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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Best Government - Governs Least / Politics / Government Intervention

By: BATR

Once upon a time the Founding Fathers were considered to be the personification of the American Republic. Most notable among giants, was Thomas Jefferson. The significance of his authorship of the Declaration of Independence is heralded as the very essence of the purpose for fighting the revolution. Jump onward to the present era and examine the sentiment held by the populace. The seeming disconnect from the political thought of the 18th and 19th century to the attitudes in this 21st totalitarian collectivist mindset that dominates the culture, often resembles life on a different planet.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Russia Nervously Eyes the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal / Politics / Nuclear Weapons

By: STRATFOR

Reva Bhalla writes: When a group of weary diplomats announced a framework for an Iranian nuclear accord last week in Lausanne, there was one diplomat in the mix whose feigned enthusiasm was hard to miss. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov left the talks at their most critical point March 30, much to the annoyance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who apparently had to call him personally to persuade him to return. Even as Lavrov spoke positively to journalists about the negotiations throughout the week, he still seemed to have better things to do than pull all-nighters for a deal that effectively gives the United States one less problem to worry about in the Middle East and a greater capacity to focus on the Russian periphery.

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Politics

Monday, April 06, 2015

U.S. Democratic Party - Requiem For The People’s Party / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Merrill

The Democratic Party of the United States is the oldest political party in the world by far.  Some would suggest the Democratic Party is also the most successful political party at any time over modern history. It led the United States, in largest part, from near its beginning into becoming the sole superpower on the planet.

Democrats have held a majority in one or both houses of Congress for 124 years of the past 188 years.  There have been 15 Democrats elected to the Presidency serving 92 years in office, including 16 of 24 years through 2016.  Democrats today control 41 of 99 state legislative chambers along with 18 governorships.   Of US voters, 40% favor or lean toward the Democratic Party outpacing Republicans considerably at their 34% of the national vote.
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Politics

Monday, April 06, 2015

Jesus Christ - Neither The Prophet Nor The Only Son Of The God: A View Opposing Both The Islam And The Christianity / Politics / Religion

By: Dr_R_M_Mathew

While the Christians believe Jesus as the Only Son of the God, the Muslims believe Jesus as a Prophet. For the last 1500 years or more, these two predominant beliefs about Jesus have been there, besides treating Jesus as a mystery by the rebels, the reformers, the revolutionaries, the atheists or even his enemies and critics. This has made me conduct my own study of Jesus, exploring the scriptures, besides Sanadhana Dharma- the Ancient Indian Wisdom. For I have already supervised doctoral works based on the Bible, the Koran, the Vedas and Upanishads, besides several other areas.

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Politics

Sunday, April 05, 2015

“Destroying Nation After Nation”: American Hell for Yemen / Politics / US Military

By: Global_Research

Margaret Kimberley writes: The U.S.-spawned whirlwind of carnage and destruction has wrecked the societies of Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, yet most Americans feel themselves blameless. “The people, the corporate media and the political system all accept that their government has the right to intervene in the affairs of other nations and that it is always right and moral in its claims.” They behave like zombified cogs in an imperial death machine.

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Politics

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Soil Isn't Sexy Between Us and Extinction / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Richard_Mills

After watching Interstellar w/Matthew McConaughey I was motivated to update and republish an article, Between Us and Extinction, I wrote a couple of years ago.

"Soil is the earth's fragile skin that anchors all life on Earth. It is comprised of countless species that create a dynamic and complex ecosystem and is among the most precious resources to humans...Half of the topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years." WWF

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Politics

Friday, April 03, 2015

More Unofficial U.S. Capital Controls: PFIC Rules / Politics / Taxes

By: Casey_Research

By Nick Giambruno

It ranks at the very top of potential tax nightmares, especially if you invest internationally.

This nightmare could become a reality if you happen to invest in what the IRS deems a Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC), which are taxed at exorbitant rates and have highly complex reporting rules. Most foreign mutual funds are PFICs, as are certain foreign stocks.

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Politics

Friday, April 03, 2015

Warren Buffett is Everything That’s Wrong With America / Politics / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

I think I’ve never understood the American – and international – fascination with money, with gathering wealth as the no. 1 priority in one’s life. What looks even stranger to me is the idolization of people who have a lot of money. Like these people are per definition smarter or better than others. It seems obvious that most of them are probably just more ruthless, that they have less scruples, and that their conscience is less likely to get in the way of their money and power goals.

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Politics

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Chicago Shockingly Bad Fiscal Health and the Financial Engineering Used to Hide the Facts / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Chicago finances are even worse than I thought which is saying quite a bit because I have written about the sorry state of Chicago finances on numerous occasions.

