|Mining and colonial practices in Tanzania - The return of Victorian era exploitation?|
by Evans Rubara, Africa Files
November 20th, 2008
Multinational mining activities are introducing another era of colonialism in Tanzania as they hold major decisive positions on the use of prime land areas, and profit greatly from the mining of valuable mineral resources. In the recent past, Tanzanians have raised concerns on how the multinational mining companies plunder the natural resources at the expense of the local people. Because of the prevalent high rates of this pillaging of the national stock of natural resources, the citizenry have woken with an uproar to question the government’s stance on ensuring land security for its people, and benefits from their resources.
|Don't cry for me Argentina's glaciers|
The Great Beyond
November 17th, 2008
Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, has just vetoed a bill to protect the country’s glaciers, reports Reuters. The bill was passed only a month ago by Argentina’s congress.
|December Court Challenge to more Mining at Lake Cowal|
November 17th, 2008
The case against the State Government and the mine's operator, Barrick Australia Limited, made by Neville Williams, has been listed for hearing on Monday, December 17.
|Caretakers of the Land|
by Meg Hewings, The Dominion
November 16th, 2008
For the Western Shoshone, an indigenous nation with an unceded Treaty covering a large swath of 60 million acres of ancestral territory stretching across Nevada, California, Idaho and Utah, their traditional homeland is better described as a war zone.
|Environmentalists Decry Argentina Presidential Veto of Bill That Halted $2.4 Billion Mine with Chile|
Latin American Herald Tribune
November 15th, 2008
Environmental groups expressed their displeasure with the decision by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to veto a glacier-protection bill that would have restricted mining and oil drilling.
|Argentina vetoes glacier law that curbed mining|
November 14th, 2008
Argentina's president has vetoed a law protecting the country's glaciers that would have restricted mining and oil drilling, officials and environmental campaigners said on Friday.
|Union, delegate fined for illegal strike at Lake Cowal|
October 21st, 2008
A UNION has been fined $8000 and one of its delegates penalised $1100 over an illegal strike at the Lake Cowal gold mine nearly three years ago.
|Requiem for Reko Diq|
by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, DAWN
September 30th, 2008
Since 1947, successive governments at the centre have pursued a policy of intimidation and coercion towards the Baloch. Most provincial governments have played the disgraceful role of legitimising and lending respectability to army operations, forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, incarcerations and the acquisition of land. The goal has been to coerce the population into acquiescence so that exploitation can be conducted in a threat-free environment. Of late, much-publicised mega projects are actually depriving the Baloch of their resources and said to be adversely changing the demographic balance in the province.
|PASCUA LAMA UPDATE: Project mired in conflict|
September 4th, 2008
Construction of the Pascua Lama mine, which straddles the border between Chile and Argentina, was scheduled to begin two years ago. But the lucrative project remains on hold while a dispute continues between the governments of Chile and Argentina regarding taxation.
|Mining Prohibition Repealed in La Rioja, Argentina|
by Assembly of Citizens for Life, La Rioja, www.ciudadanosporlavida.com.ar
August 11th, 2008
Legislators have repealed a year-old law which had prohibited open-pit metals mining in the province of La Rioja, Argentina. Provincial laws Nº 8137, 8138 were passed in March of 2007 in a widespread struggle carried out in La Rioja against a Barrick project in the Famatina mountain range in this arid agricultural province.
|US and Canada Found Guilty of Racism|
by Haider Rizvin, Inter Press Service
August 8th, 2008
UNITED NATIONS - The international community now fully recognises the native peoples' right to protect their lands and live distinct lifestyles. Yet, most of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples continue to face abuse and injustices at the hands of state authorities and commercial concerns.
|Killing of local boy at Barrick Gold Porgera mine creates crisis|
by MPI and Akali Tange Association
July 29th, 2008
On the evening of July 22nd, Barrick security guards open fired on the local villages using high powered assault raffles, M16 and shot guns on the harmless villages. The reckless use of excessive force has resulted in instant shot to death of the late Gipson Umbi. In the last few weeks, three more locals have been recorded death under mysteries circumstances at the mine site.
|Meeting Crashers: Anti-mining activists confront shareholders at AGM|
by Veronica Islas, http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/1921
July 14th, 2008
It was the first time that Mexican Congressman Armando Barreiro, historian Juan Carlos Ruiz Guadalajara and hydraulic engineer Mario Martinez visited Toronto, but this trip was not a vacation.
|Barrick fined $25,000 for 2006 tailings spill|
by ANDREW HOBBS, The West Australian
July 7th, 2008
Canadian gold company Barrick will pay a $25,000 fine issued by the Department of Environment and Conservation for an environmental incident occurring at its Kanowna operations in November 2006.
|Peru mines hit by nationwide mining strike|
by By Dana Ford and Teresa Cespedes, Reuters
July 1st, 2008
Workers at several big mines in Peru went on strike Monday and joined a nationwide walkout, hoping to pressure Congress to pass a bill that would give them a greater share of profits from sky-high metals prices.
|Peru Set To Strike|
by By Greg Peel, FN Arena
June 30th, 2008
Some 47 unions in Peru were preparing to strike at midnight on Sunday, Reuters reports, in order to influence the Peruvian Congress to approve a law which would eliminate limits on profit sharing. Mine workers have watched as Peru's economy has boomed over the past six years, but say they are not getting a fair share of the profits.
|Bachelet Protested during her Berkeley Visit|
by David Moderbach
June 12th Chilean president Michele Bachelet visited Berkeley, California and was met by some 30 persons protesting Chilean treatment of Mapuche communities, hydroelectric dams, and against Bachelet's support for Big Mining and Barrick Gold.
|Freedom of expression under attack: Écosociété hit by a SLAPP |
|Video Presentation of Sergio Campusano during '08 protestbarrick tour. (en español)|
by Sergio Campusano, Diaguita Huascoaltinos Indigenous and Agricultural Community
May 15th, 2008
|Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea linked to grave human rights abuses, environmental impacts
May 12th, 2008
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea travel to Canada to speak out about mine-related killings and severe impacts on their rivers, food security, and health.