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First the stock market, now water

March 12, 2009

Jonas Minton-- Jonas Minton is Water Policy Advisor for the Planning and Conservation League, an environmental advocacy organization.  Previously he was deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources. The views expressed are his own. --

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The equity illusion

March 12, 2009

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

Even after its recent decline, the U.S. equity market does not look especially "cheap" or "undervalued" when viewed over time; the bear market has simply brought valuations back into line with long-term trends.

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Here comes another set of dodgy U.S. loans

By J Saft
March 11, 2009

jimsaftcolumn1-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Banks in the U.S. face a new source of write-downs and failures in the coming year as loans made to developers to finance residential and commercial property development rapidly go bad.

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Buck-passing augurs ill for G20 summit

By Paul Taylor
March 10, 2009

Paul Taylor Great Debate-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The foreplay to next month's G20 summit is degenerating into a buck-passing exercise rather than crafting a Grand Bargain to save the world economy and regulate capitalism.

Women as agents of change in Europe – nothing less

March 9, 2009

image001- Brigitte Triems is president of the European Women’s Lobby, the largest non-governmental women’s organisation in the European Union, representing approximately 2000 organisations in 30 European Countries. Working with its members at national and European levels, the EWL’s main objective is to fight for gender equality and to ensure the integration of a gender perspective in all EU policy areas. The opinions expressed are her own. -

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Should there be limits on commodity investment?

March 9, 2009

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

The commodity boom and bust in the last 5 years suggests there is a natural limit on how much investment money these markets can absorb before price-setting mechanisms become distorted and prices unmoored from supply and demand fundamentals.

International Women’s Day and the global financial crisis

March 7, 2009

sam_cook- Sam Cook is the director of the PeaceWomen Project – a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – the world’s oldest women’s peace organization founded in 1915 in the Hague. WILPF is an international non-governmental organization with national sections in 35 countries, covering all continents. Its international secretariat is based in Geneva with a New York United Nations office. The opinions expressed are her own. -

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Let sleeping shadow banking systems lie

By J Saft
March 6, 2009

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

Rather than vainly trying to refloat the shadow banking system, the U.S. would be better off grappling with the inevitable ultimate solution -- debt destruction and inflation.

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Setback for America’s pro-Israel hawks

By Bernd Debusmann
March 5, 2009

Bernd Debusmann - Great Debate-- Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. --

Persistently over history God is seen as male

March 5, 2009

head-and-shoulders-photo-2009- Reverend Dr. Miranda Threlfall-Holmes is Chaplain and Solway Fellow of University College, Durham. As a historian, she has published work on late medieval monastic history and the medieval economic history of the North East of England, notably “Monks and Markets” (Oxford University Press, 2005). Her current research interests are the history of the doctrine of the Trinity, and women’s issues in the contemporary church. She is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and a committee member for the group Women and the Church.