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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Banking, U.S. Housing Market and Mortgages / Politics / US Housing

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe primary players that caused the housing bubble are:

1) The banking institutions that bundled and sold very risky mortgages

2) The Wall Street firms that bought these instruments and hedged for a default hazard by booking speculative derivative insurance that could never pay off on massive defaults

3) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provided government backing, of last resort, on bad mortgages

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Politics

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

U.S. War With Iran? / Politics / Iran

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe TV series House of Lies is about business but it could as easily be about government and foreign policy.

In a recent episode, one of the management consultants pitches a company about the need to launch a new product.  She recounts the story of the Polaroid Company known as the Apple of its day, widely admired for the cool design of its instant cameras.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Jim Grant and the GOP Joining Forces to Bring Back the Gold Standard / Politics / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: With two GOP presidential candidates saying they'd add legendary Wall Street pundit Jim Grant to their administrations, bringing back the gold standard clearly has moved up on the Republican agenda.

Ron Paul, for whom returning to the gold standard has been a decades-long crusade, has said he would name Grant chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. In his case, that would be a compromise - Paul has often called for the Fed to be abolished altogether.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Financial Crisis American Gridlock, Why The “Left” And The “Right” Are Both Wrong / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday we dive into Part 2 of Woody Brock’s notes from his new book, American Gridlock ( www.amazon.com/gridlock). He looks at what we can do in the future to prevent another crisis like we had in 2008, why we need to change, how we bargain with China (will be very controversial, in China at least!), what capitalism really is, and then he addresses the thorny issue of what it means to distribute wealth fairly. What can be said to those concerned with the top 1% of the population owning a grossly disproportionate share of the nation’s wealth?

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Politics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Washington Heading for War on Syria / Politics / Middle East

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWashington's longstanding policy is regime change in Iran and Syria. At issue is replacing independent regimes with client ones and securing unchallenged control of valued Middle East resources.

On February 4, Russia and China vetoed a largely one-sided anti-Assad resolution. A previous article called him more victim than villain. Yet he's falsely blamed for months of externally generated violence.

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Politics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Bankers Committed Fraud to Get Bigger Bonuses / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: In case you didn't catch the article titled "Guilty Pleas Hit the 'Mark'" in the Wall Street Journal, I'm here to make sure you don't miss it.

This is too good.

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Politics

Monday, February 06, 2012

U.S. Fraudulent Election Year Unemployment Data, Lies, Lies, More and Bigger Lies / Politics / Economic Statistics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEconomic Collapse writes: On Friday, the entire financial world celebrated when it was announced that the unemployment rate in the United States had fallen to 8.3 percent. That is the lowest it has been since February 2009, and it came as an unexpected surprise for financial markets that are hungry for some good news. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm payrolls jumped by 243,000 during the month of January. You can read the full employment report right here.

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Politics

Monday, February 06, 2012

Double Liability for Bank Shareholders, Officers and Directors / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMost people don't realize that for about 75 years after Civil War, in the United States, a bank's officers, directors and shareholders had personal liability in excess of the value of their shares.  If a bank were to be declared insolvent by the regulator, they were required to make up the shortfall in an insolvency with their personal assets.  This tends to focus the attention of the bankers to be more responsible in terms of their lending and other business practices and provides an automatic way to self-regulate.  When you have no personal responsibility, other than maybe not getting a bonus next year, why not take big chance for a bigger personal payout?  There is no downside for bankers with today's limited liability and the public is now stuck with these losses because the bankers have shifted their responsibility to the public.

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Politics

Sunday, February 05, 2012

U.S. Home Foreclosures and Shadow Banking: Why All the "Robo-signing"? / Politics / US Housing

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA foreclosure settlement between five major banks guilty of “robo-signing” and the attorneys general of the 50 states is pending for Monday, February 6th; but it is still not clear if all the AGs will sign.  California was to get over half of the $25 billion in settlement money, and California AG Kamala Harris has withstood pressure to settle. 

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Politics

Sunday, February 05, 2012

U.S. Employment Report Masks Depth of U.S. Jobs Crisis / Politics / Employment

By: Barry_Grey

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePresident Barack Obama on Friday hailed the Labor Department’s January employment report, calling it “good news.” Speaking in Arlington, Virginia, he declared that the economy is “growing stronger” and “the recovery is speeding up.”

This supposedly “good news” will be used to justify doing nothing to seriously address the jobs crisis and proceed after the November elections with the imposition of unprecedented austerity measures that will further shred social programs for working and poor people.

