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Apple Inc has undoubtedly become one of the world’s most powerful business entities. Design, aesthetics, and coolness has affected the company’s weed-like growth, however, its manufacturing and logistical efficiencies was its key to market share dominance in the past decade.

But as a leader and in the name of progress, Apple has had its share of controversies especially its assumed acknowledgement of its partner manufacturer. FoxConn is a Taiwanese registered business, working several factories in China The persistent speculations on violations afflicted to its workforce still strongly resonate in the air, amidst Apple’s gargantuan successes.

Read more from The New York Times:  HERE

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2008 Documentary on Workers’ Landscape Evolution in China.

In 2011, there were 20% more journalists jailed than the prior year.  A total of 179 writers, editors and photojournalists were jailed on December 1. An increase from 145 in 2010, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.

The countries that were the biggest offenders were:  Iran, Eritrea, and ChinaMyanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Syria.

CPJ said the global total is the highest it has been since 1996, when the group counted 185 jailed journalists after Turkey cracked down on ethnic Kurdish reporters.

Additional CPJ Stats:

  • Arrested Since 1992:          892
  • 2011 Imprisoned TTL:       179
  • 2011 Death TTL:                 45

LINK:  Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

• Azerbaijan: 1
• Bahrain: 1
• Burma: 12
• Burundi: 1
• China: 27
• Egypt: 2
• Eritrea: 28
• Ethiopia: 7
• Gambia: 1
• India: 2
• Iran: 42
• Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory: 7
Ivory Coast: 4
• Kazakhstan: 1
• Kyrgyzstan: 1
• Libya: 1
• Morocco: 2
• Rwanda: 2
• Sudan: 4
• Syria: 8
• Thailand: 1
• Turkey: 8
• Uzbekistan: 5
• Vietnam: 9
• Yemen: 2

“Produced using more than 5500 toy soldiers. The portrait is of a Chinese soldier boy taken by photographer Robert Capa. The image was used on the front cover of LIFE magazine, January 1938 to cover the Sino Japanese War. The toy soldiers are manufactured in China, hence the title “Made in China.” – Joe Black, the artist of this project.

Made In China. Plastic Soldiers Portrait by Joe Black (Joe Black)

"Made in China". Shows the individual plastic soldiers glued. (Joe Black)

Artist:                                 Joe Black

Subject:                             Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)

More Read on the war:       HERE

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