This is our collection of information, backgrounders, resources, references and sources that are related to economic and political Blow-back. As time moves forward this section will eventually be somewhat organized, lol. Please remember, information is a contact sport, like hockey, so feel free to add contributions and relevant information as a comment below! Contact us if you would like to contribute to our collaborative efforts or would like to share/submit articles, data or additional content…
Explore: The Blowback
Within chapter this we will focus upon the various blow-back effects related to the misguided and reckless, ideological “active intervention” foreign policies along with the “laissez-faire” domestic priorities of Stephen Harper and the Harper Government. This collaboration itself is just one small example of blow-back utilizing “traditional” means while others are taking a more pro-active approach to justice. The ongoing events of today in Algeria, Mali, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Yemen, Somalia and Iraq can be directly connected to the blow-back effects from the many unintended consequences that led up to the destruction and ongoing civil war and deterioration of Libya. As the facts emerge ever so slowly, it is becoming rather obvious that the Libyan Mission was no more than a corporate interest driven war-crime of opportunity after the sudden fall of the paternalistic, post-colonial installed dictatorial puppets, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
Based upon historical evidence over the past 100-150 yrs or so, the reoccurring pattern that seems to emerge is this: Invade it, Occupy it, Exploit it, Divide it, Loot it, Leave it…
Keep in mind, history repeats itself, all of these events were forcasted and anticipated blow-back by the time JFK addressed the American Newspaper Publishers Association just prior to his assassination. Then we need to factor monetary policies and silver and preparations for Johnson’s Vietnam. Of coarse these produce their own blow-back effects especially combined with the various suspicious shenanigans and cover-ups that Nixon and Kissinger engaged in that eventually resulted in the Nixon Shock Doctrine. Their petronomic policies on gold and oil accelerated the emergence of the petro-dollar and the typical booms that follow the busts, like clock-work, in what has been referred to as the creation of a New World Order. This allowed global neo-liberal economics under Mulroney, Reagan, Thatcher, Bush 41, Bush 43, Cameron, Sarkozy and Harper to claim, rape and pillage the four corners of the globe and subsequently re-engineer South and Central America, along with the resource rich regions and trade routes within/between the Middle East, Africa and Asia a few times for fun and profit, while committing it’s own citizens to bear the fiscal burden and be forced into debt slavery.
The above summary does not even reflect upon the preplanned blow-back via coup d’etats and boom/bust cycles, that have been accelerating and expanding since 1912 along with the timing of the establishment of the US Federal Reserve in 1913. Better yet, rewind even further back to the War of 1812 and see how “central banking” and “investing” in new market opportunities are directly related to profit generating conflicts. Quite tragic is how all of this has morphed before our eyes beginning, (not really), with a trusted former anti-Communist ally, aka: “freedom fighter” from Afghanistan with ties to Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq circa 1979ish.
In many ways these issues are rather evident today with the issues brought forth by Turtle Island’s Aboriginal and Native Peoples across North America as well as those of the endangered Aboriginal and Native Peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin and South America. Compound those issues with the exponentially expanding real time covert coup d’etats in play across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, etc. and one may (should) begin to notice a peculiar pattern emerge. Many of the same key players, groups and organizations promote the same, or similar enough, ideologies with the same re-branded propaganda techniques that are targeted to a certain controlled demographic. By utilizing manipulated ancient texts, distorting historical events and suppressing knowledge, information and technology, a certain “class” of individuals has proclaimed ownership over lands/regions and stewardship of the earth and space along with the “valuable” resources and have designated all aboriginal and native peoples as “terrorists” for fun and profit.
This brings us forward to the invisible creeping blow-back that in many ways mirrors the current problems/dilemmas faced by Kanada’s Aboriginals and First Nations today. This forward looking and predictable blow-back is related to the policies, practices and suspicious activities of the Harper Government backed multinationals abroad in the areas of free trade, economic sanctions, resource extraction, mining, environmental and human rights abuses as well as weapons exports.
How would you feel if someone told you that every one of your paycheques was being used to support war crimes and keep the companies accused of these atrocities rolling in lucrative business? And how would you feel if you lived off the avails of torture and bloodshed through the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), upon your long-awaited retirement after paying into it? This appears to be our dirty little secret, that Canadians enjoy prosperity at the unethical demise of others.
