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· April, 2007

Stories about Labor from April, 2007

Indonesia: Quiz

Are you a “capitalist pig”? asks Indcoup and invites the readers to take a quiz to prove or disprove it.

Qatar: Seven Wonders

Hamlet, who is based in Qatar, blogs about the seven wonders of his host country. Among the wonders are: ‘Wonder No. 2, “It is all about connections (wasta)” Got all...

Dubai: Ministries Hindering Development

Dubai-based Keefieboy agrees with Dubai strongman Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoom that the Ministries of Education, Justice and Labour “are hindering the development of the UAE rather than helping...

Arabeyes: What Makes a Good Blog and a Good Doctor?

From discussing what makes a good blog and who is a good doctor, we move to see the reaction of a father whose son is used as a human shield...

India: Life, kids and drudgery

The Mad Momma on tailoring life to suit the kids. “Someday they will hear some other mother say that she was bored at home with her children and that it...

Brazil: Federal Police Go On Strike

Sao Paulo-based Ricardo Carreón on Brazil's federal police strike.

Oman: Overworked Doctors

Doctors in Oman are over worked, with some putting in 50 hours of continuous work with no breaks, reports Sleepless in Muscat. “These shifts not only endanger the lives of...

Bahrain: Transporting Humans?

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif is enraged that labourers in his country are transported in the back of open trucks, in defiance of an existing law which protects them from...

China: Community embraces orphan

Late last month, a husband-wife migrant laborer couple from China's poverty-stricken Henan province working in Beijing killed themselves, leaving two teenage children to fend for themselves. Last week, Beijing-based Sohu...

Russia, Latvia: April 16 in History

April 16 in history – at De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis: a failed attempt to kill the Russian emperor in 1866; the first Russian trade union is created in 1905;...

Russia: Moscow

“But what makes Moscow that special?” asks The Turkish Invasion. (Definitely not its housing options.)

Saudi Arabia: Maid Gone

Saudi-based blogger Nzingha‘s maid is gone – and she can't hide her happiness. “And I'm so happy she is finally gone. I have learned a few things with this experience,...

Japan: Salarymen

In case you think a salaryman is the person in the accounting department on whose best side you want to be, the an englishman in osaka blogger brings us photos...

Honduras: Real Cost of Bananas

La Gringa, sticking to the theme of working conditions, takes a look at “the real cost of bananas” in Honduras.

Bahrain: Polygamy as a national duty

We start this week with politics, or rather politicians, and the comments of one particular politician that have riled some of Bahrain's bloggers. An Islamist representative urged Bahraini men (some...

Malaysia: Maid Culture in Japan and Malaysia

The blogger at a Japanese popular culture site J-List side blog explains why his daughter was surprised that the maids at a home that they were visiting in Malaysia were...

Myanmar: Blood Diamonds and Myanmar

The movie Blood Diamond reminds blogger Man Actually of his younger mining days in Myanmar. “And being once a miner myself deep in the jungle far north Myanmar's very own...

China: Persecuting economic crimes

Capitalism is now officially approved at the Party level, but with otherwise law-abiding small-scale sidewalk sellers nation-wide operating in constant fear and in conflict with (photos) the chengguan (more photos),...

Honduras: Sweatshop Friendly?

Inspired by a New Zealander blogging about Honduras while in Ireland, “La Gringa” agrees with the description of Honduras as “sweatshop-friendly.”

South Korea: irregular workers

Jamie blogs about an irregular worker sit in action in Ulsan.

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