March 7, 1995 |
Workers of the world, beware. With the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression at hand, almost one in every three workers--or 820 million out of 2.8 billion--is either without a job or underemployed, according to the International Labor Organization. That chilling statistic underscores how, of all the world's changes at the end of the millennium, the upheaval in jobs may have the deepest impact on the average person.
July 12, 1994 |
That chic and sumptuous high-pile carpet that adorns the lawyer's office in Stuttgart, Germany, or the beachfront condo in Redondo Beach may have begun its life here on a high-backed vertical loom worked by Meena, 13. Six days a week, the village girl and seven friends, who sleep in a single cramped, dark room in a dirty dormitory whose halls smell of urine, get up at 6 a.m. and, after gulping down a meager breakfast of warm tea, begin work.
December 4, 2013 |
That's the suggestion buried within this item from Reuters. The item reports that Peugeot closed its assembly plant in Nigeria some years ago, and that " Africa's growing middle-class" has shifted out of Peugeot sedans and into Toyota Land Cruisers as status symbols. If this is so, it's proper to mark the end of an era. To old hands in East, South and West Africa, the Peugeot 504 was a familiar sight on highways, byways, dirt roads and mud flats. Our family acquired one shortly after arriving in Nairobi in 1988, and it served us for nearly five years, surviving indescribably potholed roads and one broadsiding by a couple of joyriders from Kenya President Moi's personal motor escort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1998
While it is heartening to see an economist who actually cares about people and the poor, Amartya Sen still manages to perpetuate some important misconceptions about the politics of famine (Commentary, Oct. 16). There have been famine conditions in the U.S., especially on Native American reservations in the 19th and early 20th century. Chronic hunger is still a widespread problem in the U.S. today. Sen also mistakenly attributes the lack of famine in the First World to our democratic governments and relatively free press.
January 22, 2004
Re "Love's OK, but Hate Keeps Us Together," Commentary, Jan. 20: Crispin Sartwell argues, following Heraclitus and others, that hate is a progressive engine of change. Academics, and maybe arms dealers, love this kind of talk. In a ludicrous cherry-picking of ancient sources and detestable quotes, he argues that hate is a unifying force throughout all societies. He says, in closing, that as the universe was born in conflagration, and since we are part of this universe, we are "exploding [read: with exclusionary hate]
May 7, 2005
Re "Why So Many Jobs Have Wanderlust," Opinion, May 1: Businesses stand on three legs: sales, operations and back office. Kenneth Swift has just facilitated the amputation of his company's supporting limb. Sure, Praveen works for a lot less and may have advanced degrees, but does he have an ounce of real loyalty? I have seen countless examples of clerical workers spending nights and weekends fixing and undoing the catastrophic miscalculations of executives like Swift. They do it because they belong to an organization and want that organization to succeed.