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Analysis Topic: Politics & Social Trends

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Politics

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Without A Revolution, Americans Are History / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe United States is running out of time to get its budget and trade deficits under control.  Despite the urgency of the situation, 2010 has been wasted in hype about a non-existent recovery.  As recently as August 2 Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner penned a New York Times Column, Welcome to the Recovery.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vestiges of Nuclear War Begin To Appear in Asia / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn August 6 and 9, the world marked the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombings marked the ending of WWII: Japan was forced to capitulate over the fear of even more destructive attacks. However, even after the first-ever practical nuclear bombings the world could not stop from ending the nuclear race.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pakistan Floods, From Natural Disaster to Social Catastrophe / Politics / Pakistan

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSnehal Shingavi writes: The floods which have devastated huge areas of Pakistan may be an act of nature, but the worsening humanitarian crisis that followed is a direct result of the failures of Pakistan's venal leaders – and the impact of the U.S. “war on terror.”

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Politics

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

U.S. Iraq Withdrawal Limited Options / Politics / Iraq War

By: STRATFOR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is August 2010, which is the month when the last U.S. combat troops are scheduled to leave Iraq. It is therefore time to take stock of the situation in Iraq, which has changed places with Afghanistan as the forgotten war. This is all the more important since 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq, and while they may not be considered combat troops, a great deal of combat power remains embedded with them. So we are far from the end of the war in Iraq. The question is whether the departure of the last combat units is a significant milestone and, if it is, what it signifies. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Politics

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ron Paul on Washington's Idea of Fiscal Restraint / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

It has been months now since the new healthcare reform bill was passed into law. As is so typical, this massive piece of legislation was passed with a sense of urgency so acute that leadership declared America could not afford to wait until legislators, their staff and the general public had time to thoroughly read the bill.

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Politics

Monday, August 16, 2010

How can the U.S. Win the Afghan War By Killing Mainly Civilians? / Politics / Afghanistan

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe war in Afghanistan brings increasingly more losses, both for the soldiers of the international coalition, and for the civilian population.

In July, 45 soldiers from the international contingent, 33 of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan. In June, the loss amounted to 100 people, the worst month for 9 years of war. “We are experiencing the most difficult moment in the war,” Brigadier General Joseph Blotts, a representative of ISAF forces, said at a press conference.

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Politics

Monday, August 16, 2010

U.S. Military is America's Only Major Jobs Program / Politics / Employment

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRobert Reich writes: Over 1,400,000 Americans are now on active duty; another 833,000 are in the reserves, many full time. Another 1,600,000 Americans work in companies that supply the military with everything from weapons to utensils. (I’m not even including all the foreign contractors employing non-US citizens.)

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Politics

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pakistan Floods Disaster and U.S. Humanitarian Warfare / Politics / Pakistan

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFelicity Arbuthnot writes: .. to wade through slaughter ... and shut the gates of mercy on mankind." Thomas Gray (1716-1771.)

The scale of the disaster caused by the floods in Pakistan, is barely comprehensible. As Juan Cole has written, expressing near disbelief : "The submerged area of the country is as big as the United Kingdom, fourteen million Pakistanis are affected, two million are homeless." Six million need immediate relief, according to the UN., and thirty six thousand are suffering from acute diarrhoeal symptoms, with cholera already diagnosed. 1,600 are reported dead, with the number certain to multiply. Famine is a real possibility.

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Politics

Monday, August 16, 2010

Massive Widespread Economic Pain Across America / Politics / US Politics

By: Joel_S_Hirschhorn

the United States is not kaput it is certainly withering away even as a rich upper class enjoys all the things that money buys.  There is massive, widespread economic pain inflicting a huge fraction of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, relying on food stamps, losing their homes, and who are feeling totally insecure financially.  This maintains sluggish consumer spending that makes necessary economic growth impossible.

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Politics

Sunday, August 15, 2010

What Economic Crisis, Bank and Corporate Profits Soar! / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

James Petras writes: While progressives and leftists write about the “crises of capitalism”, manufacturers, petroleum companies, bankers and most other major corporations on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific coast are chuckling all the way to the bank.

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Politics

Sunday, August 15, 2010

U.S. China Conflict, Moving From War of Words to Talk of War / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Rick_Rozoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRelations between the U.S. and China have been steadily deteriorating since the beginning of the year when Washington confirmed the completion of a $6.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan and China suspended military-to-military ties with the U.S. in response.

In January the Chinese Defense Ministry announced the cessation of military exchanges between the two countries and the Foreign Ministry warned of enforcing sanctions against American companies involved with weapons sales to Taiwan.

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Politics

Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to Thwart the Assassins of the American Dream / Politics / US Politics

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleArianna Huffington's new book, Third World America: How Our Politicians are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, paints a grim picture of the State of the Union:

"Every day, Americans, faced with layoffs and tough economic times, are forced to use their credit cards to pay for essentials such as food, housing, and medical care -- the costs of which continue to escalate. But, as their debt rises, they find it harder to keep up with their payments. When they don't, banks, trying to offset losses in other areas, turn around, hike interest rates, and impose all manner of fees and penalties..." Third World America, (P. 77)

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Politics

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Fed is Confused / Politics / Central Banks

By: Adam_Lass

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Federal Reserve has confused "changing nothing" for "doing nothing." The result? They are still the worst actor on Wall Street.

I was wrong.

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Politics

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Will the Pension Time Bomb Set Off a Crime Explosion? / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: Justice_Litle

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen state and local budgets fall short, services are cut. That means critical services like police and fire and transport... and with the pension crisis looming, the unkindest cuts of all still lay ahead.

Diane Cunningham of Colorado Springs, Colo., no longer has a flat-screen television. She decided to sell it... so she could buy a shotgun.

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Politics

Saturday, August 14, 2010

NATO Assists In Building New Iraq Middle East Proxy Army / Politics / Middle East

By: Rick_Rozoff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA North Atlantic Treaty Organization website recently posted an article by the commander of the NATO Training Mission – Iraq, American Lieutenant General Michael Barbero, entitled "NATO Training Mission – Iraq: Tactical Size...Strategic Impact" which reflected on the six-year-old but little known role of the Western military bloc in the Middle Eastern nation.

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