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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Incredible, Shrinking Presidency of Barack Obama / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

According to a new Washington Post-ABC poll, Barack Obama now ranks among the least popular presidents in the last century. In fact, his approval rating is lower than Bush’s was in his fifth year in office. Obama’s overall approval rating stands at a dismal 43 percent, with a full 55 percent of the public “disapproving of the way he is handling the economy”. The same percentage of people “disapprove of the way he is handling his job as president”. Thus, on the two main issues, leadership and the economy, Obama gets failing grades.

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Politics

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Stealth Renationalization Of Energy In The UK / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Andrew_McKillop

OLIGARCHIC TAKEOVER
Professor Colin Robinson, in a Dec 2013 study published by the UK Institute of Economic Affairs, argues that the energy sector in the UK has been effectively renationalized. He says the proof is that centralized energy planning is back, and this is the root cause of skyrocketing fuel and energy prices, fuel poverty, and accelerating de-industrialisation as industrialists flee the high cost of energy.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How the Fed Steals from You... and Gives to the Very Rich / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: DailyWealth

Porter Stansberry writes: On December 23, just five days from now, we "celebrate" 100 years of a currency system controlled by a select few private corporations.

In 1913, a bill passed through a poorly attended Senate session... and was rushed to the White House, where Woodrow Wilson signed it into law that same night.

It established the Federal Reserve... which is not technically owned by the federal government, nor does it have any actual reserves.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Federal Reserve Celebrates 100 Years of Failure / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: BATR

Researching economic publications on the first century of the Federal Reserve System provides a wealth of financial information that attempts to explain the way the central bank works. Rarely will the academic studies and official reports address the raw nature of a money creation by a private banking monopoly. The common practice of disparaging sources outside government or corporatist business circles, attempts to avoid addressing, much less confronting the plutocracy that controls the debt created money system.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Great U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Experiment  / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Adrian_Ash

Miguel Perez-Santalla writes: After 100 years of the US central bank, does it deserve another try...?

SO IT WILL be 100 years on December 23rd since the Federal Reserve was born.

The purpose in 1913 was to form a regulatory body to help stem the tide of bank failures in the United States of America. The Fed's proponents, Senator Nelson Aldrich, Senator Owens, Congressman Glass and others, believed that if an agency controlled the flow of money and the banking institutions, it could prevent many of the economic collapses that plagued the early years of the US.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ukraine On the Edge of Empires Asking to be Ruled / Politics / Eastern Europe

By: STRATFOR

George Friedman writes: The name "Ukraine" literally translates as "on the edge." It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of another and more frequently divided. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was divided between Russia, Poland and the Ottoman Empire. In the 19th century, it was divided between Russia and Austria-Hungary. And in the 20th century, save for a short period of independence after World War I, it became part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine has been on the edge of empires for centuries.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Eurozone: A Story of Stability in 2013, But Aggressive Action Awaits / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Submissions

Ronan Keenan writes: It all started in October 2009 when George Papandreou’s new Greek government revealed a black hole in their accounts that was vastly underestimated by the previous administration. Several years of tumult followed, bringing the eurozone project to the brink of failure. But 2013 proved to be a lucky year for the 17-nation group. Relatively few economic surprises and heightened attention on events elsewhere brought a welcome calm to European financial markets.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Saudi Arabia Get Out Of Syria / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

THE LIGHTWEIGHT TALKS HEAVY
Saudi royal family member Prince Turki al-Faisal in a December 15 interview with Reuters said “Iran is coming at us with a broad smile. Let's hope they are serious about that. We would like to see Iran first of all get out of Syria".

Saudi Arabia can also get out of Syria, powerfully de-escalating the civil war.

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Politics

Monday, December 16, 2013

How China Just Grabbed 90% of Ecuador’s Oil / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: I was a guest on Chinese national television last night. The discussion was via a live satellite link that had me sitting in a Pittsburgh studio with the feed traveling through their affiliate in Washington.

I’ve done this before. But this time the discussion was all about a subject I have been personally involved in.