In a recent interview with Harry Fear we touched on CPP investments and how they contribute to the Israel-Palestine conflict; through complicity in drone warfare, an illegal wall, the death of children and suppression of human rights.
While this was enough to make anyone angry, it wasn’t until I received mortified responses from baby boomers that I investigated further. The messages from this demographic were compelling and show that we’re ready to take action to restore our reputation and the shame of these transgressions will not be tolerated.
Resource Industries and Security Issues in Northern Alberta
Prepared for the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute – June, 2009 By Tom Flanagan, Ph.D. – University Professor and Professor of Political Science – University of Calgary
The rapid expansion of natural-resource industries in northern Alberta, accompanied by growing environmentalist and aboriginal-rights movements, raises issues of possible extralegal and even violent resistance to industrial development. Five potential sources of opposition can be identified: individual saboteurs, eco-terrorists, mainstream environmentalists, First Nations, and the Métis people. All except the Métis have at various times used some combination of litigation, blockades, occupations, boycotts, sabotage, and violence against economic development projects which they saw as a threat to environmental values or aboriginal rights. Such incidents will probably continue in the future, as they have in the past. However, extra-legal obstruction is unlikely to become large-scale and widespread unless these various groups make common cause and cooperate with each other. Such cooperation has not happened in the past and seems unlikely in the future because the groups have different social characteristics and conflicting political interests.
Dr. Jim Harding – Canada’s Deadly Secret Uploaded on Apr 28, 2011 – In this video, professor, researcher and author Dr. Jim Harding reveals the impact of uranium mining on everything from public health to nuclear weapons. Addressing aboriginal rights, the environment, the epidemic of cancer and the international nuclear industry, he presents an alternative vision linking energy, health, and sovereignty to a sustainable and peaceful future.
Continue researching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJp0yBgsATo [Video]
Belize asks Canada to help fight spillover of Mexican drug war
MP Chris Alexander says Canada working with Americas to prevent spread of drug trade
The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 29, 2013 5:51 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 29, 2013 9:51 PM ET
Spillover from Mexico’s violent drug war is prompting the Harper government and the Canadian military to become more involved in helping defend the tiny, Central American country of Belize.
A series of internal reports, obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law, show the government has quietly increased co-operation with the Commonwealth nation, formerly known as British Honduras.
Canada is providing non-lethal equipment for security services and helping with strategic planning and the training of soldiers.
The documents, all dated from the spring of last year, describe the situation in Belize as deteriorating in the face of ultra-violent drug cartels that are battling not only Mexican and U.S. law enforcement, but each other as well
“Belize is of growing importance to the Canadian government due to the increasingly precarious security situation in Central America, particularly along the Belize-Mexico border,” said a March 23, 2012, briefing note prepared for Defence Minister Peter MacKay.
“Following increasing success to counter transnational criminal organizations in Mexico, these organizations have advanced into Belize, bringing with them violence and public insecurity.”
‘You can count on Canada to continue working with its partners throughout the Americas to continue to come to terms with that problem, prevent drugs from coming into Canada but also prevent these groups from destabilizing regimes.’ — Chris Alexander, parliamentary secretary to the minister of defence
Chris Alexander, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of defence, said today that he wasn’t aware of any “new forms of engagement” but that Canada had “an agenda of partnership with many countries.”
“You can count on Canada to continue working with its partners throughout the Americas to continue to come to terms with that problem, prevent drugs from coming into Canada but also prevent these groups from destabilizing regimes,” he said.
Clash at Canadian-owned Peru mine leaves at least 4 hurt
The Associated Press Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:35 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 25, 2013 10:05 PM ET
Vancouver-based company involved in dispute with local officials over drilling at copper mine
Police in northern Peru say at least four people have been wounded in a clash with several hundred people trying to enter a Canadian-owned copper mine where drilling began last month.
At least a dozen people were wounded, with one man shot in the back with live ammunition, a local doctor said by phone. The man spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety.
Regional police commander Col. Jorge Linares denied that live ammunition had been used, saying police only used tear gas and rubber bullets.
Protests began Sunday against the Cañariaco mine.
