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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, September 01, 2014

Designer War By Default / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Andrew_McKillop

How Did World War I Start?
Due to 2014 being the centenary of this war, which in some European countries is still called The Great War, interest in how it started has led to re-examining its many possible causes. The major problem is that disagreement on its causes and origins is widespread among academics and specialists, and has been that way since at least the 1920s – immediately after the war.

But whether this war was by design, or by default, it happened.

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Politics

Monday, September 01, 2014

Islamic State or Russia? Ten Key Questions Towards Pragmatism / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: DK_Matai

There are insufficient resources and bandwidth to counter the rising threat of global destabilisation from the barbaric ambitions of the Islamic State operatives and Russia’s increasing belligerence and military interventions in Eastern Europe simultaneously.  At some stage, a clear and present danger based priority needs to be established.  At that point, some strategic questions need to be asked.  It is in the context of prioritisation that the ATCA 5000 Research and Analysis Wing and the mi2g Intelligence Unit have been framing the foundation for this Socratic dialogue for executive decision makers across more than 150 countries around the world. 

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Politics

Monday, September 01, 2014

These Clowns Are Dragging Us Into War with Russia / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Raul_I_Meijer

In 8 weeks, on October 26, there are – supposed to be – parliamentary elections in Ukraine. What’s that going to look like? Who’s going to vote? In the presidential elections a few months ago, most of east Ukraine did not vote. How many different ways are there to define democracy and still remain credible?

In an interview today on Russian Channel 1, Vladimir Putin commented on the upcoming elections: “All the participants in the electoral race will want to show how cool they are; Everyone will want to show they are strongmen or strongwomen, and as the political struggle sharpens it is hard to expect anyone to seek a peaceful resolution and not a military one.” That would seem to be an accurate prediction.

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Politics

Monday, September 01, 2014

Scottish Banks Salivating at the Prospects for an Independent Scotland of 6 Million Debt Slaves / Politics / Scotland

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Over the past 6 years the smoke has cleared and the mirrors have been shattered to reveal the truth of what Britain's banking industry is, one of the most corrupt of all activities that the elite utilise to concentrate the wealth of a nation into their pockets. The primary purpose of banking is to enslave EVERYONE and EVERYTHING and the epicentre of for want of a better word 'EVIL' is the CENTRAL BANK.

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Politics

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Douglas Carswell Tory MP Defects to UKIP / Politics / UK Politics

By: Jonathan_Davis

A pretty momentous event last week.

I read two excellent pieces on it and on him:

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Politics

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Small Man Europe Is Now In “Effective State Of War” With Russia / Politics / European Union

By: Andrew_McKillop

According to Some Interested Parties
These are easy to identify. Among them we can note David Cameron's UK, Hollande's France, Tusk's Poland and the president of formerly Soviet Lithuania,  Dalia Grybauskaite who has said, August 30, that Moscow was “effectively in a state of war against Europe”. All of these EU28 leaders who at present do not include Angela Merkel amongst them, are not only calling for more sanctions against Russia, but in some cases also for larger supplies of military aid to the Kiev government.

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Politics

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Unintended Blowback Of False Flags / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Andrew_McKillop

What We Know and Don't Know
As remarked by Brandon Smith on alt-market .com, governments and their secret service agencies have engineered “false-flag” and terrorist incidents over centuries. They are a historically established fact. For centuries, political and military or financial elites have been sinking ships, setting buildings on fire, stealing gold bullion in transit or storage, assassinating royal families or diplomats, overthrowing elected leaders, blowing up airliners and then blaming these disasters on scapegoat enemies to get public opinions behind them for war fever – also reinforcing their own elite power.

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Politics

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Internet Barons Pushing The New Barbarity / Politics / Propaganda

By: Andrew_McKillop

Terrorism is Cool
Writing for Stratfor, August 28, Rober D. Kaplan said that “Terrorism is Theatre” but of course only for the mentally sick, including the Internet barons who directly profit from Death Pornography. Kaplan wrote that by choosing decapitation as the method for killing US journalist James Foley, the degenerate psychopaths of ISIS were right on the Internet social network button.

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Politics

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Obama’s “Catastrophic Defeat” in Ukraine / Politics / Ukraine Civil War

By: Mike_Whitney

“We are currently witnessing an epic and historic event. The Ukrainian regular army and the punitive battalions are suffering a catastrophic defeat to the south of Donetsk…..It still is not quite clear how the Junta intends to avoid a complete defeat here…. By squandering the most combat-capable brigades in systematic offensive operations, the Junta sustained enormous losses and at the same time suffered a crushing, purely military defeat. The southern front has collapsed.” – The Southern Front Catastrophe – August 27, 2014″, Colonel Cassad, Military Briefing, Novorossiya, Ukraine

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Politics

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington Anti-Russian Propaganda Piling Lies Upon Lies / Politics / Propaganda

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.

How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, from assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland, from Obama and his entire regime of pathological liars, and from the British, German, and French governments along with the BBC and the entirety of the Western media?

