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· August, 2015

Stories about Economics & Business from August, 2015

Puerto Rico Organizes From the Bottom Up in the Face of Economic Crisis

Various civil society groups have started to come together to find solutions to the severe socioeconomic crisis that the Caribbean nation faces.

Serbian State Utility Company to Spend 350,000 Euros on Logo Redesign

Serbian social media users are curious: "Does this logo vacuum clean and bear children or what?"

Are GMOs the Answer to Kenya's Food Security Issues?

Kenya looks like it is ready to get back on the GMO train. Is it right to?

Painting Nails in Bolivia: A Job but Not a Living

There's no bonus or holidays or health insurance. Nail painters in Bolivia live each day at the mercy of God. How much do they earn? Not enough.

Amazing Japanese TV Commercial Racks Up Views

A popular commercial about an amazing game of baseball has gone viral in Japan.

Iraqi Startups One Year After the Rise of ISIS

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

Puerto Rican Chorus Brings a Little Joy to the Skies

Passengers on a flight to Puerto Rico were brought to tears when a chorus that was traveling with them started singing upon landing.

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

London's Social Housing is Falling Down

London's poor are paying for years of government neglect and broken promises about low-cost housing.

Canine Passports and the People Making Money Selling Dogs to Brazil from Venezuela

"Many of those selling dogs do not care about their condition […] The majority arrive with falsified documents and have not been certified by a vet."

How Social Media Moved People to Act in Flood-Ravaged Myanmar

"This time the flood is being covered minute-by-minute via social media and we can see how authorities have responded, for better or for worse."

Puerto Rico Defaults on Its Debt for the First Time in Its History

As the government quickly runs out of cash, the future looks uncertain.

Buddha’s Beads Fetch Millions for Farmers in Central Nepal

News guaranteed to thrill Buddhists and botanists around the world: a Nepalese tree famous for its use in making Buddhist prayer beads, has been described as a new species.

Russia's ‘Draconian’ Internet Laws Mostly Ignored By Industry Experts

Russian Internet laws have been called "draconian" and accused of limiting free speech. But a recent study found that Russian online industry and experts actually know little about these regulations.

‘Films for Action’ Website Shares List of Top 100 Documentaries ‘We Can Use to Change the World’

China Finally Opens Door to Overseas Game Consoles

China finally lifts its ban on sales of game consoles. Is this the dawn of a new age in home video entertainment?

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