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The Geopolitical Hotspots Of 2013

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Because in a world in which markets no longer are affected by fundamentals, and reflect nothing more than what politicians (and their Wall Street lobbies) believe the "fair value" of risk assets should be, it is likely that any fat-tail events will emerge not out of the markets, but out of politics (and perhaps out of central banks, although it is a safe bet that the world's central planners will merely do much more of the same). The chart below summarizes the geopolitical hotspots of the coming 12 months, which together with everything else are no longer reflected in asset prices courtesy of the central banks completely destroying the market's discounting function.

Source: Deutsche Bank

 


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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:46 | Link to Comment Payne
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You did not include Saudi Arabia which is an Arab spring events occurs the Petro dollar is dead.  This would be the Goal of China, Russia, and any other group that wants to take the air out of the US sails.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:48 | Link to Comment Stackers
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It's getting hot in here, so hot, so take off all your clothes

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:08 | Link to Comment negative rates
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So the cat is out of the bag you say.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:51 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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House of Saud is buddies w/ Israel and has been stirring up Sunni V Shia bullshit to keep peasants in ME from noticing how disgustingly rich they are. Stuff like trying to destabilize  Syria and Iran is right out of CIA/Mossad playbook.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 13:49 | Link to Comment bank guy in Brussels
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Quite true that the Sauds are part of the US-Israel 'axis of evil' ...

But also true the Saudis are in danger of being overthrown, as the great Jim Willie says

Have been talking to Muslim businessmen here who spend a lot of time in Saudi Arabia, and I told them about Jim Willie's views about the Saudi monarchy teetering

To my astonishment, they totally agreed, they say that is the word on the street in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) itself - the regime there will not last long

The times they are a changin' ...

For background on how dirty Saudi Arabia was, right from its beginnings with first the British and then the US intelligence agencies, the Saudi Wahhabi extremists with Great Britian, throwing out the more moderate Muslims who had been ruling there for centuries:

« The importance of the House of Saud to the British cannot be understood fully without looking back at the historical role that King Abdulaziz bin Saud (Ibn Saud) played in helping Britain and France to divide up the Ottoman Empire by means of the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, and also in bringing the Zionists into Palestine. When the British Empire picked up Ibn Saud, leader of the Wahhabi sect, to become the "Keeper of Two Holy Mosques," it was in a way the fulfillment of Empire's plan. The Hashemite dynasty, which claims the bloodline of the Prophet Muhammad, was the strongest traditional Arab force, but its back was broken when Ibn Saud threw them out of Mecca and Medina. »

The House of Saud:
British-Programmed Killer of Muslims

by Ramtanu Maitra

http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2012/3938house_saud.html

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:34 | Link to Comment trav777
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you don't want to see "bad" iike 8mbpd off the world market

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:26 | Link to Comment tango
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Evidence contradicts your contention that Israel wants a Syrian change.  She prefers working with authoritarians like Mubarak and Assad or stealthily with regimes like Jordan, Morocco and Turkey.  What she wouldn't want is another Egyptian Islamic disaster in waiting. I've never understood the alleged CIA interest in Syrai - no valuable minerals, no oil, a place with phony national boundaries held together only by the Assads and their religious minority. 

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:46 | Link to Comment TotalCarp
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Hmmm didnt they highlight iraq instead of iran on the map while mentioning iran in the blurb?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:53 | Link to Comment Afrispaans
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They so did. Must be sharing cartography with Fox News.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:01 | Link to Comment TotalCarp
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its utterly impossible to take this sht seriously.. Written by some junior vp in the banks basement aka the research floor i bet..

Is this a slow news month? Tyler/zh scrapping the bottom of the news barrel for these stories?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:38 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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The bottom of the news barrel is going to the scrap yard?  That's good news!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:47 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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"radical islam pushes into Africa"- I stopped reading- this must have been taken off of CIA website

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:32 | Link to Comment JR
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Agreed. First the US Empire attacks and when the defenders react the propaganda begins.

The US - its central planners at the Fed operating off the debt slavery of the American people - is using its financial power to export revolution around the globe, securing all resources for Global Empire. Civil wars and rebellions are perfect arenas for the western banking powers to ride to the rescue, kill many innocents and secure the resources.

At the same time, these agendas are destabilizing and dismembering the United States of America, threatening the United States as a coherent and sovereign nation, meshing it into global governance.

