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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

America's Middle Class in Crisis / Politics / US Politics

By: PhilStockWorld

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVery nice reading in the Financial Times this week.
One of my favorite topics since I themed the year with our 2010 Outlook "A Tale of Two Economies" and in the years before that I’ve been bitching about the topic of wealth disparity in America to the point where even arch-Conservatives Alan Greenspan and David Stockman are now forced to agree with me.  So that’s two down, 99,999,998 to go!  That’s right, just 1/3 of our fellow countrymen now identify themselves as Republicans or Republican’ts, as they are affectionately known on Capitol Hill - where they block every possible effort to change the status quo that’s been eating away at our nation and destroying the middle class for an entire decade now.

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Politics

Monday, August 09, 2010

No Drama Obama Needs a Strong Second Act / Politics / US Politics

By: Walter_Brasch

The Obama administration is a welcome change from the Bush–Cheney years. Against severe Republican opposition, President Obama has kept campaign promises to reform health care, curb Wall Street excesses, create a federally-funded stimulus program to help bring the nation out of the recession, and to remove American troops from the needless Iraq war, which has already cost Americans more than $740 billion and 4,400 lives. He has also pledged to eliminate the Bush–Cheney tax cuts for the rich, while not raising taxes on the middle- and lower-classes.

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Politics

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Maxine Waters Investigation: What is Iran Doing in this Picture? / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKatherine Smith writes: The timing of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, which on August 2, 2010 formally brought a case against Congresswoman Maxine Waters, one of America’s most enduring liberal and fierce Anti War politicians, and the WikiLeaks of tens of thousands of Army documents related to the war in Afghanistan may be connected.

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Politics

Saturday, August 07, 2010

ALERT: Environmental and Health Impacts of the BP Gulf Oil Spill / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Dr_Tom_Termotto

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTHE COMING OF THE BLACK WAVE

Nothing in our shared cultural experience will prepare us better for the oncomingBlack Wave throughout the Gulf of Mexico than the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. And yet even this environmental catastrophe falls far short of what is coming around the corner in the Gulf. Alaska is not Florida, or Louisiana, or Texas. The Deep South summer here in Tallahassee, FL has been as hot and humid as any we’ve seen. This weather pattern is what will distinguish the BP Gulf Oil Spill from the Exxon Valdez just as the total volume of the spill and use of dispersants have.

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Politics

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Mainstream Media and the State Are Joined at the Hip, Sometimes Literally / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleS.M. Oliva writes: Jon Leibowitz and Ruth Marcus married in 1994. They were the perfect Washington power couple: He was chief counsel to Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and she was a White House correspondent for the Washington Post. Sure, they were just cogs in the establishment, but they were still part of America's ruling class. And over the next decade-and-a-half, they solidified that standing. Marcus – who has worked at the Post for twenty-six years – rose through the ranks to become a member of the paper's editorial board and a regular op-ed columnist. Leibowitz remained with Sen. Kohl until 2000, when he joined the "private sector" as a lobbyist for the copyright industry (aka the Motion Picture Association of America). But in 2004 he returned to his natural habitat, the government, when he received one of five seats on the Federal Trade Commission.

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Politics

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Gerald Celente American People Have Been Cheated and Betrayed / Politics / US Politics

By: Videos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGerald Celente – president of the Trends Research Institute and editor of Trends Research Journal – and LRC podcast guest – is interviewed on Russian TV, which tends to be freer than US TV. He discusses the economic collapse and social unrest ahead, and why we can not trust the ruling class or their universities. Americans are rightly angry at the oligarchs of Wall Street and the big banks. They feel cheated, and they have been cheated. They feel betrayed, and they have been betrayed.

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Politics

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Bring Down the Ruling Elite / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRuling elites as recently as 1600 appealed to God to justify their continuing rule. This was called the divine right of kings: rulership beyond any earthly court of appeal. That began to be undermined in the second half of the seventeenth century. A century later, Enlightenment democratic theory had replaced the divine right of kings. The divine right of Parliament or the divine right of the People replaced it.

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Politics

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Pakistan Floods, Corrupt President Zadari Could Not Careless for Pakistanis / Politics / Pakistan

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Whilst Pakistan drowns with over 2,000 dead and 14 million displaced by the worst floods in its history, the so called President of Pakistan remains sat in England as part of his political tour of Europe so as to bolster his political support and funds.

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Politics

Saturday, August 07, 2010

A Stinging Critique Of a Worker Bee / Politics / Social Issues

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA little while back, a Fed Economist by the name of Kartik Athreya, wrote a piece urging the public to only listen to economists who have PhDs from top level universities when searching for economic insights. Regarding other sources of macro-economic analysis, specifically bloggers, Mr. Athreya writes, “it is exceedingly unlikely that these authors have anything interesting to say about economic policy.”

