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Politics

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The Meaning of Your Life is Other People / Politics / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

In his 1944 play Huis Clos (loosely yet officially translated as No Exit, or Closed Door), French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said: “L’enfer, c’est les autres.” Or: Hell is (the) other people. Which can be very true. And Sartre makes his point in a masterful way. He describes a group of people locked up together with no escape, and for eternity, who have a bitter go at each other. Something we all recognize. People can be a nuisance, and even drive one as far as suicide.

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Politics

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Washington D.C. “Watchdog” Finally Bares Its Teeth / Politics / Market Regulation

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: It’s 2015, and things are changing, especially on Wall Street. I just know it.

For example, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally figured out that high-frequency traders (HFT) have an advantage over most other investors and traders

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Politics

Friday, January 02, 2015

Where Have All the Statesmen Gone? / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Marin_Katusa

One of the most striking things about the Colder War—as I explore in my new book of the same name—has been the contrast between the peevish tone of the West’s leaders compared to the more grown-up and statesmanlike approach that Putin is taking in international affairs.

Western leaders and their unquestioning media propagandists appear to believe that diplomatic relations are some kind of reward for good behavior. But it’s actually more important to establish a constructive dialogue with your enemies or rivals than your friends, because that’s where you need to find common ground. Indeed, it’s been the basis for diplomacy since time immemorial.

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Politics

Friday, January 02, 2015

Why Is It Impossible For Palestine To Be An Independent State / Politics / Middle East

By: Andrew_McKillop

Why Is It Impossible?
The first answer is that it is not impossible. The economic reasons for that are pretty conclusive and simple. Decades of sanctions and unfavorable trading relations with and through Israel, and Egypt during the Mubarak era, has forced Gaza to make do and mend. To be a very efficient micro-economy, with its own offshore natural gas reserves. Eastern Palestine, as we can call it, with its ultra symbolic capital Jerusalem is another subject, economically.

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Politics

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Bluff of the Day: Germany Warns Greece on Euro Bailouts / Politics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

In the obvious bluff of the day, Euro zone No Longer Obliged to Rescue Greece, Merkel Ally Says.

Actually, the eurozone was never obliged to rescue Greece, and in fact did not rescue Greece. Rather the EU and Troika rescued European banks holding Greek bonds.

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Politics

Thursday, January 01, 2015

2014 in 5 Narratives - 2014 in 5 Narratives - Ukraine, EU, Oil, North Korea and U.S Dollar / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Let’s see, how do we close this year in a proper manner? I already wrote that 2014 for me has been The Year Propaganda Came Of Age. Likewise, looking forward, I said that The Biggest Economic Story Going Into 2015 Is Not Oil. Moreover, I talked about things that need to be done next year in Things To Do In 2015 When You’re Not Yet Dead.

So what else is left? I thought I’d make a list of narratives that painted the past year, and look at what’s real about them versus what we’re being told they are about. Nothing comprehensive about them, mind you, just train of thought.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bail-In Normalization / Politics / Credit Crisis Bailouts

By: Andy_Sutton

When the bail-in first ripped through Cyprus in the first part of 2013, I wrote a series of articles about the topic and examined some documents from the Bank for International Settlements, the FDIC and Bank of England regarding treatment of depositors and their funds. To sum it up as we begin the latest chapter in what will no doubt morph into the biggest swindle ever to impact humankind, let’s recap what exactly the bail-in is.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Why Are We Still Using A ‘Second-Rate’ Calendar System ‘Imposed By A Pope Over 400 Years Ago’? / Politics / Religion

By: Steve_H_Hanke

If Canadian-born astrophysicist Richard Conn Henry were in charge, New Year’s Eve would have been four days ago.

Under the intricately designed Hanke-Henry calendar (slogan, “It stays exactly the same, year after year!”), the day we’ve known for centuries as New Year’s Day would actually be Jan. 5.

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Politics

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Russia's SWIFT Settlement Alternative  / Politics / Russia

By: BATR

The SWIFT System is an integral part of a communication process that assists payment and clearing of financial transactions. The Corporate-to-Bank site defines it in the following manner and provides several examples of Payment, Clearing and Settlement Systems.