Here are the “roots of the coup” according to War Is a Crime .org in an April 2012 article entitled, U.S.—[Get Your] Hands Off Mali!:

“What sparked the coup was the central government's inability to deal with the rebellion now under way in northern Mali, a region populated by the Tuareg, an ethnically Berber, nomadic people who eke out a living in the inhospitable desert. Long-standing grievances of neglect by the government have led many Tuaregs to despair of reform.

“The simmering resentment came to a head in January after the U.S.-led bombing of Libya and the overthrow of that country's government. Around 2,000 Tuaregs who had been employed as soldiers by the Libyan government returned to Mali, heavily armed and with uncertain prospects of finding jobs or arable land. A rebellion broke out, one the government was in no position to counter, provoking a mutiny by angry rank-and-file Malian soldiers who chased President Touré into hiding. The Tuareg rebellion sharply escalated March 30, when rebels seized control of three key cities, including the legendary cultural and trading center of Timbuktu. The armed rebels who now control all northern cities have several factions. One wing is demanding independence for the north. Another says its goal is to create an Islamic republic operating under strict Sharia law – which might be all of Mali or simply the northern half, which this faction is calling Azawad..." The rest of the story: http://warisacrime.org/content/us-hands-mali

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:45 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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And in other news, the U.S State Dept and DoD have purchased 10,000 copies of Whack-a-mole for training purposes.

Unintended consequences are a bitch.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:49 | Link to Comment tooriskytoinvest
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We’re Fast-Approaching A Tipping Point Into A Permanent Financial Decline: The Shrinkage In Wall Street Is Just Getting Started, Bill Gross Boosts Treasury Holdings, More Than Half Of Republicans Prepared To Let US Default, Western Governments May Soon Borrow In Renminbi, Economists See Slower Long-Term Growth In America’s Future

http://investmentwatchblog.com/were-fast-approaching-a-tipping-point-int...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:43 | Link to Comment JR
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The economy is a crisis now for anybody who wanted to do something, be something, save something, establish something, plan something. They are killing us. I already have heard comments from people – all stunned - who say they now know what it feels like to be a slave.

These are huge risks the Fed/DC combine are taking; they are flirting with Big Disaster economically.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:59 | Link to Comment SamAdams
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Yes, people are waking up, but the generational gap is causing an unexpected problem.  Kids fresh out of high-school, are taught by Hollywood media that the illuminati is a "cool trend".  Every pop star and magazine is dishing out pyramids and eyes of horus, it's the hot new fad!  This squelches the alarm that the illuminati are real and they plan to implement a one world, dystopian, fascist-socialist (later communist) society.  Of course to do that, the sovereignty of the USA has to be eliminated.  So, if anyone here thinks for a moment that our economy is going to improve, you haven't been paying attention to the big picture.  Yes DC and the FED are going to do exactly what their masters tell them and unless a greater awakening happens before the confiscation of weapons, it is all over.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:35 | Link to Comment tango
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Wouldn't you think that the Illuminati would get their act together after operating behind the scenes for 10,000 years?  I mean, how smart can a group be when every poster in pajamas on ZH knows the intimate details and exact timeline?  LOL   Clue - there is no global conspiracy, simply a rising tide of folks educated in Keynesian theory who think central planning is the key to happiness.   And now that it's proven a failure they can only flouder, act and react.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:21 | Link to Comment CunnyFunt
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I suppose then that Bolivia, Guinea and D.R. Congo are "fixed".

 

Cheap analysis ... could have gotten a better picture from a Yemeni cab driver.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:56 | Link to Comment busted by the b...
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Rand Paul visits Israel. 

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/rand-paul-swims-dead-sea-photo-day-145218069--politics.html

Disappointing.

I guess all future prez hopefuls must go.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:02 | Link to Comment SamAdams
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Rand is like the lazy son/grandson who inherited the family business, only to sell out to a corporate suitor.  Why work when your money is for free?  He will make a fine president!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:58 | Link to Comment Uncle Zuzu
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Saudi Arabia had a budget SURPLUS of $100 billion last year.  Population 28 million. No risk of Arab spring here.  Plenty of $$ to throw around, on my math $3,600 per head.  So call it $10 to $15,000 per household.  Or half that if the royals use the other half to buy gilded Maseratis.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:15 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Could you maybe provide a credible source for that claim?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:13 | Link to Comment Jack Burton
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Indeed! Many of this Israeli Blog Army appear on the ZH comments section to spread the Israeli propagnada should any ZH poster suggest Israel is a leech on US Taxpayers. As if they can counter the fact that American Tax Payers arm and fund Israel. Pull American tax dollars out of Israel 100%, and the state collapses totally in less than five years.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:18 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Well there you go, maybe you should have included it in your first post...

