Sweat Shops & Complicit Fashion Industry

Dying for a Bargain - BBC Panorama - b03bvmyf
Panorama investigates how our clothes – including those of some big high street brands – are really made. It finds evidence of shocking working conditions and an industry that still puts profit before safety.

More than a thousand garment workers died when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed in April. But reporter Richard Bilton discovers people working 19-hour days, security guards who lock in the workers and factory owners who hide the truth from western retailers.

Panorama – Dying for a Bargain
Mon 23 Sep 2013 20:30 BBC One
Thu 26 Sep 2013 04:30 BBC News Channel
Fri 27 Sep 2013 01:20 BBC Two

Further Reading
11 Facts About Sweatshops
“In developing countries, an estimated 250 million children ages 5-14 are forced to work.” – DoSomething.org

Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops
“We love fashion. But the clothes we buy in the UK come at a terrible cost.” – War On Want

Sweatshops still make your clothes
If you care about ethical labour standards, your clothing choices are more limited than you might think.” – Salon

Was your T-shirt made in the Dhaka garment factory? You have no idea
“The thing about clothes, as with the processed mince that turned out to be horsemeat, is that supply chains are long.” – The Guarduan

Bangladesh building collapse – in pictures The Guarduan

Rescue workers carry a young victim's body out from the rubble

Photograph: A.M. Ahad/AP


Human-Rights Lawyer Freed

After three years, activist is released days before U.N. General Assembly.

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty

Prominent human-rights advocate and attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh was released from a Tehran prison Wednesday after serving almost three years of her 11-year sentence. Sotoudeh, who went on a hunger strike during her time at Evin Prison, was convicted of “acting against national security,” not wearing a hijab on a videotape, and taking part in “propaganda against the regime.” In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Sotoudeh said she was worried for her fellow activists still in prison, and she expects to be allowed to return to her work as a lawyer in Iran.

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Simon Munnery Tour & The League Against Tedium

FYLM Touring Aug 2013 to March 2014

Simon Munnery once more stabs at the void between dead film and live theatre, in his latest fylm-tastic national tour. A show of clever, thrilling comedy and visual sketches: all performed by Simon, amongst the audience, and projected live on screen.

ON TOUR AUGUST 2013 TO MARCH 2014:Simon Munnery Tour
August 1 to 26; The Stand, EDINBURGH
October 3; The Kazimier, LIVERPOOL
October 5; Marlowe Theatre, CANTERBURY
October 13; Harrogate Theatre, HARROGATE
October 14; The Library, LEEDS
October 17; Phoenix Theatre, EXETER
October 18; The Old Market, BRIGHTON
October 22; Norwich Arts Centre, NORWICH
November 2; West End Centre, ALDERSHOT
November 4; Fruit Space, HULL
November 15; MAC Arts, BIRMINGHAM
November 23; The Lowry, SALFORD QUAYS
March 11 to 22; Leicester Square Theatre, LONDON
Further dates throughout 2014 to be announced

Via simonmunnery.com

The League Against Tedium

Simon Munnery’s The League Against Tedium is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra at the moment.
The League Against Tedium

A surreal hour of music and comedy, as Simon Munnery goes in search of The Greatest Waiter of All Time. From January 1997.

via BBC Radio 4 Extra – The League Against Tedium, Episode 1.

More Simon Munnery

Simon Munnery’s website
Simon Munnery @ flickr
Simon Munnery (League Against Tedium)
Simon Munnery @ YouTube
Simon Munnery (New Statesman archive)