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After June 30th 2013, where is Egypt going? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mamdouh Habashi   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 16:14

After June 30th 2013, where is Egypt going?

Mamdouh Habashi *, November 1st 2013

Legitimate questions:

Is it possible to equate the dangers of the Islamic Muslim Brotherhood-state with the dangers of a possible military dictatorship?

In this battle, there are a peaceful people rebelling against a religious-fascist organization with heavily-armed, underground trained militias. What should the people do in such a situation: Call the uniformed forces to help? Or for fear of abuse of power and eventual dictatorship consider the matter differently and prefer the yoke of the fascists?

How would this scenario have looked like if army and police would have been sitting on the seats of the audience?

Which description of the situation after June 30th 2013 is more like it: a nation divided between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the army, or a popular uprising against the Muslim Brotherhood, in which the army takes the side of the people?

Why has the West (the U.S. and the EU) - after some hesitation - accepted the popular uprising of January 25th 2011 against the "legitimate" dictator Mubarak, while the same West persistently refuses the rebellion of the same people of June 30th 2013 against the "legitimate" Muslim Brotherhood?

If the people of Egypt cheer for their army's support of the masses in revolt of June 30th 2013, does this mean that these people call in military rule?

The one-year rule of the Muslim Brotherhood had charged the wrath of the masses against them, even of those who had given them a chance in the beginning. How then is the situation after the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood? Egyptians want to reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood? Or tend more and more Egyptians to more radical attitudes towards the Islamists, to get rid of all of them and close the whole chapter "Political Islam" once and for all?

The "objective" alliance inhomogeneous political forces (from the left revolutionaries through the Nationalists and Liberal Conservatives, up to the representatives of the old Mubarak regime, who still occupy the key positions in the "deep" state, not least Army and Police) has Reached its immediate goal of the overthrow of the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3rd 2013. Does this mean the abolition of the differences between the components of this alliance? Or these differences do continue to exist and are going to be dealt with just in a new stage of the revolution?

Is the popular uprising on June 30th 2013 a coup by the military, a "new revolution" or the continuation of the revolution of January 25th 2011?

Mass anti-austerity protests sweep through Spain PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 14 May 2012 12:53

Mass anti-austerity protests sweep through Spain

At least 100,000 protesters angered by the country's grim economic prospects turned out for street demonstrations in 80 cities across Spain. This marked the one-year anniversary of a movement that inspired similar activist groups in other countries.


Heroes or scapegoats? Nuclear plant workers before and after Fukushima PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:04

Heroes or scapegoats? Nuclear plant workers before and after Fukushima

Doris Lee

Interview with Paul Jobin, a French sociologist, Director of the CEFC Taipei (French Research Centeron Contemporary China, Taipei Office) and an Associate Professor at the Universityof Paris Diderot where he teaches the sociology of contemporary Japan. In 2002, Paul has conducted a survey with workers atFukushima nuclear plants. After this year disaster, he had the opportunity to meet with a contract worker who is still working there.

Japan is one of the most advanced countries globally, economically and in terms of technology. Since 1973, the country embarked on the use of nuclear energy to solve its excessive energy dependence. Before before the earthquake and nuclear reactor meltdown in March 2011, about 30% of the country’s electricity needs were provided by Japan’s 54 main nuclear reactors, and this was expected to increase to at least 40% by 2017. Much of this information was reported after Japan’s disastrous earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, which not only created hundreds of thousands of refugees but also damaged nuclear reactors, especially Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

This disaster is both natural and human. By now, many aspects of the post-nuclear disaster have been pinpointed as due to known and preventable human risks being taken. The tragedy continues at the individual level as well as social. Parts of the immediate area of the nuclear plant and earthquake are highly radioactive, and estimated to be uninhabitable for at least one hundred years. Recently, some hot spots have been detected as far as Tokyo. It looks as if a huge area of North-east Japanbecame a sort of “controlled zone”, the appellation for the zones exposed to radiations in a nuclear plant. At Fukushima Daiichi, workers are still required to clean the garbages of the disaster so as to reduce the harm to the rest of the country and the world. It is a Faustian bargain, yet the bargain is made by the corporation, while workers work in danger out of compulsion of their economic necessity. Those lacking work are ‘willing’ to face the deadly work environment of nuclear rubble to earn for their families.


The Vietnam Strike Wave PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:55

The Vietnam Strike Wave

Kaxton Siu


In 2011 Vietnam has riveted the world’s attention not only in its vibrant and impressive economy, but also in its unrelenting strikes sweeping through the whole country. Just the first eight months this year, about 800 strikes have been recorded. This unprecedented amount of strikes has become the signature issue in Vietnam’s industrial relations in 2011.

Before 2006, strikes in Vietnam, though having increase, were still moderate. The amount of strikes hovered around 140 cases per year. However, since 2006, Vietnam’s strikes have started gaining impetus – just in 2006 there were 387 strikes a year, about 2.5 times recorded in 2005. The figure continued to grow in the next two years, with 541 and 762 strikes recorded in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Despite dipping down to 310 cases in 2009 due to the aftermath of global economic recession, yet it quickly re-gained its momentum to climb again in 2010 and 2011. On average there were about four strikes broken out weekly in the country. This amount of strikes has been unprecedented in the history of Vietnamsince theDoi Moi (renovation) program launched in 1986.


Women workers in Tea Plantations and trade unions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:49

Gender Column - Women workers in Tea Plantations and trade unions

Sujata Gothoskar

Tea plantations: context

The tea industry in Indiais one of the oldest industries and one of the largest employers in the organized sector. Over 12 hundred thousand permanent and almost the same number of casual and seasonal, workers are employed in the tea industry. Over 50 per cent of the workers, and in some operations like tea plucking, over 80 per cent of the workers, are women.

Relations on the plantations:

There are broadly four categories of personnel on the plantations – management, staff, sub-staff and workers. But the workers who work on the plantation comprise the bulk of the workforce of the plantation. The ‘field workers’ are engaged in plucking and activities related to the maintenance of the plantation and the bushes. These include hoeing, weeding, pruning, drainage, spraying of pesticides and insecticides, etc. Nearly all of thismost difficult and hazardous work,involving carrying very heavy loads,is performed by women workers. Women carry more than 40 kgs of green leaf on their backs every day for years since they are very young, and later whether they pregnant or old.

Over 90 per cent of the tea workers are either Scheduled Tribes or Scheduled Castes – the lowest in the caste, ethnicity, class and resource hierarchy. Most of the families of the workers have been forcibly or fraudulently brought to the tea gardens several generations ago.

The work of tea workers is arduous in addition to being low paid and insecure. Tea pickers are on their feet all day with heavy baskets on their backs, often on uneven terrain and in harsh weather conditions. Injuries are common, as are respiratory and water-borne diseases. There is often exposure to pesticides and insecticides, which the ILO cites as one of the major health and safety hazards tea workers face.

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