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We present an article today by a distinguished Iraqi writer who, without naming names, rebuts Mr. Alan Greenspan’s argument that the war in Iraq was driven by oil considerations. In presenting Dr. Hussein’s analysis we do not mean to express a view for or against the war in Iraq, for...
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In his book “The Age of Turbulence”, released for sale yesterday, Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve writes, “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” This statement is...
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In our editorial on September 6, entitled "When Projection is Elevated to Science", we questioned the wisdom of the World Bank staff in projecting the price of oil in 2009 to the last cent, at exactly $49.72. Shortly thereafter, a friend in Dubai sent us an investment brochure issued by...
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Dictators cultivate the image of a superman. They are the epitome of health and personal prowess. And they are portrayed as in control at all times. Illness must be concealed because it suggests weakness, and serious illness remains a state secret because it could raise the question of mortality,...
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We publish today a review of a World Bank report on economic development in the Middle East. As is common with reports of this genre, one would normally find extensive data, often presented with analytical rigor, even if sometimes the data’s pedigree is questionable. But there was one...
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