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· May, 2016

Stories about Economics & Business from May, 2016

31 May 2016

When Immigrants in Spain Can't Find Work, Some Resort to Selling Beer on the Street

"I don’t like selling beer because I have no job, but I need the money for sending [home to my family]."

Some in Trinidad & Tobago Are Royally Sceptical of the Tourism Ministry’s Soca Cruise Idea

One Facebook user called the plan a "Ship of Fools", while another wondered, "An investment has returns. What are the returns on this shit?"

30 May 2016

The Meteoric Rise of (Recently Censored) Chinese Internet Celebrity Papi Jiang

Only a few days after Internet censors took down most of her clips for foul language, she sold advertising space on her weekly videos for $3.5 million.

27 May 2016

Russian Officials Make Plans for an Autonomous, State-Controlled Internet

RuNet Echo

Although the bill is in its early stages, should it become law, all of the RuNet's critical infrastructure would fall under complete control of the Russian state.

24 May 2016

A Peruvian Amazon Community Is Putting Up a Fight Against the Expansion of Oil Palm

The legal case of Santa Clara Uchunya against the Pucallpa Plantations is emblematic because its outcome will have far-reaching consequences for the future of the region and its indigenous peoples.

23 May 2016

Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites

Advox

The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.

In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug

"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."

Chiloé Fishermen to the World: ‘Communities Must Unite!’

Faced with environmental disaster in Chiloé, this group of small-scale fisherman organized and forced an industry and government to the negotiating table.

18 May 2016

Filipino Farmers Hit by El Niño Are Protesting and Demanding Food Aid

"We can look for alternative crops to plant. But right now there is simply nothing – just hectares of dust that even weed won’t grow on."

16 May 2016

Anti-Counterfeiting Group Ousts Alibaba, Chinese Consumers Unsympathetic

"Stay at home. If your counterfeits are high quality and cheap, Chinese people will support you and no one will disqualify you."

13 May 2016

Five Things to Know About the Millions of Dead Fish Washing Up on Vietnam's Central Coast

"Clearly they don’t look at us as people, but animals. They want us to die with the fish."

11 May 2016

Panama Papers Database Only Fuels Indians’ Frustration With Government's Response

"This could help investigators, if they are serious, to at least begin a meaningful investigation."

7 May 2016

Baobab and Moringa, Two ‘Superfoods’ With the Potential of Boosting the Planet's Health

As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment.

5 May 2016

Puerto Ricans Protest Against a Proposed US Financial Oversight Board

Some banners at the march read "Our future is in debt" and "Financial control board, colonial slavery."

A New Dam in Portugal Is About to Destroy Parts of a World Heritage Wine Region

Opponents warn the dam will cause an ecological disaster, destroying rare ecosystems and farmlands important to the wine industry.

How to Learn More About the Big Wigs and Public Officials in Russia and Ukraine

RuNet Echo

There are numerous free and open information portals and databases available for researching individuals in Ukraine and Russia, whether you are investigating a public figure or a private individual.