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but I'm beginning to think that the conclusions may suddenly be more palatable this year. There has been a distinct lack of hysteria in this year's coverage and, more importantly, in official reactions so far.

I think people are beginning to see that this is mostly theater, and that a lot of shady stuff (intermediaries, bizarre prices, etc...) that should not be there keeps on popping up.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Jan 3rd, 2009 at 08:46:40 AM EST
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is what we get when journalists don't know enough to present a more nuanced view like yours.

Lately, I've been coming across other pieces concerning other topics which echo some of the themes you present here (the tawdry fight for control of the cash-cow, for instance). This piece on the Anbar Awakening is one. While I've been looking at the seemingly unnatural split between Kiev and Moscow in historical terms (like Stalin's purge of the kulaks), I'm beginning to wonder if the simpler reasons of greed explain more of what's going on. If that's the case, I'm wasting my time and don't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting into a position where I can sense where political currents flow.

Wonderful post, though. Hotlisted. Thanks.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Sat Jan 3rd, 2009 at 01:36:12 PM EST
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