Its owner, Candente Copper Corp. of Vancouver, says it obtained approval from more than 700 locals in July. But local officials say the community rejected the mine in a referendum.
China’s First Defense: Bodyguards Train to Protect Chinese Interests Abroad
Time.com World | Published January 18, 2013
In sub-zero winter temperatures, these trainees at a derelict army base outside Beijing wake before dawn to practice martial arts and evasive driving. It’s all part of preparations to provide security for the growing number of Chinese businesses investing in turbulent regions of Africa and the Middle East. Under the instruction of former Portuguese special forces bodyguard Marco Borges, the 40-strong group, most of whom have military backgrounds themselves, take part in a grueling regimen.
Canadian among five employees of Toronto-based mining company kidnapped in Colombia
Andrew Livingstone Staff Reporter Published on Friday January 18, 2013
One Canadian is among the five employees of Toronto-based Braeval Mining who were kidnapped early Friday morning at the company’s Snow Mine project in Colombia.
And the situation is being called “delicate,” according to a spokesperson for the company.
“The company’s only concern is the safety and well-being of its employees,” Chris Eby said.
Eby confirmed the five employees were kidnapped just before 6 a.m. Friday. When asked where they were taken from, he wouldn’t comment.
“The company just isn’t in a position to release a lot of detail about it,’ he said, because of the delicate nature of the incident.
A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Canada said government officials are in close contact with Colombian authorities and are working to find out more information on the kidnapping.
Eby couldn’t confirm if the kidnappers, said to be members of the rebel band known as the ELN, had contacted the company with any form of demands.
Colombian authorities say the abducted workers include a Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians.
Why Are Greeks Protesting Canadian Mining Operations? Human Rights Abuses May be to Blame
By Jenny Peek SATURDAY JANUARY 19, 2013
Protestors gathered in Athens early this week to speak out against a gold mining operation in Greece’s Chalkidiki Peninsula. Fearful that the mine will cause irreversible damage to the environment, locals are hopeful that the development of the open-pit mine and processing plant can be stopped.
The mine, referred to as Skouries, is owned by Hellas Gold, a company which is 95 percent owned by the Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold Inc. and 5 percent by Aktor, a Greek construction company. Together, the companies have access to over 120 square miles of land that is home to forests of oak and beech trees which have covered the tourist destination for more than 200 years.
Yet, as Greece’s economy continues to falter, chances for an economic pick-me-up are endlessly being sought out. For a country once thought of as environmentally progressive, residents are beginning to wonder if the economic gain is worth the environmental cost.
Theodota Nantsou, Athens policy coordinator for the World Wide Fund for Nature, recently told the New York Times, “We see laws changing, policies changing. We see things getting rolled back under the guise of eliminating impediments to investment. But over the long run, all these things will have a heavy cost.”
Conflicts surrounding Canadian mines ‘a serious problem’
By Catherine Solyom, THE GAZETTE December 18, 2012
Last of a three-part series.
Canadians abroad have long benefited from what psychologists call “the halo effect”: Because of its reputation as a peace-loving, human-rights respecting, tree-hugging land, Canada can do no wrong.
But perceptions in Latin America are changing, say observers here and there, as conflicts pitting Canadian mines against local communities become entrenched and spread across continents, and the line between those companies and the Canadian government becomes increasingly blurred.
“Last week, there were demonstrations outside the Canadian Embassy in Mexico. But it’s not just Mexico, it’s throughout the region,” says Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, a history professor at McGill University and the coordinator of the McGill Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America. “What embassy in Latin America has not been the locus of protests because of a Canadian mine?
“As a country and as citizens of this country we have a serious problem.”
Canadian foreign direct investment in mining has nearly doubled in the last five years, from $23.8 billion in 2006 to $45.3 billion in 2011, and half of that was in Latin America.
Barrick Gold has spent $3.7 billion just on its Pascua Lama open-pit mine, on the border of Chile and Argentina, and expects to spend another $5 billion there before it’s up and running in mid-2014. Then there’s Cerro Casale, 130 kilometres north of Pascua Lama, currently on hold, for which Barrick would need to spend another $6 billion.
