n Wednesday, 283 people in Pakistan were killed after two separate fires tore through factories in Karachi and Lahore. Many of the victims were trapped behind locked doors and barred windows, putting a spotlight on Pakistan's horrendous working conditions and lack of government oversight. The Karachi factory, for example, had only one exit because its owner had locked the other doors in response to a recent theft. Many of the victims died from smoke inhalation.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Who are the real gay marriage bigots?
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
- Watch The Daily Show mock Fox News' confused man-crush on Vladimir Putin
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Religious liberty should be a liberal value, too
- Why is American internet so slow?
- 22 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Don't worry: World War III will almost certainly never happen
- The new bride who had a horrifying allergic reaction to her husband's sperm
5 surprising facts about left-handed people
Subscribe to the Week