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Dominicans say mining firm not honest about poisoning incident
Trading Markets
March 26th, 2010
A report on the recent poisoning of hundreds of Barrick Gold employees recommends the Dominican government amend its contract with the Canadian miner to ensure the country's interests are protected.

University researchers divulge "presumptions," Barrick Gold says
Dominican Today
March 25th, 2010

Toxins sickened Barrick Gold’s 326 Dominican miners, study says
Dominican Today
March 24th, 2010
A joint unofficial study revealed Wednesday that inhaled toxins sickened the 326 Barrick Gold mining company employees last week, when executives had initially blamed the mishap on food poisoning in the cafeteria of the site located in Pueblo Viejo (northeast).

Barrick Gold says three workers killed in mine collapse in Tanzania
by KRISTINE OWRAMThe Canadian Press
March 17th, 2010
A unit of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold Corp. has suspended operations at a mine in Tanzania after three workers were killed in a cave-in, one week before shares in the spin-off company are expected to begin trading on the London Stock Exchange.

Senate Environment chief wants Barrick Gold contract reviewed
Dominican Today
March 16th, 2010
The head of the Senate’s Environmental Commission asked the Presidency to review the gold mining contract with the company Barrick Gold, to obtain better advantages and compensate affected communities.

Over 400 workers of the mining company Gold Barick are poisoned in Cotuí
by Andres Vasquez, Ricardo SantanaListin Diario
March 15th, 2010
More than 400 workers from the mining company Barrick Gold to make preparations to exploit a gold mine at Pueblo Viejo, Cotuí, today became intoxicated by inhaling a chemical, yet unspecified by doctors or executives mining.

The campaign to save Lake Cowal
by Felicity RoydsThe Green Left Weekly
March 13th, 2010
Lake Cowal, located between the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan rivers that feed into the Murray Darling basin, is the sacred heartland of the Wiradjuri country. The important wetland and conservation area is also home to an open-pit goldmine, operated by Canada-based multinational Barrick Gold.

Dominican Republic’s Environment chief wants Barrick Gold’s contract revised
Dominican Today
March 9th, 2010
Environment minister Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal today suggested a revision of the Government’s contract with the Canada based mining company Barrick Gold, so it pays for the environmental cleanup, noting that “he who eats the meat must also eat the bones.”

analysis: Midas’s gold —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
by Mir Mohammad TalpurDaily Times
March 1st, 2010
The powerless provincial government in Balochistan, if it has a modicum of decency, should quit immediately to absolve itself of the responsibility of exploitation and destruction of Balochistan’s resources and environment.

Amnesty links Toronto's Barrick Gold to house-burnings near mine
by Saira
February 3rd, 2010
Amnesty International has joined a chorus of voices criticizing a Canadian mining company's operations in Papua New Guinea, accusing it of supporting police as they burned down more than 100 homes near an open-pit gold mine.

Chile starts environmental probe into Pascua-Lama
by Reporting by Fabian Cambero and Alonso Soto; editing by Jim MarshallRueters
January 21st, 2010
Chilean environmental authorities said on Thursday it began a probe into the construction of top gold miner Barrick's massive Pascua-Lama project, which could lead to fines or even a revoked concession.

Canada's Long Road to Mining Reform
by Cyril Mychalejkoeditor, Upside Down world, writing for Toward Freedom
January 21st, 2010
Rape. Murder. Corruption. Environmental contamination. Impunity. These are just some of the charges and incidents that have plagued Canadian mining operations abroad for years. Now one Canadian lawmaker has taken on the Herculean challenge of legislating mining reform in a country that has traditionally acted like a parent in denial.

Pakistan pressed on Barrick mine rights
by Rick WestheadThe Toronto Star
January 14th, 2010
Islamabad–Canadian diplomats are lobbying Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani and other government officials to honour a Canadian mining giant's controversial claim to a copper and gold find that is located in a rugged swath of hills and desert and potentially worth billions of dollars.

Ban Barrick: Organizations demand to stop construction of Pascua Lama
Radio Mundo
Feminist, religious and environmental organizations in Chile issued a declaration on the extractive project Pascua Lama, carried out by Canadian mining transnational corporation Barrick Gold in Huasco province, Chile and San Juan province, Argentina.

Raisani says no mining licence granted for Reko Dik project
by Staff Correspondent DAWN
January 9th, 2010
A foreign company was granted a licence to explore copper and gold in the Reko Dik area but it was not allowed to mine the same, according to Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Government Study: Chilean Gold Mine Threatens Local Glaciers
by James FowlerLA TERCERA, LA NACION via Santiago Times
January 7th, 2010
Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, the owner of what would be Chile’s largest gold mine, Pascua Lama, could face legal sanctions after Chile’s national water commission (DGA) reported that the company is failing to comply with Chile’s environmental laws.

TANZANIA: Community Still Worried By Mine Contamination
by Jessie BoylanInter Press Service News Agency (IPS)
December 30th, 2009
Solomon, 55, has been farming here near Nyangoto village, in Tanzania's rural Tarime district for a long time. "I was farming rice before," she said, "but I can’t anymore because of the chemicals." Solomon's farm was contaminated by a leak in May from Barrick Gold's North Mara mine - just 100 metres away. In large sections, the grass has completely died, and plants and some vegetation have off-coloured stalks. The stream running from the mine site has green growth covering it; there is no sign of insects, tadpoles or frogs, and some crystallised plants stick out of the water, as if frozen or covered by salt; no other streams in the area looked like this.

US court blocks huge gold mine project in Nevada
by SCOTT SONNER Sacramento Bee/ Associated Press
December 3rd, 2009
A federal appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked construction of a massive gold mine project in northeast Nevada that critics say would harm the environment and ruin a mountain that several tribes consider sacred. In a rare legal setback for the mining industry in the nation's largest gold-producing state, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction to force Barrick Gold Corp. to postpone digging a 2,000-foot deep open pit at the Cortez Hills mine.

Miner accused of 'aggressive' tactics
by Les Whittington and Brett PopplewellToronto Star
November 25th, 2009
Testifying by video hookup at hearings of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, Romina Picolotti singled out Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. as one of the multinationals that used political and economic clout to block government intervention in the firm's mining ventures in Argentina.

MPs told of gang rapes at mine
by  Les WhittingtonToronto Star
November 24th, 2009
A usually sedate parliamentary hearing room was jolted with stories of alleged gang rape as MPs heard testimony about the operation of a Canadian-controlled gold mine in the South Pacific.

Canadian mining firms face abuse allegations
by  Brett PopplewellThe Toronto Star
November 22nd, 2009
Canadian mining companies are facing allegations of abuse and assault on local citizens in dozens of developing nations. The companies say they have done nothing wrong – mining copper, gold and other metals brings only prosperity to these poor regions. Yet locals in countries like Ecuador allege some companies have used armed guards to violently trample their opposition to mines that threaten rainforests and their way of life.

Firm sues Government on mining contracts
by Bernard James The Citizen (Tanzania)
November 11th, 2009
A constitutional petition has been filed in the High Court, seeking to have all the mining contracts entered into by the government without Parliament's approval declared null and avoid, in an effort to curb the plunder of the country's natural resources.

Sediment Study: Heavy Pollution found at Barrick Gold's mine in North Mara.
Norwegian Church Aid
November 7th, 2009
Here are the key findings of the study conducted by The Norwegian University of Life Sciences in cooperation with the University of Dar es Salaam to investigate the environmental impact of the mining activity in Geita (Anglo Gold Ashanti) and North Mara (Barrick Gold)mines. "Extremely high levels of arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, copper, crom, nickel and zinc at the area around the spill. The environment has been seriously contaminated".

Bunge braces for North Mara acid spillage report
by ORTON KIISHWEKODaily News (Tanzania)
November 2nd, 2009
MORE details on the findings of a study on possible water contamination due to acid seepage from the North Mara Gold Mine will be known when the final report on the matter is presented in Parliament in Dodoma next week.

Digging for Gold, Mining Corruption
by John LaskerCanadian Dimension
October 29th, 2009
One of Africa’s Poorest and Most Embattled Countries is Prey to Canadian Mining Companies Searching for the Last Great Gold mine.

Activists call for mine closures in face of Lachlan water crisis
October 27th, 2009
Aboriginal elders and environmental activists are calling for mining in the Lachlan Catchment of New South Wales to be halted as the Wyangala Dam dries up.

Water crisis in west as Lachlan River runs dry
October 24th, 2009
THOUSANDS of households in western NSW are facing an unprecedented water crisis and the State Government is stepping up plans to help truck water to several towns, while others will be restricted to using water only for critical human needs.

Xstrata sells El Morro to Barrick for US$465-million
October 15th, 2009
Mining group Xstrata PLC agreed to sell its 70% interest in the El Morro copper-gold project in Chile for US$465-million to Canada's Barrick Gold Corp., Xstrata said on Monday.

Tanzania's pot of gold
by Khadija SharifePAMBAZUKA NEWS, Issue 450
October 1st, 2009
Tanzania is sitting on top of a US$39 billion ‘pot of gold’, Khadija Sharife writes in Pambazuka News, but unless the government can capture a more just proportion of royalties and taxes from the multi-nationals with concessions to mine the commodity, the country, one of the ten poorest in the world, is likely to get poorer still.

Elusive justice
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
September 30th, 2009

Pollution lawsuit against Barrick reinstated
by SANDY SHOREAssociated Press
September 30th, 2009
A federal appeals court has reinstated a nearly four-year-old lawsuit accusing a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corp. of polluting water and land for decades in a province of the Philippines.

Attempted Break-in At Tanzania's North Mara Mine; 1 Shot
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones Newswire
September 14th, 2009
Police shot and injured a person at Barrick Gold Corp.'s (ABX) North Mara Gold Mine over the weekend as more than a hundred illegal miners invaded the premises, the communications officer of the mine, Edward Ibabila, told Dow Jones Newswires Monday.

Papua New Guinea landowners threaten to shut down Barrick mine
by Porgera Alliance
September 5th, 2009
A coalition of landowners and native groups announced today that they intend to shut down the Barrick Gold’s Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea if a petition that they presented to Barrick does not get a positive response. If the landowners – who own 2.5 per cent of the mine – do not receive this response within 30 days of August 25, when they presented the petition, they have pledged to shut down the mine’s operations.

Light a Candle for Baluchistan: Baluch protest exploitation of Barrick Gold
by Ahmar MustikhanAmerican Friends of Baluchistan
A man who is on the council of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was part of an alleged racket in cahoots with a Toronto-based international gold giant that has reportedly resulted in billions of dollars of losses to Baluchistan.

PEOPLE & POWER: The People Vs. Barrick Gold
by Rodrigo VasquezAl Jazeera
July 22nd, 2009
Canadian mining giant, the Barrick Gold Company, has been forced out by local pressure, led by women who are concerned about what will be left of their mountains, their environment and their communities once the miners have gone. Filmmaker Rodrigo Vasquez followed the "Esquel crusaders" as they confronted Barrick Gold.

