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Stories about Economics & Business

20 December 2014

Some of Miami's Cuban exiles Are Disgruntled at Obama's New Approach to Cuba

Our author, Robert Valencia, is in Miami, home to the largest community of people of Cuban descent residing outside of Cuba.

19 December 2014

A High-Rise Condo Tower Is Photobombing the Philippines’ National Hero

The 49-storey Torre de Manila has been dubbed the "Terror de Manila" by critics for allegedly ruining the view of the Rizal monument in Luneta Park.

17 December 2014

Southeast Asia's Public Transport Woes in Photos

Motorbike riders without helmet, overloaded jeepneys, and train passengers on roof carriages are some of the common public transport spectacles we see in the streets of Southeast Asia.

Small Fries, Big Problems for Japan's McDonald's

A port strike in the U.S. is causing a potato shortage in Japan and affecting McDonald's menus. But the company has more to worry about than just French fry rationing.

Do #EmptyShelves Await Tomorrow's Russia?

RuNet Echo

The rush to invest in dollars, vacuum cleaners, jackets, and more all suggests confidence low enough to compel people to wait in line for hours on a Tuesday night.

12 December 2014

The Ruble May Be Falling, But Russian Memes Are Soaring

RuNet Echo

Amid growing anxiety about Russia’s currency and economy, RuNet Echo has collected several of the most popular and amusing examples of “ruble memes” on Russian Twitter.

9 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

Drones Flying Over Nuclear Power Stations in France Raise Concerns

Internet users in France are worried that a series of drone sightings above French nuclear power sites suggests an unacknowledged national security vulnerability.

The Fall of the Georgian Currency in Photoshopped Images: From 50 Cent to ‘Saving Private Lari’

Georgia's national currency, the lari, has been weakened by "internal and external factors" according to the country's central bank, leaving it languishing as the butt of online jokes.

6 December 2014

Spending Christmas Eve Alone? Japanese Has a Word for That

"At work a bunch of the junior staff were discussing their kuribotchi plans. 'And just what the heck is kuribotchi?' I asked with a laugh. There was an awkward silence."

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