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US Elections: Neither Free Nor Fair

Lecturing on democracy is a distinctive feature of American foreign policy. Does the US really provide an influential role model for how elections should run in other countries? Is America really a shining example of real democracy? "Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all." Domestic and international experts rate the US elections as the worst among all Western democracies. According to Electoral Integrity Project, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are at the top of the ranking, while the US scores 62.

Oil Slides After IEA Turns Pessimistic, Sees Oversupply Extending On "Dramatic Deceleration" In Crude Demand

Earlier today the IEA revealed a much more pessimistic outlook on the state of the oil market, predicting that a sharp slowdown in global oil demand growth, coupled with ballooning inventories and rising supply means the crude market will be oversupplied into late 2017. The reason: a "dramatic deceleration in China and India” this quarter coupled with “vanishing growth” in developed economies.

One "Lifelong Socialist" Norwegian's Perspective On Trump

"Despite Norwegian mainstream media and political establishment support for Hillary Clinton (They also supported Mark Rubio and Bernie Sanders when they were running), I would like to apologize for our politicians and voice my support for Trump. I believe that Americans need to think about what is at stake from lifelong socialists’ perspective. Despite what people read about Norway being the best place to live, it comes with a price."

Finland Unleashes Helicopter Money In "Greatest Societal Transformation Of Our Time"

Finland is about to launch an experiment in which a randomly selected group of 2-3,000 citizens already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros (approx. $600). That basic income will replace their existing benefits. The pilot study, running for two years in 2017-2018, aims to assess whether basic income can help reduce poverty, social exclusion, and bureaucracy, while increasing the employment rate.

Who's Going To Pick Up The UK Tab?

A large part of the reason why the UK had to be such a significant net contributor was that most EU members couldn’t scrape up their “fair share.” Who’s going to pick up the tab when that flow of revenue ends?

Follow The Money Trail For Source Of "Russian Threat" Paranoia

How much longer will the citizens of the world put up with a situation in which warmongers with ties to the military-industrial complex are allowed to stoke up international tensions? The next time you read or hear someone issue stark warnings about the “Russian threat” - and why NATO needs to hike its spending to deal with it - just follow the money trail. It’s likely to be revealing.

How The East Coast Is Getting Rid Of Its Gasoline Glut

With the East Coast at gasoline stroage capacity, and quietly transporting unwante excess gasoline to other parts of the country, it is no longer accepting inbound cargoes.  The products tanker Torm Gyda will be open for charter Aug. 21 at El Palito, Venezuela, after discharging a cargo that was diverted from N.Y. Harbor.

Europe Has Two Options: Revolution Or Elections

European leaders have responded to new challenges in this post-war era with old solutions. Chief among them is the forced integration of Europe into a single political and economic construct. There are two options when an “unelected mafia” has seized control: elections and revolution. The Brits opted for an election. What if Italy, Portugal, and/or the Netherlands do the same, with the same outcome?

Is The Party Over For Bushism?

America crossed a historic divide and entered a new era. Even should Trump lose, there is likely no going back.

European Central Banks Disclose Which Corporate Bonds They Own

Earlier today, alongside the ECB's latest weekly disclosure of total corporate bond purchases under the CSPP program, which as of July 15 had risen by approximately €2 billion to €10.427 billion, suggesting a daily purchase pace of about €400 million, Europe's various regional central banks also disclosed for the first time the CUSIP list of which specific bonds they had purchased over the past month and a half.