I write about money in Africa for the Wall Street Journal. Greek immigrant, migration geek matina.stevis@wsj.com

China’s Currency Move Rattles African Economies

wsj.com — JOHANNESBURG-The shock waves from China's surprise yuan devaluation are ricocheting through African economies, sending currencies tumbling and stoking anxiety that the continent's biggest trading partner might be losing its appetite for everything from oil to wine. In South Africa, the rand hit a 14-year low of 12.94 to the dollar on Monday, extending a 2% drop since Aug.
Aug 17, 2015

As W Bank warns SA faces strong & mounting market headwinds, a look at the grim subtext to a weaker yuan for Africa on.wsj.com/1hhZvPh

Aug 17, 2015

If #Kenya importers of Chinese heavy equipment start invoicing in yuan, country will benefit from devaluation wsj.com/articles/china…

Aug 17, 2015

MD of @Nakumatt says some imported Chinese goods may be cheaper in #Kenya because of #yuan devaluation wsj.com/articles/china…

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How Money, Race and Religion Determine the Fate of Europe-Bound Migrants

wsj.com — As Europe grapples with the biggest wave of migration since World War II, the fates of those crossing the Mediterranean are increasingly being determined by class systems based on money, ethnicity and religion. On these transnational trails, migrants tell of a fast-developing market for human cargo, where cash or creed can ensure a safer trip, more resources and better treatment.
Aug 18, 2015

RT @MatinaStevis: West African migrants seem to pay least & be most vulnerable in Libya: abused, enslaved & locked in boat hull http://t.co…

Aug 17, 2015

RT @MatinaStevis: Smugglers want wealthy & Muslim migrants; Greeks prefer Syrians; Slovaks only Christians: a refugee class system http://t…

Aug 22, 2015

RT @WSJ: How money, race and religion determine the fate of Europe-bound migrants on.wsj.com/1NqS7ho by @MatinaStevis and @manuelamesco

Aug 16, 2015

RT @WSJ: Migrants are increasingly subject to class systems based on money, race and religion on.wsj.com/1JbYPoG

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Bad News Dims Kenya’s Star Power

wsj.com — Kenya has been hit by a glut of woeful news that is spotlighting the economy's fragility, after a week of touting its credentials as a regional powerhouse during President Barack Obama 's visit. Currency tumult and security concerns in what is considered one of Africa's most dynamic countries shows how the continent continues to struggle against swift and unpredictable changes in economic thrust and investor sentiment.
Aug 10, 2015

Bad News Dims Kenya’s Star Power--@MatinaStevis with a reality check on the Kenyan economy a week after Obama's visit wsj.com/articles/bad-n…

Aug 10, 2015

RT @JoeWSJ: Bad News Dims Kenya’s Star Power--@MatinaStevis with a reality check on the Kenyan economy a week after Obama's visit wsj.com/articles/bad-n…

Aug 10, 2015

Bad News Dims #Kenya's Economic Star Power -- my take on a series of financial wobbles since #ObamaInKenya left wsj.com/articles/bad-n…

Aug 10, 2015

Kenya's woes show how Africa struggles with swift changes in economic thrust and investor sentiment on.wsj.com/1DAOTVr @MatinaStevis

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IMF and Europe Part Ways Over Bailouts

wsj.com — The euro zone and the International Monetary Fund were thrown into each other's arms when Greece's debt crisis began early in 2010. Now, officials say, they could be heading for a divorce.
Jul 30, 2015

IMF, Europe Part Ways: my 2013 analysis underestimated the relationship's resilience by 2 yrs wsj.com/articles/SB100… twitter.com/jsphctrl/statu…

East Africa Emerges as Global Hub For Impact Investing

blogs.wsj.com — Investments focused on fostering social or environmental goals are playing an increasing role in East Africa, which a new report says is a global center for so-called impact investing. Nearly $10 billion in impact-investment funds have flowed into East Africa, the report, produced by the U.K.

Money-Laundering Suspicion Stalls Europe's Latest Bailout

wsj.com — NICOSIA, Cyprus-Cyprus's newly elected government is bargaining for a €17 billion bailout from its euro-zone peers. But the little island won't get a cent until it wrestles with a long-standing issue: money laundering. Cyprus's reputation as a transit point for shady cash, and its unusual connections to Russia, are making many of its would-be rescuers nervous.