Independent researchers detect high levels of pollution around North Mara gold mine
by DAMAS MWITA This Day Tanzania
July 14th, 2009
INDEPENDENT experts have confirmed the presence of high levels of toxic chemicals in the area surrounding Barrick Gold Corp's North Mara gold mine in Tarime District, Mara Region.

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The President, the Gold Mine and the Politics of Greed
by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR CounterPunch
July 11th, 2009
At the precise moment George H. W. Bush, famous sky-diver, burst back into the headlines by renouncing his long-standing and ill-used membership in the National Rifle Association, the putative architect of the New World Order quietly sold his services to a much more invidious enterprise: American Barrick Resources Company.

Govt under pressure to close down Barrick mine
This Day Tanzania
July 10th, 2009
PUBLIC pressure is mounting on the Government to shut down operations at Barrick Gold Corp’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District, Mara Region pending an ongoing investigation into reports of potentially deadly health hazards caused by the mine.

Tanzania Government bans water use near Barrick mine
Intercontinental Cry
July 9th, 2009
The Tanzania government has banned the use of water from the Tigithe River, which may be contaminated with Sulphiric acid used by the Canadian company Barrick Gold at their North Mara Gold Mine in the Tarime discrict.

Barrick's Tanzania N Mara Mine Probed On Pollution Allegation
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones Newswire
July 7th, 2009
Tanzanian lawmakers have started investigating allegations of pollution made against Barrick Gold Corp.'s (ABX) North Mara Gold Mine, officials said Tuesday.

Crt Backs Tanzanian Miners In Case Against Barrick - Official
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones
July 7th, 2009
The Tanzanian labor court has forwarded a wrongful dismissal claim from about 700 ex-miners of Tanzania Bulyanhulu Gold Mine to the labor commissioner, a union official told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.

Tensions on the Rise at North Mara
by ReportersThe Citizen (Tanzania)
July 6th, 2009
The Nyamongo villagers, some of whom still claiming compensation for their plots that were taken over by the mine, accuse the investor of doing nothing to improve their conditions. But the investor accuses the villagers of looting, and of late has implicitly started to avoid employing local youths for even menial jobs at the mine. The mine's public relations officer, Mr Edward Ibabila, said the investor had poured a huge amount money into security in a bid to curb losses incurred through the endemic smuggling and vandalism.

Mine expansion delayed by Indigenous owners
by Simon ButlerGreenLeft Weekly
July 4th, 2009
The NSW Supreme court of appeal ruled on July 1 that a planned expansion of the Lake Cowal gold mine in the central-west of NSW cannot go ahead for up to three months.

EDITORIAL: Call for Bunge to probe North Mara gold mine deaths timely
by EDITORThis Day Tanzania
July 4th, 2009
SULPHURIC acid is an extremely potent liquid. Used carelessly in its concentrated form it kills any living thing, dissolves stones and similar things. The acid is used by mines, such as the North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District, Mara Region in the process of purifying gold.

Cheyo in the soup: allegations of water contaminated by acid seeping from the North Mara Gold Mine
by Samuel Kamndaya, Dodoma and Anthony Mayunga, Tarime The Citizen (Tanzania)
July 1st, 2009
The chairman of the parliamentary committee on land, natural resources and environment, Mr Job Ndugai, led several MPs in demanding for the probe to establish the truth behind the death and poisoning reports in villages around the mine. Mr Kagasheki, who toured the mine on Sunday following numerous complaints, said he was annoyed by attempts by the mine officials to play down the matter.

MPs fume at river acid spill
June 30th, 2009
Members of Parliament yesterday called for immediate formation of a probe team to investigate the cause, magnitude and effects of the recent discharge of acid materials into River Tigiti in Tarime District from the North Mara Gold Mine.

The human cost of gold in Tanzania: And a deadly price to pay
June 27th, 2009
VILLAGERS living near a gold mine owned and run by Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp. in Tarime District, Mara Region are demanding the immediate closure of the project, saying they are paying a deadly price for the mining activities in the area. They say more than 20 people have died in recent weeks as a direct result of the contaminated water.

Close North Mara mine- activists
by Vicent MnyanyikaThe Citizen
June 27th, 2009
A cross section of human rights activists have called for immediate closure of the Barrick's North Mara gold mine to give room for investigations into allegations that poisonous seepage from the mine has caused death to about 20 people and 270 heads of cattle.

Fresh storm over tax 'negotiations'
by Orton Kiishweko
June 15th, 2009
The Government's decision to negotiate with mining companies operating in the country before revoking the tax exemptions they enjoy has provoked widespread backlash.

Barrick Gold hit by 5.8bn/- suit by small-scale miner
June 14th, 2009
A CIVIL suit in which a small-scale miner is demanding more than 6.5bn/- in damages from Barrick Gold Corp’s North Mara gold mine is set to come up before the High Court’s Land Division in Dar es Salaam next month.

Supreme Court ruling weakens Cortez challenge
by ADELLA HARDINGElko Daily Free Press
June 13th, 2009
The nation’s high court turned down an appeal from Indian tribes in Arizona that had a direct link to the lawsuit filed by Western Shoshone tribes, the Western Shoshone Defense Project and Great Basin Resource Watch. “We will be dropping the claim, but we will be going forward on the other issues,” Colorado-based Western Mining Action Project lawyer Jeff Parsons said this week.

PNG, Australian governments respond to abuse claims
by Annie GuestABC Australia - The World Today
June 11th, 2009
The Australian Government has rejected demands that it intervene in disputes around a Papua New Guinea gold mine where there have been allegations of shootings, rapes and homes being torched.

Guards accused of assaulting workers
by Nick O'MalleySydney Morning Herald
June 10th, 2009
VILLAGERS are keeping a list of the dozens of people they say have been killed or assaulted by police and security forces guarding a goldmine in Papua New Guinea run by the multinational, Australian-based Canadian mining company, Barrick Gold.

A walk through the valley of death
by Nick O'MalleySydney Morning Herald
June 9th, 2009
Violence surrounding a PNG mine raises questions about the company's responsibility, writes Nick O'Malley.

Native Americans Ask Court to Stop Gold Mine on Sacred Mountain
by Lisa J. WolfEnvironment News Service
June 6th, 2009
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether the Canadian corporation Barrick Gold will be allowed to construct and operate an open pit gold mine on Mt. Tenabo in Nevada. The mine is planned on lands that are culturally and spiritually significant to the Western Shoshone native people.

Barrick Gold colonel invites Baluch ire
by Ahmar MustikhanNewsvine
June 5th, 2009
The De Jure Ruler of Baluchistan, Khan of Kalat Suleman Daud, and national hero Hairbyair Marri have expressed their deep resentments over the remarks of a Pakistani army colonel working for Barrick Gold Corporation against the Baluch struggle for their national rights.

Video invitation to the March for Life and Against Pascua Lama in Chile (En Español)
(En Español) This Video contains facts, pictures of the beautiful valley of Huasco, painful stories of these almost 10 years of community resistance, information on the proximity of Barrick with the Government, and of course, the people who called us to join this important protection for life and clean land and water.

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) releases statement in support of victims of forced evictions in Porgera

Bill C-300: A step forward on corporate social responsibility
by  Marie-Claude PoirierVue Weekly (Edmonton)
May 27th, 2009
In the autumn of 2005, Norway's Council on Ethics began investigating the use of a natural river system to transport and dispose of mine waste in Papua New Guinea. Accused of far-reaching environmental destruction, Canadian mining company Barrick Gold and its Porgera mine's tailings disposal system were placed under close scrutiny.

** BARRICK MINING DISASTERS - Emergency Funds Needed **
May 21st, 2009
This has been a crazy past few weeks to be watchdogging Barrick Gold. Within the first week of starting our annual ProtestBarrick tour in Toronto, a Barrick-recommended military force in PNG started to torch hundreds of houses, allegedly to clear way for mine expansion. SO... we changed plans a bit, MiningWatch Canada sent an Urgent Appeal to several United Nations Special Rapporteurs and now we are now attending the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York! Amnesty International has also made a public statement on the recent events at Porgera.

Families want payout from gold firm
by Patty Magubira, Mwanza The Citizen
May 20th, 2009
The North Mara Gold Mine (NMGM) has been given ten days in which to compensate members of 30 households claiming to have been affected by its poisonous heavy metals.

Tanzania Government Probes North Mara Gold Mine Over River Pollution
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones Newswire
The Tanzanian government is investigating the operations at North Mara Gold Mine following a chemical spill at the mine last week which polluted the nearby Tigithe river leaving thousands of residents without water for domestic use, a government official told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.

Tanzania: Seeping Water from Mine Stokes Health Scare
Trading Markets
May 18th, 2009
Water from a storage pond at Barrick Gold's North Mara mine in Tanzania is seeping through containing walls, leading local villagers to fear their water sources are contaminated.

Activists Try to Block Start of Pascua Lama Mine
by Daniela Estrada Inter Press Service News Agency
May 18th, 2009
As Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold gets ready to start construction at the Pascua Lama mine, straddling the Argentine-Chilean border, activists in Chile are scrambling to block the ambitious mining project while calling for an investigation of supposed irregularities committed in the approval process.

ENVIRONMENT-TANZANIA: Villagers Fearful After Mine Water Containment Pond Overflows
by Terna GyuseIPS
May 18th, 2009
Water from a storage pond at Barrick Gold's North Mara mine in Tanzania has overflowed into the Tigithe River, provoking local villagers to fear for their health.

Some Canadian companies could lose government support
by Peter Zimonjic
May 16th, 2009
Canadian companies deemed to be bad corporate citizens abroad could lose political and financial support from the federal government under a proposed law to be studied by MPs next week.

RoyalOr Stakes a Claim on Mont-Royal
May 15th, 2009
RoyalOr is composed of members of various communities around the world confronting projects developed by Canadian mining companies — including Barrick Gold, Goldcorp, New Gold, and Osisko. Affected community representatives came to Montreal from the Valle de Siria, Honduras; Valle de Huasco, Chile; Porgera, Papua New Guinea; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and Malartic, Quebec.

Under Andean ice, a golden prize
May 15th, 2009
An ambitious gold mining project in northern Chile, high up in the Andes close to ancient glaciers, is finally getting underway amid the economic downturn despite fears from environmentalists.

Barrick Gold holds off scrutiny drive
by Dennis MyersReno News and Review
May 14th, 2009
A shareholder resolution calling Barrick Gold to account drew about 20 percent support of shares voted at the corporation’s annual meeting in Toronto. Ethical sponsored the shareholder resolution after Barrick rejected Ethical’s request for an assessment of the impact of Barrick’s conduct on Western Shoshone rights.