In case you haven't noticed, a lot of people simply make shit up here...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:01 | Link to Comment Mad Mohel
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I like how for Mali they write "Risk to gold/uranium" but for Venezuela, Nigeria, and Iran they forget to write, "these assorted red, black, and brown bastards are sitting on our oil."

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:01 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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In another kind of hotspot...

http://basementgeographer.blogspot.com/2012/10/lake-karachay-mayak-and-c...

Imagine a lake so polluted and contaminated that spending just an hour on its shores would result in certain death, and the only way seen fit to deal with it is to fill the entire water body with concrete blocks to keep the toxic soil underneath from moving onshore. That lake is Lake Karachay in Russia’s Chelyabinsk Oblast, and it is considered by many to be the most polluted place on the planet.

As bad as Hanford is, the Russian topped it (bottomed it??)....

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:05 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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We sure manage to fuck this place up.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:10 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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The worst is yet to come...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:24 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Cool..

Now we know where to exile the political and financial racketeers and their families after we finally round them up,  give them a fair trial and then convict them.

 

They can have a spa with natural hot springs.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:40 | Link to Comment trav777
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wtf the russians couldn't build a pipeline to ukraine or bulgaria or something??!?!

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:02 | Link to Comment Super Broccoli
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what about broken spain, greece, UK, France and the rest of damn EU ?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:35 | Link to Comment Seer
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Folks there are more responsible, they're WHITE! </sarc> (and, they fund shitty reports like this- can't bite the hand that feeds you)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment AgAu_man
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Note to Self:  "Stay the course:  Keep cash, job, low profile. Keep passports current.  Buy more Precious, Food, H2O, G+A, Meds, Tools, Firewood, coal.  Avoid paying 'voluntary/idiot surtax' with dumb traffic or parking violations -- not a penny to those bass-turds for their job security!  Maintain key friends, keep networking.  Ignore MSM, DC, Wall St.  Exhale, breathe deeply.  Go for walk/hike.  Plant a tree.  Stay the course."

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:39 | Link to Comment Seer
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Keep a passport current AND plant trees?  And, firewood?  I cut, stack and shuttle the stuff, it's not exactly what I'd be looking to take along with me when I go traveling across borders...

Anyway, it's an otherwise sane post :-)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:53 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:25 | Link to Comment smacker
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US oft stated strategic policy to shift its prime military focus towards Asia (read China) can likely only be realised if it de-focuses on the likes of Iran and the Middle East, given that it hasn't got the military resources necessary to focus intensely on both regions. And what has Netanyahu got to say about this viz-a-viz Iran, given his publicly stated desire to bomb it.

But this may explain the apparent sudden change of plan recently when the US moved two carrier groups away from Iran & the Gulf back to Home Ports, as if the Iran/Middle East multiple crises had suddenly gone away. But they have not. Egypt, Libya, Syria, Qatar and other M/E sand pits remain in chaos.

There's also the small matter of US military forces now being sent to no less than 35 African countries to counter growing Chinese influence, reported over the weekend. But Africa is not Asia.

Is US overstretch ahead? I cannot help but get the impression that under Obama, US imperial foreign policy has descended into a mess.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:46 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Too rich:

Is US overstretch ahead? I cannot help but get the impression that under Obama, US imperial foreign policy has descended into a mess.

So where were you when Disk 'n W took up the crusade of rooting out Al-Queda in Iraq? Afganistan? My fuck, this in no defense of BHO, but you display zero credibility when you spout nonsense like this... 

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:15 | Link to Comment smacker
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Methinks you read more into my comments than I wrote or intended.  Looking at US military deployment policy in recent decades, it has been able to manage its military resources to achieve its objectives, without major problems **whether you or I agreed with the policies or not**.

But of late we see serious problems emerging all over the world. I listed some of them. This looks to me like overstretch is on the horizon IF the US intends to continue being the global imperial master, hence my *?* previous comment. I may be wrong. Perhaps the inside thinking is that a few wars and more spending to match will kick-start the economy?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:46 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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I stand by my statement, saying that "US foreign policy has descended into a mess on BHO's watch" is incredulous partisan bullshit...

