The variable impact of oil prices on everyday life and our increasing vulnerability

Category: Business & Economics
Published on Jul 04, 2008

For those of you already worrying about $200 barrels of oil, you may want to stop reading now. The New Scientist recently released an interactive graphic of the world’s oil flows and chokepoints that highlights just how vulnerable the world’s oil supply is to conflict, terrorism, natural disasters, and other factors beyond our control. In a related article in the NYTimes, Clifford Krauss focuses on the effects of high gasoline prices on rural areas in […]

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The Obama file: can he really deliver change?

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Jul 04, 2008

He’s mobilized youth to previously unprecedented levels, shattered fund-raising records with an Internet-enabled army of small-dollar donors, and made many impassioned calls for sweeping changes in Washington. But can Obama really transform the cynical, self-interested, and frequently factious nature of politics, while bringing new levels of transparency and participation to the process? Three recent articles in the NYTimes cast some doubt on Obama’s ability to can adequately distance himself and his campaign from the worst […]

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