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Global Left Midweek - January 2, 2019

AMLO Sworn in as Mexico's President, An Assassination in Oaxaca, Mass Protests in Serbia, The Vests Persist, Cuba's New Constitution, Migrant Workers in Korea, Unrest in Iran, Global Year


The Inter-American Development Bank’s ‘Investment Shock’ Will Not Benefit Central American Workers

Leo Baunach Equal Times
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the US Chamber of Commerce that are at the centre of plans for an “investment shock” to create jobs for would-be Central American migrants. In a region beset by violence against workers and a legacy of economic exploitation without development, concern is growing that the Bank is inadequately prepared to ensure inclusive economic growth and basic rights


‘Imagine If Migrant Workers Had Labor Rights’

Tula Connell Solidarity Center
Women in migration are not ‘vulnerable,’ in need of ‘rescue’—they are advocates and agents of change. Current migration policies must be changed from being about ‘protecting women’ to ‘protecting women’s rights. The rights of capital to move freely across borders is unchallenged. There must be a commensurate expansion of the rights of migrant workers forced to cross borders.


Another Reading of Milanovic: Worlds of Inequality - Globalization's Winners and Losers

Miles Corak The American Prospect
Branko Milanovic offers us not just a plethora of facts about income inequality but brings them into a sound and rigorous global perspective, showing that what are too often treated as isolated national issues are on a world scale income massively maldistributed. While some nations saw the growth of a middle strata (China, for one) the real increase in world income is owned by the unprecedented 50-percent rise in incomes for the top 1 percent globally.

Enforcement is Not the Answer to Europe's Migrant Crisis

David Bacon The Reality Check
The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean has captured the global spotlight. The EU response has focused on enforcement and a crackdown on traffickers. Some European political leaders propose using their navies to stop boats, returning the refuge-seekers to their points of origin, and then sinking the craft. This enforcement-based approach ignores the primary drives of migration but also jeopardizes millions of people who are seeking refuge from repressive regimes.

Qatar’s World Cup Will Cost 62 Dead Workers Per Game

Marina Hyde The Guardian
Qatar will host the 2022 Soccer World Cup, and this week the International Trade Union Confederation, Play Fair Qatar, and NewFifaNow launched a campaign to force sponsors of the Fédération Internationale de Football (FIFA) to demand a change in the slave-like conditions endured by migrant laborers building Qatar’s tournament infrastructure. According to Play Fair Qatar, “As things stand, more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 tournament.”

These Things Can Change

David Bacon & Rosario Ventura; Photos by David Bacon Dolars & Sense, March/April 2015 issue
Hiring migrant farm labor is very profitable for big agribusiness. Last year workers walked out of the fields at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Washington - one of the largest berry growers in the state. Berries are big business, with annual sales of $6.1 million, and big corporate customers like Häagen Dazs ice cream. Here is their story.
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