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slave labor builds us embassy baghdad

John Owens, who worked on the site as a security liaison from November 2005 to June 2006, said he had seen foreign workers packed in trailers and working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with time off on Fridays for Muslim prayers. Several told him they earned about $300 a month, after fees were taken out, and that they were docked three days' pay for such offenses as clocking in five minutes late.

Rory Mayberry, who said he had been a medic on the site for five days, said First Kuwaiti had asked him to escort 51 Filipino men from Kuwait to Baghdad but not to tell them where they were going. Their tickets showed that they were flying to Dubai, Mayberry said. They screamed protests when they discovered on the flight that they were headed to Baghdad, he said.

Mayberry also said he had seen workers on scaffolding without safety harnesses.
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July 29th, 2007 1:41am
Sounds like Dubai.
Permalink Send private email Colm 
July 29th, 2007 1:41am
That's the way things are in much of the world.

Here though the US pays the defense contractors, who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors who hire subcontractors and in the end there is no money left for the workers so they have to use slaves.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 29th, 2007 1:59am
You make it sound like a bad thing.  I mean, without the contract, there wouldn't even be any work for the slaves, and then where would they be?
Permalink Aaron 
July 29th, 2007 2:02am
At home sitting in a hammock drinking a pina colada. Seriously. These are filipino guys.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 29th, 2007 2:13am
Slavery is authorized by the bible.

I really don't see what the problem is.
Permalink Just a proposal 
July 29th, 2007 5:39am
The Philipines bans its workers from going to Iraq for safety reasons. Nevertheless, many companies dupe them into going there.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
July 29th, 2007 7:17am
yeah that's simply the way things are done in Qatar as well.
Permalink Send private email arg! 
July 29th, 2007 11:06am
The difference is that they go to Qatar and Kuwait and Dubai willingly.

They are being duped into going into Iraq.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
July 29th, 2007 1:46pm
Have you seen the latest "Army Of One!" commercials in the US Movies?

Point being, there's a lot of duping going on.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 29th, 2007 2:23pm
SJ-

yeah, I missed that on first blush. yikes!
Permalink Send private email arg! 
July 29th, 2007 2:37pm
If you remember, around 2003 or so some filipinos were taken hostage by al qaeda in Iraq. They were released only when the Phillipines government agreed to pull all filipino workers out of Iraq and stay out. So this is serious business. Al qaeda has standing orders to capture and torture and filipinos found in Iraq because it is in violation of their agreement.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 29th, 2007 3:30pm
"Al qaeda has standing orders to capture and torture and filipinos found in Iraq because it is in violation of their agreement."

??????
Permalink fucking liar 
July 29th, 2007 4:10pm
PE has a basic point. Non-arab foreigners don't get that far in Iraq, though it is doubtful that Al Qaeeda as a coherent organization exists outside of the neocons' imagination.

I certainly know of no Filipino, Lankan, Bangladeshi or Indian that would go to Iraq for less than western wages.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
July 29th, 2007 7:47pm
Dear 'fucking liar', the kidnapping of Angelo dela Cruz was widely reported when it happened in summer of 2004. He was shown on al Jazeera stating that all Philippine troops must leave Iraq or he would be killed. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself assisted in the negotiations that followed. Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Delia Albert then released a statement that Philippine troops would leave Iraq in July and not be replaced. The kidnappers then released de la Cruz. Since then, filipinos have stayed away from Iraq, under the directions of the Philippine government.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 30th, 2007 1:45am
Not that facts are of any interest to you, you are interested only in childish namecalling while contributing no facts or even worthwhile opinions to the discussion. Are you 9 years old? Or are you one of those IQ 68 mentally defectives that comprise the average intellectual level of islamic believers?
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 30th, 2007 1:46am
"it is doubtful that Al Qaeeda as a coherent organization"

This is true.

bin Laden has been dead for years, and he had little direct control of the organization he named when he was alive.

But al Qaeda does exist and does not need coordination or a command structure. It's a guerrilla warfare movement 'organizing' under a single name that anyone can join without having to ask, just like 'pirates' once were the subject of war, even though there was never a pirate king or much coordination among pirates. That it is not organized according to the constrains of western hierarchical thinking does not make it any less genuine, any more than saying Arabs don't exist because there is no single Arab leader or nation.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 30th, 2007 1:51am

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