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Politics

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Doomsday Machine / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article1950s VANITY TECH
With a terrifying sting in its tail and for more than 60 years, nuclear power has been sold as something for nothing, delivering electricity that will be cheap, clean and safe. Nuclear shills always said that, and still say that - and they have always been wrong. When a disaster happens that is so big it can't be talked down and yanked out of the media after a couple days, the nuclear shills go into quiet mode - but they always come back, like politicians saying this time things are going to change. You have to believe.

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Politics

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Obama’s Refinancing Swindle, Banks Want to Dump Millions of Risky Mortgages Onto FHA / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBarack Obama’s new housing refinance plan has nothing to do with “lowering monthly mortgage payments so responsible borrowers can stay in their homes”. That’s all public relations bunkum. The truth is the banks want to offload their garbage mortgages onto Uncle Sam to avoid hundreds of billions of dollars in losses. That’s what this refi-ruse is really all about.

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Politics

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires, Most Recently American / Politics / Afghanistan

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEric Margolis writes: Far-called our navies melt away – On dune and headland sinks the fire – Lo, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! ~ Rudyard Kipling 1897 "Recessional"

The poet laureate of imperialism might write the same stanzas today about the successor of the British Empire, the American imperium, which, having reached its high water mark in the bleak mountains of Afghanistan, appears set to begin receding.

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Politics

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Crucial Pillar of the New World Order / Politics / New World Order

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the most alluring temptations that face men is the desire to enter the inner ring. C. S. Lewis wrote a wonderful essay with this title. It should be part of every person's rite of passage into adulthood.

The desire to enter the inner ring is closely related to the desire to maintain a New World Order. There is always an institutional claimant to New World Order status. It is always structured in terms of a series of concentric rings. These rings are always vertical. They are part of a pyramid of power. They are best represented by a stepped pyramid. (See Genesis 11.)

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Politics

Friday, February 03, 2012

SOPA, PIPA, The State of US Surveillance / Politics / US Politics

By: Doug_Horning

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoug Hornig, Casey Research Lovers of liberty have seemingly had a good bit to celebrate recently.

First, there was an unprecedented outpouring of negative public sentiment about the Congressional bills SOPA (House) and PIPA (Senate); they are legislation that would have thrown a large governmental monkey wrench into the relatively smooth-running cogs of the Internet. Millions of Americans signed online petitions against the bills after seeing websites' various protests. Google shrouded its search page in black; Wikipedia and Reddit went dark entirely (although Wikipedia could be accessed if one read the information available via clicking the sole link on its protest page); Facebook and Twitter urged users to contact their representatives; and many other core Internet businesses also raised their voices in opposition.

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Politics

Friday, February 03, 2012

Iran’s Currency War Heats Up, And The People Rush to Metals / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

The EU and the United States have implemented fresh sanctions against Iran targeting its oil exports. The tough measures are intended to curtail Iran’s nuclear program that Western nations believe is aimed at making nuclear weapons, while Iran claims that their nuclear program is for peaceful energy generation purposes instead.

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Politics

Thursday, February 02, 2012

German Central Bailing Out Europe / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBoth Angela Merkel andthe Bundesbank are walking an extremely fine line of economic policies and treaty arrangements that appear to be in violation of policy statements made by the German Supreme Court regarding transfer unions. Moreover, the Bundesbank president is now in what amounts to an open Feud with Merkel.
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Politics

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Mainstream Media Drivel on U.S. / Israel Iran War Plans / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Finian_Cunningham

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThanks to a subservient mainstream media, we are now fed a constant diet of preposterous double-think from American political leaders and their Israeli minions with regard to Iran and its alleged threat to world security. In this inadvertently valuable service, the pliant uncritical mainstream media is giving full vent to the most outrageous drivel dressed up as serious discourse.

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Politics

Thursday, February 02, 2012

In the Wake of Davos: "Strong Economic Medicine" for the European Union / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Friday from the Bilderberg conclave at Davos, appointed European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi proclaimed that Europe had averted financial disaster and cited the improvement in euro zone markets in recent weeks. He said it was the ECB’s duty to guard against deflation as well as inflation. The fact of the matter is that he and his friends at the Fed arranged a currency swap of $1 trillion of which the ECB dispersed $660 billion to 523 EU banks, at 1% interest for three years. He also cut interest rates twice and extended loans for 1 to 3 years. Mr. Draghi could be expected to take the easy Anglo-American way out. He is fully Illuminati trained and that is where his orders emanate from.

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Politics

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Irish People Bailout of Bond Holders, Vincent Browne v The European Central Bank Video / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Videos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVincent Browne takes on Klaus Masuch over the issue of the Irish people having to foot the bill for unguaranteed bondholders.

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