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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"America Today", from Almanac 2021 / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_T_Bucci

America was a culture based almost exclusively on material possessions and monetary acquisition, and chief proponent of pure capitalism. When money was exhausted, credit took its place, but soon there was no collateral to back that credit or revenue to pay it back. By this time, the nation and its people were indentured to foreign countries while simultaneously taking or threatening military actions against them. Since its inception, accelerating from the Civil War period, Plutocracy had risen and finally ruled the country making divisions between rich and poor extreme, though successfully masked through instruments of mass delusion.

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Politics

Thursday, September 11, 2008

United States Takes a Quantum Leap Towards Socialism / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUnfortunately, we Americans now realize that the decision by Ben Bernanke to slash the Fed Funds rate to 2% (a three hundred twenty five basis point reduction) was just the opening act in this Republican administration's socialism play. At the time some wondered why the government didn't just allow home prices fall to historical averages rather than seeking to lower the value of the U.S. dollar and send inflation to a 17-year high. Now we have learned just this past weekend that the Department of the Treasury has come up with a plan for conservatorship of the GSEs, enacting the largest bailout in the history of the United States.

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Politics

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Obama, McCain and Your 2009 Income Tax Bill / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNilus Mattive writes: With the national conventions behind us, and a series of debates now on the horizon, today I want to give you a little preview of what each of the two major party's candidates might do to our tax bills in 2009.

Before we go any further, I want to make something absolutely clear: I'm not endorsing either candidate's platform. I don't think they go nearly far enough in terms of true reform.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Russian Strategic Bombers in Washington's Backyard / Politics / New Cold War

By: STRATFOR

Summary
Two Russian Tu-160 “Blackjack” strategic bombers reportedly landed in Venezuela on Sept. 10. If this is a Russian military foray into the Caribbean, it will be the first since the Cold War. The move also give Venezuela an opportunity to annoy the United States by letting Washington's old Cold War rival operate from its territory, in the United States' backyard.

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Politics

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sarah Palin the Fundamentalist Pitbull Wolf Killer / Politics / US Politics

By: Walter_Brasch

Defibrillator usage increased last week after John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate and only a heartbeat from control of the nation's nuclear arsenal. But, shortly after most Republicans were shocked back to life they circled the wagons to declare she was the perfect choice. Apparently, the cure also included a dose of psychotropic drugs as well.

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Politics

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Dick Cheney Seeks War on Russia / Politics / New Cold War

By: Ian_Brockwell

Following a three-day visit to former Soviet States Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine, Dick Cheney continued his thinly disguised threats against Russia and sought backing for stronger action against a country that was forced to defend its citizens recently, following an attack by US ally Georgia.

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Politics

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Fiscal Stupidity, Unintelligence in Federal Intelligence Agencies / Politics / US Politics

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

The Bush administration has found yet another way to waste taxpayer money while providing huge sums to private contractors. According to a survey of activities in 2007 by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, about a third of the federal professional intelligence workforce now consists of contractors, mostly in the Washington, DC area.

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Politics

Friday, September 05, 2008

Russo-Georgian War Aftermath Impact on Financial Markets / Politics / Global Financial System

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA redefinition of Russia has taken place — rather jarringly — following its war with Georgia, and the entire world is reassessing its position and relations with the resurgent power. This reassessment includes financial factors — a much more tender area for today's Russia than for the Soviet Union, because Russia's large economy is tied into the global economy.

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Politics

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Fundamental Geopolitics of Russia, Europe and USA / Politics / New Cold War

By: F_William_Engdahl

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs details of the larger strategic picture emerge over what is at stake in the Georgia and larger Caucasus crisis it is becoming clearer that Moscow is determined to roll back not to the borders of Stalin and the Cold War of 1948. What Putin and now Medvedev have begun is a process of defusing the highly dangerous NATO expansion, led by the Washington warhawks since the end of the Cold War in 1990. Had events progressed as Washington had planned up until the surprise rejection of NATO membership from no less than ten European NATO member countries, including Germany and France at the April NATO Summit, Georgia would today have been in the admission process to NATO-ization along with Ukraine.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

UK Frontline Charities Being Annihilated by Bureaucrats as Government Panics / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a week in which government minster's were circulating reports that the fast developing economic downturn would lead to an "upward pressure on acquisitive crime", property crime, a surge in support for the far right and racist elements as well as an increase in the support for radical Islamic fundamentalist groups from people on the receiving end of racism and unemployment as well as a general outbreak of lawlessness as the country experienced during the 1980's economic depression emanating form within the deprived areas of Britain.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New Cold War and the Threat to Corporate Security / Politics / New Cold War

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA lot has been written about last month's conflict between Russia and Georgia, and the continuing tensions in the region. Certainly, there were many important lessons to be gleaned from the conflict relating to the Russian military , Russian foreign policy and the broader geopolitical balance of power .

