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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Saturday, August 14, 2010

NATO Assists In Building New Iraq Middle East Proxy Army / Politics / Middle East

By: Rick_Rozoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA North Atlantic Treaty Organization website recently posted an article by the commander of the NATO Training Mission – Iraq, American Lieutenant General Michael Barbero, entitled "NATO Training Mission – Iraq: Tactical Size...Strategic Impact" which reflected on the six-year-old but little known role of the Western military bloc in the Middle Eastern nation.

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Politics

Friday, August 13, 2010

Social Insecurity / Politics / Social Issues

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePaul Cwik writes: Oh joy, oh joy! It has finally arrived! You wouldn't believe how excited I was to receive a letter from the Social Security Administration. In the letter, they dutifully showed me how much taxable income I have ever made. (Is it me, or is there something really creepy about that?) They showed me how much I have paid in taxes and how much my employer also "paid." Then they showed me how much my payment would be if I retire at full retirement (67 years old — not 62 or 65 like you may have heard) and if I delay "collecting" until I turn 70.

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Politics

Friday, August 13, 2010

Investing for Mexico’s Social and Economic Collapse / Politics / Mexico

By: Sean_Brodrick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere is a war next door, and our neighbor may be losing. I’m talking about Mexico’s ongoing battle with violent drug gangs. The northern parts of Mexico are becoming lawless, and the drug gangs are taking steps to set themselves up as de facto governments. This could have big implications for Mexico and for its oil production. And Mexico is our number 2 supplier of imported oil.

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Politics

Friday, August 13, 2010

Algore's Big Green Climate Change Lies Are Imploding / Politics / Climate Change

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlan Caruba writes: As World War Two wound down, in 1945 Italian partisans found Benito Mussolini and his girlfriend trying to flee to Switzerland. They shot both of them and then hung them by their heels in the Piazza Loreto in Milan. He had led the National Fascist Party and had been the 40th prime minister from 1922 until being deposed, jailed, and rescued by his pal Adolf Hitler.

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Politics

Friday, August 13, 2010

Beware Friday the 13th, It's Wealth-looting Day / Politics / Taxes

By: Ron_Holland

Welcome to Friday the 13th. You may not know why Friday the 13th is considered such an unlucky day, but it's worth learning about for anyone who's concerned about protecting his assets, especially from high taxes and confiscation.

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Politics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Unintended Consequences of Iran Trade Sanctions / Politics / Iran

By: J_M_Finegold_Catalan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the Iranian government continues to resist American political pressure to abandon its nuclear program, the United States and her allies have once again turned to economic sanctions as a method of enforcing their will — or, at least, so they intend. On June 9, 2010, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1929, which, among other things, bans the sale of armaments and the provision of military training to the Iranian military, and prohibits travel for certain blacklisted Iranian citizens. Unsatisfied, the United States and the European Union intends to enact even tougher economic sanctions of their own in the near future. Even worse, these are only additions to sanctions that have existed since the Revolution of 1979.

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Politics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Social Credit and the Tea Party Movement / Politics / US Politics

By: Christopher_Quigley

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“The essential objective of Social Credit is to achieve an increase in purchasing power available to the common citizenry so that the resources in a society are more fully distributed in general rather than being controlled by a ruling banking elite which operates through a monopoly of credit.”

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Politics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hezbollah, Radical but Rational / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen we discuss threats along the U.S./Mexico border with sources and customers, or when we write an analysis on topics such as violence and improvised explosive devices along the border, a certain topic inevitably pops up: Hezbollah.

We frequently hear concerns from U.S. and Mexican government sources about the Iranian and Hezbollah network in Latin America. They fear that Iran would use Hezbollah to strike targets in the Western Hemisphere and even inside the United States if the United States or Israel were to conduct a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear program. Such concerns are expressed not only by our sources and are relayed not only to us. Nearly every time tensions increase between the United States and Iran, the media report that the Hezbollah threat to the United States is growing. Iran also has a vested interest in playing up the danger posed by Hezbollah and its other militant proxies as it tries to dissuade the United States and Israel from attacking its nuclear facilities.

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Politics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Big Things That Matter And The Little Things That Annoy / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI write about major problems: the collapsing US economy, wars based on lies and deception, the police state based on “the war on terror” and other fabrications such as those orchestrated by corrupt police and prosecutors, who boost their performance reports by convicting the innocent, and so on. America is a very distressing place. The fact that so many Americans are taken in by the lies told by “their” government makes America all the more depressing.

