“No information about what they have done, what the problem is, what the long-term environmental impact is, what it will cost to clean up the mess: polluted groundwater, impacted surface water, failed masses of cyanide-saturated rock, and so on,” says Jack Caldwell, a now-retired civil engineer and mining expert born in South Africa who has spent a lifetime in the “pits.”
The mine is owned by the Canadian company, Glencairn.
Posted: January 19th, 2008 under Canada, Economic Violence, Environment, Mining, Oil & Gas.
US in Iraq: Are We Humane? WARNING – This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.
Posted: January 19th, 2008 under Iraq, US.
Please sign the petition in support of the family of 28 year-old José Emanuel “Pepe” Méndez Dardón, who was assassinated on Friday, August 17, 2007. The purpose of their hunger strike is to call attention to: * Widespread human rights violations in Guatemala, including the right to life * The brutal, gender-motivated killings of over 3,000 Guatemalan women and girls * The rising number of extrajudicial executions and acts of “social cleaning” * The virtual state of impunity that has existed in Guatemala for those who perpetrated these crimes under the government of President Oscar Berger.
Posted: January 17th, 2008 under Guatemala, Women.
An optical engineer in B.C. is urging Ottawa to block the sale of Canada’s leading satellite developer — MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. — charging that the American buyer makes weaponry that kills people.
Posted: January 17th, 2008 under Canada.
The star-studded hue and cry to Save Darfur and “stop the genocide” has gained enormous traction in U.S. media along with bipartisan support in Congress and the White House. But the Congo, with ten to twenty times as many African dead over the same period, is not called a “genocide” and passes almost unnoticed. Sudan sits atop lakes of oil. It has large supplies of uranium and other minerals, significant water resources, and a strategic location near still more African oil and resources. The unasked question is whether the nation’s Republican and Democratic foreign policy elite are using claims of genocide and appeals for “humanitarian intervention” to grease the way for the next oil and resource wars on the African continent.
Posted: January 17th, 2008 under Mining, Oil & Gas, Sudan, US.
The Etobicoke wife of a terrorism suspect held for more than six years without charges is urging Liberal MPs to vote against new Conservative-proposed security certificate legislation expected to come before Parliament later this month. Mona Elfouli and a half dozen supporters yesterday protested against secret trials in Canada outside the offices of Etobicoke Liberal MPs Michael Ignatieff, Borys Wrzesnewskyj and Roy Cullen. The so-called Freedom Caravan was expected to visit east Toronto MPs today to also request meetings with the MPs prior to the vote in Parliament.
Posted: January 16th, 2008 under Canada, Immigrant/Refugee Rights, Secret Trials, Security Certificates.
On Monday, January 7th, the British Columbia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether or not Adbusters’ lawsuit against Global Television, the CBC, and the CRTC, should go forward. If the Adbusters lawsuit clears this hurdle, media rights advocates will celebrate an important victory in the battle against censorship. For more than a decade, Adbusters, a magazine and media foundation, has been trying to pay major commercial broadcasters to air its public-service TV spots, but these attempts have been routinely blocked by network executives, often with little or no explanation. In 2004, Adbusters finally turned to the courts. It filed a lawsuit against the government of Canada and some of the country’s biggest media barons, arguing that the public has a constitutionally protected freedom of expression over the public airwaves.
Posted: January 16th, 2008 under Media.
In contrast to carbon trading, what is reverberating within grassroots, coalface and fenceline struggles in many parts of the world is a very different strategy and demand by civil society activists: leave the oil in the soil, the resources in the ground.
Posted: January 16th, 2008 under Environment.
Encounters with the Zapatistas by Rebecca Solnit
Posted: January 16th, 2008 under Mexico.
Is his refusal to condemn building at Har Homa a signal of change in Canadian policy?
At a press conference in Ramallah alongside Palestinian foreign minister Riad Malki, Mr. Bernier said Canada opposes any move by Israel to expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank as “contrary to the peace process.” But when asked, twice, whether the blanket statement included Har Homa – where Israel recently announced plans to build hundreds of new housing units – Mr. Bernier declined to answer. The future of Har Homa may determine the success or failure of the peace process launched last month by U.S. President George W. Bush.
Posted: January 15th, 2008 under Canada, Occupation, Palestine.