Labour Struggle Against Rio Tinto in Boron

Union Workers in California Town Locked Out by Mining Giant Rio Tinto After Stalled Contract Talks The California mining town of Boron is the site of the second-largest borax mine in the world. A labour struggle is unfolding between some 600 workers represented by the...

Rio Tinto associate up against the wall in Colombia

Court rules company failed to consult local people A highly controversial new mining project in Colombia has been halted by court order, because the operating company failed to consult with local communities. Over the past year Muriel Mining’s Mande Norte...

Black and White Unite against Dirty South African coal

African organisations condemn World Bank funding for Eskom Many NGOs have expressed alarm at the prospect of World Bank financing for a major new coal-fired power station in South Africa. Last week the Bank urged its most powerful member, the US, not to reject the...

Borneo bears the brunt of "Deadly Coal"

Indonesian NGO launches global campaign Last February, at the invitation of JATAM (the Indonesian Mining Advocacy Network) and JATAM Kaltim (JATAM East Kalimantan), UK researcher Andrew Hickman saw for himself the impacts of coal mining in and around Samarinda, East...

BHP the cartel-buster

The successful completion of BHP Billiton’s $US320 million acquisition of Canada’s Athabasca Potash Inc signals the start of a new era for the industry and an uncomfortable period for the cartels which today dominates it. Athabasca gives BHP control of a development...

Precious metals prices manipulated on London markets

GATA’s evidence of silver and gold manipulation at CFTC hearing Some observers feel that the Gold Anti Trust Association (GATA’s) long held views on a conspiracy by some major banks and government entities to manipulate precious metals prices are...

Peruvian Regional Council seeks ban on all mining

The Regional Council of Cusco, Peru, has prohibited mining activities in its department, arguing that a lot of the farming territory, now being taken over by mining firms, will be at environmental risk. The Council fears that citizens will be displaced from their land...

Only Seven Tanzanians Buy Barrick Shares

ONLY seven Tanzanians managed to purchase the African Barrick Gold (ABG)’s shares floated on London Stock Exchange (LSE) during the recent Initial Public Offering (IPO). Out of seven, three are individual investors and four were companies owned by Tanzanians....

India's Tata accused of harassing tribal protestors

Over several years, global conglomerate, Tata (owners of, among others, Corus Steel and Tetley Tea), has been trying to open a major steel plant at Kalinga Nagar in the Indian state of Orissa. It was forced to drop the plans in January 2006, after police opened fire...