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A Capital Tyranny

With money and the power it can buy, corporates keep profiting despite their callousness.

A Capital Tyranny
A Capital Tyranny
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The recent building collapse and ongoing sweatshop fires in Bangladesh which have killed hundreds of poor garment workers are no different from the mass suicides of “Monsanto farmers” in India, oil pipeline fires killing poor children in Nigeria or iPhone factory worker deaths in China. At  the heart of all these tragedies is the prehistoric, global greed of corporations that decidedly puts profit before people and takes away even the basic human rights of working men, women and children, jeopardising their lives, livelihoods and dignity.

And when their wrongdoings are exposed by grassroots activists, some rare politicians, newspapers or television channels, these corporations quickly escape from the scene of crime, only to invest in another, low-spotlight, low-risk site. Bangladesh, India and China have for long been breeding grounds for sweatshops. If there’s trouble here, the corporations will move elsewhere, as they now are to Haiti, Tajikistan or Tasmania. And in this well-connected world, it is especially easy for these corporations and their...

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