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(en) Chile, Libertarian communist newspaper "Solidarity" #13 - The fight for our resources, the fight for our future by Manu Garcia (ca) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:08:11 +0200


The demonstrations for public education, free, quality and service to the people again install in social debate the issue of control over strategic resources of our country, which could fund an inclusive development and high quality of life for the great majority Chile. ---- Copper, "Chile's salary", is currently controlled by 70% for large companies. The room for maneuver of the state corporation, Codelco, is small. The obligation to deliver the State total profits and the consequent obligation incumbent upon it to borrow to invest in productive places it at a disadvantage compared to private operators, who account for using so-called "concessions" the best deposits. ---- Help little to reverse this trend the attitude of its operators. The shameful agreement between Anglo American and Codelco by former Disputada of Las Condes and back through the front door of Diego Hernandez, Codelco president so far, the private sector had come from (especially the giant Antofagasta Minerals Luksic group) are only a small sample of his subservience to the great mining capital.

No due diligence defend the general interests because their perspective is a career in big business and become partners in their business: Codelco is just a springboard to other courses and to keep climbing.

Of course all it promotes and facilitates the current mining legislation and the active participation of representatives of the Alliance and the Coalition in the defense of the current model.

The reversal of the historic trend of 1971 agreement by which nationalized copper, begun in Dictatorship and depth in the Concertación governments, continues. Not only with regard to copper, but also other strategic sectors of our economy.

The apparent negligence in managing Codelco is not so, on the contrary it is a very clear guidance, it exists in other economic sectors: private business by encouraging disinvestment and deterioration planned public sector.

The current administration of Pinera not even hide his neoliberal and pro-big business as did the Coalition. A clear example of this government identification no business with the general interests is their attitudes towards lithium. Lithium is a mineral with more projection for the future. It is increasingly used in industrial applications, including in chemical production, in the manufacture of medicaments or electric batteries. Their demand and its price is steadily rising for years, and Chile accounts for 40% of world reserves of this precious mineral. Rather than treating it with due tact, given its importance and future, is topped at bargain prices concesionándolo private long-term, in exchange for a few crumbs (a 7% royalty on sales). No wonder therefore that multinational mining companies are licking at this cake that is being offered. Figure Special Operations Contract for the Exploration, Exploitation and Benefits of lithium deposits is a form of violating the Constitution, which considers this strategic mineral and therefore has strong restrictions granted. Not the first time, however, it is this: in the mining sector is the norm and not the exception. Not enough to the interest shown by Codelco managers take over a part of the use of lithium, who already have little credibility in the light of recent history, with his statement that no progress is being made towards dismantling state corporation.

You have to take the weight issue and assume that there will be Codelco's board nor the current political leadership, linked to the interests of big business, who take in their hands the defense of copper, lithium and other riches country. Will the pressure of organized people that requires them to do so or bar the way if they refuse. Workers, both plant and contractors, strategic areas of the economy, have an important role to play in this regard, but it is key that have solidarity and mobilization of other sectors that demand is raised as a flag by all organizations.

We must be aware that we have a long way to go. The struggle for sovereignty over our natural resources and effective building our independence is a distance race in which, compared to other South American countries, we are late. While progress is being made on the continent in desprivatizadoras agendas and regional integration accelerates, Chile will counter to this trend and is giving away their wealth, widening the gap between rich and poor (the real country is still far from official country trying to sell lying as CASEN surveys), and privileging the unequal and subordinate to transnational finance capital rather than a fraternal relationship and cooperation with the countries of our region.

Salaries at edge of subsistence, health mercenary elite education, pensions shame for our seniors, transportation expensive and degraded, shortage of affordable housing, mounting debt, that's what we live every day while underfoot throng wealth and few profit from it. If we want India no longer a minority paradise and hardship for most, it is necessary to make progress in regaining control of our wealth and put it at the service of the Chilean people. The struggle for the re-nationalization of copper and other natural resources is key to the country's social development.

Related Link: http://periodico-solidaridad.blogspot.com/
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