PRI: Global Economy
California's gardens tell an immigrant story03/25/15
Well-tended lawns and the sound of leaf blowers have a lot to do with California's immigrant roots, and not just ones that stretch south into Latin America. The history of garden work in California stretches further back to the state's striving...
The seafood you eat may have been caught by slaves
Thousands of men from Myanmar and other southeast Asian countries are being used as slaves to catch fish that may end up on American dinner tables. The Associated Press uncovered the story and followed the distribution trail to the United States.
‘No Africans’ policy at Chinese restaurant in Kenya prompts arrest,...
When a Chinese restaurant in Nairobi stopped letting in most Africans after 5 pm, the news spread fast. People were ticked off about such apparently blatant racism. And pretty soon, the restaurant owner was reportedly arrested.
Saudi Arabia plans a $100 billion mega-city to help end its oil...
With oil prices down and the world's supply eventually running out, Saudi Arabia is looking to the future by constructing a massive new city from scratch along the Red Sea. The kingdom hopes it will provide a new source of income and trade, but it's...
This American Muslim entrepreneur hopes capitalism can defeat ISIS
For all its brutality, ISIS is often praised for its social media savvy. The way to defeat the group’s extremism is by fighting fire with fire, says one Muslim social media entrepreneur.
Somali Americans fight to save their lifeline of cash for relatives...
It’s getting more complicated to send money to Somalia, and that's a big deal in places like Minnesota where some Somali Americans have been wiring cash home for decades. Somali immigrants say the move is cutting off a vital lifeline —and may actually...
There's hope in Cuba that the 'corrupt' US baseball pipeline could...
Cuban baseball players looking to come to the US have to jump through serious hoops to get here. But changes in US-Cuba relations may finally fix that.
Canada plans to limit the hours of a border crossing that divides US...
It's a tale of two towns — one in Alaska and the other in British Columbia. The Canadian border agency plans to close the border crossing overnight leaving residents in this community stranded.
The US government finally lifts the curse of the 'golden cage' visa
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.
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