Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.
Just south of the U.S. border, the second largest copper mine in the world has been shut down by the combined forces of miners and farmers, after a recent toxic spill affected neighboring farm lands.
The pipes have gone silent. Gone is the hum of water flowing through them to the world’s second-largest copper mine, just south of the U.S. border. Instead, in the normally empty desert here, tents and buses line the highway. Dust and smoke from cooking fires fill the air while hundreds of people listen to speeches and discuss the day’s events.
This plantón, or occupation, which began on March 18, has shut down most operations at the Cananea mine, which consumes huge quantities of water pumped from 49 wells across the desert in order to extract copper concentrate from crushed ore.
Following the combined forces’ push that has ejected Islamic State fighters from Tikrit, those dissident fighters have begun to move toward Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province 100 miles south of Tikrit.
The residents say the Islamic State launched an offensive at dawn Wednesday east of the city, seizing the villages Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, which had been under government control.
They say fighting is now taking place on the eastern edges of Ramadi about two kilometers away from local government building.