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Houses develop cracks caused by blasting activities by Barrick Lumwana mine
Lusaka Times
October 21st, 2015
Several houses in village around Kakaindu in Manyama area of Kalumbila district have developed cracks arising from blasting activities by Barrick Lumwana mine at Chimibungu pit.

Out-of-Court Settlement Good for Some Tanzanian Villagers – But Many Others Hindered from Participation by Barrick’s Grievance Mechanism
Mining Watch Canada and RAID
February 9th, 2015
Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and MiningWatch Canada (MiningWatch) recognise the significance of the settlement, announced on Friday 6 February 2015, of claims brought by Tanzanian villagers alleging that African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining) and its subsidiary were liable, through complicity, for killing and injuring of locals at the North Mara mine by police guarding the mine. The claims, brought by leading law firm Leigh Day, were denied by the companies.

Acacia settles with Tanzanian villagers over mine fatalities
February 6th, 2015
Gold miner Acacia (ACAA.L), formerly known as African Barrick, has settled out of court with Tanzanian villagers wanting compensation in relation to fatal incidents at its North Mara mine, the law firm representing the claimants said on Friday.

Amanda Lang & Barrick Gold
by Sakura SaundersAn edited version appeared in NOW Magazine
January 16th, 2015
Before the recent conflict allegations involving Canada's biggest bank, the CBC's senior business correspondent went to bat for another corporate employer of a romantic partner

Barrick Gold faces court in London
Mining Watch
November 6th, 2014
London-based African Barrick Gold is being sued in the United Kingdom by Tanzanian villagers for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by security and police guarding the company’s North Mara mine.

Killings at UK-owned Tanzanian gold mine alarm MPs
by Tracy McVeighThe Observer
July 19th, 2014
Killings at a British-owned gold mine in east Africa have alarmed a group of MPs, lawyers and human rights campaigners, who have called on the British government to intervene.

Barrick Gold Faces Demonstration Against Human Rights, Environmental Abuses at Toronto AGM
by Tim McSorleyDeSmog
Barrick Gold's shareholders will be greeted by a familiar sight in Toronto this morning: protesters are once again gathering outside the Annual General Meeting of the world's largest gold mining company to denouce the corporation's human rights and environmental abuses.

The Killing Continues at a Canadian-Owned Mine In Tanzania
by Chris OkeVice
April 19th, 2014
In the past three years, 69 people have been killed by police at the North Mara Gold Mine, according to Wilson Mangure, a local ward councillor who has been tracking the incidents. In that same period, hundreds more have been severely injured. And the violence continues. In the first month of 2014 alone, four more people were killed, he said.

A Pattern of Abuse: Human Rights at Risk at the North Mara Mine, Tanzania
by Mining Watch, London Mining Network, Rights and Accounctability in Development, COREMining Watch Canada
March 28th, 2014
There has been a long history of violence at ABG’s North Mara mine in Tanzania (‘the Mine’), including multiple deaths and injuries caused by Tanzanian police officers who are paid by the company to protect the Mine, as well as credible evidence of rapes of women by members of the Tanzanian police and employees of the Mine’s security unit.

Tanzania's gold rush and housing crush
by Victoria SchneiderAl Jazeera
Mayenda says the Buzwagi Gold Mine is the reason the buildings collapsed, and she is not alone. Other villagers say their mud houses crack and collapse because of blasting at the open pit - Tanzania's largest. They say their children's coughs come from the dust blown over the village, and the water from the local wells is polluted from mine waste.

One dead in clash at Tanzania gold mine
Agence France Presse
January 18th, 2014
One person was killed in clashes between police and thousands of villagers who stormed a gold mine in Tanzania operated by a subsidiary of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, police said on Saturday.

African Barrick to compensate assault victims
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail
December 19th, 2013
A Canadian-owned gold company says it is giving cash payments and other compensation to 14 women who were sexually assaulted by police and security guards at its controversial North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. The case began when about 10 women alleged that they were arrested at the North Mara mine site and sexually assaulted by company security guards or Tanzanian police. The incidents occurred over a period of several years before their public disclosure in a company statement in May, 2011. The women told the investigators that they were taken to holding cells and threatened with imprisonment if they refused to have sex with the police or guards.

High Court orders African Barrick Gold to stop suing Tanzanian villagers
by Leigh Day
London-based African Barrick Gold (ABG) failed yesterday to overturn a High Court injunction that prevents them from using what the judge described as a “Tanzanian Torpedo” against victims of violence. Law firm, Leigh Day, represents Tanzanian villagers who claim that ABG and its 100% subsidiary, North Mara Gold Mine Limited (NMGML) are liable for the deaths and injuries allegedly caused by the use of excessive force by mine security and police at the companies’ mine in Tanzania. Both companies deny the allegations.

Tanzanian villagers sue London-based African Barrick Gold for deaths and injuries
Leigh Day Law Firm
July 30th, 2013
London law firm, Leigh Day, today (Tuesday 30 July) served African Barrick Gold (ABG) and North Mara Gold Mine Limited (NMGML) with legal proceedings filed in the UK High Court. The claim alleges that the companies are liable for the deaths and injuries of local villagers, including through complicity in the killing of at least 6 local villagers by police at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. The companies deny the allegations.

