Sunday, November 1, 2015

Crimea Must Be Returned to Ukraine This Year!

                 As a matter of international law, Russia continues to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine by illegally occupying Crimea and holding its citizens hostage against their will. This must not be permitted to continue, else a precedent for dealing with communist regimes and placating their illegal acts by looking the other way will result in further illegal acts against other countries. It is time for NATO countries to stand together against the tyranny of Russia and Vladimir Putin.

                   Additionally, the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 should be declared an international war crime and those responsible should be tried and convicted. Putin cannot be trusted to keep his promises. He kills his political opposition in his own country.
                   Just like Adolph Hitler, Putin eliminates any opposition to his demagogic authority which comes from Satan, not GOD. Putin wants to be the anti-Christ, but hasn't the backing of his poorly treated military made up of young thugs and miscreants. The lies of Putin stain the once great country of Russia.
                   What to do? If I were the head of NATO, I would give Putin 24 hours to begin removal of all military personnel, weapons, and submarines from Crimean lands. After 24 hours had passed, I would send my amassed troops into Crimea and take it by force if necessary along with all of Eastern Ukraine. All opposition would be crushed. Anyone taking up arms against us would cease to live. It is time for all of mankind to live in peace and recognize the rights of one another. Putin respects no one's rights however, and should be confined for life in prison where animals like him belong. There are no redeeming qualities about the man unfortunately.
                     NATO's refusal to stand up to Putin and to take back Crimea demonstrates how weak willed and mealy mouthed our politicians have become. A fight to the death has begun in Ukraine, and only one side will win. Only then will economic stability be Ukraine's for many years to come.

Mark Winkle, Founder
The Winkle Institute for Worldwide Economic Stability

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Coming Back

                It has been sometime since my last post. I was exposed to Black Mold over the past several months without my knowledge. It resulted in a fungal mass in my right lung. Four operations later, and three to go, I HAVE A NEW PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE.

                The near death experience of being operated on, and cheating death four times, has increased my desire to help others. For those wondering, I am getting better daily. Still have much progress to go. My landlord, however, will be burdened by more than $100,000 in medical bills and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

                  My thanks go out to Dr. Ehab Hussein in Kettering, Ohio with Pulmonary Medical Doctors. You are a pro beyond measure.

Mark Winkle

Friday, July 10, 2015

I Think Greece Should be Helped to See Reality

               Greece has finally offered a somewhat timid approach to debt reduction. The issue is not increasing taxes on certain items, it is the actual collection of the taxes that is the problem. Tax fraud across Greece is rampant and must be dealt with. Appointing the ECB or a branch of the EU government as tax collector would go a long way in easing my mind concerning future Greek bailouts and refusals of payment. That way, if Greece cannot, or will not enforce tax collection on its citizens, the European Union agency could step in and enforce the collection of taxes owed by Greece's business owners and citizens.

                To wit, no one like to pay taxes, but the economic engine of governments runs on them, this is the reality. Everyone pays the piper. No one fiddles for free. If we are to maintain the rule of law around the world, this reality must be accepted and honored by Greek citizens without question.

                 There are other economic realities as well, we all work in jobs that are not exactly what we wanted to do, or at least the way we dreamed of doing them, but we like to live inside, we like to be warm and cozy, we like to eat, we like to wear clothes (most of us anyway), and we like to be seen as reasonably normal people in the eyes of others. So, we work at our jobs, and do the best that we can to realize our dreams in other areas of our lives.

                  Mr. Tsipras is just recently coming to the realization that winning an election is just the beginning. He has yet to face the reality that he is the "cheese," and is standing alone in his fight against the other 28 European Union countries. Parity is not in his vocabulary, but GRACE is in my vocabulary.

So, here is my advice on the matter:  Extend credit to Greece, accept 3/4 of the amount due to the IMF this past week, extend credit on the remainder for 90 days at 2% interest. Extend the repayment of all other debts owed by Greece for 2 years and reduce the interest rates to 1% under the condition that Greece commits itself to job creation (non-government jobs, mind you), using the reduction in the interest rates to create a small business loan program, increase education opportunities, create a unique industry that creates jobs and that Greek citizens can apply their unique sense of creativity to.

For Greece and every other country to survive, they must face the reality that time marches on, technology and its advances continue to speed up, old ways pass out of use, and new players take the place of older players. Greece needs to step up to the plate and get into the forefront of technology in multiple industries, and stop the hand wringing and whining about paying taxes.

Wasteful spending got Greece into this mess and austerity was necessary. Even I pay bills that I do not want to pay. As a man of honor, I am honor bound to pay them if I can.

There, that's my advice for this week.

Mark Winkle, CEO and Founder
The Winkle Institute for Worldwide Economic Stability

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Reality of the Greek Vote

        While Greek citizens say they do not want to leave the European Union, they obviously do not want to pay their taxes. If they paid their taxes, Greece could survive as a Euro zone member. However, there is a solution to the present quandary. If Greece were to hand over the accounts of the negligent tax evaders, cheats, liars, embezzlers, and other scammers to the European Central Bank and give the bank the authority to seize and sell the assets of these non-payers to the highest bidder the money could be raised rather quickly to pay Greece's debts.

Then, there is the issue of the bankrupting  Social Security (retirement system) that needs to be overhauled in its entirety.

A stage of age rollbacks could be instituted every two years starting this year and increasing the retirement age one year for the next fourteen years. Full retirement in 2027 could be had at age 65 as it is in most countries now.

This would ease the pain of transition, but would also save Greece billions in Euros annually over the next fifty years.

Had Greece implemented this back in 2011 as I suggested, the present GDP to Debt scenario would be much improved.

However, Tsipras must be relieved of his office by any means necessary as I believe that this is only one of many battles to come from his political party which is backed by Russia's Vladimir Putin in the attempt to destabilize the European Union.

Maybe Greece should ask Russia for the money to pay its debts since Tsipras and Putin are both socialists?

The way I see it, is you have three options, none of them are pretty:

1. Resign the EU to a Greek exit and pass legislation in the next week amending the Treaty of Lisbon and the Treaty of Maastricht to permit their exit.

2. Enter into a legally binding agreement that would  permit the European Central Bank to act as tax collector and give the bank the authority to seize and sell the assets of these non-payers to the highest bidder.

3. Enter into an agreement whereby Greece would gradually rollback the retirement system age. This rollback could be instituted every two years starting this year and increasing the retirement age one year for the next fourteen years. Full retirement in 2027 could be had at age 65 as it is in most countries now. 

4. Unify the European Union, adopt the proposed Constitution submitted to the member countries in February of 2012, create a national treasury and buy Greece's debt, mandate changes to Greece's economy by the EU legislature, and let history sort out who was right or wrong. 

These are your choices as I see them.  You can implement one or more of these simultaneously to create a more substantial economic impact in favor of the European Union. 

Since these events have unfolded slowly, and most of the Eurozone economies have begun to come back online and return to their former prosperity, I see the implementation of two or more of these options as negligible on the remaining economies outside of Germany (who greedily humiliated Greece in 2011-12) and has refused to unify the European Union as it would no longer be an economic threat to its fellow Eurozone countries, but would be a partner in the European Union's success instead.

There will be some short term fall out across the board internationally in every market for about six months, but stability and calmer heads will prevail.  

Ms. Merkel, Mr. Hollande, and Mr. Tsipras- make your choice- unity or division!  

Mark Winkle, CEO and Founder
The Winkle Institute for Worldwide Economic Stability

Saturday, July 4, 2015

If You Unify, the Problems With Greece Are Manageable

As the consultant who advised the European Union to impose austerity on their citizens, I can state that only Greece with its failure to reinvest the money saved in no interest loans into creating jobs, and enforcing tax collections, has failed in the attempt to right their economy. The worst thing that Tsipras has done is to reinstate unnecessary government employees to their former posts. The retirement system needs to be changed to age sixty five instead of 58, take away the free ride and the socialist dream of a lazy life at the expense of the rest of the European Union fades away. 

Debts must be paid as must the piper. There are no freebies in life, even taking a breath costs you something. Greece needs to suck it up and pay the bill. If they had paid their taxes all along instead of cheating their fellow citizens, this would have never happened. 

Maybe the Eurozone could make an exception and allow Greece to exit the EU and the Treaty of Lisbon,  but unifying the EU is a far better path, and would strip Tsipras and others of their false sense of sovereignty and rebellion against the European Union. 

You are either in or out. There is no half way. 

Mark Winkle
The Winkle Institute for Worldwide Economic Stability

             As the voice of reason throughout the past four years that the Eurozone has mostly recovered from, I can honestly state that austerity was a good thing for most Europeans. Spending money that you don't have is folly at best. 
             What needs to happen is for the European heads of state to come to terms and accept as the best course of action the Unification of the European Union member states as a sovereign whole with somewhat sovereign parts. In this world economy, it is essential to work together. We need one another, just as members of families do. Over these past four years, I have taught you much, and learned more than I have taught you. I have advised you from the wisdom and insights that God has provided me and shared this wisdom with you. It has has a profound effect on my faith and on my life. Adopting  the advice has changed the way that the European Union conducts its day to day business. Every country, with the exception of Greece has extensively modified it eccentric behaviors. 
             What I see as Greece's three continuing problems are: the excessive socialist nature of its citizens, the absurd early retirement age, and its failure to change its business model and invest in jobs and education of its citizens. The wasteful acts of Tsipras' reinstating unnecessary government employees, undoing three years of austerity measures which were having a profound positive effect on Greece's debt reduction, has been substantial. The old way of giving away the farm to feed the workers has passed. No longer can hand outs be given within some payment or work effort being made by the recipients. Taxes must be enforced, if not by Greece, then by the European Central Bank, which could buy the debt and seize assets to enforce their payment. The money that the Eurozone has invested in Greece must be spent wisely to create jobs other than wasteful government jobs. Manufacturing jobs must be increased as must import and export jobs. Greece must put its emphasis not on fighting against change, but being at the forefront of change. The old ways of fraud, corruption, and government bribery just do not work in a world economy. 

If you want me to take over running Greece, I will. I have nothing to do for awhile, and I would love to see Europe. All you have to do is ask, and send me a plane ticket and a diplomatic visa to 1354 Ohmer Street; Dayton, Ohio 45410. 

