Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on trade from his book, The Dignity of Difference: In an age of resurgent tribalism, the global market offers—as trade has always done—an alternative script to difference as a source of conflict, and therefore tragedy. . . .
The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) will meet with more economists on February 26-27 to delve into causes of the crisis, considering in particular: monetary policy, derivatives, shadow banking, GSEs, and bailouts of "too big too fail" institutions. . . .
The International Monetary Fund's top economist, Olivier Blanchard, says central bankers should consider aiming for a higher inflation rate than they do currently to lessen the chances of repeating the recent severe recession. . . .
After almost two years of economic downturn, exports through Savannah increased 11.4 percent, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Port traffic typically augurs a region’s economic well-being. . . .
With gas prices dropping again, it is easy to forget how dependent we still are on foreign oil, particularly from the volatile Middle East, but Texas tycoon and energy guru T. Boone Pickens has not forgotten. . . .
Iran hanged two men at the end of January -- the first political prisoners known to be executed in Iran since the demonstrations protesting the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Amnesty International. . . .