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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Valuable Lesson: Education Must Pay Off for US / Politics / Educating Children

By: Barry_Elias

The United States spends more money per student than any country in the world: roughly $35,000 total for primary, secondary and tertiary education.

In 2006, the United States was ranked 32nd and 22nd in math and science, respectively, out of 52 countries. This was based on testing by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) at the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD).

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Politics

Friday, October 15, 2010

Financial Markets Tensions Rise as Global Policymakers Part Ways / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe tension out there is so thick you can cut it with a knife. I’m talking about the tension building between central bankers and policymakers in developed nations and their counterparts in so-called emerging market countries.

On the one hand, you have policymakers here, in Japan, and in England promising to print money until the cows come home. Their aim is to boost their faltering domestic economies and combat deflation.

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Politics

Friday, October 15, 2010

China and the Future of Rare Earth Elements / Politics / Metals & Mining

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA recent diplomatic spat between China and Japan has heightened territorial tensions and called attention to China’s growing forcefulness with foreign powers. One of the more intriguing aspects of this development was China’s suspension of the export of “rare earth” elements (REE) to Japan. REE comprise 17 metallic elements with a variety of modern industrial and commercial applications ranging from petroleum refining to laptop computers to green energy applications to radar. China produces roughly 95 percent of the global supply of REE and Japan is the largest importer. China’s disruption of REE shipments to Japan has caused alarm among other importer countries, bringing new urgency to the search for new supplies and substitutes.

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Politics

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Democracy is Destroying the U.S. / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFaced with a horrible unemployment situation and many companies moving out of the US to countries such as China and India, many point the finger of blame at "globalism".  But companies aren't necessarily leaving the US just because it can be cheaper to operate in other regions.  The problem is much deeper and has more to do with companies escaping high taxation, ridiculous amounts of regulation and moving to regions that are growing as opposed to the US which is in a terrible state of disrepair and only getting worse.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Petty Socialism Compells Governments to Introduce the "Fat Tax" / Politics / US Politics

By: J_M_Finegold_Catalan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRising healthcare costs and continuing recession-related fiscal problems have impelled numerous world governments to introduce a "fat tax."[1] Support for a similar policy is growing in the United States, which according to leading intellectuals suffers from a collective "weight problem."[2]

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Politics

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Swiss Finish Sets New Standard for Global Bank Regulation / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Global_Intel_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleINCIDENT: The traditional Swiss finishing school taught young women etiquette and social graces, but international bank regulators are talking about something much tougher when they refer to a "Swiss finish" for global banks.

Just how tough became clear last week, 4 October, when a Swiss commission proposed that its two giant banks, UBS and Credit Suisse, be subjected to capital requirements of up to 19%, nearly three times as tough as the 7% capital-to-assets ratio recently suggested by the Basel Banking Committee as a minimum global standard.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why Do We Give the Police and Courts the Benefit of the Doubt? / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeffrey_A_Tucker

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt's been five years since the feds took aim at nasal decongestant. Under George Bush, a normal part of everyday civilized life became a criminal act, namely the over-the-counter purchase of Sudafed and many other products containing pseudoephedrine. You can get it now, but it is seriously rationed. You have to present your driver's license and no one without one may purchase it. The limits on quantities you are permitted to purchase fall far below the recommended dosage, and buyers rarely know when they are buying too much.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

America┬┤s Shadow Class War and the 2010 Congressional Elections / Politics / US Congressional Elections

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleE.J. Dionne writes: The 2010 election is turning into a class war. The wealthy and the powerful started it.

This is a strange development. President Obama, after all, has been working overtime to save capitalism. Wall Street is doing just fine and the rich are getting richer again. The financial reform bill passed by Congress was moderate, not radical.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BCCI Operations. Inside the Global Banking Intelligence Complex / Politics / Global Financial System

By: David_DeGraw

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTo get a more complete understanding of our current crisis, we need to look at the history of events that led up to it. We need to peer deeply into the inner workings of the Global Banking Intelligence Complex. Without acknowledging and exposing the covert forces that are aligned against us, we will not be able to effectively overcome them.

