A British mining company has struck gold in southern Armenia. What’s in it for the locals?
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.
A South African Anglican bishop is joining international solidarity groups in London on 26 January, to demand that the UK-listed mining firm meets its commitments for victim compensation and improved worker living conditions before 16 August, the fifth anniversary of the police massacre which killed 34 miners in 2012.
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.
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.