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· December, 2007

Stories about Labor from December, 2007

Brazil: A visit to Pakistan

  28 December 2007

On Benazir Bhutto's death, Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] leaves the factual news to the newspapers and publishes links to his personal accounts of Pakistan, a country which he visited to see projects that fight against slavery. In his travel blog, he talks about people, politics and religion. “You will see how...

China: Hospital Sues Local Governments

  28 December 2007

Last month a rural migrant worker set fire on himself after he failed to collect 1000 yuan wage from the boss. He was sent to the hospital with promise from Yunnan and Shenzhen government for the hospital fee. After one month 700,000 yuan has been spent, the hospital is at...

Brazil: An end of year reminder about slavery

  27 December 2007

Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] has a reminder for this final days of 2007: slavery still happens in Brazil. He points out that: “Its economic nature differs from the slavery of classical and modern eras, from the colony and empire days. But the inhumane treatment of restricting freedom and the process of...

Philippines: Philippine Nationals in Pakistan

  27 December 2007

In the aftermath of the assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, Tonyo hopes that the diplomats from Philippines will look after the thousands of Filipino overseas works currently in Pakistan.

Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko and Coal Miners

  25 December 2007

Yulia Tymoshenko returned as Ukraine's prime minister on Dec. 18. Five days later, she was in Donetsk region, visiting the site of Ukraine's worst coal mining accident, the troubled Zasyadko mine. While there, she declared: "We'll be working on it and will make it so that in our country both young people and children would want to become coal miners." Below is a discussion of Tymoshenko's promise that took place at Korrespondent.net, a Ukrainian news site.

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Russia: Christmas Tree Decorations

  23 December 2007

Here is a holiday season story that's got very little of the traditional holiday spirit in it. Posted by LJ user souffrante and accompanied by Valeriy Leushev's photos, it's as much about Russian bloggers' childhood memories as it is about globalization, consumer nationalism, bad management, labor rights and the power of blogging.

Jordan: A Doctor's Journey

  18 December 2007

“People know that it takes a long time for a doctor to graduate, but they don't know about the whole process. I'll give you a brief description of how a clueless high school graduate ends up a doctor,” writes Jordanian blogger Hareega.

Brazil: Respecting Bolivian immigrants

  17 December 2007

Sakamoto [pt] takes the International Migrants Day commemorations in São Paulo to write a long post reflecting on the situation of the many South American migrants, most of them Bolivians, working in inhuman conditions and sometimes even as slaves in Brazil. “When will this country treat “its” Bolivians with dignity?”,...

Haiti: Restavek

  17 December 2007

Denise Green at Haiti Innovation blogs about the island's Restavek situation.

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Taiwan: Migrant Worker Rally-“I want my day off!!”

  15 December 2007

On International Human Rights Day, the dogfighting politics of the two major parties still occupied the front pages in Taiwan's mass media. The politicians consume the terms “democracy” and “freedom” for their own political odds while neglect basic rights of underprivileged communities. GVO Taiwan team would cover some important human...

China: Migrant Worker Song

  14 December 2007

Peijin Chen from Shanghaiist blogs about this year's Spring Festival show specialty: Migrant worker song performance. But is it really about the migrant workers? The story seems to be more about the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

South Korea: Unionists Deported

  14 December 2007

Two unionists from Migrant Trade Union were deported yesterday in South Korea and a solidarity action was organized in Montreal today. Jamie from Two Koreas has the most updated news.

Jamaica: Brain Drain

  13 December 2007

Francis Wade thinks that Jamaica needs “a change in priorities, and to rethink the economic effect of our brain-drain.”

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