Farida Khan: Seeing the World in a Shirt and Infinity in a Stitch

the song of the shirt

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre” is an appropriate last chapter for a book that is an amazing picture of the wheels of global capitalism as it lifts some and crushes others over centuries, continuously depleting “the reservoirs of human energy” and “the limited treasures of a wasting planet”. Continue reading

এটা কি বিএনপির নাকি বর্তমান রাজনীতিরই পূর্বঘোষিত মৃত্যুর দিনপঞ্জী!

Courtesy: Ronny Sen
Courtesy: Ronny Sen

“মাইনাস ওয়ান বা মাইনাস টু তাই বিপ্লবী আলখাল্লার আড়ালে একাত্তরে প্রতিষ্ঠিত স্বাধীন গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশেরই মৃত্যু পরোয়ানা‍।” Continue reading

The selfie of power

 © Faheem Haider for AlalODulal.org

© Faheem Haider for AlalODulal.org

By Faruk Wasif for Prothom-Alo, translated by Alal O Dulal

A young woman, running along with groups of youth, slogans: Direct Action, Direct Action! Shahid Zia’s ‘patriotic’ devotional and jihadi songs are being echoed by the loudspeakers in Lalbagh. An old rickshaw-puller on the street is calling for establishment of ‘a Lawful Bangla’ against ‘the BNP – Jamaat – Sushils’.  Under the warmth of power, supporters of the Government are taking selfies in every corners. Continue reading


Sundarbans in Grave Danger and Our Government’s inaction

By Kallol Mustafa from Joymoni, Sundarbans
Translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org

Since the oil spill disaster started in the Sundarbans on the night of the 9th of December many ebbs and flows of the tide have come and gone. The thick and poisonous spilled oil reaches wherever the water reaches during the high tide, via the Shela river (where the disaster originated), Pasur and Baleshwari rivers, and the innumerable canals. Continue reading

Sundarbans’s Fight for Survival

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

Anu Muhammad for Prothom Alo
Translated by Irfan Chowdhury for Alal O Dulal

Whenever we appeal to stop the destructive Rampal project and ORION coal based power plant, to safeguard our great Sundarbans, natural habitat of thousands of lives, whenever we ask to cancel Fulbari open pit project which damages a vast agricultural land and a large civilization, Continue reading

Reflections on “Unprecedented Changes” in the Garments Sector of Bangladesh

Garments workers

The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights’ report Unprecedented Changes.

by Farida Khan for AlalODulal.org

The Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse has made many Western consumers shudder at the thought of their complicity with sub-human conditions in the Third World factories where their clothes are sewn. While consumers are often careful to avoid purchasing soccer balls sewn by child labor Continue reading

Unprecedented Changes in the Garments Sector of Bangladesh


The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights’ report Unprecedented Changes.

by Farhad Mahmud for AlalODulal.org

Soon after the Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza collapse, there were two types of reaction from the buyers who were sourcing garments from Bangladesh.  There was one group who felt they need to move away from sourcing from Bangladesh.  Another group felt somewhat responsible  Continue reading

TUBA STRIKE: What a country have we become!

Photo: SouthAsianMedia.net

TUBA STRIKE: What a country have we become!
by Faruk Wasif for Prothom Alo, translated by Irfan Chowdhury for AlalODulal.org
Kidnappers demand ransom after taking innocents hostage. Prisoners are exchanged during wars. But what sort of ransom is being sought for the Tuba Group, where sixteen hundred workers are made captive? If their co-owner, the arrested Delwar Hossain, is not released, the workers will not be paid. Nowhere in the company law is it mentioned that other business-partners will not be able to withdraw money from the accounts in the absence of a partner. The Tuba Group has made this case and Delwar Hossain’s bail has been granted.

Just as it is a crime to use hapless humans as shields in wars, the Tuba group has committed a crime by using hungry and wage-depraved workers. The Labour Minister has legitimised this use. The Shamim Osman(s) rely on the support of the party in power, and garment factory owners rely on the government support. What a dreadful situation.

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