BBC Business Matters

BBC Business Matters

Key global business news in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with live guests and contributors from Asia where the day is beginning and the USA where the day's business is coming to an end.

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  • Business Matters: India Refuses To Sign Trade Deal 2 Aug 14

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    India refuses to sign deal that would have prevented it from stockpiling grains. An oil tanker leaves Texas with America's first crude oil export in almost forty years. We look at why young people in America are returning to hand made crafts. Also, talking about pay in the workplace might be a social faux pas - but turns out it may actually profitable for the business. Finally, we find out why Japanese names for the disputed islands in the South China Sea are more than just a political gesture. All this with Ralph Silva from SBR Network in Toronto.

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  • Business Matters: Taiwan Gas Pipe Explosion 1 Aug 14

    Fri, 1 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    We hear the latest on the gas pipe explosion in Taiwan, as more are confirmed dead and injured. We report on trade talks by the World Trade Organisation, who are trying to reduce India stockpiling on grains, to reduce red tape and dumping on the international market - but what if India faces another famine? Also, there are painful memories brought back for Argentinians in the face of its latest debt default. Sales of illegal drugs on 'Dark Net' - the secret trading part of the internet - have doubled in the last year - we speak to some of the traders. San Francisco property prices have gone up hugely, with a record number of homes going for upwards of $1 million - we look at why this is due to the technology millionaires in nearby Silicon Valley. Finally, we take a look at new, silent electric planes. All this with guests Revathy Ashok from the Bangalore Political Action Committee in India, and Bill Stone, an American engineer, and CEO of Stone Aerospace in Texas.

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  • Business Matters: Argentina Defaults 31 Jul 14

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

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    The latest from Buenos Aires as Argentina admits it is technically in default for the second time in 12 years. The Bank of England proposes a plan for clawing back bankers bonuses if business goes bad. But how would the new rules work in practice? Greg Campbell from law firm Mishcon de Reya explains. Reporter Stuart Hughes meets the Sami people of northern Sweden, where a mining project is said to be threatening their traditional way of life. Studio guest Sabri Ben-Achour, from our sister programme Marketplace in the US, investigates the art of the southern idiom. And Rahul Tandon, reporting from the streets of Calcutta, reveals how 250 kilogrammes of gold was smuggled into India last year.

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  • Business Matters: New sanctions target Russia 30 Jul 14

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    58 mins

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    New US and European sanctions come into force against Russia. President Obama says it's not the start of a new Cold War; Russia's Ambassador to the EU says the sanctions will have no effect. Doctor Robert Shapiro - former Senior Economic Adviser to Presidents Obama and Clinton - tells us Moscow's nonchalance is nonsense. As the airline industry's governing bodies meet in Montreal, we ask: how can you protect civilian planes from military assault? Argentina faces a possible second default on its debt. Tim Jones from debt relief campaigners Jubilee Debt says the country is being held to ransom by a small group of wealthy speculators. He calls them vultures. All this plus The Motley Fool's David Kuo on cannabis and cheese.

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  • Business Matters: $50 billion Yukos compensation 29 Jul 14

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    The Russian government is ordered to pay $50 billion in compensation to former shareholders of Yukos, the country's largest oil company, which was forced into bankruptcy nearly ten years ago. Moscow says it will appeal but the man who brought the case against the Kremlin tells us that doesn't bother him. As the UK government decides to award more licences to companies searching for shale gas, we hear all about America's fracking revolution. Tania Branigan in Beijing discusses Chinese gay culture and answers the question: where do Chinese people go on holiday? In New York, Ben Casselman talks energy, loyalty and tattoos.

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  • Business Matters: UN air safety summit 26 Jul 14

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

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    Alexandre de Juniac - chairman and chief executive of Air-France-KLM - discusses aviation safety with presenter Jon Bithrey. As fast food chains in Hong Kong and Japan suspend imports from the Shanghai factory at the centre of the China food safety scandal, the BBC's John Sudworth investigates the fallout. Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute and Harry Stein of the Center for American Progress discuss President Obama's drive to persuade US firms to pay more tax at home rather than paying it to foreign governments. And Anita Loughlan, resident of Melbourne and proprietor of Australia's very first cat café. All that plus Ross Garnaut - Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University - and Beyonce singing the Star Spangled Banner.

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  • Business Matters: Malaria vaccine by 2015 25 Jul 14

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    22 days remaining

    GSK submits a malaria vaccine to the European Medicines Agency. Experts say it could be available for distribution by late next year. Bill Gates tells the BBC incredible progress has been made but the disease keeps fighting back. The battle for Allah: Jennifer Pak investigates why many of Malaysia's muslims are demanding that the nation's christians stop using the Islamic word for god in their literature and songs. We meet the wealthy wine collectors who spent multi-million dollar fortunes on rare vintage reds only to discover they were fake. Will the book bite back? As Amazon launches it's Kindle Unlimited subscription service, we ask guests Jyoti Malhotra in Delhi and Ben Gilbert in New York if the paperback's days are numbered. And Bobby Flam - racial integration pioneer - joins us from Miami, where he has just closed the doors on the iconic Jumbo's Diner for the last time.

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  • Business Matters: UK arms trade controversy 24 Jul 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    As David Cameron describes France's proposed delivery of two helicopter carriers to Moscow as 'unthinkable', Andrew Dorman, Professor of International Security at Kings College, London, and Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade join presenter Mark Whittaker in the studio to discuss the controversy surrounding Britain's own arms sales to Russia. In New Orleans, Sarah Baird from the Center for the New American Dream explains how her fellow countrymen can lead more fulfilling lives simply by working fewer hours and spending less money; and at our Singapore bureau, Simon Littlewood, President of the Asia Now Consulting Group, talks weapons, gambling and the day his hat was blown off in Aberdeen. All that plus how best to survive a tornado.

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  • Business Matters: Targetting Putin's 'cronies' 23 July 14

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    The EU promises tougher sanctions on Russia and more of President Putin's 'cronies'. But just who are these multi-billionaire Russian oligarchs, and what is their relationship with the president? We ask Mark Hollingsworth, author of "Londongrad - From Russia with Cash." Plus, Indonesia welcomes its new president, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, a man seen as marking a new break with the country's troubled past. And Glasgow gets set to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but what sort of economic legacy might the competition bring to the city? Throughout the programme Mark Whitaker is joined from New York by author and journalist Gordon Chang, and from Singapore by Angela Mancini, of Control Risks.

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  • Business Matters: MH17 'game-changer' for Dutch 22 July 14

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    The Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine is a "game-changer" for Dutch attitudes towards Russia, according to one of the Netherlands' diplomatic experts. Jan Melissen, from the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, in The Hague, says the incident will force the country to take a much harsher stance towards Russia, regardless of the economic consequences. Fast-food giants McDonald's and KFC are at the centre of a food scare in China as one of their suppliers is shut down following reports it had been selling food that to a year out of date. The BBC's Karishma Vaswani gives an update on the race to become Indonesia's next president, and Shilpa Kannan reports from New Delhi on what economic benefit, if any, India got from staging the Commonwealth Games. We're also joined by Shikha Dalmia, a senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation in Washington, and David Kuo from the website Motley Fool in Singapore. And we talk 'beard gardens' with the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney.

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