Al Musayyib, Iraq, May 27 2003. An Iraqi child jumps over the remains of victims found in a mass grave south of Baghdad. The victims were killed by Saddam Hussein’s government during a Shiite uprising following the 1991 Gulf War.
Marco Di Lauro
Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too. — Taslima Akhter.
Image: Two victims of a garment factory building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh by Taslima Akhter via Time Lightbox. Select to embiggen.
UPDATE: Via the New York Times, Clothing Is New Front in Movement for Fair Trade.
With fair-trade coffee and organic fruit now standard on grocery shelves, consumers concerned with working conditions, environmental issues and outsourcing are now demanding similar accountability for their T-shirts. And some retailers are doing what was once unthinkable, handing over information about exactly how, and where, their products were made.
The death toll from the Bangladesh factory collapse is now over 800.
It should surprise no one that the always-amped Hunter Pence really likes coffee. Here he is with SF’s premier coffee maker, Phil Jaber of Philz Coffee. I imagine that Pence mainlines about five Ethers per game, but I doubt he gets the mint leaf inside. By all accounts, the speech he made to the baristas was inspiring:
“ Look into each other cups - now! Look into each others cups, I want one more latte with you. It’s the most aromatic, the best coffee I have ever drank, and no matter what happens we must not give in and order decaf. We owe it to each other to brew for each other - one cup at a time. I need one more cup with you guys. I need to see which Modest Mouse album that barista with the stretched ears is gonna play tomorrow! I want to steam milk for that white girl with dreadlocks, while she’s ignoring customers to update her Pinterest page. I want to brew a free cup of coffee for that customer with the enormous head, because he reminds me of Bruce Bochy! Brew for each other not yourself. Brew each morning. Brew each moment. Because you guys are splitting your tips.”
How serious is the Air Force’s sexual assault epidemic? Yesterday, police in northern Virginia arrested the Air Force’s chief of sexual-assault prevention — for sexual assault. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, was “arrested and charged with sexual battery,” according to the Arlington, Virginia police department. According to the arrest report, Krusinski drunkenly “approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.” Until today, Krusinski, a lieutenant colonel, was the chief of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. An Air Force spokesman, Maj. Eric Badger, told Danger Room that the Air Force removed Krusinski from his position within the program, “immediately upon learning of the arrest.” (It’s worth mentioning that the Air Force did not initially confirm Krusinski’s arrest when Danger Room spoke to a different spokeswoman, Jennifer Cassidy; and deferred that confirmation to the Arlington police.) (via Air Force Chief of Sexual-Assault Prevention Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges | Danger Room | Wired.com)
this is beyond absurd. honestly, i’m even a little shocked. i mean, for a start, why is the “chief of sexual-assault prevention” a man to begin with? seems like that’s a non-starter to begin with— let alone the fact he’s clearly a drunken perv. fuck me running. i really doubt that this will even become a huge story on national mainstream media. we’ll see, i could be wrong but i wouldn’t bet on it. jesus h christ this country is despicable