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MALAYSIA: Nation Tightens Water Concessions
by John BurtonFinancial Times
December 2nd, 2004
Malaysia's tough new conditions on the privatisation of water utility assets reflects efforts to make more transparent the sale of state assets to reduce alleged cronyism and corruption.

INDONESIA: Report Heightens Pollution Dispute with Newmont Mining
by Jane PerlezNew York Times
November 8th, 2004
A government panel presented a bitterly fought-over report on Monday showing that sediment in the equatorial bay where the world's biggest gold producer, Newmont Mining Corporation, deposited mine waste is polluted with significant levels of arsenic and mercury. But the panel found the water quality met Indonesian standards.

JAMAICA: Dust-Up Swirls Around Key Jamaica Industry
by Carol J. WilliamsLos Angeles Times
October 25th, 2004
People living near an Alcoa bauxite refinery say emissions are damaging their health. The government and business reject the claim.

INDIA: Anti-Coca-Cola Agitation Picks up in Kaladera, Rajasthan
by Nagraj AdveIndia Resource Center
September 28th, 2004
It's a classic David versus Goliath story. Villagers facing diminishing livelihoods agitating against one of the largest soft-drink and bottled water companies in the world: Coca-Cola. Fortunately there are many Davids.

INDONESIA: Spurred by Illness, Indonesians Lash Out at Newmont Mining
by Jane Perlez and Evelyn RusliNew York Times
September 8th, 2004

INDONESIA: Newmont closes controversial mine – stages “planned” pull-out in Sulawesi
by James RoseEthical Corporation
August 25th, 2004
The US gold mining giant has announced it will get out of its controversial Minahasa Raya mine in northern Sulawesi as part of its scheduled program.

US: Rewriting Coal Policy; Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid
by Christopher Drew and Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Claire HoffmanThe New York Times
August 9th, 2004
Bush administration policies have abandoned a series of Clinton-era safety proposals favored by coal miners while embracing others favored by mine owners.

ISRAEL/SOUTH AFRICA: The Cartel Isn't Forever
The Economist
July 15th, 2004
An Israeli tycoon is helping to force De Beers to surrender its control of the world's diamond market

SOUTH AFRICA: DeBeers Pleads Guilty to Price-Fixing
by Margaret Webb PresslerWashington Post
July 14th, 2004
DeBeers SA, the huge diamond company, pleaded guilty yesterday to price fixing and agreed to pay $10 million to settle a 10-year-old indictment, which paves the way for the company to start doing business directly with the American market.

ANGOLA: Lure Of 'Blood Diamonds' Brings Risk, Hardship
by John ReedLA Times
June 28th, 2004
Freelance miners, called garimpeiros, speak of exploitative and life-threatening working conditions.

World: WB to Work on Oil, Gas and Mining Projects
Financial Times
February 26th, 2004
The president of the World Bank and his management colleagues will reject several of the crucial recommendations of a review about the extractive industries - oil, gas and mining - they themselves instituted. In particular, they will oppose the idea that the Bank should phase out all oil projects within five years.

Indonesia: Tensions in Mining Operations
by Kafil YaminInter Press Service
February 23rd, 2004
The government and Dayak villagers have called in fresh troops as tension intensifies over disputed mining operations on Sebuku, an island of some 3,000 residents in central Indonesia.

Iceland: Power Driven
by Susan De MuthThe Guardian
November 29th, 2003
In Iceland, work has already begun on a colossal $1bn dam which, when it opens in 2007, will cover a highland wilderness - and all to drive one US smelter. Environmentalists are furious, but the government appears determined to push through the project, whatever the cost

Vanuatu: Reefs at Risk After Disney Film
by David FicklingGuardian (London)
November 21st, 2003
A booming trade in aquarium fish, sparked by Finding Nemo, the Disney film featuring clownfish, is endangering the wildlife of the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific. Over the past year about 200,000 fish and other marine creatures have been exported from the country, and local tour firms are warning that the reefs will be at risk if the tropical fish trade is not regulated.

SOUTH AFRICA: Tribe Wins Rights to Diamond-Rich Land
by Rory CarrollThe Guardian (London)
October 15th, 2003
A South African tribal community robbed of its land in the 19th century yesterday won a court battle to regain land and mineral rights to diamonds that could be worth billions of pounds.


Brazil: Battling for the Environment
by Paulo CabralBBC Brazilian Service
August 20th, 2003
The virtual disappearance of a waterfall at Brazil's Paulo Afonso gorge - once called "Brazil's Niagara" by Victorian explorer Richard Burton - is perhaps the most visible of a number of changes along the Sao Francisco river made in order to generate hydroelectric power.

India: River Plans Spark Furore
by Jyotsna SinghBBC
August 19th, 2003
India's plans to link major rivers in the region to provide water to arid states are causing a furore among its neighbours and environmentalists. Indian officials insist that the project is at a very early stage and that concerned neighbours will be consulted before the plans are firmed up.

Lesotho: Water Troubles Building Resentment
BBC
August 6th, 2003
For the past six years Anna Moepi and her sister have been scratching a living in a village a few kilometres from the capital of Lesotho, Maseru. These woman are one of the many people whos homeland was flooded due to a massive water project that was undertaken in the area.

Ghana: Anti-Mining Activists Threatened and Harrassed
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
July 30th, 2003
The National Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Mining in Ghana Forest Reserves has condemned what coalition members describe as deliberate and horrific acts of harassment directed at two of their colleagues by Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited, the district chief executive of Adansi West, and a number of the traditional rulers in the Obuasi area.

India: Coke Adds Life?
by Paul Vallely, Jon Clarke and Liz Stuart in KeralaIndependent/UK
July 25th, 2003
Three years ago, the little patch of land in the green, picturesque rolling hills of Palakkad in the Indian state of Kerala yielded 50 sacks of rice and 1,500 coconuts a year. It provided work for dozens of labourers. Then Coca-Cola arrived and built a 40-acre bottling plant next door.

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