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Politics

Saturday, November 24, 2012

China Busy Redrawing Territorial Waters Map Sowing Seeds of Conflict With Neighbours / Politics / China

By: DK_Matai

As China's military and economic influence has grown throughout the world, Beijing appears to have become more bold, brash and brazen in its claim to territories believed to be rich with oil and natural gas across the Asia-Pacific. The latest attempt to achieve just that is the watermark on China's new e-passports depicting its map, which has ended up insulting and offending most of its sovereign neighbours.

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Politics

Saturday, November 24, 2012

When Propaganda Masquarades as News / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Global_Research

Prof. James F. Tracy writes: The week-long Israeli onslaught against largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza that began on November 14 provides a basis for assessing how Western corporate media whitewash the war crimes of America’s foremost ally in the Middle East. There are three often intertwined techniques consciously applied to such news coverage—historical context, sourcing, and objectification of the enemy to be targeted. Such practices can readily transform journalism into propaganda that acts to abet such crimes while at the same time allowing journalistic institutions to still claim the mantle of “objectivity.”

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Politics

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Middle East Crises, Paying For Oil - Twice Over / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

November 22 - Recent days have given all the proof needed that enthusiastic oil traders never miss a trick, for talking up prices, whenever the Middle East Crisis button is hit a couple of times. Even the first announcement of the Egyptian brokered truce deal between Hamas and Israel was not enough. Traders pumped up prices a little more on the basis that "we can't be sure the truce deal will hold". When or if the Hamas-Israel hostilities completely stop, oil traders can beat a retreat to Syrian war musing and Iran bombing scenarios, whenever they fear that oil prices are getting soft. A little later on, by about Spring 2013, we can have Arab Spring-2 or Spring-3 fears and rumours rolled out, as a handy lever to talk up prices.

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Politics

Friday, November 23, 2012

Is Middle East Peace a Mirage? / Politics / Middle East

By: LewRockwell

Patrick J. Buchanan writes: With the truce in the week-long Gaza war, Barack Obama is being prompted by right and left to re-engage and renew U.S. efforts to solve the core question of Middle East peace.

Before he gets reinvolved in peacemaking, our once-burned president should ask himself some hard questions.

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Politics

Friday, November 23, 2012

Nobody Won the Last U.S. Presidential Election / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Phil Maymin writes: One guy beat another guy in vote totals this month, but they both lost, even in their combined total, to None of the Above. For the fourth Presidential election cycle in a row, and the 27th time out of the past 30, most eligible voters opted not to vote.

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Politics

Friday, November 23, 2012

America, You Can't Secede...Because We're Exiling You! / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Once again we come to you as the humble messenger and past predictor of today’s major issues!

On January 20th of this year we penned an article entitled, “Forced Expatriation Coming to the USSA”.  In it we stated, “We can clearly see that the United Soviet States of America is putting in place the necessary tools to be able to strip whoever it likes of the so-called 'privilege' of being a US citizen.”  And, yet again, it looks as though it is coming to pass.

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Politics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Understanding Liberal Democracy / Politics / Social Issues

By: David_Gordon

Most contemporary political philosophers, unfortunately, are not libertarians. Nicholas Wolterstorff, best known as a founder of "reformed epistemology" but a philosopher of extraordinary range, is no libertarian either — far from it. In the present collection of essays, though, he assails a vastly influential school of thought in a way that libertarians will find useful.

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Politics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

French Political Earthquake, The U.M.P Crisis / Politics / France

By: Andrew_McKillop

SERIAL LIARS
The UMP party, with two official definitions of what the "MP" means (either Mouvement Populaire or Majorite Presidentielle) was founded in November 2002 on the initiative of Jacques Chirac, following his vastly humiliating re-election where he was so unpopular that the second round pitched him, the supposed "Regal President", against the clownesque and bizarre-but-fascist Jean-Marie Le Pen of the equally bizarre Front National party. In the first round of voting, Le Pen polled almost as many votes as Chirac. The Parti Socialiste's candidate Lionel Jospin was totally trounced and quit politics.

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Politics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Constraints Facing the Next Mexican President as Cartels Evolve / Politics / Mexico

By: STRATFOR

Enrique Pena Nieto will be sworn in as Mexico's next president Dec. 1. He will take office at a very interesting point in Mexican history. Mexico is experiencing an economic upturn that may become even more pronounced if Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party administration is able to work with its rivals in the National Action Party to enact needed reforms to Mexico's labor, financial and energy laws.

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Politics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Trans-Pacific Partnership as Global Corporate Coup, Why the Secrecy? / Politics / US Politics

By: Andrew_G_Marshall

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the most secretive and “least transparent” trade negotiations in history.

Luckily for the populations and societies that will be affected by the agreement, there are public research organizations and alternative media outlets campaigning against it – and they’ve even released several leaks of draft agreement chapters. From these leaks, which are not covered by mainstream corporate-controlled news outlets, we are able to get a better understanding of what the Trans-Pacific Partnership actually encompasses.

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Politics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Is a Carbon Tax a Done Deal for the US? / Politics / Climate Change

By: Marin_Katusa

We know Obamarama is going to tax the rich, but I bet many didn't think he would weasel in the carbon tax as quickly as he is going to now. A Romney win would have been bullish for coal producers in the US – but Romney lost, and now so has coal, at least in the near term. The biggest winner from Obamarama? Natural gas.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Romney Was Right, The Power of Government 'Gifts' For Gaining Power / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Patrick J. Buchanan writes: "What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked."

Thus did political analyst Mitt Romney identify the cause of his defeat in a call to disconsolate contributors.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Secession Is America's Pecan Pie / Politics / US Politics

By: Thomas_J_DiLorenzo

"Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession." ~ Ron Paul

Leftists and neocons in the media who tend to agree on the propriety and desirability of an ever-growing welfare/warfare/police state were predictably apoplectic when Ron Paul recently stated on his House Web site that secession is "a deeply American principle." Congressman Paul was alluding to the fact that all fifty states have sent secession petitions to the White House.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

America's War on Children / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

This holiday season, give the gift of freedom. Include a passport among the gifts you give your children this Christmas. Not an American passport, but one from the several countries that make it easy to acquire residency status even if you do not live there. For example, Paraguay requires only a two day visit to apply for a passport, and the residency status so acquired is permanent even for those who never return. While taking a family vacation, you can protect your children from an unpredictable and alarming world.

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Politics

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff and the U.S. Trade Deficit / Politics / Protectionism

By: Ian_Fletcher

First, let’s get the definitions straight, as confusion about definitions is the single biggest avoidable cause of economic nonsense.

The trade deficit measures how much America’s imports exceed its exports.

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