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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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
by JO VILLANUEVABulatat
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.

UN to tackle mercury menace
by MICHAEL RICHARDSONThe Canberra Times
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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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 CherebMercuryNews.com
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.


 

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