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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Friday, August 12, 2011

Brazil’s Geopolitical Imperatives / Politics / Brazil

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleContinued from Part 1 here.

Geopolitical imperatives are broad, strategic goals a country must pursue if it is to achieve security and success. These are non-ideological paths determined by the geography of a given country and by the geography of its neighbors. Geopolitical imperatives typically nest: The second imperative is dependent upon the first imperative, the third upon the second, and so on. This is not the case for Brazil, however.

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Politics

Friday, August 12, 2011

Brazil Geopolitics, An Emergent Economic Power’s Struggle with Geography / Politics / Brazil

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust last week in Thoughts from the Frontline, we discussed the relative valuations of emerging markets. Any discussion of an emerging market is incomplete without understanding the underlying geopolitical forces that guide behaviors of countries and often predetermine the outcome of events. Today I’m sending you STRATFOR’s geopolitical analysis of Brazil, a much-discussed emerging market. This is a long read, but it’s the most thorough and enlightening analysis I’ve seen thus far on how the continent’s geography has shaped Brazil’s history to date, and the major challenges the the country faces today. Hint: Brazil’s biggest problems are an overvalued "real," Mercosur, and an Asian giant (you guess which one…).

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Politics

Friday, August 12, 2011

Th​ere is No Education in American Colleges / Politics / Education

By: Walter_Brasch

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith the nation's unemployment rate hovering about 10 percent, recent high school graduates are escaping reality by going to college, and college grads are avoiding reality by entering grad school. The result is that it now takes an M.A. to become a shift manager at a fast food restaurant.

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Politics

Friday, August 12, 2011

UK Insurance Giants Will Use Taxpayers To Bailout Costs From Riots / Politics / UK Politics

By: Patrick_Henningsen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFollowing any disaster, be it man-made, or ‘Act of God’, there will be many losers, but there will also be some big winners. Some people might be surprised by who is who in this story.

First, let’s look at the losers. This past week, a series of riots ravaged London and other parts of the UK. Costs to businesses is estimated so far at GBP £100 million.

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Politics

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Analysis of Financial Terrorism in America, Economic Elite Make Off With $46 Trillion / Politics / US Debt

By: David_DeGraw

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAbstract: Welcome to World War III

Despite increasing personal financial hardship, most Americans remain unaware of the economic world war currently unfolding. An all-pervasive corporate and government propaganda campaign has effectively obscured this blatant reality. After extensive analysis, it is evident that World War III is a war between the richest one-tenth of one percent of the global population and 99.9 percent of humanity. Or, as I have called it, The Economic Elite Vs. The People [18]. This war has been a one-sided attack thus far. However, as we have seen throughout the world in recent months, the people are beginning to fight back. The following report is a statistical analysis of the systemic economic attacks against the American people.

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Politics

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Free-Market Sovereign Debt Manifesto / Politics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Ron_Holland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReporting from Greece -- There is an eerie disconnect involved with analyzing the frightening financial and economic consequences of the ongoing 2011 Sovereign Debt and Equity Market Crash while sailing around the Greek Islands. But taking a look at Greek history clearly shows some parallels and solutions to what the nations of the West are facing today. For the last couple of days we’ve been in Spetses, the first Greek island to have raised the flag of insurrection and secession from an already crumbling Ottoman Empire on April 3, 1821.

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Politics

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's the Free Trade, Stupid / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne point seems largely to have been missed in recent weeks, amid all the excitement over the Federal budget and the sovereign-debt crises in Europe: free trade is largely the root cause of all these problems. So let's trace the causation for a minute.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

U.S. Budget Battles Ahead / Politics / Government Spending

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMy most recent Merk commentary, published July 25, was motivated by the possibility of an impasse on the federal debt ceiling. Now that President Obama has signed a bill raising the ceiling, I am motivated to write once again. Standard and Poor’s has registered its concern by lowering its long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States from AAA to AA+.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The ‘International Cities’ of the Developed World – Hotspots of Social Discontent for the West, Playgrounds for the East / Politics / Social Issues

By: Aftab_Singh

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ongoing chaos in London has been widely covered by the press over the past few days. Unfortunately, the lenses with which the consensus views the world have muddled the reality of the situation. Rather than considering this to be another development in a long story of souring social mood, commentators have reported it as random violence — to be likened to a strike of lightening… To be sure, we don’t think that the specifics of the last few days could have been predicted with any precision, but we scarcely consider the ordeal to be a ‘surprise’ as such! Here, I consider the decline in social mood in the developed world and outline the implications for its great ‘international’ cities.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Reality Finally Hits The Morbidly Obese US Government / Politics / Government Spending

By: Jeff_Berwick

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYou know when someone is really fat but no one in their family has said anything and they've lived for years without even realizing it?  And this state of non-reality led to eating more and more McDonald's and coca-cola and chips... which just led to the person being fatter and fatter?

