Dead Wild Roses: Brazil Having it Own ‘The Jungle’ Moment – Capitalist Meatpacking Woes

“They use everything about the hog except the squeal.” ― Upton Sinclair, The Jungle Driving into work today I listened to a story about how many large countries of the world had recently banned imports of Brazilian beef and chicken into their countries.  Reports from a whistle-blower about cardboard being ground up with raw chicken, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 European Industrial ...

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 correctives. First, Jason Foster speaks ...

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

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 under: ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 a ...

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 wrapped up in ...

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

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 America? ...

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 America? ...

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 for every girl child’s birthright to education. And yesterday, November 10, the world celebrated Malala. We designated it ...

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 international organizations to ensure that these children have access to education by the end of 2015.

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 be ...

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 that produced it. ...

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