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  • Asking the Right Questions | Jacobin on Aug 26, 15
    • The most relevant lesson from pre-war social democracy for the class struggle today is that we must first build parties that will become dominant in the workers movement through the fight for reforms. It is only through that collective experience of winning tangible victories and testing the limits of reformism that a majority will be won to revolutionary politics.


      While it’s true that such formations would recreate many of the same contradictions present in prewar social democracy, this does not necessarily doom them to the same result. And revolutionaries who cede to reformists the task of creating and shaping political formations that can appeal to and engage the working-class majority in political struggle undermine not just those but any “separate” revolutionary projects as well.

  • Defence and Security Alert Magazine | Defence News | Security News | DSA on Aug 26, 15
  • Radical Socialist statement on today’s incident at Presidency University and appeal to Defend Democratic Rights in West Bengal - Radical Socialist on Aug 23, 15
    • The Chief Minister, well known for the way she has patronised thugs in her own party, and the way she has condoned overt violence by party thugs, signifying such events as little mistakes by small kids, was found in a pontificating mood. Police during her regime is regularly being used to prevent dissent voices, even if they are most peaceful, democratic, rudimentary and miniscule
  • Workers' Lives, Walmart's Pocket: Garments’ Global Chain, from Savar to New York | Anu Muhammad - Academia.edu on Aug 01, 15
    • Different estimates show that, for every garment that is sold at $100 in the Western market, the governments of those countries earn around $25, brands and buying houses make at least $50, and of the rest goes to the owners, raw material sup-pliers, production cost, etc. Workers get less than $1.
    • When the Multi-Fibre Arrangement (
       ) for the North  American market was introduced in 1974, Bangladesh did not have an export-oriented garment industry at the time. This arrangement affected many garment-exporting countries as the
        imposed quotas on garments exports from many developing countries, including South Korea and Taiwan. As a result, entrepreneurs from the quota-restricted countries like South Korea were looking for countries that could become new manufacturing sites. By 1977 they reached Bangladesh to enter into joint ventures and take advantage of this quota-free country.  Very soon the rapid expansion of the
        industry changed the industrial landscape of the country. The end of the
        in 2004 was not a problem; the
        industry in Bangladesh could continue to grow because of its competitive advantage that derived from its low cost of production.
    • The export of
        increased from $3.5 million in 1981 to $20 billion in 2013
  • Why We Oppose all Death Penalties, and Why We Oppose the hanging of Yakub Memon - Radical Socialist on Jul 28, 15
    • Nearly 94 per cent of people in the Death Row in contemporary India, according to a recent study, are Dalits or minorities.  Over 75 per cent are economically vulnerable. The most important reason this happens is, these people, poor, often poorly educated, usually do not even manage to get a decent lawyer at the trial stage.
  • Corruptions, Scandals and the Charade of Indian Parliamentary Politics - Radical Socialist on Jul 28, 15
    • we should never lose sight of the fact that the real problems facing Indian society is not corruption or scams—they are symptoms of larger underlying structural issues endemic to capitalism. Congress and BJP have more in common when it comes to corruption, scams or economic policies, than one is led to believe from the acrimonious proceedings in the parliament session. When welfare and social security schemes are cut, farmer’s debt are not pardoned, and indirect taxes hitting the toiling masses far more than the super rich are introduced or raised from their present levels to meet up the budget deficit; capitalists like Adani get loans from nationalised banks to the tune of 5,000 crore, and labour laws to land acquisition laws are all changed to suit the needs of the richest of the rich, all these parties play the same role when in power.
  • 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.

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