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December 19, 2011 Foreign Policy

Foreign Aid to Mining Firms

CIDA teams up with NGOs to do development work at mine sites

May 29, 2009 Weblog:

The ongoing outsourcing in Afghanistan

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The ongoing outsourcing in Afghanistan

Canada’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kandahar, Afghanistan will not be put in harms way, despite the oft-repeated political promise that all of Canada’s ground troops will be withdrawn by 2011. The responsibility of the security of these specialists-contractors themselves- will instead be provided by private companies, who will need to go through a selection process, according to Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Ron Hoffmann who spoke to journalists via video-conference, earlier this week.

This is not the first time that the Canadian government has decided to hire private security companies in Afghanistan. The British based firm, Saladin Security , has been protecting the Canadian Embassy in Kabul for many years, while many Afghan contractors including warlords, have been hired to protects convoys of Canadian personnel or provide a "security cordon" for high risk situations, such as roadside bombs going off.

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April 12, 2008 Weblog:

Barrick Gold blocks booklaunch: Noir Canada

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The book launch for Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption et criminalité en Afrique, edited by Alain Denault and the Collectif Ressources d'Afrique out of Montréal, was a cancelled yesterday when the authors and publishers (Édition Écosociété) received letters from a law firm representing Barrick Gold.

The letters alledgedly refer to apparent inaccuracies in the book, more particularly around the representation of Barrick's role at Bulyanhulu, in Tanzania, where more than 50 small scale miners were buried alive in 1996.

Barrick has also sued The Guardian and The Observer over articles that they published about the Bulyanhulu massacre.

Noir Canada is about the role of Canadian companies in Africa, which operate with the "unfailing help of the Canadian government."

The list of corporate abuses is long: advantageous mining contracts in the DRC, partnerships with arms dealers and mercenaries in the Great Lakes region, miners buried alive in Tanzania, an "involuntary genocide" by poisoning in Mali, brutal expropriations in Ghana, using people from the Ivory Coast for pharmaceutical testing, devastating hydroelectric projects in Senegal, the savage privatization of the railway system in West Africa...

I sure hope that Écosociété goes ahead and releases the book...

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October 2, 2007 Weblog:

Yves Engler on Canada in Haiti: New Podcast

Yves Engler is the co-author with Anthony Fenton of the most significant book on Canada's involvement in the 2004 overthrow of democracy in Haiti: Canada in Haiti: Waging War On the Poor Majority. The full audio interview with Yves Engler regarding Canada's involvement in the crisis in Haiti since 2004 is now online with the NFB website Citizenshift. The interview develops further ideas not presented in the video interviews published in Darren Ell's Citizenshift dossier about Haiti and Canada. In particular, Yves addresses the role of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Embassy in blocking meaningful progress in Haiti.

March 27, 2007 Canadian News

Growing Insurgencies, Irregular Warfare

Counterinsurgency Manual Shows Military's New Face

November 27, 2006 Accounts

Digging Up Canadian Dirt in Colombia

kidsplaying_fp.jpgChris Arsenault travels to Colombia to investigate the impacts Canadian aid agencies and corporations are having there.

Canadian corporations and aid agencies facing controversy and resistance in Colombia

November 1, 2006 Foreign Policy

Warfighters, Not Missionaries

prisoners_fp.jpgJon Elmer determines that Afghanistan is not a random act of Canadian policy, but an entire foreign policy apparatus acting on a well-articulated plan.

The origins of the three-block war

October 28, 2006 Foreign Policy

Canadian Aid or Corporate Raid?

nepal_fp.jpgHarsha Walia examines the work of Canada's development agency in South Asia.

Canada's development agency in South Asia

October 24, 2006 Foreign Policy

Minerals, Gas and Spin-offs

Bolivia_fp.jpgDawn Paley investigates how CIDA's 'development work' is influencing resource extraction in Bolivia.

CIDA's resource regulation projects in Bolivia

February 28, 2006 Foreign Policy

Canada's Phantom Menace In Afghanistan

afghan_fp.jpgGeordie Gwalgen Dent investigates where Canada's aid money goes and considers what that might mean for Afghanistan.

Who is receiving Canada's "Phantom Aid?"

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