Chilean government denies the start of construction of the Pascua Lama mine
May 14th, 2009
"Before you start building must meet requirements which consist of a series of approvals, and are pending in the General Directorate of Water," the minister Ana Uriarte, head of the environment, in a meeting with foreign correspondents . SANTIAGO, May 14. The Chilean Environment Minister Ana Lya Uriarte said today that Canada's Barrick Gold, the project leader of the Chilean mine Pascua Lama argentina, must request authorization from the Directorate General of Water prior to construction of it.

Barrick fights public relations battle in Papua New Guinea
Northern Miner
May 12th, 2009
While Barrick Gold has decided to push ahead and build the Pascua Lama mine atop the Andean glaciers straddling Chile and Argentina, it is dealing with headaches on the ground in the highlands of tropical Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea: Forced Evictions and destruction of property by Police in Porgera must end
Amnesty International
May 11th, 2009
Amnesty International calls for immediate action to protect more than 1,000 people who have been left homeless after police officials in Papua New Guinea forcibly evicted them by burning down their homes.

Porgera mine area landowners need relocating, says PNG Enga Governor
by Peter Ipatas Radio New Zealand International
May 8th, 2009
The Governor of Papua New Guinea’s Enga Province says the national government and operators of the Porgera gold mine need to look at relocating people who live within Porgera’s Special Mining Lease, SML, area.

Barrick's Pascua Lama project denounced as illegal
May 7th, 2009
Barrick Gold Corporation announced today that its Pascua-Lama project, situated on the border of Chile and Argentina, is proceeding to construction. Community leaders and legal experts from Chile and Argentina – currently in Canada as part of an international delegation – responded to Barrick's announcement today by denouncing this project as illegal and lacking the social license to operate.

MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Leaders from Papua New Guinea, Chile Raise Serious Human Rights and Environmental Concerns Around Barrick Gold Operations
Mining Watch Canada
May 6th, 2009
Even as houses near Barrick's mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea are being burned down in a joint military and police action, Jethro Tulin is in Canada to address shareholders and government officials, whom he considers complicit in the suffering of his people as a result of Barrick's Porgera Joint Venture mine.

300 homes destroyed near Barrick’s Porgera mine
Intercontinental Cry
May 5th, 2009
On April 27, more than 300 homes were burned to the ground in a violent eviction of indigenous landowners near Barrick Gold’s Porgera open pit gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

Porgera up in flames
by SIMON EROROPost Courier
MORE than 300 houses belonging to local landowners near the Porgera gold mine in Enga Province, have been torched allegedly by policemen called out to restore law and order in the district.

MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Leaders confront Barrick Gold
April 29th, 2009
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea and Chile traveled to Canada this week to attend the April 29 shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will confront Barrick about human rights abuses and environmental degradation on their lands.

by Chris NoyceSantiago Times
April 24th, 2009
German glacier expert Alexander Brenning labeled Chile’s glacier protection policy as “not sufficient” on Wednesday, highlighting the need for greater information to be provided to the public and businesses regarding the environmental impact of mining projects in Chile.

A SLAPP in the Face: Reaping Abroad, Sowing Shut Mouths At Home
In January, the Norwegian government decided to exclude Canada’s Barrick Gold from its pensions investment fund, deeming the activities of the mining company in Papua New Guinea as “an unacceptable risk of extensive and irreversible damage to the natural environment.” This sort of indictment is not unique; Canadian mining multinationals in Africa face numerous allegations of environmental damage. Worse, their reputation for a lack of ecological respect pales in comparison to their other alleged activities, such as the violent confiscation of property, tax evasion, corruption, and the financing of armed conflicts.

Western Shoshone gather at NV mountain being mined
by Martin GriffithAssociated Press
April 18th, 2009
Dozens of Western Shoshone tribal members and activists are holding an annual ceremonial event on the flank of a northern Nevada mountain that is at the heart of their legal battle against the world's biggest gold mining company.

I-Team: Mining Interests Face Further Scrutiny
by Chief Investigative Reporter George Knapp and Photojournalist Matt AdamsLas Vegas Now
April 17th, 2009
The quest for gold fueled the exploration and settlement of the west and contributed to the demise of Native American tribes. Now, a new gold rush is underway in Nevada and it is pitting indigenous tribes against their own people and has sparked ferocious court battles.

Barrick and Argentine Officials Violently Assault Women at Famatina Roadblock
by translated by David ModersbachCuidadanos por la vida
Argentine government officials from the Secretary of Mining and Secretary of Environment, along with personnel from the Barrick Gold Corporation today attempted to ascend to the mining camp located in the reaches of the Famatina mountain range.

MEDIA RELEASE: 28 peaceful protesters arrested after authorisation to occupy mine site
April 12th, 2009
28 protesters were arrested this morning at Barrick Gold's mine operation in Lake Cowal, central western New South Wales. They were authorised to enter the mine site by Wiradjuri Tradtional Owners of Lake Cowal and its surrounds.

MEDIA ALERT: Smoking ceremony, blockade and protesters occupy open cut pit halting mine operations.
April 12th, 2009
Wiradjuri Traditional Owners and supporters are inside Barrick Gold’s mine operation in Lake Cowal central western New South Wales currently halting operations. Wiradjuri are conducting a smoking ceremony inside the mine site. Over 10,000 artefacts have been stolen and kept by Barrick Gold Corporation at the mine site in a compound encircled by a 6 foot fence. Over 25 supporters are currently occupying the open-cut pit and several others are blockading the front gate to prevent shift change.

ACTION ALERT: Gold mine operation halted due to smoking ceremony
April 12th, 2009
Over 50 people have been lead to the edge of Barrick Gold Corporations mine site by Wiradjuri Traditional Owners of the Lake Cowal area in a ceremony to cleanse the land and to stop mine operations.

Indigenous activisits protest gold mine expansion
Radio Australia News
April 11th, 2009
In Australia, indigenous campaigners are holding a weekend-long protest to try to force the closure of a gold mine in central New South Wales.

MEDIA RELEASE: Protesters to halt mining operations - unsustainable mining harms Australia
April 11th, 2009
Concerned citizens have gathered in solidarity with Wiradjuri Traditional Owners of the Lake Cowal area to halt Barrick Gold Corporation’s mine operation in the lake. The campaign to Save Lake Cowal has been running for 10 years, this is the seventh gathering at Lake Cowal to protest the mine.

Enga Governor opposes PNG military presence at Porgera
Radio New Zealand International
April 10th, 2009
The Governor of Enga province in Papua New Guinea says the government’s decision to deploy members of the Defence Force and police to Porgera is not in the best interest of the local people.

MEDIA RELEASE: Wiradjuri and Supporters Say No to Mine Expansion
April 10th, 2009
What: Lake Cowal Gathering: No Expansion! Shut Barrick Gold’s Mine Down! When: 10-13 April 2009 Where: Lake Cowal, central western New South Wales From the 10-13 April up to 100 people from around Australia will make the journey to Lake Cowal in central western NSW to support Wiradjuri Traditional Owners in their 10 year campaign against the worlds largest gold miner.

PNG to boost security around gold mine
by Liam FoxABC News
April 9th, 2009
The Papua New Guinea Government is boosting security to deal with lawlessness around a gold mine in the Papua New Guinea highlands.

Grad activist condemns Barrick lawsuit against book
by Dylan
April 9th, 2009
A grad student at U of T has been mentioned in a legal face-off between the world’s largest mining company and three Montreal authors.

Porgera security ops set to kick off
by David Muri The National – Papua New Guinea
April 6th, 2009
INTERNAL Security Minister Sani Rambi says more than 300 security personnel will be deployed to the strife-torn Porgera valley in Enga province to flush out warlords and stop illegal mining activities.

Corporate Social Responsibility Rules for Mining Industry Blasted: Barrick Gold Implicated
by Lee BerthiaumeEmbassy Magazine
April 1st, 2009
The Conservative government has rejected joint civil society-private sector calls to tie diplomatic and economic support for Canadian oil, gas and mining companies operating in developing countries to socially responsible conduct abroad. As a result, there are charges the government—allegedly influenced by mining giant Barrick Gold and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce—has given the green light for misbehaviour abroad, and killed the temporary peace between NGOs and mining companies.

Indigenous Peoples Want Global Moratorium on Mining, Other Extractive Projects
March 28th, 2009
The united voice of the indigenous peoples swept from continent to continent in 37 countries calling their respective governments to stop large-scale mining and other extractive activities (oil and gas projects) in their indigenous lands until effective measures to safeguard their rights and the environment are in place.

by Lucy McDonald-StewartSantiago Times
March 27th, 2009
Canadian gold-mining company Barrick Gold backed out of a debate on its Pascua Lama project 20 minutes before it was scheduled to begin on Tuesday at the campus of the Adolfo Ibanez University.

Attacks on gold mine worry Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC)
by Felix Mwera, MusomaThe Citizen (Tanzania)
March 18th, 2009
The Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) has expressed its concern about the frequent attacks on the North Mara Gold Mine by neighbouring villagers.

Tanzania Bulyanhulu Miners Seek Legal Redress Over Dismissal
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones Newswire
March 17th, 2009
Hundreds of workers who were dismissed in 2007 by management of Tanzania's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine are in court challenging their dismissal, union officials said Tuesday.

UN to tackle mercury menace
March 3rd, 2009
Fear sparked by global recession, strains on banks and volatile paper currencies has brought the glitter back to gold. Its value has been rising rapidly in recent months, as investors seek a safe-haven from the economic and financial storm.

PNG Govt bolsters gold mine security
by Steve MarshallABC
February 27th, 2009
Soldiers and police in Papua New Guinea are being sent into the country's highlands to help tackle a deteriorating security situation near a huge gold mine.

Western Shoshone activist urges attention to mining’s destruction of tribal heritage
by Carol Berry, Today correspondentIndian Country Today
February 26th, 2009
Carrie Dann, iconic voice for Western Shoshone traditionalists, told an audience that Mount Tenabo in northeast Nevada sits atop gold deposits worth $8 billion to the mining industry, but it is central to tribal religious practices and “a lot of our creation stories stem from there.”

Harry Reid, Gold Member
by Josh HarkinsonMother Jones
February 24th, 2009
Elko is the wind-blasted heart of Nevada's mining country. The five surrounding counties produce all of the state's copper, almost a third of its silver, and nearly 90 percent of its gold. In 2007, mines in Nevada extracted nearly 190 tons of gold-three times the total yield in all other states. Only China, Australia, and South Africa dig up more. A billboard on the edge of town proclaims in a Victorian scrawl, "Discover the new economic gold rush."

MP calls for SoE in Porgera
by HARLYNE JOKUPostcourier
February 20th, 2009
LAGAIP-Porgera MP Phillip Kikala is calling for the NEC meeting in Wabag to impose a state of emergency in Porgera.

Rees urged to ensure no Lake Cowal mine delays
ABC Riverina NSW
February 19th, 2009
Bland Shire Council will ask the New South Wales Premier to intervene to ensure no delay on the planned expansion of the Lake Cowal Gold Mine.

