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· January, 2018

Stories about Economics & Business from January, 2018

Uzbekistan and its Migrants: A Tale of Two Presidents

"People have to look for jobs in other countries because we have not created conditions for them."

Veto Viber? Tax Telegram? Such Are Tajikistan's Tech Company Conundrums

Once asked why the government was raising a tax on mobile phone companies, the tax chief responded: "Now even barefooted ones have a mobile phone."

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

Does a New Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Offer “Answers to Problems Disabled People Don't Have”?

"Instead of developing new technologies that might prove unsuitable, why not at the very least also train more professional carers?"

UNESCO World Heritage Site at Risk: Bulgarian Government Allows Construction in Pirin, Citizens Protest

Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected -- including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.

Is Taiwan a Country? What About Tibet? China Says They Aren't—and Wants Foreign Companies to Fall in Line

Multinational corporations have faced pressure to apologize for listing Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as countries on their websites, even if in reality it's a common practice.

Gold Mining Threatens Communities in Macedonia's Agricultural Heartland

"We've given mining concessions on top of water springs to dig out an insignificantly small amount of gold. Someone has decided to poison us with arsenic, sulfuric acid, and cyanide."

Instagram in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: A Path to Celebrity and Scandal

"Do not make yourself out to be married and decent! You've made a porridge that is not tasty and full of lumps!"

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

Amman's Yellow Taxis Compete for Passengers After the Arrival of Uber and Careem

For Yellow taxi drivers, the struggle for passengers is a real. Once Jordan's only private transportation option, they are totally overwhelmed by new competition.

Despite Challenges, Jamaica’s Capital City Welcomes 2018 With a Dash of Optimism

While clouds linger, it appears that Kingston is determined to look on the sunny side of life in 2018.

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