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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sarkozy's Engame Economics / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlthough he drank Diet Coke rather than fine wines, preferred chocolate bars to ripe and smelly French cheeses and in front of the Pope was so squeaky cool, modern and arrogant that he checked for messages on his Blackberry (if he really knew how to use a Blackberry), French voters plucked up enough courage to evict the brash, egotistical and hyperactive President Bling-Bling, the so-called Hyper President from the Elysee Palace. After just one term in office this was courageous - the last time it happened was in 1981- but Sarkozy was out. He was finished along with his less-than-respected Italian supermodel spouse, so proud of having been a live-in sex toy of Mick Jagger (or possibly Keith Richards). Whatever her horizontal claims to fame, she was a lousy singer.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ron Paul - End of Mend the Fed? / Politics / Central Banks

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week I held a hearing to examine the various proposals that have been put forth both to mend and to end the Fed. The purpose was to spur a vigorous and long-lasting discussion about the Fed's problems, hopefully leading to concrete actions to rein in the Fed.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

France's Struggle For European Dominance / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNew political leaders do not invent new national strategies. Rather, they adapt enduring national strategies to the moment. On Tuesday, Francois Hollande will be inaugurated as France's president, and soon after taking the oath of office, he will visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. At this moment, the talks are expected to be about austerity and the European Union, but the underlying issue remains constant: France's struggle for a dominant role in European affairs at a time of German ascendance.

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Politics

Monday, May 14, 2012

Why U.S. Politicians Are Quiet About Europe's Meltdown / Politics / US Politics

By: Shamus_Cooke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter the Greek elections struck fear into the hearts of the global banksters, the fallout remains uncertain. If the next Greek election produces an anti-austerity government, Greece will almost certainly make a speedy exit from the euro. If this happens — and it is looking increasingly inevitable — the consequences for the global economy are spectacularly gloomy. Yet U.S. media and U.S. politicians are largely silent on the issue, almost as if nothing were happening.

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Politics

Monday, May 14, 2012

How to Fix Financial Services Regulation / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Paul_Tustain

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I was reading of yet another spectacular mismatch between bank managers' competence and their remuneration, and this time at JP Morgan no less, I realized there is a simple solution which really could be implemented.

Make the cost of regulation zero - or very nearly - for unlimited liability partnerships. Then let judicious self-interest, exercized by the partners themselves, do the rest.

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Politics

Monday, May 14, 2012

Taiwan: The Democratic China / Politics / China

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the 60 years since Chinese Nationalists retreated to Taiwan, the tiny island country has transformed itself quite differently from the mainland China.  Thanks to a series of financial and economic reform by the Nationalist Party (KMT), Taiwan got a head start on economic and democratic development, while Mao's Cultural Revolution had left the Mainland in an over-a-decade-long developmental vacuum.

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Politics

Monday, May 14, 2012

Carbon, Low Carbon, And No Cash / Politics / Climate Change

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSTIRRING TIMES FOR SOME

Opening the IEA's high level conference by-lined "Clean Energy Progress" in London, late April, the IEA's deputy director Ambassador Richard H. Jones didn't beat around the bush: he said that global average temperatures were set to rise by "at least 6 degrees centigrade by 2050", and we should all be very unhappy to leave that behind us, as our legacy to future generations. To be sure, getting that surge in global temperatures in an eyeblink of planetary time would need something rather special and strange, in fact catastrophic. This could include the most intense and quickest acting explosion of volcanic activity the planet has ever known - but Ambassador Jones told the respectful audience, including serried ranks of the world's media and Britain's PM David Campbell, it was all due to tailpipe emissions from four-wheel-drives and fossil fuelled power stations. So low carbon was right back high on the menu ! Like the loudest shills in the global warming business, such as Britain's James 'Lysenko' Lovelock had always shilled for, through an incredibly long decade in which global warming junk science ruled and it was absolutely OK - despite Lovelock himself recanting and admitting, also in late April that basically speaking he had been lying. Lysenko had also been contrite, at the end.

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Politics

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Will Merkel Commit Political Suicide or Bail on the Euro? / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Graham_Summers

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs I’ve noted in previous articles, politics, not economics, rule Europe. What I mean by this is that most major decisions in Europe are determined by political agendas that ignore economic and financial realities.

This is at the core of the “welfare state” mentality that permeates Europe as a whole. The EU in general is comprised of an aging population that is more concerned about receiving the pensions/ health benefits/ social payouts that were promised to them by the system than anything else.

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Politics

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Nightshade Nightmare / Politics / Social Issues

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJohn Roth writes writes: I am a male over 60 and have [or had] a serious health problem that I tried to ignore for the last three years. I tried every holistic treatment, supplement, vitamin and herb under the sun.

During that period my gastrointestinal tract quit working three times. I had a lot of trouble breathing and although I had the urge nothing would come out of my body. You get the picture.

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Politics

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Axis of Indifference In The Media World / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleForeign correspondents have always been revered within journalism. That’s why covering Iraq or other wars are assignments so many reporters cultivate. Many see them as a ticket up the media pecking order.

Being “under fire” promise excitement, danger and—let’s face it, on TV —precious “face time.” Going overseas is often a route to more visibility and  better jobs at home on the strength of your “bravery/” War reporting can be the macho oxygen of ambition.

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Politics

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Hall Of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles / Politics / Eurozone Debt Crisis

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Major central banks around the world are employing historically loose monetary policy to prop up the fundamentally flawed fractional reserve banking sector artificially. As cases in point, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank have each dropped bank funding interest rates to almost zero over the last few years. 

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Politics

Friday, May 11, 2012

Germany's Mixed Euro Policy Signals / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week's media headlines focused on how the election results in France and Greece reflected a wave of rising public resistance across Europe to the austerity programs being championed by Germany, the IMF, and the EU. Less notice has been given to Germany's internal revolt against Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative policies at home and abroad. Elections in the north German state of Schleswig-Holstein just ended the dominance there of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDP/CDU) while emboldening the center-left Social Democrats (SDP), hard-left Greens, and libertarian Free Democrats (FDP). Those results are expected to be repeated at this Sunday's ballot in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's largest state.

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Politics

Friday, May 11, 2012

Does the West Have a Future? / Politics / Social Issues

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLiving in America is becoming very difficult for anyone with a moral conscience, a sense of justice, or a lick of intelligence. Consider:

We have had a second fake underwear bomb plot, a much more fantastic one than the first hoax. The second underwear bomber was a CIA operative or informant allegedly recruited by al-Qaeda, an organization that US authorities have recently claimed to be defeated, in disarray, and no longer significant.

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Politics

Friday, May 11, 2012

European Elections Subtext / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Fred_Sheehan

Various interpretations of recent European elections have been put forward, one of which gets short shrift. The voters have, for the first time, been given the opportunity to approve or disapprove of the euro. They are voting nein. There is a parallel in the United States.

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Politics

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ron Paul on Why Bankster Power Must be Eradicated / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlthough it has taken nearly a century, it seems that the entire spectrum of the American political establishment has finally realized the destructive power of the Federal Reserve System. Whether left, right, or libertarian, politicians are lining up to attack Ben Bernanke and the Fed's destructive monetary policy. Where there is disagreement or lack of understanding, however, is on why the Fed's monetary policy is destructive, how it harms the economy, and what should be done about it. Today's hearing will examine the various proposals that have been put forth both to mend and to end the Fed. It is my hope that this hearing will spur a vigorous and long-lasting discussion about the Fed's problems, a discussion which will lead to concrete actions once and for all to rein in the Fed.

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