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Please help the garment workers in Bangladesh. The Global North is wreaking havoc on the Global South in the name of globalization, and the victims, largely, are the women of the Global South, women who need money.  If these women don’t migrate to the Global North (the first world) for domestic work, or if they aren’t forced out through trafficking schemes, they’re largely stuck working in free trade zones or sweatshops. They’re stuck in deplorable conditions. They’re being paid starvation wages. They’re beaten when they don’t meet absurd production targets. They’re hired young and fired young. They’re, on average, paid 11 cents an hour. They work 14-20 hours a day, seven days a week, with an average of two days off a month. Often their wages are withheld for no reason. They sleep between shifts, curling up next to their sewing machines. The air is contaminated, the bathrooms unsanitary. There’s little to no ventilation in these factories, and they often set on fire. With no safety exits, women perish. 

This isn’t just happening in Bangladesh. This is happening worldwide. Your beloved Disney contracts factories like that of the Shah Makhdum factory in Bangladesh. Walmart. Gap. Old Navy. Sears. Corporations of the Global North are robbing the Global South and then exploiting them as labor sources.

What can you do? You can be aware. You can pressure companies to improve conditions. You are a consumer, you have the power. But don’t pressure these companies to pull out, as this will leave these women with no source of income. Pressure them to improve conditions. Threaten to boycott if they do not. If they claim they have, ask for proof, ask for follow up, ask to see the funds. Make sure the women working at these factories are making more than starvation wages, for when they do, they can afford medicine, rent, water, food. They can move on from their factory jobs.

Please help. Please watch this documentary,”The Hudden Face of Globalization”  x, by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. Visit their website, familiarize yourself,

Research the factory collapses, the factory fires, the human rights atrocities. Please remember to also research corporations inaction when regarding these tragedies. 

Support the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.  Donate.

Visit the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety’s website.

Remember this is worldwide. Remember you have the power. Remember these women.

[M]odern democracies have been around for long enough for neo-liberal capitalists to learn how to subvert them. They have mastered the techniques of infiltrating the instruments of democracy — the ‘independent’ judiciary, the ‘free’ press, the parliament — and molding them to their purpose. The project of corporate globalization has cracked the code. Free elections, a free press, and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities on sale to the highest bidder.
—  Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire

'Fewer crops' now feeding the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26382067

" Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago - raising concerns about the resilience of the global food system, a study has shown. The authors warned a loss of diversity meant more people were dependent on key crops, leaving them more exposed to harvest failures. Higher consumption of energy-dense crops could also contribute to a global rise in heart disease and diabetes, they added. The study appears in the journal PNAS. "Over the past 50 years, we are seeing that diets around the world are changing and they are becoming more similar - what we call the ‘globalised diet’," co-author Colin Khoury, a scientist from the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture, explained. "This diet is composed of big, major cops such as wheat, rice, potatoes and sugar. "It also includes crops that were not important 50 years ago but have become very important now, particularly oil crops like soybean," he told BBC News. While wheat has long been a staple crop, it is now a key food in more than 97% of countries listed in UN data, the study showed. And from relative obscurity, soybean had become "significant" in the diets of almost three-quarters of nations. He added that while these food crops played a major role in tackling global hunger, the decline in crop diversity in the globalised diet limited the ability to supplement the energy-dense part of the diet with nutrient-rich foods. "

and neoliberal capitalism found a new way to kill us all too.

vimeo

The Illusionists, a documentary.

Writer and director Elena Rossini has released the first four minutes of The Illusionists.  I’m really excited to see the rest.  The documentary is a critique of a high standard of beauty but, unlike some that focus exclusively on the impacts of Western women, Rossini’s film looks as though it will do a great job of illustrating how Western capitalist impulses are increasingly bringing men, children, and the entire world into their destructive fold.

The first few minutes address globalization and Western white supremacy, specifically.  As one interviewee says, the message that many members of non-Western societies receive is that you “join Western culture… by taking a Western body.”  The body becomes a gendered, raced, national project — something that separates modern individuals from traditional ones — and corporations are all too ready to exploit these ideas.

Subtitles available here.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

First, capitalism has been so successful over the last few centuries in “conquering” the earth that the field of operation for its destruction has shifted from a regional to a planetary level. And second, the exploitation of nature has become more and more universalized, because nature’s elements, along with the social conditions of human existence, have increasingly been brought into the sphere of the economy and subjected to the same measure, that of profitability.
—  John Bellamy Foster, The Vulnerable Planet: A Short Economic History of the Environment
What we’re seeing in the world today is the secession of the middle and upper classes, into outer space, where they all become one country. And then they suck the resources out of the rest of the world. Many of the wars that are being fought now, whether they are in Libya or Syria or parts of Africa, are really resource wars, disguised as wars against Islam or wars against despots. Indian corporations too are now in that race in places like Ethiopia and Sudan. But India is also shamelessly colonizing itself, kind of consuming itself.
—  Arundhati Roy
Confronting imperialism is not just a matter of demonstrating loosely, a carnival. The people are face-to-face with a power that does not stop at anything and commits the most dastardly crimes against people and nations, including the use of atomic bombs. And it will stop at nothing. The biggest power on earth, which is out to maintain its number one position as international gangster, is also the main author of globalisation. It is out on a war juggernaut against nations and peoples in the name of combating terrorism. It refuses to be put on trial for crimes against humanity. It cannot be advised, reformed, or made to listen to. They only understand the language the Vietnamese spoke to the Americans or the way the Algerians answered the French imperialists. The massive peace movement of the eighties did not stop the deployment of nuclear arms in Europe, nor could the US and British imperialists be persuaded to not to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, despite active opposition of millions of people around the world.

Further, to stop them from sending mercenaries to occupy other countries would require defeating them on their home turf. That is, in the final analysis, imperialism and imperialist armies would have to be smashed and liquidated in their own countries of origin. The anti-war and anti-globalisation movement cannot set for itself a lower target than this. This system that brings war, misery, starvation and death to millions around the world has to be smashed and a new world needs to be built upon its ashes where imperialism would be no more than trash in the dustbin of history. The people of the world have to advance human history to get rid of the monster of imperialism. It is not the end of history as Fukuyama says, rather it is on the threshold of a golden era in human history, which the humanity has never seen before.

I love airports. They are full of so much potential. A thousand beginnings and a thousand endings. The ultimate crossroads of the world. A social experiment that demands the cooperation of nations and cultures. They are always moving, always changing, and always connecting the world in a way that was previously impossible.

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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

Companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us. And there are legions of them—a vast, invisible pool of human labor. Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer of MySpace who now runs online safety consultancy SSP Blue, estimates that the number of content moderators scrubbing the world’s social media sites, mobile apps, and cloud storage services runs to “well over 100,000”—that is, about twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.

Read this story at Wired