Pitch black: The journey of coal from Colombia to Italy: the curse of extractivism

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This story begins in your house at the outlet near your bedside table. It goes from Italy to Colombia, from paradisiacal beaches to fiscal paradises, from the blue Caribbean to the Tyrrhenian coast, from the Sierra Nevada to the Swiss Alps.
This is a story of arrogance and violence, of connivance and fear, of threat and money-laundering, of desolation and smiles, of things that cannot be told, of indistinguishable State and market, of black rain and glasses of brown water, of armored cars along the roads and black market fuel, and of security that makes people nervous.
This is the story of the journey of coal from Colombia to Europe, to the Mediterranean Sea.
This is a story of trains and ships, of ports and mines and of the unexpected interests around them.

Pitch black: The journey of coal from Colombia to Italy: the curse of extractivism” is the last report published by Re:Common, available for download here.

“By presenting the horrors suffered under the domination of multinational companies, this work by Re:Common will dispel any lingering doubt that the current economic system based on extractivism is a war against the poor” (Raul Zibechi).

This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication is the sole responsibility of Re:Common and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.


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