Mar 282016
 
The original post and photo journalism was done by Sebation Castelier of Al Jazeera.  My great thanks and appreciation for this article and these photos. This is the situation that Green fire is addressing through  the "Children of the Landfill" project. It is not just a problem in Iraq it is every country and just outside every city. Open landfills effect one half of the world's population, 3.5 billion people. If you are interested in participating in this effort to lift these children to inspiration, please join me in the Markethive group “Green Fire”. It is from here that we will start a crowd funding campaign to aid Green Fire in its mission – The Children of the Landfill. Original article: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/03/iraqi-children-scavenge-living-160321112736752.html After fleeing from ISIL, dozens of young Iraqis spend their days searching through rubbish heaps for valuable scraps. Sebastian Castelier | 28 Mar 2016 07:38 GMT | Poverty & Development, War & Conflict, Humanitarian crises, Middle East, Iraq Standing next to a pile of rubbish as high as a hill, Ali, a 12-year-old child from Mosul, looks excitedly at his latest discovery. "They say it's expired, but I am still eating it," he says, popping a strawberry candy into his mouth. Like Ali, dozens of displaced Iraqi children who fled from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group are now working in a massive landfill site 15km outside of Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region. They scavenge their way through tonnes of rubbish to collect plastic and metal to sell to recycling plants, making between 10,000 and 30,000 Iraqi dinars ($9 to $27) a day. "This is not an appropriate place for children, but they are forced to do it," landfill supervisor Ali Hessah told Al Jazeera, noting he leaves the gates of his dump site open so that displaced children and their parents can work. "This is not a life, but we have no choice," said Ahmed, 16, who fled Mosul a year and a half ago. No longer in school, Ahmed and his 12-year-old brother are now among the children who scavenge for a living. "'My parents told me that terrorists came, so we fled,' explained a young scavenger from Mosul. Like dozens of other children, he now works at the Kani Qirzhala dump site, 15km outside of Erbil. [Sebastian Castelier/Al Jazeera]" "Iraq's Kurdish region is home to two (more…)
Oct 162014
 
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.short URL Published time: October 15, 2014 11:52 http://rt.com/op-edge/196148-saudiarabia-oil-russia-economic-confrontation/ A fisherman pulls in his net as an oil tanker is seen at the port in the northwestern city of Duba.(Reuters / Mohamed Al Hwaity) Rosneft Vice President Mikhail Leontyev: “Prices can be manipulative …Saudi Arabia has begun making big discounts on oil. This is political manipulation, Arabis is being manipulated, which could end badly.” A correction is in order; the Saudis are not being manipulated. What the House of Saud is launching is“Tomahawks of spin,” insisting they’re OK with oil at $90 a barrel; also at $80 for the next two years; and even at $50 to $60 for Asian and North American clients. The fact is Brent crude had already fallen to below $90 a barrel because China – and Asia as a whole – was already slowing down economically, although to a lesser degree compared to the West. Production, though, remained high – especially by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – even with very little Libyan and Syrian oil on the market and with Iran forced to cut exports by a million barrels a day because of the US economic war, a.k.a. sanctions. The House of Saud is applying a highly predatory pricing strategy, which boils down to reducing market share of its competitors, in the middle- to long-term. At least in theory, this could make life miserable for a lot of players – from the US (energy development, fracking and deepwater drilling become unprofitable) to producers of heavy, sour crude such as Iran and Venezuela. Yet the key target, make no mistake, is Russia. A strategy that simultaneously hurts Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Ecuador and Russia cannot escape the temptation of being regarded as an “Empire of Chaos” power play, as in Washington cutting a deal with Riyadh. A deal would imply bombing ISIS/ISIL/Daesh leader Caliph Ibrahim is just a prelude to bombing Bashar al-Assad’s forces; in exchange, the Saudis squeeze oil prices to hurt the enemies of the “Empire of Chaos.” Yet it’s way more complicated than that. Sticking it to Washington Russia’s state budget for 2015 requires oil at least at $100 a barrel. Still, the Kremlin is borrowing no more than $7 billion in 2015 from the usual “foreign investors”, plus $27.2 (more…)