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ECUADOR: Bush administration breaks off free trade talks with Ecuador
by Martin CrutsingerAssociated Press
May 16th, 2006
The Bush administration said Tuesday it had broken off negotiations on a free trade agreement with Ecuador following the South American government's decision to annul an operating contract with Occidental Petroleum Corp.

US: Senate Considers Bill on Mine Safety
by John HolushaThe New York Times
May 16th, 2006
Legislation that would increase the supplies of oxygen available to miners trapped by explosions, rock falls or other disasters, among other measures, was introduced in the Senate today by two senators from both parties.

US: Breadbasket of Democracy
by Ted NaceOrion Magazine
May 16th, 2006
Can we trust the future of food production to giant biotech corporations and their lobbyists?

BOLIVIA: Oil Companies Not Entitled to Payment, Bolivian Says
by Carter DoughertyThe New York Times
May 12th, 2006
The leader of Bolivia on Thursday ruled out compensating oil companies for nationalized oil and gas fields as he came under questioning from European officials at the start of a high-level meeting on energy and trade.

WORLD: Investors Risk Losing Billions on Environmentally Destructive Pulp Mills
Environment New Service
May 12th, 2006
Incorrect assumptions about the origins and the cost of wood used in emerging market pulp mills has led international investors to channel tens of billions of dollars worldwide into financially risky and environmentally destructive ventures, finds an analysis of 67 pulp mill projects released Thursday by the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

US: Indigenous join global protest of Newmont gold mining practices
by Brenda NorrellIndian County Today
May 12th, 2006
Western Shoshone and Colville tribal members protested in early May at Newmont Mining Corp.'s annual shareholders meeting, uniting with indigenous from Peru, Indonesia and Ghana to create a protest over the pollution and scarred land resulting from gold mining.

BOLIVIA: Neighbours Recognise Bolivia's 'Sovereign' Right to Nationalise Gas
by Marcela ValenteInter Press News Service
May 4th, 2006
The presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela confirmed their interest in moving together towards regional energy integration, in a summit held Thursday in the northeastern Argentine province of Misiones to discuss the impact of the Bolivian government's decision to reassert state control over the country's energy resources.

PHILIPPINES: 3 Central Mindanao bishops unite against open-pit operations
by Joseph JubelagManilla Standard Today
May 1st, 2006
Catholic bishops in Central Mindanao are gearing to fight the mining operation of an Australian-owned firm in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

AFRICA: Anger rises in oil-rich Chad as funds don't aid the poor
by Raymond ThibodeauxThe Boston Globe
April 30th, 2006
Three years after Chad began exporting its oil with assistance from the World Bank, few people outside the capital have access to electricity, running water, paved roads, and health clinics. Public schools are nonexistent. Life expectancy is 46 years for men, and only slightly longer for women.

NIGERIA: New Pipeline a "Recipe for Disaster", Locals Say
by Emad Mekay Inter Press News Service (IPS)
April 27th, 2006
Local communities in Nigeria are taking the World Bank before an internal auditor over claims that the lender neglected its duties and anti-poverty mission when it funded a controversial gas pipeline in the region, whose construction they say will harm the environment and area residents.

MADAGASCAR: Rio's dirty washing is on show
by Jonathan KaplanThe Age (Australia)
April 18th, 2006
Environmental campaigner Andrew Lees battled Rio's mining interests in Madagascar, but now the bulldozers have arrived, writes Jonathan Kaplan.

UK: Eight arrests after goldmine raid
by Paul CarterThe Daily Telegraph
April 16th, 2006
FIFTY environmental activists have stormed and occupied an open cut goldmine in Western New South Wales, halting mining operations, and causing the arrest of eight protesters, police and the activists said today.

PHILIPPINES: Missing, despising Marcopper
by Gerald Gene R. QuerubinPhilippine Daily Inquirer
April 6th, 2006
WHEN Marinduque Copper Mining Corp. (Marcopper) stopped its operation in 1997, the municipality of Santa Cruz in Marinduque came to a standstill. Almost 2,500 employees were left jobless, businesses suffered from low sales; some even had to close shop.

NIGERIA: Government Investigation Indicts Shell over Toxic Waste
by Yemie AdeoyeVanguard (Lagos)
April 4th, 2006
THE Ministerial investigation committee into alleged dumping of toxic waste by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Igbeku and Ejekimoni communities of Sapele local government area of Delta State has come up with recommendations for the company to remove and treat in situ the "alleged buried waste" to acceptable statutory levels.

SOUTH AMERICA: Creating a Network Against Biopiracy
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service News Agency
March 27th, 2006
Two patents granted in the United States between 2000 and 2002 and another for which an application has been filed have put "maca", a high altitude Andean plant that is used by indigenous people in Peru, at the centre of a new battle against biopiracy, which involves the construction of an international network against the misappropriation of traditional knowledge.

ARGENTINA: Suez Packs Its Bags and Won't Be Back
by María Amparo LassoInter Press Service
March 27th, 2006
The French water company Suez, the favorite villain of anti-privatisation activists, has entered the final stretch of its withdrawal from Argentina and Bolivia, where it has been packing for quite a while. And it could be a long time before it returns to Latin America.

US: Toxic sites' cleanup at risk
by Les BlumenthalThe Sacramento Bee
March 27th, 2006
Grupo Mexico S.A. de C.V. could find itself at the center of the bankruptcy reorganization of Asarco, a century-old American mining and smelting company whose liabilities include the environmental cleanup of 94 Superfund sites in 21 states. Depending on what happens in the bankruptcy reorganization, U.S. taxpayers ultimately could be responsible for the tab.

US: Vague Law and Hard Lobbying Add Up to Billions for Big Oil
by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
March 27th, 2006
Last month, the Bush administration confirmed that it expected the government to waive about $7 billion in royalties over the next five years, even though the industry incentive was expressly conceived of for times when energy prices were low. And that number could quadruple to more than $28 billion if a lawsuit filed last week challenging one of the program's remaining restrictions proves successful.

BOTSWANA: Bushmen Living: 'I chose to call it stone age' Said Tonge
by Jeff MillerDiamonds.net News Center
March 24th, 2006
Renewed political discord hit the presses this week from London about the San Bushmen of Botswana.

