MINING: Battling Over Bauxite

The Caribbean island nation of Jamaica is small and poor—but it also is the source of 60% of the bauxite that U.S. companies use to make aluminum. That gives it power that under the leadership of Prime Minister Michael Manley, it is starting to use. Last week, after three months of futile resistance, the companies coughed up the first $39 million due under Manley's plan to multiply eightfold the taxes and royalties on bauxite mined out of the Jamaican earth. The payments presage substantial price increases in the U.S. on aluminum products...

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