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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Restoring a Viable System of Bank Credit / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Mike_Whitney

Fed chief Ben Bernanke is in a bit of a bind. He's being asked to restore a system for credit expansion which collapsed more than two years ago and has shown no sign of life ever since. During the boom years, securitization accounted for more than 40 percent of the credit flowing into the economy. No more. When two Bear Stearns hedge funds defaulted in July 2007, the system crashed as investors of all stripes backed away from complex, illiquid assets.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Global Warming Scandals / Politics / Climate Change

By: Floy_Lilley

One failed resurrection of the old hockey stick prop, one "scientist" using thin data, and one entire research unit destroying what should have been secured are distasteful scandals that couldn’t have erupted at a worst time for global warming alarmists. Cooling temperatures and collapsed economies have already forced this once hot issue of yesteryear to the bottom of anyone’s list of concerns.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Mainstream Media Failure Compounds The Financial Crisis Failure / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Press Is Still Missing The Story Of Fraud and Economic Decline Ahead

We know that Wall Street has not learned much from the crash it helped instigate. We know that our government, whatever its stated desire to clean up the markets and reform the financial behemoths, lacks the willingness and perhaps the clout to rein in the real power centers. We are not sure if they have been “captured” by them, or just lack the guts to take on institutions and individuals that helped fund their rise to power.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Congress Bombs and Bribes / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

What if tomorrow morning you woke up to headlines that yet another Chinese drone bombing on US soil killed several dozen ranchers in a rural community while they were sleeping? That a drone aircraft had come across the Canadian border in the middle of the night and carried out the latest of many attacks? What if it was claimed that many of the victims harbored anti-Chinese sentiments, but most of the dead were innocent women and children? And what if the Chinese administration, in an effort to improve its public image in the US, had approved an aid package to send funds to help with American roads and schools and promote Chinese values here?

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Politics

Monday, October 05, 2009

Secrets Leaked on the Deepening Iran Crisis / Politics / Iran

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTwo major leaks occurred this weekend over the Iran matter.

In the first, The New York Times published an article reporting that staff at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear oversight group, had produced an unreleased report saying that Iran was much more advanced in its nuclear program than the IAEA had thought previously. According to the report, Iran now has all the data needed to design a nuclear weapon. The New York Times article added that U.S. intelligence was re-examining the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of 2007, which had stated that Iran was not actively pursuing a nuclear weapon.

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Politics

Monday, October 05, 2009

How the Feds Imprison the Innocent: New Book Confirms Tyranny of Good Intentions Thesis / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAuthors of serious books seldom have cause to celebrate, but Larry Stratton and I have two reasons to open the champagne.  Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, has announced a second printing of the second edition of The Tyranny of Good Intentions, and the noted civil libertarian and defense attorney, Harvey Silverglate, has just published a book covering many of the same legal cases and vetting our conclusion that in the United States every American is in grave danger from unscrupulous prosecutors who target the innocent.

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Politics

Monday, October 05, 2009

NATO's Global Military Roadmap / Politics / New World Order

By: Rick_Rozoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNot content with expanding from 16 to 28 members over the past decade in a post-Cold War world in which it confronts no military threat from any source, state or non-state, and not sufficiently occupied with its first ground and first Asian war in Afghanistan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – the world’s only military bloc – is eager to take on a plethora of new international missions.

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Politics

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The U.S. Constitution Never Had a Chance / Politics / US Politics

By: John_Kozy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAn eminent North Carolina jurist, with whom I served on a Criminal Code Revision Commission, once told me that the law is what the last court that looks at it says it is and even then, its Justices usually disagree. I told him that there must be something very wrong with such a system. Thinking about this issue and attempting to isolate the arguments in Supreme Court decisions for use in my logic classes over decades, I came to the conclusion that so many things were wrong that even selecting the most egregious would be difficult. Perhaps that is why I have not attempted to write this piece until now.

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Politics

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Understanding the Costs of Healthcare / Politics / Healthcare Sector

By: D_W_MacKenzie

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRising costs are the main issue in the debate over healthcare reform. Most everybody thinks of healthcare as expensive, but there is much confusion over these costs. On September 9, President Obama attempted to clarify cost issues concerning the medical industry. The federal government will supposedly reduce costs, curtail abuses, and make healthcare services more affordable.

