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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Sunday, February 27, 2011

America's Total Surveillance Society / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn 2003, an ACLU report warned that "Big Brother" no longer is fiction, America having advanced to where total surveillance is now possible. Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program said:

"Given the capabilities of today's technology, the only thing protecting us from a full-fledged surveillance society are the legal and political institutions we have inherited as Americans. Unfortunately, the September 11 attacks have led some to embrace the fallacy that weakening the Constitution will strengthen America."

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Politics

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bankers Using Divide and Conquer Strategies in America to Deflect Blame / Politics / US Politics

By: David_DeGraw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe global bankers, who caused our economic crisis, are attempting to deflect blame and divide the American public by escalating attacks on public-sector workers. The battle in Wisconsin, which is spreading across the entire nation, should be viewed in a global economic context. Do not let the obsolete Republican vs. Democrat charade confuse you. Even if you believe Unions have been corrupted, in this case you have to go with the strategy: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

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Politics

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pension Lies Lead to Riots / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Barry_M_Ferguson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn truth, almost all pensions are a lie.

The pension that comes to mind for most of us in the US is Social Security. A tax is deducted from our paychecks to fund the pension. By law, when the program takes in more than it pays out (as it did from 1982 thru 2009), it has to loan the excess to the federal government. The federal government is obligated to pay this amount back with interest when the program faces a shortfall. In 2010, it faced a shortfall. It is expected to face a shortfall in 2011. In addition to all its other debt, the federal Government now owes the Social Security Trust Fund (the account to which surpluses are loaned) some $2.5 trillion dollars. Surpluses are projected to return for the next few years but then from 2015 on, the program is expected to face deficits.

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Politics

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Arab Revolt And The Failed Nuclear Subprime Rout / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMAD – MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION
Top and bottom or truth and beauty quarks interest nuclear physicists, but the mutually assured destruction of both the top and bottom, North and South parts of the global economy came very close, and was even programmed until end December 2010. Using the lever of nuclear power and financial assets generated around them, the intended mechanism featured a massive finance bubble driven by a construction spree of new, industry standard, Chernobyl-sized (900 MW and over) reactors right across the Southern emerging and developing countries, through 2010-2020.

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Politics

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Uncertainty in the Arab Street and Rising Food Costs / Politics / Middle East

By: HRA_Advisory

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEvents in Arabia have been sending flutters through the market.  Egypt, by far the largest Arab state, has shifted into a virtuous economic growth cycle confirming it as an important emerging market regional centre.  That said, it continues to have a high population growth and economic expansion has to be high to maintain current wealth levels.  As street demonstrations go, these haven't been all that chaotic given they lack a pro rallying point.  It is hard to say just what a growing Arab middle class will want beyond a say in its own governance.  It was that middle class that first called for political change, but the poor who are trying to cope with rising food costs have also joined in.  Both deserve some consideration.

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Politics

Friday, February 25, 2011

Egypt Kiss Revolution Good Bye, Bankers Begin Quietly Carving Up North Africa / Politics / Middle East

By: Patrick_Henningsen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRichard Eastman writes: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is ready to lend one billion EUROS a year to Egypt for reconstruction and “free-market reform”- even as Egypt’s Minister of Finance Samir Radwan has gone begging to the City of London bankers and the British Ministry of Trade and Investment  for relief on debt payments that are about to throw Egypt into bankruptcy.

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Politics

Friday, February 25, 2011

Yes We Can! (Fix Our Trade Mess) / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

The fashionable despair of America fixing its trade mess is a mistake.
For example, the standard objection to taking a stick to America's trade imbalance by levying a tariff is that our trading partners would just shrug it off by increasing subsidies to their exporters. (They do something similar to this already: China, for example, is constantly adjusting its export subsidies to protect its positions in foreign markets.) This would, supposedly, force us into an endless game of matching these moves on a country-by-country, industry-by-industry, and even product-by-product basis.

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Politics

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Arab Autocracies and US Inflation / Politics / US Politics

By: Michael_Pento

Civil revolt is currently spreading across the Arab world. What began in Tunisia has now metastasized into Bahrain, Egypt and Libya. Though two dictators have been ousted, the chances that these regimes will fundamentally transform from autocracy to a system of free markets and property rights are also up in the air. An important question is whether or not Saudi Arabia will eventually get into the mix; and, if so, whether the current struggle in Libya would morph into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia (Sunni Muslims) and Iran (Shiite Muslims). It remains to be seen whether the new regime in Egypt-whatever form it ends up to be - will allow Iran to use the Suez Canal to parade warships across the Mediterranean Sea and into Syria. If so, what would Israel's reaction to such a perceived provocation be?

