The Shanghai Expo and America's Economic Decline
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This year's Shanghai Expo celebrates China's extraordinary pace of economic development. The US barely showed up. Does that half-hearted effort reveal more than an image problem? Should Americans and their leaders sit up and take notice? Also, BP resumes work to kill its leaking well, and 92,000 secret reports on the war in Afghanistan are now on line. We ask what they reveal and what the likely impact might be.
Banner image: Commissioner General Jose Villareal in front of the USA Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo
BP Resumes Work to Kill Well, Awaiting Haywood Decision ()
AP is reporting that Tony Hayward will step down as the CEO of BP in October and take over operations in Russia. Meantime, efforts to stop the Gulf oil leak have resumed without any serious damage from Tropical Storm Bonnie. Steven Mufson is energy correspondent for the Washington Post.
The Shanghai Expo and America's Economic Decline ()
This year's Shanghai Expo makes the Beijing Olympics look like a Little League tournament, according to one observer, with 70 million people expected. But the US pavilion is being criticized as "bland," "uninspired" and "unimpressive." Does that reveal more than an image problem? In the aftermath of World War II, the US became the world's dominant power, with a middle class built by innovation and manufacturing. With so much now outsourced to the global economy, what's left to show off? Is the Shanghai Expo another signal America can't afford to ignore?
- David Hendricks: Business Writer, San Antonio Express-News
- Mina Chow: Filmmaker, 'FACE of a Nation'
- Harold Meyerson: Executive Editor, American Prospect, @haroldmeyerson -
- Jared Bernstein: Economic Policy Advisor, Vice-President Joe Biden, @econjared
- Robert Boege: Executive Director, Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America
The WikiLeak Leak and the War in Afghanistan ()
A group called WikiLeaks has released some 92,000 classified military reports about the war in Afghanistan, and they're now the subject of lengthy articles in the New York Times, Britain's Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel. The White House says there's nothing much new in the document dump, and the papers claim they've not disclosed anything that would jeopardize individuals or operations. What's been revealed? What are the possible consequences? Joe Klein is Washington columnist for Time magazine.
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