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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

World Government Declares War on Libya / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe U.N. intervention in Libya is a major political event. The U.N. is intervening inside a country that has not aggressed against another country. Whether or not this is the first time that this has happened, it is surely an important and clear-cut instance of this happening.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

US Makes War on Another Muslim Country With Oil / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Following the US-lobbied UN authorization of military murder in Libya, the death-dealing regime of Colonel Gaddafi said immediately that it would stop all killing. That put Obama’s war on hold, for a little while. The crazy Colonel has learned a thing or two about American foreign policy. If you pretend to favor the stated goals of the empire and comply with its stated dictates, you can otherwise do what every government in the world is structured to do: stay in power at all costs.

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Politics

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Free Trade Won't Help Global Poverty / Politics / Social Issues

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe propaganda for free trade tells us that not only is it the master key to our own prosperity, but also the master key to lifting the world’s poor out of poverty. So if we don’t support free trade, we’re in for a guilt trip like the one that used to make us stick quarters into UNICEF boxes.

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Politics

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Deconstructing Meredith Whitney’s Municpal Bond Default Predictions / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Article Whitney Doesn’t Want You to Read - If I hired a full-time staff of 100 financial professionals specifically dedicated to the task of calling out all of the media’s so-called financial experts (largely comprised of lifelong snake oil salesmen and Wall Street hacks), pointing to their miserable track records, while setting the record straight on their exaggerations, drama-filled statements, bias, agendas, cheerleading and apocalyptic predictions, we would be unable to address even one-tenth of the propaganda that continues to invade the minds of Americans.

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Politics

Friday, March 18, 2011

U.N. Votes to Do a Kosovo in Libya, Be Fearful When Politicians Dream of Rambo / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust for the record I’m not “anti-war”, my uncle was awarded a Military Cross for fighting Hitler, and I’m proud of that. But sometimes I wonder was his sacrifice worth it?

The good news I suppose is that The U.N. has managed to agree on something that might have a minimal impact on the propensity of despots with guns, money and backing from a big power, to terrorise their own people; should we now expect that someday soon:

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Politics

Friday, March 18, 2011

Time to Quit Pining for a “Level Playing Field” in International Trade / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

One of the most common plaints from those who are upset about America’s current trade mess is “just give us a level playing field.” In particular, this is what one tends to hear from American businesses (at least those which have resisted the siren song of offshoring) that are hard pressed by “unfair” foreign competition. It’s hard not to be sympathetic, and on an individual basis, my heart goes out to them.

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Politics

Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Richard_Mills

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat is happening in Japan is a humanitarian disaster, but not because of what primetime pundits and talking heads would have you believe.

"Nuclear Nightmare: A radioactive death cloud from one or more of the Japanese reactors experience core meltdown and catastrophic release of radiation could ..."

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Politics

Friday, March 18, 2011

Europe's Economic Austerity: a Grimm's Fairy Tale / Politics / Economic Austerity

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleConn Hallinan writes: In the Greek town of Aphidal, people have stopped paying road fees. In Athens, bus and metro riders are refusing to cough up the price of a ticket. On Feb. 23, 250,000 Greek protesters jammed the streets outside the nation's parliament.

The Portuguese nominated the protest song "A Luta E' Alegria" (The Struggle is Joy) for the Eurovision song contest and, when judges ignored it, walked out in protest. They also put 300,000 people into the streets of the country's major cities on Mar. 12.

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Politics

Friday, March 18, 2011

Why “Fair” Trade Is Not The (Whole) Answer / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

The idea of “fair” trade is very appealing, whether confronting the plight of autoworkers in Michigan or farmers in the Third World. Unfortunately, it will be only a small part of any trade solution for the U.S. and the world as a whole.

Fair trade in goods like coffee is a fine thing, because there exists a clear idea of unfair practices in how coffee importers treat coffee farmers and how to avoid them. That sort of fair trade basically consists in First World consumers voluntarily not using the full strength of their bargaining position with Third World producers. This is admirable enough.