MEXICO: At World Forum, Support Erodes for Private Management of Water
by Elisabeth MalkinThe New York Times
March 20th, 2006
In the past decade, according to a private water suppliers trade group, private companies have managed to extend water service to just 10 million people, less than 1 percent of those who need it. Some 1.1 billion people still lack access to clean water, the United Nations says.

INDONESIA: Stones Kill 4 Indonesian Officials in U.S. Mine Protest
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
March 16th, 2006
Police and rock throwing demonstrators clashed during a protest against the American mining company, Freeport-McMoRan, today leaving three policemen and one Air Force officer dead in the remote province of Papua, witnesses and officials said.

WORLD: Foreign Corporations Backing Off
by Diego CevallosInter Press Service News Agency
March 16th, 2006
Water rights groups say transnational corporations are increasingly sinking their teeth into Latin America's water services, but studies by the United Nations and other experts point to the contrary: these companies are backing off, and may not come back any time soon.

US: Dirtier Side Betrays Promise of ‘Clean Coal’
by 
Kari Lydersen
The New Standard
March 15th, 2006
Between the coal-rich Appalachian Mountains and coal-hungry energy consumers like the state of Ohio, critics say the concept of an eco-friendly use for the fossil fuel is far more misnomer than reality.

INDONESIA: U.S. Aid to Corrupt TNI Risks More Rights Abuses
by Lisa MisolThe Jakarta Post
March 14th, 2006
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Jakarta follows the Bush Administration's controversial decision to reestablish full relations with the Indonesian Military (TNI). That move opens the door to renewed U.S. assistance, but pumping aid to an unreformed Indonesian military would serve only to encourage further rights abuses and undermine civilian governance.

US: Mercury control program approved despite objections
by Jeff DeLongReno-Gazette-Journal
March 9th, 2006
A mandatory program to control mercury emissions from Nevada gold mines was approved by state officials Wednesday over the objections of environmentalists and residents from the neighboring states of Utah and Idaho.

WORLD: Cleaning Up Its Reputation
by Rebecca BreamFinancial Times
March 6th, 2006
The mining industry has a worldwide image problem. In developing and developed countries alike, the public tends to regard mines as dirty, dangerous and disruptive — and those who stand to profit from them as greedy despoilers.

PERU: Substandard Peruvian Gas Pipeline Blamed for Spills
Environmental News Service
March 2nd, 2006
A pipeline crossing the Peruvian Amazon has spilled natural gas liquids four times since it opened 15 months ago because it was shoddily built by unqualified welders using corroded pipes left from other jobs, according to a new technical report by the nonprofit environmental consultancy E-Tech International based in San Diego.

MEXICO: Mexican strikes cripple mines, mills and refineries
by Frank Jack DanielReuters
March 2nd, 2006
Tens of thousands of Mexican miners and metal workers joined a nationwide strike on Wednesday in two separate disputes that crippled output at the country's biggest mines, metals refineries and steel mills.

NIGERIA: Nigerian Militants Free Six of Nine Foreign Hostages
Bloomberg
March 1st, 2006
U.S. hostage Macon Hawkins and five other foreign oil workers kidnapped last month by Nigerian militants were freed today.

NIGERIA: Shell told to pay $1.5 bln damages
Reuters
February 24th, 2006
A Nigerian court said on Friday Royal Dutch Shell should pay $1.5 billion (861 billion pounds) in damages for pollution in oil-producing Bayelsa state, the latest instalment in a long-running case.

NIGERIA: Nigerian oil industry helpless as militants declare war on Obasanjo
by Dino MahtaniFinancial Times
February 21st, 2006
Villagers in Okerenkoko, once a peaceful settlement along a creek in Nigeria's oil-producing delta region, have feared for weeks what a big military operation against a guerrilla insurgency could bring.

BOLIVIA: Bolivia Indicts Shady Oil Transnat
Prensa Latina
February 20th, 2006
Bolivia´s President Evo Morales is analyzing Monday with specialized officials the current situation of Andina Co., controlled by Spanish transnational Repsol which is accused of illegally trafficking petroleum.

INDONESIA: Rachmat says $30 million Newmont deal no slap in the face
by ID NugrohoThe Jakarta Post
February 19th, 2006
State Minister of the Environment Rachmat Witoelar has defended the government's out-of-court settlement with PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, saying US$30 million was better than no compensation at all.

NIGERIA: Nigeria oil 'total war' warning
BBC News
February 17th, 2006
A Nigerian militant commander in the oil-rich southern Niger Delta has told the BBC his group is declaring "total war" on all foreign oil interests.

US: Congressman Starts Inquiry of Windfall to Oil Companies
by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
A House Republican began a broad investigation on Wednesday of an Interior Department program that is expected to give billions of dollars in benefits over the next five years to companies that pump oil and gas on federal territory.

US: EPA cites Northshore Mining for clean-air violations
by John MeyersDuluth News Tribune
February 16th, 2006
The EPA alleged Wednesday that Northshore, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs and its former owner, Cyprus Minerals, modified three taconite furnaces at its Silver Bay processing plant without installing the best available pollution control technology.

INDONESIA: U.S. mine to pay Jakarta $30 million to settle suit
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
Newmont Mining agreed Thursday to pay $30 million to Indonesia in a settlement of a civil lawsuit in which the government argued that the company had polluted a bay with arsenic and mercury.

CHILE: ‘Yes' to Gold Mine, but Don't Touch the Glaciers
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service
February 15th, 2006
Environmental authorities in Chile gave the go-ahead Wednesday to the Pascua Lama gold mining project on the Argentine border, but told Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold that it would not be allowed to carry out its plans to "relocate" three glaciers.

US: U.S. ROYALTY PLAN TO GIVE WINDFALL TO OIL COMPANIES
by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
February 14th, 2006
The federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.

PHILIPPINES: More woes for Lafayette surface in House hearing
by Michael Lim UbacPhilippine Daily Inquirer
February 9th, 2006
MORE WOES for Lafayette Philippines Inc. (LPI) whose mine on Rapu-Rapu Island in Albay province figured in two toxic spills last year.

PHILIPPINES: Petition against mining firm to be filed in House
by Ronnie E. CalumpitaThe Manila Times
February 8th, 2006
A militant group on Tuesday said that 90 percent of some 5,000 residents of an island in Albay had signed the petition calling for the permanent closure of the operations of an Australian-financed mining firm in the area.

