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American guns and the war next door

By Bernd Debusmann
December 18, 2008

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Electric cars will not cure environmental woes

December 18, 2008

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-- Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The opinions expressed are her own. --

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Obama spurs EU on climate, economy

By Paul Taylor
December 16, 2008

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He wasn't present and he isn't even in office yet, but Barack Obama was the elephant in the room at last week's European Union summit on economic recovery and climate change.

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Minimizing exposure to investment management fraud

By Mark Williams
December 16, 2008

williams_mark-- Mark T. Williams, a finance professor at the Boston University School of Management, is a risk-management expert and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner.  The opinions expressed are his own. --

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Great U.S debt engine slips into reverse

December 12, 2008

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

After six decades of uninterrupted credit creation and an unprecedented era of consumption and prosperity, the credit process has come to an abrupt halt. If credit has been the locomotive of the modern economy, the third quarter of 2008 marked the point when the engine stalled and the economy began to roll back down the hill.

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Finance throws sand in wheels of trade

By J Saft
December 12, 2008

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

Trade finance, a basic lubricant for the global economy, is becoming much more expensive and tougher to get, accelerating an already harrowing downturn.

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Can Obama avert an Arab-Israeli disaster?

By Bernd Debusmann
December 11, 2008

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Time is running out for Israel and the Palestinians. Barack Obama is probably the last American president to have the option of pursuing an accord leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, the so-called two-state solution.

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“Risk free” rate going way of free lunch

By J Saft
December 10, 2008

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

One of the many comfortable but unreliable certainties now coming unglued is the idea that U.S. Treasury interest rates are the paramount benchmark, a measure of "risk free" investment, an idea at the heart of finance.

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In China, OPEC’s nightmare comes true

December 5, 2008

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

China's decision to link domestic fuel prices indirectly to the international crude oil market, subject to a price cap, while hiking the consumption tax on gasoline and diesel and phasing out a variety of road tolls and other fees shows Saudi Arabia's worst fears about high prices and demand destruction are starting to come true.

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Banking spins destruction myth: Hoocoodanode?

By J Saft
December 5, 2008

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

Just as every society has a creation myth, banking is now busily writing a destruction myth that seeks to explain and soothe in a world torn to its foundations.