The Cortez Mine on Shoshone territory. The Shoshone have long accused the US, and now the Canadian government, of systematically ignoring their territorial rights in favour of multi-national corporations. Photo: Sandra Cuffe
All is not quiet on the western front.
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.
Home to fifty-seven percent of the world's
mining companies, Canada
leads the way in the global mining industry. But people the world over are
raising complaints describing the mining industry as Canada's number one
contribution to global injustice. Complaints include the displacement of
indigenous communities, families being torn apart, destroyed livelihoods,
ruined ecosystems and the erosion of ancient indigenous cultures.
Please join Toronto based photographer
Allan Cedillo Lissner to discuss Someone
Else's Treasure, an ongoing documentary project shedding light
on the experiences of people around the world – including the
Philippines, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Chile, and Canada –
whose lives have been impacted by the global mining industry.
Emotions ran high during the release of a religious leaders' report on mining yesterday, with Anglican Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa held back tears when viewing a documentary on the life of communities evicted from their land to pave the way for large scale mining activities. Read More »
Jethro Tulin, Ipili, Papua New Guinea, speaking out about human rights abuses at the hands of Barrick Gold.
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
This photograph is taken on 25th of July 2008 at the Porgera Hospital during the postmortem of the dead body that was shot by the Barrick Gold's Security Guards on 22nd July 2008 at the village located above the entrance to the underground mine (Weingima village).
On the evening of July 22nd, Barrick security guards open fired on the local villages using high powered assault raffles, M16 and shot guns on the harmless villages. The reckless use of excessive force resulted in instant death of the late Gipson Umbi. In the last few weeks, three more locals have died under mysteries circumstances at the mine site.
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Tonight a number of activists with Protest Barrick Toronto crashed an African Medical Research and Education Foundation (AMREF) gala, for which Barrick was a "Gold" sponsor. While not criticizing AMREF work, the protesters were critical of the NGO's praise of Barrick's work in Africa. They passed out fliers to gala participants until they were escorted out by AMREF security.
They highlighted the still unresolved Bulyanhulu massacre, the forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of people at the Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi mines, the current jailing of 13 villagers for protesting displacement at Barrick's Buzwagi mine, and the lack of tax revenues that goes to the people of Tanzania.
These issues have previously been highlighted by reputable Tanzanian organizations such as the Lawyer's Environmental Action Team (LEAT) and Norwiegan Church Aid in Tanzania.
The world's largest gold mining company is
claiming from the small not-for-profit publisher and the authors of
"Noir Canada", $5 million in compensatory damages, and $1 million in
punitive damages, which represent 25 times the annual operating revenue
On the one-year anniversary of the road blockade in Peña Negra and "ouster" of Barrick Gold from the Famatina mountain range, it has been confirmed that Barrick Gold, with the complicity of the national and provincial government, has been secretly constructing a new entry road into the backside of the mountain. Read More »
Greg Palast will interview Indigenous People who are fighting Barrick Gold's operations on their lands.
The night will include an interview with Human Rights Defenders working
on the Bulyanhulu massacre in Tanzania. The Bulyanhulu mine is owned
and operated by Barrick Gold, the largest gold mining company in the
Thursday 1st May @ 5pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Sponsored by: ProtestBarrick.net, Friends of the Earth
Australia, Mineral Policy Institute, Norwegian Church Aid Tanzania,
SaveLakeCowal.org, Akali Tange Association
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Guanaco near Pascua Lama Project
Argentina National Ombudsperson: Suspend Mining Operations in San Guillermo National Park
Barrick's Pascua-Lama and 10 mining projects others in jeopardy
San Juan, Argentina: Argentine national Ombudsperson Eduardo Mondino has recommended that metals mining exploration and operations be immediately suspended in a zone in the northwest of the province of San Juan. The report is based upon evidence presented in a lawsuit filed by environmentalist Ricardo Vargas in the Argentine supreme court.
This high-mountain zone of the Andes range, containing the UNESCO-protected San Guillermo wilderness, is home to unique and widely biodiverse species ranging from llamas to mountain lions to lichens, and harbors the glacier systems which produce the water vital for the agricultural provinces below. This zone, known to mining firms as "Argentina's Gold Belt" is slated to be Argentina's next "Mining Sacrifice Zone," a center of mining exploration and activity, with dozens of firms, led by Barrick Gold, carrying out exploration and mining activities, in a context of political corruption, plunder and corporate favoritism.
The lawsuit (Nº 5945/04, titled "VARGAS, RICARDO, Regarding Environmental Damages Caused by Mining Operations in the Province of San Juan"), is waiting to be heard in the Argentine Supreme Court, but is already producing repercussions for the mining industry. The lawsuit claims that Barrick Gold's mining operation Pascua Lama has been illegally permitted by the province of San Juan. The justification is based on multiple grounds: First, that the contamination, health effects and extraction of water resources will extend to and harm multiple provinces; second, that the project is being built in the very heart of the UNESCO-protected San Guillermo World Biosphere Reserve; and finally, that the bi-national nature of these projects demands a federal-level environmental approval process, which was never carried out.
The lawsuit will halt all mining projects in the zone, including Pascua Lama and some ten other projects in advanced stages of progress, and subject them to a new Federal-level Environmental Impact Review process.
Mondino, the national Public Ombudsperson, visited the region last week and collected evidence of the growing effects of mining activities upon public health, cancer rates and drinking water contamination. The report published demonstrates the multi-provincial plume of contamination and desertification already created by mining operations such as Barrick's Veladero; and indicates the alarming extent to which further mining operations will affect the region in general. The ombudsperson's report is directed to the National Parks Administration, the Government of the province of San Juan and the Federal Government.
Vargas, a former high-mountain guide intimately familiar with the San Guillermo reserve, has been struggling against the proliferation of mining projects in the zone for some eight years. His lawsuit is part of a surge of activism against mining projects in San Juan, on the part of citizens alarmed not only by Barrick's Pascua-Lama/Veladero project, but by the proliferation of literally dozens of projects in this emerging national mining sacrifice zone.
National University of Rosario
Encuentro por la Biodiversidad
photo: Benny Zable protesting Barrick's mine at Lake Cowal
This April and May, hear voices of communities directly affected by the operations of Barrick Gold. "Meet the Resistance" brings together community voices from Australia, Papua New Guinea, the U.S., and Chile to share their experiences in going up against the world's largest gold miner.