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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

European Zombie Banks and Vampire Governments / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe term "zombie banks" refers to banks that refuse to lend to the private sector. They are run by fearful bankers who do not trust other bankers. They do not trust many potential borrowers. According to legend, zombies survive by eating the brains of their victims. It seems to me that zombie bankers must be limiting their diet to brains of other bankers and investment fund managers.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Juking the Stats: Our Culture of Manipulation / Politics / Economic Statistics

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA universal strategy of large institutions is the manipulation of their "books & records" in a positive direction - i.e. one suggesting high levels of current performance and future growth. We see this happen time and again across institutions in all sectors of developed societies, private and public. Large corporations, for example, extensively use off balance sheet vehicles riddled with leveraged products to hide their exposure to risk, or various other accounting tricks to over-state their revenues/profits and under-state their costs/liabilities.

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Politics

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Germany's Geopolitical Strategy / Politics / Germany

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe idea of Germany having an independent national strategy runs counter to everything that Germany has wanted to be since World War II and everything the world has wanted from Germany. In a way, the entire structure of modern Europe was created to take advantage of Germany's economic dynamism while avoiding the threat of German domination. In writing about German strategy, I am raising the possibility that the basic structure of Western Europe since World War II and of Europe as a whole since 1991 is coming to a close.

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Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ron Paul, Obama Administration Gone Rogue / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Have certain parts of the Constitution become irrelevant, as a former Republican leader once told me at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing? At the time, I was told that demanding a Congressional declaration of war before invading Iraq, as Article I Section 8 of the Constitution requires, was unnecessary and anachronistic. Congress and the president then proceeded without a Constitutional declaration and the disastrous Iraq invasion was the result.

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Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

The New World Order Zeitgeist / Politics / New World Order

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe "spirit of the times" for the New World Order worshipers is essentially anti-God sentiment. There is no longer an issue if the NWO is real. It operates as the dominant social matrix that engulfs the planet. Look around and the only cogent explanation for the absurdity that inflicts universal suffering rests upon an admission that humanity is evil to the core. Once religions recognized redemption and accepted that salvation as a divine gift. However, since the age of humanism and the supposed death of a supreme being, the planet has entered into an asylum of insanity and collective anguish. A detail examination of Humanism: Philosophy of the New World Order defines the parameters of the heterodoxy from all human history.

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Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

With Putin in Power It's Laughable Russia is One of the BRIC Economies / Politics / Russia

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: The re-election of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin last week means even more crony capitalism in Russia.

With Putin in power nothing will change.

In fact, it's laughable that Russia is still even considered among the group of the world's most glamorous emerging markets - otherwise known as the "BRICs."

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Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Collapse of American Democracy / Politics / US Politics

By: Barry_Grey

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne week ago, US Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech asserting the right of the president to secretly order the assassination of American citizens. Citing the so-called “war on terror,” he claimed that this never-before-asserted authority was lawful under the president’s war-making powers and was not subject to judicial review.

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Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

America's Afghanistan Legacy / Politics / Afghanistan

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn his book titled, "Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire," John Pilger discussed Afghanistan, saying:

"Through all the humanitarian crises in living memory, no country has been abused and suffered more, and none has been helped less than Afghanistan."

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Politics

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Global Financial Crisis is a Global Human Rights Crisis / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJournalists for the most part report what they know and hope that someone pays attention. With so many media outlets, brands, bloggers and sloggers out there, it is rare for challenging ideas to touch a larger nerve or get visibility beyond fragmented followings.

The idea of winning global attention is a far off dream unless you break the biggest exclusive or win the first interview with, say, Jesus on his return to earth. (And that could be ignored if your name isn’t Oprah, etc.)

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Politics

Sunday, March 11, 2012

United States, Land of the Mega-rich, No Jobs For Americans / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that 227,000 new nonfarm payroll jobs were created by the economy during February. Is the government’s claim true?

No. Statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) reports that 44,000 of these jobs or 19% consist of an add-on factor derived from the BLS’s estimate that 44,000 more unreported jobs from new business start-ups were created than were lost by unreported business failures. The BLS’s estimate comes from the bureau’s “birth-death model,” which works better during normal times, but delivers erroneous results during troubled times such as the economy has been experiencing during the past four years.

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Politics

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Western Collapse Slow Motion Suicide Moves To Fast Mode / Politics / Social Issues

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWESTERN CIVILIZATION DECLINE - OR FALL ?
This was a great refreshing read, written by Niall Ferguson, making the point that civilizations tend to decline very fast at their end, like the value of a put/call option as it nears expiry. It is easy to agree with Niall Ferguson but its also easy to disagree, especially as we get down inside his article in MO:

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Politics

Friday, March 09, 2012

How to Ruin Your Economy / Politics / US Debt

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe can learn a lot from the Argentines. When it comes to messing up an economy, they’re Numero Uno. They’re Olympians of financial legerdemain and masters of the old false shuffle.

In 2001, the country was deeply in debt. The government was out of money. And the currency was losing value fast. What did the Argentines do?

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Politics

Friday, March 09, 2012

The Real Situation in Iraq / Politics / Iraq War

By: OilPrice_Com

A delegation from the International Energy Agency spent two days in Baghdad speaking with high-ranking officials in preparation for an end-of-year report on the country's oil sector. By some estimates, Iraq could hold some of the largest oil reserves in the world and an international auction for oil and natural gas blocks is planned for May. Without a hydrocarbon law, and considering the fractured political system, the IEA's report may be more about political obstacles than oil potential, however.

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Politics

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Gold, Silver and the Crisis of the Fractional Banking System / Politics / Gold and Silver 2012

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Pan Asia Gold Exchange (PAGE) – was to represent real price discovery and that is yet to happen. The first move to smother the exchange was by an increase of holdings in the endeavor. This move was to stop them from constructing their own platform rather than buying an existing platform. Due to that move shareholders rose from 10% to 25%. That brought in additional directors whose job it obviously was to stop the fully allocated spot contract. One of these directors was a US banker who has worked for the Federal Trade Commission, the Sloan Foundation at MIT and whose wife is a member of the CFR, the Council on Foreign Relations. Thus, nothing is going to happen to this venture until next year for a variety of reasons. Fortunately a new exchange is on the way to replace PAGE, which we will fill you in on in a few months.

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Politics

Thursday, March 08, 2012

How the Government Lies About the Real Inflation Rate / Politics / Inflation

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: More experts are saying what most Americans have suspected for years - the real inflation rate is much higher than the government is willing to admit.

Officially, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says the inflation rate, or Consumer Price Index (CPI), for 2011 was 3%.

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