In the past I have shied away from going too deeply into the details of the intelligence world out of fear of being written off and dismissed as a conspiracy theorist. If I hadn’t spent the majority of the past 20 years investigating global financial intelligence operations, I certainly wouldn’t believe half of this myself. Given the severity of our current crisis and the imminent devastating implications, I now realize that I must go deeper into covert activities than I publicly ever have. The information I am about to report is very well-sourced and documented, and needs to be covered before we can proceed to exposing present operations.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Will 2011 be Another Stagnant Year for Cost of Living Adjusted Social Security Checks? / Politics / Inflation

By: Nilus_Mattive

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn just a few days, the Social Security Administration is going to let retirees know how much their checks will go up next year. Or, in this case, how their checks aren’t going to go up at all.

If you were collecting this year, that’s going to sound painfully familiar because you heard the same thing last October!

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Politics

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NATO's Lack of a Strategic Concept / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTwenty-eight heads of state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will meet in Lisbon on Nov. 20 to approve a new “Strategic Concept,” the alliance’s mission statement for the next decade. This will be NATO’s third Strategic Concept since the Cold War ended. The last two came in 1991 — as the Soviet Union was collapsing — and 1999 — as NATO intervened in Yugoslavia, undertaking its first serious military engagement.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Spooked U.S. Economy in October / Politics / US Economy

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week we received worse than expected unemployment numbers, challenging recent claims that the recession has come and gone. Also, as the economy continues to suffer the after effects of the Federal Reserve-created bubbles of the last decade, there is renewed interest in gold. Fears that the Federal Reserve will pump even more money into the system had caused the price of gold to reach new highs.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Fed's Political Interference Must Be Stopped, A letter to Senator Scott Brown / Politics / US Politics

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Honorable Scott Brown

Dear Senator Brown:

I am a constituent who would like to help. My father sent you my book, Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession. You wrote my father a thank you note, for which I am thankful. None of the other 20 or so senators and congressmen to whom we mailed my book sent an acknowledgement.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Killing and Reviving of the American Dream / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUSA Today loves to run lifestyle features that purport to show how we are living, what we are doing, what we like and what we don't like – premised on a collectivist assumption that all our preferences can be tracked and characterized with these aggregate claims.

Most of the time, these features are silly. It's not really true that we are all listening to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, or tweeting what we had for breakfast.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Middle Class Caught in a Pincer Movement / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA MODEST PROPOSAL
My understanding of our economic system has changed over the last couple years. I've come to the conclusion that the middle class of this country has been caught in a pincer movement by two armies. My definition of the Middle Class is households making between $50,000 and $150,000 per year. The Free Shit Army is attacking us on the left. The middle class has been the backbone of the country, doing the heavy lifting in this country. They get up every morning and trudge off to work to support their families. The Free Shit Army sleeps in. They have chosen to not educate themselves in order to advance in our society.

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Politics

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How Russia Avoided Civil War 17 Years Ago / Politics / Russia

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn October 3 and 4 Russia remembered the tragic events of the fall of 1993. Mourning rallies and marches in many cities of Russia commemorated the perished defenders of the Supreme Council. In the capital alone, the ceremonies were attended by nearly a thousand people. Was there an alternative to the armed confrontation between the supporters of Boris Yeltsin and the defenders of the legitimately elected Parliament? Was it possible to avoid the tragic outcome? Ruslan Khasbulatov, the chairman of the Supreme Council, discussed it in an interview with Pravda.ru.

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Politics

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Hungary Toxic Sludge Catastrophe Reminiscent of BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Dr_Tom_Termotto

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere’s the top headline on Yahoo! News on Thursday, October 7, 2010 regarding the Toxic Sludge Disaster in Hungary:

Scientists say heavy metal in sludge not dangerous (AP)

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Politics

Saturday, October 09, 2010

China Furious at The Nobel Peace Prize Award / Politics / China

By: Static_Chaos

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "two decades of non-violent struggle for human rights". China is totally livid and called the award "an obscenity" as reported by Reuters.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Biggest Fraud in the History of the Capital Markets / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Ezra Klein: What’s happening here? Why are we suddenly faced with a crisis that wasn’t apparent two weeks ago?

Janet Tavakoli: This is the biggest fraud in the history of the capital markets. And it’s not something that happened last week. It happened when these loans were originated, in some cases years ago. Loans have representations and warranties that have to be met.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Op-ed Warriors Defend the TARP Tax Payer Bank Bailout / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Christopher_Westley

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleConfession time: I still read newspapers the old-fashioned way, meaning the way my father and grandfather did, on paper, frequently at the kitchen table, and to the smell of a hot, Honduran coffee.

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