Worldview: Bangladeshi workers' rights, a foreign policy great remembered and banned Iranian music

May 15, 2013

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Worldview: Bangladeshi workers' rights, a foreign policy great remembered and banned Iranian music

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Fighting for workers' rights in Bangladesh
We'll take a look at the fight for workers' rights in Bangladesh in the wake of the factory collapses that occurred earlier this month. Ben Hensler, General Counsel and Deputy Director of the Worker Rights Consortium, joins us to talk about what global companies like Wal-Mart, Gap, and Zara are doing to improve worker safety.
Retailers sign Bangladesh garment-factory-safety deal as Rana Plaza death toll hits 1,127 | ti.me/1286GLy (via @TIMEWorld)TIME.com
As Firms Line Up on Factories, Wal-Mart Plans Solo Effort21 hours ago ... Wal-Mart, rejecting a safety plan backed by more than a dozen European companies, said its monitors would “conduct in-...
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Ban on some Iranian musicians dates back to the revolution

Music has been a source of political debate since the the Islamic Republic of Iran was established.  All kinds of pop music has been banned over the years. In January of this year several musicians were jailed and arrested, according to a story in The Guardian, for "collaborating with LA-based musicians and satellite channels."  But music has also played an important role in the election campaign. In this week's Global Notes we'll take a look at the intersection between pop and politics in Iran.
Iranians pump up the volume for banned tunesAryo, 18, has just enrolled in university. As he drives around Tehran in his father's car, Aryo and his friends bang their heads to a wes...
According to some critics, a bigger problem in Iran is the government co-optation of certain musical numbers for its own propaganda.  Right now, the biggest music phenomena in the Persian cyber world is this Iranian version of "Gangnam Style" with over three million hits already (see below). It's an ad for transmission shop produced by an Iranian-Armenian mechanic and singer. "I would not be surprised if one of the presidential candidates starts playing a version of it at the campaign rallies," says Iranian-American and Worldview contributor Nari Safavi.
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A new look at Obama's foreign policy
In a recent blog post for Foreign Policy, Harvard professor Stephen Walt wrote that he had finally figured out one word to describe president Obama's "approach to foreign policy."  He calls the president a "buck-passer."  Stephen Walt explains why he thinks the president likes to pass off foreign policy decisions.
Obama's Foreign Policy in his Second Term | Brookings InstitutionMay 2, 2013 ... Editor's note: In an interview with ABC Lateline's Tony Jones, Martin Indyk discusses the challenges that Presi...
Is foreign policy criticism of Obama just partisanship?May 2, 2013 ... The Obama administration initially waffled over the Arab Spring, unable to decide whether and when to support the statu...