PRI's The World: 4/24/14

April 24, 2014

PRI's The World: 4/24/14

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April 24, 2014

A year ago Thursday, the Rana Plaza garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than 1,000 workers. We make the connections between the clothes we wear, and the people who make them for us. Also, the U-2 spy plane is still in service and going strong. But it might not be if the latest Pentagon budget is approved. Plus, cops in Nairobi, Kenya strap on roller skates to chase down criminals.

A year ago Thursday, the Rana Plaza garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than 1,000 workers. We make the connections between the clothes we wear, and the people who make them for us. Also, the U-2 spy plane is still in service and going strong. But it might not be if the latest Pentagon budget is approved. Plus, cops in Nairobi, Kenya strap on roller skates to chase down criminals.

Stories in this Edition

Business, Finance & Economics

In Bangladesh, will a legal system 'full of holes' prosecute those responsible for the Rana Plaza factory collapse?

Bangladeshis today are honoring the memory of those killed one year ago in the deadly factory collapse at Rana Plaza. Building owner Sohel Rana and several factory owners are in jail awaiting trial. Zafar Sobhan, the editor of the Dhaka Tribune explains why prosecution of the men would be a big step forward for the weak Bangladeshi justice system.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

Updated

When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Arts, Culture & Media

In the spotlight: Breakdancing (and hope) in Tunisia

Updated

The revolution succeeded in Tunisia, but though the politics have changed, things haven't gotten much better for the country's youth. Unemployment is high, young people feel hopeless, and they're targets for jihadi recruiters. But, here's one group — a breakdancing troupe — that's trying to give young Tunisians a sense of belonging and a place to blow off steam.

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