Gold mines collapse
the Guardian (Tanzania)
July 21st, 2013
After years of super profits, Tanzania’s gold mining sector is facing a serious crisis as gold prices tumble down this week from a record $1900 to $1,277 per ounce at the beginning of this year. As production costs at the African Barrick Gold (ABG) and Geita Gold Mine (GGM) remain high, the gold mining industry which enjoyed a boom from 2006 is now at the crossroads. Already, potential investors have shelved any plans of developing new mines following price falls at the global market.

Tanzania: Tarime Boy Drowns in Gold Mine Sand Pit
by AMBROSE WANTAIGWATanzania Daily News
July 11th, 2013
THREE people died in separate incidents in Mara Region including a fifteen-year-old boy identified as Matiko Chacha who drowned in North Mara Mine's Gokona pit, police have said.

Third extractive industry report points finger at gold mining companies: Barrick doesn't "Pay a dime" in corporate tax
by FINNIGAN WA SIMBEYETanzania Daily News
July 9th, 2013
In fact, Barrick which is the world's largest gold miner and the largest gold miner in the country with four mines, including Buzwagi whose controversial signing in 2007, may close down three of its mines without paying a dime in corporate tax.

Open letter to Corporate Knights regarding Barrick's placement at #4 on "Best 50 of 2013"
June 14th, 2013
I am writing in response to your recent "Best 50 of 2013" listing, where you place Barrick Gold in the position of 4th best corporate citizen. You acknowledged that awarding them this honour would stir controversy, as you acknowledge the company has many accusations placed against it for human rights abuses, and even the Chilean government recently shut down its Pascua Lama project due to "environmental irregularities". Still, referencing "publicly disclosed data points that can be compared across companies", you insist that Barrick is a corporate leader.

Corporate Knights defend abusive corporations
by Sakura SaundersAn edited version appeared in NOW Magazine
June 13th, 2013
You only need to check out Corporate Knights magazine’s just-issued Best 50 Corporate Citizens In Canada index to get that “clean capitalism” is all show, no substance.

Why NZ Super dumped Barrick Gold
by Tim HunterTimaru Herald via
Why NZ Super dumped Barrick Gold

New Zealand Superannuation Fund excludes Barrick Gold and subsidiary African Barrick Gold on responsible investment grounds
New Zealand Superannuation Fund
May 13th, 2013
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has excluded global mining company Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiary African Barrick Gold from its $22 billion investment portfolio on responsible investment grounds.

Barrick’s environmental foes jump on wobbly miner
April 25th, 2013
The long term outlook for Barrick shares hinges on many factors: the gold price is obviously the biggest driver, but the company also faces vociferous opposition from environmentalists and many residents around its mine sites, which should be a long term worry for shareholders.

Barrick AGM Protest in pictures
April 24th, 2013
Protesters braved the rain to send a message to shareholders of Barrick Gold: "Barrick is a toxic asset, invest in life!" (all photos

New Report! "Debunking Barrick"
by multiple authorsProtestBarrick
April 23rd, 2013
As Protest Barrick completes its sixth year of working with communities impacted by Barrick Gold, we are publishing a different kind of alternative annual report. We have noticed over the years that despite some of Barrick`s major abuses coming into light, the company has been able to maintain – within select circles – a reputation for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Meanwhile, around the world, Barrick’s name is still associated with corruption, abuse and environmental harms.

2012-13: Un mal año para Barrick
April 19th, 2013
Extracto de "Debunking Barrick", un informe anual alternativo sobre Barrick Gold.

Canada at the forefront of a controversial mining boom in Africa
by TRAVIS LUPICKGeorgia Straight
April 18th, 2013
TAMARA HERMAN WAS filming from the edge of an open-pit mine in northwest Tanzania when gunshots rang out overhead. The shots were fired in the direction of a group of artisanal miners who were panning the mine’s waste rock, but they looked more like a warning than an attempt to kill.

2012-13: A bad year for Barrick
excerpt of "Debunking Barrick", an alternative annual report on Barrick Gold
April 18th, 2013
Before you think about investing in Barrick, check out this timeline of actions against Barrick's operations around the world since last July.

CONFRONT BARRICK: 2013 AGM Protest and Alternative Annual Report!
Once a year, the board of Directors of the world’s most powerful gold mining corporation converge in downtown Toronto. This year, we're releasing a report that chronicles Barrick's lies and highlights the true stories behind their false CSR spin. Help us ensure that these stories don't get ignored.

Fury over alleged toxic leaks in Barrick mine; Tarime residents want probe, amends
by Beldina Nyakeke The Citizen (Tanzania)
March 26th, 2013
The Tarime District Council chairman, Mr Amos Sagara, has asked the government to form a task force to investigate challenges facing villages surrounding the Barrick North Mara Gold Mine and come up with a lasting solution.

Tanzania: Concern As Mine Terminates MoU With Communities
by MOSES MATTHEWTanzania Daily News
March 8th, 2013
COMMUNITIES surrounding North Mara Gold Mine have pleaded with the government to intervene in the land dispute between them and the mine operated by African Barrick Gold (ABG) after the latter terminated a memorandum of understanding between the two parties.

Economic Displacement + Water Depletion + Long-Term Pollution ≠ Sustainable Development
ProtestBarrick editor Sakura Saunders distributed this fact sheet at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto on March 5, 2013. It is just the tip of the iceberg regarding Barrick's abuses, but enough points to prove a point that Barrick does not promote sustainable development at their mine sites. The fact sheet was distributed after Saunders spoke during the question period of the CEO panel which featured Barrick CEO, Jamie Sokalsky.

