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Targeting Unions in Colombia

Here’s another great article I found on zmag.  Conn Hallinan talks about the increase in murders of trade unionists under Uribe’s administration.  He also talks about the ties between th government, military, and multi-national corporations in these murders.  There is a major increase of foreign capital in Colombia amounting over 60 percent of national income.

This is a prime example of how multi-national corporations play a major role in supporting corrupt governments and military to push forward free market ideologies that benefit a few while increasing poverty amongst the many.  Trade unionists have been warning against this increase in foreign investment because, as Hallinan says, “it has led to the privatization of government-owned services, such as hospitals and water systems.”  This is the typical story, especially as third world nations take loans and “aid” from the IMF and World Bank, having to agree to privatize all social sectors, rid of all subsidies, and abandon tarriffs.  This money is apparently benefiting Uribe’s corrupt government where multi-national corporations like Nestle, Chiquita, and Coca-Cola are targeting unionists.

It is also interesting that the US is moving a military base to Palanquero, Colombia, an obvious defeat to the human interests of the people of Colombia.  It is more important to keep our alliances under free-trade agreements (particularly the Central American Free Trade Agreement) that give us military access rather than standing up to a corrupt government that the US (particularly the rich and corporations) benefits politically and economically from.

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