Economics/Business

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The hidden costs of biofuels production

The euphoria may be moderating over the theory that bio-fuels could both reduce greenhouse gases and dependence on Middle East oil as more facts become known about the energy and cost of their production. B... Read More...
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Such Good Friends, For Now

For years Americans, British and Australians have all been living far above their means. The end result is likely to be not just a period of penury but perhaps also an outburst of economic nati... Read More...
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Thailand’s Baht Soars Higher

photo by Glynda Getape-Marcelo Six months after Thailand's central bank triggered a one-day market collapse by imposing stringent capital controls to stem the surging baht, the currency cont... Read More...
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China Is not the Problem

Maybe it’s time to dig out Charles Mackay's famous, "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds,” published in 1851, the quintessential book on financial bubbles and the ... Read More...
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The false promise of biofuels

Evidence continues to mount that the world’s growing appetite for energy produced from agricultural products is having a serious impact on food and other commodity prices as farmers, part... Read More...
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Giving Back

As Asia’s self-proclaimed “World City,” Hong Kong has no shortage of wealthy business leaders and entrepreneurs. With several of the world’s top 100 richest people makin... Read More...
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Smuggler’s Paradise

Stories Shenzhen Confidential A Russian smuggler's Chinese girl Friday tells Justin Mitchell about the underbelly of the economic boom and what became of those 'cars.' China’s Blur... Read More...
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Shenzhen Confidential

Hello, I'm Amy Jiang. On the surface, I could be a poster woman for the face of modern China. I am a mostly successful 20-something, savvy English-fluent woman with international business experience as... Read More...
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Thailand’s Coup Fallout

photo by Glynda Getape-Marcelo The first tangible signs are starting to emerge that, as expected, policies put in place after Thailand’s military coup last year are having a negative eff... Read More...