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Politics

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ben Bernanke's Counterfeiting Behind North Africa Revolutions / Politics / Inflation

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCereal Wars…and Zombie Wars…

Hey, how ’bout that Ben Bernanke… He’s a freedom fighter! Look what he’s done to North Africa!

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Politics

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bahrain Peoples Uprising Against the US-backed Regime Gains Critical Mass / Politics / Middle East

By: Finian_Cunningham

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBahrain’s uprising against the US-backed ruling elite is gathering critical mass, with the Persian Gulf island state seeing the biggest demonstration ever last night. Some 200,000 people took the main highway leading to the financial district in the capital, Manama, shouting in unison for the regime to go.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Arab Revolutions and the Emergence of a New Global Social Order / Politics / Middle East

By: Submissions

Prof. (Dr.) Raju M. Mathew writes: The Arab Reality - The entire Arab World is in Revolution. It is a spontaneous over flow of the suppressed anger and frustration of the Arab Youth and Women against their Rulers and Regimes and the Rigid and Oppressive Socio-Economic System. The rulers and systems have been making their life more and more miserable, denying them dignity, justice, freedom and opportunities to grow and flourish. They have living in utter frustration and hopelessness without anything to dream.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Obama Administration's Clueless Trade Diplomacy / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Obama clearly doesn't get it yet on trade agreements.
Despite the fact that every major American trade agreement since NAFTA has worsened America's trade balance, he actually seems to think he can improve America's export performance by going for more, starting with a free-trade agreement with South Korea.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Libya Crisis and its Energy Industry / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLibya’s political strife has already begun to impact its energy production, and this is just the beginning.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission is Central Economic Planning at its Worst / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) presented its results to the Financial Services Committee. As with most other politically-appointed commissions, the results of the FCIC's investigation were easy to predict. Established by the same congress that gave us national healthcare and with a majority of its members appointed by those who seek to solve every problem with more government intervention, it was no surprise that the commission's findings would favor increased government intervention in the economy. Minority members were not substantively involved in the commission's operations, and the commission attempted to exclude their dissenting views by granting them very limited space to do so.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

American Manufacturing Slowly Rotting Away: How Industries Die / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI wrote in a previous article about why America's manufacturing sector, despite record output, is actually in very deep trouble: record output doesn't prove the sector healthy when we are running a huge trade deficit in manufactured goods, i.e. consuming more goods than we produce and plugging the gap with asset sales and debt.

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Politics

Monday, February 21, 2011

CNBC Presenter Gets Slapped as Chip Stocks Race Higher / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Investment_U

Steve McDonald writes: Have you seen the movement of chip stocks recently?

The sector is on the march, with stocks like Micron Technology (NYSE: MU) blasting 60% higher over the past three months.

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Politics

Monday, February 21, 2011

Libya Red Alert: Unrest and the Libyan Military / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has ordered the Libyan air force to fire on military installations in Libya, according to what the BBC has characterized as a reliable source. Al Jazeera has suggested that air force fighters have opened fire on crowds of protesters.

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Politics

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Real Crisis That Will Soon Hit the U.S. / Politics / Food Crisis

By: Chris_Kitze

Phoenix Capital Research writes: Forget stocks, the real crisis is coming… and it’s coming fast.

Indeed, it first hit in 2008 though it was almost entirely off the radar of the American public. While all eyes were glued to the carnage in the stock market and brokerage account balances, a far more serious crisis began to unfold rocking 30 countries around the globe.

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Politics

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wall Street Capitalism: A Love Affair / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBATR writes: What once was a mercantile world has become a global playpen for moving hot money to squeeze out the highest return on investment. Replacing nation states with international capital is now sport. Undermining the sovereignty of countries by an elite club of financial manipulators is the purpose for the grand game.

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Politics

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fed New Accounting Change Means its Impossible for the Fed to go Bankrupt! / Politics / Central Banks

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBack in early January, the Federal Reserve made an obscure announcement in its weekly report. It appeared to be an inconsequential accounting change in the treatment of earnings, and was sold as a step toward greater transparency.

The change was buried in such jargon that it took weeks for the financial bloggers to fully digest what had happened — the new move made it effectively impossible for the Fed to go bankrupt! In this article I'll explain the rule change and speculate on the Fed's motives.

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