|Land dispute sends farmers, Barrick Gold back to court|
February 11th, 2016
Cotui, Dominican Republic. Hundreds of farmers on Thursday are gathered at the Sanchez Ramirez province (central) Land Court, site of the fifth hearing in their case against the miner Barrick Gold. Hundreds of people have sued the mining company to demand payment for the farmers’ properties.
|Court to hear injunction request against Barrick Gold extractions in Dominican Republic|
April 22nd, 2015
Sanchez Ramirez province (northeast) Civil Court judge Jacqueline Y. Ramos will hear on April 28 the request for an injunction to halt mining against Barrick Gold’s local operation Pueblo Viejo Dominicana filed by the missionary Rafael Guillén, EFE reports.
|Unveiling Medals, Veiling Abuse: A profile of the mines sourcing PanAm Medals|
by compiled by Sakura Saunders
March 3rd, 2015
Barrick Gold and the Royal Canadian Mint today unveiled the design of the medals to be awarded to athletes at this summer's PanAm games. 4,000 competitions medals will be awarded during the course of both the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games. But why are we using this opportunity to promote the irresponsible practice of open pit gold mining, especially considering that we get more than enough gold these days from recycled sources? Specifically, why are we celebrating a mining company whose abuses are well documented and widespread. To illustrate my point, let's look at the three mines highlighted as the sources of the PanAm medals.
|Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’
by Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera
January 28th, 2015
If the beauty and clean water of Loma Miranda is the before of mining projects in the Dominican Republic, Cotui, a town just an hour away in the Sánchez Ramírez province, is the after. A red-tinged and shrunken waterway welcomes visitors to Cotuí. It once supplied fresh water to residents. “The animals already knew,” said Mayobanex Arias, a rancher walking his cattle across a bridge over the river. “They would test the water, then not drink it.”
|Barrick Gold Dominican exports top US$1.4B, amid workers’ protests|
December 10th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Dominican mine has made 90 shipments totaling 139,419 kilos of gold worth US$1.4 billion thus far this year, a figure revealed as its workers staged a protest outside its Santo Domingo offices to demand the right to form a union.
|‘Please tell people about this:’ London students’ horror at Dominican Republic mines|
by Mark Spowart, Metro
October 27th, 2014
Three London students were shocked by what they found last winter during a trip to the Dominican Republic. Canadian mining companies, they say, are destroying lives in the country.
|Protesters to Barrick Gold shareholders: "We don't need gold, stop the unnecessary suffering": AGM Protest brings needed truth to corporate meeting|
by Sakura Saunders, Protestbarrick.net
April 30th, 2014
Over 100 people participated in a protest against Barrick Gold outside the company's annual general meeting this year. This annual protest highlights the realities and demands of communities living next to Barrick's mines around the world.
|Sickness and wealth: Shiny new mine, rusty pollution problems
September 21st, 2013
Residents are suing PVDC, claiming that the new mine is poisoning rivers, causing illnesses and the death of farm animals. They want the government to release the environmental-impact assessment for Pueblo Viejo, which it has so far refused to do.
|Zone surrounding Barrick's operation should be declared a "State of Emergency" in Dominican Republic|
translated from article in 7 Dias
September 19th, 2013
The National Committee Against Megaminería demanded the area surrounding the operating Barrick Gold's operation in Domincan Republic to be declared a "state of emergency" due to the "serious damage" to the health to the inhabitants of the neighboring communities, particularly the Lower Yuna.
|Barrick’s mea culpa
by Christian Pena, Now Magazine
May 2nd, 2013
If spirits were low inside the venue, outside the mood was buoyant. Activists cheerfully propped up a monster puppet of Munk with a Pinocchio nose to illustrate their view of the company’s claims to social responsibility and drew attention to Barrick’s incursions on indigenous land and its reaction to alleged gang rapes and abuses by company security in Papua New Guinea.
