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· November, 2009

Stories about Economics & Business from November, 2009

Malaysia: Selling sand to Singapore

A Malaysian blogger asks if the ban on selling sand to Singapore is still in effect.

Taiwan: Science park expansion dispute

Recently, the Executive Yuan in Taiwan has passed a bill in favor of Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) fourth stage expansion. The construction plan has drawn the attention of ecologists...

Poland: Online Campaigning for the Rights of Employees

Sylwia Presley writes about the plight of and online campaigning by a group Polish citizens who work for IKEA via another, smaller, company called Solid Security: they claim to be...

Russia: Local Authorities Slow Broadband Development

On November 10, activists held a rally calling for broadband Internet and protesting against Internet provider monopoly in the township of Kraskovo (Moscow region, 10 km from the Moscow beltroad)....

Vietnam: Taxi fare refund

RantingsbyMM shares a story on how she was able to get back her money from a taxi driver who overcharged her in Vietnam.

Poland: Anonymous Blogger to Write About a Daily Tabloid

An anonymous journalist who used to work for a Polish daily tabloid called Fakt, started a new blog, BrukowiecStory ("TabloidStory" in English), in which he wants to write the truth...

Puerto Rico: No. 35

Gil the Jenius has something to say about Puerto Rico's #35 ranking on Transparency International's 2009 Corruption Perception Index.

Barbados: Mini Monaco?

Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground question the vision of the island being transformed into another Monaco.

Cuba, U.S.A.: Questions for Obama

Cuba's Generation Y sends a questionnaire to U.S. President Obama “with some of the issues that keep [her] from sleeping” and publishes his responses.

Burmese Songs to be Used as Ring Tones in Thailand

A company in Thailand bought more than 100 popular Burmese songs to be sold as ring tones for mobile phones in Thailand.

Bermuda: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

“Next time you go up to Dockyard, lie down on that big ole dock and give it a hug”: According to Vexed Bermoothes, “At its $60 million pricetag, it cost...

Barbados: Crunch Time

“Barbadians have become alarmed at the prospect of having its investment paper perched at the brink of junk rating, a status most unfamiliar to Barbadians through the years”: Barbados Underground...

Barbados, Jamaica: Corruption Perception

The 2009 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index is out and although Living in Barbados always takes the results “with a pinch of salt”, he notes that “greasing palms is unfortunately...

Poland: Creators of “Polish Rapidshare” Arrested

Earlier this month, the Polish police arrested creators and owners of OdSiebie.com service. The portal, which is currently down, was a clone of Rapidshare, and since its day one in...

Nicaragua: Farmers express thoughts on Rural Development through video

The Alzar las Voces (Raise the Voices) project in Nicaragua brings farmers in rural communities the possibility to speak out through video telling of their concerns, their projects, their wishes...

Sri Lanka: The Mighty Multinationals

Serendipity from Minneriya, Sri Lanka believes that a level playing field is essential to protect the local industry from the mighty multinationals who have competitive advantage and “it is the...

Kenya: Who will pay for Kenya's new constitution?

Opalo wonders who will pay for Kenya's new constitution: “290 members of parliament. 100 Senators. Several regions and more than 70 counties. These are among the new burdens that will...

Barbados: Another Downgrade

“Barbados’ debt may be headed for the dread ‘junk’ status if it is downgraded another notch,” says Living in Barbados, adding: “To change things needs more than a shift in...

Ukraine: News and Views Roundup

Ukraine roundup: flu and politics – at What's Up, Ukraine? and at Jamestown Foundation Blog, here and here; the latest on the tense relationship between the Ukrainian president and PM...

Russia: Forbes Website

Profy writes about the newly-launched ForbesRussia.ru website and “their obvious lack of interest in anything local and specific to the Russian market, in particular in the field of social media...

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