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Clean energy investment needs greener light

By Paul Taylor
February 10, 2009

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

paul-taylorInvestors in clean energy are like motorists stuck at broken traffic lights. The public policy light is green but the price and credit lights are deep red.

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Rising unemployment gravest threat to U.S. and UK

February 10, 2009

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

Rising unemployment is the now the largest single threat to attempts to stabilize the banking system through recapitalization and assets swaps designed to remove toxic assets from bank balance sheets.

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Saving the economy from our brains

By J Saft
February 6, 2009

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

Our brains are wired for bubbles, it would appear, and regulation and tight external controls are the only way to save ourselves from ourselves.

from Africa News blog:

Time to stop aid for Africa?

February 5, 2009

Far from being all bad news for Africa, the global financial crisis is a chance to break a dependence on development aid that has kept it in poverty, argues Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo, who has just published a new book “Dead Aid”.

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Executive pay caps: “stealth nationalization” or “political grandstanding”?

By Reuters Staff
February 4, 2009

obama-geithner President Barack Obama set a $500,000 annual pay cap on Wednesday for executives at companies getting taxpayer bailouts as part of a wider process to clamp down on excessive corporate pay.

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Rising tide of cyber-crime shows why we need Web regulation

February 4, 2009

Michael BarrettMichael Barrett is the Chief Information Security Officer at PayPal. He is on the advisory board of StopBadware.org, an anti-malware "neighborhood watch" led by Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

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Facebook ruined my life

February 4, 2009

--- Linsey Fryatt is editor of stuff.tv. The views expressed are her own. --

linseyfryatt-stufftvIt's facebook's fifth birthday this week. And while I love every status-updating, picture-tagging, friend-stalking pixel of it, I often wish it had never been invented.

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Play by the rules, close failing banks

By J Saft
February 3, 2009

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

Why not just play by the existing rules and rescue the economy, rather than the banks and their foolish shareholders and counterparties?

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Arms control to start U.S.-Russia thaw

By Paul Taylor
February 3, 2009

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

Arms control is back and will thaw icy relations between the United States and Russia this year, but how far the new detente goes depends on the truculent mood in Moscow.