Saturday, July 25, 2009

Interesting Economist Articles & Reports

I was catching up on my Economist magazines during a recent trip and thought that I would add a few articles that caught my eye. Some stories are offshoots of articles that have already been posted in my weekly "Newsworthy" blog, but most are new material that are still relevant. As the Economist is published every Friday, time does not normally allow for me to add articles into that week's "Newsworthy" blog. I hope to change this going forward; however, I will continue to add any articles that I find interesting but do not make it into that week's "Newsworthy" blog at a later date.

India is hiring Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani to develop, document, and disperse a new biometric identity card for India's 1.2 billion people.

China has offered Zimbabwe $950 million in loans, which it negotiated with president Robert Mugabe's biggest foe, prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

World food prices are rising this year, although many crops are plentiful. Why?

Although governments around the world are keeping corporate tax rates low, many are cracking down on their accounting as cash strapped nations look for additional revenue.

Bankruptcies in the United States are at near-record levels.

Americans are working for companies free of charge and liking it.

Russia's legal and bureaucratic volatility continues to undermine foreign investment.

America's radical thinking energy secretary wants to save the world by transforming its largest industry: energy.

Nano-engineering might hold the key to giving renewable energy the boost that it needs.

Chicken feathers might turn hydrogen power technology into a reality.

A new x-ray technique could spot early detection of arthritis.

Networking sites are booming, but they have not replaced more traditional business networks.

President Obama's reliance on Congress to start bills is effecting the quality of legislation coming out of Washington.

America's health care system is heading for the emergency room. Incentives for patients and suppliers alike need urgent care.

Asia: Shopaholics wanted.

China's IPO market is waking from its slumber.

The money-market industry is under scrutiny.

With global trade expected to fall 10% this year, the biggest drop since the Great Depression, America and the EU are faulting China for unfairly favoring its domestic industries.

Central counterparties may not be all their cracked up to be, as the market for them heats up.

In a rising trend, Americans who are able pay their mortgage are refusing to pay, electing for foreclosure instead.

Understanding the origin of depression: goals.

Policymakers must learn from the errors that caused the Great Depression.

A parent's ecological setting may play a role in determining a child's sex.

Germany is turning to the Sahara for solar energy. Its projects could bring wealth, at last, to the world's poorest continent.

The pension system isn't equal for the public and private sectors.

Low stress and small caloric intake are the keys to extending life.

A study shows that the fewer the competitors, the harder people try.

China is pressuring the greenback's world reserve status.

Lenders are refusing to modify mortgages.

Venture capital money is being reserved for a select few.

Former Taiwanese mobile phone contractor, HTC, wants to make a brand for itself.

Farmers are turning to alternative sources of income to make ends meet.

Want to keep a perennial loser in business forever? Consult the Belgian government.

Trouble is brewing in the United Arab Emirates for its leaders. A UAE company is seeking refuge in the Serengeti.

A special report on the new middle classes in the emerging markets.

A special report on ageing population.

A special report on the sea.

A floating turbine is connected to Norway's energy grid.

A special report on the euro area.

The 2nd quarter technology report.

Statewatch: Indiana

Statewatch: Washington

Statewatch: Florida

A special report on Texas.

Blue-collar America is down but not necessarily out.

Excellent obituaries on Michael Jackson and Walter Cronkite.

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