Tanzania: Two Killed in Mine Invasion
by Jacob MuginiTanzania Daily News
March 4th, 2013
TWO people were on Saturday killed at the North Mara Gold Mine which is operated by African Barrick Gold (ABG), police have said. "Examination on the bodies of the deceased at the Tarime District Hospital has just been concluded and it indicates that the lady was shot on her left eye by a bullet which came out of her body through her back and we are still investigating whether the bullet was fired by our officers,' Mr Sabastian Zakaria, a senior police officer at the Tarime special regional police zone said on Sunday afternoon.

The Globe and Mail as Corporate Apologists
by Sakura
February 15th, 2013
Last week, a remediation program proposed by Barrick Gold was criticized by Mining Watch Canada and other human rights organizations for forcing victims of gang rape to sign away their rights to sue the company in exchange for receiving redress. Barrick's offer came two years after a 2011 Human Rights Watch report exposed a "pattern of violent abuses, including horrifying acts of gang rape". Mining Watch's report also criticized the fact that Barrick was offering no compensation to women who were gang raped by PNG Police, despite the fact that the police were housed, supplied and fed by Barrick during their time in Porgera.

African Barrick Sees Lowest Gold Output Since London Listing
by Thomas BiesheuvelBloomberg
February 14th, 2013
African Barrick Gold Plc, the Tanzania-focused producer of the precious metal, forecast the lowest output since its shares began trading in London in 2010 amid a review of operations to cut costs.

African Barrick disappoints as output to shrink again
by Sarah YoungReuters
February 13th, 2013
Miner African Barrick Gold forecast production would shrink for a fifth straight year and said it would focus on cutting soaring costs, after talks over a possible takeover of the firm collapsed in January.

by Beldina NyakekeThe Citizen (Tanzania)
January 26th, 2013
Mining giant African Barrick Gold was yesterday ordered to close a pit refuse facility at North Mara due to toxic leakages that are contaminating local water sources.

Thousands invade gold mine in Mara. One dead.
The Guardian Tanzania
November 9th, 2012
More than 4,000 people in Tarime District armed with traditional weapons have raided the North Mara Gold Mine (ABG) with the intention of stealing rocks rich in gold, prompting policemen who were on patrol to use weapons to disperse them, killing one person in the process.

A chronology of Canadian Government (in)action on mining abuses
by Sakura Saunders, editor
November 1st, 2012
A summary of the regulatory context of international mining in Canada, where 75% of the world's mining and exploration companies are based.

Barrick downgrades 2012 output: costs soar to $965/oz!
Mining Review
October 29th, 2012
Miner African Barrick Gold plc has downgraded its 2012 production forecast and reported soaring production costs, hurting quarterly profit, as suitor China National Gold Group Corporation (CNGGC) continues its due diligence on the company.

Tanzania to Levy Capital Gains Tax on Proposed Barrick Sale
by David Malingha DoyaBloomberg
August 30th, 2012
Tanzania’s revenue authority said it will require Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) to pay a 20 percent tax on any capital gain resulting from its proposed sale of African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) to China National Gold Group Corp.

Activists want Barrick taxed on gains
by PIUS RUGONZIBWA Daily News Tanzania
August 22nd, 2012
STAKEHOLDERS have called for the government to hurriedly charge and collect Capital Gains Tax from the African Barrick Gold (ABG) following reports that its mother company, Barrick Gold, intends to sell off its stakes to a Chinese investor.

For Barrick, Tanzanian mines lose their lustre
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail
August 16th, 2012
Barrick Gold Corp.’s mining operations in Africa have been a publicity nightmare for the company for years, but until now the company had always seemed confident that the mines were profitable enough to withstand the damage to its reputation.

Tanzania: New Local Pension Law Unfair
by Ngwegwe MussaEast Africa Business Week
August 13th, 2012
The newly introduced pension law in Tanzania that requires any employee to reach a maturely age of 55 years in order to retrieve his benefits has continued to get criticisms from majority of Tanzanians especially those in the private sectors. Recently different employees working with the mines of African Barrick Gold in Buryankulu (western Tanzania) aired their concerns on the newly signed law saying it was unfair and, they are willing to stage protests against it.

Ministry to meet Barrick over Mara mine conflicts
by Jacob MuginiDaily News
July 15th, 2012
ENERGY and Minerals Ministry will soon meet with African Barrick Gold (ABG) management to find lasting solutions on recurrent conflicts between the Canadian miner and the local communities surrounding North Mara Gold Mine.

Tanzanian Representative Illegally denied Entry into Barrick Gold AGM
May 2nd, 2012
Amani Mhinda traveled from Tanzania to speak out against Barrick Gold's abuses at their mines sites there. However, despite holding a legal proxy to enter the meeting, his entry to that meeting was denied. "As part of Civil Society Movement in Tanzania and Citizens of Tanzania we would like an end to atrocities and human rights abuses which has come to be associated with Canadian mining investment. I am here to represent Ms. Otaigo, who died in April because she drank poisonous water next to Barrick's North Mara Mine," said Amani. "Clearly, Barrick denied my entrance because they wanted to cover up the abuses that their company is responsible for." Other advocates were able to attend Barrick's meeting, reading statements from the communities in Papua New Guinea and an Indigenous community in Northern Chile.

