Business http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/18766/all en Americans are stiffing the Chinese http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081208/americans-are-stiffing-the-chinese <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Could U.S. corporate defaults hurt political stability in China? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIJING, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/china">China</a> — U.S. consumers take note: Many of the Chinese companies that made your toys, clothes, shoes and vast numbers of other products are still waiting to get paid. <br>  </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081208/americans-are-stiffing-the-chinese" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific China Mon, 08 Dec 2008 23:32:11 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 1543 at http://www.globalpost.com Read All About It http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081209/read-all-about-it <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081209/read-all-about-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Business Brazil Thu, 08 Jan 2009 15:01:00 +0000 Seth Kugel 1546 at http://www.globalpost.com Who bankrolled Thailand's revolution? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/081209/who-bankrolled-thailands-revolution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A look behind the secretly-financed "yellow shirt" uprising </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Winn </div> </div> </div> <p>BANGKOK, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/thailand">Thailand</a> — As anti-government protesters ground parts of Bangkok to a halt last year, vivid yellow stickers began to appear on noodle carts and shop windows. </p> <p>“Buea Mob,” they read. Bored of the mob.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/thailand/081209/who-bankrolled-thailands-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Technology Thailand Thu, 18 Dec 2008 23:51:58 +0000 Patrick Winn 1548 at http://www.globalpost.com Thomas Mucha http://www.globalpost.com/bio/thomas-mucha <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biofirstname"> <div class="field-label">First Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-biolastname"> <div class="field-label">Last Name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mucha </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-position"> <div class="field-label">Position:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Editor of GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <p>As Editor of GlobalPost, Thomas Mucha oversees GlobalPost's editorial operations. 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Stern </div> </div> </div> <p>BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Maksat Bolotbekov crouched down, rubbed his blackened hands and caught the last waves of warmth from the fire’s grey ashes. Across the street the darkened windows of a Soviet-era munitions factory stared out blankly, coldly.</p> <p> </p> <p>Bolotbekov, 37, is a construction worker.  He and 10 of his comrades gather daily on the side of Lev Tolstoy Street, in the center of this small ex-Soviet republic’s capital, waiting for someone to come by and offer them part-time work. In good times they earn about $600 a month, they say.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/russia-and-its-neighbors/081216/financial-crisis-halts-central-asia%E2%80%99s-economic-boom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Europe Russia Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:20:57 +0000 David L. Stern 2777 at http://www.globalpost.com Riding high on "Cycle Island" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081216/riding-high-cycle-island <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taiwan's bicycle boom defies economic downturn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jonathan Adams </div> </div> </div> <p>TAOYUAN COUNTY, Taiwan — Here at Pacific Cycles, which sits in an industrial park an hour's train ride from Taipei, the factory floor buzzes with activity.  Taiwanese and <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/philippines">Filipino</a> employees are busy spot welding, aligning parts, applying decals, sorting wheels, polishing and painting.</p> <p> </p> <p>Marketing manager Max Yeh guides me around the floor, showing off different wares. Pacific Cycles specializes in high-end, hand-crafted bikes, with an average price of $1,200.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/china-and-its-neighbors/081216/riding-high-cycle-island" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific China Technology Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:10:24 +0000 Jonathan Adams 2778 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa’s tourism dips http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-africa/081216/south-africa%E2%80%99s-tourism-dips <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Global economic downturn restricts international travel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nicolas Brulliard </div> </div> </div> <p><span>JOHANNESBURG — With all her guests gone and no bookings until the end of the month, Thuto’s Bed and Breakfast owner Anastacia Makgato decided to close shop and go on vacation. Business is drying up for her Soweto guesthouse.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-africa/081216/south-africa%E2%80%99s-tourism-dips" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business South Africa Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:40:02 +0000 Nicolas Brulliard 2831 at http://www.globalpost.com Trouble in Paradise? