An economic crisis is pushing Russia into a corner, potentially forcing a mass gem sale.
Low productivity and the concomitant costs are harming the local beneficiation industry.
What the country needs to do if it is to remain Number Two.
Corruption in the chain artificially raises prices, plumping the pockets of the already rich.
Perhaps the thing that stands out the most in international coffee trade is the obvious injustice towards African, Asian and Latin American rowers.
Africa must disregard outsiders' self-serving advice about managing its natural resources, writes Roman Grynberg.
With government help, a Namibian brewery is leaving its Botswana competitor thirsty.
What is truly scary about the IMF's income distribution figures, is that Botswana now has a more unequal distribution of income than South Africa.
Two weeks ago Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took a political gamble in opening the country's retail sector to international competition.
If the high-grade deposit in Botswana is verified, the trans-Kalahari rail link could become a reality, writes Roman Grynberg.