But as mining investment has exploded over the last decade, so too have conflicts involving Canadian mines, from the Pueblo Viejo mine in the Dominican Republic, where 25 people were injured in clashes with police in September, to the Pierina mine in Peru, where one person was killed that same month. (Both are mines owned by Barrick Gold, but protests are not restricted to Barrick mines.)
All the while the Canadian government’s role in defending, even promoting, mining companies’ interests has solidified.
Consider the apparent shift in priorities of the Canadian International Development Agency. Long mandated to reduce poverty in developing nations, critics say it is now targeting resource-rich countries with Canadian aid, especially where mining companies and communities are locked in conflict.
Global Mining and The Ugly Canadian
Yves Engler November 15, 2012
The Canadian Harper government actively interferes in the affairs of other countries on behalf of mining companies registered in Canada. Yves Engler is a Canadian commentator and author. His most recent book is The Ugly Canadian – Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy, and previously he published The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy and Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx85CDGxZeE
Violent Attack on Peaceful Demonstrators at Canadian-Owned Mine
26 October 2012 | Media release
TORONTO – Mexican and Canadian civil society groups are denouncing this week’s violent attack on protesters at a mine owned by Canada’s Excellon Resources.
The peaceful demonstration by Mexican landowners against Excellon was wiped out Wednesday when scores of thugs arrived aboard buses and proceeded to destroy and burn the camp’s installations.
Photos and witness accounts of the destruction have emerged in extensive coverage of the incident by Mexican media, with estimates on the size of the group of thugs ranging from 180 to 300 men.
“This is another disgraceful chapter in the story of community conflict and injustice to local landowners that has characterized Excellon’s presence in Mexico,” said Ken Neumann, Canadian National Director of the United Steelworkers (USW).
“And it is another black eye for Canadian mining companies operating abroad,” Neumann added.
Men, women and children from a communal landowners group known as Ejido La Sierrita have been peacefully and legally demonstrating outside Excellon’s La Platosa silver mine for three months. The landowners accuse Excellon of breaking commitments to their community and refusing to negotiate a resolution to the festering conflict.
Mexican media coverage of Wednesday’s incident includes witness accounts alleging the thugs who attacked the camp are members of a union viewed by critics as an Excellon-friendly “protection union.” A leader of the so-called protection union was quoted in media coverage condoning the protest camp’s destruction.
“The United Steelworkers denounces this violence and aggression against peaceful demonstrators whose goal is to protect their environment and lift their communities out of poverty,” Neumann said.
“The ongoing conflict surrounding the Excellon Resources mining operations in Mexico should have been settled long ago. This deplorable situation could be resolved quickly and easily if Excellon would treat the landowners and workers with respect and dignity, and negotiate a reasonable settlement.”
Neumann also denounced Canada’s federal government for rejecting real accountability measures for Canadian mining companies operating abroad, particularly in jurisdictions where workers and communities have little recourse with their own governments and institutions.
“The travesty we are witnessing in Mexico is a further condemnation of the refusal by the Harper Conservatives to hold Canadian mining companies accountable for their actions abroad,” he said.
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-544-6009
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, email@example.com, 416,544-5966, 416-434-2221
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Human rights groups and labour activists have raised mounting concerns in recent years regarding the activities of Canadian mining companies operating abroad. Canada’s Excellon Resources Inc. is one such company.
- Excellon, which operates a silver mine in Durango Mexico, has been denounced by human rights and labour groups in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada for its role in a festering conflict with Mexican landowners and workers.
- Communal landowners and workers accuse Excellon of violating their rights and breaking agreements on issues including water treatment and environmental protection, economic benefits and union representation.
- Amid intimidation and irregularities, the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers (Los Mineros)
- one of Mexico’s few independent and democratic unions – lost an election to represent workers at Excellon’s mine by a one-vote margin. Critics allege the union that purports to represent the mine’s workers is one of Mexico’s infamous, company-friendly “protection unions.”
- After three months of peaceful demonstration by men, women and children from a communal landowners group known as Ejido La Sierrita, the protest camp outside Excellon’s mine was attacked and destroyed this week by scores of thugs who were bused to the site.
- The landowners have taken legal action to try to rescind their lease of the land on which Excellon’s mine operates.
- Excellon refused to fully participate in efforts at real dialogue with workers and landowners despite efforts by Canada’s Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor. In explaining the company’s withdrawal from the process, an Excellon official accused Canada’s CSR Counsellor of bias.
