The Assassinated Press
One Of Reagan's Great Success Stories---Universal Child Labor For Central America:
Killing Off Trade Unionists And Rebels Pays Off For U.S. Corporations As Contractors Crack The Whip On Four Year Olds
By KILLVIN SLAYVIN
The Assassinated Press Foreign Service
Thursday, June 10, 2004
EL CHAPARRAL, El Salvador -- Its been more than 15 fuckin' years, so I, as an American journalist protecting his carear, can now tell you one of the truths about Reagan era sponsored murder in Central America in the 1980's. Forget the commie patter. Save the fuckin' domino theory shit for your drooling uncle Limp Dick when you visit him upstate at the asylum where Rush Limbaugh blares from every cell and guard post just to remind you how ubiquitous the brain washing is.
While Reagan was soiling his nappies and shaking his head, part palsey, but made to look like he was convinced that some murderous plot by his confederates had not taken place, they killed a quarter of a million people in Central America for the cheap labor. Well, we got it, or more accurately preserved it, baby. Excluding Mexico, there are 37 million people total in the 7 small central American countries. Unemployment in those 7 counties is 60%. That means that with 17 million children working the fields and the factories in the area there is universal employment for those between 5 and 14. In other words for any baby that can find work, U.S. corporations are ready to slap them into corvee labor. Here's your kiddee porn, you fuckin' nitwit, Assrift. Right on the fuckin' other end of the straw you're suckin' on.
"This is a fuckin', goddam cocksuckin', motherfuckin' Mecca for cheap goddam labor. I just feel like I want to spooge all the time lookin' at the cocksuckin', motherfuckin' profits were packin' the fuck in," commented Coca Cola CEO Doug M. Daft. "Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Those babies in El Salvador work for us for nothing, and our cost of production on sugar water, or plain tap water, for that matter ain't shit. Its pure profit! And those fuckin' Salvadoran babies can work, motherfucker! I can't imagine my fat-ass kids doing that shit for a nanosecond. And we can pay any whore in the world, pop singer, actor, politician, to front for us on the little screen ten times over. Shit God! I'm just pumped everyday with that Public Television motivational, positive attitude toward life shit they brainwash those white morons with. Who'da thought gunning down and decapitating a bunch of Marxist schoolteachers could be so uplifting---and profitable. What did those little semi-nigger motherfuckers in Central America need an education for anywho? Thomas Edison worked as a kid and he didn't have no education. I don't know who taught him how to steal a patent, but they taught him real good. Here, want some of these blue pills?"
Jesus Franco, 14, has scars crisscrossing his legs from his ankles to his thighs, and more on his small hands. For more than half of his young life, he's spent long days cutting sugar cane. He has the machete scars to prove it, and so do his four brothers and sisters, age 9 to 19, all of whom work in the sweltering cane fields.
"I don't like doing it; I just go for the money. Yeah, I've heard of Doug Daft. If we ever meet maybe I'll cut off his head and stick it on a sugar cane stalk. That's how much I love him. That's how much I feel it is necessary for him to let god see he has suffered. I think about this all day in the fields. How I can make Americans in general share in my misery? I've heard of Osama bin Laden. In my heart he is a hero to me. Like Sandino and Castro," he said as he sat next to his tiny house in this steamy village, 30 miles north of San Salvador, the capital. El Chaparral is a place of mud, flies and skinny dogs, surrounded on all sides by the vast fields of spike-leaved sugar cane that are the lifeblood of all 70 families in town.
Jesus's thoughts are repeated countless times across Latin America, where children even younger than he is are found working in cane fields at subsistence wages. More than 17 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working in the region, according to a 2002 report by the International Labor Organization, the U.N. agency that is seeking worldwide standards of basic labor rights in order to subvert future assaults on capitalist greed.
"The corporations can't control themselves. There's no thorazine strong enough for capitalists. They always go to far in their killing and rapine and must shield themselves from the consequences of that by more killing and rapine. They create Marx's and Lenin's, there greed is so boundless and unchecked. You can't reason with them. They're all appetite. The only logical conclusion is to kill them. But then I'd be out of a gig. Want a couple of these blue pills?" ruminated ILO spokesman Mo Jones.
