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Parchment in the Fire: Germany: Refugees today, the exploited workers of tomorrow? – Equal Times

Wajdi arrived in Germany a few months ago. He had studied law in Syria. But he was not able to bring his diplomas with him. The only things he still has with him from his home country after his long journey across Europe are his passport and his smartphone. Over a million migrants and asylum… More Germany: Refugees today, the exploited workers of tomorrow? – Equal Times . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Germany: Refugees today, the exploited workers of tomorrow? – Equal Times

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Our gawker culture

Suddenly the Net lit up with headlines news: celebrity nude photos leaked! Videos too! Facebook timelines were replete with media stories. Shock. Horror. Voyeurism. Click, click, click the viewers racked up the view count as they raced to the sites just in case they actually showed something. A little flesh to feed our insatiable desire . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Our gawker culture

Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Most of the coverage regarding the Eurozone crisis has understandably focused on the politics of austerity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the longer term trends in the industrial relations of those countries hardest hit by the crisis: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain; the so-called PIIGS countries.

Recent data from the . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Temporary Foreign Workers

The Temporary Foreign Workers Program has been increasingly in the spotlight the last few weeks. Many allegations have surfaced about the appalling living and working conditions faced by migrant workers. While much of the media coverage has ignored what is most important, my two guests on this week’s podcast are ready to offer some . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Temporary Foreign Workers

Larry Hubich's Blog: Waitresses in Saskatchewan fired to make room for Temporary Foreign Workers

Larry Hubich's Blog: Waitresses in Saskatchewan fired to make room for Temporary Foreign Workers

Parchment in the Fire: Americanized Labor Policy Is Spreading in Europe – NYTimes.com

Americanized Labor Policy Is Spreading in Europe – NYTimes.com.

While most of the debate over Europe’s response to the financial crisis has focused on the budget austerity enveloping the Continent, the comparatively unheralded erosion of worker protection is likely to have at least as big and lasting an impact on Europe’s social contract.

Filed . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Americanized Labor Policy Is Spreading in Europe – NYTimes.com

Parchment in the Fire: Class Struggle in County Durham

Dispatches from the class struggle in County Durham:

What the colliers’ dependence on the exploiters for their homes means in practice can be seen in any strike. For example, the strike in Durham in November 1863. The people were evicted, wives and children included, in the harshest weather; and their furniture was put into the . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Class Struggle in County Durham

Parchment in the Fire: Rethinking the Industrial Revolution

Five Centuries of Transition from Agrarian to Industrial Capitalism in England

Michael Andrew Žmolek, University of Iowa

In Rethinking the Industrial Revolution: Five Centuries of Transition from Agrarian to Industrial Capitalism in England, Michael Andrew Žmolek offers the first in-depth study of the evolution of English manufacturing from the feudal and early modern periods within . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Rethinking the Industrial Revolution

Parchment in the Fire: Recovering the Centrality of Class

by Ellen Meiksins Wood

Originally published in Solidiarity

WHEN E.P. THOMPSON’S The Making of the English Working Class came out in 1963, there still existed a vibrant anti-capitalist culture on the intellectual left, which flourished with a special vigor among the British Marxist historians, a remarkable group to which Thompson belonged. Within little more than . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Recovering the Centrality of Class

Politics, Re-Spun: Untangling the Temporary Foreign Worker Knot

Banks as predators? Surely, no!

Temporary foreign workers have become a lightning-rod topic in Canadian labour in recent months with the high-profile news of the Royal Bank of Canada replacing staff with TFWs. But the issue is not about RBC, which is merely the latest flashpoint. The temporary foreign worker issue is . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Untangling the Temporary Foreign Worker Knot

Larry Hubich's Blog: What’s Important to Saskatchewan People: Marginalized Working People

Larry Hubich's Blog: What’s Important to Saskatchewan People: Marginalized Working People

LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

The death toll from the Bangladesh factory collapse has surpassed 620. This is in a building which the architect said was not designed to handle industrial equipment. There was an obvious disregard of safety standards for which hundreds paid with their lives.

Are the lives of Bangladeshis seen as equal to those in North . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

The death toll from the Bangladesh factory collapse has surpassed 620. This is in a building which the architect said was not designed to handle industrial equipment. There was an obvious disregard of safety standards for which hundreds paid with their lives.

Are the lives of Bangladeshis seen as equal to those in North . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

Larry Hubich's Blog: Class Dismissed – How TV Frames the Working Class

Larry Hubich's Blog: Chinese miners asked to pay for Canadian jobs – CBC

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai Honoured With Global Day Of Action

A Taliban gunman shot her as she made her way home from school in Pakistan. She survived the assassination attempt and is now recovering at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital hospital in the UK. Today, Malala Yousafzai has become the symbol … . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Malala Yousafzai Honoured With Global Day Of Action

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Shame: 61 million children not in school worldwide

Globally, 61 million children, most of them girls, are denied their birthright to education. They’re discriminated against, marginalized and exploited. Please click here to add your voice to millions around the world calling on governments and… . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Shame: 61 million children not in school worldwide

LeDaro: Swaziland: Thousands of virgin girls parade topless for their king

My first reaction was that what a fun country Swaziland is. I should go there. But on a second thought I became sad. What happened to human rights? The king should have a better way to collect his ‘trophy’ wives.

These virgin topless girls are also used as a tourist attraction. Surely there must . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Swaziland: Thousands of virgin girls parade topless for their king

Art Threat: Mobile app shows dirty side of making cellphones – Phone Story by Molleindustria banned by iTunes

Video games have permeated so deep into mainstream culture that they are now places of social activism and protest. Phone Story, a game designed by the Molleindustria collective in Italy, does just this. It turns the fancy screen and sleek design of a smart phone into the engineered system of slavery, inhumanity, and oppression . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Mobile app shows dirty side of making cellphones – Phone Story by Molleindustria banned by iTunes

Larry Hubich's Blog: Foreign Worker Complaints – Temporary Foreign Workers Exploited

From Orangutan: Dear Marc Jacobs,

Even though no law or regulation forces you to provide basic provisions for your models in the United States, would you please find the goodness in your heart to pay them with money?

Larry Hubich's Blog: Inside Job, Narrated by Matt Damon (Full Length HD)

Inside Job, Narrated by Matt Damon (Full Length HD) on Vimeo.

“‘Inside Job’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a . . . → Read More: Larry Hubich’s Blog: Inside Job, Narrated by Matt Damon (Full Length HD)

Larry Hubich's Blog: Olbermann: Keith’s Special Comment: The Four Great Hypocrisies of the Debt Deal