Mr. Tsipras and his ideas of a socialist state are passe and must end. 

Unifying the European Union and creating a national treasury (which would then purchase every member state's debt and enforce the collection of all taxes) would be a great leap towards solving Greece's economic problems and preventing future economic calamities. Think about it. Living in a country where life is good, old hatreds have passed away, a sense of mutual respect and unity becomes a part of every European's daily life. Instead of fighting among yourselves you can work together to solve problems that the world faces. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Solutions to Greece and England for the European Union

         I recall writing to each member of the European Commission an email last year that won the European Union the Nobel Peace Prize. I received no credit, no thanks, no accolades for my thousands of tireless hours saving the European Union, Ukraine, Russia, the United States and many other countries.

         The email contained a remembrance of the now deceased, but still honorable John Nash and his Game Theory of Equilibrium. In his theorem, Nash cited the fact that it is easier to gain the continued cooperation of a competitor if you did not put your competitor out of business or otherwise contribute to their failure, and thus create an enemy.
         Competing interests are  compatible and are an essential part of our modern day world economic system. The balance of trade can only be kept balanced if the risk of doing business is shared. However, Great Britain , namely England has wanted only half of the pie of risk with all of the benefits of full membership in the European Union. Now, England, by way of Prime Minister David Cameron comes before the European Union and threatens to exit the European Union.
         On one hand I can see his predicament, on the other, leaving the European Union is folly and against the economic interests of Great Britain as a whole, and against its partner countries. Can a reasonable deal be made? Sure, it can, depending on how reasonable the demands of England are.
         However, in exchange for any capitulation, full membership in the Eurozone and in the European Union must be included in the deal. You cannot be halfway through the door any longer. England benefits from the trade of the other European Union countries, but contributes little more than mouthing loyalty to the union and the Eurozone.
        England's recent bout with economic insecurity could have been avoided if it was a full partner in the European Union. Will England leave the European Union? Doubtful! Will concessions be made? Probably. Should they be made? Only if the change is negotiated with the interests of every member country of the European Union at heart.
         Considering the fact that there is no legal way for any country to leave the European Union under the Treaty of Maastricht or the Treaty of Lisbon, the threat is a negotiating ploy to gain more favorable status, without paying any higher dues for said increased status. England should pony up the guts to become full fledged members of the European Union and the Eurozone or shut up.
         Their failure to eliminate the patriarchal outdated system of political favoritism to a a wealthy few thousand British citizens smacks of nepotism and has no place in modern day economics. The patriarchs should have been cast out long ago on their ears with their astronomical budgets that are weighing down the rest of England's citizenry with stench and wasted economic efforts.

         As for Greece, back in July of 2011 when I first began advising the European Union on financial matters, I emailed each European Union Commissioner a copy of my Economic Stability Policy. Greece was humming along in its repayment of its debts, the economy was picking up. Then this moron of a Prime Minister, a socialist at that, is elected by an ignorant populous who would rather blame its woes on others, comes along with his wasteful economic policies, rehires the 50-80,000 wasteful and unnecessary government employees that had been fired because they were not necessary, were overpaid, and received benefits and bribes as part of their compensation for pushing papers across their desks, he reduces taxes, restarts failed and wasteful government programs, and in short, reverses the economic engine that was humming along.
        Prime Minister George Papandreaou understood the necessity to lighten the taxpayer's load of this
riff- raff. But, it seems that the new Prime Minister may be receiving kick backs from each new employee's bribes and corruption, which is the old Greek way of doing business. Unfortunately, this was the same system that bankrupted Greece.
        Should Greece's debt be written down? I think not. Greece should pay back in full every penny borrowed to every creditor. The fact that Greece is paying such a paltry interest rate is reason enough for Greece to get its political act together. The threats of default are suicidal in their effect. No more quarter should be given to a political machine that is operated by incompetent, unsatisfied field workers who want a free ride on the backs of their fellow European citizens.

         Should Greece be allowed to default? No. Should the Greek debt be written down? No. Should an extension of the present credit instruments be granted? If the terms are agreeable to both parties. But, every mature adult knows that an honorable man pays his debts. A dishonorable man walks away from his obligations and leaves others to carry his burden. It is time for every Greek citizen to swallow hard the stench of debt, bite the bullet, go the extra mile, work the extra hour and contribute to the central government and trust that they will not hire more paper pushers to take bribes.

         Now, If Greece and Great Britain as a whole (including Scotland and Wales) agreed that the European Union should be consolidated and that all debt of each country be purchased and managed by a CENTRAL TREASURY of the European Union and that the European Union itself would truly become a country with its central government in Belgium and its banks would be regional, and that each member state could issue their own treasury bonds to pay its own debts, then a deal could be quickly struck with the remaining twenty-six member countries of the European Union.

         So, now you have my esteemed opinion on these matters. Good day to each of you. If the world starts coming unraveled again, contact me at 937-831-8119 in the United States. My fee is one Nobel Prize for Economics that I was cheated out of.

Mark R. Winkle
The Winkle Institute for Worldwide Economic Stability

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ode to Ohio University

Ode to Ohio University

In your corrupted halls of education,
you strangle the freedom to voice dissent,
upon which this country was founded.
You martyred me at the stake,
and shredded my reputation,
but I exposed you for the frauds that you are.

I took you to the gates of the highest court in the land,
but God almighty stood in my way,
and commanded me to leave you to him instead,
he will judge you most harshly Ohio University.
The lies and insinuations circle around you,
and bind your evil spirits and deeds to you,
your fate is the harshest that man can dream of,
each of you will spend an eternity reliving the lies
and injustices that you sent my way.

I now teach students from nine countries,
without your help in any way, your stamp
of approval is not necessary, as God has lit my way.
You need not fear tomorrow,
lest you see me in the street,
I will not harm one speck on you,
as God will have his way.

The torment that you face,
the vilest place you will live,
far from the master's table,
no water or grace will be given you.
Your evil deeds towards me,
sought to destroy my soul,
instead they bind your lips,
and burn your eternal soul.

I tried to get you to see reason,
to allow me to speak my piece,
but so narrow minded are your female professors,
that only their own opinions would they take,
Ohio University, I lament your eternal damnation,
as a wasted place of education,
your students accomplish nothing for this world,
except to study new ways of libation.

Gone are the high ideals that once formed your purpose,
money now is your goal,
Throw out those who disagree with us!”
is now your motto for those whose lives you've stole.
Gone are the proud days of free speech,
gone are the constitutional freedoms,
it is our way or the highway,
So off to teach another student I go.
I wash my filthy hands of you,
and discard your university into the trash,
where it came from, and where it will end.

I have wasted too much of my time,
concerned with what Ruggieri and others thought about me,
I know my purpose and my goal,
and your university and its corruption,
have only damaged itself,
with its liberal and backward thinking,
Ohio University's role is shrinking.
It is no longer a place of education,
but a place of frustration, fear, and loathing.

Those who attend your once hallowed halls,
desire to be treated as equals,
but this will never happen- your gates are closed
to those who are not the right color, shape, size,
gender, and height that you desire them to be.
You openly discriminate against those you despise,
by damaging their self-esteem and their GPA,
You strive to remove them like burrs on a tweed jacket,
but they cling to life and survive,
despite your efforts to kill their spirits,
and their love of learning.

Since I left your tattered halls of corruption,
from which you said, “You're not good enough!,”
I have authored thirteen books, two online blogs,
and over ninety papers on a variety of topics.
I have helped prevent World War III,
I have helped Europe get back on its feet.
I have advised world leaders,
I have scraped the shit of Ohio University from off of my shoes,
and moved on.

I will no longer fear what others think about me,
or care what others say,
I am in charge of my eternal future,
Rather than waste my time with the corrupt,
incompetent and socialist Supreme Court
of this land, I throw you at the feet of the
creator of this universe, and ask him to
dispense justice upon you for eternity.
May God have mercy on your souls,
you are no longer my concern.
I shall waste no more time with you,
you are not worthy of my esteem, my time, or my thoughts.

Mark Winkle (1959- )
Christian Author, Consultant to World leaders, a nice guy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Putin Hides Like Scared Chicken After He Orders Murder of Political Opponent; Finally Comes Out of Hiding, Fearing For His Life

               Vladimir Putin finally came out of hiding today after a ten day absence and charges that he had yet another political opponent murdered two weeks ago. So desperate is the Russian leader for approval that the only way that he can keep control of his economically collapsing country is to buy votes and spectators to appear on his behalf.
                Reports from Moscow are that Putin left soon after ordering the murder of his long time political opponent and having the KGB coerce confessions out of two gunmen, who were working for the KGB. Reports also indicate that Putin is so desperate for a show of support for his illegal criminal acts in Ukraine that he has ordered the payment of 40,000 people to attend celebrations of the conquest of Crimea.
                As reported here last year, Putin recently divulged in an interview that he pre-planned the invasion of Crimea. The fact that the invasion was premeditated does not surprise me, as I knew that Putin was lying all along. Putin somehow believes that his recent military war games will intimidate the European Union and NATO to back off of renewed sanctions, but the facts that he recently had a political opponent murdered and that he pre-planned a United Nations violation of a sovereign nation provides the evidence necessary to impose additional sanctions to bring this criminal enterprise to its knees. Only then will Putin realize that his crimes will not go unpunished. The punishment needs to fit the crime- Vladimir Putin is a war criminal and deserves to be treated as one. It is unfortunate that he is not man enough to face his accusers, but has decided to hide behind threats of nuclear war, additional invasions of European Countries ala Adolph Hitler style, and thumb his nose at the United Nations as well as the rest of the world.