Barrick launches new corporate social responsibility advisory board
by Craig WongThe Canadian Press
March 2nd, 2012
Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is setting up a new corporate social responsibility advisory board that includes former Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler. "I guess the question in my mind is what an advisory committee is going to tell them that isn't already quite well known and documented...and where the solutions have also been proposed and they're actually just awaiting implementation," said Jamie Kneen of Mining Watch Canada.

Meet whistleblower who paid through the nose
February 19th, 2012
A personal story about how Barrick sabotaged a fact-finding mission to visit their mine sites with the religious community from Canada.

Villagers blame goldmine for unfair compensation
The Guardian (Tanzania)
January 9th, 2012
Kakola Namba Tisa villagers in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region, have lodged complaints against the Bulyahulu Goldmine owned by Barrick Tanzania for failing to compensate them fairly after the company took their land.

Mining companies in Tanzania yet to pay raised royalty fees
January 2nd, 2012
Tanzanians are yet to start benefiting from the new mining law which raised royalty paid on precious minerals including gold from three to four per cent because mining companies haven’t migrated to the new tax regime.

African Barrick Gold Mine faces multimillion dollar suit
the Guardian (Tanzania)
December 25th, 2011
Afrcan Barrick Gold (ABG) faces a multimillion court battle following its draconian decisions taken two years ago to freeze payments to Mwanza based firm, Simba Pipe Line, under the allegations of frauds.

DJ Tanzania Inflation Rate Soars Over Food Shortage
The Financial
December 18th, 2011
Tanzania, Africa's third largest gold producer is also grappling with acute power shortages, blamed in lower water levels at its main hydro power stations. Power shortages have compelled the state power utility, Tanzania Electricity Supply Co. to embark on nation-wide rationing as it seeks to balance demand and supply. The country was hit by several months of drought late last year and earlier this year, affecting water levels at its hydro power stations and hitting its rain-fed agriculture.

Barrick Gold blamed for neglecting sick workers
by Joseph Mchekadonathe Guardian (Tanzania)
December 15th, 2011
African Barrick Gold (ABG) sick workers and some ex-workers residing in Dar es Salaam have complained about ill-treatment by their management and also of substandard services at the hotel they are residing.

End of the Barrick Gold Lawsuit: Écosociété Settles Out of Court
October 20th, 2011
At the conclusion of a judicial struggle that has lasted three and a half years, Éditions Écosociété has arrived at an out-of-court agreement with the multinational Barrick Gold. In order to put an end to the proceedings that Barrick Gold instituted against it in April 2008 for the sum of 6 million dollars, and for this reason only, Éditions Écosociété is ceasing the publication of the book Noir Canada and made a payment to Barrick through their insurer.

Once again a SLAPP against Noir Canada!
by Dominique Caouette, Catherine Dorion, Louis Dumont, Francis Dupuis-Déri, Jean-Marc Larouche, Lucie Lemonde, Normand Mousseau, Christian Nadeau, Pierre Noreau, Marcelo Otero, Éric Pineault, Michel Seymour, Sid Ahmed Soussi, Pierre Trudel et Daniel TurpFree Speech at Risk
After three years of lobbying by the mining company Barrick Gold against the authors of Noir Canada and the publisher Écosociété, and pending a trial that was the culmination of a SLAPP, Barrick Gold has signed an out of court settlement with the authors and the publisher.

Barrick’s Tanzanian project tests ethical mining policies
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail
The Globe and Mail asks: How did a leading Canadian corporate citizen and the world’s top gold producer get itself into this contradiction? And why does Barrick continue mining in a place where bloodshed and corruption seem inescapable?

Barrick Gold’s Tanzanian headache
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail, Report on Business Magazine
September 30th, 2011
Geoffrey York reports in the Globe and Mail's Business magazine, over 11 pages with colour photos on Barrick's mine in North Mara 'As long as Tanzanians are forced to choose between dying for a living and the potential wealth that they can gain by invading Barrick’s gold mine, the bloodshed at North Mara is likely to continue. Weapons and walls are a poor solution.'

Pay Dirt?
by Michelle SlaterCastlemaine Independent
July 27th, 2011
Can gold ever be ethical?

North Mara investors risk being kicked out
by FLORIAN KAIJAGEthe Guardian (Tanzania)
June 19th, 2011
Tarime District residents have threatened to halt mining gold operations at North Mara, Nyamongo area, if the mine proprietors, African Barrick Gold, continue dishonouring an agreement with communities in the mine’s neighbourhoods.

In an African mine, the lust for gold sparks a deadly clash
by GEOFFREY YORKThe Globe and Mail
June 8th, 2011
The morning of May 16 began like many others. Carrying hammers and rucksacks, hundreds of Tanzanian villagers trudged to the mountain of waste rock at dawn expecting to make another illicit deal with the heavily armed police who protect it. Two hours later, at least five villagers were dead and many others wounded – gunned down by police at the gold mine owned by a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation of Toronto.

Tanzanians Killed at Barrick’s North Mara Mine Not Forgotten
Munk OUT of UofT campaign
Approximately 70 people gathered today at a commemoration held for the seven individuals killed in Tanzania at African Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine. Public outcry over this violence has been amplified by recent reports that local security/police forces employed by the mine have attempted to ban a memorial ceremony for the deceased. To the horror of many local families, these security forces also stole 5 of the 7 peoples’ bodies from the mortuary.

Gold mine saga sign of things to come
by Mobhare MatinyiThe Citizen - TANZANIA
June 2nd, 2011
Once again, Tanzanians are mourning the deaths of five of their fellow citizens shot dead by police on May 16, at the African Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine in Tarime District, Mara Region.

