Global InsiderOn Nov. 8, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes would be withdrawn from circulation, a move designed to tackle corruption that has created chaos and disproportionately affected India’s poor. In an email interview, Jan Breman discusses India’s informal economy.
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Karina Piser Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Global InsiderLast month, the African Union praised Rwanda for its inclusion of women in government—women make up 64 percent of the lower house of parliament—and encouraged other African countries to follow Rwanda’s lead on gender equality. In an email interview, Pamela Abbott discusses women’s rights in Rwanda.
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
Global InsiderLake Urmia in northwestern Iran has become a symbol of the dangers of climate change, having lost 90 percent of its water since the 1970s. Iran has pledged $5 million for conservation efforts, but it is unclear if the lake can be saved. In an email interview, Gary Lewis discussed Iran’s climate change policy.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
Global InsiderA month-long strike by Chile’s public sector employees ended earlier this month after workers failed to win a pay increase of 7 percent and instead accepted President Michelle Bachelet’s initial proposal of a 3.2 percent raise. In an email interview, Peter M. Siavelis discusses labor relations in Chile.
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016
Global InsiderLast month, Costa Rica ratified the Paris Agreement. After the vote, the environment minister said, “Costa Rica showed the world that it has the courage to take bold and timely decisions to work for a sustainable development.” In an interview, Mariel Yglesias discusses Costa Rica’s climate change policy.
Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
Global InsiderIndia’s minister for women recently declared that the country’s rape problem was exaggerated, and that the Indian media’s overemphasis on rape was negatively affecting tourism. In an email interview, Nandita Bhatla, of the International Center for Research on Women, discusses women’s rights in India.
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Global InsiderKyrgyzstan will hold a referendum on Dec. 11 on proposed reforms to its constitution that would give more power to the prime minister, though many fear it would tighten President Almazbek Atambayev’s grip on power. In an email interview, Medet Tiulegenov discusses Kyrgyzstan’s constitutional referendum.
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
Global InsiderAccording to the U.N., at least 21 human rights activists, mostly from indigenous communities, have been killed in Colombia this year, and many fear things will only get worse if a peace accord isn’t implemented soon. In an interview, Luis Fernando Arias discusses indigenous rights in Colombia.
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
Maria Savel Friday, Nov. 18, 2016