‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Threatens To Squash Whistleblowers In Midwest

You may have heard bad things about big agriculture before. “Corporate domination”, “animal factory”, and “sewage city” are all buzz words thrown around about the industry. But now, there’s good news: soon, you may not have to hear about it anymore…because they won’t let you!

A new bill preventing people from documenting conditions in factory farms is threatening to silence whistleblowers who expose unsafe working environments and animal abuses in Indiana.

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Work Abuse Continues In Abu Dhabi, Human Rights Watch Reports

Earlier this year, we wrote about the 31-year-old construction worker who died on site at the still-in-progress NYU Abu Dhabi campus, crushed by an improperly installed pillar. This incident ignited controversy about the safety and quality of working conditions on Saadiyat Island, where the permanent NYU campus is being built.

On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch announced that work conditions have improved on the island, where golf courses, resorts, restaurants, and future branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums are currently being built. However, work abuses continue to plague migrant workers on the island and significant improvements can still be made, reports the organization. Read more…

Construction Worker Killed At NYU Abu Dhabi Site

Last month, a worker was killed on the construction site of NYU Abu Dhabi, after he was crushed by an improperly installed pillar, the National reported. Construction on Saadiyat Island resumed earlier this month following the release of an investigation report by Abu Dhabi Municipality, which found that the accident was caused by the fact that the supervisor on-duty was not there to oversee the project, and a “lack of supervision and a lack of knowledge of proper procedure were also cited as factors.”

The Bangladeshi man was named Saiful Islam, and he was 31 years old.  Read more…