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December 12, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 12, 2013

In a stunning reveal, the Associated Press reported that long-detained American Robert Levinson, who has been held in Iran for the past seven years, is actually a CIA agent on a unapproved mission. Here’s why the AP finally published the story.

In Bangladesh, Abdul Qader Mulla, a leader involved in the 1971 war for independence, was executed for crimes against humanity. He was initially sentenced to life in prison, but then a popular protest broke out.

Democrats in the Senate are currently punishing Republicans for that whole not-approving-judicial-nominees thing by holding votes during all hours of the day.

The “affluenza” defense apparently worked well enough for a Texas teen that he skipped jail time for a fatal DUI crash. But is “affluenza” actually a thing?

Don’t feel bad, producers of “The Butler.” The Golden Globes gets it wrong—often.

21:57 // 9 months ago
May 23, 2013

Life sentences recommended for owners of collapsed garment factory

  • April 24 An eight story garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. Investigations quickly revealed that the building’s owners forced employees to return to work hours before the building fell, after a work stoppage (resulting from safety concerns) was ended.
  • May 23 A committee formed by the government of Banglasdesh recommended life prison sentences for the owners of the building, though the maximum term each man currently faces is only seven years. The committee also recommended that the government provide free medical treatment to the 2500-plus injured survivors of the tragedy. source
16:27 // 1 year ago
May 11, 2013
nbcnews:

Alive! Survivor found in Bangladesh factory 16 days after collapse that killed over 1,000
(Photo: Bangladeshi TV via Reuters TV)
Woman was found trapped in the basement of the building and given water and food as rescuers tried to reach her.
Read the complete story.

Wonderful news in the midst of an awful event, to be sure — Reshma Begum was trapped in the basement of a collapsed eight-story factory in Bangladesh for a total of 391 hours, but was today rescued into daylight, which she “never dreamed” she’d see again.

nbcnews:

Alive! Survivor found in Bangladesh factory 16 days after collapse that killed over 1,000

(Photo: Bangladeshi TV via Reuters TV)

Woman was found trapped in the basement of the building and given water and food as rescuers tried to reach her.

Read the complete story.

Wonderful news in the midst of an awful event, to be sure — Reshma Begum was trapped in the basement of a collapsed eight-story factory in Bangladesh for a total of 391 hours, but was today rescued into daylight, which she “never dreamed” she’d see again.

14:38 // 1 year ago
May 6, 2013

Anti-blasphemy protests turn deadly in the heart of Bangladesh

  • 15 people were killed by fighting between police forces and protesters in Bangladesh over the weekend, after protests demanding an anti-blasphemy law turned violent. The fighting was centered in and around the capital city of Dhaka, only a few weeks after a garment factory collapse is now being blamed for more than 600 deaths. source
20:09 // 1 year ago
April 29, 2013
19:43 // 1 year ago
April 25, 2013

Devastating casualty numbers emerge from factory collapse in Bangladesh

  • 228 people were killed after an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed on Wednesday, and the number could continue to rise. More than 3000 workers were reportedly inside the factory at the time it came down.
  • 1,000+ people were injured, and rescue workers continue to dig through what’s left of the factory in search of those who remain trapped under the rubble. Early reports suggest that the building’s owner, a local politician, may have been made aware of the building’s condition as recently as Tuesday. source
14:03 // 1 year ago
November 25, 2012
inothernews:

A fire inside a multi-story garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh killed at least 111 people.  Most of the workers inside the building died on the first and second floors, where there were not enough exits — and those that did exist did not open to the outside.  Bangladesh is the second largest clothes exporter after China, and has a notorious safety record; more than 500 workers have died in factory fires there since 2006.  (Photo: Abir Abdullah / EPA via The New York Times)

The factory stricken by this deadly fire was producing clothing for Tazreen Fashion Ltd., which was sold, among other places, at Switzerland’s discount C&A chain.

inothernews:

A fire inside a multi-story garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh killed at least 111 people.  Most of the workers inside the building died on the first and second floors, where there were not enough exits — and those that did exist did not open to the outside.  Bangladesh is the second largest clothes exporter after China, and has a notorious safety record; more than 500 workers have died in factory fires there since 2006.  (Photo: Abir Abdullah / EPA via The New York Times)

The factory stricken by this deadly fire was producing clothing for Tazreen Fashion Ltd., which was sold, among other places, at Switzerland’s discount C&A chain.

20:10 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2011
newsflick:

City Bound: Under a rainy-season sky, migrants take the train back to Dhaka after visiting their home villages north of the capital. On either side are rice fields, healthy here but tainted by salinity farther south. (Jonas Bendiksen)

Beautiful pic. Very evocative.

newsflick:

City Bound: Under a rainy-season sky, migrants take the train back to Dhaka after visiting their home villages north of the capital. On either side are rice fields, healthy here but tainted by salinity farther south. (Jonas Bendiksen)

Beautiful pic. Very evocative.

15:45 // 3 years ago
December 20, 2010

More horrific capital punishment, this time with a twist

  • terrible A 50-year old Bangladesh was sentenced to 40 lashes for an alleged affair with her stepson. She died of internal injuries following the beating.
  • strange Those responsible for the beating were subsequently arrested. Why? They weren’t supposed to kill her; that’s against the law. What a world. source
22:43 // 3 years ago
December 14, 2010

Bangladeshi factory fire kills dozens, but could’ve been much worse

  • 25+ people were killed in a large garment factory fire in Bangladesh today
  • 100+ more were injured; the blaze took more than five hours to put out source

» And it could’ve been way worse: See, the multi-story factory (located in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka) housed 10,000 workers, mostly women. Many of them, however, were out to lunch at the time. Whew. For those who weren’t so lucky, though, it was very bad. VERY bad.

10:42 // 3 years ago