economics

Heineken claims its business helps Africa. Is it too good to be true?

The Dutch beer giant likes to blow its own horn about the economic and social benefits it brings to Africa, but revelations of sexual harassment and low pay paint a different picture.

Dealing with the Monster. How Amazon became out of control

From books to Christmas trees: Amazon controls commerce – and has itself become uncontrollable. Customers may end up paying the price. This article is detailed account of how Amazon became the behemoth it now is - including potential future risks and the role customers play.

My career as an international blood smuggler

For years, Kathleen McLaughlin smuggled American plasma every time she entered China, home to the world’s largest and deadliest blood debacle. She had no other choice.

Neymar Inc.: the machinery behind Brazil’s football star

‘Up to a certain point Neymar is my son, but from the moment he leaves home, he becomes my business.’

Ryanair, Amazon, Ikea: even if it’s too soon to rejoice

The consumer asks for ‘progressively better’ services and products, but wants them at prices which are lower and lower. Is real change possible?

Voluntary Tourism. Who really benefits from it?

How "voluntourism" can potentially be harmful, with major consequences for the local people, while reinforcing the West's self-view of superiority.

The anthracite export scheme

There is a zero-duty tariff for anthracite in the EU, due to the fact that EU countries don’t mine enough of it to protect the market.