American Apparel, gain cheap popularity, but do not act as the grand savior

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“more than three million women have been guaranteed jobs through the RMG sector, thus uplifting their status within the family, the society, and the state. If anyone has demolished the wall of repression, these are the millions of women workers of Bangladesh. If anybody has tasted freedom in whatever sense, it is these women. American Apparel, gain cheap popularity with your tantalizing ad all you want, but do not act as the grand savior…”

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The state of the Bangladesh economy

by Abdullah Shibli for AlaloDulal.org

Bangladesh, the country and its economy, is full of contradictions. To list a couple, while it is one of the world’s fastest growing nations, it has pockets of extreme poverty and malnutrition in urban and rural areas. Another paradox: for the last two decades it has been ruled by two political parties, the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by two head-strong leaders, who never can seem to agree on anything, but ran the gauntlet and survived many potentially dangerous threats, including religious fundamentalism, military takeovers, and internal revolt, to its fledgling democracy. Continue reading

Simulacra…of the fumes

"The airless atmosphere has asphyxiated the referent."-Jean Baudrillard. The image shows "The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image" by Salvador Dalí.

“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