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Practice What You Preach: How the US Government Can End Bangladesh's Factory Fires

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 7:57 AM

On Monday, the US Department of State issued a bold new statement urging US companies to do more to protect workers in Bangladesh. This attention comes in the wake of the tragic Tazreen factory fire in November 2012 that killed over 100 workers. Many of these workers leapt...

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Blood Sport: Why Russia's Olympic Athletes Should Give Back the Gold

(6) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM

What do atrocities in Syria and Russia's Olympic hopes have in common? A Russian tycoon named Vladimir Lisin. The mogul has his hands in just about everything from steel mills to a media empire and currently serves in one of the top spots on the Russian Olympic Committee. Disturbingly, Lisin...

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Syria's Long Winter

(5) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 11:41 AM

In early 2011 -- almost exactly a year ago -- Syria's citizens began protests against the repression of the Assad regime. While countries throughout the Middle East enjoyed a wave of political reforms -- the "Arab Spring" -- in Syria, citizens faced a bloody crackdown and have seen nothing but...

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The Supreme Court, Corporations and Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 11:54 AM

True or false: corporations should behave as citizens are expected to do.

The current Supreme Court, blithely provoking a growing national call for corporate accountability, is settling in to tackle this question as one of the central and defining issues of its term. The Court's decision in Citizens United,...

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What We Can Do on World Day Against Child Labor

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 12:25 PM

This post was co-authored by Bama Athreya, President, GlobalWorks Foundation and Judy Gearhart, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum.

School's out for children across the country and we are pulling out our cool cotton T-shirts and shorts. Yesterday on World Day Against Child Labor, we might keep in mind that...

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Smart Phone App-tivism: How You Can Avoid Slave-Made Products This Holiday Season

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 1:51 PM

Would you buy that Pillow Pet as a gift for your child if you knew it cost another child her freedom? Would the chocolate sprinkles on your holiday cookies taste as sweet if you knew the cocoa were harvested by child labor?

Shopping ethically in a world where nearly everything...

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