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· January, 2015

Stories about Economics & Business from January, 2015

30 January 2015

How Putin Secretly Conquered Russia's Social Media Over the Past 3 Years

RuNet Echo

In a special column for RuNet Echo, TV Rain's online chief editor, Ilya Klishin, discusses the Kremlin's slow but steady capture of online social media in Russia.

22 January 2015

Russian Politician Tells Public to ‘Eat Less,’ As Food Prices Rise

RuNet Echo

“If you’re short on money,” Gaffner said, “just remember that we’re all Russian citizens. We just need to give some thought to our health and eat a bit less.”

17 January 2015

Colombia's New Minimum Wage Generates Minimum Enthusiasm

On December 30, 2014, Colombia's government raised the minimum wage by 4.6 percent to 644,350 Colombian pesos ($273). On social media, the disappointment of many has been palpable.

15 January 2015

‘Africapitalism': Africa's New Way Forward?

Acting on a concept he invented five years ago, a Nigerian economist and philanthropist now says he's ready to invest $100 million in young African entrepreneurs.

13 January 2015

The Original Santa Claus is Under Threat from the Turkish Construction Industry. So is Much of Turkey's Unique Heritage

The Bridge

Turkey's construction-crazed government is talking up the country's rich cultural heritage in an effort to reap tourist dollars. But Ankara is better at promoting historical legacies than preserving them.

10 January 2015

Intel Shuts Down Its Russian-Language Developer Forums

RuNet Echo

Intel's decision could create an important precedent, showing how easily new RuNet regulations spill into seemingly innocuous blogging activities.

8 January 2015

The Mobile Money Revolution Is Transforming Bangladesh

One study found that nearly 76% of rickshaw-pullers in Dhaka send money back home to their villages through mobile banking due to its safety and cost efficiency.

6 January 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Indian E-Tail

One man complained on Facebook that in October he was delivered a bar of soap and a brick instead of the smartphone he had ordered from Snapdeal.com.

2 January 2015

EU Citizens Petition Against CETA and TTIP Trade Arrangements

This year watch for two transatlantic trade arrangements being negotiated by the EU with Canada and the US respectively. European civic groups fear they will trample over the public interest.