a female leader will be good for England.

- COLOMBIA’s Armando Rios First Front, a 200-member unit within FARC, says it will respect any FARC fighters who agreed to peace but wants other units to join the “fight for the taking of power by the people for the people”. Given the general unpopularity of the peace deal –many Colombians dislike the terms of granting immunity to the rebels who terrorized civilians for over 50 years – we may have celebrated the peace accord signing a bit prematurely.

- CUBA: The airlines Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit & United are expected to start round-trip flights from Atlanta, Charlotte (NC), Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, & Florida’s Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando & Tampa. Just in the first half of 2016, the number of US visitors to Cuba is up 84%. Buen viaje!

- The expectation was to reduce the 8,400 US military personnel in AFGHANISTAN to about 5,500, but President Obama decided to remain due to the “precarious” security situation. Afghanistan is not only faced w/ 15-yr conflict & growing insurgency, but also a severe economic crisis, rampant corruption and a possible government collapse (or coup d’état?).

- Walmart CHINA has about 100,000 employees, who unlike in the US, are unionized, but these allegedly do not always put employees’ interests ahead of the state’s. The protests are about new contracts & 11-hr workdays. You can do better, Walmart.

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