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· August, 2013

Stories about Economics & Business from August, 2013

Crowdsourcing Malaysia’s 2014 Budget

Through the #bajet2014 website, Malaysians can give specific ideas in drafting the government's 2014 budget. They can also use the special page to approve or reject a particular proposal

Campaigning for a Smoke-Free Southeast Asia

Review of several anti-smoking campaigns in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Plus an advisory from Philippine health authorities against the dangers of promoting e-cigarettes

Russia's Political Firebrand: What Makes Navalny Tick?

Russia's best-known political blogger earned his fame fighting corruption in the private sector, but may now face five years' jail time on (possibly trumped-up) embezzlement charges. In the meantime, he's...

A Brick in the Wall of Tertiary Education in Barbados?

The government plans to cut subsidies for students at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Some call it "political treason" while others say the move has public support.

Kazakhstan Eyes 2022 Winter Olympics

Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city and the former capital, will be bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, blogger Politolog warns [ru] that the event might prove too costly for the oil-rich...

PHOTOS: Protest Against LPG Price Hike in Thailand

Government claims the increase in cooking gas prices would ease the tax burden of motorists but consumers are worried about its impact on the cost of living in the country

Navalny's Montenegrin Kryptonite or Russia's Invulnerable Candidate?

Information has emerged showing Navalny’s ownership of an active real estate company in Montenegro, established in 2007 and undeclared when he registered as a candidate for Moscow's mayor’s race.

Which Flavor of China's Wildly Popular WeChat Will You Get?

Tencent offers two versions of WeChat, a "sanitized" one for mainland Chinese and an uncensored one for international users, yet some Chinese language accounts registered from overseas also encounter censorship.

VIDEO: Caracas’ Tower of David, the World's Tallest Slum

VocativVideo has produced a video about Venezuela's ‘Tower of David’, an unfinished 45-story building taken over by squatters in the 1990s: The tower was originally intended to be a symbol...

The Moscow Mayor's Mischievous Viral Marketing

Alexey Navalny turns the tables on those harassing him about financing, nationalism, and transparency.

Bodies Pile in Egypt, But Birds Still Singing for Russian Vacationers

Russians living in Egypt to potential tourists: "Don't be afraid."

Amazon Reserve Opens for Oil Drilling, Ecuador's President Blames the World

Correa says that the world "has failed" Ecuador by not contributing to the initiative to protect part of the Yasuní National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

VIDEO: Shop at the ‘Barrio’ in Asunción, Paraguay

The campaign ‘Volvé al barrio’ (Return to the neighborhood) promotes small businesses in the Loma San Jerónimo neighborhood in Asunción, Paraguay's capital, with video ads where the neighborhood's residents tell...

Tempers Flare at Kyrgyzstan's Favorite Lake

Conflicts on the shores of Kyrgyzstan's flagship holiday destination, Lake Issyk-Kul, are eating away at one of the republic's chief sources of income - tourism.

PHOTOS: Oil Spill in Thailand's Samet Island

Oil spill reached a popular tourist destination aside from causing marine pollution. Environment groups claimed there was little disclosure on the impact of the disaster

The Business of Endorsing Navalny

Last week, 37 Russian Internet-industry entrepreneurs tried to shatter the taboo about mixing business and politics by endorsing Alexey Navalny's run for mayor of Moscow.

Kuryente: Philippine Electricity App

Kuryente (electricity), is a new website initiated by the Philippine government to help consumers calculate the power rates in their area. It also provides information on power plants, officials of...

Skype and Other Voice Over IP Banned in Comoros

Skype and other voice over IP that allows online phone conversation are now suspended in Comoros. The website Linfo.re reports [fr] : The state-owned company Comores Telecom just officially banned any type...

Madagascar Agency Suspended from Network Tracking Money Laundering

Lambo T. reports [fr] on the website of La Gazette de La Grande Ile that Samifin [mg], the agency in charge of cleaning up the financial sector and combat transnational illegal operations in...

TNW Announces Latin American Startup Awards Winners

In the lead up to this year’s The Next Web Conference Latin America, we’ve been running Startup Awards competitions in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil in search of the hottest startups...

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