|US$96M fine ratchets Dominican Republic-Barrick Gold showdown|
May 1st, 2013
The Dominican Government on Wednesday halted another precious metal shipment by Barrick Gold, just hours after offering the Canadian based minor a “final deal” to amend the contract for the mine at Pueblo Viejo.
|Barrick’s environmental foes jump on wobbly miner |
by MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT , Globe and Mail
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.
|New Report! "Debunking Barrick"|
by multiple authors, ProtestBarrick
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.
|Dominicans Protest Against Canadian Miner Barrick Gold|
Latin American Herald Tribune
April 22nd, 2013
Dozens of people marched Thursday in this northern Dominican city against Canadian miner Barrick Gold, which is developing the massive Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Caribbean nation.
|2012-13: Un mal año para Barrick |
April 19th, 2013
Extracto de "Debunking Barrick", un informe anual alternativo sobre Barrick Gold.
|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.
|Agro leaders to protest Barrick Gold contract on Friday|
April 9th, 2013
The country’s agro producers grouped in CONFENAGRO on Tuesday called for a series of protests on Friday April 12, in rebuke of Barrick Gold’s contract, which calls for only 3% of the profits from the gold mined at Cotuí, in Dominican Republic’s northeast.
|Dominican government halts a Barrick Gold shipment(Update)|
March 14th, 2013
The Dominican Republic government Wednesday halted a gold shipment worth millions which the Barrick Gold Pueblo Viejo Corp. was about to export to Canada via the United States, from the Las Americas Airport’s freight terminal. President Danilo Medina reportedly instructed Customs director Fernando Fernandez to ban the export until the Canadian mining company reaches an agreement with the government.
|Notorious Dominican lawmaker heads protest against Barrick Gold|
February 13th, 2013
Hundreds of people including a notorious Deputy are marching Wednesday to protest against Canadian miner Barrick Gold, demanding a revision of the contract to exploit the Pueblo Viejo site, or leave the country .
|Dominican Republic: Xstrata is safe, but Barrick should pay higher taxes|
by Cecilia Jamasmie, mining.com
February 11th, 2013
Dominican Republic’s Mining Agency director denied Monday local reports saying the government would not let Xstrata (LON: XTA) go ahead with its planned expansion plans at Loma Miranda, as it would harm the region’s ecosystems. However, Dominican Today reports the authority added he believed Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX), (NYSE:ABX) should pay higher taxes, as it is profiting from the precious metal strong prices.
|New government threat for Barrick/Goldcorp|
by Peter Koven, Financial Post
January 31st, 2013
The threat of resource nationalism never seems to go away. This week, the spotlight shifted to Barrick Gold Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. as the Dominican Republic’s Congress said it wants a “more favourable” contract on the Pueblo Viejo mine.
|Protests against toxic gold mining in the Caribbean
by Anne Sewell, Digital Journal
November 27th, 2012
“I’m too old for this. I’m not going to be driven off of my land again,” says Juliana Guzman, a farmer from La Cerca in Dominican Republic. The walls of her house are riddled with cracks from the explosions that shake the ground every day.
|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.
|Dozens injured in Barrick Gold Dominican Republic protest|
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.
|Dominican Republic: Barrick set to open giant gold mine|
World War 4 report
August 7th, 2012
The project has stirred up protests in the past, because of what activists said were irregularities in the government’s contract with the Canadian companies, and because of potential damage to the environment and to archeological sites. Barrick plans to use 24 tons of cyanide a day, Virginia Rodríguez, a coordinator for the local nongovernmental organization SalvaTierra (“Save the Earth”), told the Associated Press wire service. “There is a very high risk, especially with an island like ours with a very fragile ecosystem,” she said. The mine is located in a mountainous region, the source of some of the country’s most important rivers.
