by Phil Miller
Anil Agarwal wins the Entrepreneur of the year Award at the 2016 British Asian Awards
A MINING magnate has seen his fortune soar by £8 billion since a massacre of protesters outside one of his smelters last year.
Analysis by the Star of the Sunday Times’s new Rich List highlighted London-based Anil Agarwal as one of the highest risers among Britain’s 1,000 top toffs, rocketing 62 places to finish in 12th position with a net worth of over £10bn.Read More »
by Yves Engler
The recent seizure of phosphate from a Moroccan state company in South Africa and Panama is a blow to corporate Canada and a victory for national independence struggles. It should also embarrass the Canadian media.
This month courts in Port Elizabeth and Panama City okayed requests by the POLISARIO Front asking South Africa and Panama to seize two cargo ships with 100,000 tonnes of phosphate from Western Sahara, a sparsely populated territory in north-western Africa occupied by Morocco. Ruled by Spain until 1975, Moroccan troops moved in when the Spanish departed and a bloody 15-year war drove tens of thousands of Sahrawi into neighbouring Algeria, where they still live in camps.Read More »
telesur | 11 March, 2017
More than 1,000 miners at a U.S.-owned copper mine in southern Peru put down their tools on Friday morning over pay disputes, mirroring ongoing strikes in neighboring Chile.
The indefinite strike at the Cerro Verde mine, Peru’s largest copper mine, started at at 7:30 a.m. local time. Around 1,200 miners are involved in the action which has halted 95 percent of the site’s production, equivalent to about 40,000 tons per month, the union said.
Miners are demanding special benefit payments to give them protection against the potential fall in copper prices. They are also asking for better working conditions and family health benefits. Initially, the strike was planned to last five days, but the union then decided to stop work indefinitely.Read More »
telesur | 02 March, 2017
Instead of spending millions devoted to supporting Indigenous communities, Canada is spending a portion on promoting mining development in their territories, according to an investigation published Thursday.
Canada’s Indigenous and northern affairs minister, Carolyn Bennett, said in an interview in January that almost US$150 million are being spent on Indigenous initiatives, but a closer look at documents by Press Progress showed that the sum is exaggerated and that some is siphoned off into programs meant to win and pressure Indigenous communities into complying with mining projects.
Parliament set aside US$53 million last year to address a ruling that showed that Indigenous children were discriminated against in the budget. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, however, found that that gap was twice as big.Read More »
by Soumya Guhathakurta
Frontier | 03 August, 2016
“Only when the last tree has been cut; only when the last fish has been eaten; only when the last river has been poisoned; only then will they know you cannot eat money”. This is a saying of Native American Cree people that has been quoted as an epigraph to the book*. Perhaps we will then end up eating mud.
The book is an outcome of the author’s intense engagement with the mining mafia that has and is devouring the ecology of Goa. “Goa is so tiny, older Goans refer to it as their ‘mandkulem’ … a baby crawling on the floor ….”. The baby is “helplessly” under attack from three wolves on the prowl. They being Tourism/Real Estate & Infrastructure , the Mining Industry and Consumerism. The author began making notes for this book in 2006 when he had a foreboding about what mining would do to the landscapes that he had cherished for years. In his own words this chronicle is ” … a factual blow-by-blow account of what actually happened on the ground”. The book begins with a neat map of most of the physical landscape that the book is situated in. On one end of the map is the river Curca that flows in to the river Kushawati. There is a road from the river that leads to Cupar, Takiar, Ambaulim and Quepem. These are names that the reader will come across repeatedly. On both sides of the road are the hills and the mines that are devouring them. On the map there is Paik’s temple and Paik’s spring that feeds the river Curca. There is the Government High School at Maina and Cheryl’s farm.Read More »