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13 February 2012

[video] The Importance of Community Relations to the Mining Sector

Author: 3BL Media

[Interview with Irene Sosa, Senior Analyst, Sustainalytics] [R]isks for community relations are going to be higher in the future…reserves are becoming scarce for…most of the commodities…[C]ompanies are going to have to start getting into…higher risk...

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11 February 2012

[video] Peruvians seek water safety amid mine plan

Author: Al Jazeera, Mariana Sanchez

Protesters in Peru have marched hundreds of kilometres for nine days to reach Lima, the capital, to demand protection of their water sources. They say a gold mining project is threatening to change the area's ecosystem, which would affect the lives of...

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10 February 2012

[video] US activists press Apple on worker conditions

Author: Al Jazeera

Demonstrators have gathered outside Apple's flagship retail store in New York's Grand Central Terminal to protest against worker conditions in the technology giant's factories in China. Along with protesters at several other retail locations around...

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2 February 2012

[video] Rare-earths plant in Malaysia faces hurdle

Author: Florence Looi, Al Jazeera

A Malaysian group representing villagers and civil groups will file a legal challenge to the government's decision to approve a massive rare-earths plant by Lynas, the Australian mining company .The Atomic Energy Licensing Board announced...it would...

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2 February 2012

[video] The Street: February 2, 2012: Native Land Rights & Northern Gateway [Canada]

Author: The Street, Business News Network [Canada]

Hearings into the Northern Gateway Project continue...a number of native groups have been vocal in their opposition to Enbridge's pipeline proposal saying that it infringes on their land rights. For insight into the legal issues at hand we are joined...

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1 February 2012

New documentary from MRG and Hollman Morris: Suarez Gold - Afro-Colombian miners defending their Heritage [includes video trailer]

Author: Minority Rights Group International & Hollman Morris

A Minority Rights Group International production by…Hollman Morris. Afro-Colombians have been carrying out small-scale mining in Colombia’s Cauca region since their ancestors settled there in 1637. Today their descendants continue to chip away at the...

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1 February 2012

[video] A Heavy Price: Lead Poisoning and Gold Mining in Nigeria's Zamfara State

Author: Human Rights Watch

[Transcript:] In Nigeria's Zamfara State...the process of mining the gold has had deadly consequences. [It] is poisoning children. Hundreds have died and thousands more are at risk in what is considered the worst outbreak in modern history...

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26 January 2012

[Video] Pirate Fishing [Sierra Leone]

Author: Juliana Ruhfus & Orlando von Einsiedel, Al Jazeera

The precious marine resources of some of the world's poorest people are being targeted by industrial-scale pirate fishing operations...[F]ishing currently represents 10 per cent of Sierra Leone’s GDP and is a crucial component in its food security ...

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23 January 2012

[video & petition] How to deal with corrupt corporations? Clear rules for Swiss corporations. Worldwide.

Author: Droit sans frontières (Corporate Justice)

The Swiss Federal Council and Parliament should ensure that corporations headquartered in Switzerland are compelled to respect human rights and the environment worldwide. This is the call being made by some 50 organisations in a joint campaign and a...

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19 January 2012

[video] Airline wheelchair limit raises Disability Discrimination questions [Australia]

Author: John Taylor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

In the year of its 20th anniversary, the Federal Disability Discrimination Act is under scrutiny thanks to a 78-year old woman [Sheila King, disability advocate] taking on an airline policy of not flying more than two people in wheelchairs on the same...

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