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Politics

Monday, September 27, 2010

U.S. Healthcare Reform: A Huge Misdiagnosis / Politics / US Politics

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

This week marked six months since Congress passed the healthcare reform bill in what has become all-too-typical legislative chicanery. Those in power crafted a mammoth piece of legislation and rammed it through Congress under a dire sense of emergency. Insisting on time enough to read the bill was dismissed as dangerous and crazy in a time of crisis. We were told that if we really wanted to see what was in the bill, we would have to pass it first. I cannot imagine the founding fathers intended for Congress to legislate in this manner. I would think if a Member is not absolutely certain the entire legislation meets Constitutional muster, the default vote should be "no" in accordance with our oath of office.

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Politics

Monday, September 27, 2010

Iran's Option In Case Of Attack On Its Nuclear Facilities / Politics / Iran

By: Global_Intel_Report

INCIDENT: Sources in the Gulf region report that Iran is preparing for a possible attack by Israel and/or the United States on one or more of its nuclear production units by stockpiling arms and munitions with its proxy militias in Kuwait and Bahrain. This comes as Bahrain arrests 23 opposition leaders accused of terrorism offences and hints that Iran is behind an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

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Politics

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oliver Stone's New Wall Street Film Money Never Sleeps is Asleep / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe lead headline in the New York Times is “EXTENSIVE FRAUD APPEARS TO MAR AFGHAN ELECTION.”  The line below, “A BLOW TO CREDIBILITY,” as if anyone who follows Afghanistan, a country known for blatant and notorious corruption was at all surprised by this latest “blow.” 

Today’s “blow” followed an earlier “blow” a few weeks back with the disclosure of the crash of the Kabul Bank with $300 billion still unaccounted for. 

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Politics

Monday, September 27, 2010

Russia to Spend Trillions on New Arms Race / Politics / Russia

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the next ten years, Russia will spend up to 22.5 trillion rubles on armaments. It was planned that the state program will not exceed 13 trillion rubles. However, the Defense Ministry considered that these funds are insufficient. The new program is designed to bring the share of new technology, adopted in the RF, to 70-80%. Now the number is approximately 10%.

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Politics

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SEC Denies China's Dagong of Market Entry After U.S. Debt Downgrade / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Dian_L_Chu

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday denied the application by China's largest credit rating firm--Dagone Global Credit Rating Co.--to become a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO) in the U.S.

The SEC cited concern regarding cross boarder supervision since “It does not appear possible at this time for Dagong to comply with the record keeping, production, and examination requirements of the federal securities laws."

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Politics

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Obama and Congressional Democrats Trying to Blackmail China / Politics / US Politics

By: Professor_Emeritus

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePresident Obama has just issued a blackmail to Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China: "You immediately revalue the yuan or else..." According to an article of David E. Senger in The New York Times dated September 23, 2010, the two leaders met at the United Nations in New York and spent most of their two-hour session in a spare conference room, usually used by members of the Security Council, to discuss the currency issue. The session ended by Obama's issuing an ultimatum that is bound to be followed by trade war. Surely, this is a most unseemly use to which the sacred grounds of the Security Council, dedicated as it is to the maintenance of peace and prevention of war, have ever been put.

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Politics

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Richest People in America, The Forbes 400 List 2010 / Politics / US Politics

By: Global_Research

Tom Eley writes: While 2010 has seen the vast majority of the US population suffer the consequences of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression—mass joblessness, wage cutting, plummeting home prices, record foreclosures, and spending cuts by near-bankrupt states and cities—for the handful of plutocrats who control the nation’s wealth it has been a very good year indeed.

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Politics

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Red Ed Miliband New Leader of the Labour Party / Politics / UK Politics

By: Pravda

Ed Miliband, 41, is the new leader of Britain's Labour Party, beating his brother, former Foreign Secretary David, in the final round of voting, having wooed the Left, promising to unite Labour after years of covert division between Blairites and Brownists, promising tax rises over public spending cuts and earning the label "Ed Red".

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Politics

Saturday, September 25, 2010

India's Commonwealth Games Fiasco, Shaky Foundations of a Cheap Labour Economy / Politics / India

By: Finian_Cunningham

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the Commonwealth Games open in Delhi, India, the controversy over sub-standard accommodation and facilities for the participating nations continues to rage.

Several weeks ago, visiting country delegates voiced concern over the shambolic state of the newly built facilities. Now, as the games open, the event promises to turn into an embarrassing fiasco for the Indian government, with glaring publicity on what is still being widely reported as filthy and shoddy conditions. Media reports say that cleaners and labourers are “working through the night” in order to salvage conditions at the so-called Games Village, where more than 7,000 athletes from over 70 countries are scheduled to stay for the 12-day sporting tournament.

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Politics

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Credit Meltdown and Wall Street's Shadow Banking System / Politics / Credit Crisis 2010

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile local banks are held in check by the new banking czars in Basel, Wall Street’s “shadow banking system” has hardly been curbed by regulators at all; and it is here that the 2008 credit crisis was actually precipitated.

The banking system’s credit machine is systemically flawed and needs a radical overhaul.

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Politics

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It Is Official, The U.S. Is a Police State / Politics / US Politics

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

On September 24, Jason Ditz reported on Antiwar.com that “the FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of raids against the homes of antiwar activists in Illinois, Minneapolis, Michigan, and North Carolina, claiming that they are ‘seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.’”

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Politics

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ron Paul's Bill to Audit the Fed, A Red-Alert Threat to the Regime / Politics / Central Banks

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Show me the money!" Cuba Gooding made this phrase famous in the 1996 movie, Jerry McGuire. The phrase soon got into the language.

"Follow the money!" That came from the movie, All the President's Men. No one knows who said it. "Deep Throat" didn't. The screenwriter says that he does not know where he got it. It has entered the language.

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Politics

Friday, September 24, 2010

America Aping Britain’s Decline Through Free Trade / Politics / US Politics

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the most inexcusable things about America’s ongoing economic decline by means of free trade is how clear the historical portents are. For example, we are today treading the same path trodden by a nation that Americans know reasonably well: Great Britain. It is easy to forget that until about 1850 Britain, not the U.S., was the world’s leading economic power. But then, of course, they blew it. There were, of course, many causes of this decline, but free trade was undeniably a major one.

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Politics

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The White House Bubble as Summers Backs his Bags and Says Good Bye to the Recession / Politics / US Politics

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the November election approaches, the White House seems to be ending its Rip Van Winkle-like slumber and has begun crawling out of the bubble of its own making. Many fear it’s a bit late.

The shakeup of President Obama’s economic team is long overdue. As Larry Summers slithers back to Harvard to save his tenure and write his book, he is likely to be replaced by exactly the wrong kind of person—a business executive, appointed to try to appease the Repugs and the Right. (Summers was paid $586,996-a-year at Hahvard and picks up all kinds of consulting deals on the side from Wall Street.)

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Politics

Thursday, September 23, 2010

30 Trillion for Quantitative Easing (QE) 2? It's Time to Get Radical! / Politics / Quantitative Easing

By: Chris_Kitze

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYes, it's time to get radical on the economy and no, I'm not talking about going full Karl Marx -- the politicians in Washington appear well down THAT road.. The next set of bailouts could run $30 trillion (as I'll explain in a bit) and that's probably not the end of it because all the future government entitlements are well over $100 trillion. This is not only unaffordable, any attempt to make good on even a small portion of this is a fool's errand. In addition to attempting an impossible task that is doomed to fail, we're bailing out the wrong people! Hopefully, this article will get you thinking -- feel free to leave a comment and help our discussion.

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