imperfect | world | 2010

Saturday
Dec 13,2008

in the form of quotations with the usual apologies…

“The difference between a (Bangladeshi) politician and a (Bangladeshi) pickpocket is that a pickpocket doesn’t always get indignant when you tell him to keep his hands to himself.” (Joseph Sobran)

“Looking for an honest (bangladeshi) politician is like looking for an ethical burglar.” (H L Mencken)

“When politics is used to allocate resources, the resources all end up being allocated to politics.” (P J O’Rourke)

“God has no role to play in politics except to make sure politicians go where they belong. To hell.” (P J O’Rourke)

“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the (Bangladeshi) Legislature is in session.” (Judge Gideon J Tucker).

“Experience to a politician is like experience to a prostitute — not much to recommend them.” (Charley Reese)

Amazing video of brick labourer

  • Filed under: labour
Friday
Dec 12,2008

Don’t try this at home or in the office. The health and safety people won’t like it.

Friday
Dec 12,2008

George

Suddenly there is a buzz that George should somehow be honoured by Bangladesh for his efforts in bringing to light the plight of Bangladeshis way back in 1971 through his Concert for Bangladesh. But this has been in the pipe works for about two  years. The Liberation War Museum have a plaque ready and are making some kind of effort to celebrate the ex-Beatle this coming February.  Is this a late attempt to raise some cash and to get some official response tagged on to their events?

BBC Report Here

Thursday
Dec 11,2008

Yesterday was the 60th birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has grown old and states only pay lip service to it with a few exceptions here and there. What is surprising is that given that the document was drafted after the 2nd world war with countless displaced people and refugees, you would have thought the document would have contained some right of the UN to intervene on behalf of stateless people and asylum seekers? And yet it doesn’t.

Smart Stitch

  • Filed under: labour
Wednesday
Dec 10,2008

Superb satire on the garment industry


New Portable Sewing Machine Lets Sweatshop Employees Work On The Go

Taj Mahal in Bangladesh

Wednesday
Dec 10,2008

Taj Mahal in Bangladesh

Is it a joke? Seems not to be. Of all the things that need money…this geezer decides to replicate the Taj? If you think of all the archaelogical sites in Bangladesh which could do with an injection of money and a bit of TLC, this guy wants to build a replica of the Taj Mahal? If you think of Paharpur, Charpatra Mura, Gokul Medh, Bhaga Mosque etc etc etc….ah this is unbelievable. I am going to lie down for a bit.

Violence at textile mill

  • Filed under: labour
Wednesday
Nov 19,2008

Fifty people are said to have been injured after protests over quality of food served to the workers led to violence. Reuters reports that the violence lasted several hours at the Abani Knitwear Textile Mill at Hrishipara.

The Automobile industry? Why?

Monday
Nov 17,2008

Public transport is non-existent in many parts of the US. Automobile industry interests have opposed and destroyed public transportation and made people dependent on gasoline whatever the cost of it.

Tea and Fair Trade

  • Filed under: labour
Sunday
Nov 16,2008

This week will see the launch of a new documentary by Tom Heinemann dealing with the issue of “Fair Trade.” How fair is it really? Tom looks at tea estates in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to answer this question. Watch this space for more information. 

Wednesday
Nov 5,2008

Rahm Emanuel

So if the rumours are to be believed, the saviour of the world,  president-elect Brak Obama has appointed Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff. This man’s father was in Irgun. Irgun was a terrorist outfit  - an anti-arab terrorist outfit so that really doesn’t count in the eyes of Americans I would suspect. Mr Emanuel has also volunteered for the Israeli army back in 1991 ….

So a great start really for the man who is going to change things?! My less cynical mates tell me that Obama will curtail the usual US proclivities - warring, torturing, renditioning etc.  Yeah right.

Billy Nair

Thursday
Oct 23,2008

Billy Bair

I met Billy Nair in 1988 during the third emergency in South Africa. He was underground at the time and we met in the dead of night in Reservoir Hills, Durban for an interview. We spent a couple of hours chatting about his life,  and the state of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. It was one of the most educational two hours I have ever spent in my life.

Today after a week in ICU, this stalwart of the anti-apartheid movement has passed away. Go well, comrade.

E-waste by Robert Knoth

Monday
Oct 20,2008

Quite a fascinating slide presentation of photographs from Pakistan by Robert Knoth. Devastating photographs of people eeking out a living from what the photographer calls “E-Waste.” A Greenpeace initiative.  Click the image.

Murti Protirodh Committee

  • Filed under: Art
Saturday
Oct 18,2008

The nuts are at it again. Five sculptures of Bauls have been removed including one of Lalon from the vicinity of Dhaka airport. I hear today that there has been some kind of damage also? Can anyone confirm?

The roads and highways department as well as the civil aviation authority came under pressure from the “Sculpture Prevention Committee” and removed the busts. Unbelievable. Check the Daily Star here and here.

Saturday
Oct 18,2008