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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Thursday, March 20, 2014

France Wakes Up To The Fragile Case For Nuclear Power / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Andrew_McKillop

First the Politics
March 18, newswires starting strangely with Kuwait's KUNA, reported that protesters from French environmental action groups, headed by Greenpeace and supported by activists of the EELV political party which is part of French president Hollande's parliamentary coalition, broke into France's oldest nuclear power plant (NPP) at Fessenheim located on the Franco-German border in Alsace, and occupied several parts of the operating section and its roof. Their claims were given considerable coverage by French media, if only to keep minds off Putin's victory in Crimea, fustigated as an “illegal act” by Hollande and his Foreign minister. One immediate result of this is the halt to construction, in French shipyards of two high tech missile-launch destroyers for the Russian navy, one of the ships named 'Sebastopol', in a contract worth about 1.5 billion euros.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Obamas America Starting to Look Like Maos Communist China / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Many like to watch movies or read fiction novels as a way to relax and get away from work and other stresses of day-to-day life.  I, on the other hand, find non-fiction to be much more interesting than almost anything dreamed up by a fiction writer.  So, when I want to relax and get away from things I like to read and watch non-fiction books and documentaries.

Given what is going on in China lately I have been nearly obsessed learning about China's history.  It is easily one of the most interesting cultures on Earth with thousands of years of dynasties, warlords, communism, capitalism, wars and atrocities.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Putin's Energy Stranglehold On Europe / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Andrew_McKillop

Outdated Geopolitical Musing

March 17, world stock exchanges from Moscow to New York and Frankfurt to Shanghai gave a whoop of joy at the symbolic-only prospect of European and American “hard hitting sanctions” being set against Russia for its Crimean action. The wait was over, the panic wasn't needed, at least not yet, so jobbers and traders got back to doing the thing they know best of all – talking up share prices. The media and press, however, did what they could to keep the story going, for example Garry Kasparov's raging in the 'Wall Street Journal', telling us that Putin “is another Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milosevic” and should be treated by the West the same way. Kill him!

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Politics

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Russia Examines Its Options for Responding to Ukraine / Politics / Russia

By: STRATFOR

The fall of the Ukrainian government and its replacement with one that appears to be oriented toward the West represents a major defeat for the Russian Federation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia accepted the reality that the former Eastern European satellite states would be absorbed into the Western economic and political systems. Moscow claims to have been assured that former Soviet republics would be left as a neutral buffer zone and not absorbed. Washington and others have disputed that this was promised. In any case, it was rendered meaningless when the Baltic states were admitted to NATO and the European Union. The result was that NATO, which had been almost 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from St. Petersburg, was now less than approximately 160 kilometers away.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Madness of Stirring War With Russia Over Ukraine / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: BATR

The psychopathic propaganda power brokers are inciting hysteria over expanding their Ukrainian coup operation. Pushing Russia to accept a hostile empire on their border is irrational. Belligerence and intimidation makes indefensible foreign affairs relationships. Those who swallow the “wag the dog” script that circulates in the Western mainstream media, deceived or brainwashed, are incapable of any independent thought. The forces that seek unremitting interventionist intrusions that thrive on self-induced chaos are the true threats to world peace.

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Politics

Monday, March 17, 2014

Russia Eyes Crimea’s Oil and Gas Reserves / Politics / Energy Resources

By: OilPrice_Com

According to Reuters , Crimea may nationalize oil and gas assets within its borders belonging to Ukraine, and sell them off to Russia. Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister hinted at the possibility that it would take control of Chornomorneftegaz, a Ukrainian state-owned enterprise, and then “privatize” it by selling it to Gazprom. “After nationalisation of the company we would openly take a decision - if a large investor, like Gazprom or others emerges - to carry out (privatisation),” Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev said.

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Politics

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lost Plane MH370 and the Crimea Triangle / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Raul_I_Meijer

It’s somehow eerily comforting to know that an entire Boeing 777 plane can completely disappear from everybody’s view, leading to an area from Kazachstan to Australia now being searched, in the days when it’s become common knowledge that the NSA and its global sister organizations track billions of phone calls and internet communications on a daily basis.

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Politics

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ron Paul - Why is Spying on Senate Bad But OK on Us? / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

The reaction of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to last week's revelations that the CIA secretly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers reveals much about what the elites in government think about the rest of us. "Spy on thee, but not on me!"

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Politics

Sunday, March 16, 2014

President Obama is The Biggest Fraud Ever Perpetrated on America - Video / Politics / US Politics

By: Videos

Carey Wedler: Join me as I wreck my last artifact of support for the war criminal-in-chief!!

President Obama promised "change you can believe in". As Wedler shows, people believed but there was no change.

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Politics

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Assassins Creed Rush To War In Ukraine-Crimea / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Andrew_McKillop

Let Him Without Sin cast the First Stone

The current Russian invasion underway in Ukraine has the rationale of defending Russophone and Russian-oriented populations, firstly in Crimea and probably after that, in eastern Ukraine. Claims of this being “outright illegal” have been screamed out by Western politicians and media from the moment the Kiev Flash Mob government emerged out of the smoldering debris and dead bodies littering downtown Kiev. Absolutely no voting was needed to “consecrate” the Flash Mob government and laud it in Western chancelleries and the White House. Absolutely not needed.