                  It is time to issue dead bank letters to Russia's top 100 banks and suck the life out of Putin's hot air rebellion. If the European Union does not have the stomach to take this action, they will live to regret the day that they did not cut the head off of this snake. It will come back to bite them again and again, until they become brave enough to stand together against a tyrant a murderer, and a bully all in one sad little man named Vladimir Putin who was never loved as a child, and was recently divorced by his wife after he became impotent.
                    NATO would do well to prepare for multiple point invasions as this snake will not go down without a fight. However, if Russia and the rest of the world is ever to live in peace, this megalomaniac needs to be deposed and neutered once and for all. Russia must not be invaded if at all possible, but all European countries must be protected. It would bode well for all NATO countries to be put on high alert for the next three weeks.
                    Nuclear war is severely doubtful as Putin is a survivor but not an a nihilist. He is bent on the destruction of Russia from within. He has taken Russian citizen's right to free speech, their right to seek redress from their country, their right to democratic elections, their right to free commerce, their right to freedom of religion, their right to be free of tyranny, their right of self-determination, and their right to live in peace. Vladimir Putin's own actions have brought Russia into war with the world- and the world must respond to this tyrant in solidarity by closing the borders with Russia, ceasing trade with Russia, and laying siege to Russia until Vladimir Putin turns himself in to the International Human Rights Criminal Court for prosecution for war crimes committed in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.


                   The response to this celebration must be- NO MORE TYRANTS! Those that commit international crimes must be punished, they must be held accountable. Vladimir Putin has repeatedly lied to the rest of the world, and yet sits there with a shit-eating grin like the Cheshire cat just swallowed the canary- and the United States Military and the European Union are too scared to take care of business, because we elected a HOMOSEXUAL president who is too scared to stand up for what is right, who is too scared to enforce the United Nations Resolutions, and is too scared to man up to an impotent Vladimir Putin. Even Germany, the home of one of the worst international war criminals is scared of impotent Vladimir Putin!

                   In the name of long term peace, when tyrants come to wreak havoc, they must be put down and neutered like the rabid dogs they are. It is not their fault, it is the fault of poor parenting that creates a monster like Vladimir Putin, a heartless, soulless, hollow impotent man. The time of diplomacy is past. It is time for the world to act and to stand together to turn out every dictator in every country, including Freeport-McMoran in West Papua, and the dictator of Eritrea as well. These also must go. Tyrants must never be tolerated as they stifle creativity, cash flow, and kill the heart and soul of the country's citizens who have been so unfortunate to have the dictator plague be cast upon them- and these men are plagues upon the world- and must be removed like the cancers that they are. It is a solemn, but necessary task that needs to be done.

                  Like a scared rabbit, Putin will scurry back to his burrow to hide in the near future, then you must be prepared for war. I have warned you, I have advised you what needed to be done, and you have not heeded my warnings or applied my advice to initiate dead bank letters in the past and place Russia in siege, you chickened out then, and I would bet you will chicken out again and again until another country is invaded and more lives are lost. You have been warned.

                  And no, this will not be the Biblical war you think it will be. Is physical war imminent? No, not if Putin complies with international law and removes all troops, equipment, etc. from Crimea and eastern Ukraine as well as Moldova, and Ossetia. But, I do not believe that Putin wants peace. I believe that in his diseased mind that he thinks he can still create a semblance of the former USSR.

                  Four years ago I told you I would be brutally honest with you in my advice and that you could either accept it or not, the same goes here, but I can tell you that my accuracy is around 98% so far.

                  So, my advice is to issue dead bank letters to Russia's top 100 banks next week, place travel restrictions on travel into and out of Russia, begin to move all diplomatic personnel out of Russia next week, and prepare NATO and your country's troops to defend your borders. The next 160 days will turn the tide of the history of the world.

                  I am open to visits from world leaders at my home, please do not show up unannounced. I will not advise Obama as I do not believe he is competent to lead the United States, nor will I meet with him, as he is an embarrassment to our country and has been for these past many years. I believe that Obama himself has had several political opponents including Andrew Breitbart murdered.

                  Let me leave you with these words uttered by an amputee poet William Ernest Henry (1892):


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

The world need not suffer at the hands of Tyrants, Bullies, or Murderers.

May God have mercy on your souls if you choose to not fight this tyrant and remove him from power and free Russia once and for all from dictated communism.

Mark Winkle
Founder, CEO
The Winkle Institute for Worldwide Economic Stability

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Freeport-McMoran Supporter of Islamic Murderers, Bribes, Government Corruption, Environmental Crimes, and Covert Operations on West Papua /New Guinea

               One of the main goals of The Winkle Institute for Worldwide Economic Stability is to provide access to facts that would otherwise be covered up by corporations and corrupt governments. To that end, this analysis of Freeport McMoran 's operations in Indonesia and the human rights abuses of the Indonesian army on behalf of Freeport McMoran have come to our attention.
                Feeeport McMoran says that it is a global provider of copper and molybdenum and believes in sustainable growth. However, on Freeport  McMoran's own website, this picture of a strip mine in a conflict area of West Papua New Guinea: demonstrates how Freeport McMoran abuses the land and its surrounding people for profit.
It is time that this company and the Indonesian government and military officials were prosecuted under International Human Rights laws and held accountable to the world for their  numerous crimes. 

Here is a link to the true devastation caused by this strip mining operation in West Papua New Guinea:

ACME Mapper 2.1,137.11583&z=15&t=H&marker0=-4.05278%2C137.11583%2CFreeport-McMoRan

How do you reclaim this Freeport McMoran? The scarring of this area will last generations! The killing of the aquatic life in the areas rivers is not sustainable!

In fact, Freeport McMoran had admitted providing bribes and payments in support of the Indonesian Army, covert operations, government officials, and  and the corrupt Indonesian government who is believed to have committed human rights abuses on behalf of Freeport McMoran , such as rape, torture, and murder of tribal people and environmentalists who oppose the raping of the land and the killing of aquatic life on the rivers on the island of West Papua/ New Guinea since the 1960's. 

Freeport McMoran's website states: (2015)

"Security risks near our PTFI operations in Papua, Indonesia stem from the presence of in-migration, separatist activists and advocates in the region, presence of illegal gold panners in the project area, and social, political and ethnic tensions within the local community and in other areas of the province.
PTFI employs approximately 750 unarmed personnel and 130 unarmed private security and transportation and logistics contractors that perform functions such as protecting facilities, monitoring shipments of supplies and products, assisting in traffic control and aiding in emergency response operations. The Grasberg minerals district has been designated by the Government of Indonesia as one of Indonesia’s vital national assets. This designation results in the police, and to a lesser extent, the military, playing a significant role in protecting the area of our operations. The Government of Indonesia is responsible for employing police and military personnel and directing their operations. In 2013, PTFI entered into a revised and updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Provincial Commander of the National Police. The MoU covers a 3-year term and details the working relationship between PTFI and the public security personnel, including areas of support, coordination and commitment to PTFI policies and procedures, including business ethics and human rights. The Voluntary Principles are included in the MoU. PTFI’s share of support costs for the government-provided security was $25 million for 2013. This supplemental support consists of infrastructure and other costs, such as food, housing, fuel, travel, vehicle repairs, allowances to cover incidental and administrative costs, and community assistance programs conducted by the military and police." (In other words, bribery). 

"From the beginning of 2009 through January 2014, there have been 15 fatalities and 58 injuries to employees, contractor employees, host government security personnel and civilians from shooting incidents within our project area. In 2013, there was one injury and no fatalities. PTFI continues to respond with measures of enhanced security for both personnel and material transport. To date, no persons or entities have claimed responsibility for these incidents, and the Company continues to call for full investigations and justice."

What they do not say is that they also bribe politicians, provide illegal payments to military commanders, invade emails of environmentalists, bribe corrupt government employees, or contract with the Indonesian military to protect their strip mine on the island. 

The Human Rights abuses by Freeport McMoran began in the 1960's as detailed in this extensive report by 

Caution: These Human Rights Abuses by Indonesian Military on behalf of Freeport McMoran include rape, torture, and murder. 

The extent of the abuses of Human Rights are staggering, and ongoing today in 2015 as you read this:

