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Stories about Economics & Business

4 September 2015

Why Some Consider ‘Brand Jamaica’ a Problematic Idea

"It’s a matter of some irony that despite this history of inhumane servitude...Jamaica would develop in the 21st century into a country that fetishizes brands and branding."

1 September 2015

‘Maximizing the Good, Hiding the Bad': How Poverty and Welfare Are Measured in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, poverty has many different faces. Some of them are obscured from view.

15 August 2015

Are GMOs the Answer to Kenya's Food Security Issues?

Kenya looks like it is ready to get back on the GMO train. Is it right to?

Painting Nails in Bolivia: A Job but Not a Living

There's no bonus or holidays or health insurance. Nail painters in Bolivia live each day at the mercy of God. How much do they earn? Not enough.

Amazing Japanese TV Commercial Racks Up Views

A popular commercial about an amazing game of baseball has gone viral in Japan.

14 August 2015

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

11 August 2015

Puerto Rican Chorus Brings a Little Joy to the Skies

Passengers on a flight to Puerto Rico were brought to tears when a chorus that was traveling with them started singing upon landing.

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

10 August 2015

London's Social Housing is Falling Down

The Bridge

London's poor are paying for years of government neglect and broken promises about low-cost housing.

9 August 2015

Canine Passports and the People Making Money Selling Dogs to Brazil from Venezuela

"Many of those selling dogs do not care about their condition […] The majority arrive with falsified documents and have not been certified by a vet."

7 August 2015

How Social Media Moved People to Act in Flood-Ravaged Myanmar

"This time the flood is being covered minute-by-minute via social media and we can see how authorities have responded, for better or for worse."

6 August 2015

Puerto Rico Defaults on Its Debt for the First Time in Its History

As the government quickly runs out of cash, the future looks uncertain.

Buddha’s Beads Fetch Millions for Farmers in Central Nepal

News guaranteed to thrill Buddhists and botanists around the world: a Nepalese tree famous for its use in making Buddhist prayer beads, has been described as a new species.

5 August 2015

Russia's ‘Draconian’ Internet Laws Mostly Ignored By Industry Experts

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet laws have been called "draconian" and accused of limiting free speech. But a recent study found that Russian online industry and experts actually know little about these regulations.

3 August 2015

China Finally Opens Door to Overseas Game Consoles

China finally lifts its ban on sales of game consoles. Is this the dawn of a new age in home video entertainment?

30 July 2015

So the Caribbean Walks Into a Bar…

#IfTheCaribbeanWasABar is trending in the regional blogosphere, bringing up issues of shared territory and identity in hilarious and illuminating ways.

28 July 2015

Eiffel Tower Plans? Beware of the ‘Paris Syndrome’

The City of Lights can be both appealing and anxiety-inducing. Here are how some visitors, notably the Japanese, have experienced the city and the feedback from Parisians.

Russian Censors Threaten to Shut Down Business Website for Writing About Bitcoin

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Officials today told a Russian business-news website that it must delete or edit within the next three days an article it published about bitcoins.

Conspiracy Theory Blaming China's Stock Market Plunge on Foreign Forces Finds Online Support

Lin Zuoming, chairman of a state-owned aerospace and defense company called China Aviation Industry Corp., echoed the theory of foreign manipulation "aimed at breaking people’s faith in government."

27 July 2015

Greece Crisis Propelling Some Ethnic Greeks Back to Their Homeland on a Turkish Island

Greeks and Turks share a love and pride for the beautiful island called Gökçeada by the former and Imbros by the latter.

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