FROM Jagdish Bhagwati
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?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.