Grassroots protests against the despotic regime of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al Bashir continue, and the government is feeling its hold slipping.
The talks have stuttered over several issues, particularly whether rich nations should pay developing countries for losses suffered due to the effects of climate change and a lack of pledges to cut emissions.
Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election in April by a slim margin, a result still unrecognized by the U.S. government.
Progress on enacting a new trade union law in Iraq is still stalled.
The upcoming elections "will test whether Latin America's transition to democracy and social justice will be permitted to advance."
Chileans voted November 17 for president, both houses of Congress and some local offices. To nobody's surprise, the left "New Majority" coalition and the Socialist and Communist parties made significant advances.
South Africans marched across the country in support of a trade union campaign against electronic tolling on motorways and privatizing roads.
Madagascar today is one of the richest nations in the region, and one of the poorest. It has vast natural resources (gold, nickel, cobalt, petroleum), but 92 percent of its people live on $2.00 per day or less.
The "super-typhoon" developed on November 3, and proceeded to devastate the Philippines with wind speeds up to 195 mph before making its way to Vietnam, Taiwan, and parts of China.
The author did not embroider what she saw or heard. The result did tend to make me angry, but not because of prejudice or dishonesty; it was because of the story she told.