Bolivia and Argentina's nationalization of Spanish companies hasn't gone over well in Madrid. Spanish officials say Bolivia and Argentina will pay the price in the long run, as investors become weary of doing business if their assets could ultimately get seized.
Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll about his new book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power. In it, Coll delves into the business model of one of the country's largest and most profitable corporations. He explores how the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 shaped the culture at the company for years to come.
Greeks go to the polls Sunday in a climate of intense voter anger at politicians they blame for turning their country into an international economic pariah. Protest votes could fill Parliament with an array of new parties. Most surprising is the growing popularity of the xenophobic Golden Dawn, which espouses a neo-Nazi ideology.
Spain has fallen back into recession. Meanwhile, its unemployment rate is the highest in Europe. And now investors are once again fleeing the country and interest rates on government debt are climbing.
Nearly 3 million Americans are caught in the vise grip that is mobile home living — they own their home but rent the land it sits on, making it nearly impossible to build equity. But a nonprofit is organizing co-ops that help transform tenants into homeowners, giving many a sense of stability they'd never experienced before.
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