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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Coup D'Etat Rumblings in Venezuela / Politics / Venezuela

By: Stephen_Lendman

The Bush administration tried and failed three prior times to oust Hugo Chavez since its first aborted two-day coup attempt in April, 2002. Through FOIA requests, lawyer, activist and author Eva Golinger uncovered top secret CIA documents of US involvement that included an intricate financing scheme involving the quasi-governmental agency, National Endowment of Democracy (NED), and US Agency for International Development (USAID). The documents also showed the White House, State Department and National Security Agency had full knowledge of the scheme, had to have approved it, and there's little doubt of CIA involvement as it's always part of this kind of dirty business. What's worrying now is what went on then may be happening again in what looks like a prelude to a fourth made-in-Washington attempt to oust the Venezuelan leader that must be monitored closely as events develop.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pentagon Iraq War Cover-up - Actual US Casualties Over 15,000! / Politics / Iraq War

By: Mike_Whitney

The Pentagon has been concealing the true number of American casualties in the Iraq War. The real number exceeds 15,000 and CBS News can prove it.

CBS's Investigative Unit  wanted to do a report on the number of suicides in the military and “submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Defense”. After 4 months they received a document which showed--that between 1995 and 2007--there were 2,200 suicides among “active duty” soldiers.

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Politics

Monday, November 19, 2007

Ron Paul on the True Cost of US Government Tax and Spending / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Congressman Charlie Rangel recently unveiled a tax plan that Republicans estimate would raise taxes by $3.5 trillion over 10 years. Democrats questioned the math.

Now, the Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee have released a report on the total costs of the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan , including "hidden costs" such as interest on the money we're borrowing, and long term healthcare for vets. The bill comes to $3.5 trillion. Republicans are, of course, questioning the math on this item.

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Politics

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Grand Delusion of Electing the Democrats in 2008 / Politics / US Politics

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

With an endless, futile and costly Iraq war, a stinking economy and most Americans seeing the country on the wrong track, the greatest national group delusion is that electing Democrats in 2008 is what the country needs.

Keith Olbermann was praised when he called the Bush presidency a criminal conspiracy. That missed the larger truth. The whole two-party political system is a criminal conspiracy hiding behind illusion induced delusion.

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Politics

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Regime Change in Pakistan - Princess Bhutto's Return / Politics / Pakistan

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt doesn't take a genius to figure out why the crooked Princess Ferragamo--Benazir Bhutto—has returned to Pakistan . Bhutto's been traipsing all over Washington trying to garner support from think-tank heavies and establishment powerbrokers to help her stage a political come-back in Islamabad. She even hired a high-powered public relations firm to polish her image so the media wouldn't focus too much attention on her past transgressions. Allegations of money laundering and corruption have haunted Bhutto ever since she was driven from office in 1996. Last month, General Musharraf cut a deal with Bhutto which freed her from the prospect of criminal prosecution and allowed her to return home. The arrangement ignored the judicial system entirely. The $1.5 billion that she and her husband allegedly “received in a variety of criminal enterprises” has simply disappeared down the memory hole.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

US in Economic and Political Crisis - Time For Plan B? / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStrange events are taking place in the U.S.

By August 2007, a lot of very smart people were reading the tea leaves, convinced that the upper echelons of the U.S. government had their own hidden reasons for forecasting an event even more heinous than the attacks of September 11, 2001. President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff had been hinting that another 9/11 could be coming.

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Politics

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Yellowstone “Supervolcano” Eruption Soon? / Politics / Climate Change

By: Ian_Brockwell

According to the National Geographic, the Yellowstone caldera has been rising at a rate of approximately 3 inches every year since the middle of 2004, three times faster than any previous measurements.

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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Fast Moving Events in Pakistan - Emergency Law, the Second Coup by Musharraf / Politics / Pakistan

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Islamic Republic of Pakistan was established in August,1947 when its majority Muslim population separated from British-controlled India and became a sovereign state. Since then, the country has been plagued by wars, political instability, and a series of military coups as it continues stumbling unsuccessfully toward democracy.

