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· March, 2019

Stories about Economics & Business from March, 2019

Is the Haitian parliament's revocation of Prime Minister Céant another feat of zero-sum game politics?

The no-confidence vote and resulting reshuffle are impacting the government's capacity to provide a timely and effective response to Haiti's socio-economic crisis.

Growing controversy in Myanmar: A Kachin banana plantation in photos

"Most of the plantations have Chinese backing and are accused of stealing land, damaging the environment and violating their workers’ labor rights."

Cote d'Ivoire's chocolate waste spurs second industry in cocoa butter

An Ivorian woman makes cocoa butter to sell to soap makers, using chocolate scraps from Cote d'Ivoire's booming cocoa bean industry, the largest in the world.

Abandoned church construction site bears testimony to waning Russian influence in North Macedonia

Sergei Samsonenko's fortune seems to have waned since the Russia-backed political party VMRO-DPMNE lost the 2016 elections after ruling for a decade.

As India grapples with climate change, youth groups and startups scout for greener solutions

Vishal from Global Voices spoke to Indian farmers, experts, youth-led groups and social entrepreneurs who are innovating ways to tackle climate change.

Censored on WeChat: the disappearance of Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC China Energy

With Ye's disappearance, the details of quiet agreements between his multi-billion dollar company and the Chinese government began to unravel.

Foreign domestic workers contribute to Hong Kong economy but lack access to basic financial services

"We are treated as foreigners, low-class workers and therefore the government has been pushing for policies and practices that exclude and isolate migrant workers from the whole Hong Kong population."

US envoy visits Haiti as leaders juggle solutions to address national crisis

With the government not delivering on what they promised after the February 2019 protests, can dialogue really offer ensuring solutions to Haiti's socio-economic crisis?

Late night Japanese TV show takes aim at foreign convenience store clerks

According to Nakai, instead of saying "change in 1,000 yen notes" (釣り千円で, or surisenyende), the convenience store clerk said masturbation, or zurizen (ずりせん).

Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’

The censorship of ZTE and Huawei has strong association with the censorship of "China-U.S trade war".

As patriotic propaganda video praising Huawei goes viral, netizens mock the company's political connections

"The lyrics is so straightforward with no rhetorical consideration -- Huawei is good, Huawei is beautiful --, this is a kind of aestheticism with Chinese characteristics."

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