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Former Brazilian President ‘Lula’ da Silva to stand trial for corruption

 Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has denied any wrong doing after corruption charges were filed against him. A Brazilian judge has decided that the corruption case against former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, his wife, and six others will move forward, according to state media. Agencia Brasil reports that Judge …

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CCJ Hands Down Landmark Ruling – Gives Go-Ahead For AG To Sue Former Gov’t Ministers

CCJ president, Michael de la Bastide. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled in favour of the attorney general in Belize taking legal action against two former government ministers for losses suffered by the state as a result of misfeasance. The five-member Court in a joint judgment said it did not share the view …

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Latin American coalition: Mining causing damage, not delivering benefits

Bolivian miners clash with police Aug. 11 during a protest along a road in Mantecani SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Large-scale mining and extractive operations are failing to deliver economic benefits while causing environmental damage and human suffering throughout Latin America, said a coalition of church organizations and environmental groups. The Churches and Mining Network, which …

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Venezuela’s Orinico Mining Belt: The Economy, Environment and Violence

Article Source: CARLOS EGAÑA – PRODAVINCI, September 8th 2016 In February, the climate in Caracas is no worse than what the mining communities in the south of Guayana must endure. Nonetheless, there were drops of sweat breaking out across the faces of the representatives of one hundred and fifty national and international businesses in the …

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Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines

Source of Article: Ny Times Many turn to panning for black-market gold in the watery pits of mines, where mosquitoes infect them. Once they return home to recover, the disease spreads. THE ALBINO MINE, Venezuela — The 12th time Reinaldo Balocha got malaria, he hardly rested at all. With the fever still rattling his body, he …

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Latin America the world’s most dangerous place for environmental activists

  Anti-mining causes were the main driver of deadly violence in the region.   More environmentalists were murdered in Latin America in 2015 than anywhere else in the world, with anti-mining causes costing the most lives, a report by Global Witness shows. According to the UK-based organization, which campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption, the region recorded …

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Top Peruvian Amazon tourist destination invaded by gold-miners

Interview with environmental activist Victor Zambrano on his work protecting the Tambopata National Reserve in Madre de Dios The World Travel and Tourism Council predicts that travel and tourism’s “total contribution” to Peru’s GDP will exceed 11% by 2026, but how well, in the long-term, is Peru protecting its best tourist assets? Among foreign tourists easily the …

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