Bangladesh Factory Collapse and the Global Clothing Industry
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When a building collapse killed 1100 garment workers in Bangladesh, it exposed the high cost of cheap clothing. What's happening now in that country? What clothing companies are—or are not—doing? Is there anything you can do? Also, controversies are shaking the Obama Administration on all fronts, and Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy.
Banner image: Dhaka Savar Building collapse in Bangladesh. Photo: rijans
Controversies Shaking Administration on All Fronts ()
Barely into his second term, President Obama is facing comparisons to Richard Nixon. His press secretary, Jay Karney, fielded questions today about the IRS allegedly "targeting" conservative groups and the Department of Justice seizing phone records from Associated Press editors and reporters. David Hawkings has covered Washington for 25 years. He was managing editor of CQ Weekly. His new Roll Call blog is Hawkings Here.
Bangladeshi Workers, the Garment Industry and US Consumers ()
Three weeks after 1127 garment workers died in an eight-story building collapse, the Bangladeshi government has made some concessions to organized labor. But angry protests have led to a lockout in more than 200 factories. Some of Europe's largest retailers have agreed to pay for improved health and safety, but WalMart, Sears, JC Penny and the Gap have not signed on. How responsible are they for working conditions in a global economy? Can American shoppers make any difference?
- Steven Greenhouse: New York Times, @greenhousenyt
- Scott Nova: Worker Rights Consortium, @ScottNova_WRC
- Jagdish Bhagwati: Columbia University, @columbia_econ
- Ellen Ruppel Shell: The Atlantic, @EllenRuppelShel
Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy ()
In today's New York Times, one of the world's most famous bodies reveals that faced with an 87 percent chance of breast cancer she's had a preventive double mastectomy. Angelina Jolie says three months of surgical procedures to remove and reconstruct her breasts have reduced her chances of breast cancer to five percent. She had the operations after learning she had a faulty "BRCA 1" gene. In 200i, New York Times reporter Amy Harmon won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about another woman who faced the same challenge.
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