- Making News: Oil Prices Continue to Rise
For the first time in trading history, the price of crude oil went to $65 a barrel today. Tight supplies are pushing gasoline prices up, too, but so far demand keeps soaring. Philip Verleger, senior fellow at the Institution for Economics in Washington, takes a look at the reasons for the seemingly endless increase in price.
- Reporter's Notebook: Food Shortage in Niger Is Not Ordinary Famine
Recently, the international media have broadcast and published heart-breaking photos from Niger--shrunken babies and emaciated children, whose malnourished parents can't get them enough to eat. One thing making the problem worse than in years past is that "the link of brotherhood and solidarity has been broken." That's according to a radio journalist quoted in today's Washington Post. The author of the story is Craig Timberg.
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