Barrick Australia says it will push ahead with plans to expand its Cowal Gold Mine at West Wyalong, despite a loss in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court.
ABC Central West NSW
February 10th, 2009
Barrick Gold has submitted a proposal to modify its development consent at the mine to almost double its size and extend its life by 11 years. Native title applicant Neville Williams started court action against the plan last November. On Friday, the Land and Environment Court upheld Mr Williams' challenge that the project is not a modification of the mine's existing development consent, but rather a radical transformation.

Barrick Gold to invest more than US$3B in Dominican mine
Dominican Today
February 10th, 2009
Barrick Gold Corporation yesterday announced it will invest more than US$3 billions in several mining projects in the country, due to its confidence and stability they said exists in Dominican Republic.

Appeal filed in Nevada gold mine, Shoshone dispute
Associated Press
February 10th, 2009
A tribe and environmentalists are appealing a judge's denial of an injunction sought to block a big gold mine in northeast Nevada.

Russia clears Barrick to acquire PGM stakes
by Franc MwanjisiSunday Observer
February 8th, 2009
The Russian government said on Thursday that it had cleared Canada`s Barrick Gold to increase its stake in the Fedorova Tundra deposit in Russia`s Murmansk Region to 79 percent from 50 percent currently, a statement released by Barrick in Dar es Salaam yesterday said.

Norway's sovereign wealth fund drops yet another mining investment; this time it's Barrick
by Dorothy KosichMineweb
February 2nd, 2009
A dispute over the riverine disposal methods utilized by Barrick's Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea has prompted Norway's Ministry of Finance to drop Barrick from Norway's Government Pension Fund-Global investments, valued at $188.3 million.

Is Gold the duddest of dud investments?
Commodity Online
February 2nd, 2009
Everyone is buying gold. The frantic pace with which people are buying gold have prompted some to comment that gold has lost value as a commodity. According to Merrill Lynch, gold is "the duddest of dud investments." Ever since the U.S. dollar went off the gold standard, gold has had no special value as a commodity, with only 280 tons going to industrial uses per year.

Mining company excluded from the Government Pension Fund – Global due to contribution to serious environmental damage
by Sakura Saunders, editor
January 30th, 2009

Super Pit mine expansion approved
Perth Now
AN expansion of the Super Pit gold mine in Kalgoorlie has won government approval but it must meet new and stringent environmental conditions.

Judge refuses to halt huge Nevada gold mine
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
January 26th, 2009
A federal judge ruled Monday a massive gold mine project could proceed in northeast Nevada despite a bid by a Western tribe and conservationists to block it on religious and environmental grounds.

Judge to rule Monday in fight over NV gold mine
by SCOTT SONNERAssociated Press
January 23rd, 2009
A federal judge intends to rule Monday on a complicated legal battle that pits religious and environmental concerns against the economic interests of hundreds of Nevada miners and the world's biggest gold mining company.

Tanzanian Police Shoot Dead Intruder at Barrick Gold Mine
by Sarah McGregorBloomberg
January 23rd, 2009
From Bloomberg: Tanzanian police shot dead an intruder at Barrick Gold Corp.'s North Mara mine yesterday after a group of people broke into the mine site, the company said.

From Tundu Lissu:
On the morning of January 21, the paramilitary police units that were brought by the hundreds after last month's uprising by the local communities met a group of youth in an area where villagers' homes come right into the mine fence. Apparently, the paramilitaries started to chase the youth and in the process opened fire, killing Muhono Marwa Gibare and wounding Nyakebayi Chacha Nyakebayi and Maswi Bokobora. Muhono Marwa was shot in the back while running away from the police. He died instantly. This latest killing brings to two villagers who have died violently in that mine since last month and eight since Barrick apparently adopted their shoot-to-kill strategy in July of 2005.

Barrick holds strong in Tanzania
January 22nd, 2009
Barrick Gold's North Mara mine in Tanzania has had its share of problems. With relations with some in the surrounding community already frayed, matters came to a head on Dec. 11 of last year when some 3,000 villagers descended on the mine.

Western Shoshone protest Nevada gold mine
Associated Press
January 21st, 2009
About three dozen Western Shoshone and environmental activists staged a demonstration outside the Reno federal courthouse as a judge begins a two-day hearing on a motion to block a big gold mine in northeast Nevada.

Western Shoshone and Paiute Protests
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
January 20th, 2009
Western Shoshone gathered demonstrated outside federal court in Reno today, demanding that Barrick Gold halt destruction of the area of Mount Tenabo, their sacred mountain. Nearby at Pyramid Lake on Saturday, about 150 Paiutes and supporters gathered to protest. Paiutes said the Pyramid Lake Marina operator has held Paiutes and their cultural items "hostage."

Hearing begins in Reno on disputed gold mine
by  Sandra
January 20th, 2009
Western Shoshone tribal members packed a Reno courtroom Tuesday, trying to persuade a federal judge to halt at least part of a huge gold mine they claim would desecrate a sacred landmark.

Barrick’s New CEO Takes Over Amid Mine Development
by Stewart BaileyBloomberg
January 16th, 2009
Barrick Gold Corp.’s new chief executive officer, Aaron Regent, stepped into his post today as the world’s largest gold producer plans to dig seven new mines amid a recession that has forced some rivals to cut costs.

Growing Barrick: Regent grabs the challenge
by Lori McLeodGlobe and Mail
January 10th, 2009
Barrick Gold became a world beater through a steady stream of acquisitions. It's now the world's biggest, and the new CEO intends to keep it that way

New York Times pimping for gold
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
January 2nd, 2009
The New York Times gutted its credibility with the advertisement for Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, disguised as a news article today, "A Nevada town escapes the slump, thanks to gold."

All that glitters
by Alex Felipe (photos by Alex Felipe as well)This Magazine
Admitting that I was a Canadian has never been as difficult as when I traveled to the Philippines to photograph two Canadian-owned open-pit mining sites last winter. The fact that I am also Filipino by blood didn't help.

Worst Companies in the World: US, Monsanto, Peabody and Barrick
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
The United States was voted the Worst Company in the World, followed by Monsanto, Peabody Energy Corp. and Barrick Gold

New Barrick CEO looking at all M&A options
by Cameron FrenchReuters
December 24th, 2008
Aaron Regent, named as the next chief executive of top gold producer Barrick Gold (ABX.TO) on Tuesday, plans to maintain the company's focus on growth through corporate takeovers, and says he would be open to looking at all opportunities that present themselves.

BACKGROUND AND IMMEDIATE CONTEXT: Civilian Uprising against Barrick Gold in Tanzania
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
December 24th, 2008

Barrick Names Former Falconbridge Head Regent as CEO
by Stewart BaileyBloomberg
Barrick Gold Corp., the world's biggest gold producer, named former Falconbridge Ltd. President Aaron Regent as its new chief executive officer, ending a nine- month search to replace Greg Wilkins.

Mining giants unfazed by `voluntary corporate tax theory`
by Angel NavuriGuardian
Prospects that some major gold mining companies in Tanzania would follow Barrick Gold Tanzania exemplary of ``goodwill gesture`` of paying advance corporate tax look imminently hard to pin down.

Tanzania Barrick Mine Intruders Steal Gold, Disrupt Output-Co
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones Newswire
December 15th, 2008
Tanzania's North Mara Gold Mine has been invaded by around 4,000 intruders who stole gold ore and destroyed property worth $15 million, a spokesman for Barrick Gold Tanzania Ltd. said Monday.

Accord reached over Nev. mine until court hearing
Associated Press
December 15th, 2008
Lawyers for Barrick Gold Corp., environmentalists and a group of Western Shoshone have agreed what work can proceed at a new Nevada mine until a hearing is held next month on efforts to restrict the project.

Tanzanian journalist uncovers truth about mining industry
by Cailey McDermottThe Echo
December 15th, 2008 supporter and investigative journalist, Evans Rubara speaks about the exploitation of Tanzanian land and people by multinational mining industries in a speaking tour in the US.

Thousands raid Barrick's North Mara mine, destroy $15 million in equipment
by Sakura editor
December 14th, 2008
Why would "criminals" set fire to millions worth in mine equipment?

How was it that these "intruders" had an estimated 3,000 people backing them up?

In what appears to be a spontaneous civilian movement against Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold miner, thousands of people invaded Barrick`s North Mara Gold Mine this week in Tarime District and destroyed equipment worth $15 million.

Villagers storm Barrick gold mine: Inflict much damage, FFU police deployed to disperse them
This Day Tanzania
December 14th, 2008
Thousands of villagers raided the North Mara gold mine owned by Barrick Gold Corp on Thursday night and caused damage to various mining equipments worth more than $16 million (approx. 21bn/-).

Intruders attempt to seize North Mara mine
The Guardian
December 13th, 2008
A person was shot dead when thousands of gold seekers invaded Barrick`s North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District and destroyed equipment worth 15 million US dollars.

for context, read:

  • and "A Golden Opportunity?" an exposé on the Tanzanian mining industry, written by Tundu Lissu and Mark Curtis, published by Norwegian Church Aid in Tanzania.

Barrick suspends Tanzania mine output after clash
by Cameron FrenchReuters
December 13th, 2008
Barrick Gold said on Friday it had suspended operations at its North Mara mine in Tanzania after about 200 people charged the mine and clashed with security personnel, causing about $15 million in damages.

‘Spiritual genocide’ at Mt. Tenabo
Indian County Today
December 10th, 2008
The people of the Western Shoshone Nation have consistently and defiantly battled to protect their territory from corporate and federal intrusion. They now face another giant in the form of Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s largest multinational mining corporation, which is currently in the process of clear-cutting trees at a spiritual gathering site to make way for a massive mine expansion project. Forces such as a disputed land claim, growing antagonism toward aboriginal land ownership, and a crumbling U.S. economy are combining to threaten Western Shoshone sovereignty and their sacred Mount Tenabo.

PNG: Landslide victims' families seek compo
Sydney Morning Herald
December 10th, 2008
Relatives of 10 people killed in a landslide at a remote goldmine camp in Papua New Guinea want one million kina ($A500,000) in compensation from the mining company. "The camp site is a death trap. It was built at the wrong place," Beseo told PNG's Post-Courier newspaper.

Barrick Says 10 People Killed in Papua New Guinea Mine Mudslide
by Jesse RiseboroughBloomberg
December 6th, 2008
Barrick Gold Corp., the world’s biggest gold producer, said 10 people died after a mudslide swept over an exploration camp near its Kainantu mine in Papua New Guinea on Dec. 4.

Barrick considering pulling out
by Correspondent Njonanje SamwelGuardian
December 5th, 2008
The giant mining firm Barrick Gold Tanzania has said it is considering halting its operations in the country. Barrick Vice President, Africa Region, Gareth Taylor told this paper in an interview yesterday, shortly after he attended a workshop to launch the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) held in Dar es Salaam, a global mining `watchdog`.

