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Barrick Gold Using Coercive Settlement Provisions to Perpetuate Legacy of Environmental Harm
by Michelle HarrisonEarth Rights International
March 31st, 2014
After nearly a decade of litigation over environmental devastation in the Philippines caused by Placer Dome’s mining operations (now Barrick Gold Corp.), Barrick has reportedly given the Province of Marinduque a take-it-or-leave-it settlement offer that would prohibit the Province from spending a penny to clean up the damage the company left behind.

Marinduque solons oppose $20-M Barrick Gold settlement
Business Mirror (Philippines)
February 22nd, 2014
TWO lawmakers have opposed a $20-million compensation offer being dangled by a mining company in connection with the 1996 Marcopper mine tailing spill, considered the worst mining disaster in the Philippines. “This will not also address the repair of the Maguila-guila and Makulapnit siltation dams and Taipan pit. The said dams are in danger of collapse due to its considerably weakened walls and the big volume of water and silt contained therein. Its collapse will unleash a huge quantity of water and silt to the towns of Boac, Mogpog and possibly other towns in Marinduque which will result to loss of a great number of lives and millions of pesos in damage to homes and properties."

Barrick offering lands with a thud, shares slide
by Allison Martell and Euan RochaReuters
November 3rd, 2013
A massive public share offering from Barrick Gold Corp proved a tough sell, market sources said on Friday, as the price of gold dropped and investors digested news that the miner had shelved a key growth project.

Barrick Chile mine workers set to strike
Reuters
October 30th, 2013
* Workers poised to strike after rejecting contract proposal * News of likely stoppage comes day before Barrick results due

Philippines: Marinduque 'pushed to the wall' by Barrick Gold
by Catherine CoumansMining Watch Canada via Rabble.ca
October 22nd, 2013
Canada’s Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company that bought out Placer Dome, has spent the better half of a decade fighting the province in court rather than owning up to the company’s responsibility to put things right in Marinduque. Once again, Marinduque is the bellwether, evidence that for all its rhetoric about “responsible mining,” the mining industry is still more concerned with its bottom line than in doing what’s right. In spite of a long legal struggle with competent American lawyers, on September 17, Marinduque provincial administrator Eleuterio Raza told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Inquirer) that Barrick was offering the province around 20 million dollars, take it or leave it. According to the Inquirer “[t]he amount, however, would further be reduced to $13.5 million after litigation expenses had been paid. ‘These are crumbs,’ said Raza, ‘but we are being pushed to the wall.’” It is perfectly clear that this extremely low level of recovery from Barrick is woefully inadequate to protect the health and safety of Marinduquenos, which can only be secured through the comprehensive rehabilitation of all contaminated ecosystems and the stabilization or removal of shoddy dams and structures in the mountains of the island, as well as the tons of toxic waste that these dams are barely containing.

Sickness and wealth: Shiny new mine, rusty pollution problems
The Economist
September 21st, 2013
Residents are suing PVDC, claiming that the new mine is poisoning rivers, causing illnesses and the death of farm animals. They want the government to release the environmental-impact assessment for Pueblo Viejo, which it has so far refused to do.

Five whistleblowers speak out against Barrick, court documents reveal
Court documents filed by Labaton Sucharow LLP on August 2, 2013 related to a class action lawsuit on behalf of shareholders of Barrick Gold reveal the testimonies of five former Barrick employees. These confidential witnesses confirm that Barrick top management knew that construction at the Pascua Lama Project was contaminating nearby water sources and breaching environmental conditions that led to the suspension of the project. These witnesses also testify that at a time when the company was estimating that the Project's cost would be between $2.8 and $3 billion, Barrick already had in its possession an engineering report estimating costs for the Project at nearly twice that figure.

Tanzanian villagers sue London-based African Barrick Gold for deaths and injuries
Leigh Day Law Firm
July 30th, 2013
London law firm, Leigh Day, today (Tuesday 30 July) served African Barrick Gold (ABG) and North Mara Gold Mine Limited (NMGML) with legal proceedings filed in the UK High Court. The claim alleges that the companies are liable for the deaths and injuries of local villagers, including through complicity in the killing of at least 6 local villagers by police at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. The companies deny the allegations.