NIGERIA: Nigeria braces for outbreaks of unrest
by Dino MahtaniThe Financial Times
February 7th, 2006
The commander of Nigeria’s military operation in the oil-rich Niger delta has warned of more unrest there as Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous nation heads towards national elections next year.

US: EPA probing why arsenic found at toxic cleanup site
by Jan BarryNorth Jersey Media Group
February 7th, 2006
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the source of arsenic found at a cleanup site in Upper Ringwood where a Ford Motor Co. contractor recently removed tons of paint sludge.

INDONESIA: Indonesia to change security pay rules
by Shawn DonnanThe Financial Times
February 7th, 2006
Indonesia plans to revise guidelines governing the relationship between its military and foreign companies for which its soldiers provide security in conflict areas, the country’s defence minister said yesterday.

AFRICA: Mauritania and firm row over oil
BBC News
February 6th, 2006
Mauritanian leaders and Australia's Woodside Petroleum have still to reach agreement over contracts, a fortnight before an oil production deal starts.

BULGARIA: Bulgarians Protest Use of Cyanide Leaching
by Michael WerbowskiWorld Press
February 5th, 2006
The cyanide "leakage" that killed tons of fish in the Czech river Labe (Elbe) recently has re-focused public attention throughout central and Eastern Europe to the environmental and human dangers associated with this toxic chemical, especially when it spills into a nearby river or tributary.

AFRICA: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 'Conflict Free' Diamonds Emerge -- but Should You Believe It?
by Ron LieberWall Street Journal
February 4th, 2006
The "conflict" or "blood" diamond problem first drew wide notice in the late 1990s, when reports highlighted that rebels in African countries were using diamonds to fund brutal campaigns.

UK: Kyrgyzstan President's attack sends Oxus shares crashing
by Saeed ShahThe Independent
February 4th, 2006
Oxus Gold shares crashed 17 per cent yesterday as the City reacted to news that the President of Kyrgyzstan had called its operations in the country "irresponsible and unlawful".

PHILIPPINES: No new mining permits
by Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. , Blanche S. RiveraPhilippine Daily Inquirer
February 4th, 2006
PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo has offered to suspend the issuance of new mining permits to try to appease Roman Catholic bishops strongly opposed to the country's new Mining Act, a top Malacanang official said yesterday.

US: U.S. Mining Giant Called Lax in Waste Disposal in Indonesia
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
February 3rd, 2006
A star government witness in a criminal trial against the American mining giant, Newmont, told a court today that waste from the company's mine was deposited in the sea at too shallow a depth, causing the contamination of fish.

US: Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits Challenged in West Virginia
Environment News Service
February 2nd, 2006
To stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from permitting streams, valleys, historic places, and communities across West Virginia to be destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining and valley fills, West Virginia citizen groups went back to court Wednesday.

GHANA: World Bank unit OKs Newmont Ghana mine investment
by Lesley WroughtonReuters
February 1st, 2006
The International Finance Corporation, the World Bank's private-sector lending arm, on Tuesday approved $125 million in loans for gold major Newmont Mining Corp.'s Ahafo project in Ghana, but not all countries on the IFC's 24-member board agreed it was a good move.

INDONESIA: New York Urges U.S. Inquiry in Mining Company's Indonesia Payment
by Raymond Bonner and Jane PerlezThe New York Times
January 28th, 2006
The New York City comptroller has charged that the American mining company Freeport-McMoRan knowingly made ''false or misleading'' statements about payments to the Indonesian military, and has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department to investigate.

VENEZUELA: Indigenous Demonstrators Protest Coal Mining
by Humberto MárquezInterpress News Service
January 27th, 2006
Indigenous protesters from northwestern Venezuela marched Friday through the streets of Caracas, which is hosting the sixth World Social Forum (WSF), to protest plans for mining coal on their land.

INDONESIA: A Widow Who Won't Let Indonesia Forget
by Raymond Bonner and Jane PerlezThe New York Times
January 26th, 2006
In more than six hours of questioning by Indonesian police investigators, Patsy Spier described how attackers fired into the convoy carrying her, her husband and eight other Americans up a mountain road inside the concession of Freeport-McMoRan, an American mining company. Then she repeated her pitch for justice.

PHILIPPINES: Rare Marine Mammal Dies in Waters Contaminated by Mine Tailings
by Gerry Albert CorpuzBulatlat
January 24th, 2006
The recent fish kill and death of the dugong, a rare marine mammal, in Rapu-Rapu Island validate the toxic effects of cyanide and other heavy metals found in mine tailings that spilled from the mines of Lafayette Mining.

GHANA: Ghana Journalists Condemn Gold Mining Campaign Aimed at Children
Environment News Service
January 23rd, 2006
The Ghana Institute of Journalism is objecting to a new public relations collaboration between the mining company Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd. and the weekly newspaper "Junior Graphic" to make positive information about gold mining available to children in Ghana.

BOLIVIA: Bolivia’s Morales rejects US domination
by Hal WeitzmanThe Financial Times
January 22nd, 2006
Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as Bolivia’s first indigenous president in a historic and emotional ceremony that set the tone for his new government, promising to move much the profits of Bolivia's natural resources to the people of Bolivia.

INDONESIA: Mining Company Notes U.S. Review of Payments to Indonesian Military
by Katharine Q. SeelyeThe New York Times
January 19th, 2006
Executives of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold have acknowledged that the mining company is under scrutiny by the federal government regarding payments it made to the Indonesian military.

BOLIVIA: Bechtel Drops $50 Million Claim to Settle Bolivian Water Dispute
Environmental News Service
January 19th, 2006
Bechtel, a global engineering and construction company based in San Francisco, today reached agreement with the government of Bolivia, dropping a legal demand for $50 million after a revolt over privatizing water services in the city of Cochabamba forced the company out of Bolivia in April 2000.

MADAGASCAR: Gold Rush Attracts Foreign Interest
by Tim CocksPort Louis L'Express
January 17th, 2006
Though largely unexplored, mining experts think the Indian Ocean island has big untapped deposits of gold, platinum, sapphires, rubies, diamonds and emeralds. Each year, thousands leave their villages to dig for gold and precious stones in a country where three quarters of the 17 million-strong population live on less than a dollar a day. An increasing number of international mineral exploration companies are also setting up operations on the world's fourth largest island.