|Accumulation by Dispossession: Barrick & Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo Gold Mine in the Dominican Republic|
by James Rodriguez, MiMundo
July 30th, 2012
Barrick and Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo gold mining project, the “biggest single foreign direct investment ever done in the Dominican Republic estimated at US $3.5 billion”, should begin full operations in July 2012. While the economic sectors deem it an economic blessing, the local population, environmentalists, and progressive groups strongly oppose it due to numerous social problems already underway and the potential to cause an irreversible environmental disaster in the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
|Activists demand to ban cyanide outside Barrick's offices in Dominican Republic|
March 19th, 2012
The group SalvaTierra took a non-violent direct action this morning in front of the building where the multinational mining corporation Barrick has part of its offices in capital city, Santo Domingo. It declared its support to dozens of environmental and social groups that have already expressed their opposition to megamining in the country and joined the campaign by the Latin America Mining Conflicts Observatory (OCMAL) to ban cyanide in the whole region.
|Farmers block roads to demand far pay for Barrick Gold mine lands|
Hundreds of farmers of the community El Yagal, who were evicted from their lands to make way for the Barrick Gold mine, Tuesday blocked the streets with trunks, torched tires, debris and stones, to demand that the government relocate tem and reassess their properties.
|Barrick in the Dominican Republic|
November 23rd, 2011
The Dominican Republic isn’t often thought of as a mining country, and today there are only a handful of mines operating in the island nation. One of those projects is the massive Pueblo Viejo mine, which is co-owned by Barrick Gold (60 per cent) and Goldcorp (40 per cent).
by Michelle Slater, Castlemaine Independent
July 27th, 2011
Can gold ever be ethical?
|Informe narrativo: Manifestación contra reunión de accionistas de la Barrick, movilizando en apoyo a comunidades afectadas|
El equipo ProtestBarrick.net 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 ProtestBarrick.net 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.
|[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.
|FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL JOINS PROTESTS AGAINST BARRICK GOLD
'Barrick Gold Clean Up Your Act! Right to Life Over Gold Profits'|
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.
|ProtestBarrick: A year in review 2010|
This has been an exciting year for the ProtestBarrick team.
|Violent protest in Barrick Gold’s Dominican mine injures at least 17|
November 17th, 2010
At least 17 people were injured yesterday during violent protests staged by laid off workers of the mining company Barrick Gold in the town Pueblo Viejo, Cotui (northeast), to demand severance payment.
|Munk’s dubious mining morality|
by John McKay, Liberal MP, Ottawa, The Star.com: 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.
|Dominican youngsters to walk in protest against Barrick Gold|
October 26th, 2010
Youth groups that demand the cancelation of the contract with the mining company Barrick Gold announced Tuesday that they’ll heighten their fight with a novel walk called “To the capital in reverse."
|Dominican National Police: A Deadly Tradition|
by David Holmes Morris, Upside Down World
October 20th, 2010
Despite national and international outcry, the Dominican National Police are continuing their tradition of violent repression of dissidents at a time when protests are becoming more common across the country. Some recent incidents in El Cibao, the agricultural and mining region in the north, have resulted in the arrests of many demonstrators, a number of injuries by tear gas and gunshot, and one death.
|Barrick Gold denies Dominican mine workers’ protest|
October 15th, 2010
The miner Barrick Gold’s local operation affirmed Thursday that the disturbances staged yesterday in the central town Cotuí, which the media reported as a protest by employees against that company on labor demands was in fact "a group of people who forcibly prevented its workers’ movements."
|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.)
|Espejitos por oro / Mirrors for gold|
A video by a young activist film maker from the Dominican Republic, Jose Maria Cabral, highlighting the concerns of Dominica peoples about Barrick Gold's operations on their lands. [The video is in spanish only]
|Official probe another setback for Barrick Gold’s Dominican mine|
The Labor Ministry launched an investigation today Friday to determine if the mining company Barrick Gold and its 34 subsidiaries are respecting their workers’ rights.
|Barrick Gold year in Review: One Company, 9 Countries, Countless abuses|
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
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.
|Young Dominicans march against Barrick Gold |
April 1st, 2010
Marching under a blazing sun, a group of about 50 young people left the capital yesterday en route to Cotuí, with the aim of camping outside the Barrick Gold Mining Company to demand the cancellation of their contract with the Dominican government.
