Articles by Bernd Debusmann



U.S. Spends Unintelligently

U.S. spy agencies are spending more money on obtaining intelligence than the rest of the world put together. But to what extent they are providing value for money is an open question. The biggest post-Cold War miss was a failure to connect the dots of separate warnings about the impending attack on New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ortega's First Lady Seen as Influential

  • 30 January 07
  • Reuters
It is too early to say where Daniel Ortega will take Nicaragua in the five-year presidential term he just began, but there is consensus on who is likely to be the most influential figure in the former revolutionary's government: his wife, Rosario Murillo.

Guide Aims to Tidy Up Americans Overseas

  • 12 May 06
  • Reuters
Alarmed by the relentless rise of anti-Americanism around the world, a business-backed group is trying to change the behavior that spawned an enduring stereotype of Americans abroad -- loud, arrogant, badly dressed, ill-mannered and lacking respect for other cultures.

Belgrade's New Hero: Economist Avramovic

Coke's Cool But Czech Beer's Best

PRAGUE -- Coca-Cola and its arch-rival Pepsi-Cola, both waging campaigns to conquer eastern Europe, are running into a common enemy in the Czech Republic -- beer. With a per capita consumption of around 150 liters a year, the Czechs claim the title of the world's beer-drinking champions. Their country is one of the few where beer costs less than many soft drinks. The most celebrated Czech brands are considered part of the national heritage. Czech pride in the national beverage runs deep. ""Wherever beer is brewed, all is well. Whenever beer is drunk, life is good,"" translates a popular rhyme that dates back centuries. In working class districts of Prague, many pubs open at 8 a.m., allowing clients to down a quick one before they start work. At least one establishment in the district of Smichov, home to the country's biggest brewery, begins filling glasses at 6 a.m. Such habits are formidable obstacles on the road to market domination for the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo Inc.