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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Libya Moving From Arab Spring To Arab Winter / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

ARAB SPRING – ARAB WINTER
Already dubbed 'Arab Winter', the unrealistic hopes and aspirations of 2011's Arab Spring are rapidly being replaced by civil tension and fear, as we witness the breakdown of the unified nation state in country after country across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Shaded by the Syrian civil war and the probable emerging Egyptian civil war, the Islamic Crescent of instability stretching from Libya and Tunisia through Egypt and Lebanon to Syria, with another branch running through Yemen and Iraq is becoming a sombre reality. Above all, how outsiders can respond and react to it has no easy answers and throws up dangerous pitfalls for foreign policy, diplomatic relations and the economy as shown by the USA's near-total loss of leverage and influence in Egypt.

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Politics

Friday, August 23, 2013

Obama Destroys the Middle-Class / Politics / Social Issues

By: Mike_Whitney

According to a survey conducted by Gallup on August 15, 2013, Obama’s Economic Approval rating has slipped to 35%. A full two-thirds of the American people are now dissatisfied with Obama’s performance vis a vis the economy. The survey mirrors the results of an earlier poll (Aug 12) which found that a mere “Twenty-two percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the direction of the country… Three-quarters of Americans are now dissatisfied with the nation’s course.” (Gallup)

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Politics

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Market Bubbles and Economic Busts / Politics / US Economy

By: LewRockwell

Charles Goyette writes: Has President Obama at last figured it out?

If only.

The President has been talking a lot of late about the bubble economy. Last month he mentioned “unstable bubbles” that threaten the economy, and the other day in his radio address he referred to “the bubble-and-bust mentality” that has made “a mess” of our economy.

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Politics

Thursday, August 22, 2013

To Make Sense of the Coins Act, Follow the Money / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Steve_H_Hanke

The American people might be surprised to learn that for the past 20 years a handful of lobbyists and lawmakers­mostly from states with mining and metal-processing interests­have been pushing a proposal to take away dollar bills, and force the public to use metal coins instead.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Global investment banks Stand Convicted, of taking the Hypocritic Oath / Politics / Banksters

By: John_Mauldin

By Grant Williams 

 (Wikipedia): The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly. It is widely believed to have been written either by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students. The oath is written in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC), and is usually included in the Hippocratic Corpus. Classical scholar Ludwig Edelstein proposed that the oath was written by Pythagoreans, a theory that has been questioned due to the lack of evidence for a school of Pythagorean medicine. Of historic and traditional value, the oath is considered a rite of passage for practitioners of medicine in many countries, although nowadays the modernized version of the text varies among them.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Forget College, Fake it Till You Make It, How to Become a Journalist / Politics / Education

By: Videos

Great advice from Luke Rudkowski. It goes well beyond journalism, and applies to whatever you want to be great at. It’s about passion, persistence and no excuses.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

China's 7 Perils Are All Western / Politics / China

By: Andrew_McKillop

THE SEVEN PERILS
Reporting from Hong Kong in the 'New York Times', August 19,  Chris Buckley started with this lead: “Communist Party cadres have filled meeting halls around China to hear a somber, secretive warning issued by senior leaders. Power could escape their grip, they have been told, unless the party eradicates seven subversive currents coursing through Chinese society”.

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Politics

Monday, August 19, 2013

FATCA and the End of Banking Secrecy / Politics / Market Regulation

By: MISES

Cezary Blaszczyk writes: Among the many recent revelations about American surveillance operations was the fact that, according to Der Spiegel, the U.S. intelligence apparatus “not only conducted online surveillance of European citizens, but also appears to have specifically targeted buildings housing European Union institutions,” Few, if any, of those commenting of late on such affairs mentioned that numerous nations across the globe actually acknowledged the U.S. government’s anti-privacy offensive months before by accepting its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

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Politics

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Borderless World Of Islamic Instability / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

TIME WAS
“The End of History and the Last Man”, the 1992 bestseller of Francis Fukuyama hailed the triumph of globalization and the arrival of a One World State of borderless prosperity – which didn't arrive. History continued, then accelerated.

Fukuyama's book spawned a crop of lookalike works trying to catch the market opportunity, in which authors pondered a spiraling pot pourri of themes like wither and whence Western civilization was going, the future of democracy, the end of the business cycle, world music and The Death of the Nation State. Rather like global warming, this elite theme or meme burnt itself out through over-hype and by boring the public to death with endless and pompous repetition. Well before 2000, and certainly by Sept 2001 the robust survival of History was assured.

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Politics

Monday, August 19, 2013

Political Islam And The Next Oil War / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

OLD DIVISIONS NEW CONFLICTS
PIMCO's Mohamed El-Erian, interviewed by Bloomberg  August 15,  speaking from deep knowledge and sympathy for Egypt likely felt obliged to give a positive turn to his view of events. He said "It is very important for people inside Egypt to step up. This is not a situation where people from the outside can come in, whether they are people who were living in Egypt at one time, or whether it is foreigners. This is a situation where the Egyptians have to find a way to get over what is a very tragic, dangerous, and sad situation".  In fact this situation has a tortured pedigree of the state-versus-religion stretching at least 1100 years back in time, but we can start with the the 2011 National Assembly (parliament) elections in Egypt – the first elections in more than 30 years, or longer.

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Politics

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Obama and the Egyptian Massacre / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Johannes Stern writes: Wednesday’s massacre of hundreds of unarmed protesters by the US-backed Egyptian military junta shatters Washington’s hypocritical claims that its Middle East policy is based on democracy and human rights.

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Politics

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Nile Runs Red With Egyptian Blood / Politics / Middle East

By: LewRockwell

Eric Margolis writes: Egypt’s US-financed armed forces have gone to war against Egypt’s people. Arab spring has become Arab winter.

So far, army and security police have scored brilliant battlefield victories against unarmed men, women and children, killing and wounding thousands who were demanding a return to democratic government.

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Politics

Saturday, August 17, 2013

German Politicians, Media Defend the Egyptian Army Massacre / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Global_Research

Peter Schwarz writes: The reaction of German politicians and the media to the massacre carried out by the Egyptian army against supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi ranges from subdued criticism to outright support.

All comments, including those critical of the army, refrain from calling for the resignation or overthrow of the military-controlled regime. Instead, they call on the Muslim Brotherhood to reconcile itself with the military and work with them. Their aim is to maintain the power of the military as the Egyptian bourgeoisie’s main instrument of class rule.

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Politics

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Police State Egypt / Politics / Egypt

By: Stephen_Lendman

Bloody Wednesday revealed state-sponsored police state harshness. Egypt exhibits classic characteristics.

Wikipedia calls a police state one "in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population."

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Politics

Friday, August 16, 2013

Obama's Fatal Errors In Egypt / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

IKHWANWEB SAYS
Cited on the Muslim Brotherhood's English language site Ikhwanweb, August 16, Brotherhood sympathizer Dr Amr Darrag (also published by the New York Times), said:  “....shocking and irresponsible rhetoric from the State Department in Washington and from other Western diplomats — calling on the Brotherhood and demonstrators to “renounce” or “avoid” violence (even when also condemning the state’s violence) — has given the junta cover to perpetrate heinous crimes in the name of 'confronting violence'”. He went on to claim there was “not a shred of evidence” that anti-coup activists including Brotherhood sympathizers possessed arms or had themselves initiated violence.

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