|Dominican Republic: Opposition to Barrick Gold Mining Operations|
by Rocio Diaz, Global Voices
March 28th, 2010
In 2009, the Dominican people stood up to fight against a cement factory that would be installed in the Los Haitises National Park. In 2010, it appears that another cause is mobilizing thousands of young people and adults - the presence of the mining consortium Barrick Gold in Cotuí, the head municipality in the province of Sánchez Ramírez, which is home to one of the largest gold mines in the world: Pueblo Viejo (Old Town), with estimated reserves of 24 million troy ounces of gold. Activists are concerned about the terms of the agreement with the Dominican State, as well as environmental impacts on the region.
|Dominicans say mining firm not honest about poisoning incident|
March 26th, 2010
A report on the recent poisoning of hundreds of Barrick Gold employees recommends the Dominican government amend its contract with the Canadian miner to ensure the country's interests are protected.
|University researchers divulge "presumptions," Barrick Gold says |
March 25th, 2010
|Toxins sickened Barrick Gold’s 326 Dominican miners, study says|
March 24th, 2010
A joint unofficial study revealed Wednesday that inhaled toxins sickened the 326 Barrick Gold mining company employees last week, when executives had initially blamed the mishap on food poisoning in the cafeteria of the site located in Pueblo Viejo (northeast).
|Senate Environment chief wants Barrick Gold contract reviewed |
March 16th, 2010
The head of the Senate’s Environmental Commission asked the Presidency to review the gold mining contract with the company Barrick Gold, to obtain better advantages and compensate affected communities.
|Over 400 workers of the mining company Gold Barick are poisoned in Cotuí|
by Andres Vasquez, Ricardo Santana, Listin Diario
March 15th, 2010
More than 400 workers from the mining company Barrick Gold to make preparations to exploit a gold mine at Pueblo Viejo, Cotuí, today became intoxicated by inhaling a chemical, yet unspecified by doctors or executives mining.
|Dominican Republic’s Environment chief wants Barrick Gold’s contract revised|
March 9th, 2010
Environment minister Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal today suggested a revision of the Government’s contract with the Canada based mining company Barrick Gold, so it pays for the environmental cleanup, noting that “he who eats the meat must also eat the bones.”
|** 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.
|UN to tackle mercury menace|
by MICHAEL RICHARDSON, The Canberra Times
March 3rd, 2009
Fear sparked by global recession, strains on banks and volatile paper currencies has brought the glitter back to gold. Its value has been rising rapidly in recent months, as investors seek a safe-haven from the economic and financial storm.
|Middle East & Africa:
Mining – Tarnishing Canada’s name|
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 Larmer, National 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.
|Barrick Gold to invest more than US$3B in Dominican mine|
February 10th, 2009
Barrick Gold Corporation yesterday announced it will invest more than US$3 billions in several mining projects in the country, due to its confidence and stability they said exists in Dominican Republic.
|Norway's sovereign wealth fund drops yet another mining investment; this time it's Barrick|
by Dorothy Kosich, Mineweb
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?|
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.
|Worst Companies in the World: US, Monsanto, Peabody and Barrick|
by Brenda Norrell, The Narcosphere
The United States was voted the Worst Company in the World, followed by Monsanto, Peabody Energy Corp. and Barrick Gold
|US and Canada Found Guilty of Racism|
by Haider Rizvin, Inter 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.
|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 discovers new ore body at 30-year-old mine in Dominican Republic|
by Canadian Press, Barndon Sun
TORONTO (CP) - Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) has discovered a new ore body at its Pueblo Viejo mine at Monte Oculto, between two open pits at the 30-year old project in Dominican Republic.
|Barrick Gold starts US$2.3 billion Dominican mine digs|
SANTO DOMINGO.- Executives of Barrick Gold Corporation (BGC), one of the world's largest mining multinationals, yesterday toured the areas where it conducts geologic studies in the Pueblo Viejo (northeast) mine, to determine the US$2.3 billion project's yield.