Bangladesh

Human Rights
0 Can fair trade clothing prevent the next factory tragedy?

Bangladeshi garment workers protest demanding a minimum monthly salary of ~$103 and compensation for the victims and injured of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed.AP Photo/A.M. Ahad The collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh killed 1,100 a year ago today. The tragedy has served as a rallying cry for better…

Basics
1 Building classrooms does not equal learning

Kenyan primary school students, in class.Tom Murphy Amid UNESCO’s jaw-dropping report on the immense challenge to education around the world is an important fact: Some 37 countries are losing half of the money they invest in primary education because students are not learning. Even when children go to school, they…

Human Rights
0 Do the poor in Bangladesh need their jobs more than workplace safety?

A deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh that has so far been estimated to have killed nearly 250 people is again raising questions about the role that US companies and consumers play in perpetuating dangerous and unfair sweatshops overseas. Amid all the reports of this massive tragedy, Slate’s Matt Yglesias offered a counterpoint to the moral outrage — and, indirectly, against the pleas from some Bangladeshi workers – with a blog post arguing that we should accept reduced safety rules in poor countries.

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