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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

Russia Ups Ante with Caspian Neighbors by Moving Offshore / Politics / Russia

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn 16 November in Astrakhan Lukoil president, Vagit Alekperov told journalists that his company will spend over $16 billion over the next decade to develop the country's Caspian offshore Korchagin and Filanovskii oil and natural gas fields in the Caspian, at the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Astrakhan Region.

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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ron Paul on the Congressional Super Committee on Federal Budget Spending Cuts / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

This week marks the deadline for the so-called congressional Super Committee to meet its goal of cutting a laughably small amount of federal spending over the next decade. In fact the Committee merely needs to cut about $120 billion annually from the federal budget over the next 10 years to meet its modest goals, but even this paltry amount has produced hand-wringing and hysteria on Capitol Hill. This is only cutting proposed increases. It has nothing to do with actually cutting anything. This shows how unserious politicians are about our very serious debt problems.

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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

World Government, Currency and the Bilderberg Group / Politics / Conspiracy Theory

By: Sam_Chee_Kong

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had man’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlock, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” By President Woodrow Wilson on The New Freedom

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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

Baby Boomer Blindness, Forget Retirement / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"MarketWatch" ran an article on the attitudes of retired Americans ages 55 to 75. The title is accurate: "Retirees are confident, but workers can't retire." But the subtitle points to the problem facing these people: "Retirees' finances recover, but one-in-four workers plan to work until 80."

The article reports on two surveys. The first is a survey of over 1,500 retirees in 2008 and 2011. These people had $100,000 or more of investable assets in 2008. Age range: 55 to 75. Think about this. Some of these people had retired at age 55. This is surely not a normal segment of the population. Second, they had at least $100,000 to invest. Is this sample representative of retired Americans?

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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Free Trade Partnership Disaster / Politics / Protectionism

By: Ian_Fletcher

Will America ever learn?

No, I guess not.

After the failed promises of NAFTA, a job-destroying trade deficit that has burgeoned despite a long series of free-trade agreements, and ever-more-aggressive foreign mercantilism, we’re plowing ahead with even more of these agreements.

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Politics

Monday, November 21, 2011

What are the Consequences of a Eurozone Break-up? / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences."  That was Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster in London on November 12, 1936, as clouds darkened over Europe, three years before the outbreak of the Second World War.  Dark clouds are now hovering once again over Europe in regard to the single currency, eurozone sovereign defaults and an interlinked banking crisis.  This is not going to take three years.

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Politics

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Will David Cameron Sell UK Down the EU River of Worthless Promises to Join the Euro? / Politics / UK Politics

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe UK had been expected to have a voter referendum on proposed EU treaty changes. The EU of course does not want voter referendums or anything that look remotely democratic as we have seen by actions in Greece and Italy.

Deal or No Deal?

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Politics

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dealing with Despots: Sanctions Make Things Worse, Case in point Iran / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe stupidest OP-ED I’ve read all year was a recent column in the New York Times:

The sale of oil — about 2.3 million barrels are exported every day — accounts for more than 50 percent of Iran’s national budget. Under current American law, the importation of Iranian oil is prohibited, but gasoline refined from Iranian petroleum is not. Sanctions obviously need to hit this industry harder.

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Politics

Sunday, November 20, 2011

UK Government Sells Northern Rock for Approx £20 billion Loss to Virgin Money / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Nadeem_Walayat

This weeks mainstream media coverage in the UK of the sale of the bankrupt bailed out Northern Rock to Virgin Money for approx £1 billion against a £1.4 billion cost to the tax payer for a net loss of approx £400million as illustrated by the Daily Mail and the BBC's Robertt Preston telling us that the tax payer has got a good deal is WRONG.

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Politics

Friday, November 18, 2011

Germany and France Divided: End of The Road for The Euro? New Beginning for the Deutsche Mark? / Politics / Euro

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article1. Divisions between Germany and France have widened significantly in regard to a common Eurozone solution as borrowing costs outside of Germany rise to euro-era records;

2. The German government is standing firm in its opposition to deploying the European Central Bank (ECB) for the bailout of faltering Eurozone sovereigns;

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Politics

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Symbiotic Relationship of Feds and Insiders / Politics / Central Banks

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYesterday when the markets closed the price of oil was only 66 cents shy of $100. What a come back. We expected oil, stocks and gold to sink down deep…and not come back for a long time. So far, we’re wrong a about that. People are still sending money to Wall Street to buy stocks and gold.

