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Euphoria of Obama’s Election Victory Fades Fast: Markets Down 10%; Toyota Says Auto Crisis “Unprecedented”

November 6, 2008

Toyota Motor slashed its profit forecast Thursday, warning the global auto industry faces an “unprecedented” crisis as Asian stocks tumbled on fears the US is sinking deeper towards recession.

The Japanese giant became the latest automaker to reveal plunging profits due to the financial crisis, following on the heels of BMW, Nissan and Honda.

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Toyota , vying with General Motors for the title of the world’s top automaker, cut its annual profit forecast by more than half after a terrible year so far.

It now expects a 68 percent plunge in net profit to 550 billion yen (5.6 billion dollars) — the first drop in nine years.

“The financial crisis is negatively impacting the real economy worldwide, and the automotive markets, especially in developed countries, are contracting rapidly,” Toyota executive vice president Mitsuo Kinoshita said.

“This is an unprecedented situation.”

Elsewhere in the transport sector, European aircraft manufacturer Airbus warned it expects a sharp reduction in new orders in 2009 as the global economy slows.

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Amid the gloomy news, Asian stock markets fell heavily. Japan’s Nikkei stock index plunged 6.53 percent even before the Toyota warning, which came after the close of trade.

The drop wiped out gains seen a day earlier on hopes that US president-elect Barack Obama will get to work on fixing the world’s largest economy in the face of the worst financial crisis in decades.

“Now that the event is over, investors are sobering up and looking at the economic gloom,” said Mizuho Investors Securities broker Masatoshi Sato.

Seoul ended with a loss of 7.6 percent while Sydney shed 4.3 percent. Hong Kong shares were down 6.4 percent at midday.

The sharp falls came after the Dow Jones index slid 5.05 percent on Wall Street on Wednesday as investors braced for a gloomy economic ride after the euphoria of Obama’s election victory faded.

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The Next U.S. President and the Middle East

October 20, 2008

By Patrick Seale
The Middle East Times

PARIS — The Arabs should be aware that pressure is mounting in the United States to reduce dependence on Middle East oil – in other words to reduce oil imports. Whoever wins next month’s U.S. presidential election, whether it is Barack Obama or John McCain, is bound to want to shape a new national policy, less dependent on imported oil, for energy and climate change. Both candidates have vowed to do so.

At the  same time, several major car manufacturers – Nissan, Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, Chevrolet, Renault – have announced plans to launch electric cars in the coming two or three years in response to increasing world-wide concern about carbon emissions. Pre-production models of electric cars are the talk of the current Paris motor show.

The Arabs  same time, several major car manufacturers – Nissan, Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW, Chevrolet, Renault – have announced plans to launch electric cars in the coming two or three years in response to increasing world-wide concern about carbon emissions. Pre-production models of electric cars are the talk of the current Paris motor show.

The Arabs should heed these early warnings that their current oil bonanza will not last forever – perhaps, at best, for another decade or two. Already, the expectation that the oil price would soar to $200 a barrel has turned into a mirage. Oil prices have dropped 55 percent since July, demonstrating the extreme volatility of the market.

What seems clear is that the Arabs – and indeed other oil producers – cannot hope to benefit indefinitely from the colossal wealth transfer of recent years. They should spend the coming years preparing for the day when oil may not be in such great demand.

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inion/2008/10/20/the_next_us_
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Shanghai Exploding With Development, Wealth

October 21, 2007

George H. Lesser
The Washington Times
October 21, 2007

SHANGHAI

Winston Churchill said that in his father’s time — the second half of the 19th century — “The world was for the few… and for the very few.” And he wasn’t talking about “the world” — or even about the West. He was talking about England, then just about the richest country on Earth.

Since World War II, we have seen economic “miracles” transform Europe, Japan, other Asian nations, and a rising tide of expectations everywhere. The few have multiplied.

But nothing prepares you for what’s happening right now in Shanghai. Perhaps never in human history has so much been built in such a short time. Perhaps never in human history have so many people gotten so rich in such a hurry.

Shànghǎi Shì
上海市

A view of Lujiazui, a financial district in Pudong.

A view of Lujiazui, a financial district in Pudong.

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Iranian Guards amass secret fortunes

August 20, 2007

By Philip Sherwell,
Sunday Telegraph (UK)
August 20, 2007 

As the zealous enforcers of Iran’s Islamic revolution, they are at pains to be seen living humbly, maintaining homes in the crumbling Soviet-style slums of downtown Tehran and driving modest, imported South Korean cars.

But for many commanders of the Revolutionary Guards, the force thought responsible for ordering attacks on U.S. and international forces in Iraq, life is more luxurious than they want it to appear.
Behind the facade of a simple, pious existence, they live in mansions in the exclusive hills of northern Tehran ….

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