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Politics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

US Planning a Coup d'Etat in Venezuela? / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's no fun being on Washington's enemies list. Just ask Hugo Chavez.  Last week, the Venezuelan president had to cancel a trip to Cuba after he was told that a coup was underway and his life was in danger. The information came from the same anonymous source who had warned him of the earlier coup in 2002. The letter said: “The execution phase is accelerating..… There is an agreement between Colombia and the US with two objectives: one is Mauricio and the other is the overthrow of the government.… They will hunt down ‘Mauricio’ (and) try to neutralize part of the Armed Forces.” ("Venezuela Pushes for Peace", Coral Wynter, Green Left News)

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Politics

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Capital Controls, The Real US Border Fence / Politics / US Politics

By: Jennifer_Barry

You probably haven’t heard of capital controls, but they are common around the world. These mechanisms can control the inflows of money into a country or money leaving the nation or both.

Why do countries impose capital controls? Governments may try to limit inflows if they believe their currencies or stock markets are appreciating too fast, or they may slow outflows because they fear crashes like the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-8.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Doomsday Threat Of The "Nuclear Renaissance" / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePolitical deciders, corporate elites and mainstream media, almost everywhere, have swung to virtually total support for nuclear power. Major agencies and entities promoting nuclear power, such as the OECD's NEA and the WNA announce the industry's 2010-2020 potential for rivalling its previous highwater mark, in the 1975-1985 period, when it averaged one new reactor on line every 17 days, for 10 years.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Something Stinks About Wikileaks Release of "Secret" Documents / Politics / Conspiracy Theory

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSince the dramatic release of a US military film of a US airborne shooting of unarmed journalists in Iraq, Wiki-Leaks has gained global notoreity and credibility as a daring website that releases sensitive material to the public from whistleblowers within various governments. Their latest “coup” involved alleged leak of thousands of pages of supposedly sensitive documents regarding US informers within the Taliban in Afghanistan and their ties to senior people linked to Pakistan’s ISI military intelligence. The evidence suggests however that far from an honest leak, it is a calculated disinformation to the gain of the US and perhaps Israeli and Indian intelligence and a coverup of the US and Western role in drug trafficking out of Afghanistan.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hurrah for Hugo Chavez / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's no fun being on Washington's enemies list. Just ask Hugo Chavez. Last week, the Venezuelan president had to cancel a trip to Cuba after he was told that a coup was underway and his life was in danger. The information came from an anonymous source who had delivered a similar warning prior to the failed coup in 2002. The letter said: “The execution phase is accelerating..… There is an agreement between Colombia and the US with two objectives: one is Mauricio and the other is the overthrow of the government.… They will hunt down ‘Mauricio’ (and) try to neutralize part of the Armed Forces.” ("Venezuela Pushes for Peace", Coral Wynter, Green Left News)

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

U.S. and the Cycle of Violence in Afghanistan / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week the National Bureau of Economic Research published a report on the effect of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq that confirmed what critics of our foreign policy have been saying for years: the killing of civilians, although unintentional, angers other civilians and prompts them to seek revenge. This should be self-evident.

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

Are Democrats Plotting Surprise Election Economic Stimulus? / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJon D. Markman writes: Data last week showed a job market that’s careening down a steep street with no breaks. Yet investors were able to shrug off employment concerns, as the stock market actually ended the week up 1.5% due to that rockin’ Monday on the first day of the month.

That’s because there is growing speculation that the Democrats are plotting a surprise stimulus in the run up to November’s mid-term elections.

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

Targeting Iran, US Administration Planning a Nuclear Attack? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Michel_Chossudovsky

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US and its allies are preparing to launch a nuclear war directed against Iran with devastating consequences. This military adventure in the real sense of the word threatens the future of humanity.

While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result  from a  Third World War, using "new technologies" and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality.  

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

War Against Iran as a Method of Promoting Globalisation / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDmitry Sedov writes: There is little doubt that the US will hit Iran after pulling its troops out of Iraq. Military spending in the US has gained too much momentum to leave any hope that the current dynamics will change in the foreseeable future. The US military-industrial complex and its Pentagon partners have long been preparing the war-against-Iran project, readily resorting to the most unsavory methods in the process.

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

Who Will Investigate the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission? / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Janet Tavakoli of Tavakoli Structured Finance tells what she thinks of recent fines the SEC has imposed on Wall Street giants and where she would like future investigations take place.

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

Obama Economic Team Bails, As Stimulus System Fails To Generate Jobs / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn Washington, the Obama economic team has sprung a leak. First, Budget Director Peter Orszag, the calculating numbers savant, bailed. And now, “distinguished” economist Christina Romer, the only woman in that inner circle boys club has quit too. (Would you want to be around Larry Summers all day long?) 

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