Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Mali Mine Misery: Foreign Firms Eye Gold, Local Workers Suffer

With France in the middle of a troop withdrawal from Mali and UN peacekeeping forces still deployed there - the country is facing growing uncertainty. And it's not just security that's on people's minds. Many fear that international involvement might not be limited to military operations - with one of the country's few thriving industries apparently being eyed by foreign corporations.

If the Government of Mali was not corrupt they could ask the miners if they wanted to become involved in an upscaling of their operations with almost all profits going to their community. Some profits could also go to pay off the costs for the upscaling, with some very minimal taxation to help the rest of the country.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 12th, 2013.]

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