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Dominican Republic: Opposition to Barrick Gold Mining Operations
by Rocio DiazGlobal 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
Trading Markets
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
Dominican Today
March 25th, 2010

Toxins sickened Barrick Gold’s 326 Dominican miners, study says
Dominican Today
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
Dominican Today
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 SantanaListin 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
Dominican Today
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
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.

Barrick Gold to invest more than US$3B in Dominican mine
Dominican Today
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 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.

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

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.

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 PressBarndon 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
Dominican Today
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.

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