US: Doomed Miners Tried to Escape; Mine's Safety Record Examined
by Gardiner HarrisThe New York Times
January 11th, 2006
Also yesterday, federal mine officials made public records of inspections done at the Sago Mine last year that concluded that mine supervisors had repeatedly failed to uncover dangerous conditions before starting a day's production.

BOLIVIA: Spanish energy giant Repsol says it respects international law
Agence France Presse
January 10th, 2006
Spanish energy giant Repsol-YPF said that it respects international law, in reaction to accusations that the company claimed to own part of Bolivia's gas reserves.

US: Fines in mining deaths cut back
by Thomas FrankUSA Today
January 10th, 2006
The nation's coal mines have been required to pay only a fraction of the federal fines imposed after deadly accidents since 1999, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

INDONESIA: Recklessness in Indonesia
The New York Times
January 9th, 2006
Freeport-McMoRan, an American company that operates a giant open-pit copper and gold mine in Papua, is a major contributor to Indonesia's economy. The company is also one of Indonesia's most reckless polluters and a source of hard cash -- cash the company concedes is protection money -- for the Indonesian military, which has one of the worst human rights records anywhere.

US: Moving Mountains
by Erik ReeceOrion Magazine
January 9th, 2006
It is the people of Appalachia who pay the highest price for the rest of the country's cheap energy—through contaminated water, flooding, cracked foundations and wells, bronchial problems related to breathing coal dust, and roads that have been torn up and turned deadly by speeding coal trucks.

US: Under Bush, mine-safety enforcement eased
by Seth Borenstein and Linda J. JohnsonPhiladelphia Inquirer
January 8th, 2006
A Knight Ridder investigation shows the number of major fines has dropped and the dollar amounts have plunged. But deaths and injuries from accidents are near record-low levels in recent years.

US: Safety Violations Have Piled Up at Coal Mine
by Joby WarrickWashington Post
January 4th, 2006
Time and again over the past four years, federal mining inspectors documented the same litany of problems at central West Virginia's Sago Mine: mine roofs that tended to collapse without warning. Faulty or inadequate tunnel supports. A dangerous buildup of flammable coal dust.

US: Shell Subsidiary Agrees to Settle Charges
Associated Press
January 4th, 2006

US: Katrina Oil Spill Clouds Future Of Battered Suburb
by Betsy McKayWall Street Journal
January 3rd, 2006
When the levees that protected Chalmette gave way to Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, about 1,800 homes were inundated with floodwaters carrying nearly 1.1 million gallons of oil from a nearby refinery.

NIGERIA: Blood Flows With Oil in Poor Villages
by Lydia PolgreenThe New York Times
January 1st, 2006
For months a pitched battle has been fought between communities that claim authority over this village and the right to control what lies beneath its watery ground: a potentially vast field of crude oil that has caught the attention of a major energy company.

AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan oil: a mixed blessing
Christian Science Monitor
December 30th, 2005
The corruption-prone country expects oil revenues to total $160 billion by 2025.

INDONESIA: Military Admits Accepting Payments from Mining Company
Associated Press
December 29th, 2005

INDONESIA: Mining Company Paid Military, General Says
Associated Press
December 29th, 2005
A senior Indonesian general has admitted that the military received massive payments from a U.S. mining company for providing security at a gold and copper mine in the remote eastern province of Papua.

RUSSIA: In Russia, Pollution Is Good for Business
by Andrew E. KramerThe New York Times
December 28th, 2005
One of the paradoxes of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change is that companies in Russia and other Eastern European countries, which are among the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases, are poised to earn hundreds of millions of dollars through trading their rights to release carbon dioxide into the air.

NEW GUINEA: Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste
by Jane Perlez and Raymond Bonner, with Evelyn RusliThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
It is hard to discern the intricate web of political and military ties that have helped shield Freeport-McMoRan from the rising pressures that other gold miners have faced to clean up their practices. Only lightly touched by a scant regulatory regime, and cloaked in the protection of the military, Freeport has managed to maintain a nearly impenetrable redoubt on the easternmost Indonesian province as it taps one of the country's richest assets.

INDONESIA: The Cost of Gold: The Hidden Payroll
by Jane Perlez and Raymond BonnerThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
Months of investigation by The New York Times revealed a level of contacts and financial support to the military not fully disclosed by Freeport, despite years of requests by shareholders concerned about potential violations of American laws and the company's relations with a military whose human rights record is so blighted that the United States severed ties for a dozen years until November.

ZIMBABWE: Mining Firms Scandal Unearthed
by Martin KadzereThe Herald (Harare)
December 20th, 2005
At least five small and medium mining firms are said to have smuggled minerals worth more than US$100 million since the beginning of this year.

US: $64B diamond industry rocked by fraud
CNN
December 20th, 2005
A scandal has rocked the $64 billion global diamond business and tarnished the credibility of one the industry's biggest players,according to a news report Tuesday.

VENEZUELA: State Gives Exxon an Ultimatum
by Greg MorsbachBBC News
December 20th, 2005

US: Suit Filed Against BP, Exxon in Alaska
by Matt VolzAssociated Press
December 20th, 2005
An antitrust lawsuit filed against Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC claims the two oil giants are restricting the nation's supply of natural gas and keeping prices at record highs.

ARGENTINA: The War for Gold in Catamarca
by Darío ArandaPágina 12 Newspaper
December 18th, 2005
Water that is undrinkable. Air that is better left unbreathed. A community impoverished, living above mountains of gold. These are some of the contradictions of Andalgalá, a town of 17,000 inhabitants in Catamarca, Argentina, 240 kilometres from the provincial capital, home for ten years now to the largest gold and copper mine in the country, and one of the largest in the world.

BOLIVIA: Who Will Bring Water to the Bolivian Poor?
by Juan ForeroThe New York Times
December 15th, 2005
Five years after the citizens of Cochabamba won the "water war" against multinational Bechtel, the poorer half of the city still has no reliable access to the now-public water utility.

US: In selling Maine's Fresh Waters, Does Maine Get a Cut?
by Sara Miller LlanaChristian Science Monitor
December 14th, 2005
These days, instead of evoking Maine's tranquil forestland and waterways, the Poland Springs brand symbolizes a battle over who owns and controls the water that seeps into the state's permeable rock.

