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· June, 2015

Stories about Economics & Business from June, 2015

A UK Shoe Shop Employee Crowdfunds More Than a Million Euros to Bail Out Greece (​​UPDATED)

"European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don't we the people just sort it instead?"

Kenyan Blogger Defamation Case Highlights the Need for Education

‘Transitioning Cambodia’ Photo Book Illustrates Cambodia’s Uneven Development

"People tell us they are happy there is a book that looks at Cambodia as it is—not just the temples of Angkor or photos of children riding an oxcart."

Pictures of Chinese People Scanning QR Codes

Apart from mobile boarding passes and the occasional event ticket, in many countries QR codes have never quite caught on. In China, however, they're everywhere.

US-Listed Chinese Firms Flock Home to Take Advantage of Bull Market

"In China, if you have enough money, they don't have to face these problems. They can't survive overseas and come back to cheat their relatives."

Kazakhstan Fears Mosquitoes Will Mar EXPO-2017

"The overwhelming tendency of our people is towards all that is ostentatious - most important is not to lose face in front of guests."

Armenian Voices Sound Off at ‘Electric Yerevan’

"It is completely wrong to call the movement as the Armenian Maidan ... People are against ineffective, detrimental management of the electricity company."

Why Is the Internet So Much Slower and More Expensive in Mali Than in Senegal or Côte d'Ivoire?

Compared to other countries in West Africa, Mali has low Internet speeds and high prices. A Malian civic group has launched a campaign to change this.

Pope Francis’ Call to ‘Hear Both the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor’ Resonates in the Philippines

Environmentalists in the country also called on the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.

Moscow Entrepreneur Crowdfunds Honey Business to Rescue Dying Ural Village

A tiny Russian village in the Urals is getting new jobs and a reputation with foodies—thanks to a crowdfunding boost engineered by a social entrepreneur from Moscow.

Toyota Exec's Arrest Highlights Japan's Hard Line on Narcotics

An American executive's arrest has highlighted Japan's zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal drugs, including those legal in other countries.

Russian Censor Says It's High Time the Country Developed Its Own Messenger App

Russian officials bemoan the lack of control and access to user data in foreign text messaging apps as a threat to "national security."

How Balochistan's Coastal Highway Cut Awaran Off From the Rest of the World

The well-financed coastal highway has taken traffic away from Turbat Road, which was once a major source of livelihood for Awaran, the poorest district in Pakistan's poorest province Balochistan.

Hope for a Nuclear-Free Taiwan

Many Taiwanese wish to reduce the risks of nuclear power, but if President Ma's administration represses their voices instead of listening, the problems of nuclear waste could be deadlocked.

Urban Farming Is Booming in the US, but What Does It Really Yield?

Looking at city-based agriculture throughout the United States, the benefits go far beyond nutrition.

Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry

The French media market is stagnant, but some see the African continent as the place to re-boot growth in the sector.

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

Is Cash-Strapped Portugal Using Austerity as an Excuse to Privatise Water?

Water privatization in Portugal has been shrouded in controversy. Economic interests put pressure on the government, which has no money, to privatize. But water is an essential resource for life.

Why the US Indictments Against FIFA Must Be About Corruption

There has been much discussion about the United States' motivation behind the FIFA arrests - so is it a power grab or is it about doing the right thing?

Football Fans See a Chance for Change in FIFA President Joseph Blatter's Resignation

"Greed prevailed over football’s mission of uniting people, taking down social barriers, waking passions. It is time for us to retake this social mission."

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