Freeport in Indonesia
Tribal peoples attacked Freeport facilities in the 1970s. "After the uprising, the Indonesians uprooted entire communities and sent them to barracks on the coast. By June 1980 epidemics had swept through these communities, killing more than 20 percent of the infant population" (National Catholic Reporter, Dec. 22, 1995, citing Roger Moody, The Gulliver File: Mines, People and Land(London: Minewatch).
PT-FI (formerly Freeport Indonesia) is 78-percent owned by Freeport-McMoRan, and 10-percent owned by the Indonesian government (Freeport-McMoRan 1992 Annual Report, p.40). The huge gold and copper mining operations at Tembagapura (Copper City) in Irian Jaya involve a 30-year contract between Indonesia and Freeport (Engineering & Mining Journal, Feb. 1992, p. 13). The Indonesian military has been used to control natives displaced by Freeport projects (Rainforest Action Network Action Alert, No. 72, May 1992).
The lengthy articles in the June 1991 and March 1992 issues of Engineering and Mining Journal contain considerable information on Freeport in Indonesia. Royal Dutch Shell first found minerals in the 1930s, and "successfully negotiated with Stone Age Ekari and Danal cannibal-tribes." In 1959, Freeport Sulphur arrived. Systematic exploration was begun in the 1970s. Bechtel built the mine in the 1970s, using Korean coal miners to dig tunnels through the mountains.
In 1977 Amungeme people and West Papua Liberation Movement or Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM) independence fights blew up Freeport McMoRan's pipeline to the coast; Indonesian military bombed and strafed villages and moved people away from the mine (Killings at Freeport Mine, World Rainforest Report, No. 31, June 1995, p. 9-10).
Freeport's Grasberg deposit, as it is called, is said to be the world's largest single gold reserve. It also contains vast reserves of copper. J.P. Morgan and Fuji are said to have loaned $500 million for development; mining and milling was expected to reach full capacity in 1992. The company-built town of Tembagapura houses 8000 people. Streams have been diverted to three dams. There is a diesel-fueled power plant. Lumber mills, lime plants, and foundries are planned. Hundreds of trucks go through 700 tires per week. Pipelines bring fuel and carry slurry. Barges and aerial tramways carry workers and material. Freeport is "mindful" of two national parks in the area. "Waste is now conventionally end-dumped, but, in time, may require some form of layering and compacting..." Concentrate is delivered to Japanese, European, South Korean, and Philippine smelters (Engineering & Mining Journal, June 1991 and Mar. 1992).
Freeport currently employs 1589 Irianese out of its workforce of around 10,000 employees in the province (gn:minewatch in Econet igc:reg.newguinea, July 22, 1993).
Freeport is considering doubling its Grasberg production by 1996, at a cost of some $800 million (Business Week, April 27, 1992, p. 91).
In 1990, Indonesia granted Freeport permission to explore an additional 6.1 million acres adjacent to the existing contract area. Freeport has budgeted $22 million for three years' work. In 1991, Freeport was awarded a thirty-year contract. Indonesia has also indicated interest in building its first copper smelter at Gresik, Java; Mitsui and Metallgesellschaft are contenders for a joint venture (Engineering & Mining Journal, June 1991 and Mar. 1992). The copper concentrates collected are exported without being further processed. Freeport estimates there is 800 million tons of copper ore in its concession area which it will exploit in 25 to 30 years. To gain added value, the government has asked Freeport to build a smelting plant, which it will do in co-operation with Metal Gesselschaft of Germany and a Japanese company, in Gresik, East Java. There the concentrates will be processed to produce copper, gold, silver and sulphuric acid. Operations are projected to begin three years hence (gn:minewatch in Econet igc:reg.newguinea, July 22, 1993).
The University of Texas at Austin is also involved in mineral exploration with Freeport; its president, William Cunningham, is on Freeport's board of directors (Rainforest Action Network Action Alert, No. 54, Nov. 1990 and No. 57, Feb. 1991).
Freeport's Grasberg mining, and its 20-year operation of the Mount Ertsberg gold, silver, and copper mines, was again criticized in Rainforest Action Network's Action Alert No. 72, May 1992. Freeport's "public relations campaign to bolster their international image" was contrasted with the company's environmental record, its treatment of Amungme and other indigenous people, some of whom have died of malaria after being relocated, and its lack of openness with environmental activists.
In June 1993, a group called the Sympathisers for the Mimika-Amungme Community accused Freeport Indonesia of being responsible for outbreaks of diarrhoea, skin disease, and miscarriages. A Freeport spokesman and a government report said the outbreaks were due not to the mine, but to poor hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition, and to venereal diseases. Freeport processes 60,000 tons of ore each day. After going through the separating process, more than 95 per cent of the material is dumped into the rivers in the form of tailings. Freeport claimed the mine tailings were indistinguishable from natural sediments (gn:minewatch in Econet igc:reg.newguinea, July 22, 1993).
Freeport announced the expansion of its Irian Jaya mining from 66,000 metric tons of ore per day to 115,000 tons per day by investing another $140 million; annual production by 1996 is hoped to be 1.1 billion pounds of copper and 1.5 million ounces of gold (Freeport McMoRan news release, Dec. 8, 1993).
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold's P.T. Freeport Indonesia Company, Duke Energy (a subsidiary of Duke Power, PowerLink (a subsidiary of Northstar Energy), and an Indonesian investor have announced a plan for the creation of a $200 million joint electricity venture for the Irian Jaya mine (Freeport-McMoRan news release, Dec. 7, 1993).
Freeport McMoRan (West Papua (Irian Jaya), copper and gold mine is insured by the World Bank affiliate Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); it was MIGA's first insurance policy, in 1990) (Chatterjee, Pratap. Digging Everyone's Grave: World Bank's Mining Mayhem. Earth First! 16(1): 17, Nov. 1, 1995). In November 1995, OPIC cancelled Freeport's $100 million political risk insurance policy, citing impacts to local rivers; Freeport's had increased ore production to nearly double that stated on its insurance policy, increasing mine wastes and degrading large areas of rain forest; Freeport has been under increased criticism for its environmental record and its close relationship to the Indonesian military; the Jakarta NGO WALHI recently sued the Indonesian Dept. of Mines and Energy over its approval of Freeport's operations (World Rivers Review, Nov. 1995, p. 11).
From the time of an uprising in Tsinga (June to December 1994) and a December 25 demonstration in Tembagapura, Freeport security officials and the Indonesian military have been accused of killing or disappearing at least 22 civilians and 15 rebels, according to a report by the Australian Council for Overseas Aid; (Chatterjee, Pratap. Digging Everyone's Grave: World Bank's Mining Mayhem. Earth First! 16(1): 17, Nov. 1, 1995; and Killings at Freeport Mine, World Rainforest Report, No. 31, June 1995, p. 9-10, citing the email conference reg.newguinea and BBC reports).
In December 1995 FM announced that its estimate of Grasberg mineral reserves had increased by 13 billion pounds of copper (a 57 percent increase), 14 million ounces of gold (a 43 percent increase), and 41 million ounces of silver (83 percent). FM said the increases would mean an increase in the life of the Grasberg mine from 26 to 45 years. RTZ Corporation is extending up to $750 million for expansion of the Grasberg mine, and has a 40 percent interest in the new-discovered reserves (FM Copper & Gold news release, Dec. 5, 1995).
The Grasberg mine produces 120,000 tons of mine tailings per day; since 1972 the tailings have been dumped into the Aghawagon River; a 1996 environmental audit by Dames & Moore reported the tailings to be primarily non-toxic, but that the tailings have clogged rivers and flooded rain forest; 420 million tons of acidic waste rock has been dumped in a nearby valley, with another 2.8 billion tons projected to be dumped in the future. In April 1996, Amungme tribal leader Tom Beanal filed a $6 billion class action lawsuit against Freeport, claiming that the Amungme were forcibly removed from their land without compensation. Freeport's response was that the corporation spends $14 million per year on education, medical treatment, job development, and economic initiatives for local people. The October 1995 cancellation of Freeport's political risk insurance policy bu the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation was based on OPIC's conclusion that "the project has created and continues to pose unreasonable or major environmental, health, or safety hazards with respect to the rivers that are being impacted by the tailings, the surrounding terrestrial ecosystem and the local inhabitants." Freeport hired former U.S. CIA director James Woolsey as its legal representative, in December 1995 Freeport spent $200,000 on three advertisements in the New York Times, blamed foreign interests spreading false or misleading information, and threatened to lobby against Congressional funding of OPIC. OPIC, which was spending $100,000 to $200,000 per month on attorney's fees, reinstated Freeport's insurance in April 1996, days before Freeport's annual meeting. Freeport agreed to create a $100 million trust fund to clean up the site after the mine closes. A March 1996 riot by several thousand villagers closed the mine for two days and destroyed $15 million worth of Freeport's equipment. More than 1,000 Indonesian soldiers were flown into the area in response (Bryce, Robert and Susan A. Brackett. Culture Clash: Controversy at the Grasberg Mine I Indonesia. Clementine: The Journal of Responsible Mineral Development (Mineral Policy Center, Washington), Spring/Summer 1996, p. 10-13).

January 2000: Indonesian troops shoot protesters in Irian Jaya"Indonesian troops shot at protesters in Irian Jaya early last month injuring 28 people who were trying to stop the separatist flag from being lowered, a local human rights group said. The shooting took place in front of a church in Timika, a district town near the giant gold and copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan, said John Rumbiak, the head of the local chapter of the Institute for Human Rights Studies and Advocacy. The troops fired on a group of activists who had gathered to stop the separatists' Morning Star flag from being taken down. The flag had been raised in front of the church on November 10. There were some 2,000 people at the church compound when the shooting took place, Mr Rumbiak said. Reports from human rights activists said four of the wounded were being treated at the Freeport hospital while 24 others were at the Caritas hospital in Timika, he said. At least 10 people were arrested, among them were Yosepha Alomang, an Amungme tribeswoman who has sued Freeport McMoRan, Isak Onawame, chairman of the Christian Missionary Alliance of Mimika district and Hiskia Merarabuyam, who organised the West Papua flag raising." (World Wildlife Fund, South Pacific Currents, Jan 7, 2000).
March 2000: Freeport Indonesia Urged to Share Wealth "Hugely profitable PT Freeport Indonesia is under pressure to share more of the wealth generated by its massive copper and gold mine in the eastern province of Irian Jaya, as Jakarta struggles to stem separatism there. The highly sensitive issue has split Indonesia's young government. Rear Admiral Freddy Numberi, governor of Irian Jaya province on the western half of New Guinea island, has called for Freeport's contract to be reviewed. But Foreign Minister Alwi Shihab has ruled that out. Freeport, a subsidiary of New Orleans-based Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, made an average profit of just under $2 million a week in 1999 from the vast mine it operates in mountains near Timika, 3,375 km (2,100 miles) east of Jakarta. But although Indonesia's central government has a small stake in the project, the provincial government has none. Nor do any other Irian Jaya interests. Historically, decisions relating to the controversial mine by-passed the provincial authorities, like those relating to other multinational mining firms in Indonesia. Now governor Numberi, an indigenous Irianese, says that must change. "The local government was never involved in the contract. All we knew was that the contract had been agreed and we all had to comply to it," Numberi, who is also minister for administrative reform in the cabinet, told Reuters. AUDIT LOOMS Freeport will soon face a new audit to verify its statements that its environmental record is fine. The result is expected around June. An earlier report by a consultant appointed by Freeport said its environmental record was good. However, its operations have inflicted massive damage on forests to the south of the mine, with some literally buried under 'tailings', or crushed waste ore. Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, recently named as an adviser to President Abdurrahman Wahid, has pressed Jakarta to honour its contract with Freeport. Kissinger is on the board of Freeport's U.S. parent. Freeport is mining one of the world's largest deposits of copper and gold. It began operations in West Papua New Guinea in 1968 and in recent years has become a constant target of public criticism, particularly since former President Suharto was forced out of office two years ago. Freeport is also one of Indonesia's largest corporate income tax payers. It argues that it makes significant economic contributions to the country through taxes and a scheme to donate a small proportion of its revenues to ethnic groups in the area of its mine. One major project was to build a hospital for the local people. Freeport is, directly or indirectly, the main employer in and around Timika and Tembagapura. Neither town existed before the mine opened. The company employs a number of Irianese, but their jobs tend to be lower-paid because they generally lack the right skills for the better paid ones. Freeport says it is trying to promote employment at the higher levels in the long run through a scholarship scheme, but it is years away. The company says it has complied fully with Indonesian environmental regulations and says any move to amend or review its contract will impede the flow of foreign investment to Indonesia, which is still on the recovery track after its worst economic crisis in decades. "It will have a negative impact. Foreign investors would question the legal certainty in Indonesia," Freeport spokesman Mindo Pangaribuan told Reuters. But allegations of corruption, something much of Indonesia's mining industry is tainted with, as well as environmental damage and ignoring local needs have blighted its image. DEAL LEAVES OUT LOCAL GOVT Freeport's first contract was signed in 1967 and extended in 1991 following the discovery of the world-class copper deposit in the Grasberg mine site. The mine sits at an elevation of just over 4,000 metres (13,120 feet) above sea level. Soon after Suharto resigned in May 1998, several members of parliament alleged that corrupt practices took place when the contract was awarded. Freeport has denied any wrongdoing. But its massive profits are in stark contrast to the poverty of most Irianese, many of whom cannot read and write. They are, however, aware of Freeport. They know it makes a huge amount of money and bitterly resent it. Governor Numberi says the company should "donate" some of its equity to the local government. "Ideally, the local government should have a 20 percent stake in the company," said Numberi, adding that this would help defuse calls for independence. Irian Jaya is one of the most strongly pro-independence provinces in Indonesia and the armed Free Papua Movement has waged a low-level guerrilla campaign for decades. Environmentalists also want the contract reviewed and say the river near Timika has silted up with tailings. Environment Minister Soni Keraf told Reuters that he had received many complaints about environmental damage caused by Freeport. Freeport's operations, currently an average of 200,000 tonnes of ore daily, have to be reduced, he said. The government's own environmental audit will follow up a report by independent consultant Montgomery-Watson -- appointed by Freeport -- which applauded its environmental management. "The team consists of officials from several key departments which are involved in this mining project," said Keraf. The report would serve as a basis on which a decision on reviewing the contract would be taken, he added. "From the complaints and reports which I have received from various groups, I can say that the level of destruction which Freeport caused to the local environment is pretty bad." (Reuters, March 16, 2000).
May 2000: Mishap Increases Controversy Over Freeport Mine "A fatal accident at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s large Indonesian mine on May 4 escalated a controversy between environmentalists and the mining company. Indonesian environmental groups were quick to attack Freeport for the accident, in which a water basin containing potentially hazardous materials overflowed and swept away four workers. The groups accuse the company of failing to improve the safety of its waste-handling procedures after similar accidents in the past, and they blame Freeport's operations for causing irreparable damage to the ecosystems of Papua. Indonesian Minister of Environmental Affairs Sonny Keraf said the company never responded to long-standing warnings about the dangers of its waste-handling facility (). Keraf: "We have a strong suspicion that the accident happened due to procedural neglect." But Freeport says international environmental audits have been favorable. The company and the government will report on the cause of the accident and the effect it will have on a river that flows past a village of 150 families." (Greenwire, May 8, 2000, citing Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal, May 8 and Tom McCawley, Financial Times, May 6).
July 2005: Indonesia Court Ruling on Mining Decree Upsets Greens. By Dan Eaton and Tomi Soetjipto, Reuters, July 7, 2005.
Indonesia's constitutional court on Thursday upheld a presidential decree allowing 12 mining firms to continue operating in protected forests, removing a hurdle to much needed foreign investment but angering environmentalists.
Green groups lodged an appeal last year against the presidential edict, which revised a 1999 forestry law that banned open-pit mining in protected forests.
"For me it is an education that for our leaders in Indonesia, sustainable development is not yet on the radar screen," Emil Salim, a former environment minister called as an expert witness in the case, told Reuters on hearing the verdict. 

