"The horrific news coming from the coal mine near Soma is a punch in the gut for every coal miner everywhere in the world."
More astute analysis highlights the appalling situation of South Africa's mining communities as being fertile ground for the crisis that has developed at Marikana.
Madrid saw a massive show of support for miners who are protesting austerity moves by Spain's conservative government, which they say will completely destroy their hardscrabble livelihoods.
Chilean miner #33, Luis Urzúa, the leader of the entrapped group, embodies Chile's history from Allende to Pinochet to now with working-class dignity and tenacious faith in his fellow miners and humankind.
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile - The miners who spent 69 agonizing days deep under the Chilean earth were hoisted one by one to freedom Oct. 13 to the cheers of millions around the world.