NIGERIA: Oil and Misery
by Lydia PolgreenThe New York Times
December 10th, 2005

LIBERIA: Firestone Sued Over "Slave" Plantation
by Haider RizviOneWorld.net
December 8th, 2005
Firestone, a multinational rubber manufacturing giant known for its automobile tires, has come under fire from human rights and environmental groups for its alleged use of child labor and slave-like working conditions at a plantation in Liberia.

CAMEROON: Frustrations Grow in Cameroon over Oil Pipeline
Reuters
November 18th, 2005
Oil was meant to bring hope and money to this sleepy fishing town in Cameroon, but Kribi's residents say they can barely make ends meet.

US: Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest
by Ben BainThe Financial Times
November 17th, 2005
Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest US gold retailers fear proposed reform of an 1872 law could prompt an environmentalist backlash against them.

NIGERIA: In key ruling, court deems gas-flaring illegal
Reuters
November 15th, 2005
Issuing a landmark ruling that opens the way for compensation claims against oil conglomerates, a court in Nigeria has declared the flaring of natural gas illegal.

INDIA: Jharkhand tribal groups up in arms against projects
Press Trust of India (PTI)
November 15th, 2005
Tribal outfits and political parties in mineral-rich Kolhan region of Jharkhand are up in arms against development projects, including industries, fearing they would result in large scale displacement of inhabitants and loss of their sources of livelihood.

US: Koch Buys Georgia-Pacific
Bloomberg.com
November 14th, 2005
Koch's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific makes it the largest private corporation in the United States.

US: Neighbors of toxic mine want ARCO to pay for fence; EPA agrees
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
November 13th, 2005
Neighbors of a toxic mine site in Nevada want to know why an oil company responsible for its cleanup won't fence off nearly 6 square miles of mill tailings and ponds.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mining Giants Seek Their Fortune Abroad
by Linus AtarahInter Press Service
November 11th, 2005
A number of South African mining companies, long a pillar of the country's economy, are now primed for take-off to countries with lower mining standards and labour regulations.

US: Bottler to Pay $1 Million for Pollution of 2 Rivers
by Wendy ThermosLos Angeles Times
November 11th, 2005
Runoff was harmful to humans and marine life, EPA says. Fines came in civil and criminal cases.

NIGERIA: Ogoni Minority Mark Saro-Wiwa's Death
Agence-France Presse
November 10th, 2005
Hundreds of members of Nigeria's Ogoni minority have marched in the oil city of Port Harcourt to mark the tenth anniversary of the execution of rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa after he protested against the energy giant Shell.

Azerbaijan: Oil billions and poverty in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan
Agence France Presse
October 31st, 2005
Azerbaijan may be experiencing an oil boom but analysts warn it could be short-lived and millions of ordinary Azerbaijanis have so far seen little of the windfall from oil revenues.

PERU: Tangled Strands in Fight Over Peru Gold Mine
by Jane Perlez and Lowell BergmanThe New York Times
October 25th, 2005
Yanacocha is Newmont's prize possession, the most productive gold mine in the world. But if history holds one lesson, it is that where there is gold, there is conflict, and the more gold, the more conflict.

INDIA: Health Minister: 'Coke Plant Will Not Be Allowed to Function'
The Hindu
October 25th, 2005
Health Minister K.K. Ramachandran on Monday said the Government "would not allow the bottling plant of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. at Plachimada to reopen against the will of the people." (Mr. Ramachandran is the first Minister to have visited Plachimada where the local people have been waging an agitation for the last three years demanding the closure of the company for allegedly exploiting the groundwater, leading to shortage of water for drinking and irrigation purposes.)

WORLD: The Cost of Gold
by JANE PERLEZ and KIRK JOHNSONThe New York Times
October 24th, 2005
The price of gold is higher than it has been in 17 years - pushing $500 an ounce. But much of the gold left to be mined is microscopic and is being wrung from the earth at enormous environmental cost, often in some of the poorest corners of the world.

CANADA: MPs Call for Tougher Rules on Overseas Mines
by Paul Weinberg Inter Press Service
October 22nd, 2005
A call by members of Canada's parliament for legally binding measures to govern the behaviour of Canadian mining companies around the world, and specifically to investigate the activities of a Calgary-based operation in the Philippines, has been turned down flat by the Canadian government's foreign affairs minister Pierre Pettigrew.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians say Texaco left damage
by Gonzalo SolanoAssociated Press
October 20th, 2005
About 50 Cofan Indians, some holding handkerchiefs over their faces to fend off an acrid chemical stench, gathered around two contaminated open pits they say were left behind and never adequately cleaned up by the former Texaco Corp.

US: EPA probes alleged mud dumping in Alaska
by Mark ThiessenThe Associated Press
October 18th, 2005
Federal regulators are investigating the alleged dumping of thousands of gallons of tainted mud by a Texas drilling company into the Beaufort Sea on Alaska's northern coast, a spokeswoman for Alaska's environmental protection agency said Tuesday.

PHILIPPINES: Placer Dome Suit May Not Damp Philippine Mining, Secretary Says
by Ian C. Sayson and Chia-Peck Wong Bloomberg
October 11th, 2005
An environmental lawsuit filed by a Philippine province against Placer Dome Inc., Canada's second- largest gold producer, may not damp overseas investments in Philippines mining industry, a government official said.

US: A Quest for Oil Collides With Nature in Alaska
by Felicity BarringerThe New York Times
October 2nd, 2005
The 217,000 acres of windblown water and mottled tundra here on the North Slope of Alaska, separating Teshekpuk Lake from the Beaufort Sea, are home in summer to 50,000 to 90,000 migratory birds. This corner of Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve is also thought to be brimming with oil.

ROMANIA: An oil fortune bound in red tape
by Terence O'HaraWashington Post
August 16th, 2005
G. Philip Stephenson does not cut the figure of an Eastern European oil baron, clashing with formerly communist security officials over the legality of his budding empire.

INDONESIA: American Mining Company Denies Polluting Indonesian Bay
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
August 5th, 2005
In a muggy auditorium secured by several hundred police officers, the government on Friday brought criminal charges of polluting against the American mining giant Newmont and its head of operations here.

