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James R. Norman

Biography:

Jim Norman is a veteran business journalist and energy reporter. He is currently a contributing writer for McGraw-Hill's Platts Oilgram News, where he was a senior writer for 10 years before retiring in mid-2007. At Platts, Norman has been noted for his coverage of oil industry finance, economics, deal-making and chicanery. His "prophetic press reports," as early as 1998, were cited by Paul Volcker's UN Independent Inquiry Committee for laying bare the likelihood of kickbacks and money laundering involving the Iraq Oil-For-Food program. His critical analysis of Enron accounting and governance in mid-2001 helped trigger the SEC investigation which led to Enron's downfall.

Past Shows:

China, Oil, & Economic Warfare

Journalist James R. Norman argued that the U.S. and its allies use the price of oil as an economic weapon. The oil economic war against the Soviet Union worked so well in the 1980s, that this strategy is now being employed against "our other big geopolitical enemy," China, which currently imports more oil than the US, and is much less able to pay for it, he outlined. The thinking in Washington is, it's going to slow things down for China, and could put a crack in their political system, he continued. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Economic Warfare

In the first half of the show, business and energy journalist, James R. Norman discussed the geopolitical maneuvering of various countries as they engage in what he calls economic warfare. Third hour guest, financial analyst Joseph Meyer offered forecasts on the economy. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Oil as Economic Warfare

Energy journalist Jim Norman argued that the United States manipulates the price of oil as a kind of economic weapon. Appearing in the last hour, geologist Jim Berkland commented on the recent swarm of quakes at Yellowstone. ... More »

Host: George Noory

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