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Politics

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

London's Burning, Twitter and Facebook Austerity Riots Erupt, House Prices Set to Crash as Buyers Evaporate / Politics / Social Issues

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBritain's economic austerity induced rioting, looting and arson has begun by dispossessed benefits culture youth with little prospects of jobs fuelled by spending cuts of youth services of as much as 75% and few of whom had considered further education now being saddled with a lifetime of debt should they go to university, the trigger for which was the apparent dubious shooting on Thursday night of an Afro-carribean male by police in Tottenham (London) under the Operation Trident which targets black on black gun crime, though the social tinder box was awaiting a trigger so sooner or later it would have been ignited by any excuse for rampant destruction and looting of high streets starting in Tottenham on Saturday, but soon spreading across London as rioters and looters took advantage of an increasingly thinly spread police force via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, utilising smartphone's such as Blackberries to quickly organise and target lightly policed high streets much as protestors in the middle east used social media sites and mobile phones to quickly organise.

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Politics

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Bread, Circuses, Spending Cuts, Unicorns & The Appearance Of Wealth / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses" -

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Politics

Friday, August 05, 2011

Washington Debt Compromise Spells Death Knell for U.S. Economy / Politics / US Debt

By: Casey_Research

Vedran Vuk, Senior Analyst, Casey Research writes: With a last-minute debt deal reached, I’m reminded of two holy words in Washington: “compromise” and “bipartisanship.” It’s amazing that the political elite have so twisted the English language as to lend virtue to these terms. In Washington, these words hold intrinsic value… similar to how “truth” and “honesty” do outside D.C. Unfortunately for the American public, Washington compromises have been and will continue to be the death knell of the U.S. economy – and particularly the free market.

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Politics

Friday, August 05, 2011

Dog Days Of Summer, Politicians Rest Before Returning To The Fray. The Political War Will Continue / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNow that the debt drama is over for the moment, we can all safely retreat in what was once called the “Dog Days Of Summer” and chill out if the volatile weather allows us to. We can think back to that old song, “Summer time and the living is easy” even as we all know that for millions “the living” is anything but.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

U.S. Debt Impasse: Fake and Real, The Republican Legacy / Politics / US Debt

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe debt ceiling agreement that came over the weekend will raise the ceiling by $2.1 trillion – enough to get this issue off the political table until January 1, 2013, which was Obama's desire.

The House called the bill the Budget Control Act. It was the budget out of control act. It is 74 pages long. No one in Congress had time to read it. Typical.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The Quiet Revolution: Latin America Moving Away from Washington's Influence / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePerhaps the biggest foreign-policy story of the past decade, thoroughly overlooked by the American media after 9/11 and its subsequent monomaniacal focus on terrorism, security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the fact that Latin America has essentially moved away from Washington's influence.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Do you think Ben Bernanke is J.P. Morgan? / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

On July 13, 2011, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke was questioned by members of the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy.

Chairman (of the Committee) Ron Paul asked: "Do you think gold is money?"

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Politics

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Indonesia's Growing Global Geopolitical Significance / Politics / Emerging Markets

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI am writing this from Indonesia. Actually, that is not altogether a fair statement. I am at the moment in Bali and just came from Jakarta. The two together do not come close to being Indonesia. Jakarta, the capital, is a vast city that is striking to me for its traffic. It takes an enormous amount of time to get anywhere in Jakarta. Like most cities, it was not built to accommodate cars, and the mix of cars with motor scooters results in perpetual gridlock. It is also a city of extraordinary dynamism. There is something happening on almost every street. And in the traffic jams, you have time to contemplate those streets in detail.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

No Plan B - But Plan Crisis Default Is Coming / Politics / US Debt

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is a truism, and a total consensus view among all analysts of the present sovereign debt financing and monetary meltdown that no Plan B exists. For starters, if there was or had been a Plan B, it would have been used, already, a long time ago. Plan A only has one solution: print money and forget. We now have a radically politicizing context where the bolt-ons to Plan A including austerity-type quick fixes are shorting out any prospect of economic recovery and aggravating existing social stress among the crowd of increasingly enraged victims, the working population, consumers and voters. No Plan B exists.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Obama Torn Between Two Evils of Exorbitant Privilege And Eminent Domain / Politics / US Politics

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEXORBITANT PRIVILEGE
Using this codeword term, yesteryear, Imperial Powers bandied this subtle threat around and between themselves when things got tense. It basically threatens retaliation against an Imperial Power using borrowed and printed, invented or stolen money to grab control of local, regional or even global economic activity by inundating its rivals' zones of influence with its worthless money.

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