US: Newmont on Trial in Indonesia for Pollution
by Jane PerlezNew York Times
August 5th, 2005
The Indonesian government today brought criminal charges of polluting the environment against the American mining company Newmont, and its head of operations here.

NIGERIA: Chevron Paid Troops After Alleged Killing
by David R. Baker
August 4th, 2005
Nigerian soldiers guarding Chevron oil rigs billed the company for $109.25 a day after they allegedly attacked two villages in the volatile country, killing four people and setting fire to homes.

INDONESIA: Indonesia hit by petrol shortages
by Rachel HarveyBBC News
July 18th, 2005
The oil crisis is hitting Indonesia - one the world's biggest oil producers - as it struggles to end subsidised prices for petrol.

CANADA: Indigenous Youth Challenge Corporate Mining
by Angela SterrittWeekly Indigenous News
July 15th, 2005

US: Is Nevada a Toxic Neighbor?
by Jeff DeLongReno Gazette-Journal
July 10th, 2005
With concern mounting that Nevada gold mines are belching clouds of toxic mercury downwind to neighboring states, officials are being urged to tighten regulations regarding the dangerous pollutant.

BORNEO: Lowland Forests Face Extinction
Reuters
June 8th, 2005
The lowland tropical rain forests in Indonesian Borneo could disappear in five years due to rampant logging and forest fires, endangering the survival of many exotic species, an international conservation group said on Tuesday.

CONGO: Anvil Mining Hammered Over Military Assistance
by Peter GonnellaMineWeb
June 8th, 2005

BRAZIL: New Logging Permits Banned in Amazon State
by By Alan Clendenning Associated Press
June 6th, 2005
New logging permits were suspended Friday in a huge Amazon state where the rain forest is being cleared at an ever increasing rate, a day after police launched a crackdown on official corruption.

PERU: Mining Groups Struggle to Operate
by Hal WeitzmanFinancial Times
June 4th, 2005

US: Clean-Energy Mega-Mall
by Amanda Griscom LittleGrist
May 20th, 2005
The developer of a new mall planned for Upstate New York vows that it will be the closest thing to an "Apollo Project" for renewable energy that America has ever seen -- one that grows the economy, strengthens national security by encouraging energy independence, and protects the environment.

US: Shouting Drowns Out Positive Weyerhaeuser Report
by By BILL VIRGINSeattle Post-Intelligencer
April 22nd, 2005
The normally staid annual shareholders meeting of Weyerhaeuser Co. was anything but a buttoned-down affair yesterday, with representatives of labor, environmental and Canadian tribal groups shouting at the company's chief executive and demanding an opportunity to present their criticisms of the forest-product company.

LATIN AMERICA: New Gold Rush Runs into Opposition
by Mark StevensonAssociated Press
April 12th, 2005
A surge in world gold prices is attracting U.S. and Canadian companies eager for another crack at the Latin American lodes that once enriched the Old World. But their modern-day methods -- strip mines and cyanide-based refining -- are meeting fierce resistance.

BOLIVIA: Political Landscape Shaped by Protests
by Monte ReelThe Washington Post
April 4th, 2005
"Bolivia has natural gas, water, coca and all kinds of natural resources," said one activist. "But the problem is that they keep stealing it from us."

HONDURAS: Creating a Logjam
by Chris KraulLos Angeles Times
March 21st, 2005
As deforestation erodes rural life, a priest has taken on the timber industry and forced an unofficial freeze. Critics call him inflexible.

PERU: Villagers Seek Justice
by Peter HechtSan Francisco Chronicle
March 20th, 2005
Unbeknownst to the driver, at least one canister leaked 330 pounds of glittering silver droplets onto the highway, attracting curious residents of the small farming community called Choropampa.

CANADA: Water - Bottles Versus Faucets
by Stephen LeahyIPS
March 12th, 2005
Four large corporations control much of the world's booming bottled water industry and pose a threat to public water utilities, according to a report by the Canadian non-governmental Polaris Institute.

BOLIVIA: Not A Drop To Drink
by  Kelly HearnThe American Prospect
February 25th, 2005
In parched Latin American countries, the battle over water is ready to explode.

INDIA: Fighting Big Pharma in Little Digwal
by Stan CoxCounterpunch
February 15th, 2005
In this 50-mile-long stretch of rural India west of Hyderabad, the country's fifth largest city, almost 40 percent of the country's bulk pharmaceuticals are produced (a large proportion of them for export). The progress the the people of Digwal have made in protecting themselves against the industry's wastes puts them in a league of their own.

US: Firm Accused Of Asbestos Coverup Contamination Scars Montana Town
by Carrie Johnson and Dina ElBoghdadyWashington Post
February 8th, 2005
Federal prosecutors yesterday charged W.R. Grace & Co. with exposing mine workers and residents in a small mountain community in Montana to deadly asbestos and covering up the danger.

ICELAND: Threatened Protestors Raise Stakes
Corporate Watch
January 26th, 2005
People in Iceland are calling for an international protest against the building of a series of giant dams, currently under construction in the eastern highlands of Iceland.

TASMANIA: Logging Company Tries to Sue Protestors into Silence
Corporate Watch
January 26th, 2005
Gunns, the company responsible for logging the Tasmanian rainforests, is responding to a 5-year long campaign of protests and direct action by issuing a mass lawsuit, hoping to intimidate or impoverish its opponents out of existence.

BOTSWANA: Exiles of the Kalahari
by Tom PriceMother Jones
Forcibly resettled by a Botswanan government eager to clear the way for diamond mining, the Bushmen are battling to regain their ancestral homeland.

GUATEMALA: Clashes Over Glamis Mining Project
by Wendy StueckToronto Globe and Mail
January 13th, 2005
Villagers in Guatemala this week blocked a road leading to a gold mine being built by Glamis Gold Corp., resulting in conflicting reports about the event.

CANADA: Natives' Land Battles Bring a Shift in Economy
by Clifford Krauss The New York Times
December 9th, 2004
The Haida won a landmark case in November in Canada's Supreme Court obliging British Columbia to consult with them over land use anywhere on their traditional homelands on the Queen Charlotte Islands. The decision is expected to have a sweeping impact on similar Indian claims across Canada.

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.

Liberia: Civilians Seek Ban on Natural Resources Trade
Environment News Service
July 22nd, 2003
A halt to extraction and trade of Liberian gold, diamonds and timber would help stop the fighting that has killed at least 600 civilians in the capital in the past five days, according to the Environmental Lawyers Association of Liberia and two other nongovernmental organizations.

