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· October, 2015

Stories about Economics & Business from October, 2015

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Advox

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

How Poor Service Turned Into Slut Shaming in Trinidad & Tobago

"The victim (and yes, she is a victim) is a grown woman who has every right to use her personal property in any legal way she saw fit."

22 October 2015

How Yarn Is Making a Difference in the Lives of Women in Nepal and India

"I think that Darn Good Yarn’s major value is the fact it managed to change the living for hundreds of women in Nepal and India."

21 October 2015

Homophobia and Name-Calling Derail Trinidad & Tobago's Budget Debate

"I want to believe that both Government and Opposition will step their game up and fulfil their real roles as MPs. Otherwise we can simply hire 41 circus clowns..."

16 October 2015

Protests Over Las Bambas Mine Project in Peru Claim Four Lives and Leave Many Injured

Protests against the Las Bambas mining project have come to a point of calm after the violence that left four dead and several wounded in Peru.

Female Entrepreneurs Give a Major Boost to the Development of Francophone Africa

Increasingly, civil society—and especially women—are keen to partake in the boom by starting businesses and joining Africa's new entrepreneurial mobilisation.

15 October 2015

Ladies, You Can Wear Men's Briefs as Shirts to Save Money. Just Ask This Russian TV Show.

RuNet Echo

Oil is cheap, the West has levied sanctions, Moscow’s military interventions in Ukraine and Syria are costing who-knows-how-much money, and women are being encouraged to wear men’s underwear as shirts.

It Looks Like Snow, But That Fluffy Stuff on Bangalore's Lakes Is Much More Toxic

The foam in Bangalore, India, is largely being produced in a lake called Bellandur, into which raw sewage and chemical waste have long been pumped without effective water treatment.

12 October 2015

Why Some Chinese Seem to Be Gloating Over Their Country's Exclusion From the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"...are so many Chinese rejoicing over China's misfortune? No. What’s behind this is discontent over the status quo and demands for reforms."

9 October 2015

Will Prayers Help Zambia's Currency Gain Value? President Lungu Thinks They Might

"Praying for a currency to improve means you don’t understand economics. The depreciation of the Kwacha is not the devils work."

‘Doubles’ Price Increase Sends Trinidad & Tobago Foodies Into Tailspin

Sellers of doubles, the nation's most beloved breakfast food, caused outrage when they announced a one dollar price increase, despite the fact that the raw materials cost has remained the...

The Dark Side of Hydropower in Bhutan

Bhutan depends heavily on its hydroelectric industry, but some bloggers worry that the country may be getting carried away with this industry.

8 October 2015

‘Running on Fumes'—Trinidad & Tobago Faces $8.5 Billion Deficit

Trinidad and Tobago's new government delivered its maiden budget speech in parliament this week. While many feared the news wouldn't be good, they didn't quite expect this...

7 October 2015

Cambodian Monks Are Protesting Against Destruction of the Prey Lang Forest

"Monks cannot remain silent on the issue given the alarming rate of deforestation."

Chinese Women Spend Their Holiday Protesting Botched Cosmetic Surgery in South Korea

The majority of Chinese netizens weren't sympathetic to the women's protest. "Why have people in this land become so vain?" one commenter wrote.

6 October 2015

Solar Power Is Booming in India, But Will It Reach Those Who Need It Most?

As renewable energy ramps up, entrepreneurs work to bring its benefits to the 300 million citizens who lack electricity.

4 October 2015

Where Will China's Anti-Graft Campaign Go?

The Chinese government's anti-graft campaign, aimed at weeding out corrupt government officials, has been criticized for hindering economic growth and seen as an excuse to crack down on political opponents.

3 October 2015

Jamaicans to UK Prime Minister: Get Over Slavery? ‘You First.’

"David Cameron must listen with an open heart and mind to the call for reparations, and have the courage to do what is right."

2 October 2015

A Quake-Ravaged Nation Now Faces Indian Blockade. Welcome to Nepal.

Officials in Nepal have accused India of imposing an “unofficial economic blockade,” as it is preventing Indian trucks carrying supplies from entering Nepal near the Madhes border zone.

1 October 2015

Jamaicans Are Unimpressed With the UK's Pish-Posh Attitude on Slavery Reparations

Bob Marley's famous "Redemption Song" called for self-emancipation from mental slavery, but Jamaica is asking for financial reparation from the United Kingdom for its role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.