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Bangla Nagar: the backlash

Published by MAC on 2006-09-08

Bangla Nagar: the backlash

8th September 2006

Last week's decision by the Bangladesh government to place a moratorium on the Phulbari coal mine, following its setting aside of an even larger projected deal with Tata, has created a backlash of criticism from G-7 states. They (perhaps wilfully) conflate undoubted bad practices (bribery and failure to observe basic labour rights) in the country with genuine attempts by many sectors in the society to protect Bangladesh from foreign exploitation.

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