Saturday, October 21, 2017
“All the biggest companies at the top of the international rankings in Chile are English,” Lucio Cuenca tells me. “Not just Antofagasta, which was originally Chilean but now has offices here in London, but also Anglo American, Glencore, BHP Billiton…” An engineer by trade, Cuenca is now director of the Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (or OLCA, by...
The Tapajós River Basin lies at the heart of the Amazon, and at the heart of an exploding controversy: whether to build 40+ large dams, a railway, and highways, turning the Basin into a vast industrialized commodities export corridor; or to curb this development impulse and conserve one of the most biologically and culturally rich regions on the planet. Those...

Bolivia assassination

Bolivians have been shocked by the recent escalation in violence, including the brutal murder on 26 August, of vice-minister Rodolfo Illanes. With much misinformation swirling around, Bolivia Information Forum provides a succinct account.
Families still homeless, fishing suspended, drinking water suspect, reports Greenpeace Brazil
Miners often die in the small, informal mines but thousands still seek their fortune in this risky activity, that the government is finally attempting to regulate.

Brazil’s sea of mud

With the bursting of a dam full of iron ore tailings and other toxic metals in Minas Gerais state, Brazil is facing one its most serious environmental disasters ever.
Profiles of four individuals who have fought mining, logging and land-seizures to protect their communities.
Profiles of four individuals who have fought mining, logging and land-seizures to protect their communities.
The results of the official climate change conference in Lima (COP20) may have been disappointing, but grassroots movements across Latin America are coming together as never before.
When Corporations Sue Governments An international gold mining company is refusing to accept the Salvadorean government's decision to expel it from the country for the environmental damage it has done and is appealing to a World Bank-affiliated international court. It is a warning of what lies ahead if the trade agreements (including TTIP), currently being negotiated, are not stopped by...

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