If countries around the world are doing so well economically, why are they still catching a cold when the United States sneezes?

Posted by Fareed Zakaria on January 23, 2008 1:49 PM


Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

America's Economic Barometer

Looks like trouble’s brewing in the long term.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 2 COMMENTS
Jan 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM
Bill Emmott is the former editor of The Economist magazine, a leading international current affairs publication from England. He is now an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on international affairs.

Stock Market Swings: So What?

Even if the American economy has pneumonia, it’s not all about the U.S. anymore.

Posted by Bill Emmott Great Britain | 26 COMMENTS
Jan 24, 2008 at 10:21 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Revaluing America

Other world economies are going about their usual business. Why won't America?

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 14 COMMENTS
Jan 24, 2008 at 9:45 AM
Mustafa Domanic is an online activist and blogger. He contributes to several blogs on Turkish current affairs as well as global political issues including

World to America: Stay Home and Rest

It’s world markets that are sneezing, and America that’s catching the cold.

Posted by Mustafa Domanic Istanbul, Turkey | 18 COMMENTS
Jan 23, 2008 at 2:03 PM
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is the Consulting Editor of The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily. He writes a popular weekly column, titled Swaminomics in the Times of India. He spends roughly half the year in New Delhi and half in Washington D.C., where he is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and an occasional consultant to the World Bank. He has been the editor of India's two main financial dailies, The Economic Times (1992-94) and Financial Express (1988-90). He was also the India Correspondent of the British weekly, The Economist, for most of two decades between 1976 and 1998.

Sick, But Not Contagious

The American economy isn’t as important to the world as it used to be.

Posted by Swaminathan A. Aiyar New Delhi, India | 3 COMMENTS
Jan 23, 2008 at 1:59 PM
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

No Ordinary Sneeze

The U.S. used to save the rest of the world from their economic crises. How the tables have turned.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 16 COMMENTS
Jan 23, 2008 at 1:53 PM


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