33-party bloc hints fresh protest programmes
KATHMANDU: The 33-party alliance led by the CPN-Maoist hinted fresh agitations today while finalising its concept paper on policy, programmes and organisational regulations. At a meeting of the alliance held at CPN-Maoist central office, Budhanagar on Monday, the alliance concluded the ongoing discussions on the organisational paper after endorsing it. CPN-Maoist Secretary Dev Prasad Gurung, in a press statement, said that the meeting decided to organise various programmes relating to political round table conference, national sovereignty and livelihood. Also, the 33 parties decided to mark People’s Movement Day on April 7.
The alliance also deplored the recent remark of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tanakpur Dam. Koirala had reportedly said at a function that Tanakpur belongs to India The meeting further demanded that their cadres arrested in Panchthar during the anti-poll campaign be released and false charges be repealed.
IBM factory strike shows shifting China labour landscape
(Reuters) – A wildcat strike at an IBM factory in southern China illustrates how tectonic shifts under way in the country’s labor market are emboldening workers to take matters into their own hands, raising risks for multinationals. More than 1,000 workers walked off the job last week at the factory in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong, after managers on March 3 announced the terms of their transfer to new ownership under Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd. Lenovo agreed in January to pay $2.3 billion for International Business Machine’s (IBM.N) low-end server business.
The strike, which continued into Sunday, fits a growing pattern of industrial activism that has emerged as China’s economy has slowed. A worsening labour shortage has shifted the balance of power in labour relations, while smartphones and social media have helped workers organise and made them more aware than ever of the changing environment, experts say.
The Truth Commission of Guerrero, Mexico Readies Final Report
Forced displacements and disappearances. Vietnam-style strategic hamlets. Death flights over the Pacific. All this and more terrorized the mountain communities near Acapulco, Mexico, during the years when the resort was reaching its apex as a favored international destination for fun-seeking beach lovers in the early and mid-1970s. In response to a popular guerrilla insurgency, the Mexican army and security forces escalated what became known as the Dirty War. “There was a lot of sadism and brutality,” said Hilda Navarette, commissioner for the Guerrero State Truth Commission, an official organism created by the Guerrero State Congress in 2012 to probe the Dirty War and unravel the truth about hundreds of still missing people.
“The Mexican press had a very sad role,” Navarette said in an interview, adding that national and international opinion were kept in the dark about Mexican government atrocities underway with the knowledge of Washington. Four decades later, Navarette and her fellow commissioners are preparing to deliver a final report this year to the Guerrero State Congress. Based on archival finds and original testimonies from victims’ relatives and survivors, the report will be of “transcendental importance” in revealing the fates of nearly 400 disappeared residents, said Octavio Navarette, Hilda’s brother and a Truth Commission assistant.