The Case Against Barrick Gold: Why Shareholders are turning on this mining giant
by Sakura SaundersSpecial to ProtestBarrick
July 26th, 2013
On June 5, 2013, Lewis and Patricia Clark filed a class action lawsuit for themselves and other shareholders against the world's largest gold miner for “making false and misleading statements and concealed material information” relating to Pascua-Lama’s delays and costs. The class covers everyone who bought Barrick common stock between May 7, 2009, and May 23, 2013. Since this date, at least 9 law-firms have taken on the case against Barrick.

Exclusive: Chile indigenous group likely to appeal Barrick ruling: lawyer
by Alexandra UlmerReuters
July 18th, 2013
A Chilean indigenous group will likely ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court decision on Barrick Gold Corp's Pascua-Lama gold mine, because the ruling does not go far enough to protect the environment, a lawyer representing the group told Reuters on Thursday.

Chile court rules for Indians against Barrick Gold
by EVA VERGARAAssociated Press
July 14th, 2013
A Chilean appeals court ruled against the world's largest gold mining company on Monday, favoring Chilean Indians who accuse Barrick Gold Corp. of contaminating their water downstream and creating more doubts about the future of the world's highest gold mine. The judges in the northern city of Copiapo unanimously ruled that Barrick must keep all its environmental promises before moving forward with construction of the Pascua-Lama mine at the very top of Chile's mountainous border with Argentina. They also said Barrick must monitor the condition of three glaciers next to the mine project.

Third extractive industry report points finger at gold mining companies: Barrick doesn't "Pay a dime" in corporate tax
by FINNIGAN WA SIMBEYETanzania Daily News
July 9th, 2013
In fact, Barrick which is the world's largest gold miner and the largest gold miner in the country with four mines, including Buzwagi whose controversial signing in 2007, may close down three of its mines without paying a dime in corporate tax.

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Shifting Prospects
by Tim ElliotSydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend
In the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, the locals are largely locked out of the wealth of a lucrative goldmine. Tim Elliott meets a few brave young men determined to claim just a tiny piece of pie.

Barrick's Pascua Lama could wind up costing US$10bn, analyst says
by Alexandra Demo-DananbergBN Americas
June 26th, 2013
Canadian Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama project on the border of Chile and Argentina could wind up costing US$10bn to build, according to Credit Suisse analyst Anita Soni.

Corporate Knights defend abusive corporations
by Sakura SaundersAn edited version appeared in NOW Magazine
June 13th, 2013
You only need to check out Corporate Knights magazine’s just-issued Best 50 Corporate Citizens In Canada index to get that “clean capitalism” is all show, no substance.

Why NZ Super dumped Barrick Gold
by Tim HunterTimaru Herald via stuff.co.nz
Why NZ Super dumped Barrick Gold

New Zealand Superannuation Fund excludes Barrick Gold and subsidiary African Barrick Gold on responsible investment grounds
New Zealand Superannuation Fund
May 13th, 2013
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has excluded global mining company Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiary African Barrick Gold from its $22 billion investment portfolio on responsible investment grounds.

Q&A: Sen. Allende on Barrick Gold’s controversial Chilean mine
by Kalynne DakinSantiago Times
May 8th, 2013
The Socialist Party senator addresses constituent and worker concerns as US$8.5 billion Pascua-Lama mine faces shutdown.

Barrick’s mea culpa
by Christian PenaNow Magazine
May 2nd, 2013
If spirits were low inside the venue, outside the mood was buoyant. Activists cheerfully propped up a monster puppet of Munk with a Pinocchio nose to illustrate their view of the company’s claims to social responsibility and drew attention to Barrick’s incursions on indigenous land and its reaction to alleged gang rapes and abuses by company security in Papua New Guinea.

US$96M fine ratchets Dominican Republic-Barrick Gold showdown
Dominican Today
May 1st, 2013
The Dominican Government on Wednesday halted another precious metal shipment by Barrick Gold, just hours after offering the Canadian based minor a “final deal” to amend the contract for the mine at Pueblo Viejo.

