Posts Tagged ‘Mining’

Turkish mine disaster: unions blame “murderous” lack of safety & privatisation

by John Millington.

Turkish trade unions are staging a one day strike today in protest at the Soma mine disaster which has left over 200 dead. An as yet unexplained explosion took the lives of 246 miners and around 700 may still be trapped underground. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the area but had his car attacked as […]

Exorcising the ghost of Pinochet

by Mark Seddon.

By delicious irony, the local Member of Parliament for the impoverished Atacama region of Chile – which includes the doomed mine of San Jose – is none other Isabel Allende.  Allende is the daughter of the late President Salvador Allende, who put a revolver to his head in the final hours of the August 1973 […]

Miners — the real story

by Mark Seddon.

The World has watched and cheered to the rafters the human drama unfolding in Chile. That thirty three miners could be trapped underground for two months, survive and be winched to the surface in a capsule that looked as though it was once used in Star Trek is an extraordinary and joyous thing.  To watch […]

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