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· February, 2010

Stories about Labor from February, 2010

Russia: Snow and the Gastarbeiter

Photos of some of the aftermath of a record-breaking snowfall in Moscow, as well as musings on whether the Russian capital needs its gastarbeiter or not – at Pictures of...

Singapore: Foreign workers

According to a finance committee report, Singapore will continue to welcome foreign workers. Foreigners comprise more than a third of Singapore population

The Balkans, Italy: Berlusconi's “Albanian Girls” Comment; Doctored Photo

Balkan Travellers re-posts a Balkan Insight piece about the Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's comment that “his country would accept only pretty Albanian girls as immigrants.” Belgraded writes about the photoshopped...

Japan: A Typical Day

Matt Alt translated a diagram that shows the exaggerated schedules of a “normal” person versus that of a “NEET” (Not Employed, in Education, or Training).

Singapore: Minimum wage

Tan Kin Lian from Singapore argues that a minimum wage will reduce disparity of income in the country

Iran: Bus Drivers Union Calls for Green-Labor Unity

In Ahwaznews, an Iranian blog we read [fa]:”Starting March 6, We the Workers of Vahed Company [bus drivers] Will Wage Acts of Civil Disobedience (or white strike) to Protest the...

Russia and Korea: Siberian Timbering

Robert Neff from The Marmot's Hole blogs about Korea's role in the logging of Siberian timber, in particular how North Korean are working as slave loggers in Russia.

China: Increasing Trend in Mass Incidents

Protests, known in Chinese as “mass incidents”, grew fiercer and more violent in 2009, while methods of protest grew in variation, says a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences researcher. In...

Japan: Momus, on This Ageing Country

In “Growing old in, and with, Japan” on the Click Opera blog, Nick Currie (aka Momus) lists several points of what could be “a silver lining to Japan's likely silver...

Nepal: Gulf Returnees

Migrant Rights Blog writes about the stories of Nepalis who came back home after after a stint working in the Gulf: “for every individual, there is a different story; some...

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