March 20, 1988 |
On the eve of the National Assembly election in El Salvador, policy-makers in Washington were still asking the self-serving question: Will the voting create a "workable" civilian government, one with enough legitimacy in the eyes of the U.S. Congress to ensure continued financing of the Reagan Administration's "counter-insurgency" strategy?
April 28, 2008 |
Among the many reasons given for the recent surge in gas prices is China's soaring demand for petroleum. Because the Chinese are running around the world buying up every available barrel of oil, the argument goes, we Americans have to pay that much more to outbid them for the leftover pools of crude. And the fact that the Chinese yuan has been growing stronger while the American dollar is shrinking in value has only exacerbated the problem. Unquestionably, there's some truth to this.