It had to do with the big Chinese move into Ecuador – one that has given Beijing the upper hand over who really controls of the country’s oil.

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Politics

Monday, December 16, 2013

U.S. Federal Reserve: 100 Years of Destroying the Purchase Power of Money? / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Profit_Confidential

Michael Lombardi writes: Nearly 100 years ago, on December 23, 1913, the Federal Reserve was created. The central bank was created for many reasons, such as minimizing the impacts of panics, becoming a banker of last resort and “smoothing” economic cycles.

But along the way to keeping the monetary system stable, something happened: the value of money deteriorated.

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Politics

Monday, December 16, 2013

UK General Election Forecast 2015, Who Will Win, Coalition, Conservative or Labour? / Politics / UK General Election

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Recent opinion polls put Labour 6 points ahead of the Conservatives which would translate into Labour winning an general election with a 74 seat majority (Independant on Sunday). Similarly the bookies also have Labour (oddschecker) as hot favourites to win the most seats at the May 2015 general election, though the odds marginally favour another hung parliament, whilst the Conservatives trail a distant third in their chances for an outright election win. However, what the opinion pollsters, bookies and the mainstream media commentators fail to grasp is the likely impact of accelerating UK housing market momentum on an general election that is still 18 months away (May 2015).

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Politics

Monday, December 16, 2013

U.S. Misery Index Falls to Four-Year Low / Politics / Social Issues

By: DailyGainsLetter

John Paul Whitefoot writes: If you think you can judge a book by its cover, then you must believe the U.S. economy is doing really, really well. After all, consumer confidence is up and misery is down. However, looking past the cover, the pages of underlying economic indicators suggest the average American investor should be a little concerned.

But first, the good news! The U.S. Misery Index has fallen to a four-year low. The Misery Index is calculated by adding a country’s unemployment rate to the inflation rate, the logic being that we understand what stubbornly high unemployment mixed with the soaring price of goods translates into—misery.

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Politics

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Global Economy is Running Out of Time / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Brian_Bloom

Energy drives all economic activity. Scientifically based evidence, recently to hand, leads to the conclusion that humanity has approximately 15 years to get its energy house in order. If we fail to achieve this outcome the global economy will not deteriorate, it will collapse. The flip side of this statement is that if we succeed – which is eminently possible from a technical perspective – we can look forward to a long period of global economic stability, if not growth. The obstacles to success are egocentricism and hubris  of those in power. In the article below, Brian Bloom summarises key evidence to prove that the current status quo has a bias towards failure in all the world’s industrialised democracies. Urgent action is required.

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Politics

Sunday, December 15, 2013

After 100 Years Of Failure, It's Time To End The Fed! / Politics / US Federal Reserve Bank

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

A week from now, the Federal Reserve System will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. Resulting from secret negotiations between bankers and politicians at Jekyll Island, the Fed's creation established a banking cartel and a board of government overseers that has grown ever stronger through the years. One would think this anniversary would elicit some sort of public recognition of the Fed's growth from a quasi-agent of the Treasury Department intended to provide an elastic currency, to a de facto independent institution that has taken complete control of the economy through its central monetary planning. But just like the Fed's creation, its 100th anniversary may come and go with only a few passing mentions.

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Politics

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Impossible Solution To China-Japan War Gaming / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

RATIONALIST ILLUSIONS - THE JAMES FEARON ANALYSIS
Events in the East China Sea since 2009, and especially since midyear 2013 have thrust the following frightening question forward: are China and Japan imminently going to war? Conventional answers to the affirmative point to deep historical mistrust, economic rivalry and jealousy as China moves far ahead of Japan in world ranking by GDP, and a large level of “unfinished business” in their own bilateral relations, and in East Asian regional politics, stemming from Showa Japan’s imperial rampage across Asia. To be sure, rationalists draw a long list of reasons why China and Japan are not going to war. There would be astronomical economic costs from a war that pitted the world’s second and third largest economies against each other, with the first and biggest economy, the USA almost surely, or at least possibly dragged in by third-largest Japan, in a war that started over a few tiny islands, underseas rocks, and possible or potential hydrocarbon reserves.

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