- A complaint has been filed with the OECD alleging gross violations of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, to which both Canada and Mexico are signatory.
- A complaint has been filed with the Ontario Securities Commission over lack of disclosure allegations against Excellon.
Continue reading: http://www.usw.ca/media/news/releases?id=0819
Excellon Blockade: Mexico Conflict Highlights Shortcomings Of Canadian Mining Oversight
Rachel Mendleson Posted: 08/28/2012 6:14 am Updated: 08/28/2012 6:14 am
The blockade outside La Platosa — a high-grade, Canadian-owned silver mine in the northeastern Mexican state of Durango — is by all accounts a peaceful protest.
Since early July, about 70 community members have camped out on the remote, sunscorched patch of land to demonstrate against what they see as repeated breaches of contract by Excellon Resources, a small scale mining firm headquartered in Toronto.
Against the backdrop of a bloody labour standoff in South Africa, where 34 armed miners were recently shot dead by police, the Excellon blockade would seem a relatively auxiliary dispute.
Although the blockade has halted production at the company’s only revenue-generating asset, the demonstrators — a group of communal land owners known as Ejido La Sierrita — cite only minor disturbances. For the most part, they spend their days gathering wood, preparing meals and keeping the encampment clean. When time allows, the adults can be found playing bingo or reading newspapers, while the kids kick around a soccer ball.
But the appearance of calm belies a deep and ongoing conflict that strikes at the heart of many of the complex issues surrounding the growing presence of Canadian mining companies in developing countries.
It’s a glimpse at the shortcomings of a system that observers say still relies primarily on industry to self-police, and lacks the transparency, standards or mechanisms needed to prevent and resolve conflicts, even as Canadian mining firms expand their reach in this space.
Latin America: Mining in Conflict, an Interactive Map
Published June 18, 2012
Over the last decade the overall number of Canadian mines in development in Latin America has varied between 1,500 and 1,100. Of these close to 85 percent are prospective projects under exploration and development. In any given year there are around 200 mines actually in operation across the continent.
The 84 conflicts we list here are a tally of all social and environmental conflicts involving a Canadian mining project since the late 1990s. Some of these have been settled or the project has been suspended or cancelled.
Click on the locators for more details on these mines.
Research and content for this embedded interactive map is provided by MICLA: McGill Investigative Research on Canadian Mining in Latin America, which maintains it. MICLA is based at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Find out more about MICLA here: http://www.micla.ca
The map is part of a special interactive website for the documentary “The New Conquistadors,” both produced by the CBC in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center.
UN envoy blasts Canada for ‘self-righteous’ attitude over hunger, poverty
By Sarah Schmidt, Postmedia News | May 15, 2012 7:56 PM ET | Last Updated: May 15, 2012 8:26 PM ET
OTTAWA — Canada needs to drop its “self-righteous” attitude about how great a country it is and start dealing with its widespread problem of food insecurity, the United Nations right-to-food envoy says.
In a hard-hitting interview this week with Postmedia News, Olivier De Schutter also blasted Canada for its “appallingly poor” record of taking recommendations from UN human-rights bodies seriously.
De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, has been on an 11-day mission to Canada, his first to a developed country.
It’s taken him to poor inner-city neighbourhoods in Central Canada, where he said he’s heard from families on social assistance who can’t afford to feed their children healthy foods.
He’s also travelled to remote aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Alberta, where he said he has seen “very desperate conditions and people who are in extremely dire straits.”
Argentine policies have Canadian miners rethinking projects
PAV JORDAN – MINING REPORTER The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, May. 22 2012, 7:14 PM EDT Last updated Monday, Jun. 18 2012, 10:25 AM EDT
Efforts by Argentina to fine-tune its economy are forcing miners to reassess investment plans in the Andean country that is home to massive gold, copper and other resource deposits.
Argentina, Latin America’s third-largest economy, has moved aggressively in recent months to stem capital outflows and bolster the market with measures including forced repatriation of export revenue on local markets and requirements for companies to source equipment locally.
Conflict, Repression and Canadian Mining & Oil Companies in Guatemala
May 14, 2012 Reviewed by Media Co-op editors.
