We will bite our tongues no more | Education | Mail & Guardian
Suren Pillay’s recent contribution to the debate on the humanities and social sciences is important because it places the task of “decolonisation” at the centre of transforming these disciplines (“Decolonising the humanities”,
Haitian Sweatshop Workers Speak: Sub-Poverty Wages and Sexual Coercion | Common Dreams
Haitian women workerstell of their experiences in sweatshops. These interviews, gathered over the past two years, are among many dozens that this writer has collected from Haitian sweatshop workers since the early 1980s. Not one has ever diverged from the narrative of miserable working conditions and the inability to feed, shelter, and educate their children on insufficient wages. Below, womentell of their experiences as sweatshop workers and offer their analysis on better types of jobs for Haiti.
Monday, May 6, 2013, New York – On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, attorneys representing victims of the UN cholera in Haiti that filed claims with the UN in November 2011 will host a press conference to respond to the UN’s refusal to acknowledge claims of Haitian cholera victims and to announce next steps in their lawsuit. Attorneys Brian Concannon and Ira Kurzban will be joined by Jean Ford Figaro, MD, MPH, a Haitian advocate for a stronger UN public health response to the cholera epidemic.
With Bangladesh Toll Over 700, ‘Which Brands Accept Blood on Their Labels?’ | The Nation
“The reason factory managers keep their workers in unsafe buildings on the verge of going up in flames or collapsing is fear,” declared Miller. “Fear that the Western brands and retailers will take their orders elsewhere because of a missed day of production, late delivery or a minuscule increase in production costs. The brands know this. That’s why I believe they bear the ultimate responsibility for these horrendously unsafe working conditions.”
Michael Pollan: How the Processed Food Industry Undermines Healthy Food Culture | Alternet
“Slow food is about food that is good, clean and fair. They’re concerned with social justice. They’re concerned with how the food is grown and how humane and chemical-free it is.” He adds, “Slow food is about recovering that space around the family and keeping the influence of the food manufacturers outside of the house. … The family meal is very important. It’s the nursery of democracy.
Inside GuantÃ¡namo: An unprecedented rebellion leaves a notorious detention centre in crisis – Americas – World – The Independent
Emaciated and frail, more than 100 men lie on concrete floors of freezing, solitary cells in GuantÃ¡namo, silently starving themselves to death.
Stripped of all possessions, even basics such as a sleeping mat or soap, they lie listlessly as guards periodically bang on the steel doors and shout at them to move an arm or leg to prove they are still conscious.