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/081216/trouble-paradise <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bali rebounds from terrorism, but new threats emerge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Gelling </div> </div> </div> <p>JAKARTA, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/indonesia">Indonesia</a> — The story of Bali in the last six years is one of miraculous comebacks.</p> <p>In the face of Islamic extremism, natural disasters, outbreaks of disease and an airline industry beset by lax safety standards, Indonesia's tiny island paradise has managed to surpass all its foreign tourist arrival records for the second year in a row.</p> <p>Even fresh challenges — such as the global financial crisis and the solemn reminder from Mumbai of the persistent threat of terrorist attacks — have not yet thwarted Bali's resurgence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/indonesia/081216/trouble-paradise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Asia-Pacific Indonesia Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:32:40 +0000 Peter Gelling 2832 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazilian drivers spoiled for choice at the pump http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081223/brazilian-drivers-spoiled-choice-at-the-pump <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seth Kugel </div> </div> </div> <p>SAO PAULO, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/brazil">Brazil</a> — Here’s an alternative fuels word problem that might baffle even the best U.S. math students:</p> <p>Jose drives his black flex-fuel Toyota Corolla into a Esso station on Rua Henrique Schaumann, a busy thoroughfare in Sao Paulo. He sees that gas costs 2.60 Brazilian reais per liter and ethanol costs 1.55 reais per liter. If Jose wants to get the most mileage for his money, which fuel should he choose?</p> <p>But for Brazilians, especially the millions who drive flex-fuel cars that run on any mixture of gasoline and ethanol, that question is a breeze.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/brazil/081223/brazilian-drivers-spoiled-choice-at-the-pump" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Business Green Brazil Technology Tue, 30 Dec 2008 00:20:03 +0000 Seth Kugel 4462 at http://www.globalpost.com For panettone, price might not equal quality (article and video) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/italy/081230/panettone-price-might-not-equal-quality-article-and-video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Italian law requires even the largest producers of the Christmas-season specialty to use top-notch ingredients. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Angelica Marin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MILAN &mdash; The Motta factory clanked and buzzed like one Willy Wonka might design. The scent was of Christmas: freshly baked bread, sugar and raisins.&nbsp; Inside, a massive oven pumped out 72 panettone every minute.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/italy/081230/panettone-price-might-not-equal-quality-article-and-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Italy Tue, 30 Dec 2008 16:48:23 +0000 Angelica Marin 4698 at http://www.globalpost.com Monstrously molecular http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/spain/090102/monstrously-molecular <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovative cuisine stuns, but does not satisfy, in San Sebastian. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> William Echikson </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain &mdash; This Basque city in northern Spain invented &quot;nueva cocina,&quot; the Spanish version of nouvelle cuisine. Now it is at the forefront of the latest culinary movement to cross borders and cultures:&nbsp;&quot;cocina molecular,&quot; or molecular cooking.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/spain/090102/monstrously-molecular" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Spain Sun, 04 Jan 2009 23:15:36 +0000 William Echikson 6218 at http://www.globalpost.com Back to Baghdad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/090103/back-baghdad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Economic hardships in Egypt force many Iraqi refugees to return home. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Theodore May </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CAIRO &mdash; Abu Bashar&rsquo;s lively eyes and open demeanor did little to mask a weathered face, weary by years of war and worry.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once a well-to-do professional, he decided to leave Baghdad after members of a Shi&rsquo;a militia stormed his office and then armed bandits broke into his house and threatened his family at gunpoint. In 2006, he made a midnight dash for the Syrian border to take his family to safety.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/090103/back-baghdad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Business Aid Iraq Middle East Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:41:38 +0000 Theodore May 6569 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Commerce http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/commerce/090104/which-it-stands-commerce <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama's economists are great, but can Barack channel Miles Davis? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As Barack Obama is about to find out, all-star teams can be funny things. Fortunately, he has some history to guide him.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/commerce/090104/which-it-stands-commerce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Business Opinion Sun, 04 Jan 2009 18:06:37 +0000 Thomas Mucha 7080 at http://www.globalpost.com