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· January, 2012

Stories about Economics & Business from January, 2012

Puerto Rico: Waste of Money

Dondequiera says of a US $20 million ad campaign to promote tourism: “If we could only use 1/4 of that money to police and clean our beaches, maintain the bathrooms…....

Cuba: Upwardly Mobile?

The latest Cuban media campaign “is directed against the [expensive] mobile vendors, those sellers of fruits and vegetables who transport their goods on a tricycle or other wheeled device” –...

Philippines: Protest Against Removal of Trees by Shopping Mall

The plan of SM City Baguio shopping mall in north Philippines to remove more than 100 trees to make way for a new parking lot and entertainment site has been...

Brazil: Watchdog of 2016 Olympics Reports on Suspended Bid

An injunction has suspended bid for 2016 Rio Olympic Park, reported the organization RioOnWatch. The court considered that the concerned Public-Private Partnership contract is not clear on whether or not...

India, Bangladesh: Cattle Trade And Border Killings

The New Horizon thinks that cattle trade is the major root cause behind the regular border killings at India-Bangladesh border.

Saudi Arabia: A Family Living in a Cemetery

A Saudi family has been saved from homelessness and destitution thanks to a three-minute movie shot by young Saudi film maker Bader AlHomoud. Haifa Al Rasheed tells us how in...

Hungary: “We Voted For Orbán, Not For Goldman Sachs”

Last Saturday, after several protests against the government's policies, Hungarians supporting those in power decided to hold a rally of their own, too. Marietta Le reports.

Slovakia: Protesting Corruption, Protesting “Gorilla”

The Economist's Eastern Approaches blog writes about Slovakia's corruption scandal caused by the leaked info from the 2005-06 wiretapping operation codenamed “Gorilla” (more – here). On Friday, Jan. 27, an...

Brazil: Movement Calls for March Against Law on Construction in Salvador

The Movement ‘Desocupa Salvador’ – which recently claimed rights for public space during carnival -, is now calling [pt] people to march towards the City Hall on February 1. Major...

Indonesia: Promoting E-Commerce Among Small Businesses

Google partners with Indonesian private and government sectors to bring 100,000 Indonesian small and medium businesses online by the end of 2012. The initiative is called Bisnis Lokal Go Online

Singapore: Greening Initiative

Singapore Sojourn mentions the programs of the government and initiatives from the private sector to make Singapore a greener city.

China: Girl and Boyfriend Rental for Chinese Lunar New Year

Jacky Huang from ChinaHush introduces a shopping item, girl/boyfriend rental for Chinese New Year, in Taobao, a most popular online shopping website in China.

Slovakia: More News on Overly Expensive Website Design

Aktualne.sk reports [sk] that, following the initial financial inspection by the Ministry of Culture, the Slovak National Gallery is now required to pay 140 euro back, from the 25,000 euro...

Slovakia: Competition to Re-Design the National Gallery's Site

In response to the 25,000-euro “minimalist” website design of the Slovak National Gallery, zajtra.sk started its own competition [sk] for the website's re-design, offering 100 euro to the winner. Authors...

Greece: “I Signed the IMF Memorandum Without Having Read It”

Greek netizens have criticized and mocked Minister Chrysochoidis' statement that he never read the IMF memorandum signed by the Greek government, although he had voted for it. Veroniki Krikoni reports.

Brazil: “Massacre of Pinheirinho” Causes an Uproar

The violent eviction of the community of Pinheirinho, in the city of São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo, became known as "Massacre of Pinheirinho" after a...

Caribbean: TEDx Shows “Ideas Worth Spreading”

“Ideas worth spreading.” With this simple slogan, TED.com, which began in 1984 as an annual conference devoted to technology, entertainment and design, has infiltrated the Internet and empowered people in...

Ethiopia: Reflecting on Corruption

Netizens reflect on corruption in Ethiopia following a report by Global Financial Integrity which shows that Ethiopia has lost $11.7 billion to outflows of illicit funds in the last decade.

Puerto Rico: Vigilance over SOPA & PIPA

Dondequiera says of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA): “Mark my word, this issue is not dead. More like the living dead, a...

Hong Kong Rethinks its Relationship with Mainland China

15 years after Hong Kong's return to mainland China, Hong Kongers have little mood for celebration. Tensions run deep between Hong Kongers and mainlanders. Bloggers and social critics explore recent...

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