Pop quiz: When did Egypt become a net imported of oil? Was it contemperaneous with any notable events?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:11 | Link to Comment smacker
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Flakmeister: Well, be my guest and stand by anything you want.

But let me give you one example of the recent odd situation that may have bypassed you, which looks like some sort of muddled policy in the Obama WH:

The US had one carrier group in the Gulf which was then increased to two in about 3rd Q last year. Then a third group was moved there together with some ~10,000 marines on board. Add to that all the support vessels and LHx vessels etc. God knows how many fighter planes that lot holds. There are few observers who didn't think this was a preparation for an attack on Iran if it failed to comply with demands.

About two weeks ago StratFor posted its latest map showing locations of US carrier groups and what did we find? The Gulf forces have now been reduced back to one carrier plus one LHx. All the rest are back in Home Ports. Result: Iran is now in a position to claim that it faced off the Americans and won. Iran decided to play war games in the Gulf to flex its muscles.

Likewise, as I said earlier, the apparent US strategy of focusing on Asia whilst it is also sending forces to 35 African countries, and the M/E is on fire.

NB: I'm not expressing personal views on the rights/wrongs of US foreign policy, merely that it seems rather muddled under Obama.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 19:45 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Clearly what I was referring to went way over your head....

Here is a big hint:

http://mazamascience.com/OilExport/output_en/Exports_BP_2012_oil_bbl_EG_MZM_NONE_auto_M.pdf

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 20:34 | Link to Comment smacker
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Nope. It didn't go over my head. I spotted that you were trying to divert the debate away from Obama's seemingly muddled global foreign policy, by mentioning Egypt's trivial 2011 oil exports. Why not talk about the price of fish instead? It's just as relevant.{shrug}

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:07 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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You *really* don't get it...

What the fuck do you think they used for hard currency to keep food cheap for the masses? And what do you think happened when food inflation took over?

Anyone who spouts a avatar like yours is invariably a blowhard...

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 06:07 | Link to Comment smacker
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Flakmeister: I actually get it a lot better than you and your socialist comrades might think. But at least you've now admitted that diverting our debate away from Obama's seemingly muddled global foreign policy with the risk of overstretch, and on to the price of food in Egypt, is your aim. When will you tell us about the price of fish? I can't wait. No, really.

What are you trying to hide? hhmmm.

 

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 11:05 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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You should note Trav's original comment below...

You are clearly an ideological windbag as you fail to grasp what was at the core of Egypt even when it is spelt out. Unless you think that US should either give them either more money or interfere even more directly....i.e. more overreach...

 

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:01 | Link to Comment smacker
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yada yada yada.

Noted: Still no response from you about Obama's muddled foreign policy. {shrug}.

 

Best Regards

Your ideological windbag friend :-)

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:39 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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WTF? That chart's nearly EIGHT years old!

Whatever, I investigated Peak Oil ~12yrs ago and have been peddling it ever since, yes really. So I hardly need you to educate me regarding US foreign policy in the Middle East.

However, since you are obviously pre-occupied by the subject, why don't you tell us why Obama is, for all intents and purposes, reducing US military presence in the M/E and Gulf/Iran (which btw has A LOT of oil/gas). Or is Obama's muddled foreign policy something you prefer not to talk about?

Do tell :-)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:42 | Link to Comment trav777
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shhhhhh...that is too close to mental third rails

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:48 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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while I disagree with the message of your avatar I'd say I'm posing myself your question "Is US overstretch ahead?"

the US military is still designed with two and a half wars at the same time in mind, isn't it?

imho the big question will be how much the next war will cost, because for sure it will be difficult to finance expenses like the Iraq III affair - where Bush calculated (probably personally) that it would cost some 60bn

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:03 | Link to Comment smacker
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Tch tch. What's wrong with my avatar?

On US military...yeah, 2.5 wars or summat like that. But wars come in different sizes and need different resources. I do not believe even the US could sustain major conflicts in the M/E at the same time as in Asia.

But my main point was one of confusing policy.

Costs are something I just shrug my shoulders at nowadays. We know that successive administrations are spending the nation into the ground.

 

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:15 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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the nation? you sound American - are you sure about your avatar? ;-)

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 16:21 | Link to Comment smacker
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"your" nation... ...I'm a Brit :-)

Yes, my avatar reflects what the EU is: a giant undemocratic, socialist construct. The current unelected EC President - Barroso - is an ex-Maoist. Many others who have control of the levers of power in the EU are commie/fascist leftovers from post WWII. Their objective is to create a new country "United States of Europe", whether the population wants it or not.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:09 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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The problem with Thatcherism is eventually you run out of North Sea oil...

