IN THIS ISSUE: 1. GDP Report Better Than Expected… Really? 2. What Really Happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11 3. Why Were Requests For More Security Denied? 4. Obama Administration Blames It On a Video 5. General Petraeus Throws Obama Under the Bus Overview I’ve been taking a lot of flak from...
The official visits to Paris during the first week of July by three African heads of state raised more questions than answers about the Africa policy of François Hollande, the newly-elected French President. On July 2 it was President Alpha Conde of Guinea, on July 5 Ali Bongo, President of Gabon...
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By Charles Krakoff With the exception of Bahrain, where anti-government protests were violently suppressed by the ruling royal family with military support from Saudi Arabia, the kingdoms and sheikhdoms of the Arabian Gulf – in America we refer to it as the Persian Gulf, but that terminology does...
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Stocks were up today, which after the past few weeks is a nice reprieve from the downward grind. Speculation that the Fed will not be able to resist more quantitative easing is putting a floor under stock prices. And the news that Qaddafi is just about defeated in Libya is helping the good vibes. But...
Libyan dictator Qaddafi has reportedly accepted an offer to join cease-fire negotiations with Libyan rebels. This is a smart move, perhaps the first from Qaddafi in some time. With the no-fly zone over Libya, and the escalation of strategic strikes, the international community has clearly sent the message...
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The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve is an estimated 727 million barrels of oil sits in salt caves along the coast of Louisiana and Texas. And now that unrest in the Middle East has spiked oil prices close to $107 a barrel, President Obama is reportedly considering releasing some of that oil into the...
So, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is offering to mediate some kind of peace for Muammar Qaddafi and Libya . That’s a bit like Ben Bernanke offering up a plan to fight inflation. Stocks are poised to rally on the news and oil prices are dropping. Gold is even looking to reverse course. Now, it's...
March is here, spring is not far off, and overall futures are in the green again. Manufacturing data (in the form of PMI surveys) in Europe and in the U.S. are beating expectations handily. Unemployment in Germany is at a 19-year low. And some are forecasting a strong showing from U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls...