The true price of your Asos order


September 29, 2016 

Workers at the heart of Asos’s global retail empire say they’re being treated like machines to deliver fast fashion. US Congress voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto on a 9/11 victims bill. And what we know about what gadgets do to our bodies.



People have a lot of doubts about this interview with an alleged jihadi in Syria.

German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer on Monday posted a video titled “America supporting al Qaeda?” In it, Todenhöfer is shown driving across a landscape in Syria before sitting down with a man described as a commander with Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda–affiliated group in Syria that is fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.  

Over the course of the interview, conducted in English and Arabic, the commander claims that the US supports his group through advisers and indirectly supplying weapons. Since the interview went up, however, people have been skeptical about the claims made. In July, the group renamed itself “Jabhat Fateh al-Sham” and reportedly cut its ties with al-Qaeda. The fighter in the video claimed that his group and al-Qaeda were one in the same, which immediately raised red flags. BuzzFeed News’ Hayes Brown explains.

The group’s official media arm put out a statement saying that no commander with the name that Todenhöfer said he interviewed actually exists.

The group’s official media arm put out a statement saying that no commander with the name that Todenhöfer said he interviewed actually exists. Facebook: JuergenTodenhoefer


And a little extra. 

Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, laughed when directly asked whether the Syrian government was responsible for bombing hospitals in Aleppo. The video was taken as he was on his way to a meeting of the Security Council about protecting medical workers in combat zones, just hours after Aleppo’s largest hospitals were attacked.



The US presidential election.

To save capitalism from Donald Trump, American business leaders would need to abandon old allies and make an “odious” new deal with low-wage workers, according to banker Ed Conard, BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith writes.

Despite fears of Russian hacks, officials say the US election is secure. Less than a week after high-ranking lawmakers accused Russian intelligence agencies of trying to interfere with the presidential election, US officials have tried to offer a reassuring response: A cyberattack, they say, couldn’t change the outcome of the presidential election.


Via Giphy

There’s more

  • Trump and his allies are bringing Bill Clinton’s sex scandals into focus by talking about how they aren’t talking about it. Meanwhile, Trump claimed that Google is suppressing bad news about Clinton.

  • Trump’s national policy adviser and campaign co-chair says voters don’t care about policy specifics and would be “bored to tears” by them.

  • TV host Jerry Springer said Trump is different from the guests on his show. His guests, he said, are “authentic,” unlike Trump.

  • Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson blanked when asked to name a foreign leader.

And in US Congress

Congress voted to override a veto by President Barack Obama, passing a bill that would allow families of people who died on Sept. 11, 2001, to sue Saudi Arabia. It’s the first time in Obama’s presidency Congress has overridden a veto.

Averting government shutdown: Congress passed a measure to continue funding the government through Dec. 9, which includes $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and provides flood relief for Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, and West Virginia.



These Asos warehouse workers are paying the true price of your order.

The heart of the online retailer’s global empire is a giant warehouse in the north of England where workers say they are treated like machines to get your order to you wherever you are in the world. A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals allegations of exploitative contracts, an overbearing security regime, and stressed workers.

The human cost of fast fashion.

Sian Butcher for BuzzFeed News



"At 18, I went on a date that I thought went well. Later, the boy told our mutual friend that “Sonam is too big”. I didn’t eat for a day."

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