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Woo - Hoo! Did you hear the cheers last Friday, 12th June? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement deal fell at the first on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Both Democrats and Republicans voted TOGETHER to place a formal hurdle in the President's path. 302 Against and only 126 For.

Does that surprise you? It should. How often does it happen that officials from both major parties find common ground? That alone shows this is no run o' th' mill trade deal.

What makes TPP SO bad?

The reasons are numerous and

Sacrifices Large ...

Today in the USA it's Memorial Day. Wherever we're from there's an annual opportunity in most nations to reflect on how who we are, what we do and all we have is in a large part the result of sacrifices others have made somewhere in our near or distant past.

Sobering thoughts for sure, and they ought to be. For the freedoms many of us enjoy around the world today we have legions of

We're in the middle of a most amazing month ... MAY!

Amazing May for Celebration ...

... and so, on a personal note, it's a fun-fact that the other Amazing May in my life is my mum - it's her middle name! Which makes it even more special that on May 1st we danced the night away at Buddy Guy's in Chicago before she returned home to England!

Seriously! We got swept out with the clean-up at 1.30am ... I SO want to be my mother at 77 ... don't tell her I told you ;)

We had a fantastic month, so many great memories made together - a veritable springboard...

It's April. The month of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh in 2013. The month to remember and recommit to the Fashion Revolution for Fair Trade.

The Canadian Fair Trade Network's imaginative campaign, THE LABEL DOESN'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY drives home the desperate truth about fast fashion and non-fair trade production of all we consume.

 

Rather than reproduce details here,

Independence Day! Many nations have them and all celebrate the day with pride. Bangladesh is covered in red and green on March 26th each year. Everyone enjoys the day but this year it brought an even greater sense of relief – a much needed break from the depressing cycle of strikes, blockades and petrol bombs.

 



What a great week full of so much that's good and great about Bangladesh - the kind of stuff that doesn't make the news - but does make a difference!

Back to the Future!

Like a truly special visit to Motif's leather suppliers Babul, Forkan and their families. We've worked together since the start in 1998, sharing the ups and downs of any good relationship. As business has grown they've even bought their own homes and workshops! So, it was a superb opportunity to meet and celebrate their success AND the growing number of artisans they employ.

Riding there was a blast! Dhaka's rating as 9th largest...

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