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The Men in the Middle

If there’s an engine that continues to draw millions of workers into the Persian Gulf’s draconian labor regime, it is the middlemen—the underground network of recruitment agents that reaches into every corner of rural South Asia, dangling the possibility of a better life before communities ravaged by neoliberalism.

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The Assistant Economy

Welcome to the main artery into creative or elite work—highly pressurized, poorly recompensed, sometimes exhilarating, more often menial. From the confluence of two grand movements in American history—the continued flight of women out of the home and into the workplace, and the rise of the “creative class”—the personal assistant is born.

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Chinese Labor Divided

In April 2014, thousands of workers went on strike at Yue Yuen Industrial, the world’s largest shoe factory, in Guangdong Province, China, to demand that their pension and social insurance benefits be paid when they learned that their employer had …

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The French Dilemma

The horrific attacks in Paris in January spurred a torrent of commentary, most of which addressed their specifically French context. Commentators, particularly in France itself, recalled the long traditions of French satirical writing behind Charlie Hebdo, which had published deliberately …

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