“The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, Societe Cooperative a Responsabilite Limitee (limited co-operative society) (“SWIFT”) is a member-owned co-operative. SWIFT provides a telecommunication platform for the exchange of standardized financial messages between financial institutions and corporations. SWIFT is neither a payment system nor a settlement system though the SWIFT messaging standard is used in many payment and settlement systems. SWIFT’s customers include banks, market infrastructures, broker-dealers, corporates, custodians, and investment managers. SWIFT is subject to oversight by the central banks of the Group of Ten countries.”

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Politics

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Five Geopolitical Events in 2014 / Politics / GeoPolitics

By: STRATFOR

George Friedman writes: 'Tis the season to make lists, and a list shall be made. We tend to see each year as extraordinary, and in some senses, each year is. But in a broader sense, 2014 was merely another year in a long chain of human triumph and misery. Wars have been waged, marvelous things have been invented, disease has broken out, and people have fallen in love. Nonetheless, lists are called for, and this is my list of the five most important events of 2014.

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Politics

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

U.S. Cops Can Enforce Non-Existent Laws With Impunity / Politics / US Politics

By: Jeff_Berwick

Wendy McElroy writes: Ignorance of the law is an excuse...if you are a cop. American police no longer need to know what the law says or to enforce it correctly. They can implement a non-existent law with impunity even if it results in the apparent violation of constitutional rights. This may have been apparent to many as a police practice but now it is now officially the law of the land. On December 15, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled on Heien v. North Carolina

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Politics

Monday, December 29, 2014

For Students To "Give Back," Add Real Value / Politics / Social Issues

By: MISES

Peter St. Onge writes: A recent article in the left-leaning Independent argued that student volunteers are useless. In one project putting UK college students to work building a local school, the work was so awful that local Ugandan masons "dismantled the structurally unsound work [the students] had done — relaying bricks and resetting timbers whilst the students slept."

"Giving back" is big these days, but how can we know if we’re really making a contribution, or if we, like those students, are just tourists who need cleaning up after.

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Politics

Monday, December 29, 2014

What Went Wrong In 2015 / Politics / Social Issues

By: Andrew_McKillop

What Went Wrong in '14?
In some ways this could as easily be 1914 as 2014  War-fascination and phobia was so high in 2014 that in several countries, in Europe and also the USA, Canada, Australia and others the production of books, films, TV documentaries and panel discussions, leading press articles and political speeches relating to the 1914-1918 war were everywhere. But just as the Clash of Empires theme was found diificult or wanting to explain the war, even if the vidgame version of empires clashing is a moneyspinner. the economic causes of WWar I were also found wanting, despite all the effort trying to cobble them together and prove them. By the 1920s and above all the 1930s, J. M. Keynes had made the economic causes and consequences of the war one of his major writing projects. And in 2014 it was possible to find at least a few major similarities between the causes of the 1929 crash and its follow-on Great Depression, and the flyblown world since 2008.

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Politics

Monday, December 29, 2014

Climate Change - What If The World Can’t Cut Its Carbon Emissions? / Politics / Climate Change

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Roger Andrews: Many people, including more than a few prominent politicians, accept that global warming must be limited to no more than two degrees C above the pre-industrial mean, or a little more than one degree C above where we are now, to avoid dangerous interference with the Earth’s climate. Let’s assume these people are right, that the 2C threshold really does represent the climatic equivalent of a cliff and that bad things will happen if we drive off it.

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Politics

Monday, December 29, 2014

Things To Do In 2015 When You’re Not Yet Dead / Politics / Social Issues

By: Raul_I_Meijer

America has managed to construct an entirely one-dimensional political system. There’s no discernible difference left between left and right, other than in spin language pre-cooked for the sole purpose of faking the concept of elections. There’s very right and ultra right. America is living proof that once money is allowed into politics, the accumulation of it, and of the power it can buy, will and eventually must fully control a democratic system, which in the process, of necessity, suffocates and dies a painful death.

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