From Stephanie McMillan’s blog in the USA:
I drew this cartoon over the weekend, before I read the article below which explains that not only the importer/retailers, but also their governments, reap huge amounts of wealth from the products made by exploited workers in Bangladesh and other countries, through tarrifs and taxes.
That appropriated wealth goes to whatever it is our governments spend money on: infrastructure, perks for politicians, tax refunds for rich corporations, subsidized agriculture, wars, etc.
This article explains how that happens, and why the workers rebelled recently in Dhaka.
It was sent to me by its author Anu Muhammad, journalist and editor of Megh Barta, an online progressive journal based in Dhaka; and Professor of Economics at Jahangeer Nagar University, Dhaka.
Why the Workers Became So Audacious?
See also here.
Update October 2007 here.
Update January 2008: here.
Students demonstrate in Bangladesh: here.
Chalcolithic archaeology of Bangladesh: here.