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China’s Militant Workers Embrace Collective Action

Asia

A new report on China’s labor movement, covering about 1,170 strikes and other labor actions from mid-2011 through 2013, illuminates how what is arguably the world’s biggest proletariat is growing more agitated and polarized.

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Chinese villagers attack polluting factory, police

Asia

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest.

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An Anarchist in North Korea

Asia

The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK)–North Korea. The very mention of the country’s name and a blizzard of buzzwords are released: Cult of Personality, Mass starvation, Nuclear-armed, Thought Control, Defectors and Reverse-defectors. A land completely closed to the outside world? Since the 1960s, a small but steady stream of foreign delegations, diplomats, NGO representatives, and regular tourists have been permitted to visit North Korea, albeit under tightly controlled conditions with official minders watching every move and word.

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Workers building Samsung factory riot in Vietnam

Thousands of construction workers building a Samsung's factory in Vietnam's northern Thai Nguyen province clashed with security guards on Thursday, leaving 13 people injured, four critically. Between 3-4,000 of the 10,000 workers building the factory went on the rampage, burning containers used by security forces and destroying cars and motorcycles after security guards beat a worker unconscious.

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South Korea: Police surround Buddhist temple in search of railway unionists

SEOUL, Dec. 25 (Yonhap) -- Hundreds of riot police surrounded Jogyesa temple in downtown Seoul Wednesday in search of railway unionists taking shelter there, as their strike entered its 17th day during the year-end peak season. According to police, four union members of the state-run KORAIL have been hiding in Jogyesa, one of the nation's most well-known temples, since last night.

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Workers in Bangladesh Torch Wal-Mart Supplier

A huge fire on Friday destroyed a Bangladesh garment factory supplying key Western brands, authorities said, in a blaze touched off by workers angered over rumors of a colleague’s death in police firing. Garments are a vital sector for the South Asian nation, whose low wages and duty-free access to Western markets have helped make it the world’s second-largest apparel exporter after China.

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Yolanda’s aftermath and Autonomous Initiative (Philippines)

Asia

Yolanda is one of the most destructive typhoons to have visited the Philippine archipelago. It pummeled the Visayas region, particularly Leyte and some parts of Cebu and Panay areas. Super typhoon Yolanda left the archipelago with thousands of dead people, commercial and residential structures destroyed, power knocked-out; agriculture and livelihoods are washed-out that caused billions of losses. Destruction is so extensive that it caused unimaginable effect to the survivors.

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Indian workers shut down seven mines and destroy bosses' offices

Following violent clashes over the decision to dismiss hundreds of unionized workers and replace them with unaffiliated workers, locals in the Odisha region of India have forced the closure of seven large open cast coal mines, and two railway stations. 1,000 local workers ransacked the management offices and fought running battles with workers who remain loyal to the bosses.

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Nuclear Engineer: Japan's PM "Lying to the Japanese People" About Safety of Fukushima

Asia

Arnie Gundersen: Japan's PM claims Fukushima is safe but the nuclear disaster is underfunded and lacks transparency, causing the public to remain in the dark.

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China's Shenzhen Docks 'Paralyzed' by Strike Over Benefits

AsiaInternational container port employees in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen entered a second day of industrial action on Monday amid a dispute over pay and working conditions, strikers and officials said. Around 800 workers at the Yantian International Container Port Co. walked out on Sunday in protest, saying the company had failed to deliver on a promised school subsidy for their children, according to tweets posted on popular Chinese social media sites.
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