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Tall tales and tailings – the truth about Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto’s QMM mine in Madagascar was meant to be an exemplar of ‘corporate social responsibility’ and environmental best practice. But the reality experienced by local communities is different, writes Yvonne Orengo, with uncompensated land seizures, food insecurity, deforestation and social deprivation. New concerns are emerging about the infringement of legal buffer zones and radiation …

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Brazilians challenge Anglo American

Brazilians to challenge Anglo American push to expand tailings dam seven-times larger than deadly Samarco dam, next to the Doce River basin impacted by November 2015 disaster A villager from a community living next to Anglo American’s Minas-Rio iron ore tailings dam in Brazil, has come to London to challenge the company at their AGM …

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Controversial gas from Peruvian Amazon arrives in UK

The Camisea project is taking place in rainforest 60 miles from Machu Picchu in Peru A tanker docking in the UK is transporting a controversial cargo of gas from the Peruvian Amazon. It is thought to be the first shipment to the UK from the Camisea project in the rainforest 60 miles from Machu Picchu. …

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World Bank tribunal dismisses mining firm’s $250m claim against El Salvador

OceanaGold ordered to pay $8m legal costs after claim that El Salvador’s refusal to let it mine gold caused huge loss in potential profits is thrown out. In March of last year, demonstrators in Washington DC protested against the World Bank’s tardy response to resolving the lawsuit against El Salvador. (Photograph: Saul Loeb) An international …

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Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned

Reports of mining in the River Santiago basin raise concerns given the devastating social and environmental impacts elsewhere. The Madre de Dios region in Peru’s south-east Amazon where international demand for gold has led to huge areas of the forest being cleared and appalling social impacts. Photograph: Mario Tama Three people in a motorised canoe …

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The Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTEITI)

For the past three years the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) International Board has advocated disclosure of the names of the beneficial owners of oil, gas and mining companies as a further step towards achieving transparency and accountability in the extractive industries. In February 2016, at the 7th EITI Global Conference in Lima, Peru, attended …

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BHP Billiton employees face criminal charges on Brazil dam disaster

BHP Billiton employees face criminal charges on Brazil dam disaster Mining company denies prosecutor claims that executives knew the Samarco dam could fail but allegedly prioritised profits over safety An aerial view of the Doce river which was flooded with toxic waste after a dam burst. (Photograph: Fred Loureiro) Eight employees of BHP Billiton face …

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STRADE|Non-EU Country Engagements with Raw Materials Producing Countries

In the second policy brief (No. 02/2016, by SNL) of our European Union (EU) funded research project STRADE (Strategic Dialogue for Sustainable Raw Materials for Europe) the consortium have traced the external raw materials based engagements undertaken by five major industrialized countries (China, Japan, Australia, Canada and the USA). All conduct some form of natural …

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WHY ARE THREE OF THE WORLD’S RICHEST COUNTRIES DOING SO LITTLE TO STOP CORRUPTION?

One of the best-known data points in the anti-corruption field is the estimate from Global Financial Integrity that US$ 1.1 trillion in proceeds of corruption, crime and tax evasion are taken from developing countries every year and invested in Western banks, real estate, and luxury goods.  The volume of illicit financial flows is higher than …

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After disclosure on Bahamas tax havens, UN experts urge governments to take action

Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré  In the wake of the recent disclosure of leaked Bahamas tax haven data, United Nations human rights experts today urged governments to work together on liquidating offshore tax avoidance and establishing tougher financial regulations. In a news release, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, …

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