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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.

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.

Beyond the Headlines: Porgera in Crisis
by Sakura Saundersfrom report "Debunking Barrick"
In May 2009, Jethro Tulin was interviewed on the CBC’s As it Happens, reporting about the fact that over 300 houses were burnt down by police next to Barrick’s Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The news hit the front page of newspapers in PNG, citing the Jethro’s interviews from North America. Even the Sydney Morning Herald – the largest newspaper in Australia – ran an entire series of feature articles on the Porgera situation, while Amnesty International and the Coalition on Housing Rights and Evictions both made public statements condemning the house burnings.

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.

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 Saundersprotestbarrick.net
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.

Globe and Mail proclaims on rapes in Papua New Guinea
by Catherine Coumanshttp://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/miningwatch/2013/02/globe-and-mail-proclaims-rapes-papua-new-guinea
On February 13, The Globe and Mail’s editorial board weighed in on the important issue of rapes by security guards at Barrick’s mine in Papua New Guinea (“Give due credit to Barrick Gold”). Remarkably, The Globe determined that the deal Barrick is offering women who were raped and gang raped by employees of its Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea“seems fair.” In return for such things as “counselling, access to micro-credit and medical care” Barrick requires of a rape victim that “she will not pursue or participate in any legal action” against the company “in or outside of PNG.”

Rape Victims Must Sign Away Rights to Get Remedy from Barrick
MiningWatch, Canada Rights & Accountability in Development, EarthRights International
January 30th, 2013
Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In order to receive a remedy package, women must enter into an agreement in which “the claimant agrees that she will not pursue or participate in any legal action against PJV, PRFA [Porgera Remediation Framework Association Inc.] or Barrick in or outside of PNG. PRFA and Barrick will be able to rely on the agreement as a bar to any legal proceedings which may be brought by the claimant in breach of the agreement.”

Rape Victims Must Sign Away Rights to Get Remedy from Barrick
by MiningWatch Canada – Rights& Accountability in Development – EarthRights Internationalhttp://www.miningwatch.ca/news/rape-victims-must-sign-away-rights-get-remedy-barrick
January 30th, 2013
Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In order to receive a remedy package, women must enter into an agreement in which “the claimant agrees that she will not pursue or participate in any legal action against PJV, PRFA [Porgera Remediation Framework Association Inc.] or Barrick in or outside of PNG. PRFA and Barrick will be able to rely on the agreement as a bar to any legal proceedings which may be brought by the claimant in breach of the agreement.”

Rape Victims Must Sign Away Rights to Get Remedy from Barrick
by MiningWatch Canada – Rights& Accountability in Development – EarthRights Internationalhttp://www.miningwatch.ca/news/rape-victims-must-sign-away-rights-get-remedy-barrick
January 30th, 2013
Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In order to receive a remedy package, women must enter into an agreement in which “the claimant agrees that she will not pursue or participate in any legal action against PJV, PRFA [Porgera Remediation Framework Association Inc.] or Barrick in or outside of PNG. PRFA and Barrick will be able to rely on the agreement as a bar to any legal proceedings which may be brought by the claimant in breach of the agreement.”

Nemc’s order to Barrick: SHUT DOWN THE TOXIC TAILINGS POND
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.

Conflicts surrounding Canadian mines ‘a serious problem’
by Catherine SolyomMontreal Gazette
December 18th, 2012
Canadians abroad have long benefited from what psychologists call “the halo effect”: Because of its reputation as a peace-loving, human-rights respecting, tree-hugging land, Canada can do no wrong. But perceptions in Latin America are changing, say observers here and there, as conflicts pitting Canadian mines against local communities become entrenched and spread across continents, and the line between those companies and the Canadian government becomes increasingly blurred.

Ottawa signals shift in foreign-aid policy toward private sector
by KIM MACKRAELGlobe and Mail
November 22nd, 2012
The federal government is signalling a profound shift in its approach to foreign aid that could see Canada’s international development agency align itself more closely with the private sector and work more explicitly to promote Canada’s interests abroad.

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 protestbarrick.net
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.

War is Peace: Francophonie summit exposes Canada's hypocrisy towards the Congo
by Alain DenaultThe Dominion Paper (Canada)
October 15th, 2012
Comforted by the contradictions befitting classic Orwellian “doublespeak,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the Sommet de la Francophonie in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, over the weekend.

Dozens injured in Barrick Gold Dominican Republic protest
Dominican Today
September 28th, 2012
At least 25 people were injured Thursday by shotgun pellets in the vilage of La Cabirma amid exchange of gunfire between police and protesters who demanded that the miner Barrick Pueblo Viejo hire more workers from their community.

Peru to Investigate Death In Barrick Gold Protests
Peruvian Times
September 22nd, 2012
Cabinet chief Juan Jimenez said an investigation will be launched into the death of an individual this week during protests against Canadian mining major Barrick Gold in Peru.

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