One facet of the Russian operations in Georgia that has been somewhat overlooked is the intelligence aspect. Clearly, the speed with which the Russian military responded to the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia indicates that they were not caught off guard. They knew in advance what the Georgians were planning and had time to prepare their troops for a quick response to the Georgian offensive.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Russia Takes Strategic Advantage From America's War Against Islamic World / Politics / New Cold War

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe United States has been fighting a war in the Islamic world since 2001. Its main theaters of operation are in Afghanistan and Iraq, but its politico-military focus spreads throughout the Islamic world, from Mindanao to Morocco. The situation on Aug. 7, 2008, was as follows:

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Politics

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

America's High Stakes Gamble with Russia / Politics / New Cold War

By: Stephen_Lendman


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePrior to entering WW II, US strategists had a clear aim in mind at its conclusion - to hold unchallengeable power in a new post-war global system: military, economic and political in a "Grand Area" encompassing the West and Far East. Essentially most parts outside the communist bloc and exploiting it under disarming rhetoric like being "selfless advocates of freedom for colonial peoples (and an) enemy of imperialism." Championing "world peace (also) through multinational control."

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Politics

Monday, September 01, 2008

Governments Cheat Creditors by Devaluing Currencies / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMany who agree with me on a lot of other issues, do not understand my enthusiasm for gold and sound money or why I spend so much time studying and talking about monetary policy. It's true that I talk about money differently than most, but the fact is sound money offers many benefits. For example - peace.

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Politics

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Conventions Lose TV Networks Appeal / Politics / US Politics

By: Walter_Brasch

During the time that Bill Clinton was rocking the Democratic convention, ABC, CBS, and Fox were showing re-runs, NBC was showing the second hour of “America’s Got Talent,” and the CW was showing the second season finale of “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.”

Less than two decades ago, the networks gave the conventions gavel-to-gavel coverage. This year, the networks are giving only four hours prime time coverage to each convention.

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Politics

Friday, August 29, 2008

Al-Qeeda 2.0 Threat level Heats Up / Politics / Al-Qeeda

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSummer brings with it rumors of attacks on the U.S. homeland. Currently, we are hearing unconfirmed word of plans in place for jihadists to be dispatched from Pakistan to conduct coordinated suicide attacks against soft targets in as many as 10 U.S. cities.

This year, the rumors seem to be emerging a little later and with a little less fanfare than last year, when we saw a number of highly publicized warnings, such as that from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and a National Intelligence Estimate saying al Qaeda was gaining strength. Last year also brought warnings from a former Israeli counterterrorism official that al Qaeda was planning a simultaneous attack against five to seven American cities, and of a dirty bomb attack against New York.

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Politics

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kosovo Independence at the Heart of Georgia Russia Crisis / Politics / New Cold War

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Russo-Georgian war was rooted in broad geopolitical processes. In large part it was simply the result of the cyclical reassertion of Russian power. The Russian empire — czarist and Soviet — expanded to its borders in the 17th and 19th centuries. It collapsed in 1992. The Western powers wanted to make the disintegration permanent. It was inevitable that Russia would, in due course, want to reassert its claims. That it happened in Georgia was simply the result of circumstance.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Democrats in Denver Should Read the American Monetary Act / Politics / US Politics

By: Richard_C_Cook

How are things going at the Democratic Party National Convention in Denver this week?

Are they talking about the fact that the Western world is run by an international financial elite headquartered in London, the financial capitals of mainland Europe (such as Frankfurt, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Paris, and Milan), and, of course, New York City?

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Politics

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Al-Qeeda Targets Pakistan for Total War / Politics / Pakistan

By: Anwaar_Hussain

Whoever started it, however we got involved in it, the time for blame game is long past. This is our battle now and this is a battle to the death.

In the four days after General Musharraf resigned from Pakistan's presidency, more than 130 innocent people have been blown to bits in just two suicide bombings across the country. Scores of others have been maimed for life. The message from the God-men is clear. It is Pakistan they are after; its governments, democratic or autocratic, be damned.

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Politics

Saturday, August 23, 2008

World Seeks Geo-political Balance as Americans Remain Indifferent to Iraq War / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Michael_T_Bucci

I must take issue with the common assumption that a majority of Americans were and are opposed to the Iraq war, or are in large measure "anti-war". While it is true that the Democrat party winning majorities in both houses generated this conception in 2006, this victory had much to do with protesting George Bush on numerous issues, one being Iraq .

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