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Politics

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Big Oil’s Drive for War With Russia / Politics / Oil Companies

By: Mike_Whitney

“We are witnessing a huge geopolitical game in which the aim is the destruction of Russia as a geopolitical opponent of the US or of the global financial oligarchy…..The realization of this project is in line with the concept of global domination that is being carried out by the US.”- Vladimir Yakunin, former Russian senior diplomat

“History shows that wherever the U.S. meddles; chaos and misery are soon to follow.”- Kalithea, comments line, Moon of Alabama

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Politics

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crimea, Ukraine War, Czar Putin Tightening Grip Over Police State Russia for New Dynasty / Politics / Russia

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Crimean referendum at the point of several thousand Russian guns is typical of what to expect from a totalitarian police state as those that oppose don't vote out of fear whilst those that do vote have no choice but to vote for Russian annexation also out of fear of being labeled as un-patriotic based on propaganda of a mythical 'great' past under the Soviet Union when the truth is that the Soviet Union was a police state of the worst kind that held 99.9% of its population in the grip of perpetual terror of what the state could do to them if they did not obey.

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Politics

Saturday, March 15, 2014

On Eve of Crimean Vote America Upholds Europe's First Fascist Government Since WWII / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_T_Bucci

An autobiography by an America writer, whose name now escapes me, described the day of May 7, 1915. Upon reading news of the sinking of the liner RMS Lusitania by a German U-boat, sudden silence was said to have fallen all around the people.

"Everyone knew this meant war!"

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Politics

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Senkaku - America Stalks the Perimeter of Another Hotspot / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Jeff_Berwick

The narrative reads like a political soap opera. But, arguably, it is more likely to create the next global crisis than any other flash point. And American fingerprints are all over the crime scene.  

In Japan, the five small and uninhabited islands in the East China Sea are called Senkaku. In China, or the People's Republic of China, they are called the Diaoyu Islands. In Taiwan, or the Republic of China, they are the Tiaoyutai Islands. All three governments lay claim to the bitterly disputed patches of rock. Why? One reason is because they are key to controlling important shipping lanes, lucrative fishing areas and potential oil deposits. But historical and political motives join with economic ones to make the tiny islands explosive.

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Politics

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Smart Meters, Electric Monopolies & The Quest To Go Analog / Politics / Social Issues

By: Jeff_Berwick

Kevin Schmidt writes: Smart meter articles have graced my computer screen and a sense of “phew, at least we don’t have to worry about those things” always came to mind after reading them.

Then one morning, gazing out into our backyard, a smart meter attached to our house caught my eye, bringing immediate shock to my brain. How could this happen? I did not receive any notice in the monthly energy bill; no letter, nothing. The smart meter just appeared.

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Politics

Thursday, March 13, 2014

John Rawls and Market Anarchy / Politics / Economic Theory

By: David_Gordon

Gary Chartier in this impressive book has put readers doubly in his debt. Chartier strikes at the heart of the vastly influential political philosophy of John Rawls. Libertarians can only applaud him for this, but we have even more reason to be grateful to Chartier. Having neatly dispatched Rawls, Chartier goes on to offer a strong defense of market anarchy.

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Politics

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The People vs Big Brother - Fourth Turning / Politics / Social Issues

By: James_Quinn

"The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and effort - in other words, a total war. Every Fourth Turning has registered an upward ratchet in the technology of destruction, and in mankind's willingness to use it." - Strauss & Howe - The Fourth Turning

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Politics

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How Global Debt of More Than $100 Trillion Is Threatening Your Portfolio / Politics / US Debt

By: DailyGainsLetter

Sasha Cekerevac writes: There is a recent statistic that is quite shocking: the total amount of debt globally is now over $100 trillion, a jump of 40% over the last six years.

According to the Bank for International Settlements, which is run by 60 central banks, since the financial crisis, the majority of the $100 trillion in debt has been issued by governments and nonfinancial corporations. (Source: “March 2014 quarterly review,” Bank for International Settlements web site, March 9, 2014.)

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Politics

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Will OPEC Collapse – Libyan P.M. Flees To Europe / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Inevitable Break-up of Libya
Presaged by months of political infighting, and street fighting outside parliament, former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan fled from Libya, 12 March, according to newswires. Reuters explained his flight to Europe as due to parliament voting him out of office on Tuesday March 11, following his inability to stop rebels exporting oil independently. Reuters and other newswires added that the rebel forces set a “brazen challenge to the nation's fragile unity”, and had actively threatened Ali Zeidan with assassination, several times.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Does a $100 Trillion Debt Total Matter? / Politics / US Debt

By: BATR

Debt is everywhere but it just does not seem to matter. Thanks to the folks at Zero Hedge, you get the account Global Debt Crosses $100 Trillion, Rises By $30 Trillion Since 2007; $27 Trillion Is "Foreign-Held" – "Total global debt has exploded by 40% in just 6 short years from 2007 to 2013, from "only" $70 trillion to over $100 trillion as of mid-2013, according to the BIS' just-released quarterly review". They make this assessment:

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