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  • Bangladeshi workers producing for Aldi in sit-in protest for owed wages — Clean Clothes Campaign on Jul 26, 15
    • The Swan Group websites lists a number of European brands as long term buyers from the Group including Lidl, Next, Bestseller, Dunnes and Walmart. Workers claim they were producing for Aldi, Piazza Italia and Motivi in the months prior to closure.
    • In January 2015 the factory suddenly stopped paying salaries. The Chinese owner of Swan Group, Ming Yuen Hon (Toby), attempted to flee the country on April 9th, but was prevented from doing so by workers who confronted him at the airport and brought him back to the factory. This action forced Mr Hon to pay one month salary to the workers, but on April 10th the two factories were illegally declared closed. According to his family Mr Hon committed suicide some time in the following weeks.
  • Another factory catches fire on Jul 26, 15
    • The building that housed two garment factories and a warehouse of another garment factory had inadequate fire extinguishing equipment, a narrow staircase and a locked fire exit.
  • Narendra Modi’s plan to stop illegal immigration from Bangladesh is full of holes - Quartz on Jun 30, 15
    • Other estimates range between 10 and 15 million Bangladeshis living in India illegally, but there are no reliable numbers.
    • And the government cannot even manage to send back those Bangladeshis it knows are staying in the country illegally.


      At the end of 2012, for instance, 16,530 Bangladeshi citizens with valid travel documents were found to be overstaying in India—while 6,537 and 5,234 Bangladeshi nationals were deported in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

  • Indian rural economy to remain subdued in 2015-16: Moody's - The Times of India on Jun 30, 15
    • According to the report, rural income growth in India has been stuck in the mid to low single digits in 2015 to date, well off the 20 percent-plus rates clocked in 2011.
    • the consensus view on India's economic growth prospects is relatively optimistic, very much in keeping with Moody's baseline scenario of headline economic expansion of 7.5 percent in FY2016.
    • some disappointment amongst the audience with regard to the pace of reform

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  • How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance on Jun 28, 15
    • My heart is pounding out of my chest, not out of fear, but because I want a chance to choke the shit out of John Deere. I can't think of any other way of making him feel what we felt.
    • "Only you," he says to me. "You going to jail tonight." He's got the gun to my chest.


      "Fuck you," I tell him and suck my teeth. "I ain't going nowhere." I don't know what's wrong with me.

    • "Kiese should be killed for what he's writing." I feel a lot when I read those words, but mainly I wonder what's wrong with me.

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  • Lenin: Petty-Bourgeois and Proletarian Socialism on Jun 26, 15
    • the more completely the highest social-estate (the landlords) is  routed and annihilated, the more profound will the class  distinction between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat be.
  • Envisioning Communism: An Interview with Peter Hudis | Ritual on Jun 22, 15
    • In general, post-Marx Marxists have taken Marx’s strictures against utopianism (to use a phrase of Hegel) as “a pillow for intellectual sloth.” Marx did not object to envisioning the future; he objected to the abstract, arbitrary way it had been envisioned by those who failed to take the trouble of unraveling the complexities of a society dominated by capital.
    • as he noted as early as his Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, private ownership of the means of production does not cause alienated labor; instead, alienated labor causes private property.
  • M. K. Narayanan on India’s current foreign policy on its neighbours - The Hindu on Jun 22, 15
  • United Nations News Centre - UN warns of ‘record high’ 60 million displaced amid expanding global conflicts on Jun 21, 15

  • Rick Perry calls Charleston church shooting an 'accident' | World news | The Guardian on Jun 20, 15

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