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China’s workers defiant and determined

The two-week strike by 40,000 workers at the vast Yue Yuen shoe factory in Dongguan last month was one of the largest strikes in living memory [in China]. It was important not simply because of its sheer scale but also…

China nervous about what goes on in the sphere of cyber-communication

Lionel Mok is a Hong Kong resident whose work frequently takes him into China. He has a strong interest in Chinese affairs, current, historical and cultural. Pressenza asked Lionel about social media in China and its affect on change, especially…

When China Sneezes, Latin America Gets the Flu

By Michelle Tullo.- China’s massive urbanisation has been built, literally, by metal, supplied mostly by Latin American countries (LAC). Yet now China’s slowing economic growth and falling commodity prices threaten Latin American commodity booms. “As commodity prices decline, Latin American policy-makers…

China – Book review: The Man Who Stayed Behind

The Man Who Stayed Behind By Sidney Rittenberg and Amanda Bennett Simon & Schuster, published 1993 Reviewed by Tony Henderson What a story. He really was a believer – in the Communist ideals… and why not. Thrown in jail in…

Sima Samar – Afghan women’s rights activist, gets award

Sima Samar is a recipient of Right Livelihood Award Foundation’s award. Sima Samar, born 3 February 1957, is a woman’s rights and human rights advocate, activist and a social worker on national and international forums. She served as Minister of Women’s…

Unpaid media employees of northeast India

India’s highest court on April 9 ruled that journalists and non-journalists of newspapers and news agencies are entitled to a pay hike under the recommendations of the Majithia Wage Board. Dismissing pleas by various owners seeking a review of its…

Marichjhapi and the Revenge of Bengali Bhadralok

Exactly 30 years ago, Dalits, in West Bengal, came to realize the true nature of Indian state that is being dominated, in every sense, by a tiny section of population but at a great personal cost. It was in 1979,…

Education is not business

Higher Education and Structural Unemployment: Discovering Possible Alternatives By Niamat Ullah Sarker* With globalization developed through capitalism, a new horizon has been seen in the world of trade and commerce. Under capitalism, people are free to work at jobs of…

May Day in Bangladesh – workplace security at issue

The day is observed across the world every year since 1886, commemorating the supreme sacrifices of workers in the United States to establish the rights of eight-hour working day and with renewed pledge to uphold the rights of working class.…

Swinging in the Bengali New Year

 Bengali New Year or, Poila Boishakh in Bengali, occurred 14 April, 2014, was the first day of the Bengali calendar, celebrated in the Bangladesh and in the Indian state of West Bengal, by the Bengali people and also by minor…

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