Barrick Holds Media-only Holiday Party
by Chris DanielsPR Week
December 1st, 2008
While many companies have canned their Christmas parties, Barrick Gold invited journalists to its media-only Christmas party via online video.

ARGENTINA: Frustration Over Veto of Glacier Protection Law
by Marcela Valente
November 29th, 2008
The decision by the administration of Cristina Fernández to veto a law to protect Argentina's glaciers -- important reserves of freshwater -- has caused deep concern among scientists and environmentalists who participated in writing the legislation.

Mining policy overhaul urgently needed in Tanzania
This Day
November 25th, 2008
LAST week an international human rights and business conduct watch dog, Business and Human Rights Centre, published on its website two statements from the country’s two leading mining sector multinational corporations.

Opponents file suit to stop Barrick's Cortez Hills gold project
by Dorothy KosichMineweb
November 25th, 2008
A Western Shoshone group, environmentalists and other activists seek to halt one of Nevada’s last major gold projects, Barrick’s million-ounce per year Cortez Hills Gold Project.

Shoshone Indians Sue to Stop Barrick's Nevada Gold Mine
by By Lisa J. Wolf Environment News Service
November 25th, 2008
Five tribal and public interest parties filed a lawsuit in Nevada Federal Court on Thursday, seeking an immediate injunction to stop one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States - the Cortez Hills Expansion Project on Mt. Tenabo.

Feds OK big Nevada mine project
The Associated Press
November 23rd, 2008
The federal Bureau of Land Management has approved an environmental impact statement for the big Cortez Hills open-pit gold mining project in Nevada—an action sought for several years by Barrick Gold Corp.

Dangerous Duty in Papua New Guinea
by Sakura SaundersThe Dominion
November 22nd, 2008
Community members get "the opposite of what was promised" from Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold ready to carve up Western Shoshone sacred mountain
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
November 21st, 2008
Barrick Gold, coring out mountains around the world for small amounts of gold, is ready to carve the sacred mountain of the Western Shoshone into a crater, with cyanide leaching.

Mining and colonial practices in Tanzania - The return of Victorian era exploitation?
by Evans RubaraAfrica 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
ABC Online
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 HewingsThe 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.

Tarnished Gold
by Thomas
November 3rd, 2008
Photo exhibit documents Canadian mining companies’ exploitation abroad

Journalists refused entry at Geita gold mine
by Mugini JacobDaily News Tanzania
October 27th, 2008
Geita Gold Mine (GGM) management has refused to allow 29 journalists from various media houses to visit its mine in Mwanza Region on Friday, saying proper procedures were not followed.

Union, delegate fined for illegal strike at Lake Cowal
The Age
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.

Investors gobble up world gold supplies
by Carla WilsonTimes Colonist
October 15th, 2008
Traditional 'safe haven' proving popular as global equity markets continue to fall. Gold fever is spreading around the world. Mints are cranking out as many gold coins as they can to meet international demand by investors jittery over the global financial crisis.

Native Community in Desert Oasis Threatened by Mines
by Daniela EstradaInterPress Service
October 9th, 2008
The Diaguita indigenous community in Huasco Alto, surrounded by rich gold, silver and copper deposits in the northern Chilean region of Atacama, are engaged in a struggle to prevent mining projects from infringing on their territory and destroying their way of life and ancestral identity.

Requiem for Reko Diq
by Mir Mohammad Ali TalpurDAWN
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.

Payback time: Resolving the small miners` plight?
the Guardian (Tanzania)
August 24th, 2008
``They took our mines; evicted us forcibly using the support of government security personnel but today the same people are coming with a helping hand�it is amazing``.

Mining Prohibition Repealed in La Rioja, Argentina
by Assembly of Citizens for Life, La
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 RizvinInter 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.

Kalgoorlie mine under review
by  Jamie FreedSydney Morning Herald
August 5th, 2008
NEWMONT MINING and Barrick Gold will start a review of the future of the Kalgoorlie Super Pit, after rising costs forced Newmont to report an accounting loss from the operation in the June quarter.

In pursuit of excellence in journalism
by Richard MgambaThe Guardian
July 29th, 2008
Feluzi Shija prospers for years as a small scale miner by mining gold at Buzwagi Gold Mine, located in northwest Tanzania, approximately 80 kilometres south of the Bulyanhulu mine.

Barrick bids to be an oil player, fearing sky-high costs
by ANDY HOFFMANThe Globe and Mail
July 14th, 2008
Forget grade, grams per tonne and reserves. Among the most closely scrutinized metrics in the gold mining business these days is “barrels per ounce.”

Meeting Crashers: Anti-mining activists confront shareholders at AGM
by Veronica Islas
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.

Activists urge support for stigmatised victim
The Citizen Reporter, Mwanza
July 8th, 2008
Some human rights activists in Mwanza have, amid growing stigma, appealed to the public to support the 13-year old girl who early this year was raped by a dog. The schoolgirl was in March forced to be intimate with a dog at a camp belonging to Barrick Exploration Africa Limited in Sengerema District, Mwanza.

Barrick fined $25,000 for 2006 tailings spill
by ANDREW HOBBSThe 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.

Complaints unheard beneath Kalgoorlie mine din
by Narelle TowiePerth Now
July 6th, 2008
SAFE noise limits have been discarded so Australia's largest gold mine can expand to within 200m of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Peru mines hit by nationwide mining strike
by  By Dana Ford and Teresa CespedesReuters
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 PeelFN 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

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.

Séminaire Droits autochtones et déploiement des transnationales minières
Invités Sergio Campusano, Chef de la communauté autochtone Diaguita Huascoaltina, Chili
Neville « Chappy » Williams, Chef de la communauté autochtone Wiradjuri, Australia
Jethro Tulin, Représentant de la communauté autochtone Ipili, Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée

Participation spéciale William Sacher Co-auteur du livre Noir Canada : corruption, pillage et criminalité en Afrique

Barrick Gold censors Indigenous Leaders' opposition to gold mining on their lands
May 7th, 2008
A delegation of Indigenous leaders travelled around the world to attend the Barrick Gold Annual General Meeting in Toronto today. They came to vent their opposition to Barrick Gold's mining practices on their lands.

ACTION ALERT: Protesters Demand Accountability Outside Barrick Gold's AGM
May 6th, 2008
On 6 May protesters gathered outside Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting to protest the companies destructive mining operations around the world.

International Indigenous leaders attend Barrick Gold's Shareholder's meeting
May 6th, 2008
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the United States traveled to Canada this week to attend the shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will make statements about Barrick's operations on their lands.

by Matt MalinowskiSantiago Times
April 30th, 2008
Authors Say Recent Government-Backed Policy Reforms Fall Short The Chilean government’s approval of large-scale business projects — including forestry company CELCO’s waste duct to the Pacific Ocean and mining company Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama gold mine in the Andes mountains — now represent the most severe threat to the country's indigenous communities, according to a report filed last week by Chile's Observatory for Indigenous Rights (ODPI).

Barrick Sues Book Publisher Over African Allegations
by Joe SchneiderBloomberg
April 30th, 2008
Barrick Gold Corp., the world's biggest gold producer, sued a Quebec publisher for C$6 million ($5.95 million) in damages over a book that claims the company was linked to crimes in Africa.

7th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Agenda Item 5 on human rights: dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people and other special rapporteurs I
April 29th, 2008
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by Mooka and Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation, Murray Darling Basin, Central New South Wales, Australia

7th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations, New York Agenda Item 4: Pacific/Human Rights
Joint submission by Friends of the Earth International on behalf of Akali Tange Association Inc. Pogera Enga Province, Papua New Guinea

in a joint intervention with Lake Cowal Mooka and Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation, Murray Darling Basin, Central new South Wales, Australia Western Shoshone Defence Project, Nevada, USA Laura Calm Wind, Kitchenuhmay Koosib Inninuwug, Canada Indigenous Peoples Links Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) Land is Life, Indigenous Environment Network (IEN)

7th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations, New York Agenda Item 4.2: Pacific/Sustainable Development
Joint submission by Friends of the Earth International on behalf of Mooka and Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation,Murray Darling Basin, Central New South Wales, Australia in a joint intervention with

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council Akali Tange Association Inc. Pogera Enga Province, Papua New Guinea Agence Kanak de Developpement Western Shoshone Defence Project, Nevada, USA Laura Calm Wind, Kitchenuhmay Koosib Inninuwug, Canada Comision Juridica para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos (CAPAJ), Andes Indigenous Peoples Links Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) First Indigenous Nations Civic Association of South Africa (FINCASA) Indigenous Environment Network (IEN)

Publisher not deterred by Barrick: Releasing book today linking gold firm to alleged deaths
by Marianne WhiteCanwest News Service
April 14th, 2008
A small Quebec publishing house is giving the green light to a book linking Barrick Gold Corp. to the alleged deaths of Tanzanian miners in 1996, despite the threat of libel lawsuit.

Barrick skeptical on Pascua-Lama project
by Reporting by Robert Melnbardis; editing by Matthew LewisREUTERS
Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) is not convinced there will be a resolution soon of tax and permit issues delaying its proposed $2.4 billion Pascua-Lama mine in Argentina, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

New report slams Buzwagi contract
March 12th, 2008
A NEW report issued by several faith-based and civil society organisations has slammed the Buzwagi gold mine deal, saying members of parliament and the general public were hoodwinked by ex-minister for energy and minerals Nazir Karamagi into thinking that the upcoming project would pay huge taxes to the government.

Tanzania activists and religious communities launch critical mining research
by Salma Maoulidi Pambazuka News
March 10th, 2008
Salma Maoulidi looks at the mining research report, "A Golden Opportunity? How Tanzania is failing to benefit from Gold Mining” and argues that it builds a powerful case for continued activism in trade and economic justice in line with various Human rights instruments that call for a country’s wealth and natural resources to benefit primarily local communities.

Spread of mine sparks fears
by Narelle TowieThe Sunday Times
Kalgoorlie's super pit may be the goose that laid the golden egg, but moves to expand Australia's biggest goldmine are being bitterly opposed by neighbours.

Sisters take on mining giant
by Michael SwanCatholic Register
February 29th, 2008
The Quebec-based teaching order Les Soeurs des Sainte-Anne, with the backing of Les Soeurs des Saints Noms de Jesus et de Marie and the union-backed pension and mutual fund company Batirente, want Barrick Gold Corp. to answer questions about the company’s $2.4-billion Pascua Lama project, an open pit gold mine the company is developing high in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile.

Goldmine swallowing historic town
by Kevin Andrusiak and Paige TaylorPerth Now
February 9th, 2008
IT is Australia's biggest goldmine, swallowing what is known as the world's richest square mile of dirt.

Section of Super Pit wall collapses
ABC News Online
February 9th, 2008
A 50-metre stretch of the wall at one of Australia's biggest open pit gold mines has collapsed.

