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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Friday, May 23, 2008

UK House Values Have Fallen by 25%, Contributing to Labour Vote Meltdown / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhilst the mandarins of the Labour government scratch their collective heads as to why the voters have lost total confidence in Gordon Browns government, one of the key reasons for the meltdown in the Labour vote in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election is the housing bear market.

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Politics

Monday, May 19, 2008

Britains Incapacity Benefits Culture Costs Tax Payers £16 Billion Annually- BBC One 8.30pm / Politics / Social Issues

By: BBC

The Government will need to make big reductions in the numbers "on the sick" in Britain's former industrial heartlands if it is to get anywhere near its ambitious UK-wide target of a million off Incapacity Benefit by 2015, according to Professor Steve Fothergill of Sheffield Hallam University.

He tells BBC One 's Panorama that in the Incapacity Benefit hotspot of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales – where nearly one in five of working age population is on the sick – around 3,000 new jobs would have to be created.

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Politics

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Geopolitics Of Israel: Historic and Modern / Politics / Israel

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis week we step outside the box of conventional geopolitical analysis to hear the thinking of George Friedman, founder and chief executive officer of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), on the geopolitics of Israel. George makes the key point that Israel's geography has been fundamentally important to its geopolitical successes and limitations, and has lent a surprising continuity to its foreign policy from the Biblical era forward to the present day.

This is the first in a series of monographs by George on the geopolitics of countries that are currently critical in world affairs, and he has kindly let us have a preview.

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Politics

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ratcheting Up For US War On Iran / Politics / Iran

By: Stephen_Lendman

Led by Dick Cheney, Bush administration neocons want war on Iran. So does the Israeli Lobby, but it doesn't mean they'll get it. Powerful forces in Washington and the Pentagon are opposed and so far have prevailed. Nonetheless, worrisome recent events increase the possibility and must be closely watched.

Recall George Bush's January 10, 2007 address to the nation. He announced the 20,000 troop "surge" and more. "Succeeding in Iraq," he said, "also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria. These two regimes are allowing 'terrorists' and 'insurgents' to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt (those) attacks....we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq."

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Politics

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Battle for America Has Begun- Strategic Forecasts / Politics / New World Order

By: Richard_C_Cook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis article contains several forecasts, including the possible start of a major war with unforeseeable consequences, if the U.S. should happen to attack Iran . Of course it is in the nature of forecasts to be speculative. There are also forecasts that are intended to serve as warnings and thereby contribute to preventing the events under analysis from ever taking place.

The world's financial elite, long having made their homes in the metropolises of Western Europe, also with a major branch in New York City , may be the party that is really behind what could be an attempt to start World War III by pitting the U.S. against the Asiatic land powers, most notably Russia 

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Politics

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

After Hillary, Voting for Obama's Slick Rhetoric? / Politics / US Politics

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

This general election more than most will test the courage of voters to avoid lesser-evil strategic voting that has propped up our two-party plutocracy. People with intelligence and conscience must resist peer pressure and the temptation to vote against John McCain by voting for Barack Obama.

Of course, a McCain presidency that pursues much of the same policies and values of the totally inept and morally bankrupt Bush administration is something to loathe. But lesser-evil voting sustains our corrupt political system.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

US Government Responsible for the Housing Boom and Bust / Politics / US Housing

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

The House passed two bills attempting to rehabilitate the housing and mortgage market this week. There doesn't seem to be any shortage of criticism and blame for the bad decisions, and rightly so. Lenders and banks do share much of the blame for the overheated market. Lending standards were relaxed, or even abandoned altogether, creating an exaggerated pool of homebuyers that led to ballooning home prices that many, especially real estate investors, expected to continue forever. Now that the bubble has burst, the losses are staggering.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

UK Tax U-turn Rebates to Buy Votes- Personal Allowances Up by £600 / Politics / UK Tax & Budget

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Gordon Browns Darling today made clear of how he will perform the Tax U-turn alluded to in recent weeks. The U-turn will take the form of an across the board increase in the personal allowances of every tax payer by £600, thus those on the standard tax code of 543L will see their tax allowance rise from 5435 to 6035. This has the effect of handing very tax payer a tax cut of £120 at the basic rate of 20%. The estimated cost of this measure is put at some £2.7 billion which is substantially more than the £700 million of the original extra tax burden placed on the 5 million low paid workers that were hit by the abolition of the 10% tax band.

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Politics

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Government Energy Plan Political Pandering / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhenever Congress puts together a bill attempting to find a solution to some sort of real or imagined problem, my immediate thought is that the bill do one of four things:

  • It will worsen the problem at hand
  • It will do nothing to solve the problem but instead create a new problem somewhere else
  • It will worsen the original problem and create new problems
  • In the very best case it will do nothing at all
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Politics

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Russia's New Direction Under President Medvedev / Politics / Russia

By: Saleem_Khan

Which way Russia is going to go now that Medvedev has taken office as the President of the Russian Federation? Would it be Putin's way or a new course friendly to the west? Pundits and the media in the west are engaged in guessing game and heavily involved in the art of misinformation. Russian people are optimistic about their future and are anxious to demonstrate to the international community their capacity of teamwork in global affairs.Nevertheless, they are aware of the conflicts in the World and leadership deficit. This, I have concluded in over a decade of contacts and conversations with the leading educators in the former Soviet Union. This desire for an optimistic future and a more peaceful world has emerged as the dominant theme.

