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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Iran Opens Oil Bourse - Harbinger of Trouble for New York and London? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe last three years of global recession have dealt a major blow to American capitalist ideas trumpeted throughout the world on the value of "free markets." Wall St has been revealed as a form of casino economy, with the bankster insiders gambling with other people's, and eventually, the government's money in the form of bailouts. As the Republicans in Congress, scenting victory in the 2012 presidential elections, hold a gun to the Obama administration's head and rating agencies consider downgrading U.S. government bonds in light of Washington's possible defaulting, many ideas around the world that previously seemed implausible because of the dominance of the U.S. economy are garnering renewed interest.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

U.S.-Saudi Dilemma: Iran's Reshaping of Persian Gulf Politics / Politics / Middle East

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReva Bhalla writes: Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommodation with its Persian adversary.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Economic Austerity, The right to know why and for whom / Politics / Economic Austerity

By: Michael_T_Bucci

I don't like an acquiescent democracy. And that is exactly what the American people have become: a people who stand in line, keep their mouths shut and do what they're told.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Trouble in Murdoch-world / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRupert Murdoch's troubles keep piling up.

On Friday, Labor leader Ed Miliband called for a break-up of the Murdoch empire saying, "I think he has too much power over British public life.....We’ve got to look at the situation whereby one person can own more than 20 percent of the newspaper market....I think it’s unhealthy.”

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

10 Questions The MPs Will Not Ask Murdoch / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRobin Beste writes: What was it about the relationship with Murdoch that made Tony Blair feel it was appropriate to take a phone call from a newspaper proprietor just hours prior to the most momentous decision a prime minister can make: ordering the country's armed forces to war?

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Do We Have a Medicare Budgetary Problem or an Aging Population Problem? / Politics / Demographics

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChart 1 shows what is driving the projections of federal spending (and, implicitly, the national debt) in the upcoming 11 fiscal years - mandatory federal outlays and interest on the debt. What is driving up mandatory outlays is spending on retirees - Medicare and Social Security.

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Politics

Monday, July 18, 2011

Unfair U.S. Tax Burden Falls Disproportionately on Individuals and Small Business / Politics / Taxes

By: Jesse

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlthough the nominal US corporate tax rate of 35% seems high, and especially so given all the corporate funded propaganda promoting more tax cuts and givebacks, in fact the realized corporate rates are relatively low both in terms of historical experience and other countries. This is because of the many loopholes, subsidies, and accounting gimmicks available to its more influential corporate citizens from the corporate friendly government.

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Politics

Monday, July 18, 2011

Global Economic Crisis: Finance Is the New Mode of Warfare / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Michael_Hudson

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“When I was in Norway earlier this year, one of its politicians sat next to me at a dinner and said, “You know, there’s one good thing that President Obama has done that we never anticipated in Europe. He’s shown the Europeans that we can never depend on America again. No matter how good he sounds, no matter what he promises, we’re never again going to believe the patter talk of an American President. Mr. Obama has cured us. Our problem is what to do about the American people that don’t realize this nightmare that they’ve created, this smooth-talking American Tony Blair in the White House.”

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Politics

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Death of the Welfare States, We're All Greeks Now / Politics / Global Debt Crisis

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePatrick J. Buchanan writes: Departing for New Hampshire in November 2010, Sen. Judd Gregg, the fiscal conservative President Obama wanted in his Cabinet, blurted an inconvenient truth: "This nation is on a course where if we don't do something about it, get ... fiscal policy (under control), we're Greece."

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Politics

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Free Market Currency Manifesto / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCurrency is the blood of human exchange. From currency arise prices, and prices are the air that peaceful exchange breathes, an air that communicates living information. Currency is the division of labor’s partner. Currency is our means to transfer labor and energy through time and space, to bring future goods into commerce today. It is that vital means by which we convey the benefits of our labor to others and they to us.