KCGM in moves to reopen tailings dams
by Kevin AndrusiakThe Australian
THE more gold goes up, the further down the Kalgoorlie Super Pit partners want to go. Joint-venture owners Newmont Mining and Barrick Gold want to increase the heights of two controversial tailings dams, and re-open another, as part of its plans to expand Australia's biggest gold mine, the massive Super Pit operations in the West Australian goldfields capital of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

AFP investigating mining firms over conduct
by Nick McKenzieThe Age
SEVERAL Australian mining companies and executives are under investigation over alleged misconduct and dubious practices in the developing world, sparking calls for greater oversight.

CHILE-ARGENTINA: Pascua Lama Mining Project on Hold
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service
January 17th, 2008
Nearly two years after winning environmental approval from the Chilean government, the controversial Pascua Lama gold mining project of the transnational Barrick Gold Corporation remains without a launch date.

Govt Warns Public To Stay Away From Porgera Mine
by Alexander Rheeney in Port MoresbyThe Pacfic Magazine
December 18th, 2007
The Papua New Guinea government has appealed to the public to keep away from the Porgera gold mine after security guards shot dead an alleged illegal miner.

Landowners oppose sale of EL 1277
by ZACHERY PERThe National (Papua New Guinea)
December 17th, 2007
THE sale of exploration licence (EL) 1277 in Henganofi district Eastern Highlands province to Barrick (PNG) Gold by Highlands Pacific Ltd (HPL) has been opposed by a landowner group.

by Alex CacciariSantiago Times
December 13th, 2007
Leaders of the Chilean environmental movement spoke out Wednesday against the National Environmental Commission’s (CONAMA) support of the government’s monitoring of environmental NGO campaigns. This comes after the Chilean daily La Tercera disclosed last Friday that Chile’s National Intelligence Agency (ANI) has increased oversight of environmental campaigns against three of the country’s most controversial environmental undertakings – the Aysén dam, the Pascua Lama gold mine, and Celulosa Arauco’s (CELCO) proposed waste duct into the sea.

by Matt MalinowskiLa Tercera via The Santiago Times
December 10th, 2007
Environmental Activists Alarmed, But Not Surprised About The News

Shoshone Use Film, Courts to Fight Gold Mine on Sacred Land
by Lisa J. WolfEnvironmental News Service
December 6th, 2007
The 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival presented Western Shoshone grandmother Carrie Dann with the Eagle Spirit award for best overall contribution in American Indian cinema at an awards ceremony November 27. "Our Land, Our Life," the film that shows the Western Shoshones’ determined struggle to maintain their way of life, won the festival's Best Documentary award.

PEAK MINERALS: Ground breaking report warns of resource depletion.
In an Australian first, mining data from as far back as 1829 has been collected and analysed by Monash University academic, Dr Gavin Mudd in conjunction with the Mineral Policy Institute to determine the long term sustainability of a range of Australia’s mineral resources.

Tanzania court delays ruling on Barrick gold strike
by George ObulutsaReuters
November 28th, 2007
A Tanzanian court has delayed hearing a case in which a union representing striking workers of Canada's Barrick Gold Corp is seeking to prevent the firm from hiring new workers, a union leader said on Wednesday.

PM meets with Barrick as Tanzanian strike continues
by Richard BrennanThe Toronto Star
November 27th, 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper fanned the flames of controversy yesterday when he used another international trip to meet with officials of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold.

Harper's Tanzania visit highlights school children and Canadian business
by Mike BlanchfieldCan West News Service via The Ottawa Citizen
November 26th, 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper trumpeted a new aid initiative and paid a photogenic visit to school children, but played down a closed-door meeting Monday with a Canadian mining company embroiled in a legal dispute here with its local workers.

Mulroney had lucrative prospects
by William MarsdenThe Gazette
November 23rd, 2007
Throughout his tenure as prime minister, Mulroney cultivated close friendships with top executives in Canada and the United States, as well as with such political leaders as U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his successor, George H.W. Bush. According to sources, this assured his smooth transition into a world of wealth and privilege, where his international connections would make him a sought-after lawyer and deal-maker. (article mentions many connections to Barrick Gold)

Tanzania union seeks court order blocking Barrick hiring
by George ObulutsaReuters
November 12th, 2007
A union representing striking workers at Tanzania's Bulyanhulu gold mine, owned by Canada's Barrick Gold Corp, said on Monday it will seek a court order to stop Barrick's Tanzanian arm recruiting new staff.

Gold nears record high as oil sets a new one
by BloombergSydney Morning Herald
GOLD has reached a 27-year high as record oil prices heightened concerns that inflation will accelerate as a slumping US dollar boosted the appeal of precious metals as an alternative investment. Silver also gained a 26-year high.

NovaGold Girds for Battle
by Simon
A mouse of a miner seems to be fixing for a fight with a gold-industry titan over the development of a potentially massive gold deposit in the Alaskan wilderness.

David Bell gold mine union requests mediated talks
Reuters Canada
TORONTO (Reuters) - The union representing workers at the David Bell gold mine in northern Ontario, a joint venture of Teck Cominco and Barrick Gold , has requested provincial mediation as it tries to hammer out a new deal, it said on Monday.

Barrick to buy Arizona Star for $773M, looking to cash in on high gold prices
The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is hoping to cash in on high gold prices by buying Arizona Star Resource Corp. (TSXV:AZS) for C$773 million in a friendly deal that will give it control of one of the world's largest undeveloped gold and copper projects - the Cerro Casale deposit in Chile.

Trade union supports Bulyanhulu workers' strike
by GOODLOVE LWAYUDaily News (Tanzania)
November 2nd, 2007
TANZANIA Mines, Energy, Construction and Allied Workers' Union (TAMICO) has supported a strike by 1,800 employees of Bulyanhulu Mine in Kahama District saying it followed all the required legal steps.

Barrick in Australia: Carbon’s ‘conflict’ stalls mine
by Robert Taylor, State Political EditorThe West
State Environment Minister David Templeman was forced to reopen the assessment process for the expansion of the Kalgoorlie Super Pit yesterday after it was revealed that the Government’s acting Environmental Protection Authority chairman Barry Carbon had worked as a consultant for the pit’s manager KCGM nine years ago.

Barrick targets Chile project: Miner bids for Arizona Star to gain control of hugely expensive gold, copper venture
In a deal marking a bullish shift in sentiment for the world's largest producer, Barrick Gold Corp. is offering $773-million for Arizona Star Resource Corp. to gain control of a massive gold and copper project in Chile that has languished in uncertainty for more than a decade.

Barrick Gold sacks hundreds: As strike continues at Bulyanhulu gold mine
by Dar es Salaam THISDAY
IT has been learnt that Barrick Gold Corporation has sacked hundreds of striking miners at the Bulyanhulu gold mine in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region, and is now preparing to announce new job openings to replace them.

Barrick says Bulyanhulu mine ops stalled by strike
by Cameron FrenchReuters
October 30th, 2007
Barrick Gold Corp said on Tuesday that production at its Bulyanhulu gold mine in Tanzania has been halted due to what it termed an "illegal" strike, and that it has fired about half of the mine's work force.

by Trey Pollard Santiago Times
October 29th, 2007
Opponents of the Pascua Lama gold mine took to the streets of Santiago on Saturday to raise public awareness about the US$1.4 billion project that, they claim, will have terrible long-term effects on Chile's environment. Although environmental authorities have already approved the project, protesters said their continued resistance can halt the completion of construction. The noisy and vibrant procession of approximately four hundred protesters weaved its way through the bustling pedestrian streets of central Santiago, led by demonstrators hoisting a banner with a simple message: “No to Pascua Lama.”

Barrick eyes intensified gold search
by By FRANK ASAELIThe National
BARRICK Gold, owner-operator of the Porgera mine and the world’s largest gold mining company, plans to step up exploration for high-grade gold veins and copper-porphyry prospects in Papua New Guinea.

Australian gold miners rescued
Associated Press
Fifty-four miners, trapped in an Australian underground gold mine, have been rescued, mine operators said.

Mine strike could cost unions $176,000 each
ABC News online
The Australian Building and Construction Commissioner will prosecute five unions over strike action at the Lake Cowal Gold Mine in central New South Wales.

Union at Barrick in Peru leaning toward strike
LIMA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Union workers at Barrick Gold's Pierina mine in Peru voted on Monday in favor of a strike, but they have yet to pick a day to start the walkout and other workers still need to approve the plan.

Gold-mining giants leave Africa to clear up mess: report
Agence France Presse
October 9th, 2007
Open-cast gold-mining operations in Africa by multinationals have created an ecological and health time-bomb and failed to help local people out of poverty, campaigners said at a book launch Tuesday.

by El Mercurio (via The Santiago Times)Rob Bartlett
Canadian mining company Barrick Gold won a key legal battle in Chile’s legal system on Monday when an Appeals Court annulled a lower court ruling which, if it had stood, would have seriously hampered the company’s US$2.4 billion Pascua Lama gold mine project.

Cashing in at Barrick – Insider Roundup: Barrick executives sell their shares, again
National Post (Canada)
September 25th, 2007
Looking for someone to pick up the tab for a night on the town this weekend? Well, you might want to track down one of 28 executives, directors and/or officers of Barrick Gold Corp. who since Sept. 1, 2007 have exercised and sold more that 1.2 million options for company shares. Meanwhile, Barrick argues to shareholders that their stocks are undervalued.

More Barrick Gold execs exercise options – and sell
by SEDI (System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders)National Post (Canada)
September 17th, 2007
The National Post reports on a wave of Barrick top executives selling off their Barrick share, leaving most with no Barrick shares to their name. What do they know that their shareholders don't?

by Trey PollardSantiago Times/El Mercurio
September 11th, 2007
Huasco Valley property owners who live below the Pascua Lama gold mine and administer US$3 million yearly in “hush” money given them by mine owner Barrick Gold charged this weekend that their predecessors used Barrick’s money for personal gain.

It still stinks, Barrick
by Adam LusekeloDaily News Tanzania
September 5th, 2007
BARRICK Gold Tanzania Limited has been on a charm offensive. They have tried to explain the hastiness of the deal they did with energy and minerals minister, Naz Karamagi.

Nevada miner missing in cave-in at Barrick-Newmont gold mine
Associated Press
August 29th, 2007
A miner is missing after a cave-in at an underground gold mine near Winnemucca, Nevada.

Barrick discovers new ore body at 30-year-old mine in Dominican Republic
by Canadian PressBarndon Sun
TORONTO (CP) - Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) has discovered a new ore body at its Pueblo Viejo mine at Monte Oculto, between two open pits at the 30-year old project in Dominican Republic.

PM's interest in Latin America easily explained
by Thomas WalkomThe Star
August 3rd, 2007
On the face of it, Stephen Harper's sudden new fascination with Latin America is baffling. Until February, he expressed no interest in the region. Now, after a six-day swing through Colombia, Chile, Barbados and Haiti, he has declared South America a key foreign policy priority.

