This Week on Between The Lines

Posted May 1, 2013 for week ending May 10, 2013


"These young people, 80 percent of them young women, they work thirteen and a half, fourteen and a half hours a day ... in the factory 90 to 100 hours a week. ... The younger people get 12 cents an hour, junior sewers get 22 cents an hour, senior workers 26 cents. You're talking about the lowest wages in the world. "

– Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, on the illegal 8-story factory building that collapsed in Bangladesh, killing over 400 garment workers that provide apparel for major Western retailers such as Dress Barn, Primark, Walmart and others.

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Garment Industry Sweatshop Conditions Led to Tragic Loss of Lives in Bangladesh Building Collapse

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Interview with Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, conducted by Scott Harris


Five days after the April 24 collapse of Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed eight-story building that housed five garment factories and a shopping mall in Dhaka, Bangladesh, government officials suspended rescue efforts. While nearly 400 bodies have been pulled from the rubble, an estimated 1,000 people who were inside the building at the time of the collapse are still missing, which could bring the death toll to near 1,400.  Story continues

Anti-Abortion Activists Pass Dozens of Laws Restricting Reproductive Rights in GOP State Legislatures Across the U.S.

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Interview with Nash, state issues manager with the Guttmacher Institute, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Over the past few months, many states controlled by a Republican governor and legislature seem to be in a race to see who can craft the most restrictive abortion laws. The winner as of now is North Dakota, which passed a law limiting abortions to the first six weeks of pregnancy. So far 10 states have passed bans after 20 weeks; 7 have gone into effect, while 3 – in Georgia, Idaho and Arizona – are being challenged in federal court.  Story continues

Bipartisan Panel Finds U.S. Officials Authorized Torture of Post-9/11 Detainees

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Interview with Pradhan, counsel to the Constitution Project's bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment, conducted by Scott Harris


Just days before President Obama joined four former U.S. presidents to celebrate the opening of George W. Bush’s Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Constitution Project released a report detailing the findings of a two-year independent investigation into the abuse of U.S.-held detainees in the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The group’s bipartisan 11-member Task Force on Detainee Treatment, led by two retired members of Congress, Republican Asa Hutchinson, and Democrat, James R. Jones, concluded that “American intelligence and military personnel used interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, that in many instances constituted torture.”  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon


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