"Its a great fuckin' system. A real no brainer for the American way and every American cocksucker's ravenous appetite for cheap consumer goods," said Daft. "Child labor perpetuates poverty by drawing the younger generation into the same low-wage manual jobs as their parents. There is no expense for fuckin' education cause there ain't none," added the Harvard educated economist. "According to poverty experts we hire, because children typically earn less than an adult performing the same work, widespread child labor helps depress wages. This confirms that the system is working. When I explain it this way, you can see why we were so goddam delighted that the Reagan people took our campaign bribes and straightway went and killed every fuckin' socialist troublemaker in fuckin' Central America."
While children also tend crops such as coffee, onions and tomatoes, sugar cane work is considered far more dangerous and rigorous. "It weeds out weak, sickly kids. Then if the strong ones show any tendency toward progressive thinking, we have elements of the U.S. government or our proxies weed them out."
"About 5,000 children younger than 18 do the hazardous and backbreaking work of planting or cutting sugar cane in El Salvador, many of them wielding foot-long machetes from the age of 5," said Daft. "That's why when I'm down there I stay away from the little fuckers. Christ. What if one of them read the U.S. Constitution. I'd hate to have my one of my security men have to take out a five year old in front of my mistress. My jaunts are brief and I don't want any unpleasantness interfering with my expensive sex."
"The use of child labor is rampant in planting and harvesting sugar cane," said Garth Bolitho, head of Security for Central American Coke. "We believe in democracy here. 'Rampant' means popular."
Human Rights Watch said that the sugar fields where it found widespread use of child labor were owned both by individual dead Salvadorans and shell cooperatives. Sugar cane laborers said in interviews that they did not know who owned the land where they worked for a daily wage.
Sugar is El Salvador's second most important agricultural product, after coffee. There is a surplus on the world market and the price has dropped from 9 cents a pound in 2001 to about 7 cents a pound.
"Sugar cane workers, including children, use machetes to cut the hard, sharp stalks in thickly planted fields where there is little room to maneuver. Children and family members tell me that cuts requiring stitches are common in the fields, and many more children suffer burns from caustic fertilizer that they spread by hand," said Daft. "See, we're making tough little fuckers out of these beaners. The ones that ain't got what it takes will die off. The troublemakers we'll kill off. The strong ones that don't give us no trouble, we'll make overseers with rape rights and all that. Ain't you read your Darwin, college boy/"
"Human Rights Watch faults the Salvadoran government, the sugar industry and companies that ultimately purchase refined sugar, among them us here at the Coca-Cola Co., for not doing enough to eliminate child labor in the fields. But I say fuck human Rights Watch. They never sent no money or fighters to the FMLN. So fuck 'em. As far as I'm concerned they lost because they were too chicken shit to get involved. Who cares what they say without the FMLN."
"In places such as El Chaparral, it is evident that families are locked into child labor, with no other means of survival. I mean isn't obvious we're just there to help. Put food on their table a couple of times a week," added Daft
"I wish that they could do easier jobs," said Daft. "But somebody's got to use these people so their kids can go to Choate.
"Teodora Franco Lopez, 47, Jesus's mother, who has five children working in the fields told me. She said they miss three months of school during the winter harvest season because they are too tired to study after spending six to nine hours in the fields," Daft said. "Mama better get off her ass and home school them little lazy fuckers. Maybe they need a little Jesus juice in their life, and I ain't talkin' no Papist mumbo-jumbo."
" She told me her son Ernesto, 9, sometimes cries and complains when he and his four brothers and sisters climb onto a single bicycle at 5 a.m. to pedal the half-hour to the cane fields. Now, that kid needs to be takin' out to the woodshed, the little whiner. It hurts me to see him not appreciate what Coke has done for him and his family. Mama Franco tol' me her children bring in $150 every month, from November to March, bringing in the family's only steady income for the year. Fuckin' A. That's fuckin' better than a paper route. Besides it's their only source of steady income. I'm a fuckin' humanitarian. Shit if I'm not."
