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Activists investigating Ivanka Trump's China shoe factory detained or missing

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 in Hong Kong/The Guardian

Three men from New York-based rights group China Labor Watch were looking at conditions at plant where Trump shoes are assembled

A labour activist working undercover investigating abuses at a Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump shoes has been detained by police and two others are missing, raising concerns the company’s ties to the US president’s family may have led to harsher treatment.

Hua Haifeng was being held by police on suspicion of illegal surveillance, his wife Deng Guilian said. Hua had worked for labour rights organisations for more than a decade and was investigating a factory in southern Guangdong province for New York-based rights group China Labor Watch.

Hua, 36, attempted to travel to Hong Kong last week but was stopped at the border. He was later questioned by police in Shenzhen, a city on the border with Hong Kong, and was released. He then traveled to Jiangxi province and disappeared, before his wife was notified by police. 

“I was scared when the police called me, I was shaking with a mix of fear and anger,” Deng told the Guardian, adding she was worried she would be unable to support their two young children as well as three elderly relatives without his income.

The case highlights the political sensitivity of a brand associated with the family of Donald Trump, who repeatedly bashed China for taking American jobs on the campaign trail but has since cosied up to president Xi Jinping.

Trump himself has been granted dozens of trademarks in China since becoming president, and relatives of Jared Kushner, an advisor to the president, were recently caught trying to entice wealthy investors into luxury developments, with the prospect of receiving US green cards in return.

Foreign NGOs have also come under increased scrutiny since Xi came to power in 2012, and a newly enacted law requires groups that operate in the country to register with the police.

Two other men, Li Zhao and Su Heng, had investigated a factory in Jiangxi province that assembles Ivanka Trump shoes and were still missing on Wednesday, said Li Qiang, executive director of China Labor Watch. He believes they have been detained by police or are being held at the factory.

“I think they were detained because this factory makes products for Ivanka Trump, so now this situation has become political and very complicated,” said Li. “I appeal to President Trump, Ivanka Trump herself, and to her brand to advocate and press for the release our activists.”

The undercover activists were to allege a host of labour violations at the plant, Li said, including paying below China’s legal minimum wage, managers verbally abusing workers and “violations of women’s rights”.

Li said he contacted the Ivanka Trump brand on April 27 to inform them of the labour violations, and urged them to ensure their suppliers were complying with Chinese law, but no changes were made.

The Ivanka Trump brand declined to comment when contacted by the Guardian. A woman who answered the phone at the Ganzhou, Jiangxi public security bureau said only, “I’m busy now,” before hanging up.

Calls to Huajian Group, the owner of the factory, went unanswered and staff at the factory where the three activists had gone undercover said they were not aware of the case.

Huajian also manufactures products for Coach, Karl Largerfeld and Kendall + Kylie at the factory where the activists went undercover.

“Over the last 17 years, we have conducted hundreds of investigations in factories across China, this is the first time any our investigators have been detained,” Li added. “The accusation from Jiangxi police has no factual basis. 

Activists are usually simply ejected from the factory, or in the worst case questioned by police before being set free. China Labor Watch has previously gone undercover in Apple and Samsung plants in China, without incident.

Li Zhao, one of the missing activists, was telephoned by police before he disappeared, but was not asked to report for questioning. He worked at the same factory as Hua in Guangdong, but was fired after five days for taking photos on his mobile phone. He then went to Jiangxi and disappeared.

With additional reporting by Wang Zhen.


Memorial Day: Popsicle tweet from Ivanka Trump's lifestyle brand gets icy reception

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By Saba Hamedy, CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's daughter faced backlash after her lifestyle brand's Twitter account -- "IvankaTrumpHQ" -- gave what some considered an insensitive Memorial Day holiday tip. 

"Make champagne popsicles this #MemorialDay," the tweet read, linking to a section on IvankaTrump.com which features a list of ideas for the holiday, described as the "Kickoff to Summer."
Trump, who also serves as one of her father's top White house advisers, posted a more typical Memorial Day message on her personal Twitter account.
"Today we honor the men & women in our armed forces who have lost their lives to protect our freedom," she wrote. "Thank you for your service #MemorialDay."
Still, many mocked Trump for the popsicle tweet.
One meme, which many circulated on Twitter, featured text that reads: "Remember our sacrifice by making champagne popsicles."
"You'd think that no one could be that utterly callous, right?" wrote one Twitter user. "But we're dealing with a Trump brat here."
"Who can't relate to 'champagne popsicles' on #MemorialDay ?" wrote another. "Except maybe all the people honoring those who served and sacrificed all."
Others shared photos of their family members who served the US.
"My dad was a gunner in Vietnam and had to clean the blood of his dead friends out of the chopper. #NoChampagnePopsicles," wrote one Twitter user.
The negative Twitter reactions come as Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump, attempt to "keep their heads down," as CNN reported Monday, following news that the FBI is looking into the role Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials.

Ivanka Trump got destroyed by a humble librarian

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Customer rearranges Ivanka Trump book display to include guide to getting over narcissistic and toxic parenting

These books include everything from Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up’s Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents to The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today’s Generation.

Ivanka Trump’s book did not have quite the reception the first daughter hoped for. Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success not only has an average of just 1.7 stars on popular US bookseller Barnes and Noble’s site but was almost unanimously derided by the critics.

However, if this was not enough, President Donald Trump’s daughter has now had her self-help book's display subverted by an upset customer at Barnes & Noble’s store in Long Beach, California.

Ms Trump’s book, which was released at the very beginning of May and has been dubbed a “career manual for the one per cent”, has been replaced with a whole host of other titles.

These books include everything from Children of the Self-Absorbed: A Grown-Up’s Guide to Getting Over Narcissistic Parents to Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-AbsorbedThe Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses and Reclaiming Our LivesToxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life, No More Narcissists!: How to Stop Choosing Self-Absorbed Men and Find the Love You Deserve, and The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today’s Generation.

Strategy consultant, Ryan J Davis, shared a photo of the bookstore’s makeover, saying: “Ivanka Trump look your book is getting the perfect bookstore placement”.

Since the story was first reported, Chloé Pascual, a librarian, has admitted it was her who rearranged the display. “I was acting in my role as a cheeky bookstore customer,” she told The Cut.

There is one particular extract of the first daughter's book, which centres on providing career advice for working mothers, which has garnered the most criticism. This is the part where Ms Trump reveals she was so busy during her father’s election campaign that she was forced to go into “survival mode” and forego her usual massages.

Ms Trump, who is married to fellow White House advisor Jared Kushner, writes: “During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn’t do much else. Honestly, I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care. I wish I could have awoken early to meditate for twenty minutes.”

Readers immediately jumped upon this extract and mocked the first daughter, who is said to be the President’s favourite child, for the revelation on Twitter.

"Awww poor Ivanka Trump couldn't get a massage during the campaign. Most working women can't afford a message. Clueless and heartless," said one.

"#WomenWhoWork are a class you don't understand. It's not having a massage as a break but having a second to breathe... is the reality," said another.




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