Used Slave Labor to make IPads & IPhones
by Alberta Parish
In the wake of Steve Jobs’ death, stories of how great a man he was is the current headline across the nation. His accomplishments speak to his genius as one of the world’s leading innovators of the IPhone and IPad. This guy even painted himself as a spiritual person. But even in the midst of his own genius, Steve Jobs had a dark soul. As owner of Apple, he was directly responsible for the production of the IPhone and IPad at factories in China where there had been a countless number of suicides among discontented workers during the months of March and April of this year. At several Foxxconn plants where Apple products are made, there have been horrendous policies in place such as workers being forced to work between 80 and 100 hours of overtime, workers being forced to stand on their feet for 14 hours a day, and workers being forced to sign No-Suicide Pacts as a condition of employment. According to the pact, the families of employees have to promise not to sue the company, cause any trouble that would interrupt operations in case an employee commits suicide, or bring any negative attention to the practices of the company.
Steve Jobs’ Orient Express is reportedly a one-way ticket to depression (Photo- Southern Weekly).
In addition, employees are literally crammed into company-owned dormitories. Employees living in a single dormitory room range from six to twenty-two. “Some of my roommates weep in the dormitory. I want to cry as well but my tears have not come out,” one worker told SACOM, a Hong Kong-based advocacy group, which contends that many of the practices that led to more than a dozen workers committing suicide in the months of March and April of this year continues to be perpetuated at Foxxconn factories.
Not the Apple of Everyone’s Eye. Why does MSM play down Jobs’ slave jobs?
As the world sings the praises of Steve Jobs and compares his life to that of a great and noble leader like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who stood for human rights and freedom. Jobs did the opposite of King, and placed wealth and power over human rights and freedom. The last Martin Luther King, Jr. died in 1968, and there will never be another like him. Like the great Africans of our past, there was always someone in every generation that stood against human rights violations and tyranny, and they fought the powers that threatened their very existence as free men and free women.
For thousands of years, African civilizations ruled the world, and stood for freedom and equality among men and women. Africans controlled export and import, trade routes, agriculture, academic institutions, and empires that expanded across the globe. As master builders of the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, Black Africans were the first monarchs, governors, scholars, professors, judges, doctors, scientists, priests, deities, astronomers, astrologers, geometrists, mathematicians, actors and writers. Today, we are no more than shadows of our former past, and our glory diminished. We are the laughingstock of non-African nations around the world who have not only stolen our riches but also our culture and history. My riches were stolen from me when my ancestors were kidnapped from the interior of Africa and shipped to the New World to be slaves during the remainder of their natural lives.
Although they may have fought back, they didn’t survive the fierceness and brutality of their new owners whom many were the dregs of Europe and were bona fide serial killers, child rapists and murderers. Imagine being kidnapped from your homeland, dragged to a ship, chained and shackled to the bottom of the ship, not having access to quality food and water, and if you survived, you’re under the power of brute beasts who have no regard for human life, and also rape, torture and mutilate children. These are the same brute beasts dressed in casual business suits that are in positions of power and control all over the world. They control Congress and the White House, the United Nations, African nations, the Trilateral Commission, the European Union, the United Arab Emirates, the Israeli government, drug cartels, religions and powerful corporations. They are mass murderers and robbers who continue to profit off human slavery today in countries such as Malaysia where slaves are forced to work long hours for very little pay in electronics factories.
One such factory is JCY International, which supplies computer hard-drive equipment to Western Digital and a number of other global electronics giants including Apple. CNN is quiet about Steve Jobs’ facilitation of slave labor in the making of Apple products at JCY. However, hours before Steve Jobs’ death, CNN aired a special featuring factory slaves that work at JCY making electronics devices, and are fighting to return to their homes in Cambodia.
A CNN story of factory slaves in Asia has put the spotlight on young girls that are forced to work 12-hour shifts, often seven days a week just to pay back a debt owed to the agency for which they work. One girl from Cambodia was forced at the age of 17to work as a factory slave in Malaysia, which is illegal. The girl claimed that she was given a falsified passport showing that she was 22 years old. Foreign workers must be 18 years of age to be legal for work in Malaysia. If these girls are caught running away from their employment agencies, they are tortured and often imprisoned.
Americans watch these horrific stories on CNN and other news networks, and they go on with their daily lives, dehumanized and detached from the lives and struggles of others. But what if the roles were suddenly reversed and you found yourself working for $5 a day, often seven days a week right here in the Good Ole USA? What if big corporate giants like Apple decide to pay American workers $2 per hour and force Americans to stand on their feet for 14 hours a day? If chattel slavery in the United States happened once, it can happen again. Never underestimate the nature of the beast, which has robbed Africa of all its wealth and natural resources, and, in turn, is selling stolen resources as well as technology back to consumers. Rubber is one such technology stolen from the interior of Africa by agencies controlled by corporate interest groups. Africa has long been the main source of wealth for Europe and America. Electric energy is a source that can be freely harnessed from the very air itself. Alternative, cheap, and unlimited sources of energy is available for all, but the greedy international bankers, corporate owners, and our own government have planted their greedy hands so deep into our pockets that we would literally have to chop off their hands to stop them from stealing our money.
They have also planted their greedy hands deep into the heart of Africa that you would literally have to chop off their hands to stop them from stealing what rightfully belongs to Black Africans across the globe. According to biblical text, which was written by men, there are references to cutting off the hand of the man who steals. Therefore, cutting off the hands of the Bushes, the House of Windsor, and various other families who have profited from slave labor and the theft of Africa’s resources would indeed be a fair and even exchange.