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Sri Lanka’s death zone

April 23, 2009

Donald Steinberg is Deputy President of the International Crisis Group, www.crisisgroup.org– Donald Steinberg is Deputy President of the International Crisis Group, www.crisisgroup.org. The views expressed are his own. –

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Look to deal numbers for M&A green shoots

By Alexander Smith
April 23, 2009

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-- Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

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An emerging opportunity in U.S. housing

April 22, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Deep breath. Ok, here goes: For the first time in a very long time U.S. housing might actually be a reasonable buy on a five-year view.

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Is there any point to the IMF?

April 21, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

Institutions often outlive their usefulness. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has often looked like an organization in search of a mission. Lately, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also seemed like one lost without a contemporary role.

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U.K. government should resist the VC trap

April 20, 2009

Margaret DoyleThe British government is considering whether to set up a mega public-private fund to invest in early-stage ventures. This would be a mistake. While British -- and European -- entrepreneurs have largely failed to produce huge successes like Google and eBay, bunging taxpayers' money at the problem is not the answer.

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U.S. environmental agency walks a tightrope on CO2

April 20, 2009

John Kemp Great DebateThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s proposed findings on greenhouse gas emissions were a carefully worded attempt to appease climate-change activists while containing hostility from business and energy organizations or Congress.

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Beware Goldman’s “dutiful” TARP repayment

April 15, 2009

(Republished to clarify time period of data in fifth paragraph)

Trading specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange trading shares of Goldman Sachs, in New York, April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Chip East Patriotism, as Dr Johnson once observed, is the last refuge of a scoundrel. So when you hear words like "duty" drip from the lips of a senior executive at Goldman Sachs, you instinctively count the spoons.

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Obama mulls cap-and-trade by decree

April 14, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Senior U.S. administration officials have indicated that if Congress does not pass comprehensive legislation providing for a cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions they will press ahead unilaterally with proposals using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s existing authority under the Clean Air Act.

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Goldman may repay government funds but not ease U.S. grip

April 14, 2009

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc may succeed in its bid to pay back U.S. taxpayer money with the help of a $5 billion common share sale, but it may still not get the freedom it wants from intense public scrutiny.

Quantitative easing a last resort

April 9, 2009

img_3391-alan-clarke-Alan Clarke is UK economist at BNP Paribas. The opinions expressed are his own-

As expected, the Bank of England left the Bank Rate unchanged at 0.5 percent at the April meeting, the first unchanged decision since September 2008.