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Fifteen months ago, a fire at a garment factory in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people and injured at least a further 200. The factory provided clothing for U-S retailers like Walmart, among others, and had been cited by Walmart as having potentially unsafe conditions for workers. In response to the tragedy, the U.S. government revoked trade privileges with Bangladesh, and the country is trying to get them back.

Every year the Alfred Friendly Foundation places international journalists in newsrooms across the U.S. The organization aims to impart American journalistic traditions and promote efforts worldwide to promote fair and accurate news. 

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The collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than a thousand workers caused a flurry of outrage and widespread calls for sweatshop reforms. But so did the fire four months earlier that killed more than a hundred workers at another Bangladesh garment factory.

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A group gathered in MU’s speaker’s circle Thursday to speak out against the Bangladeshi government and advocate for freedom of expression. 

Nearly 15 atheists participated in the Defend Dissent protest.  The demonstration was inspired by the arrest of several bloggers in Bangladesh who spoke out against the government and against Islam.  Columbia is one of several cities across the globe participating in Defend Dissent.