Walking the tightrope in China

2014.05.13 The story, which has not received a huge amount of interest in the Western media, revolves around a huge strike which is going on in the provinces of Guangdong (China’s economic heartland) and Jiangxi. The factories where the strikes are taking place produce shoes for companies like Adidas and Nike, and overall around 30,000…

Banking on hunger

2014.04.30 The UK’s newspapers are notorious for the high levels of political bias in their reporting. This makes them rather unreliable sources for those of us who are trying to get objective information and facts about the happenings in one of the world’s richest countries, but it also means that they can provide a useful…

Education, economics, or exploitation?

2014.04.25 The New York Times has recently reported that British universities are facing a big problem – student enrolment is falling for the first time in years. Not among British students, who are still taking out their £9,000 loans to pay for tuition every year, having been told that you need a degree to get…

The death of Detroit

2014.04.21 The city of Detroit has been seen as many things to many people. A city is such a huge and unknowable entity that every view we take can only be partial, colored by our own political perspective and background. Some of the lenses that have been used to view the wreckage and ruin of…

Robin Hood in reverse

2014.04.15 Things seem to be getting bigger and bigger every day in the modern world – in fact, it’s increasingly assumed that unless you’re a big country you have no chance in the global economy. Consequently, when looking at a map of the world, people often wonder how small countries like Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Jersey, and…