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Politics

Saturday, October 03, 2009

How Goldman Sachs Lobbies the Senate / Politics / Market Manipulation

By: Matt_Taibbi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe SEC is holding a public round table Tuesday to explore several issues around securities lending, which has expanded into a big moneymaker for Wall Street firms and pension funds. Regulation hasn’t kept pace, some industry participants contend. Securities lending is central to the practice of short selling, in which investors borrow shares and sell them in a bet that the price will decline. Short sellers later hope to buy back the shares at a lower price and return them to the securities lender, booking a profit. Lending and borrowing also help market makers keep stock trading functioning smoothly.

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Politics

Friday, October 02, 2009

Mainstream Zombie Media, Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008-2009 / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Stephen_Lendman

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor 33 years, Sonoma State University's (SSU) Project Censored (PC) has engaged in pioneering research on, and advocacy for, First Amendment issues. Founded by Carl Jensen in 1976, it's now headed by Professor Ben Frymer. On July 1, he took over from Professor Peter Phillips who stepped down after 13 years of distinguished service as Director.

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Politics

Friday, October 02, 2009

Iran Sanctions and the Doomsday Scenario / Politics / Iran

By: John_Mauldin

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRecently I had a discussion with a colleague about university athletes. I was previously unaware that NCAA colleges set up guidance programs that develop the well-roundedness of student athletes. 'Life coaches' ensure that these individuals balance their rigorous athletic commitments with personal and academic accomplishments. I'm not judging your ability to run a mile or catch a football, but well-roundedness is an element to being successful - whatever your area may be.

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Politics

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Risk of Less Risk; The "Yeah, But" Syndrome / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Paul_Petillo

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman testifies before Congress, we will come to the conclusion that there is risk, we should do something about it and we still have no idea exactly what. Referring to the problem as systemic risk, both in the creation of firms seeking to reach, through acquisition, the "to-big-to-fail" status and the inability of one agency to oversee every player in this complicated, global game of finance, Bernanke admits that we are far from where we need to be but much closer than we think.

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Politics

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hedge Funds One of the Last Bastions of Capitalism Left in the United States / Politics / Financial Markets 2009

By: Dan_OConnor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe Call Upon the Hedge Funds - The brains and talent of the financial industry have been moving enormous pools of wealth away from the highly regulated commercial and investment banks into the fast-paced, creative, and aggressive hedge funds. This is because, in many ways, the hedge funds represent a more pure capitalist system.

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Politics

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Japanese Politics and the Yen / Politics / Japanese Yen

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe U.S. dollar has been getting a beating from all sides, but its woes may be far from over – recent developments in Japan, China, Germany and the United Kingdom, not to speak of domestic developments in the U.S., are pointing to a rocky road ahead. Today’s focus is on Japan and, more specifically, how a country on a downward economic spiral can have a strong currency.

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Politics

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Dieing Sun Shines on the Tory Party / Politics / UK Politics

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Sun, Britains most popular newspaper publically announced its backing of the Conservative party some 6 months ahead of the next General Election. Whilst it is bad news for Labour, however it is not surprising given Labour's low poll rating and the Sun's own highly critical reporting of Gordon Browns government where it had resumed the role of pumping out biased Tory propaganda barely weeks within Gordon Brown taking over from Tony Blair in July 2007.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Somber G20 / Politics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: John_Browne

As a part-time member of the press corps, I had the good fortune to attend many of the public sessions at last week's G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh. As impressive as it was to closely witness the gathering of countries representing some 85 percent of the world's GDP (along with the governors of the World Bank, the IMF and the European Central Bank), it was equally remarkable to witness the immense security forces deployed to restrain those who feel the gathering harbored the forces most responsible for the world's economic and financial problems.

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Politics

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Russian TV And Me, Michael Moore, And Using Capitalism To Challenge Capitalism: Oh, The Ironies! / Politics / Credit Crisis 2009

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen the CBS suits shuttered WBCN in Boston, the radio station I used to work for, one more institution that at time was known for offering critical and independent news was snuffed out.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Iran, IAEA, Another War in the Works / Politics / Iran

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoes anyone remember all the lies that they were told by President Bush and the "Main Stream Media" about the grave threat to America from weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?  These lies were repeated endlessly in the print and TV media despite the reports from the weapons inspectors, who had been sent to Iraq, that no such weapons existed.  

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Politics

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cap & Tax , The Sun Causes Global Warming and Cooling…Climate / Politics / Climate Change

By: Mark_B_Rasmussen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Sun Causes Global Warming and Cooling…Climate Change!! 

This is not my opinion; links to the most comprehensive and current scientific reports are included below.

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