"Of course it is an age of trade-off between mining and forests...but protected forest is vital for water, the prevention of flood, prevention of erosion and so on," he said.
The court's decision cleared one of the main hurdles to fresh foreign investment in the mining sector, but a host of legal and security concerns remain, analysts said.
"The constitutional court ruling I think finally puts to bed years of uncertainty over the legality of mining in certain areas in Indonesia," said Stephen Wilford, an Indonesia business risk analyst with Control Risks Group in Singapore.
"But the mining sector in Indonesia is beset by all kinds of unique problems, such as having to deal with ad hoc taxation and legislation."
Mining investment in Indonesia, home to some of the world's largest deposits of copper, tin, nickel and gold, has declined since the 1990s due to uncertainty. But President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who took office last year, has made it a priority to wipe out corruption and create a better investment climate.
The ruling on Thursday follows a decision by the environment ministry last month to seek an out-of-court settlement with US-based Newmont Mining Corp in a $133 million civil suit over pollution allegations.
However, prosecutors on Tuesday said they still planned to press criminal charges against a local unit of Newmont and its American chief executive.
"What we are seeing there is Indonesia very much committed to prosecuting individuals as well as the company itself, which obviously represents quite a high degree of risk," said Wilford.
Constitutional court chief Jimly Asshiddiqie said in his ruling the presidential decree was needed to honour contracts with mining companies made before the forestry law.
But he told companies they were being watched. "If there is a violation on the licencing agreements, then the government has the right to annul the operational licence," he said.
Firms among the 12 include US-based Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, which owns the world's third-largest copper mine, Grasberg, in the rugged eastern province of Papua.
The 12 companies operate 13 individual concessions.
Other firms include the Soroako nickel mine on Sulawesi island run by PT International Nickel Indonesia (Inco), majority owned by Canada's Inco Ltd.
These mines and others continued operating throughout the period when the previous forestry law was in place. But company officials said the revised legislation provided greater certainty and would allow them to push forward with expansion projects.
The Cost of Gold - The Hidden Payroll: Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste. By Jane Perlez and Raymond Bonner. New York Times, Dec 27, 2005.
The closest most people will ever get to remote Papua, or the operations of Freeport-McMoRan, is a computer tour using Google Earth to swoop down over the rain forests and glacier-capped mountains where the American company mines the world's largest gold reserve.
With a few taps on a keyboard, satellite images quickly reveal the deepening spiral that Freeport has bored out of its Grasberg mine as it pursues a virtually bottomless store of gold hidden inside. They also show a spreading soot-colored bruise of almost a billion tons of mine waste that the New Orleans-based company has dumped directly into a jungle river of what had been one of the world's last untouched landscapes.
What is far harder to discern is the intricate web of political and military ties that have helped shield Freeport from the rising pressures that other gold miners have faced to clean up their practices. Only lightly touched by a scant regulatory regime, and cloaked in the protection of the military, Freeport has managed to maintain a nearly impenetrable redoubt on the easternmost Indonesian province as it taps one of the country's richest assets.
Months of investigation by The New York Times revealed a level of contacts and financial support to the military not fully disclosed by Freeport, despite years of requests by shareholders concerned about potential violations of American laws and the company's relations with a military whose human rights record is so blighted that the United States severed ties for a dozen years until November.
Company records obtained by The Times show that from 1998 through 2004, Freeport gave military and police generals, colonels, majors and captains, and military units, nearly $20 million. Individual commanders received tens of thousands of dollars, in one case up to $150,000, according to the documents. They were provided by an individual close to Freeport and confirmed as authentic by current and former employees.
Freeport said in a written response to The Times that it had "taken appropriate steps" in accordance with American and Indonesian laws to provide a secure working environment for its more than 18,000 employees and contract workers.
"There is no alternative to our reliance on the Indonesian military and police in this regard," the company said. "The need for this security, the support provided for such security, and the procedures governing such support, as well as decisions regarding our relationships with the Indonesian government and its security institutions, are ordinary business activities."
While mining and natural resource companies sometimes contribute to the costs to foreign governments in securing their operations, payments to individual officers raise questions of bribes, said several people interviewed by The Times, including a former Indonesian attorney general, who said it was illegal under Indonesian law for officers to accept direct payments.
The Times's investigation also found that, according to one current and two former company officials who helped set up a covert program, Freeport intercepted e-mail messages to spy on its environmental opponents. Freeport declined to comment.
More than 30 current and former Freeport employees and consultants were interviewed over the past several months for this article. Very few would speak for attribution, saying they feared the company's retribution.
Freeport's support of the military is one measure of its extraordinary working environment. In the 1960's, when Freeport entered Papua, its explorers were among the very first outsiders ever encountered by local tribesmen swathed only in penis gourds and armed with bows and arrows.
Since then, Freeport has built what amounts to an entirely new society and economy, all of its own making. Where nary a road existed, Freeport, with the help of the San Francisco-based construction company Bechtel, built virtually every stitch of infrastructure over impossible terrain in engineering feats that it boasts are unparalleled on the planet.
That history, Papua's extreme remoteness and the company's long ties to the Indonesian government have given Freeport exceptional sway over a 21st-century version of the old company town, built on a scale unique even by the standards of modern mega-mining.
"If any operation like this was put forward now, it wouldn't be allowed," said Witoro Soelarno, a senior investigator at the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources, who has visited the mine many times. "But now the operation exists, and many people depend on it."
Years of Bribery 
For years, to secure Freeport's domain, James R. Moffett, a Louisiana-born geologist who is the company chairman, assiduously courted Indonesia's longtime dictator, President Suharto, and his cronies, having Freeport pay for their vacations and some of their children's college education, and cutting them in on deals that made them rich, current and former employees said.
It was a marriage of mutual convenience. As Freeport prospered into a company with $2.3 billion in revenues, it also became among the biggest - in some years the biggest - source of revenue for the government. It remains so.
Freeport says that it provided Indonesia with $33 billion in direct and indirect benefits from 1992 to 2004, almost 2 percent of the country's gross domestic product. With gold prices hitting a 25-year high of $540 an ounce this month, the company estimates it will pay the government $1 billion this year.
With Suharto's ouster in 1998, after 30 years of unchallenged power, Freeport's special place was left vulnerable. But its importance to Indonesia's treasury and its carefully cultivated cocoon of support have helped secure it against challenges from local people, environmental groups, and even the country's own Environment Ministry.
Letters and other documents provided to The Times by government officials showed that the Environment Ministry repeatedly warned the company since 1997 that Freeport was breaching environmental laws. They also reveal the ministry's deep frustration.
At one point last year, a ministry scientist wrote that the mine's production was so huge, and regulatory tools so weak, that it was like "painting on clouds" to persuade Freeport to comply with the ministry's requests to reduce environmental damage.
That frustration stems from an operation that, by Freeport's own estimates, will generate an estimated six billion tons of waste before it is through - more than twice as much earth as was excavated for the Panama Canal.
Much of that waste has already been dumped in the mountains surrounding the mine or down a system of rivers that descends steeply onto the island's low-lying wetlands, close to Lorentz National Park, a pristine rain forest that has been granted special status by the United Nations.
A multimillion-dollar 2002 study by an American consulting company, Parametrix, paid for by Freeport and its joint venture partner, Rio Tinto, and not previously made public, noted that the rivers upstream and the wetlands inundated with waste were now "unsuitable for aquatic life." The report was made available to The Times by the Environment Ministry.
Freeport says it strives to mitigate the environmental effect of its mine, while also maximizing the benefits to its shareholders. The Times made repeated requests to Freeport and to the Indonesian government to visit the mine and its surrounding area, which requires special permission for journalists. All were turned down.
Freeport refused to make any official available for an interview and would respond to questions only in writing. A cover letter signed by its legal counsel, Stanley S. Arkin, said that Grasberg is a copper mine, with the gold retrieved as a byproduct, and that many journalists had visited the mine before the government tightened its rules in the 1990's. "Freeport has nothing to hide," Mr. Arkin wrote.
Indeed, at Grasberg, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold mines the world's third-largest copper deposit. The mine also has proven reserves of 46 million ounces of gold, according to the company's 2004 annual report. This year, Mining International, a trade journal, called Freeport's gold mine the biggest in the world.
Social Tensions Erupt
Since Suharto's ouster, Freeport employees say, Mr. Moffett's motto has been "no tall trees," a call to keep as low a profile as possible, for a company that operates on an almost unimaginable scale.
But even before then, the new world that Freeport created was growing smaller. By the mid-1990's, with production in full swing, and the expanding impact of Grasberg's operations ever more apparent, Freeport was beset on all sides.
Environmental groups, able to coordinate more effectively with the Internet, made Freeport a target. Local tribes were more and more restless at seeing little benefit for themselves as vast riches were extracted from their lands. And some military commanders in Papua saw Grasberg's increasing value as ripe for the plucking.
To fortify itself, Freeport, working hand in hand with Indonesian military intelligence officers, began monitoring the e-mail messages and telephone conversations of its environmental opponents, said an employee who worked on the program and read the e-mail messages.
The company also set up its own system to intercept e-mail messages, according to former and current employees, by establishing a bogus environmental group of its own, which asked people to register online with a password. As is often the case, many who registered used the same password for their own messages, which then allowed the company to tap in.
Freeport's lawyers were nervous, a person who was at the company at the time said, but decided that nothing prohibited the company legally from reading e-mail messages abroad.
Social tensions around the mine, meanwhile, were fast growing, as was Papua's population. Papua, mostly animist and Christian after long years of missionary work, is distinct in many ways from the rest of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country.
Almost from Indonesia's independence, the province had rumblings of a separatist movement. Throughout Indonesia the military, a deeply nationalist institution, finances itself by setting up legal enterprises like shopping centers and hotels, or illicit ones, like logging. In Papua, the Grasberg mine became a chance for the military not only to profit but also to deepen its presence in a province where it had barely a toehold before Freeport arrived.
For many years Freeport maintained its own security force, while the Indonesian military battled a weak, low-level insurgency. But slowly their security needs became entwined.
"Where Freeport really took it on the chin is the military who came in had no vehicles, and they would commandeer a Freeport bus or a Freeport driver," said the Rev. David B. Lowry, an Episcopal minister hired by Mr. Moffett to oversee social programs. "We had no policies at that time."
No investigation directly linked Freeport to human rights violations, but increasingly Papuans associated it with the abuses of Indonesian military units, in some cases using company facilities.
An Australian anthropologist, Chris Ballard, who worked for Freeport, and Abigail Abrash, an American human rights campaigner, estimated that 160 people had been killed by the military between 1975 and 1997 in the mine area and its surroundings.
Finally, in March 1996, long-simmering anger at the company erupted in rioting when anti-mine sentiment among different groups coalesced into what was perhaps the biggest threat to the company to this day.
The mine and its mill were shut down for three days. Rioters destroyed $3 million of equipment and ransacked offices.
The company intercepted e-mail messages that, according to two persons who read them at the time, suggested that certain military units, the community and environmental groups were working together.
One e-mail exchange, between a community leader and the head of an environmental group, was filled with tactical military intelligence, according to a person who read the messages. In another exchange, an environmental leader urged the group's members to pull out because the demonstrations had turned violent.
Freeport told The Times that local leaders later met with company officials and said "they had provoked the disturbances as a means of expressing their aspiration to receive greater benefits from our operations."
In recent interviews, current and former Freeport officials recalled how they were stunned when, among those rioting, they saw men with military haircuts, combat boots and walkie-talkies. They seemed to be directing the rioters, at one point, to a Freeport laboratory, which they ransacked.
It was not long before a worried Mr. Moffett flew out to Indonesia in the company jet.
Freeport refused to comment on the meeting that followed. But a company official who was there recounted that Mr. Moffett met with a group of senior Indonesian military officers at the Sheraton Hotel in the lowland town of Timika, near the mine. The all-powerful Gen. Prabowo Subianto, son-in-law of President Suharto and commander of the Indonesian Special Forces, presided.
"Mr. Moffett, to protect you, to protect your company, you have to help the military here," General Prabowo began, according to the company employee who was present.
Mr. Moffett is said to have replied: "Just tell me what I need to do."
The Cost of Security
Each military service drew up its wish list, current and former company employees said.
In short order, Freeport spent $35 million on military infrastructure - barracks, headquarters, mess halls, roads - and it also gave the commanders 70 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers, which were replaced every few years. Everybody got something, even the Navy and Air Force.
The company had already hired a former C.I.A. operative, and on his recommendation, it now approached a military attaché at the American Embassy in Jakarta, and persuaded him to join the company, according to former and current employees. Two more former American military officers were hired, and a special department, called the Emergency Planning Operation, was set up to handle the company's new relationship with the Indonesian military.
The new department began making direct monthly payments to Indonesian military commanders, while the Security Risk Management office handled the payments to the police, according to company documents and current and former employees.
"They signed a pact with the devil," said an American who was part of Freeport's security operations at the time, and who agreed with the company's decision.
Freeport gave the military and the police in Papua at least $20 million from 1998 to May 2004, according to company documents. In interviews, current and former employees said that at least an additional $10 million was also paid during those years.
Seven years of accounting records were provided to The Times by an individual close to the company. Additional records for three years were provided by Global Witness, a non-government organization, which released a report last July, "Paying for Protection," about Freeport's relations with the Indonesian military.
Diarmid O'Sullivan, who works for Global Witness in London, criticized the payments. It may be necessary for a company to help governments with security, he said, but "they should give the money through the proper channels, in a transparent way."
Freeport told The Times, "Our books and records are transparent and accurately reflect the support that we provide."
That support, the company said in its responses, included "mitigating living costs," as well as "infrastructure, catered food and dining hall costs, housing, fuel, travel, vehicle repairs, allowances to cover incidental and administrative costs, and community assistance programs conducted by the military and police."
The company said all of its expenditures were subject to a budget review process.
The records received by The Times showed payments to individual military officers listed under things like "food cost," "administrative services" and "monthly supplement."
Current and former employees said the accounting categories did not reflect what the money was actually used for, and that it was likely that much of the money went into the officers' pockets. The commanders who received the money did not have to sign receipts, current and former employees said.
Asked if there was a reason Freeport would give money directly to military officers, Father Lowry, who retired in March 2004, but remained a consultant to Freeport until June, said, "I can't think of a good one."
The records show that the largest recipient was the commander of the troops in the Freeport area, Lt. Col. Togap F. Gultom.
During six months in 2001, he was given just under $100,000 for "food costs," according to the company records, and more than $150,000 the following year. Freeport gave at least 10 other commanders a total of more than $350,000 for "food costs" in 2002, according to the records.
Colonel Gultom declined to be interviewed.
Those payments were made to individual officers, current and former employees said, even though since the riots Freeport had allowed soldiers to eat in the company's mess and had trucked food to more distant military kitchens. "Three meals a day, seven days a week," a former official said.
Freeport also gave commanders commercial airplane tickets for themselves and their wives and children. Generals flew first or business class and lower ranking officers flew economy, said Brig. Gen. Ramizan Tarigan, who received $14,000 worth of tickets in 2002 for himself and his family.
General Tarigan, who held a senior police post, said that police officers were allowed to accept airplane tickets because their pay was so low - as a general, his base salary was roughly $400 a month - but that it was in violation of police regulations to receive cash payments.
In April 2002, the company gave the senior commander of forces in Papua, Maj. Gen. Mahidin Simbolon, more than $64,000, for what was described in Freeport's books as "fund for military project plan 2002." Eight months later, in December, he was given more than $67,000 for a "humanitarian civic action project." The payments were first reported by Global Witness.
General Simbolon, who is now inspector general of the Indonesian Army, declined requests to be interviewed.
A former Freeport employee who was involved in making those payments said the company could not be certain how much of the money General Simbolon actually spent on those projects.
Unsolved Killings
By 2003, following the Enron scandal and passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which imposed more rigid accounting practices on companies, Freeport began making payments to military and police units instead of individual officers, according to records and current and former employees.
The company paid police units in Papua slightly under $1 million in 2003, according to the records, listed under items like "monthly supplement payment," "administrative costs" and "administrative support."
Freeport told The Times that "company policies take into account the potential for human rights abuses in determining what types of assistance to provide."
According to the records received by The Times, the police Mobile Brigade, a paramilitary force often cited by the State Department for its brutality, received more than $200,000 in 2003.
In its 2003 annual human rights report, the State Department said soldiers from the Mobile Brigade "continued to commit numerous serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, and arbitrary detention." It cited no specific incidents from Papua.
There was another reason for extra care by the company.
In August 2002, three teachers employed by Freeport, including two Americans, were killed in an ambush on a company road patrolled by the military that Freeport had paid to protect its employees. Three years later, the F.B.I. is still investigating and the reasons for the killings have not been determined. Freeport said that it could not comment on the investigation.
The United States indicted a Papuan, Anthonius Wamang, in 2004. But it has yet to receive the full cooperation of the military, several American officials said.
Freeport employees and American officials said the killings could have been part of a turf war between the military and the police, each of which wanted access to Freeport payments.
An initial report by the Indonesian police pointed to the Indonesia military, and some Freeport and Bush administration officials have said they suspect some level of military involvement.
The police report suggested that the motivation was that Freeport was threatening to cut its support to soldiers. Soldiers assigned to Papua have "high expectations," the report said, but recently, "their perks, such as vehicles, telephones, etc., were reduced."