I’ve barely been able to keep up with all of the resource conflicts going on in Guatemala over the past little while. A recent wave of protest/repression linked to mining and hydroelectric projects has escalated to the point where both sectors met together last week to try and deal with “attacks” against them.
There has been a fair bit of attention on Santa Cruz Barillas, where the community rejected a hydroelectric project and President Otto Pérez Molina (OPM) declared a state of siege following protests that were repressed by police. In addition, a bunch of groups in Canada & Guatemala are working on getting the word out about multiple community struggles for environmental justice in the face of mining around the country, including the closure of Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine and the conflict around Radius Gold’s El Tambor mine San José del Golfo.
That said, other than some activities in France linked to Perenco’s operations, very little attention is focused on the oil sector, which is picking up, and Canadian companies are involved. I’ll have a longer narrative feature in the next issue of Briarpatch Magazine that looks at what’s happening on the ground in some of these areas.
In the meantime, here’s a very quick round-up of the latest.
Continue reading: http://www.mediacoop.ca/blog/dawn/10895
Siding With Mining: Canada’s role in mining-related conflicts unbecoming of a peacemaker
By Michael Bueckert, from Peace Projections May 2011.
It is a fact that mining projects are contentious, both at home and overseas. Resource extraction naturally requires disruption—of local economies, of the environment—and the effects on communities can be extreme. Canada is a leader in mining, providing a home to the headquarters of 75% of the world’s mining companies. So perhaps it is not surprising that Canadian mining companies also take the lead in contributing to conflicts over resource extraction worldwide.
According to a 2009 report—commissioned (and then suppressed) by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)—Canadian companies were involved in 34% of the high-profile violations in the mining sector over the previous 10 years, four-times more frequently than the next country on the list.
Many of our partner organizations in the ecumenical community have been compelled to speak on this issue in recent years, as they continue to hear from their Southern partners about the abuses of Canadian mining companies in their communities. Recognizing the need for greater corporate responsibility in the mining sector, organizations like Kairos, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, the United Church, and Development and Peace (Catholic) have joined the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), which also includes unions and many NGOs.
So if we know that mining is an industry with great potential for causing social conflict and environmental damage overseas, and if most mining companies are based in Canada, then what should be the response of the Canadian Government (and its institutions)? If Canada was truly the peacemaking, global leader that many think it is, how would it address the conflicts created by the Canadian-dominated mining industry?
Continue reading: http://cnca-rcrce.ca/siding-with-mining/
Canadian Embassies Bring Journalists to Mining Convention from Countries Mired in Conflict
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
(Ottawa) This week, Canadian taxpayers will cover the costs of eleven journalists from eight Latin American countries – and Mongolia – to attend the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) 2012 conference. Most of them will also make paid visits to mine sites in Quebec.
“This seems like another attempt on the part of the Canadian government to manage the message instead of seriously addressing the roots of mine conflicts in countries such as Argentina, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador where Canadian companies are operating,” says Jen Moore, Latin America Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada. “Are these journalists going to go home and acknowledge that the stories they write have been sponsored by the Government of Canada? I don’t think so.”
Such conflicts are not minor or localised:
- Opposition to Osisko Mining’s exploration project in the province of La Rioja, Argentina, over potential impacts of mining on water supplies, led to a month long blockade in January. The blockade was only lifted after the company issued a statement saying it would not carry out exploration work until it could obtain local support for the project.
- In February, thousands of peasant farmers marched on the capital of Peru demanding a new mining law that would protect their watersheds and opposing mine expansion projects by companies such as Barrick Gold.
- Ecuadorian organizations will kick off a similar march on the national capital at the end of this week, starting from the south of the country where communities and their representatives have demonstrated against projects owned by companies such as Kinross, Iamgold and International Minerals Corporation. Eight women were detained Monday during a protest in Quito against the signing of an agreement with Ecuacorriente, which changed hands from Vancouver-based Corriente Resources to a Chinese consortium in 2010.
- In Honduras, mine-affected communities and environmental and indigenous organizations are protesting a proposed mining law that Honduran authorities are promoting at PDAC this week, also with support from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.
