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· April, 2012

Stories about Economics & Business from April, 2012

Sri Lanka: Tackling Agricultural Surpluses

The Sri Lankan Government is facing a new kind of challenge, tackling surplus production of rice. However a Sri Lankan farmer sheds a light into the plights of the rice...

Iran: Street Sweeper Finds and Returns $500,000

An Iranian street sweeper named Ahmad Rabani found 1 billion Toman (about $570,000 US dollars) and returned it to the owner. As thanks, he received a 200,000 Toman ($120 US...

Portugal: Eviction Prior to Freedom Day Awakens Squatting Movement

As the pent-up frustrations of citizens in Portugal keep growing a year since the international “bailout” of the country's public debt, the annual celebration of Freedom Day on April 25...

Brazil: The sale of America's smallest city and thoughts of buying the Amazon

Janio, from Brazil, has written in his blog (“Made in Blog” [pt]) about the auctioning off of the smallest city in America, Buford (Wyoming), which has but one inhabitant. He draws...

Thirty three top Brazilian businesses ranked in the Forbes list

In her Brazil Global blog, Hildete Vodopives named thirty three Brazilian businesses found on the Forbes Top Business list, stating: “Energy makes number one among them with Petrobras (oil, gas...

Africa: Does Copy/Clone Strategy Work in Africa?

Mbwna Ally wonders whether copy/clone strategy works in Africa: “Every so often I hear venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley ask a recurring question regarding Tech Startups in Africa-...

Africa: The New African Consumer

Bankelele discusses a new report on the African Consumer: “It’s a useful road map for companies looking to understand future trends in Africa and offer lessons such as be online...

A look into China's ‘red aristocracy’

The Stream, a social media community with a daily TV show on Al Jazeera, has put together content from different social media sources about Chinese billionaires, known as the ‘red...

Philippines: Demolition of Urban Poor Village Sparks Indignation

At least one person was killed and scores were injured after police forces fired on protesting residents of Silverio Compound in Paranaque City, south of Manila, who were defending their...

Trinidad & Tobago: Talking Common Sense

The Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, based in Trinidad & Tobago, has posted video of the presentations from one of its Common Sense Convois series,  “Food First: Building...

Russia: Putin Proposes Contentious State Power Grab in Siberia

On April 20, 'Kommersant' revealed an ongoing legislative project to create a state company to oversee the economic development of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. The schism at...

Bulgaria: Penalty For Getting Pregnant

The blog “Работнически глас” (“Worker's voice”) tells [bg] about a trial scheduled for May 26: a former female employee is suing a company for a discriminatory clause in the work contract,...

South Korea: Youtube Video Accusing Samsung of Labor Workers Death

While Apple factory workers’ suicides are widely known, not enough data on Samsung's labor workers is available online. A Youtube user posted a video entitled “Samsung's Truth” with English subtitles...

China: State Owned Enterprises

Ministry of Tofu translated an infographic comparing the status of state-owned enterprises with the private-owned enterprises in China.

Madagascar: Rare Deposit-Rich Land Sold to French-German Group

French group Rhodia and German company Tantalus announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to exploit a 300 km-long region filled with rare deposits [fr] in the Ampasindava peninsula in...

Trinidad & Tobago: Gas Revenues

Accountant/Consultant Derren Joseph shares the contents of an email he received which is concerned with the level of Trinidad & Tobago's gas revenue: “This gas is the property of EVERY...

Georgia: Concerns over Lazika development

Writing on The PIK.TV blog, the channel's English-language editor, Tbilisi-based Nicholas Alan Clayton, comments on plans to construct a new city in Georgia. With little transparency in planning the Lazika...

Multinational Companies’ China Market

ChinaHush translated a local feature report looking into the significance of China market to different multinational companies.

This Week in the Caribbean Blogosphere

In last week's summary of the regional blogosphere, a young comtemporary artist from Barbados made the observation that the region is “more than the beach and coconuts.” Here's a round-up...

Cuba: Absent at the Summit of the Americas

At The Cuban Triangle, Phil Peters blogs about Cuba's absence at the Summit of the Americas, which was held this week in Cartagena, Colombia. Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia's president, addressed...

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