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· July, 2017

Stories about Economics & Business from July, 2017

30 July 2017

Apple Removes Apps Offering Virtual Private Networks from Its China Store

Advox

"It represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts."

29 July 2017

Brunei Government Employee Complaining About Halal Certification Charged with Sedition Over Facebook Post

Advox

"Anyways that guy that's being charged with speaking out against the govt is a reminder that we don't have freedom of speech," wrote a Twitter user.

The Rise and Fall of a ‘Patriotic Investment Charity’ in China

Despite the government crackdown, many Shanxinhui’s members insist that Shanxinhui is a legitimate patriotic business.

28 July 2017

As Kenyans Go to the Polls on August 8, Here Are the Things to Watch

The Bridge

After avoiding a repeat of 2007 with peaceful elections in 2013, "the odds this year appear once again stacked against the smooth running of the polls."

25 July 2017

This Jamaican Scientist's Marijuana-Based Anti-Cancer Drug Has Been Approved by the FDA

Should Dr. Lowe try to launch the drug himself if he can raise the funding? And what of the Jamaican government's role in taking the lead regarding ganja?

A Final Glimpse of Cambodia’s Iconic Phnom Penh White Building Before Its Demolition

The Cambodian government plans to build a multipurpose complex in the land occupied by the iconic White Building in the capital city.

21 July 2017

With China Now the Top Market for Initial Public Offerings, One Economist Fears for Ordinary Investors

"To be honest, the Chinese stock market has become the tool of the state to make money."

19 July 2017

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia's Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk

The lake has become a symbol of the dire state of Ethiopia’s natural resources at a time when Ethiopia’s fast-growing population needs more of everything.

Is the Legalisation of Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago an ‘Idea Whose Time Has Come'?

"The only ones benefiting from keeping marijuana illegal are the drug gangs and they will be forced out of business by legitimate dealers..."

Lost in Translation in Central Asia: Keep it in the Family

'Tuuganchylyk' has already jettisoned two Kyrgyz leaders and their kin into lives of exile. The Trumps clearly weren't paying attention.

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

14 July 2017

After Media Revelations, Jamaicans Ask Why Their Finance Minister Cannot Manage His Phone Bill

"@AudleyShaw not a good recommendation for your Ministerial position if you cannot manage the economics of a phone."

12 July 2017

A Hong Kong Businessman Sparks Backlash After Blaming Muslims for His Restaurant's Failure in Malaysia

"How come [a nearby dim sum restaurant] has not been suffered from a lack of customers because of Muslim pork-less food culture?" one citizen journalist questioned.

11 July 2017

CNN Show ‘Parts Unknown’ Holds Up a Mirror to Trinidad & Tobago’s Social Divisions

"Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind us that we have more in common than we think."

Air India Stops Serving Meat on Domestic Flights. Is It a Cost-Saving Measure or a Political Move?

"Present government has discontinued non-veg food in Air India economy class....no justification given...another act of moral policing..."

8 July 2017

Teodorín N. O. Mangue, Son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Faces Justice in Paris

The defendant did not deign to travel to Paris and was represented by three lawyers there. Their strategy consisted in arguing that he benefits from diplomatic immunity.

7 July 2017

Scenes From Market Day in Shan State’s Thandaung Village in Myanmar

It offers an authentic chance to see how locals trade. Sellers arrive at the marker before dawn to prepare for the day, and the market usually lasts until around noon.