· March, 2007

Stories about Economics & Business from March, 2007

Jamaica: TriniJam Biz Club?

  27 March 2007

“After the doubles and jerk-chicken are over, and the reggae and soca music has stopped, and the wining and dubbing is finished… what else would happen?” asks Fwade at Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle, who has a vision for a Trinidad/Jamaica Business Club.

Belarus: A Roundup

  26 March 2007

TOL's Belarus Blog covers these subjects: silly pretexts used to arrest opposition activists; the Constitution Day; Belarusian “market socialism“; some of the effects of the recent “gas war” with Russia.

Bangladesh: The Middle Class

  26 March 2007

Salam Dhaka talks of the person in the middle. “The middle-class is where the best of the country's talent lies. Yet, they are in a very tight corner when it comes to financial options. The capital markets in Bangladesh are rigged and almost non existent.”

India: On TATA

  26 March 2007

International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal provides a rap sheet for a corporate giant TATA. ” Until the onset of liberalisation, Tatas remained the undisputed king of the license-raj, covering its trail of human rights, labour and environmental violations with liberal philanthropic give-aways.”

Barbados: Tourism Growth or Inflation?

  26 March 2007

Barbados Free Press wonders if Barbados’ tourism industry has actually grown or whether “visitors are spending more, simply because virtually everything is costing more, so there has not been any real growth at all.”

Thailand: Farang Beggars in Bangkok

  26 March 2007

Metroblogging Bangkok points to a video interview with a professional foreign beggar in Bangkok. “You know those farang who sit on the overpasses with signs begging for Baht to help them buy a plane ticket or something? They usually look like backpackers, and honestly they usually make me pretty sick....

China: Mao Zedong condoms

  25 March 2007

Letters from China posted an ad from Nanyuan Road bus stop in Suzhou: it sells condoms in packages bearing the image of Mao Zedong.

The Oldest Blogger in the Balkans

  25 March 2007

In the evening, Radmilo Ristic, a 74-year-old retired high school professor, likes to attend theater plays, gallery openings, literary nights, round-table discussions and other similar events that take place around Kragujevac, the city in Central Serbia. When Ristic comes back home, instead of the traditional paper and pen, his computer...

Africa: China's Africa interest not neo-colonial

  24 March 2007

China does not seek economic and political control of Africa: “IT’S ironic that some Western countries which are former colonial powers have accused China of pushing a “neo-colonialism” policy in its trade with Africa. The accusations of “China’s neo-colonialism in Africa” simply lack basis in fact,” via Afroshangai blog.

Kuwait: A Week Goes by

The Kuwaiti blogosphere has it all this week – from business developments to the opening of a new mall, the death of a bookshop and segregation at Kuwait University. Q, back at Kuwaitism, talks about the shift of business power and how other businesses around the Gulf region are acting....

Mongolia: Knock-Offs

  23 March 2007

Alexa writes about name brand knock-offs in Mongolia, speculating that perhaps their popularity will build brand loyalty that will lead to success for genuine articles in the future.

Bahrain: Storms and D-cups

Bahrain was enveloped in a heavy dust storm on Thursday night, the beginning of the weekend, and TechZ wrote about getting caught in it: I couldn’t see anything ahead, other than for the windshield and my wipers. Headlights were useless in this much sand and rain drops. I had to...

Saudi Arabia: Child Slaves

Blogger Issandr Al Amrani links to a BBC documentary on the child slaves of Saudi Arabia here. “These children (from poor countries like neighbouring Yemen) are often sold by families who are either duped into believing their offspring will get a better life or sometimes simply threatened. Once in the...

Nepal: Roar against Internet Shutdown

  23 March 2007

The decision of the Internet Service Providers Association of Nepal (ISPAN) to shut down internet services for two hours – one each in morning and evening – didn’t have good effect on bloggers. The shutdown was a part of the protest program announced by the Nepal’s industrialists against the Maoists’...

Philippines: Internet Star

  22 March 2007

Mike Abundo has a post on Christine Gambino, a Filipina nursing student in the U.S. Gambito is giving up her nursing career to pursue her online career. “With one fell swoop, Christine has singlehandedly begun the viral transformation of the Filipina global image: from lowly-paid nurse to social media maven.”

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