6 October 2014   Leave a comment

The protests in Hong Kong are entering a critical phase, and it appears as if an agreement may be in reach, at least with the more moderate protesters.  The protests are clearly identified as political  since the main issue seems to be how candidates for office are selected.  But there is also an economic undertone to the protests which has not been openly articulated: the growing economic gap between the rich and poor in Hong Kong.  Hong Kong is no different from the rest of China or the rest of the world.  The growing economic disparity seems to be a structural feature of the process of globalization.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won a plurality of votes in Sunday’s election, but failed to achieve a majority vote.  She will therefore face the center-right candidate, Aecio Neves in a run-off election on 26 October.  Surprisingly, the environmentally-focused candidate, Marina Silva, did not do well in the election, despite having a very strong beginning to her campaign.  Neves is a former governor of Brazil’s second most populous state, Minas Gerais, and comes from a politically active family in Brazilian history.  The run-off election will be a classic confrontation between center-right and center-left.

Great Britain estimates that about 50-60 women have left Britain to join the Islamic State in Syria.   We know very little about the motivations of those who have emigrated from the West to join the group, and even less about the specific motivations of women in making the move.  It’s not clear that women have motives that are different from men, but that possibility certainly exists.  As the dispute between the West and the IS unfolds, it will be highly instructive to discern the objectives of those who emigrate.   It does seem to be the case that those who emigrate are disillusioned with life within a liberal society.

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Posted October 6, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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