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Politics

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NATO's Lack of a Strategic Concept / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTwenty-eight heads of state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will meet in Lisbon on Nov. 20 to approve a new “Strategic Concept,” the alliance’s mission statement for the next decade. This will be NATO’s third Strategic Concept since the Cold War ended. The last two came in 1991 — as the Soviet Union was collapsing — and 1999 — as NATO intervened in Yugoslavia, undertaking its first serious military engagement.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Spooked U.S. Economy in October / Politics / US Economy

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Last week we received worse than expected unemployment numbers, challenging recent claims that the recession has come and gone. Also, as the economy continues to suffer the after effects of the Federal Reserve-created bubbles of the last decade, there is renewed interest in gold. Fears that the Federal Reserve will pump even more money into the system had caused the price of gold to reach new highs.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Fed's Political Interference Must Be Stopped, A letter to Senator Scott Brown / Politics / US Politics

By: Fred_Sheehan

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Honorable Scott Brown

Dear Senator Brown:

I am a constituent who would like to help. My father sent you my book, Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession. You wrote my father a thank you note, for which I am thankful. None of the other 20 or so senators and congressmen to whom we mailed my book sent an acknowledgement.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Killing and Reviving of the American Dream / Politics / US Politics

By: LewRockwell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUSA Today loves to run lifestyle features that purport to show how we are living, what we are doing, what we like and what we don't like – premised on a collectivist assumption that all our preferences can be tracked and characterized with these aggregate claims.

Most of the time, these features are silly. It's not really true that we are all listening to Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, or tweeting what we had for breakfast.

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Politics

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Middle Class Caught in a Pincer Movement / Politics / US Politics

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA MODEST PROPOSAL
My understanding of our economic system has changed over the last couple years. I've come to the conclusion that the middle class of this country has been caught in a pincer movement by two armies. My definition of the Middle Class is households making between $50,000 and $150,000 per year. The Free Shit Army is attacking us on the left. The middle class has been the backbone of the country, doing the heavy lifting in this country. They get up every morning and trudge off to work to support their families. The Free Shit Army sleeps in. They have chosen to not educate themselves in order to advance in our society.

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Politics

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How Russia Avoided Civil War 17 Years Ago / Politics / Russia

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn October 3 and 4 Russia remembered the tragic events of the fall of 1993. Mourning rallies and marches in many cities of Russia commemorated the perished defenders of the Supreme Council. In the capital alone, the ceremonies were attended by nearly a thousand people. Was there an alternative to the armed confrontation between the supporters of Boris Yeltsin and the defenders of the legitimately elected Parliament? Was it possible to avoid the tragic outcome? Ruslan Khasbulatov, the chairman of the Supreme Council, discussed it in an interview with Pravda.ru.

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Politics

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Hungary Toxic Sludge Catastrophe Reminiscent of BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster / Politics / Environmental Issues

By: Dr_Tom_Termotto

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHere’s the top headline on Yahoo! News on Thursday, October 7, 2010 regarding the Toxic Sludge Disaster in Hungary:

Scientists say heavy metal in sludge not dangerous (AP)

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Politics

Saturday, October 09, 2010

China Furious at The Nobel Peace Prize Award / Politics / China

By: Static_Chaos

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "two decades of non-violent struggle for human rights". China is totally livid and called the award "an obscenity" as reported by Reuters.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Biggest Fraud in the History of the Capital Markets / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Ezra Klein: What’s happening here? Why are we suddenly faced with a crisis that wasn’t apparent two weeks ago?

Janet Tavakoli: This is the biggest fraud in the history of the capital markets. And it’s not something that happened last week. It happened when these loans were originated, in some cases years ago. Loans have representations and warranties that have to be met.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Op-ed Warriors Defend the TARP Tax Payer Bank Bailout / Politics / Mainstream Media

By: Christopher_Westley

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleConfession time: I still read newspapers the old-fashioned way, meaning the way my father and grandfather did, on paper, frequently at the kitchen table, and to the smell of a hot, Honduran coffee.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

America’s Third World Economy / Politics / Social Issues

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

For a number of years I reported on the monthly nonfarm payroll jobs data. The data did not support the praises economists were singing to the “New Economy.” The “New Economy” consisted, allegedly, of financial services, innovation, and high-tech services.

This economy was taking the place of the old “dirty fingernail” economy of industry and manufacturing. Education would retrain the workforce, and we would move on to a higher level of prosperity.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

IMF Calls for Huge New Round of Bank Bailouts / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe IMF is calling for a huge new round of bank bailouts.

As the Telegraph noted yesterday:

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Financial Crisis Continues to take its toll on the Obama Administration / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRegardless of his actions, the financial crisis continues to take its toll on the Obama administration.

WASHINGTON DC: (Al Jazeera)  With the midterm election less than a month away and the economic crisis unabated, the Obama Administration may be at a crossroads.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Are U.S. States the Next Federal Bailout? / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Jim_Farrish

In an interview with Meredith Whitney of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group on Bloomberg last week, she stated, some states are a ticking time bomb. She published a detailed report rating the finances of the 15 largest U.S. states. California has one of the largest deficits that exists relative to their budget gap by size, but it has a real estate problem as well with a large amount of foreclosures. Florida has a bigger issue relative to foreclosures and real estate. The drain on tax receipts in Florida due to the foreclosure issue could cripple the states budget similar to California’s in the coming year. The bottom line of the report is the U.S. government may face a bailout for states within the next 12 months. This is not good news for taxpayers.

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Politics

Friday, October 08, 2010

Spain's Social Democracy Under Economic Pressure / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Pravda

The general strike on September 29 against the labor reform decided by the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is the opening of a probably hectic social season. The government has promised to submit a new bill to Congress before the end of the year intended to increase from 65 to 67 the legal age of retirement and extend the period of computation for determining the amount of the pension, from the previous 15 years of work into the last 20 ...

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