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South Africa: 25 families take stand against Anglo American

Siyathemba, meaning “We Trust” in isiXhosa, is the “new Dingleton”, built by Kumba Iron Ore on the outskirts of the little town of Kathu. This is where the residents of Dingleton are to be moved, so that Kumba can extend the Sishen iron mine. Kumba, a subsidiary of Anglo American, owns Sishen, one of the largest open pit mining operations in the world.

Russia: The Buddhists vs Evraz

In Russia's Ural Mountains, a small group of Buddhists led by a veteran of the USSR's Afghanistan war has spent the past 21 years establishing a monastery on an isolated mountaintop. But it sits on land claimed by a mining company belonging to Roman Abramovich, one of Russia's most powerful oligarchs. After years of delays, a date has now been set for the complex's removal. Abramovich is the owner of London's Chelsea Football Club.

Europe in favour of oil sands-friendly deal with Canada

The European Union Parliament has voted in favour of pushing ahead with a trade deal that would allow Canadian oil sand producers to export more crude to the old continent. Ottawa and the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in October last year, not without facing first resistance from a region of Belgium, Austria and other countries.

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