Classical music behaving badly
'Glencore, the multi-billion pound commodity giant, stands accused of profiting from child labour in a mine in the Congo, and paying the associates of paramilitary killers in Colombia, following a Panorama investigation. Undercover filming showed children as young as ten working in the Glencore-owned Tilwezembe mining concession. And sales documents show a Glencore subsidiary made payments to the suspected associates of paramilitaries in Colombia' - BBC News April 16Last night's Panorama on BBC TV was an investigation into multi-national commodities trader Glencore. Using the title 'Billionaires behaving badly?' the company was, to quote the BBC, "accused of reckless greed" - programme image above, watch the documentary here. As was highlighted On An Overgrown Path last week, Glencore sponsors the Lucerne Easter Festival; among the artists appearing this year were Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and András Schiff, and next year's festival is headlined by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. It did not need a Panorama investigation to tell classical music's great and good that Glencore's money comes with grubby strings attached, because all is revealed by just a few minutes googling. Yet another example of classical music behaving badly.
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