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Rio Tinto’s take on the challenges of resource availability

The company claims Africa to be the "largest untapped source of growth for our industry...providing us with the opportunity, in partnership with the east, to be part of the once-in-a-lifetime transformation story". So, metals and materials will be dug up on earth's poorest subcontinent, to serve the pretended needs of growing middle-classes in China, India, and elswhere in Asia. No surprise there - Rio Tinto has been doing much the same for over a century, while the Chinese state has become the company's pre-eminent shareholder. New markets may be radically re-targeted, but the colonial trope appears as much in evidence as ever - though now dressed up in more evocative and fancier clothes.

Rio facing class action in the U.S. over Mozambique coal mine

Seattle-based law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP released a statement saying it filed a suit on behalf of purchasers of Rio Tinto American Depositary Receipts between Oct. 23, 2012 and Feb. 15, 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The action has been filed against Rio Tinto and its former CEO Tom Albanese and CFO Guy Elliott over the value destroying acquisition of Mozambique coking coal assets in 2011.

Tanzania President Should Insist Barrick Gold Resolves Rights Abuses at Acacia’s North Mara Mine

Tanzanian and international human rights groups today urged Tanzanian president John Magufuli to address human rights issues at Acacia’s North Mara Gold Mine as part of the framework agreement with Barrick Gold Corporation, announced last week. The seven rights groups detailed their request in an open letter sent to the president.

Church of England’s National Investing Bodies launch policy on investing in Extractive Industries

The policy provides a distinctively Christian approach to investment in the extractives industries and is the culmination of theological reflection, expert input, public consultation and site visits to mine sites and communities over a 24-month period. It states that key ethical concerns in the extractive industries are not to be found in extraction in itself, but in business conduct including management of risk, the effects of operation on communities and national economies, and operating standards.

The Dark Side of Digitalization: Will Industry 4.0 Create New Raw Materials Demands?

The digitalisation of production and the ‘Internet of Things’, referred to as Industry 4.0 in Europe, are being sold with the promise of ‘clean’ economic growth and resource efficiency in a time of converging eco-social crises. Powershift E.V., together with the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation, The Gaia Foundation, and Yes to Life No to Mining, have just published a new fact sheet called The Dark Side of Digitalization: Will Industry 4.0 Create New Raw Materials Demands?

Fracking company takes out injunction against protesters

Petrochemicals firm Ineos has obtained a sweeping injunction in the UK against anti-fracking demonstrators. Activists face a fine, prison sentence or having their assets seized if they break the injunction. Two campaigners are seeking to have the injunction struck out at a three-day court hearing, arguing that it is “anti-democratic and oppressive”.

Women share stories of gender violence in mining-affected communities

Colonialism, resource extraction and intergenerational violence against Indigenous women are connected in complex ways across Canada. "When there is taking of the land—raping of the land without consent—it also affects us Indigenous women. There’s no free, prior and informed consent,” says Yvonne Tupper, a health worker from Saulteau First Nation in British Columbia.

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