Why did production in such a factory continue to go on even though conditions were known to be dangerous? As you can likely guess, the reasons were purely financial.
If journalism's role is to not only report the facts but also to expose wrongdoing, then the Times deserves kudos, and a Pulitzer Prize, for documenting and explaining the emergence of Bangladesh's new sweatshop economy as a major source of the clothing that American and European consumers buy every day.
The vast majority of Bangladesh's exports -- 80 percent -- come from its $18 billion garment industry. However, according to the World Bank, Bangladesh ranked last in wages for factory workers worldwide in 2010. What would this mean for western consumers who have benefited from Bangladesh's cheap labor?
This is not a mere film but a film action that challenges its audience by making them think about their indifferent attitude to the society and the importance of their being organized to stand against the system.
The question: How do we insure that Bangladesh textile factories are safe? The answer: You get yourself an incorruptible, on-site champion of industrial safety.
From its earliest days, BRAC understood the solutions to many of the world's poverty-related injustices begin with changing how women view themselves.
Unlike Bangladesh, Texas is already extremely wealthy and can afford to adopt a more balanced and humanitarian approach to economic growth. Instead, the former seems to be modernizing while Governor Perry pushes his state towards an unreasonably purist form of capitalism.
Coupled with current employment practices that rely heavily on temporary workers rather than full-time employees and on migrant labor, the result is a work environment that has kept these workplaces "virtually union-free."
I realized that I had found myself caught up in the middle of a war. But this wasn't a war against jihadists, secularists, atheists, bloggers, or even war of theocracies vs. democracies.
Both the national and the international businesses should feel as though the workers are a part of their family. The days of slave labor have to come to an end. It is better to start the process now, before more ugly incidents occur.
We already know that our banks remain too big to fail, threatening regular people with crisis. Now, a parallel reality is emerging in the garment trade: Most of our clothing is produced by global enterprises so vast and complex that they are simply too big to supervise.
Diarrhea is still one of the most serious causes of death and disability worldwide. Despite significant improvements in prevention and treatment efforts over the past few decades, it remains the second biggest killer of children in the world.
What has happened in Bangladesh could happen in many other countries that enable powerful politicians and their business cronies to act all too often as if they are above the law.
As firms are forced by "free trade" to force lower wages on their workers if they wish to stay competitive with their competitors who manufacture goods in nations like Bangladesh, and as firms in Bangladesh engage in the same competition to constrain wages, the result can be murderous.
It may seem hard to imagine, but one out of every three people in the world today does not have access to a decent toilet. Instead, many people in poor countries are left with no choice but to relieve themselves in open spaces, rivers or fields that drain into de facto local water sources.
We need to find out and decide what it takes to put the unscrupulous and greedy factory owners and suppliers, businesses and their leaders, out of business and replace them with those who are committed to brining integrity to the business model and supply chain.