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· August, 2014

Stories about Economics & Business from August, 2014

31 August 2014

A Home-Grown Campaign in Bhutan Is Giving Refurbished Shoes to Thousands Who Need Them

Bhutanese entrepreneur Dawa Drakpa cleans and recycles old footwear and distributes them to those who can't afford a decent pair. Nearly 1 percent of the country's population have received shoes.

27 August 2014

A Private Hospital in Bangaldesh Held a Patient's Body Ransom Because the Family Couldn't Pay Up Immediately

The deficiencies in Bangladesh's government hospitals and the uncertainties regarding service prompts people to chose private hospitals -- at a huge expense.

25 August 2014

Experts Say Technical Issues Are Behind Egypt's Power Outages, but the Prime Minister Blames the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptians suffer from daily hours-long blackouts while government officials make contradicting statements regarding the cause.

21 August 2014

Cubans Join Authorised Users of Google Chrome

Two Years Ago, Tens of Thousands of Macedonians Took to the Streets Against Poverty and Corruption

Macedonians are marking two years since the beginning of the "AMAN" protests that called for an end to social disparity and corruption in the country, one of Europe's poorest.

Moscow Shutters 4 McDonalds for Poor Sanitation, But You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

RuNet Echo

Russia closed four McDonald's locations in Moscow for "sanitary violations" in what some say is another stage of the sanctions war. The RuNet exploded with disbelief—and photos of Russian bathrooms.

18 August 2014

Pope Francis’ New Wheels Cause a Stir in South Korea

Pope Francis' inaugural visit to South Korea caused a media frenzy, thanks in part to scenes of the pontiff riding around in a Kia, instead of a bulletproof sedan.

Journalist and Democracy Advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla Missing in the Maldives

Advox

The prolific social media user is vocal against hatred in the name of religion and has not been shy about criticizing the Maldives Islamist Adhaalath Party and other political parties.

15 August 2014

Russia Just Doubled Its Internet Surveillance Program

RuNet EchoAdvox

At first glance, "SORM 2.0" seems redundant, but the reform of police surveillance online could vastly expand the reach of the Kremlin.

Video: Listen to Nairobi Coffee Shop Entrepreneur

How the ‘Boycott McDonald’s’ Campaign for Gaza is Hurting Some Muslims in Malaysia

The campaign was organized to pressure companies accused of supporting Israel. But McDonald's in Malaysia says it is hurting their workers and their families.

12 August 2014

One of Russia's Richest Men May Be Its Most Tortured Patriot

RuNet Echo

Since he landed on an American sanctions list, life has gotten tough for Gennady Timchenko, one of Putin's closest allies. But the oligarch, a Finnish citizen, considers Russia his home.

11 August 2014

This Meat Advertisement Is Now Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russian police have banned a meat product commercial for breaking the country's advertising laws, which forbid the depiction of illegal acts, including traffic violations and the endangerment of children.

Improving Internet Access in Cambodia

9 August 2014

Religion and Spirituality Get Tech Savvy in India

Indian tech entrepreneurs and start-ups have taken on ventures trying to tap on Indians' passion on religion and spirituality. This raises issues like whether marketing “God’s” products are ethical.

Investment Deal with China Leaves Jamaicans With More Questions Than Answers

8 August 2014

Mexico’s Minimum Wage is Criminally Low. Is It Unconstitutional?

The minimum wage in Mexico is equivalent to $5 US dollars. Just what can you buy with that?