The Innocent Lives of Flight 17: Parents, Children, Lovers, Friends

wsj.com — AMSTERDAM-Cor Schilder woke early Tuesday to help his longtime girlfriend, Neeltje Tol, open her flower shop one last day before the couple headed to Bali. Ms. Tol asked the shopkeeper next door to collect the mail while she was away, and then left a note on her store window.
Jul 17, 2015

RT @MatinaStevis: Remembering the victims of #MH17 w @AlexisFlynn wsj.com/articles/the-i… & most memorable pic I took at the memorials http:…

Greek Debt Crisis: In Athens, Jubilation Gives Way to Dismay and Confusion

wsj.com — ATHENS-A week ago, Greeks partied in the streets after voting to resoundingly reject terms of a new European bailout. On Sunday, those same streets were filled with a dazed and confused populace struggling to understand how they were now faced with swallowing a deal even tougher than the one they had just snubbed.
Jul 12, 2015

In Greece, Jubilation Turns to Dismay and Confusion on.wsj.com/1HzfmOk

Jul 12, 2015

Dazed And Confused In Athens: My story with @georgikantchev on Greeks basically losing it over this mess. Do read wsj.com/articles/greek…

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The Greek Politicians Who Flagged Structural Problems-but Were Ignored

wsj.com — Lawmakers' proposals were savaged by media and labor unions ATHENS-A note from Greece's finance minister to his prime minister warned that the country needed tough economic overhauls if its economy was to live up to its European aspirations.
Jul 11, 2015

The Greek politicians who flagged structural problems—but were ignored on.wsj.com/1K0AmS5 @MatinaStevis must-read on Greece's Cassandras

Jul 11, 2015

The Greek politicians who flagged structural problems—but were ignored -- great piece from @MatinaStevis on.wsj.com/1K0AmS5 via @WSJ

Jul 11, 2015

RT @RichardBarley1: The Greek politicians who flagged structural problems—but were ignored -- great piece from @MatinaStevis on.wsj.com/1K0AmS5 via @WSJ

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Fear Grows in Greece as Decisive Hour Nears

wsj.com — Greece requested a new three-year bailout from its skeptical eurozone creditors and pledged some economic overhauls on Wednesday, but the euphoria some Greeks felt after Sunday's "no" vote on the last deal was fading fast.
Jul 09, 2015

RT @MatinaStevis: "Hope dies last," a young Greek tells me of deal prospects. But others are freaking out bc of fatigue, shortages wsj.com/articles/fear-…

Jul 09, 2015

Pharmacists tell me insulin biggest worry. Heart drugs running out but Greek generics can replace. Kids' vaccines low wsj.com/articles/fear-…

Jul 09, 2015

“I can’t get my medications, and next week we may be using drachmas" on.wsj.com/1eHnQMt via @WSJ

Jul 09, 2015

RT @MatinaStevis: "Hope dies last," a young Greek tells me of deal prospects. But others are freaking out bc of fatigue, shortages wsj.com/articles/fear-…

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Aug 29, 2015

Disgusted by the verdict handed down by #Egypt to AlJaz colleagues. Journos everywhere must keep fighting for them #journalismisnotacrime

Aug 29, 2015

RT @FCAEA: Stunned, outraged by the injustice done to our #AJE colleagues. Standing in solidarity w them #journalismisnotacrime twitter.com/PeterGreste/st…

Aug 28, 2015

RT @dannyctkemp: Three arrested in Hungary over Austria migrant lorry tragedy. Four children among dead, likely Syrians, @AFP reporting from Vienna

Aug 28, 2015

RT @bopanc: The 71 refugees found dead in a truck in Austria were seemingly #Syria refugees. Three smugglers arrested in Hungary #refugeecrisis

Aug 28, 2015

We also need a short-term strategy to stem deaths because they aren't stopping and they're irreversible. twitter.com/Earthling70/st…

Aug 28, 2015

More than 70 migrants, refugees die in unspeakable tragedy in abandoned lorry in Austria. wsj.com/articles/austr…

Aug 28, 2015

RT @bopanc: Horrid refugee tragedy near Vienna, one of richest, safest and most beautiful cities in the world on.ft.com/1UgVztY #refugeecrisis


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