First U.S. Mining Law reform hearing kicks off today
by Dorothy KosichMineWeb
Mining Law reform is back once again on the U.S. public policy agenda, thanks to House Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia, whose H.R. 2262 is scheduled for a subcommittee hearing at 10 a.m. this morning.

Judge dismisses NovaGold lawsuit against Barrick
by Susan TaylorReuters
OTTAWA (Reuters) - A district court in Alaska has thrown out a NovaGold Resources lawsuit contesting Barrick Gold's behavior in developing the Donlin Creek gold project, the companies said on Thursday.

Barrick cautious over Pascua Lama
by Cameron FrenchReuters
TORONTO -- Barrick Gold Corp. is "cautious" about the approval process for its Pascua-Lama gold project and could face construction delays if it can't soon reach agreements with the governments of Chile and Argentina, chief executive officer Greg Wilkins said yesterday.

Investors left with fool's gold
by Jennifer WellsThe Star
The outcome could not have been more damning. In finding Bre-X geologist John Felderhof not guilty on all eight counts of securities violations yesterday, Mr. Justice Peter Hryn left the taxpayer-financed Ontario Securities Commission staring at the cadaverous remains of an ill-starred and, we now know, feebly mounted case.

Groups Lobby Congress for Changes to Mining Laws
by Marcela ValenteInter Press Service News Agency
People from 14 Argentine provinces visited Congress this week to call for changes in the country’s mining code, which grants substantial tax incentives that have drawn foreign corporations with poor environmental records.

US: Bush opposes rewrite of mining law
by Jaime Richardson and Jim LambGreen Valley News
The Bush administration on Thursday came out against a proposed revision of a 135-year-old hard-rock mining law that would impose the first-ever royalty fees and environmental restrictions for mining on public land.

Residents of Condorwain Range Demand Withdrawal of Barrick Gold
July 26th, 2007
The last few weeks have born witness to widespread marches and demonstrations of farmerworker unions, campesinos and communities affected by mining throughout Perú. All of them are demanding that the Central Government comply with their electoral promises and NO to the Free Trade Agreement; to this date, the government has not responded and has ignored the demands of this important social sector, meanwhile the social conflict continues to brew.

Pension fund stake spurs controversy
Aftenposten English Web Desk
Norway's much-vaunted pension fund, which has a stated policy of ethical investments, owns stock in a Canadian mining company accused of polluting an island in the Philippines and causing severe health problems among its residents.

Barrick Gold starts US$2.3 billion Dominican mine digs
Dominican Today
SANTO DOMINGO.- Executives of Barrick Gold Corporation (BGC), one of the world's largest mining multinationals, yesterday toured the areas where it conducts geologic studies in the Pueblo Viejo (northeast) mine, to determine the US$2.3 billion project's yield.

Barrick moving with $87M program at Donlin Creek mine
by Tim BradnerAlaska Journal of Commerce
Barrick Gold is pushing ahead with an aggressive $87 million exploration and development program at the big Donlin Creek gold project and is on course to have a feasibility study completed by early October, said project manager Stan Foo.

by John DeSioNew York Press
Last week Gore came under fire after it was revealed that Barrick Gold was to be a sponsor of his upcoming trip to Santiago, Chile, to discuss climate change. Barrick Gold is a mining company of some controversy in Chile, and leaders there worried that having such a dirty company sponsor such a clean event would make Gore look like a hypocrite, and make a mockery of the entire event.

Tanzania accused of signing premature new gold mining agreement with Barrick
by Frank JomoMineweb
Criticism has been levelled at the Tanzanian Government by an opposition MP over an agreement allowing Barrick to develop a new gold mine while the Government was in the process of reviewing all mining contracts.

MP queries new mining pact
by Patrick Kisembo, DodomaGuardian
Kigoma North legislator Zitto Kabwe yesterday called on Energy and Minerals minister Nazir Karamagi to explain why he signed a new agreement with Barrick Gold Mine in London while the government was still reviewing all mining contracts that it is party to.

Declaration delivered during the demonstration and received by Barrick to give to the Prime Minister

Canadian Prime Minister enters Barrick's Offices through the Back Door
The Dominion
Two hours late and in the presence of a huge security entourage that included guards, police and special forces, Stephen Harper arrived at the offices of Barrick Gold and entered through the parking area, in order to avoid the peoples' protest that started at 8:00 am at the entrance to the building.

Judge dismisses NovaGold lawsuit against Barrick
OTTAWA (Reuters) - NovaGold Resources Inc. said on Thursday that a district court in Alaska had dismissed its lawsuit against Barrick Gold, saying it was too early to assess if Barrick can meet the requirements to boost its stake in the Donlin Creek gold-mining project.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Mining companies need to be accountable
Prime Minister Stephen Harper asserted in Chile that Barrick Gold's Pascua-Lama project follows "Canadian standards of corporate social responsibility." Unfortunately, no such standards exist.

Harper's visit to Barrick draws group of protesters
by Allan Woods Toronto Star
SANTIAGO, CHILE–Prime Minister Stephen Harper was greeted by a small group of protesters as he visited mining giant Barrick Gold's headquarters in Chile yesterday.

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA: Indígenas ocupan oficina central de Barrick Gold en Australia
Ancianos y partidarios de la Nación Wiradjuri ocuparon la oficina central en Australia de la mayor compañía minera del oro a nivel mundial, Barrick Gold.

Harper's visit to Barrick draws group of protesters
by Allan WoodsToronto Star
July 19th, 2007
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was greeted by a small group of protesters as he visited mining giant Barrick Gold's headquarters in Chile yesterday.

Protesters say 'Harper go home' on PM's last day in Chile
The Canadian Press
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was greeted with "Harper go home" and "Canada: What's HARPERing here?" signs on Wednesday morning as he spent his last day in Chile visiting a controversial Canadian mining company.

Barrick Defends Chile Mining Project
Associated Press
Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold used Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit Wednesday to do a little damage control on its controversial mining operation in the Andes.

Controversia por mina de oro espera al Pimer Ministro en Santiago
by Allan Woods (versión en español de Luis Manuel Claps)Toronto Star
SANTIAGO, CHILE – Un viaje de buenas noticias y estrechamiento de lazos con América Latina encontrará los primeros signos de controversia esta mañana cuando el Primer Ministro Stephen Harper visite una empresa minera canadiense que, según sus críticos, provocará daños en el medioambiente y las poblaciones locales.

Gold mine controversy awaits PM in Santiago
by Allan Woods
SANTIAGO, CHILE–A good-news trip of trade and closer ties with Latin America will encounter the first signs of controversy this morning when Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits a Canadian mining operation that critics say will hurt the environment and local people.

PM turns Canada's focus south
OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper sets off for Latin America and the Caribbean tomorrow to wave the Canadian flag in a region that the government, in a major foreign policy shift, now considers "our neighbourhood."

Harper dithering on ending Canadian corporate crime in South America
OTTAWA – On the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit to Colombia and Chile, the NDP is demanding that Stephen Harper end his government’s stonewalling on proposed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) legislation to fight human rights and environmental abuses by Canadian extractive companies doing business in South America.

Argentina Popular Tribunal Convicts Barrick Gold of “Genocide”
Union of Citizen Assemblies
The Famatina mountain range in the province of La Rioja, Argentina was the site of the fourth national gathering of the Union of Citizen Assemblies (UAC) the weekend of 6-8 July, 2007. Members of community assemblies throughout Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay fighting against the effects of transnational extractive industries met to share strategies and information in their common struggles. The third day of the gathering was dedicated to an International Tribunal Against Barrick Gold Corporation. Activists from Chile, USA and Argentina, armed with testimonies from communities around the world impacted by Barrick Gold took the stage, providing witnesses and documentation of the “genocidal” practices of Barrick, to a panel of judges composed of respected local leaders.

CHILE: Barrick Land Rip-off on Trial
by Monica EvansThe Valparaiso Times
July 13th, 2007
A Court of Appeals trial began last Friday to determine who rightfully owns 8,600 hectares of land that Canadian mining company Barrick Gold bought from illiterate farmer Rodolfo Villar for 10,000 pesos (US$20).

Gold rush threatens glacier
by Lucia Newman in the Huasco Valley, ChileAl Jazeera
Hernan Calderon says he is just an "insignificant insect" to the owners of the Pascua Lama gold mine high in the Andes mountains in northern Chile. The cattle herder used to be able to check his herds in the fields of the Huasco Valley via a public road. He now requires a key for a gate erected after the land was bought by the Canadian company Barrick Gold, the largest mining company in the world.

Aboriginal Elders Occupy Barrick Gold’s Australian Head Office
July 13th, 2007
Elders and supporters of the Wiradjuri Aboriginal Nation have occupied the Australian head office of the world’s largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold.

Congressmen Seek Pascua Lama Review Because Of Glacier Damage
by Monica EvansSantiago Times, EL CIUDADANO
A TV news report last week revealing drastic destruction of glaciers near the Pascua Lama gold mine project prompted the Chamber of Deputies to call for an inquiry into the mining project.

Deputies Call For Inquiry Into Chile's Pascua Lama Project
by Monica EvansValparaiso Times, EL CIUDADANO
A report revealing drastic destruction of glaciers last week prompted deputies in the Chamber of Deputies, Valparaíso, to call for an inquiry into the Pascua Lama mining project.

Chile's Glaciers Demand Greater Attention
by Mike HagerSantiago Times
(June 12, 2007) A new book about Chile’s vast glacier reserves aims to focus greater public attention on the important role glaciers play in the nation’s water systems and in its natural patrimony.

ENVIRONMENT: Chile's Biggest Freshwater Reserve Left Unprotected
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service News Agency (IPS)
SANTIAGO, Jun 12 (IPS/IFEJ) - Chile possesses vast freshwater reserves in its glaciers, but lacks laws to protect them. Lawmakers, farmers and environmentalists are calling for legislation to fill that gap.

We reaffirm once more, that FAMATINA CANNOT BE TOUCHED.
Many voices have been heard from this group of informed citizens, who, worried and committed to the defense of life and of our natural resources, initiated a struggle against all odds to prevent the open-pit mining exploitation of the Famatina Range.

Chile: Vallenar Marchers Reject Pascua Lama Project - Again
by Monica EvansThe Santiago Times
June 12th, 2007
“Water is worth more than gold!” was the chief battle of protesters in a June 2 march against the Pascua Lama mining project and the company responsible, Canadian-based transnational Barrick Gold. The march has become an annual event for Region III's Vallenar (the closest main town to Pascua Lama) since news of the project reached the community over three years ago.

Barrick Gold's Dirty Secrets
by Ellie Gilbert and Natalie LowreyGreen Left Weekly
The Canadian-owned Barrick Gold Corporation, the world’s largest gold producer, is exploring, building and operating huge, open-pit goldmines on nearly every continent on the planet.

Donlin prospect has Bethel considering ban on cyanide
by Elizabeth BlueminkAnchorage Daily News
A Western Alaska town is considering barricading itself against a notorious chemical used in mining.

