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Politics

Thursday, March 01, 2012

ECB LTRO – Fatter than El Gordo / Politics / Credit Crisis 2012

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGasp at the sheer size of El Tro, the €1 trillion money storm raining down on Europe's banks...

The FATTEST PRIZE in the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo – the "Fat One" – just keeps getting fatter, according to its promoters.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

India's Government Grudgingly Releases Report on Nuclear Power's Effect on Human Health / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: OilPrice_Com

India is betting heavily on nuclear power to meet its surging energy needs. While India currently has six nuclear power plants (NPPs) with 20 reactors generating 4,780 megawatts, seven other reactors are under construction and are expected to generate an additional 5,300 megawatts.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

US, Britain Gear Up for War on Iran / Politics / Iran

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBill Van Auken writes: The military commands in both the US and Britain have sought increased funding and stepped up deployments of arms and personnel to the Persian Gulf in preparation for an anticipated war against Iran.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon, acting on the request of the Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the region, has requested the re-allocation of some $100 million in military spending to ratchet up war preparations.

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Politics

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Key Players Are Showing Their Hands… Will Germany Go “All In”? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I’ve stated time and again, Germany is the only EU member that has the money to get Greece through this next round of debt payments (14.4 billion Euros coming due March 20). But Merkel isn’t going to give the money without Greece submitting to German fiscal demands.

However, there is no way Greece will submit to German fiscal authority. Heck the Greeks are even going so far as to bring up German war reparations from WWII!

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Politics

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The State of the World: Explaining U.S. Strategy / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe fall of the Soviet Union ended the European epoch, the period in which European power dominated the world. It left the United States as the only global power, something for which it was culturally and institutionally unprepared. Since the end of World War II, the United States had defined its foreign policy in terms of its confrontation with the Soviet Union. Virtually everything it did around the world in some fashion related to this confrontation. The fall of the Soviet Union simultaneously freed the United States from a dangerous confrontation and eliminated the focus of its foreign policy.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Global 'Oil Shock' Could Sink Obama's Re-Election Bid / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Gary_Dorsch

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the price of North Sea Brent crude oil touched $125 /barrel last week, the topic of sharply higher gasoline prices suddenly caught the attention of the Main Stream Media (MSM). Spin artists for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama were quick to deny any responsibility for soaring oil prices, and instead blamed the upward spiral on geo-political tension with Iran. However, since the days of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973, - when the OPEC cartel placed an embargo on crude oil sales and hiked oil prices by 70%, the price of gasoline has been a key variable effecting the outcome of US-presidential elections.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

When Oil Rides High The Snakeoil Flows / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US energy department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) launched its annual Energy Innovation Summit, 27 February, to a backdrop of oil price fear and a ritual bout of warnings on the economic dangers of spiralling oil prices, from media friendly economic gurus usually peddling the debt-deficit-and-doom storyline.

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Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

Inverted Totalitarianism and the Corporate State / Politics / US Politics

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStricken with a terminal disease, the decline of traditional society is unavoidable. For decades, the political institutions that fostered a Republic based upon individual liberty and responsibility fade into fond memory. Defenders of all that made America a shining example of human freedom are attacked and ridiculed for holding onto a moral and ethical system that is based upon the dignity of every individual. Most will blame the failure of this decay on the politicians that willfully pander to the masses with the next generation of social welfare programs. While defining a politician as a scoundrel, deserving damnation, seems obvious; the underlying source of the decay that eats away the culture comes from various directions.

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Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

U.S. Economy Extend and Pretend is Coming To An End / Politics / US Economy

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe real world revolves around cash flow. Families across the land understand this basic concept. Cash flows in from wages, investments and these days from the government. Cash flows out for food, gasoline, utilities, cable, cell phones, real estate taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes, clothing, mortgage payments, car payments, insurance payments, medical bills, auto repairs, home repairs, appliances, electronic gadgets, education, alcohol (necessary in this economy) and a countless other everyday expenses. If the outflow exceeds the inflow a family may be able to fund the deficit with credit cards for awhile, but ultimately running a cash flow deficit will result in debt default and loss of your home and assets. Ask the millions of Americans that have experienced this exact outcome since 2008 if you believe this is only a theoretical exercise. The Federal government, Federal Reserve, Wall Street banks, regulatory agencies and commercial real estate debtors have colluded since 2008 to pretend cash flow doesn’t matter. Their plan has been to “extend and pretend”, praying for an economic recovery that would save them from their greedy and foolish risk taking during the 2003 – 2007 Caligula-like debauchery.