Questions of Accountability
Freeport has resisted nearly any detailed disclosure of its payments to the military, saying they are legal and even required under Indonesian law.
Marsillam Simanjuntak, who was minister of justice and later attorney general in one of the first governments after the fall of President Suharto, said it was a violation of Indonesian law for soldiers or police officers to accept payments from a company. "Of course, it's illegal," he said.
But many companies do it, he said. The better question to ask, he said, was, "Is it allowed by the laws of the United States?"
This year, the New York City pension funds submitted a shareholder resolution asking Freeport to review its policy on paying the police and military. They argued that it could violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids American companies from paying bribes to foreign officials. Freeport opposed the resolution.
In 2002, the funds submitted a similar resolution demanding that Freeport disclose how much it was paying to the military. Freeport kept it off the ballot.
In later filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Freeport reported that it had paid the military a total of $4.7 million in 2001, and $5.6 million in 2002. The company did not indicate whether the money was paid into commanders' personal accounts, or what the money was used for.
Freeport, in its responses, said it was complying with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, a set of guidelines drawn up by the State Department. They recognize that natural resource companies "may be required or expected to contribute to, or otherwise reimburse, the costs of protecting company facilities."
The principles do not address the question of direct payments to individual officers. Nor do they require companies to account for the payments.
Freeport has also said that the payments were required under its Contract of Work, its basic agreement with the government of Indonesia, first signed in 1967 and updated in 1991.
The company declined to provide a copy of the contracts to The Times. A copy of each was provided by Denise Leith, author of "The Politics of Power: Freeport in Suharto's Indonesia." They contained no language requiring payments to the military.
S. Prakash Sethi, head of the International Center for Corporate Accountability, which recently concluded a report on Freeport's development policies in Papua, said that the company had told him that it made "in-kind" contributions to the military, for housing and food, but that he had not been given access to accounting records.
Any direct payments to military officers would be illegal, said Mr. Sethi, an expert on business ethics and corporate social responsibility and a professor at Baruch College. "It's corruption," he said. "It's bribery."

