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Over the last week, China (+5%), Hong Kong (+4%), Poland (+3%), and Mexico (+3%) have outperformed in the EM equity space in
local currency terms, while Peru (-3.5%), Thailand (-3%), and Hungary (-1%) have underperformed.
In the EM local currency bond space, Brazil (10-year yield up 30 bp), China (up 23 bp), Indonesia (up 22 bp), and Thailand (up 17 bp)
have underperformed over the last week, while Colombia (10-year yield down 10 bp), Turkey (down 7 bp), and South Africa (flat) have
outperformed. Continue reading
Yasser Munif is a professor of sociology at Emerson College where he teaches courses on nationalism, political economy, Middle
Eastern politics, and social movements. He is a co-founder of the “Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution” which
aims to shed light on the minutiae of resistance and everyday struggle. He recently spent two months in Northern Syria where he is
conducting research on local governance, post-Assad reconstruction, and internally displaced persons.
November 16 marked an important change in Colombias peace negotiations -President Juan Manuel Santos announced that a woman would finally secure a place among the all-male negotiating table between the government and the FARC guerrilla. Santos announcement was welcome news to civil society organizations in Colombia, particularly womens groups advocating for increased participation of women in the establishment and implementation of any accords, despite the fact that the move is likely linked to a desire to shore up votes for his reelection campaign. Furthermore, while the appointment of Nigeria Rentería to the negotiating table is an important step towards deepening the gender analysis at of the negotiations, many recognize that the participation of a one-woman minority at the table is insufficient. Women must be equal players in the processes of securing truth, justice, reparation, and the guarantees of non-repetition necessary to putting an end to the decades-long armed conflict in Colombia. Last Friday, November 22, thousands of people, mostly women, united in Bogotá to demand this gender equality as an essential part of the resolution to the conflict. The march was part of worldwide mobilizations surrounding November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In highlighting the connections between gender violence and the Colombian conflict, the November 22nd march sought the elimination of such violence as an essential part of the resolution of the conflict and is a concrete example of womens important contributions to building sustainable peace. Human rights groups denounced over 100 arbitrary detentions in the context of the march, but fortunately acts of physical violence and repression were not reported this time.
This Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, tens of millions of Americans will travel to Walmart stores to look for holiday
discounts on computers, toys, and cell phones as well as to buy groceries and basic household items. But at more than 1,500 of
Walmart's 4,000 stores, shoppers will be greeted by Walmart employees handing out leaflets and holding picket signs — “Walmart:
Stop Bullying, Stop Firing, Start Paying” and “We're Drawing a Line at the Poverty Line: $25,000/year” — protesting the company's
abusive labor practices, including poverty-level wages, stingy benefits, and irregular work schedules that make it impossible for their
families to make ends meet. Continue reading
Venezuela Tightens Control Over Economy Continue reading
Neoliberal, patriarchal, racist and colonial development has permitted, facilitated, and even promoted certain forms/types of feminist discourse and practice. But at the time, it has limited, circumscribed and even repressed or criminalized others. To illustrate this, I will examine the relationship between neoliberal, racist and patriarchal development and Latin America women Continue reading
Indigeneity is not exactly where one looks for world politics. Yet it is probably one of the hip sites of global governance today. Indigenous peoples are engaging in international relations with a vibrancy that belies any perception of their politics as isolated or passive. The Fifth Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples of the Abya Yala, held November 10-15 in Cauca, Colombia, was only the latest expression of Indigenous diplomacy.
Two weeks ago, the second round of negotiations for an EU-US free trade agreement took place. Energy has not been making
headlines in the context of these talks, but a TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) will have far-reaching
implications for the energy sector, e.g. with regard to oil sands, LNG and shale gas. NGO Continue reading
The tallying and transmission of voting results from the November 24 general elections continue, but so do widespread reports of fraud and intimidation throughout Honduras. Two political parties are not recognizing the results, announcing challenges in the courts and in the streets.