Interview: Specialist on Japan, the sociologist Paul Jobin ( Director, French Center for Research on Contemporary China) has studied workplace conditions for workers in the nuclear industry. He offers us his analysis at a moment when those workers are attempting to get a hold on the situation at the Japanese power plant heavily damaged by the earthquake. We read that they are sleeping on the hard soil, that they have
On the 1st of April 2011 the Irish government got in on the April Fool’s game early, by announcing yet another visit to the trough for the endless bailing out of the country’s basket case banks to the tune of 70 billion euros. Anyone remember when Brian Lenihan swore on his life that 40 billion was definitely the last of it? My how we laughed… The truly desperate twist to
In this month’s Underreported Struggles: Barriere Lake Algonquins discover a Canadian mining company working on their land; Indigenous leaders blast the Bangladesh government for not recognizing the Jumma as “Indigenous Peoples”; UK mining giant Vedanta Resources reportedly brands the Dongria Kondh “terrorists”. The Kayan community of Long Teran finally gained recognition for their native customary rights over their ancestral lands in Sarawak. In a recent ruling, the Miri High Court
(Greek translation follows after the English text). The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power said the reactors would be scrapped, and warned that the operation to contain the nuclear crisis could last months
Members of trade unions from Belgium and throughout Europe participated as well but the Belgian security forces attempted to disperse the crowd. They used water cannons and pepper spray to keep protesters away from the area around EU office headquarters. The demonstrators responded with stones, but failed to break the ranks of security forces who used tear gas as well. Cameras recorded wild clashes between demonstrators and police. Security measures were draconian. The helicopter which was flying over the site reported the presence of hundreds of police officers in the streets.