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0 Where is the best place for women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Chile is the best Latin American country for female entrepreneurs, says a new study. An index from the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) measures the climate for women-owned businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Women’s Entrepreneurial VentureScope evaluated 20 countries on five categories:…

Basics
1 China’s Colonizing Africa? Not so Much

When people take a break from debating whether Africa is or is not rising, they like to talk about China. The emerging economic powerhouse is making its mark on Sub Saharan Africa by support port projects in Kenya, mines in Zambia and standing behind the Sudanese government. The activities mean…

Environment
0 Feed the World: Bugs

Jokes naturally followed the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s new report extolling the virtues of eating bugs. The most popular tweet was a variant on “Let them eat cake.” Others pointed to the scene in the Disney movie the Lion King where Timon and Pumba introduce bugs to Simba. They assure Simba…

Human Rights
1 In Defense of the UN’s Response in Haiti

Haitian boy with choleraUnicef The UN continues to refuse to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti. It will not provide compensation to the victims, as some are calling for, claiming immunity against such claims. Many are outraged at the UN’s stance but, beyond the recriminations, there is a…

Basics
0 Economies: The worst 10 and 27 most overheated

Forbes and The Economist both felt compelled recently to evaluate the economies of the world, but according to two different measures. Forbes has listed the 10 worst economies of the world, with Madagascar ranked as having the worst economy according to the magazine’s somewhat arbitrary criteria (which includes, for example,…