The Great Debate

Does everyone have a price?

By Anya Schiffrin
April 7, 2011

DUBAI/

On Monday I went to Bloomingdales, the Gap and Starbucks but passed on a visit to Magnolia Bakery. Instead I  stopped by the St. Moritz bakery where you can order hot chocolate and sit by a video of a cozy winter  fire that overlooks the indoor ski slope and is just around the corner from the largest candy store in the world, which happens to face an aquarium that occupies an entire wall on one side of the world’s largest shopping malls. This by the way is opposite of what claims to be the world’s largest candystore whose mission statement is to make every day “happier’. Earlier, while exploring the watery depths of the bright Pink Atlantis Hotel (one of the white elephants of the property crash of 2007) I knew it was really the last kingdom because the fish swam around two cracked thrones and other kitschy stone artifacts.

Paper shows perils of projecting oil demand

March 25, 2010

Global oil consumption could hit a massive 134 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2030, up from 85 million bpd currently, and demand is unlikely to peak in the foreseeable future, according to a recent academic paper.

Anything but oil

December 21, 2009

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Obama and flawed logic on Cuba

By Bernd Debusmann
April 14, 2009

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In China, OPEC’s nightmare comes true

December 5, 2008

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New economies want power before paying

By Paul Taylor
November 19, 2008

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from Global News Journal:

What should the world do about Somalia?

November 17, 2008

Islamist militants imposing a strict form of Islamic law are knocking on the doors of Somalia's capital, the country's president fears his government could collapse -- and now pirates have seized a super-tanker laden with crude oil heading to the United States from Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi king basks in praise at UN interfaith forum

November 13, 2008

The price of oil may have dropped by more than half in recent weeks but the Saudi petrodollar appears to have lost none of its allure, judging by the procession of very important visitors to the New York Palace Hotel this week and to the U.N. General Assembly. With President George W. Bush in the lead, they have all come to present their compliments to King Abdullah, the Saudi ruler, who has turned the Manhattan hotel and the world body into an extension of his court, complete, it would seem, with a Majlis to receive petitioners.

The world’s expanding top table

By Paul Taylor
November 11, 2008

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