Claims of sexual abuses in Tanzania blow to Barrick Gold
by Geoffrey YorkThe Globe and Mail
May 30th, 2011
Just two weeks after the fatal shooting of seven people at one of its Tanzanian gold mines, Barrick Gold Corp. is investigating allegations of sexual assault by about a dozen police and security guards at the same violence-plagued mine.

‘Engaging in journalism activities without permission’
by Jocelyn EdwardsThe Toronto Star
May 29th, 2011
Given that I had been followed around the tiny town for two days by men in ’80s-style wraparound sunglasses, it wasn’t really a surprise to me when I finally got arrested last Thursday in northern Tanzania.

Toronto Star reporter arrested, deported for investigating North Mara murders
by Jocelyn EdwardsThe CANADIAN PRESS
May 28th, 2011
Engaging in journalism activities without permission: Journalist, Jocelyn Edwards' account of being arrested and detained in Tanzania trying to investigate recent killings at Barrick Gold's North Mara mine.

Barrick's Bodysnatchers: Wanton killings, criminalization, and degradation continue at the North Mara Mine in Tanzania
by Sakura Saunders, co-editor protestbarrick.netThe Dominion Paper (Canada)
May 26th, 2011
On May 16, over a thousand people entered a mine in northern Tanzania, desperate to collect whatever gold they could from the modern industrial site that used to be their bread and butter. But instead of providing the displaced artisanal miners with a boost to their meager income, the day ended in horror. Seven men were killed, and at least a dozen wounded when police unleashed a hail of bullets.

TANZANIA: Lissu, six others in court
May 25th, 2011
Singida East Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu and six other people yesterday appeared before a Tarime District court magistrate to answer charges of illegal entry into a mortuary and holding an unlawful meeting.

Tanzanian lawmakers arrested at funeral
Agence France Presse
May 25th, 2011
Tanzanian police said Wednesday they had arrested two lawmakers from the main opposition party Chadema while they attended the funeral of the villagers killed in clashes at a gold mine.

MPs, journalits in court over North Mara dispute
Daily News (Tanzania)
May 24th, 2011
SINGIDA East Member of Parliament Tundu Antipas Lissu (Chadema) along with seven other people on Tuesday appeared before Tarime District Court in Mara Region, charged with instigating people to cause violence.

Families accuse police of stealing bodies of Tanzanians killed at Canadian mine
by Jocelyn EdwardsThe Toronto Star
May 24th, 2011
Police stormed the mortuary late Monday night and forcibly removed bodies belonging to four of the five men shot, witnesses said. The fifth body, which relatives allege was mistreated, had already been buried and was not in the mortuary.

Mara gunshot victims set to be laid to rest
by Beldina Nyakeke The Citizen (Tanzania)
May 23rd, 2011
Mr Lissu said that the aim of the post-mortem was to identify exactly which parts of the bodies of the deceased were shot by the Police. He explained that people knew that the deaths were caused by bullets but didn’t know which parts of the bodies were affected by the bullets. He said the examination would help them to find out if they were killed accidentally or police intended to kill them.

Memorial for dead banned at Canadian gold mine in Africa
by Jocelyn EdwardsThe Toronto Star
May 23rd, 2011
Families of the five men killed by security forces of a Canadian mine are furious after that were denied permission to hold a memorial service Tuesday at African Barrick’s gold mine in North Mara.

Tarime killings: The inside story
by George Maratothe Guardian (Tanzania)
May 22nd, 2011
Breach of trust within the unholy trinity comprising the police, company staff and youngsters pinning their livelihood on proceeds from the sale of gold concentrates, has emerged as the source of the high tension between North Mara Gold Mine and the neighbouring Nyamongo locality.

Controlling the damage to gold mining’s gritty image
by Lisa WrightThe Star
May 21st, 2011
Two words instantly come to mind in cynical business circles when a tragedy occurs under a big company’s watch: damage control.

Angry Nyamongo villagers attack MP
the Guardian (Tanzania)
May 19th, 2011
Angry Nyamongo villagers yesterday pelted the Tarime Member of Parliament, Nyambari Nyangwine (CCM) and journalists with stones near North Mara Gold mine, the scene of bloody clashes earlier this week.

Black eye for Barrick taints Canada, critic says
by Lisa Wright, Business reporterThe Star
May 19th, 2011
Barrick Gold Corp. has tainted Canada’s international mining image, say industry observers, as police and company officials investigate why seven people were killed at the gold giant’s troubled Tanzanian mine.

Angry Nyamongo villagers attack MP
The Guardian (Tanzania)
May 19th, 2011
Angry Nyamongo villagers yesterday pelted the Tarime Member of Parliament, Nyambari Nyangwine (CCM) and journalists with stones near North Mara Gold mine, the scene of bloody clashes earlier this week.

Social Conflict leaves seven dead at the hands of Barrick security in Tanzania
May 19th, 2011
Confrontations between local people and mining security are not uncommon near Barrick's North Mara mine in Tanzania. As Bloomberg journalist Cam Simpson reported in his feature story about the mine, "Security guards and federal police allegedly have shot and killed people scavenging the gold-laced rocks to sell for small amounts of cash, according to interviews with 28 people, including victims’ relatives, witnesses, local officials and human-rights workers." These conflicts take place in the context of forced displacement, destroyed livelihoods and farmlands, and the on-going poisoning of local residents that characterizes Barrick's North Mara mine.