Canada's Mining Companies: It's the Government's Turn
by EDITORIALEmbassy, May 23rd, 2007
Here is a good editorial piece by Embassy magazine. It is too bad Embassy got TVI Pacific's name wrong (as many still do), and that the editors seemed not to know that it was actually the testimony of local people before a parliamentary committee against TVI Pacific that ended up in the CSR Roundtables. Not to mention the fact that the parliamentary committee in fact tasked the Canadian Government with investigating TVI pacific and that the government declined! Nonetheless, it is the first piece I have seen that at least links TVI Pacific and he CSR Roundtables.

Cyanide Protesters Hope To Stop Train
ABC News Online
May 24th, 2007
Police say they have advised a group of protesters against a plan to flag down a freight train tonight near Urunga, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, saying they could face penalties including fines or imprisonment.

MEDIA ALERT: Locals To Stop Cyanide Train
Thursday 24th May @ 6pm Yellow Rock Road Pacific Highway (Between the Bellingen and Urunga turn off, NSW)

Protestors in Argentina Continue Their Protest Against Barrick's Famatina Gold Mining Project
Local groups in Argentina protesting Barrick's Famatina gold project, have decided not to rely on the recent reports that Barrick is abandoning the project.

Barrick bids Famatina project goodbye - Argentina
by Business News Americas staff reporters¬icia=392957
Canadian miner Barrick Gold announced in a statement that it has decided to definitively abandon the Famatina gold project in northwest Argentina's La Rioja province.

Change mining laws to reclaim our future
by Jane DanowitzSalt Lake Tribune
Unlike oil, gas and other extractive industries operating on public land, the "hard rock" metal mining companies - even if foreign owned - can take mineral resources from U.S. lands virtually for free, costing American taxpayers an estimated $100 million each year in potential royalties.

Barrick Gold CEO gives shareholders cold shoulder at AGM
Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE)
There is really only one way to deal with disgruntled shareholders: hear them out. The opposite approach - shut them off - was taken two weeks ago by Barrick Gold President and CEO, Greg Wilkins. With shareholders waiting their turn to speak, he gavelled the controversial meeting to a close, short-circuiting potentially embarrassing questions.

CANADA: Barrick Boss Gets Served
by AMY CHUNGNOW (Toronto)
Protest Barrick, a network of ab original communities from Australia, the U.S., Latin America and Asia, converged on Barrick Gold Corporation's shareholder meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre May 2 to serve the company an eviction notice from First Nation land.

May 2nd Action against Goldcorp: No More Mining Terrorism
Rights Action
Photo essay on the May 2nd GoldCorp action, organized by Rights Action in Vancouver, Canada.

Native American Group wants Barrick Gold Corporation off its Sacred Lands
Today at its annual shareholders meeting, the Barrick Gold Corporation will have to answer some tough questions from the Western Shoshone Defense Project (WSDP), a grassroots Native American group based in Nevada and supported by Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization. Dedicated to protecting the land rights and preserving the homelands of the Western Shoshone people, the WSDP is concerned about Barrick's plans to mine on Mount Tenabo and Horse Canyon, important spiritual areas in Northern Nevada and home to Shoshone creation stories.

International Day of Action: Agua sí, oro no
Pagina 12
Organizaciones ambientalistas y de damnificados por la minería a cielo abierto de Argentina, Chile, Perú, Canadá y Australia realizarán hoy una "actividad de denuncia y resistencia contra la minería a cielo abierto". Los movimientos vecinales organizados en distintos puntos del país, como Esquel y Famatina, participarán con un escrache a las oficinas de la empresa Barrick Gold en Buenos Aires.

Worldwide Anti-Barrick Day in Santiago, Chile
by María José Martínez
News Articles about the Day of Action in Santiago, Chile.

Ancash citizens start new protests against Barrick Gold
Coordinadora Nacional de Radio
Various civil society organisations of the Huaylas Callejón started a series of protests against the mining company Barrick Misquichilca. The company refuses to paralyse its exploration work on the Condorhuain mountain even though the area was declared.

Barrick protesters arrested
by Lisa WrightThe Toronto Star
May 2nd, 2007
Two anti-mining protesters were arrested this morning outside Barrick Gold Corp.'s annual meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Protest closes Porgera gold mine in PNG
by AAPThe Age
The giant Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea's Highlands has been forced to stop operations after local landowners blocked the access route to the mine. The Age sites the killing of illegal miners, but contact, Stanley Kaka of Porgera said that land owners were upset that their mining agreement hasn't been reviewed in 17 years. Now, he says that landowners are frustrated because "Barrick collected only few landowners and trying to review the mining agreement."

Barrick halts gold project after Argentines protest
Barrick Gold Corp., the world's biggest gold producer, suspended exploration at a site in northwestern Argentina last month following local protests. Barrick will wait while residents near the Famatina site, in the province of La Rioja, prepare to vote on whether to allow mining companies to use cyanide, company spokesperson Vince Borg said yesterday.

Should I wear newly mined gold?
by Lucy SiegleObserver
April 1st, 2007
Every commodity seems to have a gold sobriquet now: green gold is biofuel, white gold is cotton, black gold either coffee or oil and even bananas are being referred to as yellow gold. All, of course, commodities hoping to emulate real gold's famous ability to hold its value and keep the world turning; however chaotic the economic environment it remains a symbol of stability. Some 140,000 tonnes sit around in bank vaults while just 2,500 tonnes is mined each year. Unfortunately, even mining this quantity of gold causes a disproportionate amount of ecological chaos. Firstly, open-cast mining - bear in mind some of the largest gold reserves are visible from space - uses cyanide poured on to the land, which draws out not just gold but also toxic substances such as arsenic. And while this should be a closed process, in reality the result is widespread contamination of the surrounding environment. Then there's the problem with mercury. Just last month a new University of Nevada report found 'startlingly high' concentrations of the substance in the air around Northern Nevada's gold mines (

Famatina Says NO to Barrick Gold: Famatina Cannot Be Touched
by David ModersbachMines and Communities
In the Argentine province of La Rioja, an astonishing series of events have lead to the ouster of a corrupt pro-mining provincial governor and the apparent withdrawal of gold mining giant Barrick Gold from operations on the Famatina range. Who was responsible for these events? A small group of dedicated neighbors who are fighting tooth and nail to save their mountain range from open-pit mining exploitation.

Fighting a gold Goliath; In Chile's high Andes, a speculator battles mining firm Barrick over a land claim that could be worth millions
by Rick WestheadToronto Star
March 10th, 2007
A Chilean court agreed last fall that Villar had been wronged and ordered Barrick to return the rights to the plot. The contentious court decision, which the company is appealing, now threatens to at least delay Barrick's efforts to tap one of the world's largest undeveloped deposits of gold, silver and copper, as it wrestles with the multi-million-dollar legal claim.

In Chile, Precious Lands Often Go for a Pittance
by Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign Service
December 26th, 2006
The mountainous terrain of northern Chile is studded with precious metals, a natural cache that for years has had investors angling for land rights. So when the world's largest gold mining company targeted about 20,000 acres owned by Rodolfo Villar, a mineral speculator, he signed a contract. Only later, he said, did he realize how much the company had agreed to pay him: About $19.

Barrick in alleged tax evasion scandal
by Dar Es Salaam ReporterThis Day
November 21st, 2006
Transnational mining giant Barrick Gold Corporation has been accused of evasion and delay in payment of taxes amounting up to 2 bn/- in connection with its operations in Tanzania.

Race to rescue Russian miners
September 8th, 2006
Rescuers battled smoke and blistering temperatures on Friday to reach 31 miners trapped underground for nearly a day by a fire at a gold mine in Eastern Siberia.

"There is Death in them thar' Pits": Canada's Barrick Gold in Tanzania
by Tracy GlynnThe Dominion Paper
Small-scale miners and farmers have lost their land and livelihoods to open pit mining in Tanzania.

Barrick Gold Mining Conflict Leaves Two Dead in Perú
La Republica, Peru
May 7th, 2006
Thousands of campesinos from the 18 communities located in the high reaches of the Sechta mountains, location of the Barrick Gold Pierina Mines, protested May 6 to demand investigations and justice after the deaths of two of their members who were killed in a confrontation between police and community members. The incident took place Friday May 5, and left an additional twenty persons seriously injured, among them some policemen.

The problem of mining in the Andes? You have to move glaciers
by Oliver BalchGuardian Unlimited
May 3rd, 2006
High up in the Andes, the diggers are preparing to move in. The Pascua Lama mine, situated on the border between Argentina and Chile, promises to become one of Latin America's largest gold mines. But mining gold at 4,600 metres above sea level has its problems. The original plans of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold included "relocating" three huge glaciers - a decision since blocked by Chile's environment authorities.

Philippines Orders Cleanup of Mines Before Rains
MANILA - The Philippines said on Tuesday it had ordered owners of two mining areas in the country to clean up and improve their infrastructures before the start of the rainy season.

Protesters vow to continue gold mine protest
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
April 17th, 2006
Environmentalists are continuing to picket a New South Wales gold mine over the use of cyanide, which they claim will permanently poison the local water supply.

Officials stall on delivering water to users of contaminated wells
by Kathy HelmsGallup Independent
March 9th, 2006
Results of groundwater sampling conducted in September 2005 by New Mexico Environment Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show contaminants in 33 of 34 residential wells sampled, including elevated levels of uranium in 21 of those wells.

Chile Approves Glacier Gold Mine
by Staff WritersAgence France-Presse
February 15th, 2006
Chile Wednesday approved a controversial project by the world's leading gold producer, Barrick Gold, to tunnel for the precious metal underneath three glaciers in the northern Andes mountains.

FUTURE UNCERTAIN FOR CHILE’S PASCUA LAMA GOLD MINE: Presidential Candidates Voice Doubts About The Project
by Wanda PraamsmaSantiago Times
January 10th, 2006
The future looks uncertain for the controversial Pascua Lama gold mine project in Chile’s northern Region III. Environmental advisors to the both presidential candidates now vying for office say their new, incoming government will not support the gold mine.

Two killed after fracas at mining area
by PST Correspondent and Guardian ReporterGuardian
July 22nd, 2005
Two people have been killed and property destroyed after a fracas pitting villagers against police and operatives of the Placer Dome-owned North Mara Gold Mine erupted in Tarime District, Mara Region.

Peru strikers clash over Barrick tax ruling
March 7th, 2005
Thousands of protesters angry at a court decision to waive a $141 million tax payment levied on Canadian miner Barrick Gold Inc. clashed with riot police in Peru's central Andes on Monday, the latest in a run of anti-mining protests in the mineral-rich nation.

Scab mine workers had more severe uranium exposure
by Kathy HelmsGallup Independent
March 3rd, 2004
Israel Martinez used to work for at a uranium mine and mill. He made a good living nearly $10 an hour shoveling mud in the pitch ditch. Later on, he graduated to yellowcake. Now Martinez has pulmonary fibrosis. His medical records indicate it is from uranium exposure.

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