Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization » Worker Exploitation

Belo Monte construction halts after protestors torch buildings at three construction sites

By Agence France-Presse Work on Brazil’s controversial $13 billion Belo Monte mega-dam ground to a halt Monday after protesters torched buildings at three dam construction sites over the weekend, the developer said. Saturday, “a group of 30 people set fire to prefab structures at the Pimental site. They went into the cafeteria, destroyed everything and … Continue reading Belo Monte construction halts after protestors torch buildings at three construction sites

Farmers in Mexico shut down exploitative and ecocidal silver mine

By Paul Bocking / Waging Nonviolence Civil disobedience has halted production at Mexico’s “top grade producer of silver.” Farmers of the La Sierrita village, a close knit community of about 50 families, located 40 minutes north of the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango, have shut down the La Platosa mine owned by Canadian firm Excellon … Continue reading Farmers in Mexico shut down exploitative and ecocidal silver mine

RAMPS action in West Virginia shuts down largest mountaintop removal mine

By Charles Suggs, RAMPS organizer More than 50 protesters affiliated with the R.A.M.P.S. Campaign have walked onto Patriot Coal’s Hobet mine and shut it down.  Ten people locked to a rock truck, boarded it and dropped banners: ”Coal Leaves, Cancer Stays.”  At least three have been arrested, with another in a tree being threatened by miners … Continue reading RAMPS action in West Virginia shuts down largest mountaintop removal mine

The Corporate Rot Eats Away at Wisconsin

from The Progressive The corporate coup d’etat in Wisconsin is harder to ignore since June 5 when Scott Walker was deemed winner of the recall election. The veil is being lifted on the identities of the people who have their hands on the levers of power in the state and the economic interests they represent. Gogebic … Continue reading The Corporate Rot Eats Away at Wisconsin

Global super rich securing up to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens

By Heather Stewart / The Observer The world’s super-rich have taken advantage of lax tax rules to siphon off at least $21 trillion, and possibly as much as $32tn, from their home countries and hide it abroad – a sum larger than the entire American economy. James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and … Continue reading Global super rich securing up to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens

Ford, GM, and Nissan profiting from indigenous land theft, slave labor, and deforestation

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay According to a new report by Greenpeace, top U.S. car companies such as Ford, General Motors, and Nissan are sourcing pig iron that has resulted in the destruction of Amazon rainforests, slave labor, and land conflict with indigenous tribes. Spending two years documenting the pig iron trade between northeastern Brazil … Continue reading Ford, GM, and Nissan profiting from indigenous land theft, slave labor, and deforestation

Murders, child slavery, and deforestation rampant in Amazonia as gold rush devastates region

By Paulina Abramovich / Agence France-Presse A new gold rush is sweeping through Latin America with devastating consequences, ravaging tropical forests and dumping toxic chemicals as illegal miners fight against big international projects. With international market prices for metals high, informal “wildcat” mining has been on the rise in recent years in countries like Bolivia, … Continue reading Murders, child slavery, and deforestation rampant in Amazonia as gold rush devastates region

May Day or Mayday?

Chris Byron // Deep Green Resistance Orlando May Day is one of the last vestiges of worker solidarity in the United States. Initially the holiday was a left-wing celebration of union organizing, and a protest against the state for executing seven innocent anarchists. Both are on the decline. Union membership in the United States has … Continue reading May Day or Mayday?

Warao people of Venezuela eking out an existence on rubbish of civilization

By Rhodri Davies / Al Jazeera Emiliano Veria searches through knee-high piles of garbage, in a dump that stretches to the horizon. It’s a daily fight between him, scores of other scavengers and carrion birds. Amid smouldering waste, the pickers look for metals and clothes to sell. Alongside the vultures, they hunt for food to … Continue reading Warao people of Venezuela eking out an existence on rubbish of civilization

US prison corporations exploiting nearly a million incarcerated people with sweatshop labor

By Steven Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman / TomsDispatch Sweatshop labor is back with a vengeance. It can be found across broad stretches of the American economy and around the world.  Penitentiaries have become a niche market for such work.  The privatization of prisons in recent years has meant the creation of a small army of workers … Continue reading US prison corporations exploiting nearly a million incarcerated people with sweatshop labor