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Entries by Michelle Chen from 04/2012

Unrest in Indonesia's Mines: Local Chaos and Global Injustice

| Posted 04.09.2012 | World

Work recently resumed in the Grasberg mine of the Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold, but the suffering continues while officials and multinationals maneuver to manage Southeast Asia's resource curse.

Free Agents: Will Micro-Labor Shrink Workplace Rights?

| Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

Although a fair day's pay for a fair day's work isn't an outdated concept yet, the emerging online market for manpower appears more aimed at pumping up quantity, rather than quality, of jobs in the precarious new economy.

Participatory Budgeting Lets Citizens Experiment With Economic Democracy

| Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

Who'd have thought that voting to add trash cans on the street or renovate public housing could be a democratic milestone?

Romney-Rosen Firestorm Is Reminder: We Need to Redefine Gender Justice

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

The partisan proxy war waged over the mommy question only underscores the country's lacking vocabulary when it comes to discussing the totality of social and economic barriers facing women.

Apple's Two Faces: Power Gaps Between Brazil and China Foxconn Workers

| Posted 04.24.2012 | World

Apple presides over a global technology empire, but the economic landscapes it shapes around the world are strangely uneven. As long as corporations can freely cross national boundaries, workers' rights should be just as global.

Labor Action and Inaction in Colombia Free Trade Deal

| Posted 04.30.2012 | World

While officials convened at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena earlier this month, the White House put the finishing touches on another free trade agreement. The deal has faced vocal resistance from labor and human rights groups in both countries.