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Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part II) / Politics / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere have been many forms of “debt slavery” throughout history, and almost everyone is chained to the oppressive financial, corporatist system now in one way or another. Although, this fact has not even remotely sunk in for millions of people who, unfortunately, have absolutely no clue how bad it can get. The real issue here, however, is not necessarily what people will have to do to survive the upcoming storms. Rather, it is what they will be forced to do to remain a functioning part of the system under threat of excessive monetary punishment, physical confinement or violence to them and/or those close to them. So, one must be financially/coercively attached to the system to be a “debt slave”.

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Politics

Monday, February 27, 2012

Memo From The U.S. Department of Pre-War Planning And Threat Exaggeration / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere are excerpts from a “secret document” whose authenticity cannot be authenticated, perhaps because I wrote it myself.

As you requested, here is the scenario for how we can launch a war on Iran while publicly denying we are doing so.

This is a digest of the multi-dimensional and multi-track strategy that is in place, and is being pursued simultaneously in a coordinated manner, by The Executive Branch, Defense Department, State Department, and all intelligence agencies. (And despite reports from our spy agencies that Iran is right to insist it is not making nuclear bombs. Why let a denial get in the way of useful paranoia?)

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Politics

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The ECB Gone Wild; Living in Interesting Times / Politics / Central Banks

By: David_Knox_Barker

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe historically hawkish European Central Bank (ECB) has the single mandate of ensuring price stability in the European Union. In the face of the rapidly unfolding debt deflation collapse of the European banking system in December 2011, the ECB shocked global financial markets with the December surprise of $645 billion in long-term refinancing operations (LTRO). The program provided three-year loans to strapped banks. The ECB on a lending binge to over 500 banks qualifies as interesting times by any standard.

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Politics

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Taxes, Why Shouldn't Everyone Pay Something? / Politics / Taxes

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article

Don't Tax You, Don't Tax Me
Tax that Man Behind the Tree!
– Senator Russell Long, Democrat Louisiana (1918-2003)

Last week's letter on taxes drew more response than any letter I have written in years. Questions that were raised simply beg for an answer, and some of the replies were very thoughtful, well-written suggestions for alternatives. This week I am going to do something I can't ever remember doing, and that is to use the entire letter to involve and respond to my readers. Let me begin by thanking all of those who responded, and to observe that every response I read was polite and courteous, even when aggressively disagreeing. Not every site on the internet has such a civil discourse among its readers. I appreciate that. Next week we will return to All Greece, All the Time or whatever the crisis du jour is, although I am much more interested in China of late. I will have to address the world's largest nation at some point soon. At the end of the letter, I provide some very interesting and fun links and a note on an upcoming webinar with investment legend Israel "Izzy" Englander. Now, let's zero in on taxes.

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Politics

Friday, February 24, 2012

FBI and Mainstream Media Silencing the Critics / Politics / Social Issues

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn 2010 the FBI invaded the homes of peace activists in several states and seized personal possessions in what the FBI--the lead orchestrator of fake “terrorist plots”--called an investigation of “activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”

Subpoenas were issued to compel antiwar protestors to testify before grand juries as prosecutors set about building their case that opposing Washington’s wars of aggression constitutes giving aid and comfort to terrorists. The purpose of the raids and grand jury subpoenas was to chill the anti-war movement into inaction.

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Politics

Friday, February 24, 2012

How Greece Could Take Down Wall Street / Politics / Global Debt Crisis 2012

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn an article titled “Still No End to ‘Too Big to Fail,’” William Greider wrote in The Nation on February 15th:

Financial market cynics have assumed all along that Dodd-Frank did not end "too big to fail" but instead created a charmed circle of protected banks labeled "systemically important" that will not be allowed to fail, no matter how badly they behave.

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