“Government and industry representatives are sure to give these journalists a glowing picture of Canada’s disingenous Corporate Social Responsibility framework for mining overseas, while trying to demonstrate that mining is developing without a hitch here at home,” remarks Ramsey Hart, Canada Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, “but it’s not that simple.”
Canadian firm Osisko halts Argentina mining project
BBC 31 January 2012 Last updated at 22:00 ET
Canadian mining company Osisko has suspended a gold mining project in Argentina after protests by locals.
Osisko said it would put its operation in north-western La Rioja province on hold if it did not get the backing of the local population.
Hundreds of people protested at the Canadian embassy in Buenos Aires last week, saying that the Famatina project would pollute the environment.
Osisko says it conducts environmentally responsible exploration.
Local residents, supported by environmental groups such as Greenpeace, had been holding a series of protests against the project.
Continue reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16827158
Bad Neighbours – Canadian Mining companies in Latin America
Liisa L. North | December 31st 2010
Last Year Alone, at least five opponents of Canadian mining projects were assassinated in Latin America: three in El Salvador, one in Guatemala, and one in Mexico. Critics of mining operations there and elsewhere were wounded and maimed in attacks while many, along with their family members, were threatened. Canadian mining corporations were not necessarily directly responsible for the deaths and acts of intimidation and violence, but some of them were carried out by company security personnel and current or former employees. So it may be the case that the implicated companies are not legally liable, but alongside the local elites and states that license and promote extractive activities, they at the least bear a moral responsibility for creating the situations of conflict in which assassinations and other acts of violence take place.
Most Canadians are not used to thinking of their investors as human rights violators or of Canada as a “bad neighbor.” Sadly, since the early 1990s and especially over the past decade, the activities of our miners are earning us that reputation. The corporations themselves, of course, argue that they are bringing much needed employment and even “sustainable development” to the poor regions where they operate. If they are doing this, it appears to be a form of development that many do not wish to see in their communities.
Continue reading: http://canadiandimension.com/articles/3612/
Peru declares state of emergency at Canadian mine site
CBC News Last Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 | 10:07 PM ET
The Peruvian government has declared a state of emergency at the site of a mine owned by a Vancouver company, saying its toxic chemicals are putting the capital’s water supply at risk.
A 60-day state of emergency was put in place in the San Mateo district, 90 kilometres east of Lima, where Gold Hawk Resources runs the Coricancha metals mine.
Government officials said the mine’s storage dump is unstable and at risk of collapse, which could release arsenic and other toxic chemicals into the Rimac River, Lima’s main water source.
Continue reading: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2008/07/23/peru-mine.html
One should consider this chapter, along with others in this series, as an on-the-fly pre-release version of a work-in-progress that may be utilized by other researchers and at some point, will be subdivided into smaller sub-chapters and topics. Feel free to provide additional information, links and resources as a comment below as we compile the data we have archived and published elsewhere. with this endeavour we are focused on building comprehensive timelines with important, little publicized and relevant details related to the profits generated via blow-back effects that are ultimately payed by you. We welcome you to continue reading the information below to gain a much broader perspective of how Central Banks, aka: Banksters, Investors aka: Robber Barons, create blow-back via agents/proxies/puppets within governments along with the self-interested aligned shills within the media, to escalate and profit from the ensuing and ongoing cyclical blow-back effects.
Then again you may begin to ponder and/or consider that “freedom and democracy” as envisioned by globalists is the exact opposite and that the Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Legislators, etc., are nothing more than wardens in a finely tuned open concept Prison Industrial Complex based system based upon lies, fraud and deception. At any point in time one is either, confined within a “free state” or confined within an “occupied state” or one is simply a “disposable slave”. In any scenario, one is ultimately owned and/or controlled by the interests of global investors, aka: “Robber Barons” via the “Military Industrial Complex” which in turn is funded by global “banksters” via Central Bank coffers with the associated infrastructure costs, (blow-back), passed down to tax-payers, which creates “debt slaves”. These “investments” then secure new, neo-liberal, markets and opportunities for Big Oil, Big Ore, Big Agra and Big Pharma with the associated infrastructure costs, (blow-back), passed down to tax-payers, which in turn supports the Medical Industrial Complex and Child Welfare Industrial Complex, with those associated infrastructure costs, (blow-back), passed down to tax-payers. All while the profits exponentially flow off-shore to the investors.
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