Borders on privatization
As the international monetary monopolies like IMF and World Bank, increasingly compel countries to privatize their public assets and institutions, these states become subject to the WTO’s various agreements to open themselves to big monopolies.
In nature, lands, underground resources, forests, lakes, seas, rivers, mountains, space… are becoming the property of private owners.
In the societies, hospitals, medical facilities, schools, universities, roads, bridges, railways, airports, communication services, transport services, factories, social institutions… are eventually swallowed by the private sector.
It is in the private sector that profit takes precedence over people, for instance as a result of privatization of the social security in the U.S., senior citizen’s retirement benefits mostly go to the pockets of private companies.
Thanks to the advances in medicine, the number of senior citizens is
increasing astronomically, and taking care of that population is going
to create a huge expense.
Meanwhile, the lives of children, youth and adults will not be better
than the elderly. To take another example, “in 1970, only 2o% of rancher’s
production in the U.S., was under the control of big firms, now it is 80%,
hence small ranchers are going bankrupt. Cattle, poultry & pig farming
are more and more under the control of big corporations. They can not compete
against big companies, and it is important to know that suicide among ranchers
is 3 times of the national average.” (BBC News, July 09, 2004)
Nowadays, between fifteen and twenty thousand mercenaries are fighting
against the people of the occupied Iraq. Private armies are the second largest
army present on the field after the U.S. itself.
Private armies are directly and indirectly responsible for the death of about five million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998.
Some of these mercenaries were detained in Zimbabwe, before carrying out a private coup-d’état, in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea. BBC News reported on March 11, 2004, that these people were security providers destined to the “Internationally Running Mines”, in the diamond and coltan-rich Democratic Republic of Congo. A new name for the mines that are controlled by private armies for the private sector, in an independent country.
According to the Guardian Newspaper (June 06, 2004), South African based firm, “Meteoric Tactical Solution” provides these services, which include security for U.K. officials in Iraq. Some of the contractors of this firm openly have a history of criminality during the apartheid era.
Mercenaries also are employed by Armour Group, Black Water corp., Titan Corporation, California Analysis Center Incorporated (CACI), giant U.S defence contractor Northrop, and others.
As BBC News reported, “the rules are blurred in Iraq in ways never seen before. It might be called the first privatised war of our modern times… in Abu Ghraib prison – where contractors are reported to have run interrogations – that means unclear lines of legal responsibility… private companies might be able to do things government forces found unacceptable and deniable”, (may 10, 2004)
In the month of May 2004, the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) reported that in Iraq brutality against prisoners, took place
in battle group unit stations; the military sections of Camp Cropper and
Abu Ghraib Correctional Facility; Al-Baghdadi, Heat Base and Hubbania camp
in Ramadi governate; Tikrit holding area (former Saddam Hussein Islamic school);
a former train station Al-Khaim, near the Syrian border, which was turned
into a military base; the Ministry of Defence and Presidential Palace in
Baghdad, the former Mukhabarat office in Basra, as well as several Iraqi
police stations in Baghdad.
Right now, the private army industry is training native mercenaries in countries around Sudan for the purpose of future interventions and occupation of the oil-rich Darfur region,(a similar scenario is written for the oil-rich Iran). Native mercenaries have committed severe criminal acts in places like Colombia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.
In the U.S. itself, the prison industry has become an extraordinary profitable business and is booming. That is why two-thirds of inmates are serving sentences for non-violent crimes. More prisoners mean lesser wages and greater benefits.
The system feeds on crime. As stated by The Seattle Times, “the Washington Supreme Court is taking another look at a law that allows the state Department of Corrections to award preferential contracts to private companies, giving them the unique advantage of using prison labour to compete against other private businesses in our state.” (December 30, 2003).
Companies like Boeing, Dell (the PC giant), MicroJet, Microsoft, CMT Blues, TWA and Victoria’s Secret are using prison labour for everything from making aircraft components, computers and lingerie to telemarketing and even booking reservations.
CMT Blues a garment business is operating a sweatshop in the maximum security R.J. Donovan State Correctional Facility outside San Diego California. The company is paying minimum wage to prisoners and if inmates complain about their work conditions and corruption at the plant, they will face retaliation from prison officials like solitary confinement.
“In a Texas prison operated by one company, guards were videotaped beating, shocking, kicking and settings dogs on prisoners. While private prisons hardly have a monopoly on such violence, critics argue that hiring low wage untrained guards – some of them with criminal records of their own – makes brutality more likely.” (www.CorpWatch.org – October 28, 1999).
The same contractors lured for higher wages are sent to countries like Iraq, to impose the American way of life and democracy.
Private prisons, private torture chambers and private armies are
expanding fast. The better services they provide the better contracts they
can get. Companies like Nashville based Corrections of America (CCA), has
become a transnational which operates private prisons in U.K., Australia,
Puerto Rico …
The conflict will be solved by the people who struggle for a better
life, and the struggle will be pushed ahead by our ever-growing high-level
of science and technology. It is inevitable, and the name to the solution
is global socialism!