Subaru's hometown transformed by foreign workers

Jul 29, 2015

Subaru's hometown transformed by foreign workers

Afghan children studying at a madrassa, Catholic mass in seven languages, workers from over sixty countries. It’s not New York, but Ota, a town north of Tokyo with an economy powered by Japanese automaker Subaru. It’s here that Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries ...

Thailand remains blacklisted by U.S. for human trafficking

Jul 28, 2015

Thailand remains blacklisted by U.S. for human trafficking

Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery. The State Department said Monday that labor abuses in the Southeast Asian country’s seafood sector are persistent, abusive ...

Jul 27, 2015

Amid crackdown, China attempts to dispel foreign NGOs' concerns

China’s Minister of Public Security has assured foreign nongovernment organizations operating in the country that China supports their activities amid fears that a controversial new law governing NGOs could hamper the development of civil society. Western governments and foreign nonprofit groups are pressuring China ...

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

Jul 27, 2015

Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China

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Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he’ll use to “slaughter the pigs” among local officials who’ve done wrong. Since 2009, he has championed a ...

Jul 26, 2015

China jails 14 members of banned cult

A court in the central Chinese province of Hubei has jailed nine members of a banned religious cult for up to three years, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, a day after five others were sentenced in a northeastern province. China’s Communist Party, ...

Jul 23, 2015

More than 200 teachers arrested in Iran during protest, say activists

More than 200 teachers were arrested on Wednesday during a protest outside the parliament in Tehran, an activist group said. The teachers were demanding the release of their colleagues from jail. Authorities launched a crackdown after over 2,000 teachers from across Iran gathered outside ...