Wednesday, March 27, 2019

29 days for free

"Russia throws down the gauntlet to US on Venezuela" (Bhadrakumar):
"Pompeo’s phone call to Lavrov suggests that the US is trying to figure out the Russian intentions. Interestingly, the Russian readout mentioned that Lavrov also brought up Syria and Ukraine during the conversation with Pompeo. Lavrov’s remarks were rather sharp: “He (Lavrov) also stressed that the US’s intention to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights would lead to a serious violation of international law, impede the Syrian settlement process and aggravate the situation in the Middle East. Speaking about Ukraine, Sergey Lavrov noted that Washington’s playing into the Kiev regime’s hands in torpedoing the Minsk Agreements on the settlement of the intra-Ukrainian conflict was unacceptable.” 
Curiously, on the contrary, the US state department readout completely omitted any references to Syria or Ukraine. Evidently, it was too much of a hot potato for Washington to even acknowledge that Lavrov might have drawn a parallel with the US behaviour in the ‘Eastern Hemisphere’, which Russia finds utterly unacceptable."
"The Exceptionalism of the Warmongers: John Bolton and Mike Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court" (Gordon).  It's funny that Bolton is going after the members of a court that is now mostly involved in enforcing Zionism on behalf of the Americans, but sometimes strays slightly away from that mission, causing heartburn for various American war criminals.

"The Jussie Smollett-SPLC-Obamas Nexus: Tina Tchen"(Sailer).  It looks like a conspiracy between Barry, local prosecutors, and 'Hollywood' agents.  Rahm pretended to complain bitterly about it even as his brother Ari started his career working for the agency that represents Smollett (famously, the television series Entourage is supposed to be about Ari's career at CAA).  I wonder what the feds will do about the much more serious issue, the letter containing powder Jussie allegedly sent to himself in an apparent attempt to get a raise.

More based tweets by Omar.

Tweet (Glenn Greenwald):
"Chuck Schumer equating neo-Nazis in Charlottesville to in front of AIPAC. This, along with Nancy Pelosi (also starring at ), is the senior Democrat in Washington."
"Trump Tries To Undo North Korea Sanctions - Gets Sabotaged By His Own Staff" (Moon).  Trump's just a mess at this point.  As long as Bolton is around this kind of thing is just going to get worse.

"Chagos and the Dark Soul of the British Labour Party" (Murray).

"MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen" (Norton).  As many feared, the facts of the Mueller report are having no effect on the #Russiagate coverage.  "Mueller Madness at the New York Post" (Lang).

"La Rinconada: The Devil’s Paradise" (Koenig) (this is the old 'capitalism' they are trying to bring back everywhere):
"Miners come “voluntarily”. Nobody forces them. Most are poor and jobless. They come for necessity. Some are just greedy  -– the never-dying ‘Gold Rausch’ attracts them. The dream of getting rich in the goldmine makes them accept the most horrendous working and living conditions: surviving in an open dump-ground of everything, garbage, toxic heavy metals, wading in mercury-polluted tailings, thin air, contaminated by poisonous vapors, no heating, most of the year sub-freezing temperatures –trash and debris everywhere. But the miners don’t complain. Some bring their wives, few bring also their kids. it’s their choice. Some stay ‘temporarily’ only, 6 months, 12 months, 2 years. For some the dream of hitting the riches never dies; they stay until they die. – They know they will be abused, enslaved. They know they can take it or leave it.
Miners work for usually long hours and are working during 29 days for free. On the 30th day they may keep whatever they take out of the ground, amounting on average to about 800 to 1,000 Soles per month (US$250 – $320). Sometimes day 30 brings nothing. Sometimes some rocks with traces of gold. All are hoping for a gold nugget. This type of mining wage is not unique to Peru. Bolivia and other Andean countries that are open to the most environmentally and socially destructive industry – mining – apply similar systems. The illusion to hit it BIG by finding the legendary ‘gold rock’ is a passion; it is obsessive. And if and when a miner does find a treasure to keep, he is vulnerable of being robbed, even killed, body discarded – another miner gone missing. Or not. Just disappeared. Maybe in a garbage dump. They are endless in Rinconada. They reflect the character of Rinconada. Refuse, waste, stench and death."
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