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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Silver Lining to U.S. Corruption / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Jennifer_Barry

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article   Many Americans believe that their government is incompetent, but it’s actually corrupt. Transparency International defines corruption as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Crony capitalism, sweetheart deals, lucrative post-government jobs, and campaign contributions in exchange for votes: these are all examples of corruption.

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Politics

Friday, April 16, 2010

Goldman Sachs Mortgage Fraud Confirms Gordon Brown's Responsibility for the Financial Crisis / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGordon Brown yesterday confessed that Labour's light touch on financial regulation was a mistake that contributed towards the financial crisis. Previously he had repeatedly self congratulated himself for saving the banking system from collapse and blamed lack of banking sector regulation on pressure from the City of London, form the banking sector, Bank of England and FSA, all of whom he alluded to wanted light touch regulation so as to maximise profits which funded Labours public sector spending spree which he says he reluctantly went along with rather than implement the regulatory reforms that he had all along envisaged.

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Politics

Friday, April 16, 2010

France Does Not Like Crude Oil Speculators / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFrance wants Group of 20 nations to limit easy access by the "trading community" to the betting chips, that is derivative holdings and leveraged positions, traders use to speculate on oil. This makes oil prices not only volatile, which perhaps is OK, but at present also makes them rise, which is not OK. Speculative excesses driving down traded natural gas prices to near-record lows are perhaps not surprisingly for a country which imports gas as well as oil, absent from a new French proposal. In a French Finance Ministry report, authored by finance professor J-M Chevalier, the belles idees of France are set out in what reads like a fight for cheap oil in a science fiction trading world of the distant future.

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Politics

Friday, April 16, 2010

Central Banking is an Engine of Corruption / Politics / Central Banks

By: Thomas_J_DiLorenzo

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMuch has been written about the famous debate between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over the constitutionality of America's first central bank, the Bank of the United States (BUS). This was where Jefferson, as secretary of state, enunciated his "strict constructionist" view of the Constitution, making his case to President George Washington that since a central bank was not one of the powers specifically delegated by the states to the central government, and since the idea was explicitly rejected by the constitutional convention, a central bank is unconstitutional.

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Politics

Friday, April 16, 2010

Iceland Ash Cloud, Beginning of an Ecological Disaster? / Politics / Climate Change

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn just one day, volcanic ash spewing forth from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull has brought airports to a halt in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland and is expected to spread over other areas of Europe by Thursday evening. The last time this volcano blew, it was deadly, emitting large quantities of toxic fluoride gas.

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Politics

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kyrgyzstan, Business, Corruption and the U.S. Manas Airbase / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKyrgyzstan’s mass anti-government protests last week were essentially the culmination of more than a decade of disillusionment and dissatisfaction that accumulated in the nation’s political, economic and social spheres from the period of Akayev to his successor Kurmanbek Bakiyev, with virtually every Kyrgyz concerned about rising prices and falling standards of living, both issues of little concern and dimly understood in Washington.

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Politics

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Why Are Corporations Funding the Tea Party? / Politics / US Politics

By: Shamus_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRank and file Tea Partiers are, politically speaking, lost at sea in the dead of night, looking for the light of common principles. On land, those manning right-wing lighthouses are broadcasting ideas loaded with hidden motives into this ocean of conservative public opinion. What the Tea Party will become is presently unknown; but those with an agenda will do their best to steer lost boats at sea in their direction, with potentially dangerous consequences.

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Politics

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fed Lies, Counterfeit Money, Counterfeit History / Politics / Central Banks

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRyan McMaken writes: The talking points have been written and the official spokesmen have been briefed. Now all that remains is for them to deliver the government-approved version of the history of the financial collapse that has led to the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.

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Politics

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Aftermath of the Kyrgyzstan Revolution - The Lesser Players / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan has largely been portrayed as an epic clash between U.S. and Russian interests.

