[A-List] iPhone 4: Capitalism, inbuilt obsolescence and `blood' phones | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sat Aug 7 19:05:20 MDT 2010
Such gadgets are assembled in factories in China and other “developing”
countries under conditions of super-exploitation that would make the
owner of an Industrial Revolution-era workhouse blush.
The May 27 Telegraph.co.uk reported on a factory in Longhua, China that
makes products for Apple. Conditions were so horrific, 16 workers had
killed themselves since the start of the year.
Nets have been erected around the Longhua factory buildings to stop
workers jumping to their deaths.
Worse, a key mineral used to produce many consumer goods, including
mobile phones, is the highly valuable coltan. The high demand for coltan
is helping fuel the bloody civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo
as rival armies fight over reserves.
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