Where is all this money mail coming from? We don’t know exactly, but there are foreign stamps on many of the envelopes. Foreign stock markets are down. Many of the leading foreign bonds are down too. Investors look at Italy; they see Vesuvius. They look at France; they see Dunkirk. They look India; they see a Black Hole.

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Politics

Friday, November 18, 2011

Police State vs. Occupy Wall Street, This Is Not Going To End Well / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRight now, we are watching the early rounds of a heavyweight fight between two extremely determined opponents. Occupy Wall Street has no plans of losing this fight and neither do law enforcement authorities. Perhaps those running the show actually believed that raiding Zuccotti Park and more than a dozen other "Occupy camps" around the nation would end these protests, but that is just not going to happen. Whatever your opinion of Occupy Wall Street is, everyone should be able to agree that this is one dedicated bunch. They are absolutely obsessed with their cause and in response to the recent raid on Zuccotti Park organizers are calling for “a national day of direct action” on Thursday. But if Occupy Wall Street protesters want to take things to "the next level", they should not underestimate the resolve of the police state. Over the past decade, the homeland security apparatus of the federal government has been slowly but surely turning this country into a "Big Brother" police state.

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Politics

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bankster Conspiracy for a United States of Europe / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJim Davies writes: It's fascinating to watch the unfolding shambles in Europe, rather like observing, from a nearby lifeboat, the Titanic slowly but inexorably slipping under the water. "Expert" predictions are either gloomy or non-credible; either the EU will break up or its currency will collapse, or both. The dominoes are poised to tumble. But recently, a whisper has been heard about a rather different possible outcome. Conspiracists will leap at the chance to say the crisis was planned for that purpose.

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Politics

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Greater Context of the Crisis in Europe / Politics / Credit Crisis 2011

By: Submissions

Michelle Shocked, ‘Over the Waterfall,’ Arkansas Traveler

‘Petitio principii,’ which is in part believing whatever makes you an easy buck, is, after male libidinal drive, the most powerful force in the human condition.’

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Politics

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shame of the Euro: How the European Project Lost Touch With Democracy and Its Humanitarian Roots / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWill Bancroft writes: The European project started with noble aims and general popular endorsement. We are not going to criticise the ideas for starting the ball rolling at The Treaty of Rome in 1957. The European continent had a bloody history of war, revolution, and conflict between different ethnic and cultural groups. A Second World War within a few decades of the first brought peoples and politicians to a highly developed state of empathy and cooperation. Fertile ground to lay the foundations of projects economic and political one might feel, and for some healthy collaboration for human advancement.

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Politics

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What Will Happen to Greece et al (if they leave the Eurozone)? / Politics / Global Debt Crisis

By: Julian_DW_Phillips

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleForest Fire on the Way

As each week passes, the debt crises in the Eurozone become more and more like a dry forest where small fires that have broken out appear to be contained before the next larger fire is kindled. "Solutions" are put forward, only to prove inadequate. New prime ministers of Greece and Italy are hailed as capable of imposing needed disciplines to stave of a full blown forest fire. But even these (future scapegoats?) men realize they can contribute only a small amount to the problems.

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Politics

Thursday, November 17, 2011

U.S. Congress Gets Richer on Insider Trading Whilst Middle Class Suffers / Politics / US Politics

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKerri Shannon writes: While many Americans continue to struggle to save money, members of Congress are getting richer.

A Roll Call analysis of Congress members' financial disclosure forms showed their collective net worth was more than $2 billion in 2010 - a 25% leap from 2008. Minimum net worth in the House of Representatives rose to $1.26 billion, with minimum Senate net worth at $784 million.

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Politics

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Destroy Germany to Save the Euro / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYesterday German Chancellor Angela Merkel came flat out and said, "To save the Euro we must Destroy Germany".

Well not exactly, but she may as well have because that is the implication. This is what she did say: Germany Is Ready to Cede Some Sovereignty to Save the Euro

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Politics

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Euro Bankrupting States Technocrats Now, Strong Man Next? / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe trouble is, this freedom thing has simply gone too far. Apparently...

YOU REMEMBER the Lisbon Treaty, right?

Rejected by voters in three of the five European Union states to be asked, it was signed regardless by the heads of all 27 member states in 2009, thus "complet[ing] the process [of] enhancing the efficiency and democratic legitimacy of the Union."

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Politics

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Taxpayers Forget Retirement / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you are still a taxpayer, you are Atlas. I am Atlas. There will come a time when Atlas will shrug. I have written about this before: When will he shrug? Before I can answer this, I want to discuss another factor, compound economic growth

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