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Politics

Thursday, July 04, 2013

America's Independence Day Hypocrisy / Politics / US Politics

By: Stephen_Lendman

Ron Kovic's an anti-war activist. He was born on July 4, 1946. Vietnam combat left him paralyzed. He's wheelchair-bound.

His memoir titled "Born on the Fourth of July" became an Academy Award-winning film. Oliver Stone directed it. Tom Cruise played Kovic.

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Politics

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Egypt Military Coup Slaps Down Islamist Power / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

WHEN IS A COUP NOT A COUP?
This is far from an existential question for President Obama and Western leaders. One reason is that political rules, even constitutional laws prevent their governments recognizing or giving aid to coup leaders who declare themselves rulers of a country after overthrowing its elected government.

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Politics

Thursday, July 04, 2013

What Americans Used To Know About the Declaration of Independence / Politics / US Politics

By: Thomas_J_DiLorenzo

"During the weeks following the [1860] election, [Northern newspaper] editors of all parties assumed that secession as a constitutional right was not in question . . . . On the contrary, the southern claim to a right of peaceable withdrawal was countenanced out of reverence for the natural law principle of government by consent of the governed." - ~ Howard Cecil Perkins, editor, Northern Editorials on Secession, p. 10

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Politics

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Forbidden Thoughts on the 4th of July / Politics / US Politics

By: Gary_North

Every nation celebrates its founding day. Ours is the Fourth of July.

Canadians will not be celebrating the Fourth of July. This may have something to do with the fact that in December 1775, the United States of America, which did not actually exist yet, sent two invading armies into Quebec, which was French Canada, in the hope that they could persuade the French to secede. George Washington thought this was a good idea. It made perfect sense politically, because the American Revolution grew out of the taxes imposed by the British government to pay for the debts it had incurred during the French and Indian War, which had led to the surrender of Quebec to the British by the French government in 1763. That war was started by George Washington in 1754 at the Battle of Jumonville Glen.

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Politics

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Deutsche Bank Undercapitalized?, Italy Headed For Bail-out? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Ian_R_Campbell

Deutsche Bank Undercapitalized?

In a statement everyone ought to be aware of if they are not, about two weeks ago U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Vice-Chair Thomas Hoenig was reported as saying that:

  • Germany's Deutsche Bank is "horribly undercapitalized" and has "no margin of error"; and,

  • the Basel III global capital rules (known as the Basil III Accord) allow lenders to appear well capitalized when they aren't.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

French Politics – More Hypocrite Than Us “Tu Meurs” (You Die) / Politics / France

By: Andrew_McKillop

OOH LA LA!
Anybody viewing the litany of scandals and scams marking French politics, the economy and business, and social issues from a suitable distance away from ground zero can only say “Ooh la la!”.

Rumors that President Francois Hollande has threatened his government with his own personal resignation – and the likely return of Nicholas Sarkozy – if they go on refusing to keep a “tight ship in adverse times” are treated seriously by several reputed political commentators reporting in French media, including 'Le Monde'. The latest proof of that came with the instant sacking of Ecology minister Delphine Batho, this week. She had criticized the budget cuts hitting her ministry more than others. She had not retracted. So she was sacked on the spot.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

The Big Banks On Trial, Again / Politics / Banksters

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: You want to know why the entire global financial system almost collapsed in 2008?

There seems to be a simple answer. Not encouraging, but simple: The European Commission is exploring the possibility that there was a conspiracy among 13 of the world's major banks that colluded to keep the entire house of cards a secret.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Snowden, The Man of Conscience Speaks From Moscow / Politics / US Politics

By: Submissions

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Will there be Riots Across America if George Zimmerman is Acquitted? / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Fred Reed writes: Watching the Zimmerman trial, I wonder whether we may not be in for big trouble. Racial hostility is much higher in the United States than it is allowed to appear. In the Twittersphere there is much traffic from blacks, saying that if Zimmerman walks, they will kill him themselves, riot, or kill random whites. On many sites around the web, whites of a sort not found on NPR are saying, “Bring it on.” This is not your granny’s recipe for domestic tranquility.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

How the Government Uses Citizenship as a Weapon Against You / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

"The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon," writes whistleblowing hero Edward Snowden, surprising no one who has been paying enough attention in the past few years. 

We've been saying this for years now ourselves. The time is coming when the gentle prodding of the USSA imperial police state will become a naked mugging with overt threats of violence and kidnapping. Capital controls and border controls to keep in both money and people are coming. What's happening to Snowden is just a taste of what's coming to Americans that the US doesn't consider nearly as troublesome. 

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Politics

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

NSA Tapes 1 Billion Mobile Phone Calls Per Day - Spy Versus Spy / Politics / Intelligence Agencies

By: Andrew_McKillop

HOW MANY CALLS?
European media reports including highly publicised 'Guardian' and 'Der Spiegel' reports using documents and insights directly supplied by Edward Snowden say the US NSA regularly intercepted and monitored about 60 million telephone calls and Internet connexions – per day – only in Germany. Other reports suggest the average rate may have been “as low as” 600 million per month. Spying on French-based phone and Internet connexions was said to run at about 180 million per month.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Gustavo Speaks! Confessions of a Central Banker / Politics / Central Banks

By: Submissions

David Hague writes: Dear reader, decorum and etiquette demand that I give you fair warning. This commentary regarding central bankers may contain content and images not suitable for all ages. This should not surprise anyone, as the current state of our global economy and the behavior of central bankers can only be discussed by those who have a strong constitution and an appetite for the surreal.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Exploding Demographic Time Bombs / Politics / Demographics

By: Money_Morning

Greg Madison writes: When a big economy hits the shoals, there are options.

You can take a Keynesian approach. You can take a Friedmanian approach. There are Bernankes, there are Nodas , the Austrian School, the Chicago School, expansion and contraction - however a government wants to play it, whatever the ideology, there are options and precedents for getting the economy going again.

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Politics

Monday, July 01, 2013

Obama Finds A New Way to Strangle US Economy / Politics / US Economy

By: Money_Morning

Martin Hutchinson writes: The scary question is, is he continuing to wound this recovery on purpose or by accident?

And which answer is worse?

Last Tuesday, President Obama announced his "Action Plan on Climate Change."

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Politics

Monday, July 01, 2013

The End of American Independence Day / Politics / US Politics

By: BATR

The 4th of July should be a day of historic retrospection. For a proper understanding into the significance of the birth of the nation, start with an examination of the perennial BREAKING ALL THE RULES essay, The Meaning of Independence Day. Then contrast our circumstances and heritage in the article - Independence Day for Whom? Both of these columns are essential. If one forgets from where, how and why our country was created, it is impossible to appreciate the uniqueness of the American Revolution and the meaning of the "shot heard ‘round the world".

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