I’m going to start archiving the links I send to an email newsletter I’ve started. See Newsletter Archives for more information!
Here’s what was important this week:
The UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism comments about whether The Guardian should have published Edward Snowden’s leaks: “There is, however, one issue on which I do not think reasonable people can differ, and that is the importance of the role of responsible media in exposing questions of public interest.
Labor in America (and elsewhere):
“Though there is very little evidence to support the notion that minimum-wage increases lead to layoffs and unemployment, and a great deal of evidence to refute it, the retailers are sticking to their story, which is the story of the American economy of the past generation: lower prices and lower wages—a race to the bottom.”
Ensuring that workers are paid a fair wage is a task that should fall to governments. But in a place like Bangladesh, where the government has demonstrated weak capacity to ensure minimum standards for wages and workplace safety, that responsibility falls in part to global brands.