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Influx of illegal Chinese workers an open secret in Vietnam

DPA (German Press Agency). Mon, 20 Apr 2009 http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/265027,influx-of-illegal-chinese... Hanoi - Vietnamese officials Monday said rising numbers of Chinese workers in the country may be costing some Vietnamese jobs. But some officials and economic experts said there were good reasons for Chinese firms carrying out projects in Vietnam to employ Chinese workers, even though many such workers lack proper visas.

The Rising Importance of Chinese Labour in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region

  John Walsh (Source: The Asian Pacific Journal -- Japan Focus) Migration is, fundamentally, a response to the uneven distribution of resources around the world or the variability of the environment, however broadly defined. [1] People move from one place to another place to take advantage of a better climate, possible access to better quality agricultural land, better-paying or more numerous jobs, freedom from oppression or discrimination and so forth. The phenomenon has dimensions such as degree of permanency and degree of voluntarism. In reality, it comprises a large number of categories and sub-categories and, as in the case of many of those Chinese people considered in this paper, people can pass through several categories as the result of changes in their own status and in that of the broader political context.


SEOUL, Apr 13, 2009 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) The labor union of troubled Ssangyong Motor Co. (KSE:003620) said Friday it has called thousands of its members to strike against a massive job-cut plan, which the company says is necessary for a survival.

The Crisis and the Consolidation of Class Power

Is This Really the End of Neoliberalism? March 15, 2009 By David Harvey Does this crisis signal the end of neo-liberalism? My answer is that it depends what you mean by neo-liberalism. My interpretation is that it's a class project, masked by a lot of neo-liberal rhetoric about individual freedom, liberty, personal responsibility, privatization and the free market. These were means, however, towards the restoration and consolidation of class power, and that neo-liberal project has been fairly successful.

Too Big to Fail? Take it Over.

Mark Brenner Billionaire fraudster Bernie Madoff may be behind bars, but his business model is alive and well. How can we keep high-flying bankers from pulling the same kind of bait-and-switch with taxpayers?

Train Wreck: the Privatization of British Rail

Kim Moody Faced with an ailing railroad system 50 years ago, Britain’s Labour Party government bit the proverbial bullet and nationalized the country’s rails. It created an integrated passenger rail service called British Rail in 1948 that was affordable and reasonably efficient, if marred by occasional delays. Studies applauded BR’s safety record. The most common complaint was the sandwiches.
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