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Observance of International Labor Day...
Lahore, Pakistan
By Murtaza Syed
30 Apr 2013

Rehmat, age 30, manages to flash a bright smile despite years of working in harsh conditions at the metal factory.

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North Korea - Scenes Of Daily Life & DMZ
Panmunjom, North Korea
By U.S. Editor
16 Apr 2013

Scenes from the demilitarized border zone between North and South Korea.

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Blood Sugar 016
By Ruom
29 Mar 2013

January 8, 2013
Omliang, Kampong Speu, Cambodia

Trucks offload the sugar cane onto a belt that takes the cane into a crusher.

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Blood Sugar 014
By Ruom
08 Jan 2013

January 8, 2013
Omliang, Kampong Speu, Cambodia

Trucks wait to enter the factory to unload the sugar cane.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Rae B...
Rae Barreli Utter Pradesh , India
By newspoint
06 Nov 2012

UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi inaugurated a modern coach manufacturing factory in her Lok Sabha constituency Rae Barreli tomorrow.

The inauguration of the Rs 1,685 crore coach factory was delayed for more than a year due to the vexed issue of compensation to farmers whose land was used for the factory.

Beside the inauguration, Sonia also handed over appointment letters to farmers whose land was used for the project. The country's largest public transporter had acquired 541 hectares of land for the coach manufacturing factory, out of which 283 hectares belonged to private land owners.

The Rae Bareli coach factory is expected to cater to railways' increasing demand for coaches by annually rolling out about 1,000 coaches. Currently, the factory is engaged only in assembling coaches.

Byte-Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson

“The coach manufacturing unit here will provide job opportunities to the local residents and farmers who have given their land for this project and add to the development of the area”

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Women in Syria, Azaz factory
Azaz, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Organizers cross the border into "Free Syria" in order to deliver aid to those Syrians stuck outside of Turkey. An elderly man rebuilds his shelled factory, stuck in Syria unable to enter Turkey.

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Editor's Picks 16 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
15 Sep 2012

Cairo Calms Down After Violent Protests

Gunmen Open Fire At Arish Police Department, North Sinai

Morsi & Bashir Discuss Regional Developments Between Egypt And Sudan

Crowds Gathered In Jordan, Shaking Their Shoes At America
Friday Night Unrest At US Embassy In Jordan

Azaz, Syria's northernmost border with Turkey, has seen its share of fighting and now lives with the remnants. Bombed out schools, tanks and factories are whats left for the villagers whose children enjoy playing on the tanks.

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A man stands inside his destroyed fac...
Azaz, Syria,
By Ms_R
14 Sep 2012

Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling, that saw 50 dead, are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble. Here, a local businessman, who owns an olive-oil pressing factory, stands amid the rubble. Rebuilding of the factory has begun, even as he fears that they will be shelled once more.

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A door to a factory in Azaz filled wi...
Azaz, Syria,
By Ms_R
14 Sep 2012

Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling, that saw 50 dead, are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble. The residents fear further shelling, even as they live among daily reminders of the battle to free the town from Bashar Al-Assad's forces.

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A man stands inside his destroyed fac...
Azaz, Syria,
By Ms_R
14 Sep 2012

Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling, that saw 50 dead, are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble. Here a local businessman who owns an olive-oil pressing factors displays the damage done to his business after it was shelled and used as a sniper base for Syrian regime soldiers.

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Made in Bangladesh (3 of 23)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Michael Biach
10 Apr 2012

Young and sometimes underaged workers in Bangladesh's garment industry.

Bangladesh’s garment industry is responsible for nearly 80% of the country’s exports – mainly to Europe and the United States – and therefore the single greatest source of economic growth.

An estimated number of two to three million people are employed in more than 4,000 factories all over the country, not including the thousands of sub-suppliers. About 80% of the working force are women. Although violating national law sub-suppliers often still employ children under the age of 14.

Workers are reliant on the engagement to support their families. Jobs are highly underpaid – most factories pay the maximum of 1,500-2,000 Taka (about 15 – 20 Euros) per month. Labor time is up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

Several clothing buyers asked the Bangladeshi government to raise the minimum wages but factory owners argue that they will not be competitive against Vietnam, China and other big producers if they raise wages and therefore would have to close their factories and discharge all their employees.

As people are reliant on their jobs they are still willing to work even if underpaid. Continuous riots by textile workers break out – leading to short-term shutdowns and often to injuries and fatalities among workers. It is unlikely that either the international clothing companies nor the local Bangladeshi factory owners will bear the costs of raised wages.

A change of the situation will only be achieved if consumers are aware of the social inequity and put pressure on the companies involved.

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The Hirbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
18 Nov 2011

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
18 Nov 2011

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory in Hebron...
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
18 Nov 2011

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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The Herbawi Textile Factory (10 of 13)
Hebron, Palestine
By Elo B
18 Nov 2011

Herbawi Textile Factory, located in Hebron, is the only producer of the original koffiyeh in all of Palestine. The factory was founded in 1961 by Yasser Herbawi

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People continue to blockade the port ...
Damietta, Egypt
By a.fatah85
15 Nov 2011

Protesters are still blocking the city’s main roads, while also laying siege to the city’s port where the old MOPKO (the Egyptian fertiliser production company) plant and its two extensions, still under construction, are located.
After confrontations between activists and security forces that left one dead and a dozen of injured, the government announced on Sunday afternoon suspension of construction in the two new plants until authorities examine them for environmental recommendations, but protesters lack trust in the government’s word based on their three-year long struggle with authorities on the issue.

Conflicts between Damietta citizens and the authorities over the environmentally hazardous factory plants have been ongoing since 2008, when the Canadian company Agrium began constructing a fertiliser plant near the Damietta seaport after signing a deal with the government in 2006. Despite suggestions that it would be shut down and the company will be compensated as a result, the factory has continued to operate over the past few years.