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New messenger, same mandate

December 23, 2008

Kevin P. Gallagher-- Kevin P. Gallagher is professor of international relations at Boston University and co-author of “The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley” and “Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space at the WTO." The opinions expressed are his own. --

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NYMEX oil benchmark again in question

December 23, 2008

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

The record differential between the front-month and more liquid second-month contracts at expiry last week once again raised pointed questions about whether the NYMEX light sweet contract is serving as a good benchmark for the global oil market, or sending misleading signals about the state of supply and demand.

from FaithWorld:

Pope says saving heterosexuality like saving the rainforest

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December 22, 2008

Pope Benedict took an unconventional approach today to stand up to what he sees as gender-bending, saying protecting heterosexuality was as important as saving the rainforest.

from FaithWorld:

Lots of advice for Obama on dealing with Muslims and Islam

December 22, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has been getting a lot of advice these days on how to deal with Muslims and Islam. He invited it by saying during his campaign that he either wanted to convene a conference with leaders of Muslim countries or deliver a major speech in a Muslim country "to reboot America’s image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular”. But where? when? why? how? Early this month, I chimed in with a pitch for a speech in Turkey or Indonesia.  Some quite interesting comments have come in since then.

from The Great Debate:

Bush’s auto plan will test Obama’s union loyalties

December 22, 2008

morici-- Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Business and former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission.  The opinions expressed are his own. --

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How will the Fed get off its Tiger?

By J Saft
December 19, 2008

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

The Federal Reserve and U.S. economy have two considerable risks now that quantitative easing is at hand: keeping the dollar from a disorderly decline and figuring out how to dismount from the tiger.

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China needs to be bold to ride out the storm

By Wei Gu
December 18, 2008

Wei Gu-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. --

Beijing risks inflicting even more damage to the world economy by reflexively slowing market reforms in response to the financial crisis. But China's leaders should quicken, not slow, the pace of reform to help it ride through the storm.

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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. --

from Ask...:

How will the record OPEC supply cut affect consumers?

By Reuters Staff
December 17, 2008

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed on Wednesday to make its deepest output cut ever to counter slumping demand and falling oil prices.  The output cut has been received with cautious optimism by analysts.

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The green-collar economy

December 17, 2008

van-jonesVan Jones is founding president of Green For All, and author of “The Green Collar Economy," In this interview with PopTech! he describes a plan to create millions of new jobs that can’t be outsourced, wean the country off its dependence on foreign oil, and take bold steps to address the climate crisis.