Mariano Abarca Led a Growing Movement to Kick Canadian Mining Companies Out of Mexican Communities
Mariano Abarca Roblero, one of Mexico’s most prominent anti-mining organizers, was shot to death on the evening of November 27, 2009, in front of his house in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. He left behind a wife and four children. Another man was wounded in the shooting.
Posted: December 2nd, 2009 under Canada, Chiapas, Indigenous Rights, Mexico, Mining, Oil & Gas.
Jackie McVicar reporting from Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Posted: December 1st, 2009 under Honduras.
Posted: December 1st, 2009 under Afghanistan, Events, Women.
Afghan refugees who fled the war-torn south have claimed they are so neglected by government in Kabul that their children are dying from hypothermia for want of the most basic supplies.
Posted: November 30th, 2009 under Afghanistan, Children.
About 200 protesters gathered in a park outside an international military conference in Halifax today to demand that Canada withdraw from Afghanistan and from NATO, the trans-Atlantic alliance that is waging war in Afghanistan. One demonstrator carried a sign reading “60 years is 60 years Too Long” referring to Canada’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the U.S.-led military alliance formed in 1949.
Posted: November 30th, 2009 under Afghanistan, Canada.
Toronto Star: A usually sedate parliamentary hearing room was jolted with stories of alleged gang rape as MPs heard testimony about the operation of a Canadian-controlled gold mine in the South Pacific.
Posted: November 29th, 2009 under Canada, Mining, Oil & Gas, Women.
An attacker riding a motorcycle has shot and killed indigenous leader and anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca outside his home in southeastern Mexico. Abarca “was assassinated in a cowardly fashion outside his home” late on Friday, said Gustavo Castro, a spokesman for the Mexican Network of Communities Affected by Mining (REMA), adding that another member of the group was seriously wounded, AFP reported on Saturday. An unidentified individual riding a motorcycle opened fire on the indigenous leader, shooting him twice in the head and in the chest in Chicomuselo, a town in the mountains of Chiapas state, Castro said, citing relatives. In August 2009, Abarca was arrested for a week after he led highway blockades to prevent Canadian and Mexican-owned corporation Blackfire Exploration Ltd. from transporting minerals from a Mexican barite mine to processing facilities.
Posted: November 29th, 2009 under Canada, Indigenous Rights, Mexico, Mining, Oil & Gas.
“In September, I helped a war-resister friend of mine take care of some paperwork. Unable to obtain his birth certificate, he needed a friend with a US passport to attest to certain facts. As I slid my passport under the window at the US Consulate, I thought to myself, I wonder what will happen the next time I use my passport…? I was aware I was taking a slight risk. I didn’t think it was a big deal. I still don’t….”
Posted: November 29th, 2009 under Canada, US, War Resisters.
CBC: The University of New Brunswick’s College of Extended Learning is offering an explosive new course: Canada’s first training program in the field of unexploded explosive ordnance, known as UXO. The Fredericton-based program will train students to be Level 1 technicians who know how to find and safely detonate everything from bullets to artillery shells and 500-pound bombs, said lead instructor John Payne.
Posted: November 28th, 2009 under Canada.
The Globe and Mail’s foreign correspondent Graeme Smith has written an opinion piece calling for Canadian troops to be pulled out of Afghanistan.
Posted: November 28th, 2009 under Afghanistan, Canada.