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America's War Workers

phlatsphilphlatsphil Posts: 14,632 AG
And speaking of over seas opportunities....
America's War Workers

Today there are nearly 40,000 foreign contract workers on bases in the US military’s Central Command.

Hailing primarily from India and Nepal, these labourers serve American troops in facilities in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere - doing jobs including cooking, housekeeping and driving.

The US military subcontracts these manual jobs to private companies, which in turn subcontract hiring to Gulf-based contractors and local recruiters.

The promise of high salaries makes these so-called 'third country nationals' believe heading to a war zone is worth the risk.

To get the jobs, many dip into their savings and take out loans to pay thousands of dollars in local agents fees. But in Afghanistan, they find wages far lower than anticipated. Locked into an indentured workforce, they nevertheless remain to earn enough funds to repay their loans.

So, has the US military come to rely on an indentured workforce?

In this investigation, Fault Lines finds that these labourers regularly end up deceived and indebted, victims of local recruiters who charge thousands of dollars for a chance to be placed in one of these jobs, and labour traffickers who profit from military contracts.

We retrace the journey these workers often make – from villages in India to labour camps in Dubai – to examine how the US staffs its bases during wartime. And we travel to the Persian Gulf and the US to find out who should be held accountable.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/faultlines/2014/03/america-war-workers-2014311123811609515.html

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  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,822 AG
    Well, who should be held accountable? It's the recruiters who are doing the most harm it seems. You know, the company store and all that...

    Some pretty interesting comments on the article itself.
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • dave44dave44 Posts: 11,764 AG
    I get a kick out of Al Jazeera.
    Even AL Gore doesn't trust them!

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-08-15/al-gore-sues-al-jazeera-over-500-million-current-tv-deal


    Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore sued Al Jazeera, claiming the satellite news provider owned by the Qatari royal family owes him and a partner $65 million from a deal to buy his network, Current TV.
    Gore, 66, and Joel Hyatt, another former Current TV owner, accused Al Jazeera American Holdings I Inc. of fraud and breach of contract and are seeking undisclosed damages in a sealed complaint filed today in Chancery Court in Wilmington, Delaware. The men alleged that Al Jazeera illegally tried to seize $65 million in escrow funds tied to the $500 million buyout.
    “Al Jazeera America wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago,” David Boies, a lawyer for Gore, said in a statement. “We are asking the court to order Al Jazeera America to stop wrongfully withholding the escrow funds that belong to Current’s former shareholders.”
    Buying Gore’s channel and rebranding it gave Al Jazeera America access to about 43 million U.S. homes. Gore was to make an estimated $100 million on the sale of the network, which he helped to start in 2004. After debt, he was to gross an estimated $70 million for his 20 percent stake, people familiar with the transaction said last year.
    Dawn Bridges, a spokeswoman for Al Jazeera, said today that the network’s lawyers are reviewing the lawsuit.
    Boies, 73, represented Gore in the Florida presidential-election recount in 2000.
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