BRIC Cell Phones

The Tibetan town of Namche Bazaar has yaks, donkeys and cell phones. Located along the route to a Mt. Everest base camp, the town attracts local traders who provision climbers. With the former carryin…

An Environmental Law

Asked if they want lower gasoline taxes that make more driving affordable, people typically say, “Yes.” Told that the only electricity for a village in India is from coal-fired plants, mos…

Identity Checks

Opening a savings account? You need to confirm your identity. Enrolling for Social Security or Medicare? They check your credentials. But what if you cannot prove who you are? Signing up for IndiaR…

More Conspicuous (Coffee) Consumption

The same story. But now it is about coffee. Increasingly affluent, the Chinese have begun to drink more coffee (in addition to using more oil, eating more meat and buying more handbags). When talking …

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