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  • Stratfor: Odds of War with Iran Spiking

    In just the last few weeks, we have learned several disturbing new things about Iran's nuclear capabilities. First, we discovered that Iran has a large secret uranium enrichment facility inside a mountain south of Tehran that we didn't previously know about. Second, shortly thereafter, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear oversight group, said that Iran is much more advanced in its nuclear program than the IAEA had thought previously. According to the report, Iran now has all the data needed to design a nuclear weapon.

    Third, was a revelation in the first days of October by the Times of London which reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow on September 7 to charge that Russian scientists and engineers are working directly with Iran on its nuclear weapons program. This intelligence suggests that Iran may be much further along in developing nuclear weapons than the international community previously believed.

    To give us insights on these latest revelations about Iran and its nuclear ambitions, we turn to our good friends at Stratfor.com this week. Please read what follows very carefully.

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  • Thoughts On China, The Olympics & Investing

    This week, I turn our attention to this year's Summer Olympics which will be held in China beginning this Friday, August 8 and running through the closing ceremonies on August 24, assuming all goes as planned. China has long been a mystery to the rest of the developed world, and the Olympics will no doubt shed much light on China, its communist government and its culture. Our friends at Stratfor.com offer an interesting analysis of China from a political perspective and what that might mean for the Olympics. With their permission, I have reprinted that analysis in the pages that follow - enjoy. Finally, if you are invested in China, you might consider taking some profits this week, just in case anything bad should happen during the Olympics....
  • Stratfor On The War In Iraq After Five Years

    March marked the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq. The troop "surge" that President Bush ordered last year has led to much more success in Iraq, but we hear little about the good news from the media. This week, I have reprinted a recent analysis on the war in Iraq...
  • Stratfor: The US Economy & The Next "Big One"

    The conventional wisdom on Wall Street seems to be that we have now entered into a recession. While I'm not yet ready to get on that bandwagon, I do see it as a definite possibility in light of ongoing weak economic reports. If we do experience a recession, the next question is whether this is going to be the "big one," somewhat akin to the 1930s Depression....