PRI: Global Economy
The US government finally lifts the curse of the 'golden...02/25/15
Thousands of highly skilled immigrants are admitted into US each year, but their highly skilled spouses were not allowed to work. But that's about to change.
Cheaper Chinese caskets get a chilly reception in the US market
Death is expensive. The American casket industry is a $1.5 million business, leading some families to seek out cheaper options from China. But the Chinese haven't been able to bury the American competition.
Cuban cooperatives present a new economic model
Over the last few years, the Cuban government has been experimenting with turning state enterprises into cooperatives and letting the workers own and run them. They're seen by some as a way of opening the country up to capitalism and privatization...
Chinese investments are pushing the Latin American economy back in time
China has made major investments Latin America in the last few years. But it's pushing their economies back to a simple export business for raw materials.
A proposed Montreal high-rise may be located on an aboriginal burial...
A Montreal construction site has become an archaeological dig. A development company has halted construction on its 27-story office tower over concerns its being built atop aboriginal burial grounds.
In China, imported fruit is the must-have luxury item for the new year
Chinese New Year begins next week and all across China people are getting ready. It’s a time for visiting friends and relatives. Throughout the country, people stock up on fruit to eat at home with family and to give as gifts. These days, Chinese...
A computer glitch gives some flyers a screaming deal — until the...
Eagle-eyed consumers yesterday took advantage of a computer glitch in Denmark to grab thousands of airline tickets for pennies on the dollar ... or kroner, in this case.
Venezuela's 4 cents a gallon gas is set for a major hike
Venezuela is suffering through the world's highest inflation and rampant shortages of consumer goods, like milk, sugar, toilet paper — even condoms. But one thing Venezuela does have a lot of is oil. And thanks to government subsidies, it also has the...
A British travel company offers a rain-free wedding day
It's a nice day for a dry wedding. A British travel company says it can guarantee a rain-free wedding — for a price.
Forget about Cuba, here are five Miami cigars you need to try
Many cigar fans in the US are looking forward to the end of the embargo on Cuba. But there are quality cigars businesses in Miami. Here are five you need to try.
How do you say 'pied-à-terre' in Chinese?
It's no secret that big American cities like New York are awash in new luxury condos. But many of the people buying them aren't locals: They're investors from China and other Asian countries who are creating a huge foreign investment boom in American...
How the produce aisle looks to a migrant farmworker
How does picking the tomato compare to the onion? And what about strawberries? One Mexican American migrant farmworker who lives in California's Central Valley took us to the produce aisle to tell us what he sees when he's at the supermarket.
How to fix an old Russian car in Cuba? There's this mechanic in Miami
The old Soviet car isn't even in the United States. But there's a guy selling Lada parts in Miami. Call hm the Lada whisperer. Cuban expats flock to him, getting the parts for the many old Ladas still chugging along Cuba's streets.
Why Greek voters bucked Europe, backed an anti-austerity party
Voters in Greece have thrown their support behind Alexis Tsipras, the leader of a left-wing, anti-austerity party called Syriza. Tsipras says his first task as prime minister will be to renegotiate the tough economic measures imposed on Greece by the...
With SkyMall shutting down, hurry up and buy these items before they're...
Don't be embarrassed. We all look at the off-the-wall products offered in in-flight magazine SkyMall. Now that the company has filed for bankruptcy, let us commiserate about the products that we will never again not have.
Why energy independence doesn't actually mean much at all
President Obama touted energy independence during the State of the Union, saying the US has reduced its dependence on foreign oil. But that doesn't really mean we've kicked our oil habit, or even shielded ourselves from the rest of the global oil...
Don't expect McDonalds and Walmart on the streets of Havana anytime soon
American and Cuban officials are sitting down in Havana this week to try to hammer the details of their rapproachment. But McDonalds and Walmart won't move in anytime soon.
The State of the Union kicked off Obama's push for paid parental and...
Only two countries in the world have no protected right to paid maternity leave: Papua New Guinea and the United States. But after a call for maternity leave in the State of the Union, President Barack Obama is trying to change that in 2015.
Why one economist thinks Obama's tax plan on the rich is too little,...
President Obama trumpets recent US economic growth and proposes higher taxes on wealthy Americans. Will that make the US a more equal society?
Cuban Americans know to shop at this sassy-named store if they want to...
Florida's Cuban population is very familiar with Ñoo Que Barato— a discount warehouse store outside of Miami where hard-to-find goods and trinkets are sent back home.
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