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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Where Consumers Can Shop To Avoid Supporting Dangerous Working Conditions.”
The article’s author Bryce Covert writes:
Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry makes it the world’s second-largest apparel exporter, and the United States is its second-largest buyer after Europe. With the factory collapse death toll now over 800, American consumers may be looking to buy clothes that weren’t made in such working conditions. It is likely much better for the Bangladeshi economy and its garment workers for companies to invest in upgrades rather than flee the country, and those investments could cost consumers a mere 10 cents per garment. But in the meantime, there are some places for American shoppers to turn.
Those companies include Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia, Land’s End, Brooks Brothers and New Balance.
Today Politico picked up an Associated Press article titled “U.S. to provide $100 million in new Syria aid.”
The article reads:
U.S. officials say the Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid — but the money is for humanitarian purposes and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels.
U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that Secretary of State John Kerry will make the announcement Thursday in Rome.
The new funds will help support 1.4 million Syrian refugees and hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the violence inside Syria. The announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance in the two-year war to $510 million.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Maddow corrects PolitiFact’s ‘half truth’: In 29 states, you can be fired for being LGBT.”
The article’s author David Ferguson writes:
On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow addressed a statement by athlete Martina Navratilova that in 29 U.S. states, employers can fire a worker for being LGBT. The “fact-checking” agency PolitiFact rated Navratilova’s statement as being less than truthful, but in fact, it is true.
In this instance, Navratilova was correct. In 29 U.S. states there are no protections for LGBT people written into the states’ non-discrimination laws. Without the passage of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), there are currently no federal protections, either, meaning that you can in fact get fired for being LGBT.
And on the research and facts, PolitiFact is correct on this issue, and yet they chose to give Navratilova’s statement a “Half True” rating on their “Truthometer.”
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