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Politics

Saturday, August 30, 2014

ISIS The Mother of All Blowback / Politics / ISIS Islamic State

By: LewRockwell

Eric Margolis writes: President Barack Obama is being lambasted by US Republicans for admitting that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with the rise of the militant group, ISIS, or Islamic State, as it’s now known.

Given that the US had made an unbelievable mess of its Mideast policies, the president is right to pause and think, something his shoot –from- the- lip Republican critics rarely do. They are demanding the US attack both Iraq and Syria without asking “what then oh brave Washington warriors?” These are the Republicans who ardently supported George Bush’s catastrophic invasion and destruction of Iraq.

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Politics

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Corporations Join Droves of Americans Renouncing US Citizenship / Politics / Taxes

By: Casey_Research

Nick Giambruno writes: Don't be surprised to lose if you don't make an effort at being competitive.

And if you go out of your way to make yourself less competitive, expect to lose.

If that sounds like simple common sense, that's because it is.

But it's also exactly what the US has been doing for years-enacting tax policies that sabotage its global economic competitiveness.

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Politics

Friday, August 29, 2014

Russia, Ukraine War - It’s Time to Play the “Gazprom Card” / Politics / Natural Gas

By: Money_Morning

As the situation in Ukraine continues to unravel, the West is certain to develop another round of sanctions against Russia.

Unlike the first set, these new sanctions will almost certainly have a more direct bearing on the energy sector.

And now that Russian gas behemoth Gazprom (OTC: OGZPY) has once again threatened to cut off the gas supply to Ukraine if Kiev doesn’t pay what it owes, worry has begun to creep into the European Union headquarters in Brussels.

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Politics

Friday, August 29, 2014

ISIS Is Only A Metastase – Not The Original Cancer / Politics / ISIS Islamic State

By: Andrew_McKillop

Obama Says Extract The Cancer of ISIS
President Obama is not an oncologist but a golfer and a politician when he is off the golf links, so we don't have to treat his diagnosis as definitive. For metastases to appear there is obligatorily a deep-seated, primary, primitive or original cancer either still present today or no longer present but active in the form of metastases. Each of these can in turn generate a new deep-seated cancer, oncologists tell us, but the process is in no way 100% predictable.

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Politics

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Netanyahu Proudly Claims ‘Victory’ After Israel Butchers 1470 Civilians, Women and Children in Gaza / Politics / Israel

By: Global_Research

Anthony Bellchambers writes: 2,101 Gazans killed – UN estimates 70% of deaths are civilians

7 civilians killed in Israel

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Politics

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EU Gas Supply Is In Real And Imminent Danger / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Raul_I_Meijer

More accusations fly across the media, like so many flocks of Canada geese, of direct Russian involvement in Ukraine. Much is made of an interview with Donetsk National Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko, in which he “admits” there are Russian volunteers fighting on his side.

To the west, that’s all the proof they need. There are 1000 Russians in Ukraine, cries NATO. That doesn’t make them the Russian army though. If there are only 1000, that would be disappointing. These are people who are seeing their family just across the border shot to bits.

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Politics

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Monetary Killing Fields / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

The house organ for the Council of Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs, has published its final solution under the title: "Print Less and Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money directly to the People." Written under the names Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan, but trumpeting the establishment voice of, say, Martin Wolf, they state: "It's well past time, then, for U.S. policymakers - as well as their counterparts in other developed countries - to consider a version of Friedman's helicopter drops.... Many in the private sector don't want to take out any more loans; they believe their debt levels are already too high. That's especially bad news for central bankers: when households and businesses refuse to rapidly increase their borrowing, monetary policy can't do much to increase their spending.... Governments must do better. Rather than trying to spur private-sector spending through asset purchases or interest-rate changes, central banks, such as the Fed, should hand consumers cash directly.... The transfers wouldn't cause damaging inflation, and few doubt that they would work. The only real question is why no government has tried them."

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Politics

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Foley Beheading: Terrorism as Theater / Politics / ISIS Islamic State

By: STRATFOR

Robert D. Kaplan writes: The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The ISIS Menace - Just What We Need, Another War / Politics / ISIS Islamic State

By: Danny_Schechter

New York, New York: Sound the bugle! Get the press to march along; we are going to war.

Again!

Enemies r ‘us, and for a long time with the killing of bin Laden, a Jihadi fatigue had set in. With the apparent shriveling up of the Al Qaeda menace, America’s threat-defining and refining machinery was somewhat adrift. What had been so simple, turned too complex to fuse into one soundbite.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ukraine Standoff Signals Global Power Shift / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Andrew_McKillop

Power Shift
Following from and related to the economic proxy war, by sanctions, engaged by the EU28 and US against Putin's Russia, and counter-sanctions by Russia against the “Atlantic Alliance”, we do not have to look very far for sequels. Plenty of EU28 banking groups are now on a short fuze, for example on the borrowing of PKO Bank Polski, Poland's largest lender. Able earlier this year to raise over 2 billion euros this lender's timing was very lucky. Even “EU28 core” private banks, including BNP of France and Deutsche of Germany may soon face “unexpected difficulties” recapitalizing their bad debt. Banks of the “southern tier” or Club Med countries will soon face serious difficulties, like Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo group's “unexpected difficulties”.

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