Category: Labor and labor unions

Cuban doctor program condemned as ‘human trafficking’

     

The Cuban program that exports doctors around the world qualifies as human trafficking according to a resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Reuters reports: The resolution specifically mentions… Read more »

Egypt’s Sisi on defensive over human rights, civil society crackdown

     

Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has denied his country holds any political prisoners, despite rights groups saying tens of thousands are currently detained, The Independent reports: In the five years since Mr… Read more »

Could democratic world feel the heat from Paris?

     

France is the latest European country to experience an upsurge of anti-elitist sentiment ripe for exploitation by populist or illiberal forces. The demonstrators known as gilets jaunes — “yellow vests,” named after… Read more »

Blunting the hard edge of China’s ‘Sharp Power’

     

Faculty members at Cornell University said on Monday that they were cutting ties with a leading Chinese university after reports that it was harassing and intimidating students leading a campaign… Read more »

Africa’s democratization since 1990: continuity in change?

     

A wave of democratization swept over the African continent in the 1990s. Has it made a difference in the welfare of individuals in sub-Saharan African nations? And why hasn’t the… Read more »

Why is Venezuela collapsing but Maduro still standing?

     

Venezuela has pledged its oil reserves as backing for a digital currency dubbed the “petro,” which leftist President Nicolas Maduro launched in February. This month he vowed it would be the… Read more »

South Africa’s civil society halted kleptocratic state capture

     

South Africa’s fragile democracy was protected from kleptocratic state capture by the “galvanizing action” of a vibrant coalition of civil society groups, including organized labor, say the authors of a… Read more »

Democracy and labor advocate Genie Kemble, R.I.P.

     

Democracy and labor activists are mourning the loss of Eugenia (Genie) Kemble, who passed away last evening. It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Eugenia Kemble,… Read more »

Populists and authoritarians are ‘taking over the global economy’

     

  Populists and authoritarians now manage the largest bloc of the G-20 economies, according to a new analysis. When you add up the nominal output of the G-20 states plus… Read more »