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Cuba – Private Shops Win Praise – NYTimes.com

The Communist Party newspaper Granma published an article on Monday praising the more than 1,000 independent shops that sell building materials in Cuba, saying that the stores give Cubans more access to supplies without having to navigate the bureaucracy. “Acquiring these products no longer means immersing oneself in the tangle …

In India, a Right-to-Know Law Comes With Risks – NYTimes.com

KODINAR, India — Amit Jethwa had just left his lawyer’s office after discussing a lawsuit he had filed to stop an illicit limestone quarry with ties to powerful local politicians. That is when the assassins struck, speeding out of the darkness on a roaring motorbike, pistols blazing. He died on …

Iran: Prices in Iran rise after subsidies lifted – latimes.com

Reporting from Tehran and Beirut —The Iranian government’s removal of decades-old subsidies for food and energy in an attempt to boost its troubled economy has spurred price increases on everything from fruit and vegetables to gasoline, generated work stoppages and emboldened the political opposition. In Tehran, the nation’s capital, taxi …