business / finance

Switzerland

How Davos Locals Are Cashing In When The World Elite Comes Knocking

When the masses descend upon snow-covered Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering, Esther Heldstab is determined to swim against the tide. The purveyor of tourist mementos on the ...

Argentina

Amazon v. MercadoLibre: Latin America's Online Retail War Heats Up

The online retail giant now has its eyes set on Argentina, putting it on a collision course with ...

China

In Zhengzhou, Where 16-Year-Olds Are Making Your iPhone X

There are factories galore in the capital of China's Henan province, where the labor pool is ...

Russia

Putin's Plan To Transform Russia's Forgotten Far East

With billions in investments and a land distribution scheme not unlike the Homestead Act, in the ...

United States

Donald Trump And Jerusalem: It's Complicated

Is the American in good faith? Why now? What's next? Questions pile up in the wake of a decis...

France

Why The World Can No Longer Ignore Bitcoin

-Analysis- PARIS — The whole world has been talking about it for over a week, and yet, — admit it — you still don’t quite get what all the Bitcoin fuss is about. You know it’s a virtual ...

Venezuela

From Maduro To Kitties, The Other Side Of The Bitcoin Formula

-Analysis- After running into some trouble at the end of last week, the virtual currency bitcoin has hit a new high and is now approaching the $12,000-mark, just days after passing $10,000 for ...

United States

Central Banks Are Not Cut Out For Cryptocurrencies

NEW YORK — Should central banks embrace cryptocurrencies, or even pioneer their own? In a nutshell, no. Crypto assets are an unusual innovation, still in flux and often poorly understood. Trying ...

United States

When Your Brand Is Smothered In Neo-Nazi Love

WASHINGTON — The neo-Nazis were hungry. They had spent the day in a Charlottesville, Va., courthouse testifying at the preliminary hearing for a white nationalist jailed for pepper-spraying ...

Chile

Uberization v. Red Tape, Digital Economy Drama On Streets Of Chile

For all the economic accolades they've earned over the years, Chilean authorities are draggin...

United Kingdom

Bitcoin Limits: A Matter Of Trust, Not Technology

The Bitcoin rate spike, still alive despite bitter divisions in the community that supports the cryptocurrency, has laid bare the biggest problem with Bitcoin: Compared with fiat currencies, it's ...

Japan

Japan v. U.S.? Trump Is So Eighties On Trade

Japan's trade surplus with the U.S. is mostly not about protectionism or aggressive Japanese ...

United Kingdom

A Century After Balfour, Time For A "Johnson" Declaration?

After half a century of failed endeavors by the United States to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, maybe it's time to send that geopolitical hot potato back to the British. ...

Colombia

Juan Valdez 2.0? Innovations In Colombia's Coffee Industry

Companies like Tres Montes in Santander are focusing on quality, not just quantity, and improving...

France

Internship offer / Offre de stage

PARIS Video production/editing/design [French version below] Worldcrunch is seeking a multimedia intern for a major new video/photographic project. Among your chief responsibilities will ...

Egypt

Bedouins Bring Tourists Back To Sinai, Steer Clear Of Terror

In light of the devaluation of the Egyptian pound and increasingly difficult visa processes, more and more Egyptians are turning to domestic tourism. Yet, while tourists continue for the most part ...

China

Xiongan, Xi Jinping's Dream Megacity To Burnish His Legacy

Ground has been broken on the signature domestic project of the Chinese leader's next term. I...

Chile

R&D And Innovation, A Patent Failure In Latin America

In spite of dynamic consumer figures, Latin America lags when it comes to investment in research ...

China

Xi Jinping's Second Term: It's The Economy, Stupid

Will China's unfulfilled promises of real market reforms finally come to pass? Eyes on the 19...

China

In Face Of New Rivals, Apple Loses Its Shine In China

Chinese domestic brands like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are undercutting the American giant, w...

Brazil

Why It's Time For A Marshall Plan For Technology

-Analysis- SAO PAULO — The idea of economic planning dominated the imagination of 20th-century economists. Unlike the classical liberal view, the planning concept supports clear government ...

United States

Saviors Or Profiteers? The Business Of Hurricane Recovery

Cleaning up after natural disasters has become a lucrative business, but raises questions for vic...