Marketplace for Friday, March 14, 2008

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Egypt is running out of water

Egypt is adding more than a million people a year, which is putting huge strains on its natural resources. Strains that are evident every time some people turn on the tap. Amy Scott reports.

Migrant labor problems hit Jordan too

The war in Iraq has brought a building boom to the capital of Jordan, Amman. But the men hanging out on street corners every morning looking for work aren't locals, which has turned a labor shortage into a regional problem. Alisa Roth reports.

Peace through business?

In his most recent book, "The War of the World," Harvard historian Niall Ferguson says economic instability leads to conflict but viable market economies can end it -- especially in the Middle East. He spoke with Kai Ryssdal.

World economy no longer trails U.S.

Usually when the U.S. economy slides, so slides the rest of the world. Commentator Robert Reich says that's not going to happen this time, thanks to China and the Middle East.

Construction signs of a new Silk Road

The port of Dubai offers a snapshot of the Middle East's place in the global economy. Goods and capital flowing between countries, with the U.S. rarely in sight. Kai Ryssdal and Scott Tong report from Dubai and the Chinese port city of Qingdao.

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Encounter Point Soundtrack
Kareem Roustom
Hava Narghile: Turkish Rock Music 1966-1975
Bellydance Superstars 1
Almitra's Question
Kareem Roustom/El-Zafeer Ensemble