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Politics

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Extraordinary Times, Intentional Collapse, and Takedown of the USA - Part 2 / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Richard_C_Cook

Part 1
“End Times”
Can it be that the last stage of the U.S. takedown is “The Project for the New American Century”? Is this ambitious plan for “global leadership” through military might that was seemingly invented by the “neocons”—many with dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship—a Trojan Horse?

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Politics

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Extraordinary Times, Intentional Collapse, and Takedown of the USA - Part 1 / Politics / Global Financial System

By: Richard_C_Cook

Much has been written about whether a worldwide plan exists to control events and steer them in the direction profitable to an elite of the rich and powerful. Is this a “conspiracy theory”? While it is difficult to be specific about who exactly may be behind such a conspiracy, if it exists, it is at least clear that the privately-managed system of global financial capitalism gives ample opportunity for the world’s richest people to combine for their mutual benefit. Further, global financial capitalism itself is based on the monopolization of money-creation by a world banking system that is largely privately owned, even while working through the central banks of the largest and most prosperous nations.

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Politics

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Gordon Brown is New Labour's Grim Reaper / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Gordon Brown the formerly smart and intellectual chancellor who was thought to have carried a grinning and increasingly shallow Tony Blair to three election victories. Now past events are increasingly being seen in a new light of who carried whom.

Gordon Brown's Labour party was delivered a near knockout punch in the Local elections where the natural party of local government is fast being pushed out of political power. The final Labour scalp to go was its biggest, Ken Livingston the London Mayor replaced by the Tory comedian Boris Johnson.

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Politics

Friday, May 02, 2008

Barack Obama Buckles Under Media Pressure / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

Obama is "outraged" - After weeks of blistering attacks by the media, Barak Obama held a press conference yesterday and made it official; his friendship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright is over, terminated, kaput. He would no longer associate with a man who believed that the United States of America could do horrible things to its people or that 9-11 might have been the result of US foreign policy. As Obama said, that's just "outrageous".

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Politics

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Rationing- Food for Thought / Politics / Food Crisis

By: John_Browne

‘Food, glorious food' conjures up the image of Oliver Twist and his brother orphans wailing over a shortage of porridge in Dickensian England.

Last week, a food shortage became an American reality. Costco Warehouse, Wal-Mart and other food stores limited the purchase of certain food staples in bulk form. Purchases of rice in California and of oil and flour in Queens were restricted. Customers were angry, voicing strong concern and questioning whether the situation would worsen.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Barack Obama's Uncomfortable Itch Problem / Politics / US Politics

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

I finally figured out why Obama so often looks uncomfortable, impatient and annoyed. He never seems to be a regular guy. One who can enjoy his public opportunities at local eateries and indulge himself like a real American enthralled with delicious unhealthy foods. To joyously let loose and just be a happy black guy able to live in a millionaire´s McMansion and have a shot at being president after hardly learning how to be a senator. Why?

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Politics

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hilary Clinton Knocks Out Barack Obama / Politics / US Politics

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

Now is the time for Hilary Clinton to take a bold position that in one brilliant, courageous stroke shows the nation that she is more willing to pursue true reforms of the two-party plutocratic political system than Obama is.

With this position she can reveal that all the Obama talk about change is just a clever campaign strategy to seduce people who rightfully are fed up with politics as usual.

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Politics

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

NHS Hospitals Disgrace- Ten Times the Super Bug Death Rate than Any Other Country / Politics / NHS

By: BBC

Panorama: How Safe Is Your Hospital? BBC One 's Panorama reveals that there are 10 times more deaths across the UK from the superbug clostridium difficile among over 65-year-olds than in any other country in the world.

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Politics

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Global Food Price Crisis Threatens Worldwide Starvation / Politics / Food Crisis

By: Richard_C_Cook

Rising worldwide food prices are resulting in shortages, riots and protests, promises by governments to expand food aid, expressions of concern by international bodies like the World Bank, and stress on household budgets even in developed countries like the U.S. Did this just “happen” or is there a plan?

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Politics

Saturday, April 26, 2008

US Fed To Blame for Global Food Crisis / Politics / Food Crisis

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe stakes couldn't be higher for Ben Bernanke. If the Fed chief decides to lower rates at the end of April, he could be condemning millions of people to an agonizing death by starvation. The situation is that serious; there's no room for error. Food riots have broken out across the globe destabilizing  large parts of the developing world. China is experiencing double-digit inflation. Indonesia, Vietnam and India have imposed controls over rice exports. Wheat, corn and soya are at record highs and threatening to go higher still. Commodities are up across the board.

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