On April 24, a Bangladeshi garment factory fire in Savar (an industrial suburb of Dhaka) collapsed killing 1,129 people. It was the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry. Making clothes for companies like Walmart and Sears, fires and collapses are almost common in Bangladesh and yet owners of these buildings and factories go without being prosecuted. This article in the NYT explains how and why these disasters continue to occur without the elite owners being held responsible for their crimes.
A good article in The Guardian featuring a collection of photographs by photo-journalist Homa Kahleeli documenting the lives of Bangladeshi garment factory workers. The article reports on deadly accidents that have recently happened in the garment industry there, especially last week’s factory collapse which reportedly killed 327 people. But the photos by Kahleeli are more powerful than words…and all of them against unbridled capitalism.