Vedanta: take action now!

Stand alongside the Kondh The pristine Niyamgiri hills in Orissa, India, are the ancestral home of thousands of tribal people. The Kondh tribe lead a self-sufficient life nurturing the forest-covered region and relying on it for their food, drink and medicines. They...

A world free of mercury? Not yet – but hope rises

It may not represent complete victory, but the unanimous decision by more than 140 states to voluntarily “control” mercury emissions to the environment is a welcome and major step to ridding the planet of one of its most toxic substances. Since coal-fired...

Anglo American to cut 19,000 jobs as mining boom ends

Daily Telegraph, 20-02-2009 Anglo American, the world’s biggest platinum producer, plans to cut 19,000 jobs by the end of the year as the boom in commodities comes crashing down. The company, which owns a 45pc stake in Diamond producer De Beers and employs about...

Aboriginal Australians struggle against Xstrata

The Yanyuwa have lived around the McArthur River in Australia’s Northern Territory for millennia and were able to legally claim the land in 1977 under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act, which allows indigenous people to establish ownership of land based on...

U.S. financing groups pledge change on climate policies

The U.S. government’s major financing agencies for overseas development projects have committed to scrutinizing fossil-fuel facilities for their effect on global warming and pledging to help build renewable energy plants abroad. The decision was revealed in...

Angolan farmers to be removed for Lonrho

Angola: Lonrho secures rice land deal; farmers will be removed GCM’s Lenigas in the frame Comment by Roger Moody, Nostromo Research The name David Lenigas may become increasingly familiar with civil society groups in sub-Saharan Africa, although it isn’t widely...

Canada: Attawapiskat members issue demands to DeBeers

Protesters at a winter road blockade to the DeBeers Victor Mine near Attawapiskat First Nation in Canada have issued a list of demands they wish to discuss with DeBeers management. The roadblock went up Feb. 6 to protest the Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) signed...

Peru: Death threats against journalist who exposed Monterrico

Journalist Julio César Vásquez Calle is pursuing a complaint to the Piura region prosecutor’s office against police officers and mining company security guards he claims tortured him while he was reporting on a protest in March 2005. On 5 February he received a...

Demonstrators target Graff Diamonds' London store

11 February 2009 Survival International’s campaign targeting Graff Diamonds over its involvement in a controversial diamond mine planned on the land of Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana has stepped up a gear. Thirty protestors gathered yesterday outside Graff’s flagship...