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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Monday, March 21, 2011

Is it America vs. Poor Nations in Trade? No / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Question: is there a fundamental us vs. them dynamic in America’s trade with the developing world? Is a sound trade policy for ourselves ultimately about nothing better than grabbing an economic advantage at the expense of other nations, especially poorer ones?

Some people certainly seem to think so. To them, ending free trade sounds like a mere invitation for America to become a global economic bully boy.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

NATO's War Against Libya / Politics / Middle East

By: Rick_Rozoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFollowing similar developments in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, anti-government protests began in Libya on February 15. On March 19 the U.S., France and Britain delivered air and cruise missile attacks against targets in Libya: 112 Tomahawk missile strikes from U.S. and British submarines and warships in the Mediterranean Sea and attacks by French warplanes on what were identified as government military vehicles on the ground.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Obama's Serbia-Solution for Libya; "Split the country and steal the oil" / Politics / US Politics

By: Mike_Whitney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Obama administration never would have launched a war on Libya if they didn't have a puppet-in-waiting ready to take power as soon as the fighting ended. That puppet appears to be Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Gaddafi's former justice minister. Jalil is presently the opposition leader of the Libyan National Transitional Council which oversees the insurgents from Al Bayda. This is not a grassroots movement that embraces the fundamental precepts of democratic government. It's a clatter of rebels armed by the Egyptian military (with US approval) to topple the Gaddafi regime. Jalil has garnered the military support of the so-called "international community" despite the fact that peaceful protesters in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia have been kicked to the curb. It's just another example of the UN's selective support for pro-democracy movements.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Beyond Japan Fukishima: A World in Denial About Nuclear Risks / Politics / Nuclear Power

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat will it take for our world to recognize the dangers that nuclear scientists and even Albert Einstein were warning about at the “dawn” of the nuclear age?

Amy Goodman reminds us of the prophetic statement by Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett who tried to find words to describe the horror he was seeing in Hiroshima in 1945 after the bomb fell.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Libya, the Fourth Western Crusade in 12 Years / Politics / Middle East

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRobert Bridge writes: "We must not forget how NATO and US aircraft bombed Yugoslavia, and that is not the only precedent. Libya may become the fourth country in 12 years to be threatened with direct military foreign interference after Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Secret Plan For a New Global Currency / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe following is an excerpt of a chapter by Ellen Brown from the new book by Global Research Publishers, "The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century."

By acting together to fulfill these pledges we will bring the world economy out of recession and prevent a crisis like this from recurring in the future. We are committed to take all necessary actions to restore the normal flow of credit through the financial system and ensure the soundness of systemically important institutions, implementing our policies in line with the agreed G20 framework for restoring lending and repairing the financial sector. We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn into the world economy and increase global liquidity.– G20 Communiqué, London, April 2, 2009

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

More Free Trade Agreements? When NAFTA Failed? / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith the Republicans and the Obama administration attempting to rush headlong into a new trade agreements with Korea, and possibly also with Panama and Colombia, it is incumbent on Americans to apply a bit of empiricism. How have our past trade agreements worked out? Above all, how’s the grand-daddy of them all, NAFTA, doing?

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Libya, Hypocrisy and Betrayal by the United Nations / Politics / Middle East

By: Submissions

Felicity Arbuthnot writes: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever." - George Orwell.

The bombing of Libya will begin on or nearly to the day, of the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the destruction of Iraq, 19th March, in Europe. Libya too will be destroyed - its schools, education system, water, infrastructure, hospitals, municipal buildings. There will be numerous "tragic mistakes", "collateral damage", mothers, fathers, children, babies, grandparents, blind and deaf schools and on and on. And the wonders of the Roman remains and earlier, largely enduring and revered in all history's turmoils as Iraq, the nation's history - and humanity's, again as Iraq and Afghanistan, will be gone, for ever.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Great Anglo-American Gaddafi Deception, What's Really Going On / Politics / US Politics

By: Ron_Holland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne has needed a score card to keep up with the twists and turns of the situation in Libya and what will follow over the weekend is still unclear. My point is while we wish the people of Libya and their color revolution victory over crazy Gaddafi, they have likely been the unwitting pawns in a major deception by Washington to hide a dramatic Middle East foreign policy shift.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

World Government Declares War on Libya / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe U.N. intervention in Libya is a major political event. The U.N. is intervening inside a country that has not aggressed against another country. Whether or not this is the first time that this has happened, it is surely an important and clear-cut instance of this happening.

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Politics

Sunday, March 20, 2011

US Makes War on Another Muslim Country With Oil / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Following the US-lobbied UN authorization of military murder in Libya, the death-dealing regime of Colonel Gaddafi said immediately that it would stop all killing. That put Obama’s war on hold, for a little while. The crazy Colonel has learned a thing or two about American foreign policy. If you pretend to favor the stated goals of the empire and comply with its stated dictates, you can otherwise do what every government in the world is structured to do: stay in power at all costs.

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Politics

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Free Trade Won't Help Global Poverty / Politics / Social Issues

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe propaganda for free trade tells us that not only is it the master key to our own prosperity, but also the master key to lifting the world’s poor out of poverty. So if we don’t support free trade, we’re in for a guilt trip like the one that used to make us stick quarters into UNICEF boxes.

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Politics

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Deconstructing Meredith Whitney’s Municpal Bond Default Predictions / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Mike_Stathis

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Article Whitney Doesn’t Want You to Read - If I hired a full-time staff of 100 financial professionals specifically dedicated to the task of calling out all of the media’s so-called financial experts (largely comprised of lifelong snake oil salesmen and Wall Street hacks), pointing to their miserable track records, while setting the record straight on their exaggerations, drama-filled statements, bias, agendas, cheerleading and apocalyptic predictions, we would be unable to address even one-tenth of the propaganda that continues to invade the minds of Americans.

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Politics

Friday, March 18, 2011

U.N. Votes to Do a Kosovo in Libya, Be Fearful When Politicians Dream of Rambo / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust for the record I’m not “anti-war”, my uncle was awarded a Military Cross for fighting Hitler, and I’m proud of that. But sometimes I wonder was his sacrifice worth it?

The good news I suppose is that The U.N. has managed to agree on something that might have a minimal impact on the propensity of despots with guns, money and backing from a big power, to terrorise their own people; should we now expect that someday soon:

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Politics

Friday, March 18, 2011

Time to Quit Pining for a “Level Playing Field” in International Trade / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

One of the most common plaints from those who are upset about America’s current trade mess is “just give us a level playing field.” In particular, this is what one tends to hear from American businesses (at least those which have resisted the siren song of offshoring) that are hard pressed by “unfair” foreign competition. It’s hard not to be sympathetic, and on an individual basis, my heart goes out to them.

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