Like most Brooklynites, I didn't break out the champagne when Jay-Z officially opened the Barclays Center arena. Quite the contrary: This odious monstrosity represents the death of a vibrant, diverse culture at the hands of a corporate monolith.
Where is Eliot Ness, the incorruptible U.S. Treasury agent who went after Al Capone, when we need him? Had regulators of the Eliot Ness mold been on duty, two major banking scandals still unfolding might never have happened.
The behavior of the largest banks is not only rapacious and destructive to the social fabric, it is also stunts economic growth. They are not investing the huge resources they have accumulated in ways that would stimulate the economy.
The relationship between the UAE and Britain manifested everyday and goes far beyond a single element. It is rooted in mutual respect. And it extends to issues of global security, culture and education.
First, let your greed overcome all regard for the stability of the global market, and overcome your aversion to illegal activities. Then say away from people like me, because I'd like to see you thrown in jail.
"It just made us feel that in the end the Americans just looked after themselves and shafted us," one British executive at Lehman London told me. "All this talk of 'we are one bank' had amounted to nothing."