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· June, 2021

Stories about Economics & Business from June, 2021

Cheap materials raise questions over Kazakhstan's expensive new urban development

A crumbling wall in Turkistan's new flagship construction project reveals the faults of fast-paced development in Kazakhstan's holiest city.

Will a free vaccine program boost India’s COVID-19 vaccination rate?

India has launched the latest phase of its vaccination campaign, offering free vaccination for everyone, however, questions remain about how this drive can reach its intended population amidst emerging challenges.

Istanbul: divided on two fronts

As Erdogan delivered a speech at the opening ceremony for the Canal Istanbul project, scores of Istanbul residents were inhaling tear gas and hit with rubber bullets while celebrating Pride.

Was Michael B. Jordan's ‘J'ouvert’ rum cultural appropriation or a missed opportunity for Trinidad and Tobago?

While Jordan may have intended to pay homage to the roots of struggle from which the joyous festival emerged, much seemed to have been lost in translation.

Marmara Sea covered by “sea snot”, with possible dangers to environment

"Sea snot"—or "marine mucilage"—may cause biodiversity loss. It is triggered by global warming, waste pollution and rising water temperatures.

To save its economy, can Tunisia reform its oversized public sector?

“These past 10 post-revolution years, romanticised by the West, have solidified for us as more misery and living with the failing of state’s institutions."

Chile's new constitution offers unique opportunity to rethink workers’ rights in the digital age

When technological solutions are implemented in unchecked environments, as has become an issue in Chile, they also threaten to bring about over-automation, and unhappiness in workers

Green playlist: Asian short films on protecting the environment

These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.

In Kyrgyzstan, an ultranationalist group thrives on rising anti-Chinese sentiment

Chinese enterprises are making home for themselves in Kyrgyzstan. Some parts of the Kyrgyz population see this trend as a threat.

How Sinophobia is instrumentalized in Kazakhstan as a form of oppositional politics

In Kazakhstan, Sinophobia is often a tool instrumentalized by protest organizers to mobilize people as a form of criticism of governmental policies

‘Lying down flat’ as passive resistance in China

"You can’t stand up. But you don’t want to kneel down. Then you can only lie down flat."

Cash or Bitcoin? El Salvador’s small business owners speak

In a country with a large informal economy, small business owners are skeptical of a new plan to make bitcoin a legal currency.

Illegal logging, poaching and waste dumping endanger nature in North Macedonia

North Macedonia's great and varied biological diversity is seriously endangered and was significantly impacted by COVID-19, as protected areas in the country, and national parks' income were impacted.

Tokyo Olympics: A symbol of the divide in Japanese society

Using Twitter's public API, Global Voices analyzed more than 2.5 million Japanese-language tweets to gauge public sentiment around the Tokyo Olympic Games.

World Oceans Day: The Caribbean Sea faces dual threat of climate change and overfishing

It is clear the Caribbean is on the frontline of climate change, and its creeping impact on the marine environment is showing itself in various ways.

Belt and Road Initiative projects ramp up Nigeria’s favourable perception of China

The BRI initiative enjoys a favourable perception because Nigeria has an infrastructure deficit that China is correcting. This programme will endure for some time in Nigeria. 

Indigenous people denounce Chinese oil giant's extractions in Peru's Amazon Forest

A coalition of non-governmental and indigenous organizations came together to hold their government and companies accountable

Accident on a chemical-laden ship triggers one of the biggest environmental disasters in Sri Lanka

Singaporean container ship X-Press Pearl had an accident near the Sri Lankan coast and has since sent waves of microplastics and charred debris along the coast of the country’s capital.

Omanis stage rare protests demanding jobs and end to corruption

In the largest rallies since 2011, protests broke out across Oman for several days, leading to speedy employment policy by Sultan Haitham, who faces his first bout of dissent.

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