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Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

China plans multi-continent high-speed railway

China has announced plans to build a network of high-speed rail lines across several continents. Pollution, cost and safety concerns could be major obstacles to implementing the plan. In China’s latest

North America Technology and infrastructure

GM’s risk management failures provide lessons for other firms

Strategic fails afford valuable lessons. There is something to be learned from the spectacular recent failure of General Motors’ once highly-touted enterprise risk management program. In 2012, G. Mustafa Mohatarem,

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

Africa’s start-ups show potential but lack access to capital

Thanks to the success of its mobile phone market, Africa’s tech start-up scene has developed rapidly, with tremendous market potential. Nevertheless, lack of capital and high service costs could stand in the way

Europe Technology and infrastructure

UK’s High Speed Rail 2 unlikely to boost growth by itself

It has not been a good month for High Speed Rail 2 (HS-2). The proposed upgrade to transport infrastructure that would connect London to Birmingham with a high-speed line running

North America Technology and infrastructure

Al Jazeera America Enters US Market: Will It Be Viable?

For many Americans, their first encounter with Al Jazeera was in 2001, when the network aired video recordings of Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attacks. With no further

North America Technology and infrastructure

Amazon Acquires Paper Following CIA Contract Dispute

At the end of July, news surfaced about a lawsuit Amazon had filed against the U.S. government. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing division, had won a $600

Middle East/North Africa Technology and infrastructure

Jordan’s ‘Sowt’ a new voice for the Arab Spring

It is podcast meets Twitter. Available in English and Arabic, Sowt (meaning “voice” in Arabic) allows users to share with the world an audio message lasting forty-two seconds or fewer.

Latin America Technology and infrastructure

Developing Haiti’s Domestic Solar Industries

Last week, as I rode down the congested streets of Port-au-Prince on the back of a motorcycle, I noticed that the streets were lined with empty bottles, brightly colored shops,

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

Air travel necessary for continued sub-Saharan growth

While the prospects of massive economic growth throughout Africa have been heavily touted by the international press, the physical interconnectivity of sub-Saharan states and their links to potential investors in

International Technology and infrastructure

Mobile penetration linked to political stability

Investors should look at mobile penetration not only as an infrastructural asset but also as a predictor of political stability. The importance of the rapid growth of the mobile telecommunications