by David Phinney
Sunday October 25th 2020



US Mum on Huge Embassy in Baghdad

That’s the headline of a story by Knight Ridder’s Leila Fadel on the new Baghdad embassy.
She notes the contractor, First Kuwaiti General Trading and Contracting, “is a relative novice in embassy building and has been criticized for its treatment of Asian workers, who, critics say, are imported because they can be paid low wages, and because they work under hard conditions.”
Actually, the company has been repeatedly accused of trafficking in labor, forcing low paid workers into Iraq against their wishes and providing poor labor and living conditions. I guess the Filipinos and others who endured such treatment could be classified as “critics.”
It’s a good story of the many that have been appearing over recent weeks. Here’s the link:: 104-acre secret is tough to keep.


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