Investigate Barrick claims of fuel theft, say Lake Zone residents
The Citizen Correspondent
May 18th, 2011
MWANZA, TANZANIA. Some Lake zone residents are still putting pressure on African Barrick Gold after the company announced that fuel theft at its Buzwagi mine had prompted it to cut its gold production forecast.Those who spoke to thispaper maintained that the company’s announcement of late last year that it (the company) had uncovered what it termed as ‘organised and systematic’ fuel theft at the mine, prompting the suspension of some of its workers, may not be true.

North Mara’s message to government
by Beldina Nyakeke The Citizen (Tanzania)
May 17th, 2011
Relatives of people who were shot dead by police at Barrick North Mara gold mine have refused to take their bodies for burial until the government assures them on its plans to end calamities of that nature once and for all. Speaking here yesterday, they said that they were tired of the recurrence of such incidents in which their relatives have been losing their lives.

FP: Seven ‘intruders’ killed at African Barrick mine
by Peter KovenFinancial Post
May 17th, 2011
When Barrick Gold Corp. spun its African properties into a new company last year, investors knew they were being sold high-risk assets that had their share of problems. But they didn’t imagine this.

Tanzania: Killings and Toxic Spill Tarnish Barrick Gold
by Zahra MolooToward Freedom
The Thigithe River in North Mara, Tanzania meanders through scattered villages and clumps of trees in a vast expanse of land ringed by hills close to the Kenyan border. Nearby, an enormous, sprawling mound of rocks and stones several meters high reaches up from the earth. This is the region's notorious gold mine, operated by African Barrick Gold, a subsidiary of the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation. The mine has a reserve of an estimated 2.95 million ounces of gold.

Informe narrativo: Manifestación contra reunión de accionistas de la Barrick, movilizando en apoyo a comunidades afectadas
El equipo está actualmente en Toronto, Canadá, para la reunión anual general de la Barrick Gold y nuestra quinta gira con comunidades afectadas. Este año participan representantes de comunidades de Papua Nueva Guinea, y esperamos (si logren sus visas) que se sumarán desde Tanzania y las Filipinas también.

REPORT BACK: Barrick shareholder protest, mobilising in support of impacted communities
The team is currently in Toronto, Canada for the Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and our 5th speaking tour with Barrick mining impacted communities. This year we are joined by Papua New Guinean community and hopefully (visas permitting) community from Tanzania and the Philippines.

PHOTOS: Activist Protest Against Barrick Gold
On Wednesday, over 100 activists protested against Barrick Gold outside the Metro Convention Centre, where Barrick Gold was holding its annual shareholders' meeting.

African Barrick Gold Clean Up Your Act! People and Livestock Threatened in Tanzania
On Thursday 21 April Sally and Adriana handed out flyers to shareholders at the first African Barrick annual general meeting in London. The flyer focused on Barrick's North Mara mine in Tanzania and the devastating impacts on the environment and community.

Statement and Questions from Tanzania at Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting, 27 April 2011
Pieter Blasedow read the statement and questions on behalf of the Lawyer Environmental Action Team/Friends of the Earth Tanzania at Barrick Gold's shareholder meeting, April 27, 2011

Report Back from Barrick Gold AGM: Access Denied to Proxy and Shareholder
Up to 200 people attended the rally to confront Barrick Gold outside their shareholder meeting in Toronto. shareholder and proxy were refused into the AGM and Papuan New Guinea representatives were held up in getting into Canada so missed their opportunity to make a statement to Barrick Shareholders and the Board of Directors, however, questions were asked on behalf of community in Tanzania.

[Espanol] AMIGOS DE LA TIERRA INTERNACIONAL SE SUMA A PROTESTAS CONTRA BARRICK GOLD '¡Barrick Gold limpien el desastre! Derecho a la vida por encima de las ganancias del oro'
TORONTO [CANADÁ], 27 de abril, 2011 – Hoy, durante la asamblea general anual (AGM) de la empresa minera Barrick Gold en Toronto (Canadá), Amigos de la Tierra Internacional apoya un fuerte llamado de las comunidades del mundo a detener la minería de oro y las prácticas destructivas de Barrick Gold. Campañistas están presentes en la asamblea y se sumaron a una manifestación frente al lugar. Barrick Gold, la minera de oro más grande del mundo, ha sido objeto de muchos estudios que documentan violaciones a los derechos humanos y devastación ambiental a nivel mundial, en países como Filipinas, Tanzania y Australia.

AUDIO: Activists protest against Barrick Gold
by John BonnarRabble
April 27th, 2011
On Wednesday, over 100 activists protested against Barrick Gold outside the Metro Convention Centre, where Barrick Gold was holding its annual shareholders' meeting.

TORONTO [CANADA], April 27, 2011 – Today, during the annual general meeting (AGM) of mining company Barrick Gold in Toronto (Canada), Friends of the Earth International is supporting a loud call from communities around the world for a halt to gold mining and Barrick Gold's destructive practices. Campaigners are present at the meeting and join a protest rally outside the meeting venue. Barrick Gold, the largest gold miner in the world, has been the subject of many documented studies of human rights abuses and environmental devastation globally, including in the Philippines, Tanzania and Australia.

