Decoding The Bangladesh Paradox — A Research Agenda
by Jyoti Rahman for Alal O Dulal
Bangladesh is getting quite an attention from the world. But unlike the seventies and eighties, not for the catastrophes – natural or man-made – alone. Continue reading
Image Source: Drighangchu.com
My Factory Burned In Workers’ Jealousy: RMG Factory Owner Delwar
by Udisa Islam for Drighangchu, translated for ALAL O DULAL by Irfan Chowdhury
Who started the tradition of wearing clothes? Human beings were pretty alright without them: sans clothes, sans problème. Continue reading
“The airless atmosphere has asphyxiated the referent.”-Jean Baudrillard. The image shows “The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image” by Salvador Dalí.
Simulacra… of the fumes
by Seema Amin for AlalOdulal.org
On September 2nd the Prime Minister visited Ashulia to lay the foundation for the ‘first’ women’s dormitory in the RMG hub. In her speech to the garments workers, she spoke, among other things, about being vigilant of those who conspire against the industry.
‘The odd numbers indicate illegal streets.’
(or, avenues of illegality).
Lacking such discernment…
Singapore, somehow, I ended up on Street 19. A discreet odd numbered street address. Continue reading
An army personnel prays at the site of Rana Plaza as the rescue work comes to an end. Photo by Abir Abdullah/EPA. Source: Financial Times.
BGMEA’s “Act of God” citation is an Act of Blasphemy
by Anjali Khan for AlalODulal.org
It’s Lailatul Qadr and I’m trying to pray. But I can’t. Continue reading
© Ismail Ferdous/AP
She came to find her sister’s dead body after 10 days of Rana Plaza Garments Factory collapsedFriday May 3, 2013 in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the Bangladesh garment-factory building that collapsed last week, authorities said Friday after arresting an engineer who warned the building was unsafe but is also accused of helping the owner add three illegal floors to the structure
The Road to Court 21
by Seema Amin for AlalODulal.org
“O bleating without wool! O Wound!” Lorca
Prologue: the incidental messenger
‘Now you say the income of the Adamjis, Dauds and Isphanis have increased by 40 % and the income of the s have decreased by 5 %, then you make an average and you get Per Capita Income and you say Honey and Money and Milk is Flowing in the Economy. What happens to Coliuddin, Soliuddin and Rohiuddin?‘ Continue reading
Photo courtesy: Daily Ittefaq, 29 June 2013
Added anxiety to export
by Irfan Chowdhury for AlalODulal.org
Very few governments, businesses or politicians have accepted their failures without making excuses or even lame excuses. But no Bangladeshi government has ever accepted its failing; Continue reading
© Tushikur Rahman
This 2009 article revisits the figure of the ‘third world sweatshop worker’, long iconic of the excesses of the global expansion of flexible accumulation in late twentieth-century capitalism. I am interested in how feminist activists concerned with the uneven impact of neo-liberal policies can engage in progressive political interventions without participating in the ‘culture of global moralism’ that continues to surround conventional representations of third world workers. Continue reading