Mine Waste in the Rivers
All the while Freeport sealed its relations with the military, the country's fledgling environment ministry could do little but watch as waste from the mine piled up.
This year Freeport told the Indonesian government that the waste rock in the highlands, 900 feet deep in places, now covers about three square miles.
Down below, nearly 90 square miles of wetlands, once one of the richest freshwater habitats in the world, are virtually buried in mine waste, called tailings, with levels of copper and sediment so high that almost all fish have disappeared, according to environment ministry documents.
The waste, the consistency and color of wet cement, belts down the rivers, and inundates and smothers all in its path, said Russell Dodt, an Australian civil engineer who managed the waste on the wetlands for 10 years until 2004 for Freeport.
About a third of the waste has moved into the coastal estuary, an essential breeding ground for fish, and much of that "was ripped out to sea by the falling tide that acted like a big vacuum cleaner," he said.
But no government, even in Indonesia's new democratic era, has dared encroach on Freeport's prerogatives. The strongest challenge came in 2000, when a feisty politician, Sonny Keraf, who was sympathetic to the Papuans, was appointed environment minister.
Again, Mr. Moffett flew out to Jakarta.
Mr. Keraf initially refused to see the Freeport boss, but eventually agreed, and on the day kept him waiting for an hour and a half. "He came in so arrogant," Mr. Keraf recalled of the meeting in a recent interview, "sitting with his legs crossed."
Freeport refused to comment on the meeting. The American ambassador to Indonesia at the time, Robert Gelbard, said in an interview: "It was a terrible meeting."
Mr. Keraf said that Mr. Moffett had said that his company had never polluted. "I told him that he should spend the money he spent on paying off people not to talk about the mine to properly dispose of the waste," Mr. Keraf said.
Behind the scenes, Mr. Keraf kept up the pressure, angered that the company was using the rivers, forest and wetlands for its mine waste, a process allowed during the Suharto years.
An internal ministry memorandum from 2000 said the mine waste had killed all life in the rivers, and said that this violated the criminal section of the 1997 environmental law.
In January 2001, Mr. Keraf wrote to the coordinating minister for economic affairs, arguing that Freeport should be forced to pay compensation for the rivers, forests and fish that its operations had destroyed.
Six months later, one of his deputies, Masnellyarti Hilman, wrote to Freeport, saying a special environmental commission had recommended that the company stop using the river as a waste chute, and instead build a system of pipes.
She also told Freeport to build sturdier dam-like walls to replace the less solid levees that it used to contain the waste on the wetlands. That practice has continued.
Freeport says that local and regional governments have approved its waste management plans, and that the central government has approved its environmental impact statement and other monitoring plans.
But in a blistering July 2001 letter, Mr. Keraf took the governor of Papua to task for granting Freeport a permit in 1996 to use the rivers for its waste. The governor, Mr. Keraf said, had no authority to grant permits more lenient than the provisions of national laws.
Despite all these efforts, nothing happened. Mr. Keraf was unable to secure the support of other government agencies or his superiors in the cabinet.
In August 2001, a new government came to power, and a less aggressive minister, Nabiel Makarim, replaced Mr. Keraf. At first, he, too, talked publicly of setting stricter limits on Freeport. Soon his efforts petered out.
The Environment Ministry has begun trying to put teeth into its rules where it can. It brought a criminal suit against the world's largest gold company, Newmont Mining Corporation, for alleged pollution, including a charge of not having a permit for disposing of mine waste into the sea. Newmont has fought the charges vigorously.
But in the case of Freeport, the ministry has had no traction. Freeport still does not hold a permit from the national government to dispose of mine waste, as required by the 1999 hazardous waste regulations, according to Rasio Ridho Sani, assistant deputy for toxic waste management at the ministry. Mr. Arkin, Freeport's counsel, said that the company cooperated well with the environment ministry and that Freeport would not otherwise comment.
"Freeport says their waste is not hazardous waste," Mr. Rasio said. "We cannot say it is not hazardous waste." He said his division and Freeport were now in negotiations on how to resolve the permit question.
'A Massive Die-Off'
The environment ministry was not the first to challenge Freeport over how it has disposed of its waste in Papua.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a United States government agency that insures American corporations for political risk in uncertain corners of the world, revoked Freeport's insurance policy in October 1995.
It was a landmark decision, the first time that the agency had cut off insurance to any American company for environmental or human rights concerns.
In doing so, two environmental experts, Harvey Himberg, an official at the agency, and David Nelson, a consultant, after visiting the mine for several days, issued a report critical of Freeport's operations, especially the huge amounts of waste it had sent into rivers, something that would not be allowed in the United States.
The company went to court to block the report from being made public, and only a redacted version was later released. A person who thought it should be made public provided an uncensored copy to The Times.
Freeport says the report reached "inaccurate conclusions." The company says it has considered a full range of alternatives for managing and disposing of its waste, instead of using the river, and settled on the cheapest  one.
A storage area would not be large enough and would require a tall dam in a region of heavy rainfalls and earthquakes, it said. A waste pipeline, rather than the river, would be too costly, prone to landslides and floods.
To the American auditors, such arguments were not convincing.
Freeport "characterizes engineered alternatives as having the highest potential for catastrophic failure when the project otherwise takes credit for legendary feats," the audit noted, like the pipelines more than 60 miles long down the mountains to carry fuel and copper and gold slurry.
At the time, the waste was jumping the riverbanks, "resulting in a massive die-off of vegetation," the report said.
The company threatened to take the agency to court over the cancellation of its insurance. After protracted negotiations, the policy was reinstated for a few months, as a face-saving gesture to Mr. Moffett, according to the head of the agency then, Ruth Harkin. It was not renewed.
Today, many of the same problems persist, but on a much larger scale. A perpetual worry is where to put all the mine's waste - accumulating at a rate of some 700,000 tons a day.
The danger is that the waste rock atop the mountain will trickle out acids into the honeycomb of caverns and caves beneath the mine in a wet climate that gets up to 12 feet of rain a year, say environmental experts who have worked at the mine.
Stuart Miller, an Australian geochemist who manages Freeport's waste rock, said at a mining conference in 2003 that the first acid runoffs began in 1993- 20 years of acid runoff!
The company can curb much of it today, he said, by blending in the mountain's abundant limestone with the potentially acid producing rock, which is also plentiful. Freeport also says that the company collects the acid runoff and neutralizes it.
But before 2004, the report obtained by The Times by Parametrix, the consulting company who did the study for Freeport, said that the mine had "an excess of acid-generating material."
A geologist who worked at the mine, who declined to be identified because of fear of jeopardizing future employment, said acids were already flowing into the groundwater. Bright green-colored springs could be seen spouting several miles away, he said, a tell-tale sign that the acids had leached out copper. "That meant the acid water traveled a long way," he said.
Freeport says that the springs are "located several miles from our operations in the Lorentz World Heritage site and are not associated with our operations."
The geologist agreed that the springs probably were in the Lorentz park, and said this showed that acids and copper from the mine were affecting the park, considered a world treasure for its ecological diversity.
In the lowlands, the levees needed to contain the waste will eventually reach more than 70 feet high in some places, the company says.
Freeport says that the tailings are not toxic and that the river it uses for its waste meets Indonesian and American drinking water standards for dissolved metals. The coastal estuary, it says, is a "functioning ecosystem."
The Parametrix report shows copper levels in surface waters high enough to kill sensitive aquatic life in a short time, said Ann Maest, a geochemist who consults on mining issues. The report showed that nearly half of the sediment samples in parts of the coastal estuary were toxic to the sensitive aquatic organisms at the bottom of the food chain, she said.
The amount of sediment presents another problem. Too many suspended solids in water can smother aquatic life. Indonesian law says they should not exceed 400 milligrams per liter.
Freeport's waste contained 37,500 milligrams as the river entered the lowlands, according to an environment ministry's field report in 2004, and 7,500 milligrams as the river entered the Arafura Sea.
Freeport would not comment on the measurements. The company says it spent $30 million on environmental programs in 2004, and planted 50,000 mangrove seedlings last year as part of its reclamation efforts. It says cash crops can be grown on the waste with the addition of nutrients, and has begun demonstration projects.
An Uneasy Coexistence
If the accumulating waste is the despair of critics, for Freeport it signals expanding production. To keep its mine running, the company has increasingly had to play caretaker for the world that it has created.
After the 1996 riots, Freeport began dedicating 1 percent of revenues annually to a development fund for Papua to pay for schools, medical services, roads - whatever the people wanted. How about independence from Indonesia? 
The company built clinics and two hospitals. Other services include programs to control malaria and AIDS and a "recognition" fund for the Kamoro and Amungme tribes of several million dollars which, among other things, gives them shares in the company as part of a compensation package for the lands Freeport is using.
By the end of 2004, Freeport had spent $152 million on the community development fund, the company said.
Mr. Sethi, of the Center for Corporate Accountability, commended Freeport for commissioning the report on the company's development programs, saying that it was the first mining company to do so.