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Politics

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ben Bernanke Gets a Lesson on Inflation From Ron Paul / Politics / Inflation

By: Mario_Innecco

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRepresentative and Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul questioning Federal Reserve Board chairman Ben Bernanke about the debasement of the dollar at the JEC in Congress on November 8th, 2007

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

MACRO MUSINGS: Argentina's New Peronist President, US to Follow? - Tres Mujeres / Politics / Argentina

By: Justice_Litle

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNothing is built on stone. All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.
– Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer

CRISTINA! CRISTINA! CRISTINA! the headlines chanted. On October 28th, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became Argentina's newly elected President. She did so with the blessing of her husband, Nestor Kirchner… who also happens to be Argentina's outgoing President.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Most Would Pay Higher Energy Bills To Address Climate Change, Suggests Global Poll / Politics / Climate Change

By: BBC

Most people say they are ready to make personal sacrifices, including paying more for their energy, to help address climate change, according to a BBC World Service poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries.

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Politics

Thursday, November 01, 2007

United States Plans For War With Iran - Analysis of Geopolitical Risks / Politics / Iran

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week in our Special Outside the Box, George Friedman of Stratfor addresses what many believe to be the looming war with Iran, the potential wars' strategic futility, the underlying geopolitical implications, and the inherent threats that abound on account of Iran's defensive measures and offensive capabilities; the latter consisting of terrorist organizations that can harm US interests, be they domestic or foreign.

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Politics

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Bank of the South: An Alternative to IMF and World Bank Dominance / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Stephen_Lendman

In July, 2004, the IMF and World Bank commemorated the 60th anniversary of their founding at Bretton Woods, NH to provide a financial framework of assistance for the postwar world after the expected defeat of Germany and Japan. With breathtaking hypocrisy, an October, 2004 Development Committee Communique stated: "As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Institutions....we recommit ourselves to supporting efforts by developing countries to pursue sustainable growth, sound macroeconomic policies, debt sustainability, open trade, job creation, poverty reduction and good governance." Phew.

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Politics

Sunday, October 28, 2007

No Plan, No Peace – The Inside Story Of Iraq's Descent Into Chaos - BBC1 Documentary 10.15pm - 28th Oct 07 / Politics / Iraq War

By: BBC

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor the first time on British television, John Ware looks at what became of the Bush-Blair dream of turning Iraq into a stable, democratic, human rights-respecting showcase for the Middle East.

The programme asks how the American and British Governments undertook the biggest occupation of a foreign country in modern times without a coherent plan.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Rightwing columnists stuff up labour market reform debate / Politics / Social Issues

By: Gerard_Jackson

What gives with our so-called rightwing columnists? John Buchanan from the University of Sydney's Workplace Research Centre wrote, along with another lefty, a seriously flawed study on the alleged detrimental effects of government legislation that loosened our labour markets. So what did our intrepid conservative columnists do? They mocked Buchanan and his co-author and sneered at their politics. In brief, they attacked the man instead of the argument.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

UK Government Report Gives Annual £6 billion Positive Spin To Migrant Workers / Politics / Immigration

By: Nadeem_Walayat

UK Migrant workersA new report from the governments Migration Impact Forum (Treasury and Home Office departments) concludes that migrant workers contribute to the British Economy to the tune of £6 billion pounds a year.

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Politics

Monday, October 15, 2007

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Model is Flawed / Politics / Climate Change

By: Brian_Bloom

  • Al Gore and the IPCC were awarded the Nobel Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change .”
  • A High Court judge in the UK highlighted "nine scientific errors" in Al Gore's documentary.
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Politics

Monday, October 15, 2007

Burma Regime Change - The Geopolitical Stakes of the Saffron Revolution / Politics / Asian Economies

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere are facts and then there are facts. Take the case of the recent mass protests in Burma or Myanmar depending on which name you prefer to call the former British colony. First it's a fact which few will argue that the present military dictatorship of the reclusive General Than Shwe is right up there when it comes to world-class tyrannies. It's also a fact that Burma enjoys one of the world's lowest general living standards. Partly as a result of the ill-conceived 100% to 500% price hikes in gasoline and other fuels in August, inflation, the nominal trigger for the mass protests led by Saffron-robed Buddhist monks, is unofficially estimated to have risen by 35%. Ironically the demand to establish “market” energy prices came from the IMF and World Bank.

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Politics

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Global Warming - The Impact of Rising Sea Levels / Politics / Climate Change

By: Ian_Brockwell

With sea levels reaching a critical point, governments around the world have decided to implement a plan that is designed to save as many people as possible.

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Politics

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Geopolitical Foundations of Blackwater in Iraq / Politics / Iraq War

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week in the Special Outside the Box, good friend George Friedman addresses the lax governance and control of Blackwater, a private security firm recently embroiled in the accusation of firing upon Iraqi civilians without provocation. George shows us that private security contractors' working beside the military is not a recent mode of operation but rather one that has long been employed by the US military.

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