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Ever noticed how expensive restaurants go out of their way to fill the air of their bathrooms with the refreshing scents of a pine forest after a gentle rain? Hoping to cover up the smells that would otherwise predominate in such an environment, the keepe
Ever noticed how expensive restaurants go out of their way to fill the air of their bathrooms with the refreshing scents of a pine forest after a gentle rain? Hoping to cover up the smells that would otherwise predominate in such an environment, the keepers of luxury lavatories bombard their patrons with diversionary scents, presumably to make oneâ€™s overall dining experience more pleasant.
Weissman: Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
Jul 25, 2002
Here is one of the most remarkable aspects of the still-unfolding financial scandals swirling around Worldcom, Xerox, Global Crossing, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and a growing number of other companies: The fraud occurred in the most heavily regulated a
Weisbrot: Brazil's Challenge
Jul 22, 2002
Having won the World Cup Soccer Championship before a captivated audience of 1.5 billion people -- nearly a quarter of the world's population -- Brazilians now face an even tougher competition. In this contest, one team defends a goal that is only two fee
Recently, when speaking to a group of high school students, I was asked why I only seemed to be concerned about white racism towards people of color. We had been discussing racial slurs, and a number of white students wondered aloud why I didn't get as up
Weisbrot: What Are They Doing to Argentina?
Jun 27, 2002
The head of the IMF's delegation to Argentina was recently cornered outside his hotel room by reporters from a popular, muck-raking television show. They handed him a set of large, plastic Halloween vampire teeth. "We found these lodged in President Duhal
Weisbrot: The Africa Tour: First, Do No Harm
Jun 04, 2002
Whoever dreamed up this tour had a sense of theater. Paul O'Neill, the straight-laced, tough-talking US Treasury Secretary, former corporate CEO, and foreign aid skeptic; with Bono, humanitarian, highly worshipped Irish rock star, in trademark wraparound
Wise: Defining Democracy Down
May 16, 2002
WebsterÕs New World Dictionary defines democracy as, among other things, Òthe principle of equality of rights, opportunity and treatment, or the practice of this principle.Ó Keep this in mind, as weÕll be coming back to it shortly.
Weisbrot: What About the Trade Deficit?
May 15, 2002
The much-feared Federal budget deficit is back in the news: the latest projections show it could be twice as high in the coming year as previously thought. Should anyone be worried?
Wise: Anti-Semitism, Real and Imagined
May 02, 2002
Watching former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress a few weeks ago, I must admit, I was almost sucked in. No, not by his distorted version of reality in the Occupied Territories, nor by his opportunistic and transparently disingen
Weisbrot: The Myth Of The Global Economy
Mar 31, 2002
Now that the US recession is over (Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has pronounced it), it is worth glancing back at the widespread concerns of a global economic slowdown that prevailed just a few months ago. These fears turned out to be overblown
Weisbrot: Imf Playing With Fire In Argentina
Feb 22, 2002
Imf Playing With Fire In Argentina
An e-mail arrives in my inbox, recommending a website that seeks to explain--one might say rationalize--the mutiple killings of black men by Cincinnati police over the past few years. Its sender, who feels I should "get my facts straight," takes issue wit
Random security checks. ThatÕs what theyÕre called anyway: those extra bag searches and body scans being done at airports across the U.S., presumably to deter a new round of terrorist attacks. On each flight, a handful of passengers are pulled aside and g
Traveling through airports, as I often do, can prove to be quite an educational experience. Therein, one can engage in people watching, examine the culinary habits of corporate types and tourists, and occasionally gain insight into the mindset of ones fel
Weisbrot: The New Economy?
Dec 08, 2001
In economic history, great myths are often made and sustained not so much by the difficulty of the subject matter, but by the failure of the discussants to look at the readily available data. America's longest business cycle expansion, which has now been
Weisbrot: What Everyone Should Know About Nicaragua
Nov 09, 2001
The United States' first post-September 11 foray into Latin American politics -- in Nicaragua's election -- provides a glimpse of how Washington's new "counter-terrorism" policy may play out in this region.
Members of his terrorist organization and network have killed Americans, on American soil. Those inspired by his message have engaged in a mass atrocity: blowing innocent people out of their offices as the building where they worked crumbled to the ground
Some principles are so important that they cannot be violated even in a time of national emergency. One of those, it now appears, is the principle of patent rights for multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies.
To hear those who support the current air assault on Afghanistan tell it, those of us who doubt the likely efficacy of such a campaign, and who question its fundamental morality are not only insufficiently patriotic but dangerously na•ve.