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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, November 22, 2010

What If NATO Is Defeated In Afghanistan? / Politics / Afghanistan

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEric S. Margolis writes: Amazing as it sounds, NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, may be losing the only war the 61-year old pact every fought. All its soldiers, heavy bombers, tanks, helicopter gunships, armies of mercenaries, and electronic gear are being beaten by a bunch of lightly-armed Afghan farmers and mountain tribesmen.

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Politics

Monday, November 22, 2010

Energy Tells Tale of Fading West, Booming East / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe patient is the United States and the diagnosis is "Asia shock."

It is a psychological disease with physical symptoms and no known cure. However there are therapies, therapies of trade, diplomacy and fiscal restraint at home.

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Politics

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Russia, India and China Forming Strategic Geopolitical Alliance / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Pravda

Russia, India and China are pursuing common goals in their international policies and economic development.

In what is the latest step to promote trilateral cooperation in a variety of fields, the foreign ministers of China, Russia and India met for two days last week in Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province. Tenth of its kind, the meeting was shown as being conducive to deepening trilateral ties between Beijing, Moscow and New Delhi.

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Politics

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Russia Flexes Its Muscles, War for Caspian Sea Inevitable? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Pravda

The countries of the Caspian region are trying to find a solution to a long-standing dispute about the Caspian Sea. There is something to argue about indeed: sturgeons, crude and natural gas deposits, as well as the transportation of oil and gas. The leaders of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan gathered in Baku (the capital of Azerbaijan) to discuss the problem in detail.

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Politics

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bernanke's Crybaby Blabber Speech at ECB Conference / Politics / Central Banks

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSay what you will about Alan Greenspan, he was never a whiner. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about present Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. Bernanke's speech on Friday at a conference for the European Central Bank (ECB) was so full of crybaby blabber that attendees must have thought they'd ducked into a Frankfort daycare center by mistake. What an embarrassment! For nearly an hour, Bernanke went on and on about how mean China is and how they manipulate their currency to gain competitive advantage. It was surreal; like listening to a serial arsonist complain about his wife smoking in bed.

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Politics

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Capitalism Destroys Ireland's Workers Republic / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJames Connolly, the Irish socialist and trade union leader shot by the British in May 1916 for his part in the Easter Rising, was convinced, early in the last century, that capitalism simply could not develop fully in Ireland.

From that assessment he argued that only a Workers’ Republic could really free Ireland from foreign domination. In any case, he didn’t want capitalism to develop — didn’t want the Irish bourgeoisie to climb on the backs of the working people of Ireland.

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Politics

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Perhaps Bernanke And Geithner Should Try Acting? / Politics / Central Banks

By: Richard_J_Greene

When Ronald Reagan became President of the United States some people were surprised that an actor could reach such a high level of government service. Do you think maybe it could work in reverse and that these two in government "service", Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner, could make it in the acting business? They certainly have had some on the job training and I guess you could say their ongoing screen tests have passed with flying colors.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

From One Corrupt Congressman to Another / Politics / US Politics

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

"A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain." -William James

The House Ethics Committee has just voted to confirm there is "clear and convincing" evidence that Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has violated at least eleven different Congressional ethics rules. His violations include failing to pay taxes on his property in the Dominican Republic, illegally transforming a rent-controlled residential apartment into a campaign office and using his status as head of the Ways and Means Committee to secure funds for his public policy center.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

Misplaced Values Distorted Our Financial System / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Barry_Elias

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week, I discussed how modern economists were insufficient in modeling real world financial decision-making.

My son, a junior at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, recalls our evening time spent working with his “math folder” when he was a young child, no more than three.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

Europe’s Dirty Secret, Financial Elite Looting Public Treasuries / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Barry_Grey

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a revealing admission concerning the relationship between capitalist governments and international financial interests, the Financial Times on Tuesday wrote of “Europe’s dirty secret.”

