Archive for the ‘International’ Category

Health, International, Women's Rights

In a case with parallels to the case of Savita Halappanavar, a 22-year-old woman in El Salvador known by a single name, Beatriz, has a simple request.

“I want to live”

Beatriz’s identity has been hidden amid the stigma and strong, divided opinions about her case. But on Sunday May 5, she recorded a plea to the country’s president.

“President Mauricio Funes Cartagena, help me please,” she said.                                            “This baby inside me cannot survive. I am ill. I want to live… I want to live for my son.”
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International, Worker's Rights

By Jamison Maeda

Every 12 hours, someone dies in a work related accident in the United States.  In 2011, more than 4,600 people were killed in accidents at work in the U.S. Despite these figures, more than half of Americans surveyed are still in favor of smaller government and less corporate regulation. The idea being fewer taxes and less constraint on economic growth, but the cost is several thousand deaths annually and more than 4 million injuries.
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Features, International

Jamison Maeda reports from the USA on the sad story of the young man persecuted for his commitment to free access to the internet.

Like the plot of a Hollywood thriller, an ordinary guy in Brooklyn, New York suddenly finds his life turned upside down when he is mercilessly pursued by evil, government agents. But this wasn’t a movie. And it ended tragically.
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International, Women's Rights

The unveiling of a plaque to the Irish Women Workers Union in Liberty Hall today will mark the historic importance of women in the Irish Labour movement.

On launching the first and most durable women’s trade union in the country, Delia Larkin was critical of the poor pay and conditions women had to endure, insisting they were ‘weary of being white slaves who pass their lives away toiling to fill the pockets of unscrupulous employers’.

There was a wave of strikes in Ireland north and south in the run up to the foundation of the union and many of them involved large numbers of women workers. Mary Galway, Secretary of the Textiles Operatives Society in Belfast played a leading role in mobilising women workers in Belfast and in 1911 lead a very significant strike of over 3,000 mill workers in the city.
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