08:11 AM GMT, April 15th, 2013
(CNN) – Two videos were unleashed in recent days driven by social media campaigns. Korean rapper PSY released “Gentleman,” his long-awaited follow-up to “Gangnam Style.”
More controversial is the release of “Ding Dong,” from “The Wizard of Oz,” sent into the charts as an irreverent response to the death of Margaret Thatcher, which was fuelled by a Facebook campaign.
Anthony Decurtis, contributing editor Rolling Stone, talks to CNN about viral videos and what makes something go 'viral.'
08:10 AM GMT, April 15th, 2013
(CNN) – Julia Coronado of BNP Paribas says it's clear that bailout concerns stretch far beyond Cyprus. “The numbers out of Cyprus in and of themselves are not that large … but it’s a reminder of the ongoing issues that are yet to be resolved, and how complicated these issues are,” she tells CNN. “The road stretches long before us, and that’s a worry.”
08:09 AM GMT, April 15th, 2013
(CNN) – Bitcoins got a boost in popularity on the heels of the crisis in Cyprus, where people had little access to traditional banking. But as awareness of the digital money grows, so does the volatility.
CNN's Maggie Lake looks at New York bar that is trying to raise the awareness of a currency called bitcoins.
04:13 PM GMT, April 4th, 2013
(CNN) – Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says China will begin to revise its future policy on North Korea.
Rudd outlines three reasons for this shift including North Korea’s nuclear weapons program aggravating regional U.S. allies; the potential for an escalating conflict should North Korea attack South Korea; and the damage to China’s foreign reputation as a supporter of the regime.
Rudd adds that China faces huge challenges in transforming its domestic economic growth model to meet the workforce demands for higher wages and living standards.
12:42 PM GMT, March 29th, 2013
(CNN) –Opposition Leader Mohamed ElBaradei says the solution for Egypt's terrible shape is a political one, not a military one.
ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, tells CNN's John Defterios that Egypt must start political reconciliation to stop the social unrest and violence in the country.
The North African state needs support from the International Monetary Fund to "jump start" the economy, according to ElBaradei.
03:52 PM GMT, March 21st, 2013
(CNN) – Moira Forbes talks about women in the workplace after Forbes recently named Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg the world's most powerful woman in business.
Forbes says Sandberg has received much attention around the release of her book "Lean In" focusing on women in the workforce.
Forbes added that Sandberg has grown Facebook into a multi-billion dollar company and her success if "extraordinary" with a book that is "personal and candid."
03:49 PM GMT, March 15th, 2013
(CNN) – Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council, says the Iranian-Pakistan gas pipeline could be a strategy by Pakistan to align more closely with Iran.
The new pipe labeled the “peace pipeline” runs between south Iran to the Pakistan city of Multan.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari met on March 11 to mark the beginning of construction on the Pakistani side.
The U.S. says the pipeline could violate sanctions on Iran over the country’s nuclear program.
05:40 PM GMT, March 8th, 2013
(CNN) – Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, who died this week, built his support on a populist platform of sharing the country's oil wealth with the poor.
Yet Venezuela's economy, and the future of its oil industry, remains deeply vulnerable.
CNN's John Defterios talks with Fereidun Fesharaki, the chairman of FACTS Global Energy, who says the country's oil industry is in a "shambles." So what challenges a new leader face?
07:22 AM GMT, March 6th, 2013
Hong Kong (CNN) – The United States may be on the cusp of the cheapest stimulus package its citizens can imagine - in the form of a free trade agreement with the European Union across the Atlantic Ocean, according to Karel de Gucht, the EU’s trade commissioner.
But Mexico's candidate for the top job at the World Trade Organization said a deal between the two could pose problems in Geneva.
“The challenge that is posed by the negotiations between the EU and the US is enormous,” said Herminio Blanco.
“We think it's a no-brainer that the United States and Europe should be in negotiations to have a comprehensive, ambitious agenda to not only lower tariffs…but also to deal with regulatory issues, to deal with services,” said Myron Brilliant, senior vice president for international affairs at the US Chamber of Commerce to CNN’s Richard Quest.
Responding to Quest’s challenge that such an endeavor could not be achieved in “our lifetime”, Brilliant said he is mistaken.
“I'll tell you why you're wrong about that. The United States needs jobs. We have an OK economy. We've seen a resurgence in manufacturing. We've seen a potential for a reduction of energy prices, right? But we need a global economic agenda.”
In a lively exchange best watched in the video here or above, Brilliant said the biggest impediments to US-EU success for a free trade agreement - already valued at $5 billion - is regulatory.
06:44 AM GMT, March 6th, 2013
Hong Kong (CNN) - For Renault-Nissan, relativity may help manage expectations for a 2013 already predicted to end in the red.
“The (automobile) market in Europe continues to decline and the contraction is even bigger than what we have foreseen,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn to CNN’s Richard Quest.
“Even with this very bad start to the year… we’re going to go from a very bad market to a bad market. Instead of having an 8% decline, we’re going to probably see something like (a) 3% to 5% decline for the year.”
The Brazilian-born auto chief made the forecast at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. The annual event opens to the public Thursday.
European governments can help automakers, Ghosn added, by bringing predictability to the economy and “eliminating uncertainty”.
“One of the reasons consumers are not buying cars or other goods is because they are uncertain about the future.”
As head of Japan’s Nissan Motor Company since 1999, Ghosn said he hopes the country’s new government of Shinzo Abe will bring the currency to a “historic level” of 110 to the dollar.
Since October 1, the yen has already risen nearly 20% and currently hovers near 93 yen to the dollar thanks to Abe's promises for a weaker yen, looser monetary policy and pledges of fiscal stimulus.
“Finally we have a government which has a vision and trying to do something about deflation (in) Japan.”
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