In January, 2001 ZetaTalk stated their 2001 Predictions, and by June, 2001 a close match was noted:
An overall phrase to describe 2001 will be that things are getting shaky. Earthquakes increasing in frequency and intensity, and storm damage continues so that insurance companies will begin to falter and fail if not bolstered by government intervention. The weather is becoming more erratic so that any attempt to pretend that crop shortages are not occurring,worldwide, is no longer possible. Food prices will rise or there will be shortages in the stores, unless governments step in with price freezes and forced disbursal of goods to the populace. Starvation, already occurring in many countries, will increase, but the starving will have less of a voice as time goes on, and be increasingly ignored.
The most powerful volcanic erruption in 1200 years has occured in Mexico, freak snow falls follow record high temperatures in North Carolina while 4 million people starve to death in Kenya. Not to mention more earthquakes occuring in El Salvador, Japan, Canada and China . Oh, I almost forgot, the world's glaciers are now all in retreat at ever increasing rates. In the mean time disastrous drought grips Afghanistan, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and North Korea. Iowa is declared a disaster area after flooding while Israel and Jordan quickly cycle through heatwave/sandstorm/flooding. And of course there's the sun, with the recent observation of the largest solar flare on record and its ever increasing energy output.
Economic impacts are beginning to bump into each other, one causing the other, so that the economic result is beyond a recession and threatening to become a worldwide depression. The economic drain from disasters affects individuals and their ability to work, villages and cities and their ability to provide services, and corporations that are dependent upon customers. Disasters can result in increased opportunity, but only if a source of aid is available, and when aid is withdrawn, or not provided, disasters become an economic drain. Aid between countries is being cut off, with little fanfare in the donor countries so the populace will not become alarmed. Businesses dependent upon their investments in Third World countries will then fail, once again creating a shaky economic environment.
Although financial markets have had a rebound after Greenspan dropped interest rates, this could just be a blip before the economy crashes hard.
When the response of a given government is less than what the populace has come to expect, there will be protests or riots, depending upon the culture. Strong arm tactics will increase, jailing the protesters and creating curfews or travel restrictions.
Protests occur around the world against the centralisation of wealth/power and the forces of globalisation, while people in Asia rise up in open protest against their governments.
Since a common tactic to distract a restless populace is an outside threat, governments of many countries will saber-rattle, pointing the finger elsewhere and making threats and demands. This will not lead to war, as none of these countries would gain by war, in that the whole world is affected by the economic and crop disasters. There is no prize. So the demands made, one country upon another, to correct what is seen as a cause elsewhere, will be loud, but not followed by actions other than those of a paper dragon variety - all noise, but no substance.
There appears to be a US led, international push on to establish a missile defence shield, again.