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March 18, 2008 Features

Marmato’s Gold Bonanza

Canadian Mining Firm Involved in ‘Economic Forced Displacement’ in Colombia

March 16, 2008 Original Peoples

Native Leader Serving Six Months for Opposing Mine

Supporters call Algonquin leader a "political prisoner"

February 4, 2008 Month in Review

January in Review

News from social movements

January 18, 2008 Foreign Policy

Canada's Mining Continuum

Resources, Community Resistance and "Development" in Oaxaca

October 1, 2007 Month in Review

September in Review

GM on strike, uranium mining, 1.2 million dead in Iraq

September 30, 2007 Weblog:

Burma and Democracy Protests: Where is the coverage of Ivanhoe?


Burma (aka Myanmar) has been on the front page of the Globe and Mail twice this week, and has been featured by many other publications and media outlets, as monks and pro-democracy protesters are mercilessly killed on the orders of the military junta that rules the country.

This has spawned a whole outpouring of solidarity and concern in various forms, as should be expected.

But the media coverage has been truly bizarre, and it seriously compromises the aims of that solidarity. The massive coverage given to the Burmese crackdown raises two very serious questions, the premises of which are somewhat contradictory:

1. Where was the the media outrage when this was happening in Haiti?

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September 28, 2007 Weblog:

Algonquin Canoe to Ottawa


As anticipated in the photo essay about Algonquin resistance to uranium mining on their land, members of the Ardoch and Shabot Obaadjiwan Algonquin Nations canoed to Ottawa to protest the planned uranium mines on Parliament Hill and demonstrate that the waters connect planned mines with downtown Ottawa.

September 24, 2007 Photo Essay

Algonquin Resist Uranium Mine

Sharbot Lake Algonquins and locals occupy mining site and enforce land claim

September 7, 2007 Opinion

Are Canadian Investors Funding Terror Tactics in Ecuador?

Ascendant Copper in Junin threatening species and livelihoods

August 30, 2007 Weblog:

Uranium Blockade, CIDA money in Afghanistan, Chile, Guate, Colombia, New Orleans

Government urged to end Native blockade near Sharbot Lake. Doreen Davis, Chief of the Shabot Obaadjiwan Algonquin Nation, states "To come in here and force us out of here when we're standing on our Algonquin land puts us in a position of being at war."

Aid not reaching Afghan hospital: Senlis council reports that "Canadian aid efforts in Kandahar province are failing utterly while the Taliban is increasingly winning support in the southern region where Canadian troops are based... We could not find evidence of CIDA's work or CIDA-funded work at the hospital. We were not able to find the maternity project, or evidence of the $5 million that CIDA says it has given..."

Chileans take to streets in anger at regime: "Yesterday's protest comes after weeks of labour action, including strikes by poultry workers in southern Chile and copper miners in the north. Union leaders called the demonstrations to protest against the government's "neo-liberal" economic policies and to further the national debate about the country's minimum wage."

How to steal votes in Guatemala: Citizens warn that certain parties have a detailled system of vote rigging.

US union leaders push back against proposed free trade agreement with Colombia.

Flaherty on Two Years Post Katrina.

August 17, 2007 Photo Essay

Good As Gold?

"There is nothing to negotiate!" Guatemalan community wants Canadian mining company out.

August 2, 2007 Foreign Policy

Canadians Run Amok in Azerbaijan

Mining, oil undermines central Asian diplomacy and trade

July 30, 2007 Weblog:

Mining: Drummond & Mongolia...

Drummond cleared of paramilitary links. Stevenson Avila, Sintramienergetica president states "We knew this was becoming a question of state policy, and that America protects its companies, but we held out hope that presenting real, documented evidence of the company's responsibility, that justice would be served."

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July 18, 2007 Weblog:

Canadian Prime Minister enters Barrick’s Offices through the Back Door

Citizens protest the meeting of Canadian Prime Minister and Barrick

Two hours late and in the presence of a huge security entourage that included guards, police and special forces, Stephen Harper arrived at the offices of Barrick Gold and entered through the parking area, in order to avoid the peoples’ protest that started at 8:00 am at the entrance to the building.

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July 6, 2007 Environment

Uranium rising

Plan to mine radioactive ore generates controversy in Moncton, New Brunwick

July 5, 2007 Features

Defending "Life and Sovereignty"

Ecuador’s mining prospects, Canadian companies, and the conflict with affected communities

May 26, 2007 Foreign Policy

Mining the Congo

Canadian mining companies in the DRC

May 14, 2007 Foreign Policy

Canada in the Congo War

Role of mining, resource extraction has been neglected

May 3, 2007 Accounts

A Woman in a Mine’s World

National roundtable on mining fails those struggling against Canada’s corporations abroad

May 2, 2007 Month in Review

Events in April

Direct actions in Vancouver, mining strike in Peru, Immokalee workers, Somalia, and more

May 2, 2007 Weblog:

Barrick Gold Protest Today

Today was an international day of action against Toronto's Barrick Gold, said to be the largest gold mining company in the world. Here's one activist with a concise summary:

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April 13, 2007 Weblog:

Canadian Mining in Mexico

Upside Down World has published Mandeep Dhillon's excellent summary of Canadian mining companies operating in Mexico.

There are over 100 Canadian mining companies operating in that country alone.

Also at UDW, Grahame Russell looks at the Canadian Mining round tables as essentially a way to divert resistance to destructive mining projects.

April 11, 2007 Weblog:

SKYE RESOURCES: Response to CEO's comments on CBC


Ian Austin, President & CEO
Skye Resources
Suite 1203 - 700 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 1G8

April 11, 2007

Dear Mr. Austin,

To begin, we want to thank you for responding to the CBC’s request for an interview regarding Skye Resources in Guatemala. Your willingness to respond publicly to the situation in El Estor connotes your awareness of the need for a response to public concern over the operations of your company in Guatemala.

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March 14, 2007 Weblog:

The "Reputational Imperative" of ILO 169

The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, has just released a new report on the International Labour Organization's Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 169. The report is meant as a guide for the private sector "in relation to C-169."

The new IFC report basically sets up a "reputational imperative" for companies to comply with ILO 169, noting that "While a private company might feel the need to clarify that the law does not apply to it, a more fruitful approach may be to try to act in a way that is consistent with the principles of the Convention on issues such as consultation, land rights, and protection of indigenous peoples' cultures." (my emphasis).

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March 9, 2007 Weblog:

Intimidation, defamation and fear: Goldcorp in Guatemala

Vancouver based Goldcorp lodged a formal complaint today against Madre Selva, a Guatemalan ecologist collective, as well as against Flaviano Bianchini, an Italian biologist who carried out water quality studies near Goldcorp's Marlin mine in Guatemala. Bianchini's study found high levels of heavy metals, and the findings were released by Alvaro Ramazzini, the Bishop of San Marcos.

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March 9, 2007 Français

Les crimes du «développement» au Guatemala

Part 1 : Skye Resources et la réoccupation des terres au Guatemala

February 28, 2007 Weblog:

Canadian Ambassador to Guatemala spreads misinformation about mining issues

February 28, 2007

A Public Letter To:
Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs
James Lambert, Director General, Latin America and Caribbean Bureau, DFAIT
Kenneth Cook, Canadian Ambassador to Guatemala

RE: Canadian ambassador to Guatemala spreads misinformation about film documenting indigenous Mayan Q'eqchi' communities forcibly evicted on behalf of nickel mining company Skye Resources.

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February 27, 2007 Business

Turning Down A Gold Mine

In Guatemala, angry locals vote no, but BC firm presses on

February 27, 2007

Marlin Mine

by Keith Vass

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