Wednesday, December 05, 2007

George Soros Sleeps Soundly In Luxury While The People Of Rosia Montana Suffer

I recently received an update from a friend about the situation in Rosia Montana. To recap, a Canadian Mining company had offered to rebuild an abandoned gold mine in this impoverished village in Romania, Rosia Montana. Doing this would have brought jobs and economic prosperity to the village as well the added benefit of getting the old mine cleaned up. George Soros, who has investments in rival gold mining companies, organized opposition to the project via his Open Society Institute in Romania, working hand-in-hand with several non-Romanian NGOs against the project. For the complete story, visit here at the main page for Mine Your Own Business, a documentary about the sad situation in Rosia Montana.

Well, recent reports indicate that Soros was successful in getting construction of the mine halted. As per my friend Amanda-"Radical environmentalists have been calling for a halt to the progress in the mine's development. Unfortunately they have won this round. Progress on the work has been halted and development stopped by a recent government ruling. Without work to be done at the mine, the company had to lay off nearly two-thirds of its workers. So while Soros celebrates his win today, families in Rosia Montana worry about how they will feed their families tonight."

Bill Hobbs, writing over at Newsbusters, comments on the liberal/hippie-hypocrisy aspect of the whole situation-

If Soros was a rightwing billionaire, his efforts and intervention in this matter would no doubt be scrutinized by the American media and held up as an egregious example of capitalism run amok and of undue Western interference in the affairs of another country.

But Soros is a primary funder of the American Left, and as such his activities get little scrutiny from a politically sympathetic American media. That's a shame. Because the shutdown of Gabriel Resources' mining project in Rosia Montana, Romania, means an immediate loss of hundreds of jobs and a long-term loss of perhaps thousands of jobs created at the mine and spillover economic growth in the impoverished region.

It also means that the existing shuttered mine, an open pit of environmental waste that continues to befoul the region, will not be cleaned up any time soon.

The people of the Rosia Montana region have witnessed the execution of their economic future. The fingerprints of George Soros are all over the gun, but the American media looks the other way.

Hobbs also lists some further coverage of the situation at and Canada's National Journal.

Here's a picture of a cyanide-laced stream at Rosia Montana that would be closer to being cleaned up right now if the mine was being built.

For some more reading, there is a site that looks at 10 myths surrounding the issues at Rosia Montana located here at

Good job you stupid farking hippies.

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