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Politics

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Greece Surrenders to Troika / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Stephen_Lendman

Instead of renouncing its odious debt and walking away, Athens agreed to pay bankers first, maintain austerity, and let long-suffering Greeks continue taking the hindmost.

SYRIZA campaign pledges proved hollow. Pleasing Brussels and Washington matters more.
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Politics

Sunday, February 22, 2015

50 Shades of Greece / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

When it comes to the ongoing Greek question, I see a lot of people eagerly jump to conclusions, after the ‘debt deal’, that I don’t think are justified; certainly not yet. The overall conviction in the press seems to be that Syriza has given in on just about all fronts, and Germany and Dijsselbloem are the big winners.

But since that may well be the exact position Syriza wants ‘the other side’ to be in, where they think they have prevailed, one will have to try and think a few steps ahead before judging the situation. There’s far more grey area here than many pundits seem to assume, easily 50 shades of it.

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Politics

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Is Putin's Russia Ready For Total Economic War With the West? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Ron_Holland

On February 18, 1943, German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivered a rousing speech at the Berlin Sportpalast, asking the German people, "Sind Sie bereit für totalen Krieg?" or "Are you ready for total War?" Germany had planned for Blitzkrieg and a short war and was unprepared for a world war as the combined military forces of the United States, England and the Soviet Union crushed the Reich relentlessly and systematically. Although the people and economy rallied in defense of Germany, total war only prolonged the horrors of war and delayed their inevitable defeat.

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Politics

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Greece Is Fixed! Oh, Wait... / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: John_Rubino

Minutes ago, eurozone finance ministers announced that they've agreed to give Greece four months of breathing room in which to get its financial house in order. In that time, Greece will either work out a debt restructuring with its creditors or create a fully-functioning economy capable of managing the developed world's second highest ratio of government debt-to-GDP.

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Politics

Friday, February 20, 2015

Varoufakis’s Revolutionary Plan for Europe - Don't Tell Anyone in Berlin / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Whitney

“The ongoing dispute between the German and Greek governments is nothing less than a democratic revolution against German hegemony and the attempt of the Germans and their paladins in the EU to dictate Greek domestic policy.” –Mathew D. Rose, It’s a revolution, Stupid! Naked Capitalism

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Politics

Friday, February 20, 2015

How Germany Can Save Greece and the EU / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Investment_U

Ryan Fitzwater writes: The European debt crisis has been chugging along for six years. But until recently, the financial media was more concerned with volatility in the U.S. markets.

Now our focus has finally turned back to our neighbors across the Atlantic. Specifically, the debt crisis in Greece.

Here’s what’s going on.

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Politics

Friday, February 20, 2015

Greece Crisis - Germany Rejects Greek Trojan Horse Bridge Financing Loan Con / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Germany has rejected Greece's request for a 6 month bridging loan to finance Greek public sector expenditure into the end of August 2015, which Germany labeled as a trojan horse as it would have been without any of the existing conditions for economic reform which would allow Syrizia-Greece to implement its marxist anti-austerity programme at huge euro-zone tax payers expense.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Body Language Hints Greece Is Not For Turning / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Submissions

Anthony Alfidi writes: Tonight's NPR Marketplace broadcast repeated a Margaret Thatcher quote relevant to Greece's negotiating position:  "The lady's not for turning."  It is a very pithy assessment of the Greek approach to the eurogroup.  The two sides met today and all public reports indicate that they have not agreed to resolve Greece's pending debt crisis.  Body language can tell the story.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Measuring Misery in Latin America 2014: More Dollarization, Please / Politics / Emerging Markets

By: Steve_H_Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data exist. My misery index — a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth — is used to construct a  ranking for 108 countries. The table below is a sub-index of all Latin American countries presented in the world misery index.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Greece Crisis - Europe’s Political Great Rift Valley / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

So what happened there yesterday? What we know is that European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici delivered a communiqué, ostensibly coming from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker – he at least knew of it – to Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who later called it ‘splendid’ and said his government had been’ happy’ with it and he had been ready to sign.

The European Commission, the day to day ‘directors’ of the EU, offered Greece four to six months of credit in return for a freeze on its anti-austerity policies. Still quite a sacrifice for Greece to make, it would seem, but they would have signed regardless.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Elegant Simplicity Of The Greek Conundrum / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

It’s really not that hard. It’s even elegantly simple. But that still requires you’re willing to listen, willing to think, and you don’t go into talks with your mind already made up. Obviously, that is too much to ask from the Eurogroup side of the negotiations with Greece. They haven’t been able to move one inch from their ‘Do as we say or else’ bluster.