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Politics

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Financial Crimes on Wall Street and the Debt Crisis / Politics / US Debt

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCrime on Wall Street, in banking and in corporate America pays. One just neither admits or denies and lets the corporate shareholders pay the fines. These are today’s untouchable, who steal billions and get away with it. Financial institutions are too big to fail, as are their key employees.

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Politics

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Economic Medicine and the U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate / Politics / US Debt

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe blood pressure of the patient in the emergency room drops precipitously.

The ER docs have already given 15 pints of blood over the course of many hours. But the patient is still on the verge of dying.

Medical rules and regulations say that more than 15 pints of blood should never be given, as too much transfusion can cause other fatal problems.

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Politics

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mainstream Media Won't Report on the CIA's Secret Wars / Politics / US Politics

By: Videos

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the CIA expands covert missions, it's no surprise than many of their operations go unreported. Jeremy Scahill of The Nation says, though, that many outlets are aware of some injustice carried out by the CIA and are just failing to report them.

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Politics

Sunday, July 17, 2011

We Don't Need Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleObama is still pushing for free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea, albeit with the thin fig leaf of demanding they be accompanied by money for so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance, a "painkiller" program designed to blunt the harm to laid-off workers.

The Republicans don't like TAA, which has held up passage of these agreements momentarily, but both sides are still gunning to pass these agreements some time soon.

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Politics

Saturday, July 16, 2011

U.S. Debt Ceiling Political Theater Diverting Attention from Theft of Americans Wealth / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

Dennis Kucinich writes: The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a machine which takes the wealth of a mass of Americans and accelerates it into the hands of the few. Let me give you some examples.

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Politics

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lower the U.S. Debt Ceiling / Politics / US Debt

By: Mark_Thornton

Currently, the big show in Washington, DC, centers around raising the debt ceiling. Congress began setting this ceiling in 1917 so that the Treasury could independently issue debt. The debt ceiling is like the limit on your credit card, except the federal government sets the limit on itself. When President Nixon took us off the gold standard in 1971, the national debt was $400 billion. The increase in the national debt last year alone was four times the entire debt in 1971.

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Politics

Friday, July 15, 2011

Mandela's Contested South Africa Legacy / Politics / Africa

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt 94, Nelson Mandela is still kicking, inspiring an international day of community service on July 18th in his name. This seems to be an idea that Barack Obama borrowed for similar events in the USA. 

While activists and athletes and entertainers, are honoring him by responding to his call for engagement, journalists in the obit departments of the world’s news networks are quietly, even secretly, combing their archives for footage and tributes that will air when he moves on to the next world.  They are getting ready and seem to think it will happen sooner rather than later.

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Politics

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Intellectual Legacy of the Federal Reserve / Politics / Central Banks

By: Aftab_Singh

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRon Paul and Ben Bernanke had an amusing exchange of words yesterday about whether or not gold is money. Needless to say, Ben answered in the negative and appealed to tradition during the conversation. Now, although I hesitantly agree with his conclusion (as in, strictly speaking, gold isn’t a widely used medium of exchange right now), I can scarcely agree with his modes of reasoning. Here, I consider the Federal Reserve’s intellectual legacy and outline a few possible reasons as to why central bankers generally fail to think and act prudently.

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Politics

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beware, Taxpayers: The Days of U.S. Bank Bailouts Might Not Be Over / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Money_Morning

Kerri Shannon writes: The U.S. government has spent more than $12 trillion to prop up large financial institutions since the 2008 financial meltdown, but more taxpayer money could still be used for U.S. bank bailouts.

A Standard & Poor's report Tuesday said that despite the government's efforts at financial reform through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the U.S. Treasury, U.S. Federal Reserve and Congress could still bail out a "too-big-to-fail" bank if it felt it necessary to contain risk.

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Politics

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What Congress Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Debt Ceiling Debate / Politics / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: At this point, there can't be anyone left who truly believes that the debt ceiling debate taking place in Washington is really about what's good for America.

The truth is it's about the 2012 election - and the party that wins the debt ceiling debate will be the party that comes out on top next year.

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