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Israel: In a League of Its Own

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 30, 2007

Many international soccer fans are surprised when they learn that Israel competes in the European league, UEFA. Though it is a Middle Eastern country, in sports and trade Israel plays best with the West. But you need a deeper understanding of Israel's position to tap its profit potential.

Global Warming--The Great Vote-Getter!

Written by Jeff Siegel
Posted May 25, 2007

There’s no doubt that the Democrats used the global warming issue to get votes. Whether they believe this stuff is real or not is irrelevant. Facts are facts. Global warming is a vote-getter. And job number one for a politician is to get re-elected.

Pain at the Persian Pump

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 24, 2007

This Tuesday, western news outlets reported the beginning of gasoline rationing in Iran with terse certainty. But the view from Iran is much more complicated, and shows the disarray of oil refining operations in the world's number-three oil producer.

The Blame Game Has Begun

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 24, 2007

As the housing market continues to plummet and the mortgage morass delivers one borrower after another into the pit of foreclosure, the blame game has begun in earnest.

Robotic Surgeons Answer the Call

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 23, 2007

For 54 years, Dennis Murray had definitely beaten the odds. Unlike most people his age, he had never been hospitalized, not even once. Sadly, though, his streak wouldn’t last. It ended instead with the news that all of us dread. He had cancer.

24 Cents an Hour, 70 Hours a Week

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 23, 2007

Fluent in Mandarin, Benjamin Ross has conducted research for several multinational corporations involving migrant workers, cell phones, Internet cafés, and people with disabilities as they pertain to the Chinese market and its 11% annual growth.

Cow Tongues and Chinese Funds

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 23, 2007

My dad always makes corny jokes that elicit groans from family members and chuckles from the uninitiated. One of my favorites is, "When you eat cow tongue, are you tasting the cow or is the cow tasting you?" The China-US investment relationship presents a similar paradox.

Israel: Money in the Middle

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 21, 2007

In Gaza to the southwest and Lebanon to the north, rockets and bullets are flying. In the middle of it all, Israeli scientists are launching the companies of tomorrow.

Top Docs Prep for Surgery on Mars

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 17, 2007

In the deep blue waters off the coast of Key Largo, NASA’s “aquanauts” are hard at work. Sixty feet below the waves, they are busy practicing the same types of tasks that they may one day be required to perform in trips to the great beyond.

Between Fossil Fools and Peak-Oil Prophets

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 17, 2007

There's a fine line between fools and prophets. Talisman Energy CEO Jim Buckee treads it boldly, and his recent Peak Oil proclamation is certain to ruffle some feathers.

1933 Law = Massive Profits Today

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted May 17, 2007

Unbeknownst to most, the Farm Bill--updated every five years or so--is hardly a bill at all. Instead, it's a long-running accumulation of many diverse acts subject to periodic review and modification by Congress.

The International Growth Wire

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 16, 2007

The force behind emerging market growth is not high-tech or infrastructure investment. Nor is it drug trafficking or organ smuggling. It's the $300-billion-a-year money transfer network.

The Bulls Continue to Roam

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 15, 2007

Dow futures ran red this morning and for a moment it looked like the bears might actually have something to growl about. National giants Home Depot and Wal-Mart both managed to disappoint the Street, sending futures lower.

Record High Gas Prices Fueling our Profits

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted May 14, 2007

If you haven't noticed yet, gasoline prices have climbed again. The recent jump to $3.07 per gallon surpasses the record highs we experienced after 2005's devastating hurricane season.

Cisco Needs More Love

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 11, 2007

Networking giant Cisco Systems released earnings on Tuesday, and as usual, they jacked another one right out of the park. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were still looking for the ball. That's how good they were.