Thursday, August 07, 2014
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
This week, a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death for the killings of 18 people during the country's war of independence from Pakistan, in 1971.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, talks about what’s changed in the garment industry since the devastating fire in Bangladesh earlier this year, and, just in time for NY fashion week, look at the growth of eco-friendly, worker-friendly fashion trends.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Last month in Bangladesh over 1,200 people died after several factories collapsed. Now, labor advocates are stepping up the pressure on the Obama administration to end the special trade status in Bangladesh and convey disapproval of its working conditions. Jenny Holdcroft is the policy director of IndustriALL, the Geneva-based global union federation working with Bangladeshi garmet workers to get retailers to sign an accord on fire and building safety.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The building collapse in Bangladesh that killed over a thousand garment workers has led to renewed attention to international standards for textile factories. Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, talks about what options are available to clothing manufacturers and consumers that ensure fair treatment of the workers employed by contractors and subcontractors.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
By Ilya Marritz
Dozens of laborers killed in the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last week were laid to rest Wednesday in a mass funeral.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
History is being made in the nation of Bangladesh this week. In response to the garment factory collapse last week, representatives from major retailers convened in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss what can be done to improve factory safety. Novelist M. T. Anderson recently wrote about the cyclical, unregulated, nature of the industry in an op-ed piece for our partner The New York Times.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Rescue workers in Bangladesh are continuing to search for survivors of a collapsed building just outside the capital. At least 200 people have died, and others are believed to still be trapped inside what is left of the building. Edward Hertzman is publisher of the Sourcing Journal - a trade publication. He believes that pressure from United States retailers to keep costs low is part of the problem that led to the unsafe conditions in the building in the first place.
Friday, December 16, 2011
On Friday, Bangladesh marks its 40th anniversary. The Takeaway spends a few minutes on one American hero tied to this anniversary, a former U.S. diplomat who served in what was then known as East Pakistan. The story of the "Blood Telegram" brings together U.S. Consul General Archer Blood, an act of unprecedented defiance and Bangladesh’s struggle for independence, a fight that some believe cost three million lives.
TN Moving Stories: The End of a Transportation Era, Bangladesh Pities Transit Fools, and: Is High-Speed Rail Imperiled?
Thursday, November 04, 2010
By Kate Hinds
Oberstar's defeat ends era of transportation policy influence (Minnesota Public Radio).
Not to mention the probable death of the president's proposed $500 billion transportation bill, which insiders say will be "a lower number and probably a shorter [duration] bill." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
General Motors goes public...again. (The Takeaway)
As Bangladesh prepares to open up its ports to its neighbor countries--as well as join the UN's trans-Asian road and rail network--that country's finance minister takes some flack for reportedly saying that "Bangladesh is geographically a transit country and those who deny it are fools." (Bangladesh News24)
The dilemma of the Baby Boomers: when should Mom and Dad stop driving? (USA Today)
Derailed? Many, many stories today are talking about the impact that newly empowered House Republicans will have upon high-speed rail grants. Especially representatives like John Mica, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, who said: "We'll revisit all of those projects."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
By Liz Arnold
Usually you'd have to make a trip to South Asia to see independent films made in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. But in the next few weeks, you can check out films from the region at not one but two film festivals in New York City.
TN Moving Stories: More finger pointing in Hudson River Rail Tunnel, Google Invests in "A Bike Lane With A View," and MTA Deficit Plan "Risky"
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
By Kate Hinds
The Department of Transportation wants airlines to refund baggage fees in the event of lost or delayed luggage. Unsurprisingly, there's opposition from an airline trade group, which says defining a timely delivery is "subjective." (Marketplace)
The Hudson River rail tunnel saga continues: Senator Lautenberg says that Governor Christie won't let NJ Transit staff meet with the Federal Transit Administration. (Star-Ledger)
A Maryland ban on (cell phone) talking while driving goes into effect this week. (WAMU)
Bangladesh to develop the "Greater Dhaka Sustainable Urban Transport Corridor Project," which contains BRT lines and an elevated expressway. (Daily Star)
Friday, December 11, 2009
With luminaries flying in from all over the world, the carbon footprint of the Copenhagen summit had worried the Danish government ...but they've come up with a surprising way of making the summit carbon-neutral. The Danes are contributing about $1 million into a project to replace 20 traditional brick kilns with energy efficient ones, thousands of miles away in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Denmark says the scheme will cut 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, offsetting the fuel spent by the 15,000 delegates' flights to Copenhagen. We talk with the BBC’s Mark Dummett from Dhaka to find out more about the program.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Read Somini Sengupta's article, Army’s Border Guards Rebel in Bangladesh, in the New York Times.
UPDATE: The Associated Press is now reporting that the Bangladeshi government says all mutinous border guards have laid down their arms.