· September, 2007

Stories about Economics & Business from September, 2007

Russia: Conference on Renewable Energy Sources

  23 September 2007

Web 2.0. is finally coming to the Balkans: SeminarskiRad.com, a portal based on the share principle and offering free resources to Serbian students, has become really popular very quickly. A few days ago, the portal's blog supplement opened on Blogger, dedicated to the topics relevant to Serbia's youth. The first post is a report from a recent Moscow conference on renewable energy, whose aim was to educate young scientists in order to make this planet greener.

Japan: Nuclear Power and Discrimination

  22 September 2007

An English translation of an interview with Koide Hiroaki, a researcher and long-time anti-nuclear power activist, has been posted at gyaku. Mr. Koide talks about how he joined the movement against nuclear power in Japan 40 years ago, the contrast between the dream of nuclear power and the reality, and...

Bahrain: No Eating, No Drinking, No Smoking – And No Work?

  21 September 2007

In the Bahraini blogosphere this week we hear from a blogger who wants a job, and a blogger who wishes he didn’t have a job. There's also a student entering her final year, unemployed teachers, and an MP who thinks Muslims shouldn't have to work during Ramadan. One blogger reveals that there are fifteen ways to spell his name. And a 'football widow' tells her story!

Bahamas: Price Control

  21 September 2007

“Three cheers for a politician that finally has the guts to speak the truth on a highly political matter,” writes Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com, as the country's Prime Minister makes a statement on price control at the recent CARICOM Summit.

Barbados: “Bim” Rocks!

  21 September 2007

Notes From The Margin discovers an ode to Barbados via a YouTube video: “Maybe someone should tell the tourist board about this one!”

Serbia: A Store in Kosovo's Capital

  20 September 2007

Prishtine: Independence and Kanun posts pictures of a favorite store in Kosovo's capital: “‘ginger’ … when you have a need to feel suave, intellectual or just plain bourgeoisie, ginger is the place for you — books, music, dvds, couch, dog and all. This store rocks….”

Thailand: Thaksin's Letter

  20 September 2007

Real Life in Thailand makes a point by point rebuttal of statements made by the former prime minister Thaksin on the anniversary of the coup that ousted him. The letter attacks the current administration in Thailand.

[GV Show Special] Trinidad & Tobago: Anti-smelter activism meets the Internet

  20 September 2007

Atillah Springer is a journalist, activist and blogger from Trinidad and Tobago and a member of a protest movement which, earlier this year, succeeded in driving the aluminium industry giant Alcoa out of a community in rural Trinidad where they had proposed to establish a smelter under somewhat dubious circumstances. In this podcast I talk with Atillah about the movement's use of the Internet in their organising activities.

Iran:Slogans and Government

  20 September 2007

Mohammad Ali Abtahi,blogger and former vice president, writes that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,Iranian president,when he was elected two years ago, talked a lot about that using private flight and private plane is against public treasury and that trips should be made through ordinary gate and not VIP gate.The blogger adds “after one...

The rise of the Zambian blogsphere

  20 September 2007

The Zambian blogsphere is growing. Two years ago one would struggle to find a regularly updated blog covering any meaningful issues. I am happy to report that is now changing. New blogs are being created at pace faster than I can count. And the good news is that what were personal entries are now being transformed into meaningful blogs that seek to encourage dialogue and trading of ideas.

Trinidad & Tobago: We Are Open

  19 September 2007

“Claiming to ‘be open’ doesn't mean you are being open. Know your audience. Globalization is built on this principle, as is Free Software/Open Source and Open Content”: KnowProSE.com thinks it's all about the perspective.

Hong Kong: Book Distribution

  19 September 2007

Recently the publisher of a political spoof about Chief Executive Donald Tsang's Spin Doctor failed to find any distributor in Hong Kong for distributing the book to local bookstore. Buto from inmediahk.net interviewed the publisher who explained that the book distribution business in Hong Kong is highly monopolized by one...

Colombia: Trans-Atlantic Interest in Cocaine

  19 September 2007

Sergio Mendez of Un colombiano más (reloaded) [ES] makes a startling discovery while working at an archive. In a letter dated 1889, a businessman in France wrote to the Colombian consul in Paris expressing great interest in the commerce of a substance called cocaine.

Syria: Corporate BS

  18 September 2007

“Nothing pisses me off more than Corporate Bullshit. I’m not sure why Corporate Bullshit (CBS from here on in) works me up, but then again, people have the weirdest pet peeves. If you worked for a big company then you know what I’m talking about,” rants Syrian blogger Omar in...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Maharaj's New Novel

  18 September 2007

“I was more interested in the ambivalence that many West Indians feel about the canefields, a reminder of more oppressive times and also a means to a livelihood”: Geoffrey Philp's Blogspot features Trinidad-born author Rabindranath Maharaj as he discusses his new novel.

Jamaica, DR, Cuba, Haiti: Sugar Protocol

  18 September 2007

The Latin Americanist reports that ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries are calling on the European Union to uphold the “Sugar Protocol” agreement, which guarantees that EU states buy and import agreed quantities of sugar at certain prices.

Barbados: IMF Recommendations

  18 September 2007

Notes From The Margin weighs in on the Barbados/IMF Article IV Consultation: “At the heart of the IMF report is a difference of opinion. Is the Barbados Government being overly optimistic? Or is the IMF being overly conservative?”

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