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Academic workers of University of California on strike over handling of pro-Palestinian protests

2024-05-24 22:34 Last Updated At:23:07

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Academic workers of the University of California (UC) have been on strike to protest the handling of pro-Palestinian protests on their campuses in recent weeks, saying that the students' rights to peaceful protest were violated.   The spring semester is coming to an end, but some of these students may not be getting their grades on time as many teacher assistants have gone on a strike.   "TAs are not going to be submitting grades. They're not going to be performing their labor that the university relies on. The TAs are part of the backbone of this university. And by withholding their labor, they're sending a very clear message to the university that they refuse to participate in day-to-day operations of this university while we remain complicit in the genocide in Gaza," Kaia Shah, spokesperson for a protest.   Nearly 80 percent of all academic workers from the University of California's 10 campuses across the state voted in favor of rolling strikes, following the police crackdown on pro-Palestinian student encampments at UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Irvine, which resulted in the arrests of hundreds of students.   "You know, as students, I'm sure, they feel that that's the only thing that they are able to do is [to] express their feelings and kind of make some noise about it. So, I see that's kind of what our history kind of has been based upon, right? So it's just unfortunate that the university chose to put disciplinary action upon the people who were peacefully protesting," said Somphone Eno, a staff member of the university.   The workers' union demands the university to "grant amnesty for all academic employees who were arrested and are now facing disciplinary action" and "grant the right to free speech and political expression on campus."   In response to the university administration's declaration that the strike is illegal, unionized workers have submitted another labor violation charge accusing the university of intimidation.   UC officials have announced the launch of an independent investigation into the handling of the pro-Palestinian demonstrations on their campuses, but protesters there have little faith.   "We absolutely do not feel confident in the investigation that the university plans to carry out. We know that they are going to continue to disseminate lies and fabrications. They have very explicitly taken a side," said Shah.   As protesters continue to stage rallies calling on their university to divest from Israel, the pressure is mounting with the latest strike by the academic workers.

Academic workers of University of California on strike over handling of pro-Palestinian protests

Academic workers of University of California on strike over handling of pro-Palestinian protests

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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