The newspaper editorialized against the plan of the European Union, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund to loan Ireland tens of billions of euros in order to guarantee in full the investments of international bankers and bondholders in the country’s failing banking system.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

America Surrenders, The Collective Will is Broken / Politics / US Politics

By: Barry_M_Ferguson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI always wondered what it would feel like. A collective will is broken. A great people are humbled. Concessions are made. The symbolic white flag is raised. Surrender is offered. Control is conceded. Power is transferred. A new era begins. ‘America’  surrenders. It is not a good feeling.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

The American Way of Life, As Things Fell Apart, Nobody Paid Much Attention / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe American way of life – which is now virtually synonymous with suburbia – can run only on reliable supplies of dependably cheap oil and gas. Even mild to moderate deviations in either price or supply will crush our economy and make the logistics of daily life impossible. – Jim Kunstler - The Long Emergency

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

Don't Fly Until the TSA is Abolished / Politics / US Politics

By: Lewrockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBecky Akers writes: Wow, but the fur – and clothing, and screeners’ hands – are flying at airports, aren’t they? Yee haw! Christmas came early this year for those of us who hate the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), who have prayed for nine long years that the good Lord would smite it from the face of the earth, who can’t wait to take to the skies again once LaWanda and her porno-scanners roast in Hell.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

NATO Encircling Russia, Targeting China as Part of U.S. Grand Strategy / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDiana Johnstone writes: On November 19 and 20, NATO leaders meet in Lisbon for what is billed as a summit on “NATO’s Strategic Concept”.  Among topics of discussion will be an array of scary “threats”, from cyberwar to climate change, as well as nice protective things like nuclear weapons and a high tech Maginot Line boondoggle supposed to stop enemy missiles in mid-air. The NATO leaders will be unable to avoid talking about the war in Afghanistan, that endless crusade that unites the civilized world against the elusive Old Man of the Mountain, Hassan i Sabah, eleventh century chief of the Assassins in his latest reincarnation as Osama bin Laden.  There will no doubt be much talk of “our shared values”.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ron Paul Decries TSA Abuses Enough is Enough! / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Congressman Ron Paul decries TSA abuses on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Politics

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Tea Party Moron Complex, Anti-intellectualism its Rallying Cry / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMatt Taibbi writes: If American politics made any sense at all, we wouldn’t have two giant political parties of roughly equal size perpetually fighting over the same 5–10 percent swatch of undecided voters, blues versus reds. Instead, the parties should be broken down into haves and have-nots -- a couple of obnoxious bankers on the Upper East Side running for office against 280 million pissed-off credit card and mortgage customers.

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Politics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ireland's Economic Suicide Pact with the E.U. / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

Ireland could be the next Lehman Brothers. That's what has the markets worried. If Irish leaders refuse to accept a bailout from the EU's new European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), then bondholders will be forced to take haircuts on their investments which will leave banks in Germany and France short of capital. Bonds yields will rise sharply slowing activity in the credit markets. An Irish default will trigger hundreds of billions of dollars in credit default swaps (CDS), which will push weaker counterparties into bankruptcy and domino through the financial system. Contagion will spread to Portugal, Greece, Spain and Italy widening bond yields and forcing governments to increase their borrowing at the ECB. Business activity will sputter, unemployment will rise, and growth will shrink. It will be a second financial meltdown.

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Politics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Financial End Times, Ruling on the Behalf of Wall Streets Super Rich / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_Hudson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNow that President Obama is almost celebrating his bipartisan willingness to renew the tax cuts for the super-rich enacted under George Bush ten years ago, it is time for Democrats to ask themselves how strongly they are willing to oppose an administration that looks like Bush-Cheney III. Is this what they expected by Mr. Obama’s promise to rise above partisan politics – by ruling on behalf of Wall Street, now that it is the major campaign backer of both parties?

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Politics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Quantitative Easing is Sinking the Fed's Status / Politics / Central Banks

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUh oh, Mr. Bernanke, the natives are getting restless. Now it's not just Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, or foreign central bankers, but more and more American economists who are starting to openly challenge the second round of "quantitative easing."

It's tough to rule the world, and sometimes the benighted masses get uppity. The first surprising pushback came in the summer of 2009, during the healthcare "town hall" meetings, which scared many legislators back to DC. More recently, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials seemed unprepared for the outrage over invasive pat downs and body scans.

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Politics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Russia Loses China Arms Race / Politics / Russia

By: Pravda

Russia is losing the Chinese arms market. An official spokesman for Russia's defense export giant Rosoboronexport, Sergey Kornev, stated at Airshow China 2010 that the amount of orders between Russia and China had dropped because the Chinese market had been saturated with arms. It particularly goes about the aviation technology. Russia, the official stated, has delivered 280 Su fighters to China during the recent years.

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