The Profits of Extermination How U.S. Corporate Power is Destroying Colombia
Francisco Ramirez Cuellar Introduction by Aviva Chomsky
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Published to acclaim--and death threats against its author and bombings of his union's offices in Colombia, The Profits of Extermination uncovers the role of multinational mining and energy companies in Colombia's violence. Through legal maneuvers, corruption, and direct use of paramilitary violence, foreign companies have taken over Colombia's resources, displacing and murdering those who have challenged them.
With icy precision, The Profits of Extermination makes real the meaning behind the terms FTAA (Free Trade Agreement of the Americas), globalization and neo-liberalism. --Cecelia Zarate-Laun, Program Director of the Colombia Support Network
Francisco Ramirez, focusing on the mining industry in which he is involved as a unionist, recounts in detail the struggles of his fellow workers and the violent response by the mining corporations and the U.S. and Colombian military which protect them. We should be grateful for real heroes like Francisco Ramirez. --Daniel M. Kovalik, Assistant General Counsel, United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO/CLC
Francisco Ramirez provides startling information of how the government and corporations like Coca Cola are actively involved in suppressing social movements of any kind in Colombia. --Ray Rogers, Director, Campaign to Stop Killer Coke/Corporate Campaign, Inc.
This investigation makes the vital connections between the exploitative interests of global companies and investors, in concert with the U.S. and Canadian governments, and the dire poverty and exploitation combined with repression carried out by Colombian State and paramilitary forces. --Grahame Russell, co-director, Rights Action (www.rightsaction.org)
The Profits of Extermination vividly illustrates how both blood and electricity flow when North Americans flick on their light switches. --Garry Leech, editor of Colombia Journal and author of Killing Ppeace: Colombia's Conflict and the failure of U.S. Intervention