Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights.
Banner at peaceful protest near Escobal mine. Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights. Photo: Sandra Cuffe

Communities Defend Public Health Against Mining and COVID-19 in Guatemala

The peaceful resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa in southeastern Guatemala has struggled since 2010 to defend the health of their communities from the Escobal mine. Since June 2017, they have maintained a 24-hour roadside encampment to prevent traffic from reaching the mine...

Boac River
Boac River Mine Disaster of 1996, from a PowerPoint by Myke Magalang of Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns

Still No Justice for Marinduque’s Mining Victims

Twenty-four years after a catastrophic mine waste disaster on the small Philippine island of Marinduque filled a 26-kilometre river with mine tailings from the mountainous mine site to the sea, Marinduqueños still seek compensation for this disaster from Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold....

Photo: Young protesters from Laguna Fría demonstrate against the modification of the law 5001 that prohibits mining in Chubut. "Water is more precious than gold!" they claim. Source: Assembly in Defense of the Territory

Canadian Mining Companies in Argentine Patagonia: 'Go Home and Stay Home!'

Seventeen years after the Esquel referendum (March 23, 2003), funding dirty metal extraction projects seems further away than ever.

Author: Luis Manuel Claps

Until just a month ago, official media represented the expansion of the...

Morawetz
Honorable Geoffrey B. Morawetz, Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Bankruptcy Court Informed of Misleading Information in Mining Company Lydian’s Affidavit

[Guest blog by the Armenian Environmental Front] On February 28, members of the Armenian Environmental Front addressed a letter to Honorable Geoffrey B. Morawetz, Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Commercial List, specialized in insolvency cases, who presides...

Casillas
Communities in resistance gather at encampment in Casillas, Guatemala near the Escobal mine. Photo credit: NISGUA

Global Mining Corporations Have a Friend in the New Guatemalan Government

The new president has appointed a former mining executive to a high-level post, worrying indigenous communities that have long protested the company’s harmful extraction activities.

Karonsi'e Dongi Protest
Karonsi'e Dongi Protest, January 2020

MiningWatch and JATAM Write to Vale Indonesia and Vale Canada to Support Karonsi'e Dongi Demand for Electricity

MiningWatch Canada joined JATAM, the Indonesian Mining Advocacy Network, in writing to Vale Indonesia and Vale Canada to renew a request that the company support the restoration of the electricity to homes of the Karonsi’e Dongi people in Bumper, East Luwu, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

@EnriqueViale
Protest in front of Government House in Mendoza, Argentina, against use of toxic chemicals in mining. Photo via Twitter (@EnriqueViale).

Background on Pro-Mining Law Amendments in Mendoza, Argentina

On December 20th, the Provincial Court of the Argentinean province of Mendoza amended an anti-mining Law (#7722) to permit the use of dangerous...

Banro's Twangiza mine, DRC

Banro Corporation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The international community remains concerned with the ability of transnational mining corporations to operate outside the law, with a lack of enforced accountability for violations committed. Banro Corporation, operating gold mines in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (...

La vida como un ejemplo a seguir tiene un nombre, GLORIA.

Gloria Chicaiza Physically Gone But Forever Remembered

We wish to express our deep sense of loss for our comrade, Gloria Chicaiza Aguilar, who succumbed to complications from a lung transplant on December 28, 2019. 

Gloria (Glorita) was a strong and courageous woman who fought tirelessly for a just and ecological Ecuador, an Ecuador free...

Teztan Biny
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), Tŝilhqot’in territory, British Columbia, which the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has fought to protect from Taseko Mines’ proposed “Prosperity” mine for almost three decades. Photo courtesy Tŝilhqot’in National Government.

Federal Court of Appeal Shuts Down Taseko Mines Over "Prosperity" Mine Rejection

This Wednesday, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Taseko Mines Ltd.'s case against the federal environmental assessment of its proposed New Prosperity copper-gold mine in Tŝilhqot’in territory in central British Columbia. The Court found that the federal review panel was well within its...

Integrantes de las asambleas ambientales se manifiestan en contra de la minería en la entrada a la Legislatura en Rawson, Argentina. Fuente: Asamblea Territorio

URGENT ACTION - Tell Multinational Mining Companies to Back Off: Chubut Already Said "No" to Mining

We, the undersigned organizations, are deeply concerned about reports emerging from Chubut, Argentina, a province in the beautiful Patagonia region, about the increased presence of the mining lobby in the provincial legislature pressuring deputies to amend Environmental Law XVII-Nº 68 (former...

Not drought
“It’s not drought, it’s plunder” Climate Strike March, Santiago, September 2019. MiningWatch Canada photo.

Understanding Canada’s Silence on the Uprising in Chile

Last week marked one month since Chilean president Sebastian Piñera used a dictatorship-era constitutional power to declare a state of emergency in ten out...

Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?

Selected Background Readings for "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?"

We prepared this list of key readings as background for the conference "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?" It is not exhaustive nor comprehensive, but we hope it represents some of the key threads in this discussion.

Finalizing the Working Meetings: Climate crisis, energy transition and mining extractivism in Latin America

Declaration of the Regional Gathering: Climate Crisis, Energy Transition and Mining Extractivism in Latin America, September 26-28, Santiago, Chile

Statement leading up to the COP25 in Santiago de Chile (now relocated to Madrid, Spain)

Faced...

Construction at Skouries
Construction at Skouries gold mine in Halkidiki, Greece

What riches await…

Canada treats mining companies like the goose that laid the golden egg. What we get in return looks more like a goose egg.

Mining enjoys massive government support in Canada. Politically, it’s treated as a preferred development option for remote communities...

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Deep sea mining is not the future. Cartoon by Max Gustafson.

Mining the Deep Sea: Stories for Suckers, and Corporate Capture of the UN

When I mention that the global mining industry is eyeing the deep seabed as the next frontier in mining I am commonly met with gasps of disbelief and dismay.