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Stories about Economics & Business

15 January 2017

Mindless Deforestation in Jharkhand, India in the Name of Development

One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.

13 January 2017

The Strangest Japanese “Love Hotel” Names, Ranked

What are "love hotels"? And why do they have such strange and whimsical names?

12 January 2017

Nickelodeon Won’t Get Its Underwater Theme Park in the Philippines, If Environmentalists Have Their Say

"For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources," says one critic.

31 December 2016

Malaysians Can Have Their Cake and Eat It Too Inside McDonald's — But Only If It's Halal

"Has halal political correctness gone overboard? Will we one day see moral police invading houses to ensure that we are eating only halal food? When will common sense prevail?"

30 December 2016

In 2016, a Toxic Political Smog Spread Over China and Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

What's worse? Environmental smog or political smog?

28 December 2016

Myanmar's Most Memorable Moments in 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, The Irrawaddy showcases the best photographs that capture Myanmar’s most iconic moments.

27 December 2016

For a Limited Time, Croatians Get Free Access to a Digital Library of 100,000 Books

Not in Croatia? The Croatia Reads app also offers people outside the country Croatian books free of charge.

China's Glass Tycoon Cao Dewang ‘Escapes’ to the US for Cheaper Taxes

"Who dares to invest when investment costs are so high and profit isn't guaranteed?"

23 December 2016

Investigative Journalists Reveal Accumulated Wealth of Serbian Politicians

The revelations, compiled by investigative journalism network KRIK, are generating lively debate online and within traditional media.

18 December 2016

Is Nepal No Country for Women?

Nepal's constitution has failed to bring equality to the country's women, but human rights advocates haven't given up.

16 December 2016

Controversial Trinidad Carnival Fete Frustrates Fans Seeking Fun

The organisers of Soaka 2017 may have thought they were being Internet-savvy by asking patrons to go through a five-step ticketing process, but it struck some as elitist and discriminatory.

13 December 2016

Native American Pipeline Resistance at Standing Rock Resonates Around the Globe

"Stay strong. Be strong. And you have relatives all over the world to stand with you."

9 December 2016

Macau Casinos’ Show of Communist Patriotism Leaves Many Scratching Their Heads

"Casinos are the product of corrupt capitalism and against the spirit of the communist revolution."

5 December 2016

Vietnamese Court Upholds Jail Sentence for Land Rights Activist

"The Vietnamese government should urgently amend the land law and its grievance processes to protect farmers’ rights."

Russian Media Regulator Backpedals on Google Pressure

RuNet Echo

Hours after Russian news outlets began reporting that state media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor had issued instructions forcing Google to re-register in Russia or face sanctions, an agency representative backpedaled, telling roem.ru that Izvestiya,...

30 November 2016

The Botched Affair of India's Demonetization Drive Against Black Money

"Found an ATM with cash and absolutely no crowd. The ATM has only 2000 notes hence no one wants"

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

Global Voices Advocacy

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

28 November 2016

Corporate Japan Must Now Offer Stress Tests to Overworked Employees. But Is It Enough?

"When you work over 100 hours of overtime, you won't have time to be with your family, friends or lover...you start to think...'I don't know why I'm living this life.'"

25 November 2016

Call for Sugar Tax on Beverages Ignites Nanny State Debate Down Under

"Rather than considering a sugar tax, it'd be more useful if there was a fresh fruit and veg subsidy for low income earners and pensioners"

24 November 2016

Sriracha, a Truly Global Sauce with a Big Heap of Vietnamese Love

"...whenever I post a message on Facebook or maybe like email my friends asking them if they want anything from California...the number one answer is Sriracha sauce."

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