The dark days of 2017 have come and gone.
But the dark nights are still coming, and they are not ending.
We will see more dark days, but they are yet to come.
This year marks the first in a series of dark years.
A new era in globalisation, economic chaos and mass migration are all about to begin.
In 2017, there is a dark future ahead, but there is no turning back.
For a start, it is now too late to avoid a full-blown global recession, the global economy is slowing, and even if there is another recession, it will be far too late for the people of the US to escape the economic wreckage and the financial consequences.
The global financial system is in crisis.
It is a mess.
This has already been happening.
In Europe, in the United States and around the world, the financial crisis has been followed by a wave of xenophobic hate crimes, attacks and violence.
In the UK, xenophobic attacks on migrants have escalated, as have attacks on refugees and immigrants.
And we have seen a resurgence of right-wing populist parties in the UK.
These populist parties are using xenophobia to divide and mobilise voters, often with alarming results.
It has not been a good year for Europe, but this is not the beginning of the end.
We are not going back.
There is a bright future ahead of us.
We can make the best of it.
The dark times Ahead The darkest days of this year are not coming.
We know this.
It just takes a few moments to realise this, for they will come again.
For one thing, the world is becoming less safe, less secure and less free.
A quarter of the world’s people live in poverty, and it is growing.
We cannot keep making it worse by keeping on going, we need to start working towards a world where we live in a more equitable, secure and safe world.
It takes a while to get used to the idea that the world may be changing and that it might be a bit scary, but the world really is changing.
We have not just seen a shift in global politics and economics.
We also see a shift towards xenophobia, hatred and violence that threatens the peace and security of the planet and of people everywhere.
In this context, the dark years are not a good time to be optimistic, but it is time to do everything we can to avoid an economic disaster that could kill tens of millions of people.
The next dark year is going to be a lot darker than the last.
There will be much more violence, hate, xenophobia and xenophobia in the coming months, and we are going to have to prepare ourselves for it.
But as we prepare for the darkness ahead, here are five things to be aware of, and five things you can do to be ready.
The first thing to do is to understand that we are now in a period of transition.
A transition is an era of transition, and the darker the time, the more transition is required.
So we are not in a dark phase, but we are in a transition.
Transition is a process of change and change is a force for change.
We do not know exactly what will happen in the next five years.
The last six years have seen globalisation and its accompanying crises.
These crises are going global, and globalisation is changing the world.
For the first time, economic growth is slowing in the developed world, and this is happening despite an economic boom that was already in full swing.
The economic downturn in Europe has not stopped the economic growth of the United Kingdom.
The European Central Bank is working hard to reverse the effects of the crisis, but Europe is still experiencing a recession.
The United States is also in recession, with the unemployment rate still above 8%.
It is not a great year for the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank or the European Union.
The world is facing more instability, more poverty, more racism, more xenophobia.
The US economy is in freefall.
A recent report by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the unemployment and underemployment rates will be higher in 2020 than in 2016.
The number of people out of work will rise from 7.6 million in 2017 to 14.3 million in 2020.
This is a disaster for the poor, the middle class and the elderly.
A global recession is now imminent.
We already know that the global recession will last for the next four years.
There are some signs that the downturn in the US economy will extend to Europe.
We see the US unemployment rate increasing, and Europe is suffering from its own economic downturn.
In 2018, the IMF expects the world economy to contract by 3.8% and GDP per capita to shrink by 3% in 2020, as it did in 2017.
This will mean that there are fewer people in the world with a job than there were in the year before.
That will mean more unemployment.