Kristi Culpepper, a bond guru, has gone over Chicago's annual financial report, bond documents, investor presentations, and CAFRs. She has uncovered things the City of Chicago does not want anyone to understand.

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Politics

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks, Does a Missed Deadline Matter? / Politics / Nuclear Weapons

By: STRATFOR

The Obama administration has slipped past self-imposed deadlines and minced words over red lines before. Although certainly an embarrassment for the White House, another missed deadline in the seemingly never-ending Iran nuclear negotiations — which stretched beyond the latest deadline of March 31 — may not matter much in the end.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

America Clueless In The Middle East / Politics / Middle East

By: John_Rubino

Starting with the CIA’s overthrow (and some would say murder) of Iran’s democratically-elected president in the 1950s and continuing through our serial invasions of Iraq and our arming of Al Qaeda and ISIS, American policy in the Middle East has been a textbook case of a superpower with more money than brains, making things vastly worse with every move and counter-move.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

How the West Invented Individualism / Politics / Social Issues

By: MISES

Roger McKinney writes: Inventing the Individual, by Larry Siedentop, Belknap Press, 2014

I lived in Morocco a few decades ago and needed some furniture for our apartment. A college student I had befriended, Hamid, offered to take my cash and negotiate with the dealer for me while I drank coffee in a nearby qahwa because, as he said, the price of the furniture would triple if the merchant glimpsed an American within a block of his store.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

U.S. Isolated in Opposition to Chinese Bank / Politics / Global Financial System

By: John_Browne

Over the past few decades while the economic power of the Chinese has grown exponentially, many observers have been surprised by the relative willingness of China to operate within the financial and economic framework established by the dominant Western order. But it should now be blatantly clear that Beijing prefers to act slowly, deliberately and quietly to advance its agenda. This is the case with the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese-led lending institution which could emerge as an international rival to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Such an institution could support Beijing's political interests by controlling the flow of infrastructure financing that is vital for developing economies. As we all know, money can often buy loyalty.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Middle East Balance of Power Matures / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

George Friedman writes: Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported by Iran, and their Sunni partners, which include the majority of military forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. What made the strikes particularly interesting was what was lacking: U.S. aircraft. Although the United States provided intelligence and other support, it was a coalition of Arab states that launched the extended air campaign against the al-Houthis.

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Politics

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Middle East Nuclear Holocaust / Politics / Nuclear Weapons

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Foundations and corporations do not support truth-tellers. American foundations underwrite war and US imperialism. Foundations support subversion of countries that are not Washington’s puppet states. Your website has no foundation support, no corporate support; it only has your support.

I have been around for a long time and have experienced more than most. The current situation in my experience is the most dangerous time of all for humanity.

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Politics

Monday, March 30, 2015

Why Is the Fed Punishing My Parents? / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: MISES

Shawn Ritenour writes: In September 1993, President Bill Clinton reassured his radio audience that “if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be rewarded with a good life for yourself and a better chance for your children.” Picking up that theme over eighteen years later, President Barack Obama affirmed that “Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same.” The trouble is neither the government nor the financial system backed by the Federal Reserve rewards people like my parents, who have worked hard and played by the rules their entire lives, only to have their savings wither away.

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Politics

Monday, March 30, 2015

With Yemen Burning, Arab Spring II Is Underway / Politics / Middle East

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The worsening crisis in Yemen has provided a stark reminder of the immediate impact geopolitical events can have on oil prices.

I was asked to provide my analysis on CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Thursday afternoon, and to discuss the impact the crisis will have on oil prices.

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Politics

Monday, March 30, 2015

Economic Recovery, Geopolitics and Detergents / Politics / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Increasingly over the past year or so, when people ask me what I do, and that happens a lot on a trip like the one I’m currently on in the world of down under, I find myself not just stating the usual ‘I write about finance and energy’, but adding: ‘it seems to become more and more about geopolitics too’. And it’s by no means just me: a large part of the ‘alternative finance blogosphere’, or whatever you wish to call it, is shifting towards that same orientation.

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Politics

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Can The Eurozone Survive? Not in Its Current Form Says PIMCO / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Echoing statements I have made many times, PIMCO says the single currency area must become a "United States of Europe" in order to secure its future.

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Politics

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Greece Prepares To Leave Euro-zone / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Speculation and expert comments are thrown around once more – or still – like candy on Halloween. Let me therefore retrace what I’ve said before. Because I think it’s really awfully simple, once you got the underlying factors in place.

But first, if one thing has become obvious after Syriza was elected to form a Greek government on January 25, it’s that the party is not ‘radical’ or ‘extremist’. Those monikers can now be swept off all editorial desks across the world, and whoever keeps using them risks looking like an awful fool.

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