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Selective reporting
Jan 19th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al report: Chil­dren mine cobalt used in gad­get bat­ter­ies. Chil­dren as young as sev­en years old are work­ing for up to $2 dai­ly min­ing in dan­ger­ous con­di­tions to gath­er cobalt used in lithi­um bat­ter­ies for 16 multi­na­tion­al cor­po­ra­tions like Apple, Microsoft, Sam­sung, Sony, and oth­ers, accord­ing to Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al. [Ars Tech­ni­ca]

Of course the arti­cle doesn’t men­tion that the aver­age house­hold income in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Con­go is only $400 per year, mean­ing that the chil­dren men­tioned in this report are mak­ing far above the aver­age income for an entire house­hold. No doubt this is why the arti­cle care­ful­ly avoids ask­ing whether the chil­dren like those jobs or would prefer to be thrown out on the streets to starve to make a bunch of igno­rant lib­er­als in rich coun­tries feel bet­ter about them­selves.

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