from Global Investing:

BRIC-layer makes MINT

January 6, 2014

Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill, deviser of the BRIC acronym uniting the emerging market giants of Brazil, Russia, India and China, has coined a new term - MINT.

from The Great Debate:

The power of organizing

By Pramila Jayapal
July 17, 2013

Two separate agreements by European and American retailers around fire safety in Bangladesh mark an important step forward in protecting the lives of Bangladeshi garment factory workers. Because they were signed months after the Rana Plaza collapse, in which 1,127 workers died, it’s tempting to link the two events: a horrifying tragedy, followed by policy change.

from The Great Debate:

A cry for worker fairness

By Senator Robert Menendez
June 5, 2013

People rescue a garment worker trapped under rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Bira

from Ian Bremmer:

Bangladesh and the cost of doing nothing

By Ian Bremmer
April 30, 2013

In Bangladesh, the search for survivors has become an effort to recover the dead. After a garment factory building collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Savar last week, residents and rescue workers spent days digging through the rubble hoping to save the lives of people caught in yet another Bangladeshi industrial accident. At least 390 people are thought to have died.

from The Great Debate:

Can Western companies put an end to Bangladesh factory disasters?

By Pramila Jayapal
April 26, 2013

On Wednesday, while a Bangladeshi survivor of last November’s Tazreen fire that killed 113 people was talking to a Seattle audience about the need for corporations to be held liable for safety violations, it happened again. That day, a factory housing dozens of garment manufacturers in Bangladesh collapsed outside of Dhaka. Since then the death toll has skyrocketed to more than 300 workers, with hundreds more still trapped in the rubble.

from Global Investing:

New frontiers to outpace emerging markets

By Reuters Staff
April 8, 2013

Fund managers searching for yield are increasing exposure to frontier markets (FM) as a diversification from emerging markets (EM), as the latter have been offering negative relative returns since January, according to MSCI data.

from Global Investing:

Corruption and business potential sometimes go together

By Reuters Staff
December 7, 2012

By Alice Baghdjian

Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and Vietnam found themselves cheered and chided this week.

from Photographers' Blog:

Silent tears within the brothel walls

March 19, 2012

By Andrew Biraj

“Hashi cannot be sad ever. Sadness is a part of our lives, so we don’t bother with sadness. My parents will not be able to identify me anymore. There is a huge difference between my present appearance and the malnourished look of my childhood. I am healthier than before and fit to serve a lot of customers in a day.”
- Hashi (which means happiness), a seventeen-year-old sex worker at Kandapara brothel in Tangail

from Expert Zone:

Bangladesh reinventing itself

By S K Chatterji
February 19, 2012

(The views expressed in this column are the author's own and do not represent those of Reuters)