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Politics

Friday, August 06, 2010

First Nuclear World War Just Around the Corner? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Pravda

Seoul and Pyongyang have started another stage of the verbal war following the start of military drills in the Yellow Sea. The drills are being held to intensify South Korea's response to asymmetrical provocations on the part of the potential enemy. S. Korean officials repeatedly stated that the nation would not tolerate any provocations from the North.

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Politics

Friday, August 06, 2010

A Wealthy Economic Stimulus Needed / Politics / Economic Stimulus

By: James_Quinn

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust when things seem like they can't get any worse, we receive the distressing news that the wealthy are starting to cut back. An Associated Press article earlier this week As Spending by Wealthy Weakens, so does Economy detailed the sad plight of the wealthy. Economists say the economy is slowing because the richest 5% of Americans — those earning at least $207,000 — are buying less. They account for about 14% of total consumer spending. According to the article:

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Politics

Friday, August 06, 2010

Why America Will Be the Next Banana Republic / Politics / US Economy

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: The great American tradition of individualism, entrepreneurship and revolution is being systematically undermined by a cadre of financial strongmen bent on turning us into just another "banana republic" - where a subdued and apathetic population is subjugated by a ruling class of wealthy oligarchs.

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Politics

Friday, August 06, 2010

U.S. China Inevitable Strategic Conflict / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleProf Wang Jisi writes: In early 2010, conflicts between China and the US came thick and fast, leading to the most serious political disturbance between the two countries since the plane collision in 2001. At the beginning of April, as the heads of both countries talked over the telephone and Chinese President Hu Jintao attended a nuclear security summit in Washington, Sino-US relations became less tense. Tensions were further eased by the Second China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue held in Beijing in May.

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Politics

Friday, August 06, 2010

Isolating Iran is Part of the Great Energy Game / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKourosh Ziabari writes: The Middle East is witness to continuous developments these days, such as Iran’s active diplomacy to attract the indispensable 118-member bloc of non-aligned countries to support its nuclear program, the growing isolation of Israel in European countries and within academic circles in the U.S., Arabs’ fears of losing the power game in the Persian Gulf region, and the expansion of illegal settlements of Israel in the West Bank and its unremitting disobedience to United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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Politics

Friday, August 06, 2010

Tony Blair Must Be Prosecuted For War Crimes / Politics / UK Politics

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJohn Pilger writes: Tony Blair must be prosecuted, not indulged like his mentor Peter Mandelson. Both have produced self-serving memoirs for which they have been paid fortunes. Blair’s will appear next month and earn him £4.6 million. Now consider Britain’s Proceeds of Crime Act. Blair conspired in and executed an unprovoked war of aggression against a defenseless country, which the Nuremberg judges in 1946 described as the "paramount war crime." This has caused, according to scholarly studies, the deaths of more than a million people, a figure that exceeds the Fordham University estimate of deaths in the Rwandan genocide.

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Politics

Friday, August 06, 2010

The Myth of the American Ethnic Melting Pot / Politics / US Politics

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe classic paradigm for thinking of the “American experience” involves the use of a “melting pot” or “patchwork” metaphor. The basic idea is that the US is a single entity comprised of a wide variety of ethnic/ social groups. This metaphor in turn is used to support the view that the US is a Democracy: a place where “your vote counts” no matter who you are.

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Politics

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Rating Agency Feud: S&P vs. Dagong…For Now / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Dian_L_Chu

It all started almost a month ago when Dagong, the largest credit rating agency in China, took on S&P, Moody’s and Fitch.  Dagong issued its first international sovereign risk report on July 11 by giving 27 countries out of the 50 a markedly different rating than the Western big three.

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Politics

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Making Up of a President / Politics / US Politics

By: Clifford_F_Thies

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRanking presidents is something of a cottage industry among the intellectual elite. The whole thing started back in 1948, when Arthur Schlesinger conducted a survey of a small but carefully chosen sample of historians to rate the presidents from Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt — the not-so-subtle purpose of which was to demonstrate that he (FDR) belonged in the Pantheon of Great Presidents.

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Politics

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Hollywood Promotes War on Iran, "Countdown to Zero" / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Global_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRady Ananda writes: Seductive, fascinating and frightening, Countdown to Zero motivates the public to support complete nuclear disarmament and to fear Iran, which is conveniently the next country the US wants to invade. Framed in no-nuke rhetoric, Countdown to Zero is not-so-subtle agitprop. The film relies on conventional geopolitics to whip up conventional audiences into another conventional state of panic. Islamo-terrorists just can’t acquire this technology! This is painfully similar to what we were told prior to the invasion of Iraq. 

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Politics

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Poverty and Social Inequality: Should India Set Up a Sovereign Wealth Fund? / Politics / India

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKavaljit Singh writes: New Delhi's proposal to establish a $10-billion sovereign wealth fund should be treated with caution. The necessary preconditions for setting up a SWF are squarely lacking in India. Besides, the purported objectives of the fund to pursue strategic investment opportunities abroad are highly debatable.

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