The report, which was released in October, concluded that the company had successfully introduced a human rights training program for its employees and had doubled the number of Papuan employees by 2001. The company was poised to double the number of Papuans in the work force again by 2006, the audit said.
Still, Thom Beanal, the Amungme tribal leader, says the combined weight of the Indonesian government and Freeport has left his people in bad shape. Yes, he said, the company had provided electricity, schools and hospitals, but the infrastructure was built mainly for the benefit of Freeport.
Mr. Beanal, 57, a vocal supporter of independence for Papua, has fought the company from outside and inside. In 2000, he decided that harmony was the better path, and joined the company's advisory board.
In November, he and other Amungme and Komoro tribesmen met with Mr. Moffett at the Sheraton Hotel in Timika. In an interview in Jakarta not long afterward, Mr. Beanal said he told Mr. Moffett that the flood of money from the community fund was ruining people's lives.
When the company arrived, he noted, there were several hundred people in the lowland village of Timika. Now it is home to more than 100,000 in a Wild West atmosphere of too much alcohol, shootouts between soldiers and the police, AIDS and prostitution, protected by the military.
Still more soldiers are on the way. Having negotiated an end to a separatist insurrection this year in another province, Aceh, the government is redeploying soldiers to Papua in a move to defeat the growing enthusiasm for independence, once and for all, and to watch over the province with the world's biggest gold mine. Freeport says its gold ore has 35 years to go.
Mr. Beanal said he was increasingly impatient with the presence of the soldiers and the mine. "We never feel secure there," he said. "What are they guarding? We don't know. Ask Moffett, it's his company."
Mining Company Notes U.S. Review of Payments to Indonesian Military. By Katharine Q. Seelye, New York Times, January 19, 2006.
Executives of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold have acknowledged that the mining company is under scrutiny by the federal government regarding payments it made to the Indonesian military.
The information was made public on Tuesday during a conference call with investors. In a subsequent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said that it had "received informal inquiries from governmental agencies" in the United States related to its support of Indonesian security institutions. The company also said it was "fully cooperating" with those inquiries.
Freeport shares fell more than 2 percent, to $60.26, yesterday after news of the inquiry, despite an announcement by the company, which is based in New Orleans, that its fourth-quarter profits had more than doubled as gold prices surged to $540 an ounce.
The disclosure by Freeport followed a report by The New York Times last month that from 1998 through 2004, Freeport paid individual military and police officers and military units nearly $20 million to secure its operations in the Indonesian province of Papua, where it runs the world's largest gold mine.
In the past, Freeport has refused requests by the New York City Pension Fund, a shareholder, to review its policy on paying the police and military. The fund argues that the payments may violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids American companies to bribe foreign officials. Freeport says its payments are within American and Indonesian laws.
In response to the article, Freeport posted on its Web site a letter sent to editors at The Times saying the Dec. 27 article and a subsequent editorial contained "disturbing and provocative misstatements" about its Papua operations and that the article had "ignored the practicalities of conducting business in a remote area."
Stanley S. Arkin, a lawyer for the company, declined to elaborate. In the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, the vice chairman of Indonesia's anti-corruption commission said yesterday that if Freeport had made payments to individual officers, "that's corruption."
Company documents obtained by The Times show that Freeport made monthly payments to more than a score of individual officers from 1998 through 2004. The company publicly reported paying military units in 2001 and 2002, but has not acknowledged that the money went to individual officers over seven years.
The Indonesian anti-corruption official, Erry Riyana Hardjapamekas, said that his agency would support any American agency that started an investigation into the payments.
Indonesia: Protesters Vandalize Mining Co. Offices. By Zakki Hakim. Associated Press/, Feb 22, 2006.
Students attacked the building housing offices of a U.S. gold mining giant in Indonesia's capital on Thursday, as the company's mine in western Papua province remained shut for a second day due to protests, police said.
Up to 20 Papuan students broke windows and damaged facilities in the lobby of the building in the pre-dawn attack, said police chief Gen. Sutanto. Thirteen people were arrested.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. was forced to shut its massive gold and copper mine in Papua on Wednesday after locals some of them carrying bow and arrows set up barricades and demanded permission to sift through waste ore pumped out by the mine.
The New Orleans-based company, already under fire over pollution allegations and its practice of paying security forces to guard its open pit mine, said it hoped to resume operations soon, but the mine remained close Thursday.
The blockades followed clashes Tuesday after police and company security guards tried to prevent locals from sifting through the waste rock. Six people were injured.
Freeport did not say Thursday how much the shutdown was costing the company.
"It's premature to try to quantify any effect on our production," said company spokesman Bill Collier. "Our priority is resolving this peacefully and quickly."
The mine, which has long had an uneasy relationship with local people, many of whom are desperately poor, last temporarily closed in 2003 after a landslide killed several workers. Although illegal, many people earn their living retrieving and selling tiny amounts of gold and copper from waste rock, or tailings, dumped by the mine.
Security practices at the site have came under renewed scrutiny since a 2002 attack on a convoy of teachers working at the mine killed two U.S. citizens. Local and foreign rights groups claim soldiers took part in the attack, allegedly to extort more security payments from Freeport.
Papua is also home to a separatist rebellion, further complicating Freeport's security.
The Grasberg mine, the largest gold mine in the world and third largest copper mine, opened in 1973. Freeport estimates the mine, some 2,300 miles east of Jakarta, has decades of future production.
Indonesia: Mine Protesters Clash With Indonesia Police. AP/, Mar 14, 2006.
Protesters demanding the closure of a U.S.-owned gold mine in Papua clashed with police Wednesday in the second day of violent protests in the province. Two officers were injured after being hit with protesters' arrows, police said.
Around 200 protesters fought with police as they tried to march on the Grasberg mine, run by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Lt. Col. Dedi Junaidi told el-Shinta radio station.
Junaidi said the two injured officers were hospitalized but did not say how badly they had been hurt. Seven protesters were arrested.
There have been several protests in recent weeks against the gold mine said to be the world's largest by mostly poor locals who complain they have received no benefits from it.
Freeport, which pays millions of dollars in taxes and funds scores of community projects, was forced to temporarily shut the facility last month after demonstrators blockaded it.
Papua is home to a popular separatist movement that has been brutally repressed by Indonesian security forces. The mine is often held up by independence supporters as a symbol of the unfair division of resources between the capital and Papua.
The eastern part of the island forms Papua New Guinea.
Indonesia: Political elite told not to fan protests. By Anissa S. Febrina, The Jakarta Post, March 23, 2006
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has warned the political elite against stirring up protests directed at foreign companies' mining operations, with jittery investors watching from the sidelines.
"There should be no provocative approach anymore against mining operations," M.S. Hidayat said Wednesday in reference to a rash of attacks and protests against foreign companies. "We should all try to create a conducive investment climate in order to further improve the economic condition."
Speaking at a Kadin press conference, Hidayat said the local communities' resentment of mining operations, which are mostly controlled by foreign investors, could be fueled by an inadequate contribution provided by the companies for local development, which is the argument of human rights groups.
If that were the case, he added, the discontent could be resolved through negotiation, such as by reviewing the existing mining contracts to ensure that local people receive more financial benefits from their operation.
Protests against American companies' interests have spiraled into violence in recent weeks, including against Exxon Mobil Corp., Newmont Mining Corp. and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., with damage to property and the loss of at least five lives.
National Intelligence Agency head Syamsir Siregar indicated there were political moves behind the allegedly orchestrated protests, but he did not elaborate.
Kadin's deputy chairman for international cooperation John Prasetyo said many foreign executives also believed the unrest stemmed from conflicts among the country's political elite.
"We have to deal with the root of the problem -- is it lack of community development or a mistake during the history of the contract negotiations?" he added.
Hidayat said demanding closure of the company's operations here sent the negative message to foreign investors that Indonesia lacked legal certainty.
National Economic Recovery Committee head Sofjan Wanandi said the protests would deter the crucial investment needed to boost growth and create more jobs.
"We still lack competitiveness in the manufacturing sector. As we still rely on the mining and agricultural sector to attract foreign investment, such destructive protests should be avoided," he said.
According to data from business consultant PriceWaterhouse Coopers, the mining sector contributed US$1.6 billion in taxes, and employed more than 37,000 workers, in 2004.
During the same period, the companies allocated Rp 466 billion for community development and $66 million for reclamation projects.
The chairman of House Commission VII on mining, energy and the environment, Agusman Effendi, said public discontent should be resolved by accommodating the people's demands in the proposed mining law, now being deliberated by the House.
"All input, be it on required community development programs, local ownership of shares as well as divestment issues, could be regulated through the law."
Agusman said all recommendations would be considered before the bill was passed into law.

"I am sure all the politicians have their own representatives on the commission, so they should speak out in the discussions."