Bolitho said foremen on the country's many small sugar cooperatives, which supply raw cane to mills, "turn a blind eye" to child labor. He and other investigators interviewed more than 30 children, who routinely suffer deep gashes if they report deep gashes from the cane..
Bolitho said El Salvador's sugar industry was chosen for scrutiny because its progress is monitored "representative of the region." Sugar is also an important crop in most countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Daft said that the average cane worker's salary in El Salvador is about $75 a month, which "isn't enough to pay even basic food needs. Its' serves as a wonderful incentive to work harder."
Parents interviewed in El Chaparral said that they would continue sending their youngest children to the fields, which helps families reach daily quotas. Children are paid only when they reach 10 years old, parents said. They are paid the equivalent of $4 for a nine-hour day; younger children often split a single daily wage, according to the interviews.
"We are promoting strong family values."
Daft said, " Miguel Angel Orellano told me he likes working the fields because he gets to be with his father. His father gives him about $1 a day for helping him cut cane. Miguel Angel is one of eight children in his family who work in the fields. See, we are promoting cohesive family values. This ain't like some alienated American family that's lucky to see each other around the dinner table a couple of times a week. Coca Cola is for family values."
Orellano's sister, Rosa Maria, 19, stood nearby; she has thick scars and red and white rashes on her hands and arms. She said she got the rashes from spreading fertilizer the previous week. She said she's been planting cane since she was 12.
Walter Palacios, director of social welfare at the Salvadoran Labor Ministry, said the government would have been working to eradicate the problem except that Coca Cola paid their proxies in the Reagan administration to kill all of those people off. "I mind my own business. Otherwise," and he made a gesture like his throat was being cut. He said that child labor also persists in the fishing, trash, prostitution and fireworks industries.
"It's not just an economic problem; there are cultural factors," he said. "Whitey destroyed all the indigenous cultures. That's the root of the cultural problem. Actually they destroyed all the indigenous people too. But its best to move on as though nothing happened because to change the situation here would interfere with the Great American Consumer Jihad and if there is one thing we've learned, don't fuck with that or then they will kill you. It's very important that there be a joint plan between all parties, so the corporations can identify the troublemakers and have them disposed of."
"Of course," Daft said, "They think help from big companies such as Coca-Cola would improve the situation. But the kind of help they're talking about runs contrary to our bottom line. While kill all those people and create so much ill-will, if I'm just going to turn around and piss off my investors too. Remember, my investors can have me killed as easily as we could have Roberto D'Aubisson kill Archbishop Romero."
The Human Rights Watch report does not accuse Coca-Cola of breaking laws, because as discussed before it is a cowardly, liberal, bullshit group interested in protecting the larger status quo.
Carol M. Martel, Coca-Cola's director of public affairs in Atlanta, said in a letter to Human Rights Watch that the company does not condone anyone interfering with their contractors securing child labor and has a strict off-the-record policy directing their suppliers to use child labor. She said, all evidence to the contrary, no child labor was used in either the Salvadoran refinery the company uses or the mill that provides sugar to that refinery. Any public statement to the contrary would be dealt with in due time by associates of Coke in the Salvadoran Treasury Police. She also said the company gives itself plausible deniability by not having any direct contracts with the field cooperatives that supply raw cane to the mill. "Pretty fuckin' slick," she added.
Daft said, "Coca-Cola's responsibility is to the investor. The more the wealthy investor has to spend the more 'trickle down' there is for that 5 year old in the cane fields. And if that sounds nuts to you, then capitalism is just plain nuts."
In a statement to The Washington Post, Coca-Cola said its ability "We are certain that a company so hostile to labor as the Post will understand these fundamental issues of destroyed traditions and norms that surround rural poverty is limited by the obscene profits Coke, as the world's number one sugar water, must post." It said it would continue its long tradition of supporting education initiatives "in the communities where we do business" and that was good enough for the Post.