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CHINA EYES AFRICA'S RESOURCES : As Africa welcomes more Chinese migrants, a new wariness sets in

In Congo, Chinese are settling in with businesses and bargains that locals love. At one copper smelting plant, Chinese and locals work together but live apart.

By Jacob Kushner, Correspondent / September 4, 2013

Robin Wei is an interpreter and salesman for a Chinese copper smelter in Lubumbashi, Congo. Like most Chinese here, he lives a life separate from Congolese.
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Some 6,000 miles away from his home in China, Robin Wei awakes on a cot beneath a white mosquito net. He gets dressed, opens the door of his bunker, and walks out into the rainy season toward the factory where he works.

Emmanuel Tshiteta crouches over a pile of copper ore he recovered near a mine in Kolwezi. He sells the rocks to a Chinese company that then sells to a smelter.

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Four years ago, Mr. Wei bade goodbye to his wife and daughter in Shanghai and boarded a flight to the heart of Congo's mineral belt. He lives and works at a Chinese-o…


Whole Foods, an up-market food retailer in America, has been doing well during the economic downturn by focusing on a niche of well-off people with an interest in healthy foods. 

Although the chain has been expanding at a fair clip, nobody had quite imagined that its efforts to expand would take it to Chicago's Englewood neighbourhood, which is perhaps best known for its poverty and violence

USA MARKET PLACE : Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties


SEP. 4, 2013, 5:48 PM 

Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000.

Here's the map, with said counties shaded in.

 Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them.

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And here's the whole list of counties that are shaded in.

Los Angeles County, CA
Cook County, IL
Harris County, TX
Maricopa County, AZ
San Diego County, CA
Orange County, CA
Miami-Dade County, FL
Kings County, NY
Dallas County, TX
Queens County, NY
Riverside County, CA
San Bernardino County, CA
King County, WA
Clark County, NV
Tarrant County, TX
Santa Clara County, CA
Broward County, FL
Wayne County, MI
Bexar County, TX
New York County, NY
Alameda County, CA
Philadelphia County, PA
Middlesex County, MA
Suffolk County, NY
Sacramento County, CA
Bronx County, NY
Palm Beach County, FL
Nassau County, NY
Hillsborough County, FL

LOGISTICS : There's A Billion Reasons Why Ross Perot Jr. Loves That 'Giant Sucking Sound'

This story appears in the September 23, 2013 issue of Forbes.

While H. Ross Perot Sr. famously railed against free trade and government debt, his namesake has built another family empire by leveraging them both. 

The result is one of the world’s great logistics hubs–and a third billion-dollar fortune for the Texas dynasty.

Lifting off from his helipad atop the roof of the W Hotel in Dallas, H. Ross Perot Jr. — the 54-year-old son of the cantankerous octogenarian billionaire who upended American politics in the 1990s –has his hands on the stick and his eyes on the horizon as he looks toward his empire.

His calm, easy baritone, as he relays his position to air traffic controllers, poses a striking contrast to his dad’s trademark squeak and his own stiff, serious manner on the ground.

In 1982 he was the first man ever to circumnavigate the globe in a helicopter, and he still logs about ten hours a month piloting various aircraft (he flew Air Force fighter jets in the 1980s).

After 20 contented…


TAIWAN : Tainan mangoes planted in graveyards ...

By Katherine Wei, The China Post
September 4, 2013, 6:43 pm TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A publication has released photos of mango trees allegedly being planted on graves in Tainan's Yujing District and claimed that the roots of the mango trees have penetrated the coffin wood below the tombstones.

Apple Daily claimed that after investigating the issue it found that many farmers in Yujing — renowned for its cultivation of the fruit — have planted mango trees in local graveyards due to a lack of farmland. The mangos harvested from these grave sites are Irwin mangoes, popular among the Taiwanese. Over 200 tons of this particular type of mango are harvested each year, fetching the farmers NT$5.6 million.

According to Apple Daily, Tainan government officials have confirmed that the practice of planting mango trees on graveyards in Yujing is being carried out.

Tsai Wei-chen, of the clinical toxicology division at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, said despite the fact that the roots of several…

The Education of Hugo Chávez: Unraveling Venezuela’s Revolutionary Path

Brian A. Nelson

In the spring of 1999, newly-elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez sent a letter to a man serving a life sentence in a French prison. Chávez addressed the prisoner (who is Venezuelan by birth) as a "distinguished compatriot," and closed by writing, "With profound faith in our cause and our mission, now and forever!" 

The prisoner's name was Ilich Ramírez, known to the world as Carlos the Jackal, the international terrorist who carried out an amazing string of bombings, hijackings, and assassinations throughout Europe and the Middle East in the seventies and eighties. 

Chávez has called the Jackal "a good friend" and is pushing to extradite him back to Venezuela. "I defend him," Chávez said recently. "I don't care what they say tomorrow in Europe."


This is how U.S. intelligence agencies spend their money, according to the 'black budget'