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by Dan Burns
Jun 27, 2019, 8:30 AM

The Twin Metals/Trump family relationship is all over the news

Corporate “news” media is finally reporting on the relationship between the proposed Twin Metals sulfide mine, the rapacious mining multinational Antofagasta, and the Trump family. Within the past week there have been stories in the New York Times, Newsweek, and a bunch of other outlets. And this morning even the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which you could say has over the years been extremely considerate of pro-sulfide mining interests, put it at the top of the front page.

Apparently this story, or at least the basics of it, actually first got reported back in 2017 by The Wall Street Journal. I first saw it in January, 2018, on David Cay Johnston’s blog. Johnston writes highly excellent, if infuriating, books about all the ways the greedheads screw us over. He was also one of the first, maybe the first, to report comprehensively on “President” Trump’s long-time involvement with organized crime. Anyway:

Trump’s Interior Department is reinstating two 1966 leases, written before today’s federal environmental laws, that could allow a Chilean mining company to build a giant copper-and-nickel mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters wilderness area in northern Minnesota.

The mining company is controlled by Andrónico Luksic, whose family controls a mining, banking and industrial empire that Forbes estimates is valued at $13.1 billion. Luksic also dabbles in Washington, D.C., residential real estate and has a business relationship with the Trump family. He is First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner’s and First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s landlord.

So, why is corporate media all over this now? I mean, obviously I’m glad that it is being reported, but also a little, I don’t know, “startled,” maybe. Or just a tad “nonplussed.“ I suppose I’m having a hard time getting my head around the possibility that national media is actually deliberately and knowingly acting against corporate interests on this. You gotta admit it certainly would seem to be out of character for them. Because you almost get the impression they’re piling on in the wake of the PolyMet permitting scandal.

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