BRAZIL: Land Reforms Promised to Peasant Activists
by Andrew HayReuters
July 3rd, 2003
Brazil promised on Thursday to speed land reforms after landless movement leaders met with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, but the pledge did little to halt a wave of occupations by peasant activists.

USA: Bottled Water Blues
by Kari LydersenAlterNet
June 3rd, 2003
The residents of Mecosta County and the surrounding areas in central Michigan regard water as central to their identity. They fish for trout and watch ospreys and eagles feeding in the streams. They spend warm days by the ponds and small lakes that dot the woodlands. And of course the Great Lakes, which hold a fifth of the world's fresh water, are a constant presence. So when a huge multinational bottled water company decided to move in and start pumping over half a million gallons of water a day out of the springs that feed their lakes and streams, the residents took it personally.

USA: Private Firms Belly-flop in the H2O Biz
by Jane KellyThe Sacramento Bee
April 7th, 2003
Multinational corporations vie for a share of the American water market, and if they are given the opportunity, affordable drinking water may soon be a thing of the past. From Stockton, to Atlanta, to Cochabamba, Bolivia, privatization has proven a risky business with far-reaching consequences.

USA: Bechtel to Get Richer in Post-War Iraq
by Aaron Davis and Dana HullSan Jose Mercury News
March 25th, 2003
Bechtel raised the Bay Bridge and assembled the Hoover Dam. The San Francisco company extinguished the oil well fires in Kuwait and dug tunnels for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. Its workers have laid 50,000 miles of pipeline and built 17,000 miles of roadway in 140 countries.

BRAZIL: South Could Become Stage for Water Wars
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service
March 21st, 2003

Developing countries rich in water resources could become scenarios of war similar to what is happening today in Iraq if water continues to be privatized and sold like any other merchandise or "good", warned Leonardo Morelli, the organizer of the Social Water Forum, taking place in Brazil.


WORLD: Water Privatization Under Fire
Inter Press News Service
March 10th, 2003
Privatization of water services has had negative consequences in many countries, says the environmental network Friends of the Earth International, which urges global resistance to the commercialization of this essential resource.

Ghana: Gold Discovered Beneath Forest Reserves
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
March 4th, 2003
Dozens of bulldozers and excavators belonging to five multinational mining companies operating in Ghana are poised to tear apart thousands of hectares of forest reserves in the Ashanti, Western and Eastern Regions of the country, if the government gives them approval to haul out what they describe as rich deposits of gold beneath the forests

WORLD: The Planet is Running Out of Fresh Water
by Maude BarlowThe Guardian
February 26th, 2003
The private sector was the first to notice: the planet is running out of fresh water at such a rate that soon it will be the most valuable commodity on earth.

BRAZIL: Vivendi Moves to Keep Water Company
by Raymond ColittFinancial Times
February 18th, 2003
Vivendi Environnement will today launch last-ditch negotiations to recover control of a Brazilian water company after a state government said it would take over management from the French utility.

US: Water Industry's Cash to Political Campaigns Helps Fuel Effort to Privatize
Hoovers
February 12th, 2003
Most of that came from a core group of seven of the nation's largest water companies and the industry association that represents them, said the article.

US: Privatized Water Deal Collapses in Atlanta
by Douglas JehlNew York Times
February 10th, 2003
Privatization has hit the water sector, which has remained mostly the bastion of public utilities. Over the last five years, hundreds of American communities, including Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Gary, Ind., have hired private companies to manage their waterworks, serving about one in 20 Americans.

UK: De Beers Changes Its Name to Element Six
Canada NewsWire
September 30th, 2002
CO. CLARE, Ireland (September 30) -- From October 1st, 2002, the De Beers Industrial Diamonds group of companies (Debid) including Drukker International, will become Element Six. The new corporate and brand name is derived from the fact that diamond is a form of carbon, and carbon is the sixth element in the periodic table. The companies feel that the choice of this name encompasses their several businesses in an imaginative and differentiating way, reflecting the modern industrial diamond industry.

PERU: Women to be Reckoned With
by Barbara J. FraserLatinAmericaPress.org
September 24th, 2002
In a remote mining camp, small businesses give women economic security -- and freedom. High on an arid western slope of the Andes, Santa Filomena is nearly invisible from a distance. The cluster of straw-mat shacks is barely distinguishable from the surrounding hills. There is no water or greenery, and until recently, there was not even an electric light. But for nearly 15 years, the village has attracted settlers from as far away as Piura, in the north, as well as the local department of Ayacucho.

SOUTH AFRICA: Police Arrest 52 in Landless March Ahead of Earth Summit
Agence France Presse
August 22nd, 2002
Fifty-two protesters were arrested after about 2,000 landless South Africans marched on provincial offices in Johannesburg to demand an end to forced removals from squatter camps, a police spokeswoman said.

NIGERIA: Women Stick to Oil Demands
by D'Arcy DoranAssociated Press
July 13th, 2002
Oil company executives thumped the table and even offered concessions, but the women who took over a giant oil terminal and trapped hundreds of workers inside did not budge Saturday in their demands for jobs for their sons and electricity for their homes.

AFRICA: Controversy Continues to Dog Major World Bank Projects
by Jim CasonAllAfrica.com
April 25th, 2002
The World Bank president's June meeting could do worse than to consider Uganda's Bujagali Dam project and Tanzania's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine. The two large-scale projects are being supported by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), as part of a broad strategy to increase economic growth and alleviate poverty.

BRAZIL: Peasants Take Over Ranches of the Rich
EFE News Service
March 26th, 2002
Some 300 members of Brazil's Landless Peasants' Movement (MST) took over an estate belonging to an associate of the country's president in the state of Sao Paulo Monday, organization spokesmen said.

US: Mine Workers Chief Arrested at Massey Energy Protest
Environment News Service
March 15th, 2002
United Mine Workers president Cecil Roberts was one of 11 people arrested Thursday at the site of a huge coal sludge spill as they demonstrated against the environmental performance of Massey Energy.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians Appeal Texaco Case Ruling
by Gail ApplesonReuters
March 11th, 2002
Rainforest Indians of Ecuador and Peru urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to reinstate nine-year-old litigation against Texaco, alleging that toxic dumping devastated their environment and exposed residents to cancer-causing pollutants.

