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US Farmers Declare Solidarity with Protesters in India

US farmers and food justice advocates have published a statement of solidarity with Indian farmers who are protesting unpopular new laws and “the forces of neoliberalism” imposed at the prompting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far right, Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party

Pachinko Mogul Accused of Racism by Own Daughter

An ugly legal battle has broken out in recent months between one of the biggest names in Japan’s multi-billion dollar pachinko industry and his own daughter, who accuses him of trying to pressure her financially to divorce her husband because he is black.

GameStop Trading Curbs Reveal Wall Street Hypocrisy

“The moment regular folks beat [Wall Street] at their own rigged game, it’s SHUT IT DOWN.” US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) expressed the views of many progressives as the country and the world absorbed the impact of the “short squeeze” on GameStop and other stocks.

Forced Labor in the Taiwanese Fishing Fleet

Activists have long called attention to the abusive working conditions that fishermen from Southeast Asia are subjected to aboard Taiwanese-owned fishing boats. Their campaign to improve life for the migrant workers has been boosted by recent moves by the United States to classify fish from Taiwan as a product of forced labor.

Japan’s Covid-19 Subsidy and Relief Programs for SMEs

Covid-19 has thrown the global economy into disarray. People have been forced to stay home, and businesses to stay closed, with little idea of when normal activity will resume. The government of Japan, in order to mitigate the virus’ impact on the economy, has proposed multiple measures to help workers and small and medium enterprises.