That said, interest in events in Bishkek extend far beyond Kyrgyzstan throughout the regional and one should expect the following voices to add their concerns as the situation evolves. While largely overlooked by media coverage, their influence could be a significant factor in both interim and long-term solutions that emerge to Kyrgyzstan’s recent upheavals.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Financial Reform, Three Ways to Fix Wall Street / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: The financial-reform bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-CT, seems likely to pass both houses without all that much alteration.

And that should immediately raise our suspicions. After all, the U.S. financial-services business has a very effective lobby, so if there isn't huge opposition to the legislation, it probably won't achieve all that much.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Potential Death of the American Dream, Protect Your Wealth From the Government / Politics / US Politics

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: When I was a kid, the world was my oyster...

Some days, my buddies and I would go exploring in the woods. Other days, we'd play wiffle ball in Wade Welch's yard... or we'd play "kill the man with the ball" in Mike Bruner's yard.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How Bush Tried to Stop Predatory Bank Lending / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on investigations convenes on Tuesday, they'll be presented with a mountain of evidence showing that Washington Mutual intentionally issued subprime mortgages that they knew would fail, and then bundled the loans into securities so they could be sold to investors. The senate's year-and-a-half long investigation, has strung together hundreds of e mails and other internal documents that will prove beyond a doubt that the now-defunct bank was engaged in industrial-scale fraud. This is from the Los Angeles Times:

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Politics

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Help the Poor by Stopping the Money Printing Press / Politics / Money Supply

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRichard Daughty writes: I am happy to note that the Tea Party, which appeals to me personally, is gaining traction and power, which adds more political overtones to my life and gets me, a shameful Republican, away from the loathsome Republicans (except Ron Paul), which have acted almost as despicably as the Democrats.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Truth Behind The Recent Unrest in Kyrgyzstan / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe following article is the first of three examining the recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan and its implications. Part 2 tomorrow will deal with the regional fallout from the “Tulip Revolution V2.0” and Part 3 will examine in detail Washington’s highest priority in Kyrgyzstan - its ongoing access to the Manas Transit Center airbase.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

To Organize Against Wall Street, We Need A Narrative Focusing On Crime And Massive Fraud / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn politics, it’s always all about the narrative, about how issues are framed.

As we ask ourselves, how we can be experiencing the largest economic meltdown in decades with millions out of work, and millions more losing their homes, and yet, with no real mass mobilization or ongoing response from the progressive world.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kyrgyzstan Revolution and the Russian Resurgence / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLauren Goodrich writes: This past week saw another key success in Russia’s resurgence in former Soviet territory when pro-Russian forces took control of Kyrgyzstan.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Great Federal Reserve Bank Con Job - There Is No Money! / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVideo and Transcript -  Dylan Ratigan Show - MSNBC

In America today we are getting closer to fully exposing the greatest con and cover-up in this history, it involves our banks, the federal reserve, our congress, and, of course, you and me.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Is the Fed Helping the Big Banks Cook the Books?  / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Friday, the Wall Street Journal revealed details of a cover up by the nations largest banks that have been engaged in potentially-criminal accounting activities to conceal the amount of debt on their balance sheets. The SEC has been notified of the allegations and has launched a probe to determine whether further action is needed. Among the banks implicated, are Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Citigroup. According to the WSJ:

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Politics

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Best and Brightest Protect Greenspan and Betray the American People / Politics / US Politics

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlan Greenspan's reputation has a whiff of terminal decline after his appearance on April 7, 2010, before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). Prudence is warranted though, before taking a short position on the former Federal Reserve chairman. The celebrated central banker has spent a lifetime pouring his deep reservoirs of energy and ambition into his own advancement, and now, his legacy.

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Politics

Monday, April 12, 2010

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Passing the Buck / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week the federal government's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission held hearings as part of their continuing investigation into the causes of the acute economic meltdown which occurred in late summer 2008. This bipartisan commission, partly inspired by the Pecora Commission- which investigated the causes of the Great Depression - is expected to report back to Congress before the end of the year.

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