On Web, a Fine Line on Free Speech Across the Globe

New York Times – For Google last week, the decision was clear. An anti-Islamic video that provoked violence worldwide was not hate speech under its rules because it did not specifically incite violence against Muslims, even if it mocked their faith.

he White House was not so sure, and it asked Google to reconsiderthe determination, a request the company rebuffed.

Although the administration’s request was unusual, for Google, it represented the kind of delicate balancing act that Internet companies confront every day.

These companies, which include communications media like Facebook and Twitter, write their own edicts about what kind of expression is allowed, things as diverse as pointed political criticism, nudity and Read more of this post


Dollar gains; shares slip on China growth woes

Reuters-– Asian shares eased on Thursday on renewed concerns about Chinese growth, but a brighter global economic outlook underpinned the dollar and kept investor risk appetite intact, reducing the appeal of safe-haven government debts.

Financial spreadbetters expected major European markets .FTSE .FCHI.GDAXI to open Read more of this post

World Bank Approves US$ 50 Million Additional Credit for Increasing Agricultural Production and Market Access in Assam, India

The World Bank today approved a US$50 million additional credit to support on-going activities under the Assam Agricultural Competitiveness Project (AACP) which aims to increase the productivity, profitability, and market access of the farming Read more of this post

India lifts ban on cotton exports

CNN- India will end a six-day ban on cotton exports that impacted global commerce, the country’s trade minister said Sunday.

The South Asian nation is the world’s second-largest producer of the commodity. Its March 5 ban aimed at boosting domestic supplies in light of a surging export surplus drew criticism from domestic farmers Read more of this post