CONFRONT BARRICK GOLD: mobilise in support of impacted communities
RSVP via Facebook
April 19th, 2011
Once a year, the board of Directors of the world's most powerful gold miner converge in downtown Toronto. Join us and representatives from mining-impacted communities to... CONFRONT BARRICK GOLD! WHEN: Wednesday 27 April 2011 @ 10.30AM WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto

Mining firm at loggerheads again with Tarime residents
by Ray Naluyaga, The Citizen Bureau ChiefThe Citizen (Tanzania)
January 22nd, 2011
Conflicts between mines and communities surrounding them has in most parts of Africa been the normal way of life as exemplified by the case of North Mara Gold Mine operating in Tarime, north-eastern Tanzania. Since the entering of Barrick Gold there, endless conflicts pitting the company and surrounding communities have been the order of the day.

ProtestBarrick: A year in review 2010
This has been an exciting year for the ProtestBarrick team.

The hidden price behind the yellow metal's glitter: Ruthless production policies ignore poverty of indigenous people
Los Angeles Times
Naymongo, Tanzania: Barrick Gold Corp's North Mara mine near the Tanzanian border with Kenya disgorges millions of pounds of waste rock each week, piled high around communities where almost half the people live on less than 33 cents (Dh1.2) a day.

Shooting Gold Diggers at Barrick African Mine Coincides With Record Prices
by Cam SimpsonBloomberg
Barrick Gold Corp.’s North Mara mine near the Tanzanian border with Kenya disgorges millions of pounds of waste rock each week, piled high around communities where almost half the people live on less than 33 cents a day.

Money really can buy anything – even at the University of Toronto
by Gerald CaplanGlobe and Mail
December 17th, 2010
Last year the Munk Foundation agreed with U of T to establish a new School of Global Affairs to replace the Munk Centre. Ms. McQuaig and Mr. Brooks fear Mr. Munk might be buying influence over the nature of what goes on within the new school – say the choice of faculty and courses –which the university pooh-poohs as unthinkable. As it happens, two weeks after their book was completed, Ms. McQuaig received the actual Memorandum of Agreement between the Munk Foundation and the governing council of U of T, dated Nov. 23, 2009 and duly signed by both. (It’s now been made accessible by the university here.) The memorandum, which I hope will be reproduced in the paperback version of The Trouble With Billionaires, makes the book’s concerns quite plausible.

PhD grad rejects diploma. Masrour Zoghi rejected his Ph.D to protest campus corporatization, cites Munk donation
by Dylan C. RobertsonThe Varsity
November 23rd, 2010
The mathematics doctorate was visiting from Vancouver and had originally planned on rejecting his diploma. Speaking with The Varsity en route to his convocation ceremony, Zoghi explained that he was upset with what he refers to as an increasing corporatization of the University of Toronto. His main issue of concern was the new Munk School of Global Affairs, launched after a $35 million donation from Peter Munk and his wife. Munk is Chairman of Barrick Gold, a mining company registered in Canada.

Munk’s dubious mining morality
by John McKay, Liberal MP, OttawaThe CANADIAN PRESS
Re: Lack of support for mining bill, Letter Oct. 31 Barrick Gold Corp.’s Peter Munk raises three very dubious moral arguments in his triumphalist celebration of the defeat of C-300. The first is that mining is important to our economy. True. Apparently as long as it is generating wealth for Canada, abuse of basic human rights, degradation of the host country’s environment, and criminal code offences are okay. Interesting moral equation.

Tanzania: Lipumba Wants Compensation for Tigite River Victims
by Ray Naluyaga 26 October 2010The Citizen
The Civic United Front (CUF) presidential candidate, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba has called on the government to compensate the Tigite River victims in Tarime district in Mara region.

Barrick hit by criminal gang
October 15th, 2010
African Barrick Gold yesterday slashed its 2010 production target for the second time in three months after claiming it had discovered alleged fuel theft at its new Buzwagi mine, sending its shares down.

Students abandon school for gold, prostitution in Tarime
by Damas MwitaThis Day
August 24th, 2010
The future of many students in Tarime remains bleak as they continue to drop out of school due to various reasons such as early marriages, pregnancy and gold mining.

Testimony before Canadian Parliament re Barrick & Porgera JV (Papua New Guinea)
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
In October & November 2009, the Canadian House of Commons' Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs & Intl. Development held hearings on "Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability". The following statements were made regarding issues including allegations of killings, rape & other security problems involving personnel at the Porgera Joint Venture in Papua New Guinea, as well as the Porgera mine's environmental impacts. (Barrick Gold holds a large majority stake of the Porgera Joint Venture.)

Breaches of Freedom of Association Rife at AngloGold, Barrick Gold Mines in Tanzania
ICEM in Brief
The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions workshops in Tanzania on 12-13 March reveal blatant abuses of freedom of association by subsidiary mining enterprises of AngloGold Ashanti and Barrick Gold. The workshops were done specifically for ICEM affiliate Tanzania Association of Mining and Construction Workers’ Union (TAMICO), under the auspices of ICEM’s Sub-Saharan African Regional Organisation (SSARO), with ICEM President Senzeni Zokwana and ICEM/SSARO staff person Fabian Nkomo leading the important sessions.

Barrick Gold moves to block mining book
CBC News
May 12th, 2010
The threat of legal action from mining giant Barrick Gold has forced Vancouver-based Talonbooks to postpone publication of a book about the Canadian mining industry.

