Voices from Russia

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Bangladesh Building Collapse Death Toll Rises

00.00k Politics Through a Cartoonist's Eyes 09.11.11

THIS was the ultimate cause of the building collapse… spit when you pass the next McMansion or the country club. The Apostle said that the love of money is the root of all evil, and he was right. That’s the basis of the American Republican Party… we shouldn’t ally Christ’s Church with such depravity, should we? Think on it…

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On Thursday, sources in the military and police told international news agencies that they believe that about 900 people died in the factory collapse in Bangladesh. Media reports said that military sources put the figure at 912, whilst police officials say that they recovered 892 bodies from the building. Previous reports put the number of dead at 803. The Rana Plaza building in Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhakacollapsed on 24 April. Over 3,000 people are thought to have been working in the building at the time.

On Wednesday, the authorities in Bangladesh ordered 18 textile factories to close over health and safety concerns, and, earlier in the week, they set up a commission to check the 4,500 factories in the region. Preliminary information from the government inquiry indicates that vibrations from four powerful generators, installed in the building in breach of regulations, caused the tragedy. The building’s architect told the media that he designed it to house offices, not a garment factory. Investigators confirmed that the building’s intended purpose was “commercial use”. Local officials told the media that first-responders rescued over 2,400 of those working in the factory at the time of its collapse. Survivors told the media that they’d noticed worrying cracks in the building a day before the incident, but that management convinced them to return to work. The building owner is one of those arrested over the tragedy.

9 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130509/181047449/Bangladesh-Building-Collapse-Death-Toll-Rises.html

Editor’s Note:

The American Right defends “outsourcing”… well, this is its practical upshot. They want to move business to compliant Third World dictatorships to circumvent labour, safety, and environmental regulations in developed countries to maximise their profits. Their attitude is, “Who cares, they’re just sand niggers, anyway. They don’t deserve any better”. The money from such soulless and godless exploitation ends up in the hands of the American and European Affluent Effluent (and their Third World lickspittles such as the Capriles family in Venezuela).

Reflect on this… the people responsible for such malevolent shit tell us how moral they are and how immoral we are. I’d only say this… by their fruits ye shall know them. Remember WHO said that… ‘nuff said.

BMD

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Saturday, 28 April 2012

28 April 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. Today is Workers’ Memorial Day… “Remember the Dead… Fight for the Living”

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Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually around the world on 28 April, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell by their work.

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The photos are of the 2010 Mezhdurechensk mine disaster in Russia. I’ll tell you one of the reasons why the rightwing slimers hate Vladimir Putin. When the word came of the explosion, he went out to the Kuzbass, and he saw to it that the owners paid up to the families of the dead miners. On top of that, he saw to it that the social welfare system didn’t screw anyone over. George Bush never did likewise… indeed, the Republicans make it clear that the workers get all the pain… the McMansion pigs get all the gain. Not only do they stack the deck unmercifully, they want to stack it against working folks even more. That’s the way it is, now… I seem to find something WRONG in that. We can do something about that in November…

BMD

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Coal Mines Aren’t Just in Pennsylvania… Images of Those Affected by the Raspadskaya Mine Disaster in Mezhdurechensk

Let’s start with some general views of the city of Mezhdurechensk (Kemerovo Oblast. Siberian Federal District) in the Kuzbass in Siberian Russia

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and here’s the other end of town.

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These scenes are all-too-familiar to Russian Orthodox people from Pennsylvania and West Virginia… it’s why we aren’t as prone to believe in Godless Suburban Therapeutese as are Anglo-Saxons. The coal pit and steel mill figure in too many of our family histories… the ancestors of today’s konvertsy exploited our ancestors… we’ve never forgotten that. We paid the price of American industrialisation… they took the benefits.

Spare a prayer for the common working folk of Mezhdurechensk… they’re going to go down in the pit again… don’t forget them.

BMD

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