Stories about Economics & Business from May, 2010
Japan: My Eyes Tokyo
Isao Tokuhashi at My Eyes Tokyo interviews foreigners living in Tokyo. The latest interview, the 32nd in the series, is Robert Koch, an audio products manufacturer from Pietermaritzburg in South Africa.
Sri Lanka: Buying A Condom In Colombo
London, Lanka And drums quotes a friend who shares his experience in Colombo: “to the average man buying condoms is a total nightmare.”
Why Invest In Bangladesh?
Why invest in Bangladesh? Because “Bangladesh is a winning combination with its competitive market, business-friendly environment and cost structure that can give you the best returns,” comments GuruMia.com.
Japan: National police to share information on organized crime members
Sarah Noorbakhsh, at Japan Subculture Research Center's blog, reports [en] on the forthcoming cooperation between the National Police Agency (NPA) and the Japan Security Dealers Association (JSDA). The police will provide information for a database on yakuza (Japanese mafia) members “to combat organized crime members opening securities accounts”.
Angola: Similarities between Cabinda and East Timor
Orlando Castro discloses [pt] the similarities between the Angolan enclave of Cabinda and the recent history of East Timor, criticizing the positions of the Portuguese and Timorese leaders for failing to recognize the self determination of a province that produces 70% of domestic oil.
Nepal: Financial Fraud
Muse Nepal discusses about Nepal's largest financial fraud, where Unity Life International is accused of swindling billions of Nepali rupees through illegal ponzi-scheme.
Hungary: Facebook vs iWiW
Marietta Le reports on the competition between a popular Hungarian social networking site iWiW and Facebook in Hungary.
Bahrain: Abu Dhabi's Gold ATMs
Gold dispensing machines? Ammaro, from Bahrain, discusses Abu Dhabi's new flashy Gold ATMs in this post.
Bhutan: Such Is Life
Jeans at Kuzu-Bhutan Weblog shares an anecdote of life in Bhutan's capital Thimphu.
Brazil: Bloggers React to Iran-Brazil-Turkey Nuclear Deal
Brazilian bloggers react to the deal reached between Brazil, Turkey and Iran concerning the uranium enrichment of the latter: from optimism to skepticism, here are some thoughts on the role of Brazil in such an international turnaround.
India: Controlling Export Of Cotton
Offstumped blog criticizes the recent decisions of the incumbent Indian government to control export of Cotton using steps like ban on export to a license based red tape system.
Jamaica: Resetting the Clock
“Jamaica's bizarre socio-economic clock cannot turn back but it can be reset”: Living in Barbados suggest the current situation “may be the spur to find ways to start dealing with that process.”
Ukraine: Russia's return or political pragmatism?
Andrei Kolesnikov at openDemocracy analyzes relations between Russia and Ukraine after Russian president Medvedev's visit to Kiev last week.
Bahamas: Waiting on the Budget
“The Prime Minister has hinted at some austerity measures or belt tightening, but, on top of that we're told additional taxes are on the way”: Weblog Bahamas is waiting to see what the country's 2010-11 Budget, due to be presented today, will hold.
Estonia: “A Green Light to Join the Euro”
Edward Lucas, Itching for Eestimaa and AnTyx comment on Estonia's likely adoption of the euro on January 1, 2011.
Russian DST Group Will Increase Investment in Foreign Internet Companies
Yuri Milner [EN], chief executive of the Moscow-based Digital Sky Technologies [EN] (DST) investment group, revealed [ENG] The Guardian his plans to continue investing in major foreign Internet companies. One of them might be Twitter. DST had already invested in Facebook, Zynga and ICQ.
Jamaica: Women of Tivoli Gardens
“If these women pass on this attitude of craven gratitude and dependence on a don to their children, how will the cycle ever be broken?”: Islandista looks at the role of women in the Jamaica crisis.
Africa: Salesforce Foundation funds Maneno blogging platform
Miquel announces funding for African-focused blogging platform, Maneno: “We are very pleased to announced that the Salesforce.com Foundation has agreed to help fund a portion of the general operating costs of Maneno for the next year.”
Trinidad & Tobago: People's Party Position
Afra Raymond thinks that in the context of today's national elections, “with the distinct probability of a victory by the united PP…it is timely to consider the way in which that group might handle the bailout [of the CL Financial group].”
Bahrain: The Nazi is Coming
The Nazi is coming … to Bahrain. Check out Mahmood's Den to see what the furor is all about.
Taiwan: Rising income inequality
Michael Turton blogs about income inequality in Taiwan and analyses some of the factors causing rising inequality.