Friday, June 1, 2018

The World Politics of Rare Earth Minerals

What do the Congo, North Korea, and Afghanistan have in common?  They are all home to large deposits of rare earth minerals that greedy transnational corporations covet.  What does that translate into?  War and threats of war (for the latter two) from the corporate-controlled government officials in Washington City, and, in the case of the Congo, an Ebola scare.

More on Ebola:

The Piracy Scam Could Be the Model for Ebola

When it comes to any kind of risk-based analysis connected to RAND, the public should be very wary of their controversial, history-based claims. RAND could be running point for an insurance payout over Ebola-listed cases. Earlier this year, 21WIRE learned that the centuries-old insurer, Lloyd’s of London, had seen their profits soar from the so-called Somali ‘pirate zone’ from a study conducted by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in 2011:

“Many of the relevant players (Somali pirates, local communities, nascent government in pirate regions, international navies, private security and the insurance industry) have no incentive to stop piracy. In fact, there is a relatively stable relationship between these groups, many of whom share a clear business interest in maintaining piracy at its current level.”

The Somali Piracy crisis was, at least,  partly engineered and DIW unearthed some of Lloyd’s most unsavory maritime enterprises by concluding that it is the maritime insurer’s who are the major beneficiary’s through their coverage of the shipping industry:

Of an estimated 30,000 ships transiting the Gulf of Aden in 2009, 116 were attacked, less than one in 250. Moreover, the 25 final ransoms are still only a small fraction of the overall value of the ship, crew and cargo”.

Bloomberg reported in 2011, that “India is lobbying Lloyd’s of London to reverse its expansion of the area judged prone to pirate attacks to cover almost all of the nation’s west coast after insurance costs surged as much as 300-fold this year.”

It appeared as though Lloyd’s had rigged the plot, looking to profit from all sides of the ‘piracy’ trend, whether it was by coverage, protection, or through a seizure of a ship.

Is it possible that pharmaceutical companies, along with casualty insurance market, through corporations like RAND, RMS and their affiliate Praedicat – each providing statistical and risk-modelling back-up, could also be looking to profit from a perceived Ebola outbreak – when you consider that they have a foothold on a big part of the narrative?

Bio-threats are another new, untapped market for these transnational giants. Add this to our current reactionary and media climate and you have a lethal mix.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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