Jordan’s economy sits atop a foundation of factory labor, with garment exports making up roughly 20 percent of the kingdom’s gross domestic product. But after a Bangladeshi worker recently claimed that her Sri Lankan manager raped her, Jordan’s clothing industry has turned upside down.
At “Classic Group” factories in Jordan, scores of young women from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been brutalized and repeatedly raped while sewing clothing for giant retailers including Wal-Mart, Hanes, Target, Sears and Land’s End. All of these sweatshop goods enter the U.S.
Recent political unrest in North Africa has many rethinking U.S. foreign policy in the region. It remains to be seen, however, if changes in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere will produce a paradigm shift in the U.S. approach. We’ll hear a range of opinions.
News is breaking from Jordan, where King Abdullah has reportedly fired the prime minister, the Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.The AP is calling it a sacking.Reuters says "King Abdullah on Tuesday asked his former ex-military adviser Marouf Bakhit to form a new cabinet, an offi