Month: April 2014

Questioning an iconic number

david bergman

Isthe Bangladesh government’s official figure of three million a fair estimate of the number of people killed by the Pakistan military and its collaborating forces in the country’s 1971 independence war? Though over 40 years have passed since the end of the conflict, in Bangladesh, this question continues to be a sensitive one…

Rana Plaza: one year on from the Bangladesh factory disaster

rana plaza

Last year, the eight-storey Rana Plaza building collapsed in Dhaka, killing 1,130 garment factory workers. The building had been declared unsafe, but the managers had quotas to meet. People blamed the factory owners, the builders, or the government. But isn’t the real culprit our demand for cheap clothing?