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Politics

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Turmoil in Lebanon / Politics / Middle East

By: Stephen_Lendman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReportedly, 19th century Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz once remarked: "Poor Mexico, So far from God, So close to the United States." His proximity comment applies to Lebanon. Bordering Israel, it experienced decades of belligerent interventions as early as 1954 when Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proposed supporting the establishment of a Maronite-dominated Christian mini-state.

In 1978, Israel attacked Lebanon and occupied the country up to the Litani River before withdrawing under US pressure, letting UN Blue Helmets (UNIFIL) replace its own forces.

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Politics

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How Many U.S. Senators Does It Take To Screw A Taxpayer? / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Today, the government decides and they misdirect the investment to their friends in the corn industry or the food industry. Think how many taxpayer dollars have been spent on corn [for ethanol], and there's nobody now really defending that as an efficient way to create diesel fuel or ethanol. The money is spent for political reasons and not for economic reasons. It's the worst way in the world to try to develop an alternative fuel." - Ron Paul

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Politics

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Arizona Shootings, The Lunatic is in My Head / Politics / US Politics

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

"The possibility of madness is therefore implicit in the very phenomenon of passion."
- Michel Foucault (Madness and Civilisation)

The mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona was a sad and unpleasant event, but it was fully expected by those of us who stay informed. We couldn't predict exactly where such an event would occur, when it would occur or how it would occur, but we knew that it was only a matter of time before people began lashing out against "the system" in violent ways. In early 2010, a man lashed out by flying a plane into an IRS building in Texas, but this time the violence directly targeted a federal politician, who is currently hospitalized in critical condition.

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Politics

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Arizona Republican Resigns Over Tea Party Threats / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Patrick Martin writes: A local Republican Party official in Arizona resigned his position this week after the attempted assassination of Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, citing the threat of violence from Tea Party members in his area.

Anthony Miller, who was hailed as a rising star in state Republican circles as one of the party’s few black leaders, was reelected last month to a second term as chairman of the Arizona Legislative District 20 of the Republican Party. District 20 is a heavily Republican area in the southwest suburbs of Phoenix, including Ahwatukee Foothills and parts of Chandler and Tempe.

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Politics

Saturday, January 15, 2011

US Pressure Triggers Collapse of Lebanese Government / Politics / Middle East

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBill Van Auken writes: Lebanon’s misnamed “national unity” government fell Wednesday after the political bloc led by Hezbollah withdrew over the failure to reach an agreement on policy toward a United Nations probe into the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri.

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Politics

Friday, January 14, 2011

Liquidate the Fed / Politics / Central Banks

By: Fred_Sheehan

"I would also like to note that the same research paper [produced by the Federal Reserve staff] analyzed the macroeconomic effects of the FOMC's full program of securities purchases ["Quantitative Easing," usually called, by non-economists, "printing money"], including the first round of purchases that was initiated in late 2008 and early 2009, the modification of the reinvestment policy that was announced last August, and the second round of purchases that was initiated in November.

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Politics

Friday, January 14, 2011

U.S. Media Selling Views and Calling it News / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: John_Kozy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAmerica's journalists are not "newshounds." They are nothing more than salesclerks, hocking the products their employers want to sell. The pretty faces that now function as most television news anchors are no different than the pretty models used to sell other products. The American "free" press is comprised of nothing more than a number of retail outlets which sell stories slanted to please their target audiences. As such, they exist merely to sell snake oil.

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Politics

Friday, January 14, 2011

Politics – Not Oil Prices – Are What's Behind the Deepwater Drilling Debate / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: With oil prices rising and the Gulf oil spill fading from the forefront of the American psyche, deepwater drilling is set to emerge as a very hot, and very controversial topic in the months ahead - particularly among Republican representatives.

The GOP traditionally has been the party that supports the development of fossil fuels, while Democrats tend to push for more environmental regulation and a move toward renewable resources.

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Politics

Friday, January 14, 2011

Does Fascism Lurk Around The Corner In The USA? / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFascism is one of those words that sounds like it belongs in the past, conjuring up, as it does, marching jack boots in the streets, charismatic demagogues like Italy’s Mussolini or Spain’s Franco and armed crackdowns on dissent and freedom of expression.

It is a term we are used to reading in histories about World War 2---not in news stories from present day America.

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Politics

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bonus Bonanza for UK’s Top Bankers / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRobert Stevens writes: The five biggest UK banks are set to pay out massive bonuses for 2010. Chief executives at HSBC, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds and Standard Chartered will receive millions in bonuses, as working people endure unprecedented cuts in pay, working conditions and social services imposed by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government.

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Politics

Thursday, January 13, 2011

U.S. Recruits Japan As Global Military Partner / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Rick_Rozoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDuring the preceding week the U.S.’s top military officer identified Asia as the central focus of the Pentagon’s attention in the world, U.S. warships joined Japanese counterparts in military maneuvers in the East China Sea for the second time in a month, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in East Asia on a trip that began in China and will end in Japan and South Korea on January 14.

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Politics

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Congressional Security and the Tucson Shooting / Politics / US Politics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFollowing the Jan. 8 shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Federal District Judge John McCarthy Roll and 17 others in Tucson, Arizona, discussion has focused on the motivations and ideology of the accused shooter, Jared Loughner. While it was important to make a quick assessment of Loughner’s profile in order to evaluate the possibility of an organized threat, all the available evidence (though not conclusive) indicates that he acted alone.

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Politics

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Palin and Tea Party Political Right Tied to Arizona Assasination Spree / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBill Van Auken writes: Mounting evidence has linked the 22-year-old gunman who severely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, killed a federal judge and killed or wounded 18 others in Tucson, Arizona to the political right.

According to a memo issued by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of the shooting spree at a Tucson, Arizona strip mall Saturday, Internet activity by the gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, linked him to American Renaissance, which DHS described as an “anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG [Zionist Occupation Government], anti-Semitic.” The online publication of the organization advocates white supremacy and racial separation.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Budget Battles Ahead / Politics / US Debt

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWilliam Poole writes: I began writing this note on New Year’s Day; the holiday season is over all too early for me as I contemplate the coming year. Along with other investors, I have many worries, but at the top of my list is the budget battle that will be fought in Washington, every state capital and most capitals of high-income countries abroad. As I finish this note, Republicans are now in charge of the House of Representatives.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Arizona Shootings, Paul Krugman Incites Hatred and Ignores His Own Rhetoric / Politics / US Politics

By: William_Anderson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn reading Paul Krugman's column today on the Arizona shooting – a very predictable column, I might add, given Krugman's political views – I am struck by the fact that we have a mathematical economist who adds 2 + 2 and gets 5. Not only is his theme dishonest, but he also goes about presenting the information dishonestly.

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