· August, 2011

Stories about Economics & Business from August, 2011

Kenya: Mocality Launches Daily Deals and Mobile Apps.

  11 August 2011

Watch a video of Moses Kemibaro's interview with Joshua Mwaniki, the Country Manager for Mocality in Kenya, on the impending launch of Mocality Deals: “In addition to the deals, Mocality recently also launched mobile apps for both Apple’s iOS (i.e. iPhone, iPad and iPod devices) on the App Store and...

Haiti: Jobs Needed for Progress

  10 August 2011

Love Haiti suggests that “the hardships facing Haiti today may be compared to the Great Depression of the United States”, explaining: “The point of this analogy is simply to state that school/education should not be at the top of Haiti's agenda, a country confronted with a housing crisis, an unprecedented...

North Korea's Emerging Wealthy Class

  10 August 2011

The North Korean Economy Watch wrote about the North Korea's growing entrepreneurial class. The post, quoting Andrei Lankov's anecdotal evidence and a taxonomy, defines the North Korean new rich as a group consists of high-level officials who have gained wealth through illegal means or from their business activities encouraged by...

Bahamas: The Female Perspective

  9 August 2011

“Environmentalism, Bahamian social woes, immigration and even the financial crisis…from what is unmistakably a feminine perspective”? ARC highlights a new exhibition by the country's leading female artists.

Puerto Rico: Reasons for Riots

  9 August 2011

B.C. Pires and Gil the Jenius comment on the riots in London, with the latter saying, with regard to Puerto Rico: “It [the cause of rioting] boils down to two basic factors: a population that feels dissatisfied with its government and a government trying to suppress the populace. Oppression can...

Should Thailand Raise the Minimum Wage?

  8 August 2011

One of the campaign promises of newly elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai Party was to double Thailand’s minimum wage. The new pay scale will be implemented next year but the business sector is opposed to it. Here are some reactions from bloggers

Sri Lanka: A Queue of 3,500 Job-Seekers

  8 August 2011

Anushka Wijesinha at Groundviews posts photos and video of a 1.5km long queue of more than 3500 Sri Lankan job seekers, which indicate that unemployment is posing a serious threat in Sri Lanka's economy.

Trinidad & Tobago: Love, Freedom & Humanity

  8 August 2011

“The real tragedy is people who have no one to love them. I can hardly imagine how long it’s been since anyone has reassured them, you are real. You are important. You are loved. If you don’t have this then food and money and life mean nothing. That is why it...

Haiti: Tackling the Housing Problem

  5 August 2011

Toussaint on Haiti maintains that “kicking people out of the IDP camps without providing them with an adequate alternative will not solve the [housing] problem”, adding: “The only solution is for the government to provide some form of public housing [and] engage in serious agrarian reforms that will provide real...

Sierra Leone : Agrofuels versus Food Security

  5 August 2011

Michelle Nougoum, in a post published on on afrik.com [fr] points out another case of land leasing in Africa for the purpose of agrofuels in Sierra Leone : “[The Swiss firm] Addax et Oryx intends to exploit 57 000 hectares of lands that is home to 13 000 people for...

Poland: Story of a Bazaar

  4 August 2011

Michael Dembinski of W-wa Jeziorki tells the story of the Warsaw Bazar Różyckiego – once one of the few marketplaces in communist Poland where sought-after western goods could be purchased

China: When the Concept of Tibet Enters the Stock Market

  4 August 2011

Tibet 5100, high-end mineral water brand, makes its profit by hooking with the China Railway Bureau and is now listed in Hong Kong's stock market. Michelle from interlocals.net translates the story originally written in Chinese at inmediahk.net.

Chile: Starbucks Baristas Hunger Strike for Higher Wages

  4 August 2011

Chilean Starbucks workers have revealed that their country's baristas are paid less per hour than the cost of a cup of coffee. Three employees are now on hunger strike demanding better working conditions, but Starbucks has yet to even respond to their requests.

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