August 11th, 2006

Chris Keeley




Thursday, August 10, 2006

Breakpoint in Iraq: What went Wrong

Investors Insight Publishing


Today I am sending out a Special Edition of Outside the Box. My good
friend George Friedman at has posted a very powerful essay
on the new situation in Iraq. I must warn you, it is disturbing for
those who, like myself, want a positive and peaceful outcome in Iraq.
But since our thinking and investing should reflect reality and not
wishful thinking, I suggest you take the time to read this piece.

As I have said in the past, Stratfor is my main and favorite source for
geo-political news and analysis. They have often been referred to in the
mainstream press as a 'private CIA,' but I would say in Stratfor's
defense that they seem to be more right than their government counterpart.

Again, if you are in the business of managing money where an eye to what
is happening in the world is critical, or you are a student of
geo-politics, or both, I strongly suggest you get your own subscription
to Stratfor. George tells me that the renewal rates are close to 90%,
which demonstrates how valuable their readers regard the information
that they receive on a daily basis. While this essay is on Iraq, they
also cover the rest of the world, and you can get information on
whatever part of the world you are interested in on their website.
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Chris Keeley



A Bankrupt Cuba Policy*
/The Nation//
/by Wayne Smith

from the August 28, 2006 issue

Even as we move closer to a post-Castro Cuba, there has been no easing
of the Bush Administration's hardline policy. That Washington's
instincts are confrontational became clear in the wake of the 9/11
attacks, when Cuba expressed solidarity with the American people, called
for dialogue and offered to sign bilateral agreements for joint efforts
against terrorism. The Bush Administration rebuffed even those overtures
and instead began calling for Castro's downfall. By 2003 this had led to
the formation of the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, and by
May 2004 to a 500-page action plan to bring an end to the Castro regime.
Making it sound as though the regime was on the verge of collapse,
economy and all, and that just a few more nudges would do it, the plan
included measures to (1) tightly limit the travel of Americans to Cuba,
including some painful new restrictions on the travel of
Cuban-Americans; (2) increase Radio and TV Martí broadcasting; and (3)
provide increased assistance to dissidents and other representatives of
civil society in Cuba.

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