business / finance

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

Trump, Jerusalem And The End Of American Diplomacy

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is the surest sign that President Trump wants to di...

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

Black Friday Backlash From The Rest Of The World

Droves of customers stampeding through large department stores on Black Friday was once a uniquely American phenomena. But the traditional day-after Thanksgiving shopping sale event has recently ...

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 ...

Germany

A Nutella Recipe For Decoding The European Single Market

To some, it is simply a delicious chocolate hazelnut spread; to others, it is a key factor for un...

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 ...

France

When Your Boss Sounds Like Churchill — Or Worse, Elon Musk

If a CEO starts quoting Churchill or some Silicon Valley titan to give pomp to their office speec...

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...

Chile

The Benefits Of Democratizing Big Data

In places like Venezuela, electronic interactions may be a more reliable source of information th...

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...

Ethiopia

The Rise Of "Made In Ethiopia" — With The Backing Of Beijing

HAWASSA — Peter Wan is smiling from ear to ear. The 50-year-old walks past huge warehouses, where dozens of Ethiopians are busy working on spinning and thread-dyeing machines. “We are in the ...