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Politics

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Everybody Knows Bernanke Is a Joke / Politics / Central Banks

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs YouTube and other digital media move beyond computer-savvy young people into the ranks of even stodgy businessmen, these subversive outlets become serious problems for the ruling elite. This trend is epitomized by the radical change in the Federal Reserve's image. In just a few short years, the Fed has transformed in public opinion from a mysterious, wise, and boring institution into a fascinating engine of corruption and comedy.

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Politics

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan Nuclear Crisis Illustrates Global Crisis in Leadership / Politics / Social Issues

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIs there a crisis in leadership in Japan? That's what New York Times writers Hiroko Tabuchi, Ken Belson and Norimitsu Onishi say.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Quantifiable Problem With Private Sector Salaries / Politics / Social Issues

By: Richard_Daughty

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI was particularly interested in this week's ubiquitous newspaper insert, Parade magazine, as its cover featured the interesting article "What People Earn. Our Annual Salary Survey."

Knowing that the average government worker makes an astounding twice as much in wages and benefits as the average private-sector worker, I was hoping that I could use something in the article to take to my boss, as part of my new Mogambo Income Enhancement Plan (MIEP), and say, "Hey! Look at all the money these people make! I deserve more money to work at this crappy job! And I deserve more because I am probably as good an employee as at least one of these guys! I want a raise! Big fat one!"

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Politics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Unfolding Nuclear Catastrophe in Japan, Leaking Radioactive Contamination / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Washingtons_Blog

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKyodo News reports: A nuclear crisis at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant deepened Tuesday as fresh explosions occurred at the site and its operator said water in a pool storing spent nuclear fuel rods may be boiling, an ominous sign for the release of high-level radioactive materials from the fuel.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the water level in the pool storing the spent fuel rods at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant's No. 4 reactor may have dropped, exposing the rods.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nuclear Power Madness / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNorman Solomon writes: Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever.

Political elites are still clinging to the oxymoron of "safe nuclear power." It's up to us - people around the world - to peacefully and insistently shut those plants down.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan's Earthquake Hidden Nuclear Catastrophe / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYoichi Shimatsu writes: News of a third explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant sent stocks plunging on the Nikkei exchange which dropped 1,015 points on the session. After 2 days of battering, the stock index is off more than 1,600 points in its worst performance since Lehman Brothers failed in September 2008.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nuclear Situation in Japan is Dire / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNews of a third explosion at the Fukushima nuclear power plant sent stocks plunging on the Nikkei exchange which dropped 1,015 points on the session. After 2 days of battering, the stock index is off more than 1,600 points in its worst performance since Lehman Brothers failed in September 2008.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kennedy’s Blunder, or How Free Trade Turned Sour for America / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

How did America end up in its present trade pickle? NAFTA? No way. The WTO? I wish. To understand our present predicament, you need to go back much further than that.

In retrospect, America’s decisive wrong turn on trade was probably John F. Kennedy’s Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy / Politics / Crude Oil

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past week, everything seemed to converge on energy. The unrest in the Persian Gulf raised the specter of the disruption of oil supplies to the rest of the world, and an earthquake in Japan knocked out a string of nuclear reactors with potentially devastating effect. Japan depends on nuclear energy and it depends on the Persian Gulf, which is where it gets most of its oil. It was, therefore, a profoundly bad week for Japan, not only because of the extensive damage and human suffering but also because Japan was being shown that it can’t readily escape the realities of geography.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Could Nuclear Radiation From Japan Meltdown Reach the United States? / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Chris_Kitze

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEnd of the American Dream writes: The possibility of a full-blown nuclear meltdown of one or more of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors seems to increase by the hour.  Millions of weary Japanese citizens are desperately hoping that the worst case scenario does not play out.  A major nuclear disaster is the last thing that they need at this point.  So could radiation from a meltdown of one or more of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors reach the United States? 

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Politics

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WTO Judicial Activism vs. America / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

The WTO’s latest outrage has brought this odious organization to public attention again, but this is hardly the first time it has sided against American interests.

For example, it has for years engaged in judicial activism aimed at systematically rewriting American trade law to our disadvantage. As Robert Lighthizer, a former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, told a hearing of the House Trade Subcommittee in 2007:

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