Watching the World: Grandstanding and scapegoating

10/02/2000
Rilwanu Lukman must be answering the question in his sleep. Pressed by a reporter's interrogation on the opening day of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries heads of state summit in Caracas last week, the OPEC secretary general lost patience. "Eighty percent of the price of fuel is taxation," he bellowed, "you figure out who's responsible for the high price of oil." One man held by OPEC to be "responsible," UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, had been only slightly more politic in his blame-laying at the IMF-World Bank meeting in Prague the day before. Brown spoke of the "common" desire among the world's "rich countries as well as poor countries" for a "r...
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