Stories about Economics & Business from June, 2006
Kazakhstan: Tenge Inflation
Ben Paarmann reports on the inflation of Kazakhstan's tenge against the dollar and the government's efforts to try to keep the inflation in check.
Hong Kong: Shopping technocrats
Given that many goods can be found at lower prices in Hong Kong than in mainland China, is it a surprise that the Flagrant Harbour blogger would bump into the Communist Party of China fourth in command Jia Qinglin's entourage in a shopping mall during the leader's visit there this...
Iran: Rationing Gasoline
Yek Livan Chaye Dagh criticised government's decision to halt gasoline imports from September 23 and start rationing gasoline supplies to motorists because of budget constraints. The blogger says government wants to reduce about 42 percent gasoline offer in Iranian market. According to the blogger this means more people will need...
Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus
Standing at the edge of the abyss close to Kyrgyzstan's Pik Lenin, let's not waste any time to present you the highlights from two weeks of online conversation from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Armenia: Onnik Krikorian posts another one of his indispensable roundups from the Armenian blogosphere on his...
The Indian Economy Blog » Blog Archive » Corruption: A License To Kill
The Indian Economy Blog on corruption, government and the private sector.“In fact, I can’t think of any kind of corruption in India where the benefits outweigh the costs. In most that come to mind, any benefits lie in avoiding costs that shouldn’t exist in the first place. “
Turkmenistan: Shutting off the Gas
Peter of neweurasia notes that Turkmenistan is threatening to shut off natural gas shipments to Russia in September after failing to reach a price agreement.
Taiwan: Chen corruption scandal
“Is President Chen [Shui-bian] implicated in any of the scandals that have surrounded him lately?” asks Politics From Taiwan blogger David. “Who knows. However, it's encouraging to see that there are real investigations going on into these cases…”
China: What expats read
What do expats in China most like to read? The ‘hottest blog’ for June at ChinaBlogList.org was Sex and Shanghai, a British man's explicit accounts of all the woman he has sex with.
Lesotho: Damn Dams
Sotho publishes a commentary on “Damn Dams”…..”Two of the project’s five proposed dams, the recently completed 182-metre Katse Dam (the tallest in Africa) and the proposed 145-metre Mohale Dam, have already been funded by the World Bank. The latter is expected to “flood some of the most fertile land in...
Tanzania: No indigenous mining corporations
Africa Unchained points to an article on the absence of indigenous companies in the Tanzania mining industry
Albania: “Cellphones Can Seriously Damage Your Pocket”
No competition between the only two Albanian mobile phone operators makes protesting against high prices ineffective, writes Alwyn Thomson of Our Man in Tirana.
Albania: World Bank Poverty Report
Alwyn Thomson of Our Man in Tirana writes about World Bank's conclusions on poverty in Albania.
Trinidad & Tobago: Anti-smelter lobby gets interesting offer
Attillah Springer at the Rights Action Group T&T blog discusses the interesting offer of pro bono legal assistance made by former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj to the community of Chatham/Cap de Ville and environs. Members of the community have organised a loby against the building of an aluminum smelter...
Nigeria: handmade bags
Pilgrimage to Self publishes the first photos of her Olivegirlthings – handmade bags from Nigerian fabrics - I wish her luck with her new venture.
Zimbabwe: Nationwide strikes
The Bearded Man reports that Zimbabwean workers are braced for nationwide strikes.
Malaysia: Cellphone Airtime Scam
Adam at ah ok lah! writes about a new cellphone airtime scam that Malaysian are encountering. He also posts a Malaysian version of a popular email scam.
Bermuda: Etiquette rules for guest workers
Bermudasucks.com presents a list of etiquette rules for guest workers. An example: “Ensure that all necessary tasks have been concluded before you give the customer your attention. These could include: filing your nails; talking to your co-workers; taking phone calls from your ace boy/girl; debating whether Shakisha in accounts has...
Iran: A Weird Business with Belgium
Ship considers recent news about Belgium based Exmar company's deal with Iranian Sadra company very weird. The bloggers says Belgian company asked Sadra to build ten ships for this company despite this fact that Iranian company has never constructed such a product before. The blogger was surprised when Iranian company...
India: Startups in India
Kamla has a podcast interview on doing start-ups in India. “Rene Seifert, Bangalore-based entrepreneur and Managing Director of Level 360 Services discusses in our podcast interview on how to do a start-up, and what it takes to do business in India.”
UN Human Rights Council & Presidential Election
Several bloggers wrote about the presence of Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran chief prosecutor, in the Iranian delegation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A few bloggers tried to find out why Iranian government sent such a representative with a very poor human rights record. Some other bloggers try to...
Haiti: Why Jacmel Should Be a Cruise Destination
Collectif Haiti de Provence explores the how and the why of turning the city of Jacmel, Haiti into a cruise destination. Says the blog (Fr): “Jacmel has what cruisegoers need: an architectural, cultural, historic and environmental heritage. Plus, the region breathes tranquility and joie de vivre. There are no security...