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· January, 2011

Stories about Labor from January, 2011

South Korea's Most Retweeted Story: Newspaper Ad Against Unfair Layoff

  26 January 2011

South Korea's Hongik University laid off its maintenance workers who formed a labor union. This has sparked mass online protest, prompting citizens to buy a newspaper ad proposing the Dean to have frank talks. South Korea's citizen media, WikiTree announced[ko] it the most retweeted article (around 2000 times) in its...

Taiwan: Greenpeace member arrested

  24 January 2011

Tipsuda Atichakaro, a Thai member of Greenpeace's flagship Rainbow Warrior, was arrested in the first protest in Taiwan during the ship's East Asia tour to protect the ocean. Taiwan environmental activist wobblies67 tweets that “…a member was arrested by the police and is now under investigation at District Prosecutors Office. Our lawyer friend says...

El Salvador: Court System Employees on Strike Demand Higher Salaries

  21 January 2011

Court system employees have been on strike demanding raises for five days. Tim explains that, “As a consequence, more than a thousand court hearings have been cancelled, bodies have gone unidentified in the forensic medicine office, and more than 87 prisoners have been released for failure to have an initial...

China: Mapping labor unrest

  19 January 2011

Cornell PhD student Manfred Elfstrom has started a website to map instances of labor unrest across China on the Ushahidi platform.

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North Korea: Drugs Rampant, Even Among Teens

  17 January 2011

North Korean insiders and defectors have testified that drugs are widespread in North Korea. Most recent reports told that drugs are popular gifts among teens and even ordinary middle-class citizens are frequently abusing them.

Taiwan: Foxconn nominated for the public eye award

  17 January 2011

A Hong Kong based NGO Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour has nominated Apple subcontractor, FoxConn for the 2011 public eye award. There are at least 18 workers committed suicide in FoxConn's factories in China in 2010.

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Bangladesh, India: Human Rights Hanging On The Border Fence

  12 January 2011

Bangladeshis were shocked by widely published photographs of the dead body of a 15 year old Bangladeshi girl hanging on the India-Bangladesh border Fence. The girl named Felani was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) while she was illegally crossing the border with her father on the way back to Bangladesh.

Lebanon: Fighting Drugs

Salmanonline posts an article (Ar) about drugs addiction among the Lebanese youth. He discusses the role played by some political parties and other specialized organizations to combat its widespread.

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