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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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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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Politics

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

EU Prepares to Approve €1 Trillion Master Energy Plan / Politics / Energy Resources

By: Global_Intel_Report

INCIDENT: Towards the end of last year, the European Commission presented its new energy strategy for the next decade, calling for investment of €1 trillion in the EU's energy network, among a series of other measures. Leading Eurocrats hope that an EU energy summit scheduled for next month in Budapest will endorse the proposals and give them some political traction.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Toward Sensible Monetary Policy / Politics / US Interest Rates

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week the 112th Congress was sworn in. I am pleased that I will be chairing the Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the Financial Services Committee, which has oversight of the Federal Reserve. Obviously, this position will facilitate my efforts to ensure the Fed provides the American people with more information about what they have been doing with and to our money. Not surprisingly, since my chairmanship was announced, apologists for the Fed have been recycling the old canard about how increased transparency threatens the Fed's so-called political independence.

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Politics

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Student Loan Debt Bubble, Curse of the First "Austerity Generation" / Politics / Student Finances

By: Global_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlan Nasser writes: It was announced last summer that total student loan debt, at $830 billion, now exceeds total US credit card debt, itself bloated to the bubble level of $827 billion. And student loan debt is growing at the rate of $90 billion a year.

There are far fewer students than there are credit card holders. Could there be a student debt bubble at a time when college graduates’ jobs and earnings prospects are as gloomy as they have been at any time since the Great Depression?

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Politics

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Global Effects of the Economic Crisis: A European Strategy for the Left / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Michael_Hudson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe global effects of the crisis have been made even worse by what is happening in Europe. For thirty years the contradictions of capitalism have been overcome with the help of an enormous accumulation of phantom rights to surplus value. The crisis has threatened to destroy them. The bourgeois governments have decided to preserve them claiming that we have to save the banks. They have taken on the banks' debts and asked for virtually nothing in return. Yet it would have been possible to make this rescue conditional on some assurances. They could have banned speculative financial instruments and closed the tax loopholes. They could even have insisted that they take responsibility for some of the public debt that this rescue increased so dramatically.

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Politics

Monday, January 10, 2011

Spinning Unemployment Figures in a Collapsing U.S. Empire / Politics / Economic Statistics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday that the economy gained only 103,000 new jobs in December--not enough to keep up with population growth--but the rate of unemployment (U.3) fell from 9.8% to 9.4%. If you are confused by the report, you are among the many.

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