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U.S. ally Qatar propped up by exploited immigrant workers

Qatar is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, yet the majority of its population are immigrant workers who are harshly exploited with few rights.


Flower workers: giving Valentine's Day new meaning

Colombian workers - mostly female - who cut and ship flowers must endure substandard pay and conditions, reports the AFL-CIO. This holiday would provide an excellent opportunity to show support for them.


Palestinian labor leader links struggle for statehood, worker rights

An interview with Shaher Sa'ed, General Secretary of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions, by Martine Hassoun.


World Notes: Brazil, Turkey, Laos - and more

Some 80,000 workers stopped work in mid March at hydroelectric plants, refineries, and electric generating facilities in "the biggest social protest by workers in many years," according to


Urzúa, miner number 33

Chilean miner #33, Luis Urzúa, the leader of the entrapped group,  embodies Chile's history from Allende to Pinochet to now with working-class dignity and tenacious faith in his fellow miners and humankind.


World cheers Chilean miners rescue

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile - The miners who spent 69 agonizing days deep under the Chilean earth were hoisted one by one to freedom Oct. 13 to the cheers of millions around the world.

Family charges corporate manslaughter in UK worker's death

Almost six years after Mark Wright was killed in a workplace explosion the case has still not come to court. Similar to the U.S. and worker safety, there's a long road to justice in the UK, too.


Two killed in clashes between workers and police in Panama

Clashes between police and workers' groups  in Panama have been suppressed with tear gas, leaving at least two workers dead.


Iran executions prompt mass condemnation

International condemnation by trade unionists and human rights activists has greeted the execution of five political prisoners by the Iranian authorities on May 9.


Myth of auto-giant Toyota

Behind the recall is the "maximum rate of profit" law of capitalist production, Japan's Akahata newspaper exposes.

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