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· June, 2008

Stories about Labor from June, 2008

Bangladesh: Working in Bahrain

A discussion on the state of Bangladeshi workers in Bahrain at Unheard Voices.

South Korea: the Korean Dream

Michael Solis from Ohmynews reports on the migrant workers’ story in South Korea.

Japan: Minimum Wage

James blogs about the minimum wage policy in Japan with a chart comparing the wage standard in different countries.

Russia: Poverty

Sean's Russia Blog writes about poverty in Russia: “Apparently living poor isn’t just about surviving, it’s about surviving artfully.”

Bulgaria, Romania: Labor Migrants

Nicolaus Mills explains at Comment is Free why Britain hasn't seen the much-feared “‘tidal wave’ of immigrants” from Bulgaria and Romania.

Iraq: 10 Things I Hate About My Colleagues

Neurotic Iraqi Wife shares with us 10 things she hates about her colleagues at work in the enclosed Green Zone.

Japan: Reflections on the Akiba Massacre (Part 1)

When all the dust had settled and the knife rampage in Tokyo's Akihabara district last Sunday, which took the lives of seven people and left 17 injured, had come to...

Bahamas: At the Crossroads

Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas says that his country is at the crossroads.

Japan: Toyota's Kanban System, Applied to Humans

A post by blogger boiledema [ja], offering an alternative perspective on the background of Tomohiro Kato, offender in Sunday's Akiba massacre, has drawn a huge reaction, with over 1200 bookmarks...

Japan: Work Culture

Harvey from Japan newbie discusses about work culture and the phenomena of “death by overwork” in Japan.

Cuba: Paying for Performance

Uncommon Sense and Child of the Revolution report on “a new rule that will allow Cubans to earn according (to) their labor”.

Tunisia: Protestor Killed in Clashes with Police

Tunisian Annaqued [Ar] republishes a human rights communique protesting the death of a demonstrator during a stand off with police in the Rudayef protests, which have been going on since...

China: Olympic outhouses catch on fire, explode

The 24 Hours Online blogger Laohu ‘Tiger Temple’ Miao, who spent months earlier this year blogging the stories of destitute Beijing residents whose makeshift homes were harmonized to make way...

Japan: The problems facing Japan's IT industry

An article in the New York Times a few weeks ago, describing a chronic shortage of engineers in Japan, received support from many Japanese bloggers. The article explains that young...

Bulgaria: Women's Rights

Kyle Grady of What's Going Down? writes an open letter to the editors of and author Tihomir Dimitrov, prompting a heated discussion on Bulgaria, feminism, women's rights and other...

Russia: Mapping Immigrants

Window on Eurasia writes that “Russian nationalists [are] now mapping location of immigrants in major cities.”

India: Ending slavery

The Weight of Silence from India on an online global competition to identify innovative approaches to exposing, confronting and ending modern-day slavery.

Bangladesh: No lunch for garment workers

Bangladesh from our view on the poor working conditions faced by workers in the garment industry.

Bahrain: In the Land of Law

Bahraini blogger Khalid is surprised with the knee jerk reactions taken by the government - after the Minister of Interior issued an order to ban issuing work permits for workers...

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