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The writing is on the wall for Solwara 1 – PNG should withdraw

Amid financial strife and looming litigation, Sir Arnold Amet, former Papua New Guinean Attorney General and Minister for Justice advises the PNG Government to terminate its joint partnership agreement with Nautilus, recoup its 15% stake in the Solwara 1 deep sea mining project and decline to renew the licences for Solwara 1. Anglo American is a shareholder in Nautilus.

Forgetting Marikana: What does Ramaphosa’s rise mean for poor South Africans?

On the 16 August 2012, 34 miners from Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana were shot and killed. They were on strike demanding a living wage. At the time, Ramaphosa was a director and shareholder in Lonmin PLC, a platinum mining company listed on the London Stock Exchange and with deep roots in apartheid South Africa’s mining industry.

Update on Lydian International’s gold mine project in Amulsar, Armenia

On December 24, 2017, international independent experts declined the invitation of Armenia’s Minister of Nature Protection Artsvik Minasyan to participate in the trilateral meeting with Lydian International’s consultants to discuss the problems of gold mine project in Amsular. Lydian is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange but registered in the UK-controlled tax haven of Jersey in the Channel Islands.

The ground is shifting under BHP

In a remarkable development late last year, the world's biggest miner made the momentous declaration that it would quit the World Coal Association, citing "material differences" on climate and energy policy. We have recently marked the second anniversary of the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil. On November 5, 2015, 19 people died when two iron ore tailings dams collapsed at a Brazilian mine, co-owned by BHP. Entire villages were swept away in a torrent of toxic mud. Two years on, a report by the London Mining Network estimates that 1.4 million people continue to seek urgent action to remediate ecosystems and restore livelihoods.

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