Barrick Gold year in Review: One Company, 9 Countries, Countless abuses
by Sakura Saunders, editor
April 26th, 2010
From mass poisonings and mass mobilizations in the Dominican Republic, to damning reports in PNG and Tanzania to lawsuits in Chile and the US, Barrick has had its hands full this year in dealing with mounting opposition to its mines. In this Year in Review, you'll find out the ways that Barrick has damaged communities around the world and the many ways that communities are fighting back and demanding justice.

Those Bricks Barrick Gold Dropped on Publishers
by Philip
April 21st, 2010
How many readers of The Tyee or Canadians outside Quebec are aware that the same Barrick Corp., on whose board sit such eminences as Brian Mulroney, has been engaged in using SLAPPs -- Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation -- against two small presses, one in Quebec, one based in Vancouver, that have published or announced an intention to publish books that this august corporation finds offensive to its image? It took a March 25 op-ed article in Le Devoir, the independent Montreal daily (not beholden to the powerful media interests that control so many of Canada's leading newspapers) to alert me to the situation.

Investigation of trace metal concentrations in soil, sediments and waters in the vicinity of “Geita Gold Mine” and “North Mara Gold Mine” in North West Tanzania (with Barrick Response)
by Åsgeir R. Almå s, Charles Kweyunga and Mka bwa LK Manoko Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Between October and November 2009, the Interfaith Group in Tanzania launched a study report that had been commissioned to look into metal sediments in soil, water, and plants. Barrick Gold Corporation issued a counter-report. Here are the original report and the Response to Barrick in which the consultants defend their findings. There is also a link to all statements from Barrick Gold Corporation.

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.

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.

Once Upon a Water Source
by Jessie Boylan
Freelance photojournalist, Jessie Boylan visits community impacted by Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine in Tanzania after their land and lives were dramatically impacted by toxic contamination from a leakage at the mine site in May 2009.

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.

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.

CIDA's Anti-oversight Agenda
by Sakura Saunderseditor,
October 15th, 2009

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.

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.

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.

Download the full report here.

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.

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.

** 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Barrick Cuts 200 Jobs at North Mara Mine in Tanzania (Update1)
by Sarah McGregor Bloomberg
March 9th, 2009
Barrick Gold Corp. cut more than 200 jobs and shut one of three pits at its North Mara mine in northern Tanzania after theft and vandalism increased costs.

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.

Middle East & Africa: Mining – Tarnishing Canada’s name
Ethical Corporation
February 10th, 2009
With many African mining firms about to face bankruptcy, foreign investors’ ability to creating sustainable mining communities will be tested. Shielded from public view by their giant rivals BHP Billiton and AngloAmerican, a cluster of small Canadian firms has quietly revolutionised African mining.

The Real Price of Gold
by Brook LarmerNational Geographic
February 10th, 2009
Like many of his Inca ancestors, Juan Apaza is possessed by gold. Descending into an icy tunnel 17,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes, the 44-year-old miner stuffs a wad of coca leaves into his mouth to brace himself for the inevitable hunger and fatigue. For 30 days each month Apaza toils, without pay, deep inside this mine dug down under a glacier above the world's highest town, La Rinconada. For 30 days he faces the dangers that have killed many of his fellow miners—explosives, toxic gases, tunnel collapses—to extract the gold that the world demands.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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`.

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.

Africa Files
November 24th, 2008
Special issue on Canadian role in mining in Canada -- Resource Extraction

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.

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.

Review of Allan Lissner's show: Someone Else's Treasure
by Paul York
October 25th, 2008
Report on OCIC showing of Allan Cedillo Lissner's photos from Tanzania, by Paul York of the Toronto Mining Support Group, affiliated with ProtestBarrick

Someone Else's Treasure: photo exhibit by Allan Cedillo Lissner
October 15th, 2008
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.

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``.

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.

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.

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.

Paul York with Students Against Climate Change defends his recent action against Barrick chairman, Peter Munk

Freedom of expression under attack: Écosociété hit by a SLAPP

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Rural electrification scheme gets USD28m push
by Felix AndrewIPP Media: GUARDIAN
The government`s rural electrification programme has received a major financial boost from the mining giant, Barrick Gold Tanzania which has injected USD28m into the national project.

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.

"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.

Six Villagers Killed in Barrick's North Mara Mine
by Tundu LissuLawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT)
June 17th, 2006
Folks, It's bad news again. Over two weeks ago, on June 1, security guards employed by Barrick Gold Corp. at the North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District, Northern Tanzania shot dead a villager who was alleged to have illegally entered the Mine complex.

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.

Human Rights Commission Issues Injunction Order Against Tarime Gold Mine and Four Others
by Tundu LissuLawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT)
November 24th, 2003
The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance today issued an order of interim injunction [pdf] against the Afrika Mashariki Gold Mine (AMGM), its Canadian parent company Placer Dome (now owned by Barrick Gold) and three officials in Tarime District. The order seeks to prevent them from carrying on a campaign intended to force Nyangoto village residents in Nyabirama area to accept inadequate compensation from the two companies.

Bulyanhulu: Special Investigative Report - The Men Who Moil for Gold
The Varsity Special Report
April 15th, 2002
What happened in 1996 when a Canadian-owned mining company took possession of the largest gold find in East Africa. By Stephen Kerr and Kelly Holloway, published in the Varsity and the Atkinsonian. Available here as a PDF file (1.7 MB).

EXPORTING DESTRUCTION: Report Says EDC is Putting People and the Environment at Risk
by Asad IsmiCCPA Monitor, November 2001
This article mentions several mining operations, including Barrick's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine (Tanzania).


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