INDIA: Novelist Roy is Grassroots Hero
by Madeleine BuntingThe Guardian (UK)
March 7th, 2002
When Arundhati Roy woke up at 5.30am this morning in Tihar prison, New Delhi, it must have struck her that reality was proving stranger than any fiction. Over the past week terrible communal violence in India has claimed hundreds of lives while the forces of law and order stood by. This has now been juxtaposed with the spectacle of a diminutive, softly spoken novelist being sent to one of the country's most notorious prisons to uphold what the supreme court called the ''glory of the law'' because she dared to criticize it.

INDONESIA: Man Shot at Australian Gold Mine
Environment News Service
January 23rd, 2002
An Indonesian man was shot by security police at an Australian gold mine in Indonesian Borneo. The gold mine is located in a remote area of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, inhabited mainly by indigenous Dayak people.

Ghana: Cyanide Spill Worst Disaster Ever in West African Nation
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
October 24th, 2001
Villages in the Wassa West District of Ghana's western region have been hit by the spillage of thousands of cubic metres of mine wastewater contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals. The cyanide-laced waste contaminated the River Asuman on October 16 when a tailings dam ruptured at a mine operation owned by the South African company, Goldfields Ltd.

Peru: Mining Companies Invade Andean Cloud Forests
Environment News Service
August 17th, 2001
The recent discovery of gold deposits in northwestern Peru has split the population between those who support proposed mineral extraction and those who fear it will cause irreparable ecological damage to human health, agriculture and endangered species.

FIJI: Japanese Mine Wants to Dump 100,000 Tons of Waste Daily
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
June 30th, 2001
Japanese mining magnate Nittetsu-Nippon has set its sights on the copper-rich hills of Fiji, endangering the ecologically fragile Waisoi Valley and the Coral Coast. Because the ore contains such low-grade (only .5%) copper, the proposed Namosi mine would be among the biggest producers of crushed rock among copper mines worldwide.

Indonesia: International Ban on Dumping Mine Waste Urged
Environment News Service
May 2nd, 2001
An international conference here on the dumping of mine waste at sea, known as submarine tailings disposal, concluded Monday with a declaration which calls for an international ban on the practice.

Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed
by Eric Ture MuhammadFinal Call
April 25th, 2001
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) led the voices of castigation that claimed the U.S. Government, the UN, private militias and western economic interests possessed complete knowledge of pending civil unrest in Africa and fed the fray between African nations. Their aim was to use war, disease, hunger and poverty as covers while continuing the centuries-old practice of rape and exploitation of the continent's human and mineral resources, testimonies charged.

US: 2001 Goldman Prize Winners Fight Greed
Environment News Service
April 23rd, 2001
The Goldman Environmental Prize for North America goes this year to Akre and Wilson. Winners in five other geographic areas are honored too with the world's largest prize for environmental activists.

Turkey: Anti-Mining Activist Jailed
by Jon GorvettEnvironment News Service
March 30th, 2001
The leader of one of Turkey's longest running environmental campaigns was jailed for a year and a half this week under the country's tough anti-protest laws written by the Turkish military.

ECUADOR: Nationwide Protests End with Triumph by Indians
by Kintto LucasInter Press Service
February 7th, 2001
The nationwide protests or ''uprising'' by Ecuador's indigenous people that has brought much of this Andean nation to a standstill over the past two weeks ended Wednesday with the signing of a pact with President Gustavo Noboa, who agreed to lower the price of gasoline, one of the demonstrators' main demands.

TURKEY: Court Bans Cyanide Gold Process Near Ancient Town
by Jon GorvettEnvironment News Service
January 16th, 2001
Despite an order from the country's Supreme Court backing up environmentalists, the pressure is mounting this week for the reopening of a controversial mine in one of Turkey's most visited tourist areas.

World: Enviromentalists Call for Mining Standards
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
October 25th, 2000
Following January's cyanide spill in Romania and new reports on mining disasters from China, environmentalists are calling for governments worldwide to adopt international mining standards.

PERU: Mercury from Gold Mine Dumped in Transit
Environment News Service
June 16th, 2000
Eight people have been hospitalized including a woman in critical condition following a mercury spill near the Minera Yanacocha mine, 600 kilometers (375 miles) north of Lima, Peru.

AFRICA: Illegal Diamond Trade Funds War in Sierra Leone
UMCOR
April 19th, 2000
Peace cannot be sustained in Sierra Leone until controls are imposed on the illegal selling of diamonds used to finance its civil war, according to a recent study.

SRI LANKA: Massive Protest Against US Mining Project
Inter Press Service
March 30th, 2000
Scientists, trade unionists and priests joined farmers from a northeast Sri Lanka village on Thursday in a massive protest in the capital against government plans to hand over phosphate mines to a US-based transnational company (TNC).

ZAMBIA: Environmentalists Caution New Mine Investors
The Times of Zambia (Lusaka)
March 6th, 2000
A non-governmental organisation has cautioned the new mine investors not to willfully pollute the environment despite a bill which indemnifies them from litigation against environmental degradation. Citizens for a better environment, a Kitwe based NGO, warned that should the new mines violate the rights of the people to a clean environment, they would face the wrath of the public.

US: Vermiculite Products Could Expose Consumers to Asbestos
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
February 15th, 2000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether products made from vermiculite could expose consumers to asbestos. Preliminary test results on common household products indicate that a particularly lethal form of asbestos fibers contaminates some attic insulation, but researchers do not yet know whether normal use of these products could endanger consumers.

US: Asbestos Tainted Ore Affected Thousands, Suit Charges
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
February 1st, 2000
A class action lawsuit filed Monday seeks cleanup and medical monitoring funds to help more than 26,000 people exposed to asbestos from contaminated vermiculite ore. The suit alleges that decades of unsafe mining operations in Libby, Montana have led to illness and death for thousands of mineworkers, processing plant employees, and Libby residents.

The Mexican Version of Pulpwood Plantations
by Alejandro VillamarWorld Rainforest Movement Bulletin
August 1st, 1998
In response to pressure from the maquiladora industry, the Mexican government is now paving the way for the large-scale pulpwood plantations in order to provide industry with raw material to produce cheap pulp and paper.

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