TM Flakmeister 2008

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 06:20 | Link to Comment smacker
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There speaks a socialist True Believer who would have been far happier if Britain's government had been overthrown by the likes of Arthur Scargill and his fascist thugs, and London turned into a branch office of Moscow. tch tch. {shrug}.

Addendum:

Here's a news snippet about your hero Scargill from last October, which exposes him for being no different from all other socialists:

"Arthur Scargill, the former union leader who led the miner's strike in the 1980s, has been giving evidence in the high court as his old union tries to evict him from his "grace and favour" flat in the Barbican in the City of London. It is a most choice location and the old socialist has had the union paying his rent for 20 years, in a flat that costs £34,000 a year to maintain. They stopped last year, fearing Scargill, 74, might get married at some point, perhaps to a much younger woman, and it is customary for many unions to provide accommodation to officials for the rest of their lives and to any spouses who outlive them."

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 11:20 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Yawn.... not defending the previous incarnation of British socialism, but you guys competely miss what was at the core of any sucess ascribed to Thatcherism..

And now that the net exports are gone, the UK is in the crapper again...

You are really just an ideological windbag incapable of an objective look at the situation....

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:55 | Link to Comment smacker
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You fail to grasp that Britain's economy was going down the crapper way back in the 60s due to trade unions and their supporters in the socialist Labour Party, many of whom had connections with Moscow (yes, really). Add to that, some appalling management and away you go..........

In 1979, the crises reached a head and the nation faced a very stark choice: allow the Labour Party and trade union commies to seize control of Britain (which would most certainly have meant even more nationalisations and spelt the end) _or_ vote for Thatcher who promised to take them on, toe-to-toe. She won.

I was not too happy with the way in which North Sea oil revenues were spent; they were largely used as a welfare cushion to minimise social pain whilst she gave large sections of industry a cold bath. It was successful to a large extent, but obviously not as much as some of us would have liked. You need to understand that there are a lot of scum people in Britain -- inside and outside the Labour Party -- closet Marxists/fascists -- who spend their lives trying to wreck everything in the hope they will rise to the surface when it all collapses. Of course, MSM to this day never mentions it.

Now, when you gonna deal with your hero Obama's muddled global foreign policy??? Now or never???

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:42 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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So selling out completely to bankers and reaping a short whirlwind of oil revenues is seen as "brilliant policy"...

If Thatcherism was a *real* fix then you would not be where you are now...

You are so twisted in your view point that you don;t even recognize that I am not defending the other side, just pointing out the facts....

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 19:42 | Link to Comment smacker
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Who sold out to the bankers? And who described *what* as "brilliant"? Not me.

You're just posting slogans and one-liners to give the false impression that your socialist views (and obvious intense dislike of Thatcher) are based upon knowledge and research They are not. Not least because you have little idea how British govt/society is organised, how things happen and the forces within them that have power and influence. If you think that Britain's system of govt should be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up, I will agree with you because that's what I've been arguing for, for several decades.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:48 | Link to Comment Cyrano de Bivouac
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Well China is just started a 10 billion water project in Cambodia. There are water resources, drugs, farmland, and human trafficking potential throughout SE Asia. There are insurgent groups in  S.Thailand and Burma that can be used as proxies by interested parties. Let the show begin. P.S.  The "Activist Post" does a good job of covering issue.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 13:12 | Link to Comment Debeachesand Je...
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The countdown has begun for the reemergence of the "anti-war movement" in American under another Liberal Democrat President.

I assume everybody has forgotten the "blow back" LBJ received after expanding the War in Vietnam by introducing US Combat Troops into that War.

The War on Poverty became the War on Vietnam...........

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:06 | Link to Comment W74
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For a Geopolitical map, someone seems to be confusing Iraq with Iran.  Deutch Bank needs to fire it's Cartographer.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:42 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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BTW, this what you get when you lose the Arctic Ice:

Extreme jet stream causing record warmth in the east, record cold in the west

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:46 | Link to Comment Aegelis
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Too much "hope" and "change" in this map with little support for either.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 14:59 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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Lots of change but little hope...

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:36 | Link to Comment old naughty
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no CHANGE no hope.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 17:43 | Link to Comment malek
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German elections this year will be a "hotspot" about as much as the US elections were last year... yawn.

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