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LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

The death toll from the Bangladesh factory collapse has surpassed 620. This is in a building which the architect said was not designed to handle industrial equipment. There was an obvious disregard of safety standards for which hundreds paid with their lives.

Are the lives of Bangladeshis seen as equal to those in North . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

The death toll from the Bangladesh factory collapse has surpassed 620. This is in a building which the architect said was not designed to handle industrial equipment. There was an obvious disregard of safety standards for which hundreds paid with their lives.

Are the lives of Bangladeshis seen as equal to those in North . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Bangladesh: The Value of Human Life

The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2 Two current issues that were…

Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2

Two current issues that were emphasized at the 2013 International Workers Day rally in Toronto were the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a recent factory collapse in Bangladesh (and the continuing systematic exploitation of all sweatshop workers in that country) . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Toronto Mayday 2013 – Photo set 2
Two current issues that were…

The Political Road Map: Someone Always Has To Die…

It has been a pretty busy week so far and this beautiful weather has been a much needed treat(ment) for the woes of working a stressful job and trying to get by. Fortunate for me, but unfortunately for 500 other people, there will no longer be good and bad days, nice weather or poor, just . . . → Read More: The Political Road Map: Someone Always Has To Die…

Bill Longstaff: Unintended consequences—Bangladesh suffers from Iran sanctions

The Bangladeshis are entirely innocent of any real or imagined transgressions on the part of Iran, yet they are being punished nonetheless. Their sin is a heavy reliance on the jute crop.

Jute is a major industry in Bangladesh, worth a billion dollars in exports, mainly to Iran. Forty million people, mostly farmers, depend on . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Unintended consequences—Bangladesh suffers from Iran sanctions

World Headlines Review: Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand… Top 10 destinations for Social Upheaval

A Tide of civil unrest has swept through at least 11 nations in just the past week.  Media focus has been on the successes of the “Jasmine Revolution” and developments in Egypt, which is populous, geopolitically significant, and in total upheaval; but nations far and wide are experiencing mass-protests and anti-government demonstrations. 

Cairo, . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand… Top 10 destinations for Social Upheaval

World Headlines Review: Bangladesh: Dabbling in Dhaka Stock Markets

A classic stock market boom-bust cycle is underway in Bangladesh, inciting riots after the closure of the country’s main markets in Dhaka and Chittagong this week.  The picture painted by the charts and reports from Bangladesh make for an abject lesson in how markets fluctuate and are driven by salesmanship and sentiment.

The chart below . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Bangladesh: Dabbling in Dhaka Stock Markets

World Headlines Review: Peas in a Water Pod: China, India and Bangladesh; Atlanta, Alabama and Florida

Two Economist articles of recent publication draw attention to the imminent threat that the availability of water, or the lack thereof, poses to social, political and economic stability.  A Himalayan rivalry, Aug 21; and Chattahoochee blues, Sept 18; describe current and potential disputes on both domestic and international levels.  In discussing the extremely complex nature . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Peas in a Water Pod: China, India and Bangladesh; Atlanta, Alabama and Florida