Hundreds of garment factories are up and running again Friday in Bangladesh. They’d been closed down by three days of protests over dangerous working conditions. Those protests were sparked by April’s collapse of a building near the capital Dhaka which housed five garment factories. We spoke to two survivors of last month’s Rana Plaza building collapse.
This month the ancient port city of Zanzibar in Tanzania, Africa, has been mourning the death of one of its great musical stars. No one knows exactly how old the singer and drummer Bi Kidude was when she died- some say over 100 – but she left a unique musical legacy which fused African and Arabic culture.
Damian Barr, who grew up gay during Thatcher’s conservative government, tells how he coped with being different in a working class neighborhood during the Thatcher years.
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda appeared before the International Criminal Court in The Hague this week, after turning himself in. Financial Times corresponent Katrina Manson was one of the last journalists to interview Ntaganda before his surprise surrender.
One of the hits of Rio de Janeiro’s carnaval this year was Bloco do Sargento Pimenta, a samba tribute band dedicated to the music of The Beatles. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with one of the band’s singers, Leandro Donne.
The latest literary hit in China is a new translation of James Joyce’s notoriously difficult novel, Finnegans Wake. The original English version of the book has defeated many readers, but Joyce’s Chinese translator says Finnegans Wake is primarily a book about freedom.