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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Financial Armageddon is Looking Better and Better / Politics / US Debt

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIs there a fender anywhere in Christendom that the financial authorities have not dented yet?

They are lost without a compass. They are up the river without a paddle. At the automatic teller without a pin number. They have no theory that has not been discredited. They have no experience which does not contradict them.

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Politics

Friday, July 22, 2011

Norway Terror Bomber, Shooter Photo, Murdoch Press 'The Sun' Blames Al-Qeada! / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The horrific events in Oslo, Norway today that started with a large city centre bomb blast shortly followed by a nearby shoot spree at holiday island of Utoya have resulted in at least 80 murders, most of whom are teenagers.

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Politics

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pentagon Seeks to Manipulate Social Media for Propaganda Purposes / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWired reported on Friday: The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it.

On Thursday, Defense Department extreme technology arm Darpa unveiled its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program. It’s an attempt to get better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media. SMISC has two goals. First, the program needs to help the military better understand what’s going on in social media in real time — particularly in areas where troops are deployed. Second, Darpa wants SMISC to help the military play the social media propaganda game itself.

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Politics

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Class Politics of the U.S. Debt Ceiling Crisis / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePatrick Martin writes: Washington, reinforced by the commentaries in the corporate-controlled media, both liberal and conservative.

Why is the demand for “deficit reduction” now being voiced so unanimously in every quarter of official American politics? What are the fundamental class issues that underlie this campaign?

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Politics

Friday, July 22, 2011

David Cameron and the Murdoch Affair / Politics / UK Politics

By: William_Bowles

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe political/corporate class must be ruing the day email arrived, it is proving to be the undoing of many a powerful individual and perhaps even the downfall of the government? But only if the media do the job they claim to be doing, investigating malfeasance at every level.

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Politics

Friday, July 22, 2011

U.S. Economy Destroyed, Washington Is the Enemy / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRecently, the bond rating agencies that gave junk derivatives triple-A ratings threatened to downgrade US Treasury bonds if the White House and Congress did not reach a deficit reduction deal and debt ceiling increase. The downgrade threat is not credible, and neither is the default threat. Both are make-believe crises that are being hyped in order to force cutbacks in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

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Politics

Friday, July 22, 2011

Kamikaze War on U.S. Debt Ceiling / Politics / US Debt

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNew York: During World War 2, the Japanese deployed units of pilots who turned their planes into bombs, and sacrificed themselves in the name of their emperor in a holy war against US ships. They would aim for the deck of aircraft carriers and do as much damage as they could at a cost of their equipment and their lives.

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Politics

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sarkozy Saves Greece And Launches The F.S.F. / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a classic of its type, French president Nicolas Sarkozy, 21 July evening time in Brussels, gave what looked and sounded like an impromptu press conference but supposedly wasn't. In a state of high excitement he explained how almost alone, or at least with German chancellor Angela Merkel they had saved Greece. The figures thrown out by Sarkozy were part of the circus show, for example that Greek debt, in 1 year, had grown by about 100 billion euro or by nearly 40 percent of GNP, to what Sarkozy claimed was 350 billion euro, which is difficult on a GNP he also claimed as 230 bn euro this year. To be sure, 10 or 20 bn euro this way or that counts for little, in such exciting times.

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Politics

Thursday, July 21, 2011

U.S. Debt Ceiling Myths / Politics / US Debt

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe debt ceiling debate that has dominated the headlines over the past month has been thoroughly infused with a string of unfortunate misconceptions and a number of blatant deceptions. As a result, the entire process has been mostly hot air.

While a recitation of all the errors would be better attempted by a novelist rather than a weekly columnist, I'll offer my short list.

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Politics

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NHS GP's, Centralised Healthcare and The Pretense of Medical Knowledge / Politics / NHS

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAndrew Foy writes: Like his mentor Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek spent his academic career trying to expose the central planner's pretense of economic knowledge. In doing so, Hayek referred to "the knowledge problem." In explaining it, he writes,

The peculiar character of the problem of a rational economic order is determined precisely by the fact that the knowledge of the circumstances of which we must use never exists in concentrated or integrated form but solely as the dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess.…

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Politics

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Great Default, The Feds and Their Mega-Debts / Politics / US Debt

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTo cheer your day – maybe your year – click through to this chart on tax revenues. The U.S. Government has hit a tax revenue ceiling. It is in the range of 16% of GDP.

The government is spending about 24% of GDP, which is down slightly from 2009, which was the all-time high since 1945.

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Politics

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Bank of America Settlement: The Latest Travesty in the U.S. Banking System / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: If there's one thing the recent Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) settlement proposal demonstrates, it's this: Calling the easy treatment that big banks have been enjoying in recent court and regulatory actions "a travesty of justice" is like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch.

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Politics

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Words Can’t Magic Away the Trade Deficit / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne recurring delusion in the controversy over America’s free-trade-induced trade mess is the idea that our gigantic trade deficit, which fluctuates around $500 billion a year, somehow “doesn’t matter.”

Anyone who’s been reading my column in the Huffington Post will probably be taken aback by this bizarre assertion, but it’s actually out there, all over the place, especially in the nooks and crannies of libertarian fantasy land, where any “free” market outcome must necessarily be good and any problems observed must therefore be illusions.

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Politics

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Debt Crisis and the War Cycle / Politics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Clif_Droke

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany books have been written in recent years on the problems facing us due to our nation's enormous debt. Indeed, many more could be written before the full scope of the debt problem and its consequences have been exhausted. One of the best books I've read which describes the debt problem in its simplest and most fundamental terms was written by one Richard Hoskins, entitled War Cycles/Peace Cycles.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Poor People or Old People - Who Do We Want to Help? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Milton Friedman, may he rest in peace, used to talk about the "tyranny of the status quo." By that, he meant that it is difficult to change public policy because of entrenched interest groups allied with policies that have been in effect for decades. I would argue that opposition to changes in our current Social Security and Medicare programs is an example of tyranny of the status quo. The original intent of both programs was to provide an income support floor for our retired senior citizens.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gazprom's Increasing Influence Throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe / Politics / Oil Companies

By: OilPrice_Com

The December 1991 collapse of the USSR was an unmitigated disaster for all 15 nations emerging from the desiccated carapace of the Soviet Union.

Now, like a plate of mercury smashed with a hammer, rivulets of the former USSR member state's energy assets two decades later are trickling back under the control and influence of Eurasia largest energy concern, Gazprom.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Iran Opens Oil Bourse - Harbinger of Trouble for New York and London? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe last three years of global recession have dealt a major blow to American capitalist ideas trumpeted throughout the world on the value of "free markets." Wall St has been revealed as a form of casino economy, with the bankster insiders gambling with other people's, and eventually, the government's money in the form of bailouts. As the Republicans in Congress, scenting victory in the 2012 presidential elections, hold a gun to the Obama administration's head and rating agencies consider downgrading U.S. government bonds in light of Washington's possible defaulting, many ideas around the world that previously seemed implausible because of the dominance of the U.S. economy are garnering renewed interest.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran's Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReva Bhalla writes: Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommodation with its Persian adversary.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Economic Austerity, The right to know why and for whom / Politics / Economic Austerity

By: Michael_T_Bucci

I don't like an acquiescent democracy. And that is exactly what the American people have become: a people who stand in line, keep their mouths shut and do what they're told.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Trouble in Murdoch-world / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRupert Murdoch's troubles keep piling up.

On Friday, Labor leader Ed Miliband called for a break-up of the Murdoch empire saying, "I think he has too much power over British public life.....We’ve got to look at the situation whereby one person can own more than 20 percent of the newspaper market....I think it’s unhealthy.”

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