Headline May 29, 2018/ ''' ASIA'S *POVERTY* ALPINES '''


AFGHANISTAN - PAKISTAN - INDIA - Bangladesh - Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka are all, right up to the whites of their eye balls, mired in poverty.

And were I too liberally define Asia then many columns would get filled out with bleakness that few can imagine.

In the years ahead, how this region fares and fairs, just about everything will depend, just about the total quality of life will depend on the students of the region measure up to the leadership needs. 

Desperate to survive in a cut-throat competitive 'textile made-ups' market, the companies go to great lengths, to unimaginable lengths to sell their goods.

Like, even dodging tariffs with a 4,000 mile detour.

Want to avoid American tariffs? In China a company called Settle Logistics says it knows a way.

Specifically, that way goes through Malaysia a 4,600 mile diversion compared with sending a  shipping container from China straight across the Pacific to the united States.

But when the Chinese products that are aboard arrive at an American port, they will look as if they had come from Malaysia, according to the company and will be spared tariffs aimed at Chinese goods.

''For those unfair trade barriers targeting our industries from certain countries,'' Settle Logistics says on its website, ''we can adopt other approaches to bypass those trade tariffs and expand our markets.

Such zigzagging routes are called transshipments, and President Trump has used them to justify the trade fight he has picked with a number of countries.

''It is the U.S. government's role to judge which country the products are originally from and whether this business is legal.''

And for all of the above insights, !WOW! thanks author Keith Bradsher and Ailin Tang for the research.   

POVERTY IN BANGLADESH drives million of children away from schools and into horrid factory jobs.

When we asked the ages of people sewing ''NYC'' onto T-shirts, they just turned away from us.

In one factory. the owner confessed to us :

''We cannot follow all the rules, not even those that cover the employment of children. If i follow the rules, I have to raise prices.''

Ms. Bulbuli's shifts were at least eight hours long and involved sewing one part of the more than 3,000 pants her factory produces daily.

The pollution spewed by the factory is only getting worse as tanneries have been ordered to relocate to Savar from Dhaka, the capital, in an attempt to save the Buriganga River, a lifeline for Dhaka, whose water is thickening with pollution.

Bangladseh has a $1 billion tanning industry. All doe manually, as workers put animal skin into a toner.

Exposure to the mix of chemicals used to treat hides can cause serious health problems.

While many survivors of Rana Plaza that me met out trip last year have found jobs at factories , some are still struggling for work and compensation.

Others have made it their cause to help the victims.

Mahbub Hasan Ridoy, who was buried for 20 hours under the ruble, says he is the the only who survived from his department.

When we met him, Mr. Rodoy was working at a pharmacy and was determined to keep a spotlight on the survivors.

He said that the government ''received huge donations. BUT WHERE IS THE MONEY NOW?''

''They used the incident in Rana Plaza.'' he said. ''We need a thorugh investigation.''

Mossamot Rekha Akhter has been working in Rana Plaza since she was 13. She injured her arm in the disaster and when we saw her she still couldn't move it well.

She said there are many things she doesn't remember from that day. Her husband, Muhammed Saiful Islam, was also hurt in the collapse. He has dizziness and isn't able to do work that requires him to stand for long periods.

Shilpi Akhter lost an arm in Rana Plaza : it was under a swing machine when the ceiling collapsed.

When we met her, her education was being supported by a Malysian woman, Like Mossamot Akhter, she cannot remember much from the day.

Ms. Akhter said that she doesn't dream of being a doctor or an engineer. Instead, she told us, ''I have a dream of living on my own terms, being independent.

I do not want to go back to garment again.''

With respectful dedication to all the leaders of Asia, to Textile manufacturers and Exporters, and then the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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