Stories about Economics & Business from August, 2006
Russia: The Sopranos Promotion
Konstantin Dlutskiy of Russian Marketing Blog writes about guerilla promotion of The Sopranos.
India: Is The World Really Flat? It looks like.
This round-up is a patchwork quilt of blog postings with a global flavor. And flavor is the key word since we end our journey with a culinary post that takes us back to the 15th century which was the start of another globalization era....
South Africa: Which South African Bank is the best?
Joel Basson’s experience with banks in South Africa had made him lose confidence in them. He felt they were only out to rip people off. Soon the opportunity to prove him wrong came and right at his doorstep, his own bank forced him to a rethink. He now thinks differently....
India: Linux and Coke
Nanopolitan on the recent move in Kerala on promoting open source and Linux in public institutions and how the issue is being fused with a rather disconnected one of the ban on Coke and Pepsi in the state.
Russia, Ukraine: “Managed Oligarchy,” Lazarenko Case
Moscow has more billionaires than NYC, but in Putin's era, they are no longer “oligarchs” but “mere tycoons,” writes Vilhelm Konnander. In another post, he discusses the trial and the verdict of Ukraine's Pavlo Lazarenko.
Poland: On Migrant Labor, Again
The beatroot writes about “free movement of labour” and responds to a “deranged” commenter who, among other things, is “favorably comparing the Nazi invasion and the Holocaust to the influx of a few hundred thousand Poles and others to the UK.”
Russia: Madonna's Concert Promotion
Konstantin Dlutskiy of Russian Marketing Blog writes about the needless promotion of Madonna's upcoming Moscow concert.
Iran: Rising housing prices & confused authorities
Lahzeh says rising housing prices is a hot topic in Iran and everybody has an opinion about it. The blogger says that according to the Iranian President, the price rose between 20 and 30 percent, while the Head of Social Commission in Parliament talks about 25 percent and the head...
Serbia: Unemployment and Low Salaries
While Serbian citizens are preoccupied with bare survival, the country's media and politicians focus on the need to extradite individuals wanted by the Hague tribunal. A few days ago, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica announced he would not put up with people like Mladic, who is accused of committing atrocities...
Indonesia: Patient vs. Pharma
Indonesia anonymus relates a co-worker's experience on a visit to a doctor. The post talks about certain doctors favouring pharmaceutical companies sometimes at the expense of the patients.
Nigeria: Economy “repressed” claims report
Grandiose Parlor highlighted the 2006 Index of Economic Freedom report which claimed Nigeria's economy remained “repressed”. “The various economic programs and policies of President Obasanjo's administration seem to have not made any meaningful impact,” he said.
Mayanmar: Myanmar Tycoons
The blogger at Man Actually reads about someone from Myanmar winning one of the bids for a posh property in Singapore. “Then.. My mind went busy to list the latest myanmar tycoons. Who could that be? There are no Bill Gates of Myanmar. No steel magnet. And no big corporate...
Mexico: Using Your Cell Phone as a Credit Card
Chilanga Banda says that, beginning next month, Mexicans will be able to use their cell phones to make “micro-purchases” for items less than $25 USD (ES).
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Conflict With Gazprom
Adrian J. Erlinger of Leopolis writes that the Russian Gazprom is now exerting pressure on Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Russia, Ukraine: News Roundup
Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog summarizes the news: cathedral on fire; good citizen enriches himself by not robbing the state; Ukraine's former prime minister sentenced for money laundering in the United States; kids sexually abused at a Black Sea summer camp.
Iran: Iranian second- rate citizens & Lebanon
Irane Emrouz writes the Speaker of Iranian Parliament has said that Iran will construct all destroyed houses in Lebanon. The blogger adds in our country there are many second -rate citizens who are looking for their daily bread and now the authorities want to deprive them form their daily bread...
Africa: An inefficient method of allocating resources
“It does not take advanced training in economics to know that corruption is an inefficient method of allocating resources …” says BusinessinAfrica report, Paiting Africa with the corruptor's brush, cited in Africa Unchained.
Tanzania: Royalties for the first time
For the first time, Tanzania's musicians get their royalties, reports Tanzania's leading photoblogger, Issa Michuzi.
Singapore: Rod Steiger of South East Asia
Enterprise Resilience Management Blog compares Singapore to Hollywood actor Rod Steiger. Steiger took on a wide variety of roles across genres making him the most connected actor. “Connectivity is also a good thing when talking about the global economy. The Rod Steiger of Southeast Asia is Singapore. That nation has...
Kenya: Disagreeing with Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs argues that giving birth to less poor people is the best course of action in the future. Bullets and Honey does not think so.
Mongolia: Fast Food
Alexa surveys Mongolia's fast food market.