New York - If you live in Africa and have been following news on the United States lately, you may have heard the phrase ‘fiscal cliff’ or ‘falling-off-the-fiscal-cliff.’ You may not understand what this means. If so, this article is an effort to explain it, simply, and why you should be concerned. ‘Fiscal,’ according to The Associated Press Style Book, applies to budgetary matters. The Free Dictionary, describes ‘Cliff’ as a high, steep, or overhanging face of rock.

Aroun Rashid Deen is a contributing international writer of Morocco World News.