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· March, 2013

Stories about Economics & Business from March, 2013

30 March 2013

As Liberal Russia's Secret Superhero ‘KermlinRussia’ Unmasks, Some See Evil

RuNet Echo

Arseny Bobrovsky, the owner of a Russian PR firm called “Daily Communications,” would be a thoroughly typical example of Moscow’s “creative class” liberals, were it not for one thing: Bobrovsky...

VIDEO: Ukrainian Power Plant Ablaze, Town's Future Uncertain

At least one person was killed and five injured on March 29 in a major fire at the Vuhlehirska Thermal Power Plant in the Ukrainian town of Svitlodarsk, whose survival...

29 March 2013

Russian Anti-Corruption Blogger Appeals to Readers

Europe for the People, Not the Markets

From March 11 to 17 European citizens organized a week of protests against austerity measures imposed on the countries of the European Union, know as the European Counter Summit. People...

VIDEO: Student Film on Japan's Ruthless Job Hunt Goes Viral

Recruitment Rhapsody, an emotional short animated film that captures the rigid and obstacle-ridden job hunt process Japanese students must endure has gone viral with more than 350,000 views.

28 March 2013

Migration a ‘Tragedy’ for Kyrgyzstan

Chinese Couples Divorce to Dodge Property Tax

A capital gains tax hike in China has couples rushing to file for divorce to avoid paying a steep rate on the sale of their second home.

27 March 2013

Global Voices at OECD Global Forum on Development

Global Voices bloggers have been commissioned to liveblog the OECD Global Forum on Development in Paris on April 4-5, 2013. Leading up to the meeting, our team is submitting posts...

Russians Can't Agree on Billionaire's Suicide

RuNet Echo

When Alexander Dobrovinsky, lawyer to Russia's rich and famous, announced on his Facebook that Boris Berezovsky, controversial Russian oligarch living as a refugee in London, had committed suicide, RuNet reacted...

25 March 2013

The Highest Money Transfer Fees in the World Are in Sub-Saharan Africa

Tunisia: “No to IMF Loan”

As Tunisia works to secure a US$1.78 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to cover next year's budget, the government has ignited anger across the country raising taxes and...

23 March 2013

The Criminal Economics of Kremlin Propaganda

RuNet Echo

Anti-corruption blogger Alexey Navalny is causing more waves at Aeroflot Airlines, where he has called for an internal investigation into a contract worth 64 million rubles awarded without competition to...

20 March 2013

Trinidad & Tobago: Crime & Punishment

Cyprus Cuts Access to Banks Amid Bailout Crisis

If you are in Cyprus, your life's savings hangs in the balance, as the government deliberates a controversial €10 billion bailout agreement reached with the Eurogroup that puts the country's...

Spanish Youth in Exile: “We're Not Leaving, They're Kicking Us Out!”

In 2012, the number of Spanish youth (15-29) residing abroad grew to 302,623. They have left for economic reasons related to the lack of employment in Spain. The Juventudes sin...

Tokyo Smog Stokes Fears of China's Spreading Pollution

Alarm is growing in Japan that neighboring China's jaw-dropping levels of air pollution may be wafting over the island nation.

“Suitcase Mood”: Why Ukrainians Are Moving Abroad

Some 6.5 million of Ukrainians, or 14.4 percent of the population, are emigrants. The theme of leaving Ukraine temporarily or for good comes up regularly in conversations that Ukrainians are...

China's $20 Billion Pledge to Africa