from Global Investing:

Russia’s people problem

December 13, 2013

President Vladimir Putin is generally fond of blaming the West for the ills besetting Russia. This week though, he admitted in his State of the Nation speech that the roots of Russia's sluggish economy may lie at home rather than abroad.  The government expects the economy to expand a measly 1.4 percent this year (less than half of the growth the US is likely to see) and long-term growth estimates have been trimmed to 2.5 percent a year.

from India Insight:

Thirty-three percent of world’s poorest live in India

April 18, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily of Reuters)

from Edward Hadas:

The demographic effect

By Edward Hadas
January 23, 2013

The populations of many countries are declining in a time of peace and prosperity. That unprecedented and basic change in society must indicate something, but what? The experience of Japan, where the trend is most advanced, provides some hints.

from Global Investing:

Euro emigration – safety valve or worker drain?

October 9, 2012

Four years of relentless austerity in many of the euro zone's most debt-hobbled countries have forced many of their youngest and sometimes brightest workers to grab the plane, train or boat and emigrate in search of work. For countries with a long history of emigration, such as Ireland, this is depressingly familar -- coming just 20 years after the country's last debt crisis and national belt-tightening in the 1980s crescendoed, with the exit of some 40,ooo a year in 1989/90 from a population of just 3-1/2 million people.

from Breakingviews:

Greying China could be left in the red

July 10, 2012

By Wei Gu

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Breakingviews:

China can’t reproduce its way out of trouble

July 5, 2012

By John Foley

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Photographers' Blog:

No Man Is An Island

May 3, 2012

By Cathal McNaughton

For almost 20 years Barry Edgar Pilcher has lived alone on the island of Inishfree.

from Global Investing:

Urbanization sweet spots

April 3, 2012

It's a hard slog sometimes looking for new and surprising sources of global economic growth that have not already be heavily discounted by global investors, especially in the uncertain world of 2012. It's been as hard of late to find new arguments to invest in China and quite a few people suggesting the opposite.

from Photographers' Blog:

Privileged witness to the start of life

March 6, 2012

By Vivek Prakash

It's an experience I will never forget. I have no children of my own, but when the day does come, maybe I'll be just a little bit more prepared for it.

from Breakingviews:

Unravelling India, Part 3: Demography

January 20, 2012

By Jeff Glekin and Hugo Dixon

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.