A building housing several factories making clothing for European and American consumers collapsed into a deadly heap on Wednesday, killing at least 108 workers and injuring at least 1,000 people. The catastrophe comes only five months after a horrific fire at a similar facility prompted leading multinational brands to pledge to work to improve safety in the country’s booming but poorly regulated garment industry. (Photo: AM Ahad / AP via The New York Times; caption via The Times)
Out of the tragedy of the massive garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, workers have now won two major reforms:
1) A panel to raise the minimum wage in the garment industry and
2) The right to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners.
Still, more pressure—and responsibility—need to be placed upon America’s big-brand companies to win further protections.
Well, before the war as everybody says, Intramuros was the spiritual headquarters of the country, with seven religious orders that had their Mother Churches here.
1. Manila Cathedral
This is the central church of the city, the Archbishop holds masses here. The Cathedral is also called the…
In our age the judgment of others has assumed an organized form, and calls itself Public Opinion. Its organ and representative is the Press. In truth, the importance of the Press is immense, and may be regarded as the most characteristic fact of our time - more characteristic even than our remarkable discoveries and inventions in the realm of technical science. No government, no law, no custom can withstand its destructive activity when, from day to day, through the course of years, the Press repeats and disseminates among the people its condemnations of institutions or of men.
— Konstantin Pobedonostsev (1827-1907)
(Alexander Makovsky’s portrait of Konstantin Pobedonostsev)
The Mad Monarchist | Monarchist Profile: Konstantin Pobedonostsev“Elections are merely an art with its own strategy and tactics, like the art of war. The crowd listens to whoever shouts loudest and who is best at pretending through banality and flattery to suit the concepts and inclinations popular in the masses. In theory, the voter gives his vote to the candidate because he knows him and trusts him, whereas in practice…he does not know him at all, but the voter is told about him in speeches and shouts from the interested party.”
In a Democracy, the real rulers are the dexterous manipulators of votes, with their placemen, the mechanics who so skillfully operate the hidden springs which move the puppets in the arena of democratic elections. Men of this kind are ever ready with loud speeches lauding equality; in reality, they rule the people as any despot or military dictator might rule it.
My absolute favorite place in Vienna #SchlossBelvedere
Schloß Belvedere in late winter, Eugene of Savoy’s summer residence. Still enchanting and majestic.
Palacio Real, the largest royal palace in Western Europe!