Starbucks to Serve Locally Grown Coffee in Colombia
Wall Street Journal
The Seattle-based chain will open the first store in the capital city of Bogota and plans to open at least 50 over the next five years. The announcement comes as many Colombian coffee farmers enter a second week of strikes. The coffee growers want more subsidies from the government due to low global prices for coffee beans that have fallen nearly 40% over the past year.
Philanthropy and aid
The Real Future of Clean Water
What would it take to ensure that everyone in the world had access to clean water? I’m prompted to ask this question in response to a recent New York Times Magazine article, which focused on Charity: Water, an organization that has reportedly raised $100 million to finance water projects in the developing world, making it the largest water-focused nonprofit in the United States.
Race to wire the world may end up re-wiring us
The race to bring Internet connectivity to the rest of the world has begun in earnest. The latest venture is a Facebook-led project called Internet.org, which plans to bring the Internet to “the next 5 billion” via a combination of cheaper phones, better data plans and more efficient smartphone apps.
Petroleum to the People
Africa’s coming resource curse—and how to avoid it.
Afghans Share Their Views on the West’s Influence
We asked Afghans through this Facebook note to share their views on the West’s influence in their country. Here is a selection of the responses, edited and condensed.