German Fin Min Schäuble earlier implied that the Greek people have elected the ‘wrong’ government, an already unforgivable intrusion into a EU member state’s internal affairs. What if the Greeks said the same about Merkel et al, what do you think the reaction would be? Today, SPD executive board member, Joachim Poß, member of Merkel’s German coalition government, does Schäuble one better:

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Politics

Monday, February 16, 2015

Greece Isn’t Really The Problem - The Euro's Fatal Flaw... / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: John_Rubino

The euro’s fatal flaw was always people. The fact that most eurozone countries are at least nominally democratic and keep having elections means that the more complicated and draconian the process of merging them into one entity ruled by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels becomes, the harder it is to elect people at the national level who want to keep going.

Greece is an obvious example, and will provide some thrills and chills as its debt negotiations lurch to the inevitable extend-and-pretend resolution. But much bigger things are brewing as the euro’s issues bite other constituencies in other ways.

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Politics

Monday, February 16, 2015

Prime Minister Naredra Modi And The Ideological Contradictions Of The Hindu Fundamentalism / Politics / Religion

By: Dr_R_M_Mathew

When Narendra Modi formed his BJP Government in India with a sweeping majority in May 2014, it was hailed as a victory of the Hindu Fundamentalism of the RSS and the Sanga Parivar. They might have even dreamt of establishing a Nation with Hindu Fundamentalism in India.

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Politics

Monday, February 16, 2015

Ron Paul Asks How Many More U.S. Wars? / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week President Obama sent Congress legislation to authorize him to use force against ISIS "and associated persons and forces" anywhere in the world for the next three years. This is a blank check for the president to start as many new wars as he wishes, and it appears Congress will go along with this dangerous and costly scheme.

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Politics

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ukraine's Civil 'Nuclear' War / Politics / Ukraine Civil War

By: Andrew_McKillop

Don't Expect the MSM to Warn You
Some niche publishers and blog operators actually tell you about the clear unambiguous threat of the Ukraine war, civil war, conflict, Russia-West standoff, and so on, going nuclear easily and at any time.

Wasn't Ukraine the home of the Chernobyl disaster? Maybe it was too far back in time for you to chant "Pripiat mon amour", in those times before iPhone 5.x.i but you have the Next One. It really will be on the newzak shows from MSM outlets like Sky News, Aljazeera, BBC News, CNN, RT and the others.

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Politics

Friday, February 13, 2015

When It Comes to Wall Street Crooks… Size Matters / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: If you didn’t read yesterday’s BrokeAndBroker blog by Wall Street lawyer Bill Singer,you should.

In in his earlier life, before he got a life, Singer was an attorney at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) -now known as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). And his latest blog is titled “A Tale of Two Streets and FINRA’s Disparate Sanctions.”

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Politics

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fourth Turning Shadow Crisis War on Multiple Fronts / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

In Part One of this article I explained the model of generational theory as conveyed by Strauss and Howe in The Fourth Turning. In Part Two I provided an overwhelming avalanche of evidence this Crisis has only yet begun, with debt, civic decay and global disorder propelling the world towards the next more violent phase of this Crisis. In Part Three I addressed how the most likely clash on the horizon is between the government and the people. War on multiple fronts will thrust the world through the great gate of history towards an uncertain future.

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Politics

Thursday, February 12, 2015

US Sinks to 49th in World Press Freedom Index / Politics / US Politics

By: Jesse

You may click on the chart below, or you may click on this link to the article and a very large, interactive chart with access to data, methodology, etc.

The US was 49th, as compared to 46th in 2014.

The UK was 34th, France was 38th, Spain was 33rd, Australia was 25th, Germany was 12th, and Canada was 8th.  

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Politics

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Greek Issue Just Got Personal / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

It was already present over the past two weeks, for example in Yanis Varoufakis’ meetings with Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem and German FinMin Schäuble, awkwardly obvious in facial expressions and body language. A touch of personal discomfort. A touch of a threat that required chest-thumping and hubris to be brushed off. ‘You better do what we say or else’. Back then, perhaps it was still experienced from a political, deal-making, perspective. But in the course of yesterday it became clear something has changed.

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Politics

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Brief History of Inequality / Politics / Social Issues

By: STRATFOR

At an event in Beijing last November, I had the good fortune to meet the French economist Thomas Piketty, who has sold 1.5 million copies of his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, since it was first published in 2013. Pacing up and down in front of a packed auditorium, Piketty explained that because the rate of return on capital is now higher than the growth rate of the global economy, the proportion of the world's wealth that is owned by a small elite will likely keep increasing; in other words, we should expect to see a divergence of wealth as the rich get much richer. As his book says, "capitalism automatically generates arbitrary and unsustainable inequalities that radically undermine the meritocratic values on which democratic societies are based."

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