Barrick’s environmental foes jump on wobbly miner
by  MARTIN MITTELSTAEDT Globe and Mail
April 25th, 2013
The long term outlook for Barrick shares hinges on many factors: the gold price is obviously the biggest driver, but the company also faces vociferous opposition from environmentalists and many residents around its mine sites, which should be a long term worry for shareholders.

Barrick AGM Protest in pictures
protestbarrick.net
April 24th, 2013
Protesters braved the rain to send a message to shareholders of Barrick Gold: "Barrick is a toxic asset, invest in life!" (all photos Allan.Lissner.net)

Chile rejects Barrick’s appeal to resume work at Pascua Lama
by Cecilia JamasmieMining.com
April 23rd, 2013
Chilean appeals court rejected Canadian Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX: ABX) subsidiary Minera Nevada's plea to reverse the order to suspend construction on the troubled Pascua Lama gold and silver project.

New Report! "Debunking Barrick"
by multiple authorsProtestBarrick
April 23rd, 2013
As Protest Barrick completes its sixth year of working with communities impacted by Barrick Gold, we are publishing a different kind of alternative annual report. We have noticed over the years that despite some of Barrick`s major abuses coming into light, the company has been able to maintain – within select circles – a reputation for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Meanwhile, around the world, Barrick’s name is still associated with corruption, abuse and environmental harms.

Dominicans Protest Against Canadian Miner Barrick Gold
Latin American Herald Tribune
April 22nd, 2013
Dozens of people marched Thursday in this northern Dominican city against Canadian miner Barrick Gold, which is developing the massive Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Caribbean nation.

2012-13: Un mal año para Barrick
April 19th, 2013
Extracto de "Debunking Barrick", un informe anual alternativo sobre Barrick Gold.

2012-13: A bad year for Barrick
excerpt of "Debunking Barrick", an alternative annual report on Barrick Gold
April 18th, 2013
Before you think about investing in Barrick, check out this timeline of actions against Barrick's operations around the world since last July.

Barrick Gold: Is Pascua-Lama A Mine That Should Not Be Built?
Seeking Alpha
April 16th, 2013
The uphill struggle for Barrick Gold (ABX) to finally bring the Pascua-Lama mine into production hit another snag last week when a Chilean court ordered all works on the Chilean side of the project to cease pending a decision on a complaint filed by a group of native indigenous people. Court sources quoted by Reuters anticipate the dispute to go to the Chilean Supreme Court, which could mean delays to the order of several months. The suspension is the latest in a series of setbacks to the Pascua-Lama project. Target dates for initial production have been delayed, and cost estimates had to be corrected at least twice.

Chile court suspends Barrick's Pascua Lama mine
by LUIS ANDRES HENAOAssociated Press
April 10th, 2013
A Chilean court on Wednesday suspended Barrick Gold Corp's Pascua Lama mine after indigenous communities complained that the project is threatening their water supply and polluting glaciers.

Barrick Gold Could Lose the Pascua Lama Project
El Ciudadano, Translation by Molly Fohn
April 3rd, 2013
The largest gold mining company in the world, Barrick Gold and its Chilean subsidiary, Nevada Spa Mining, could lose in the coming months the Pascua deposit worth millions after a series of frauds regarding mining property and repeated poor environmental practices. The deposit is known as the Pascua-Lama, with the name Pascua from the Chilean side, and Lama from the Argentine side.

PASCUA LAMA: Charges filed against the controversial project for failing to meet the environmental standards, conditions, and measures.
by SEBASTIAN MARCHANT24 Horas
The Environmental Superintendent of Chile filed charges on Wednesday against Nevada Mining SpA, who is the owner of Pasca Lama project in Chile, because the project fails to meet the conditions, rules and measures established by the Environmental Qualification Resolution delivered in 2006. Chilean authorities also found Barrick's self-reporting did not meet the requirements of Article 41 of the Organic Superintendency Law, which requires the provision of accurate, truthful and verifiable facts by the holder.

Barrick’s huge pay: Is enough enough?
The Globe and Mail
March 29th, 2013
Barrick Gold Corp. shareholders have rubber-stamped the company’s rich executive compensation in previous years, but this year sets a high water mark for bonuses at a time when the miner is missing financial and operating targets. Is enough finally enough?

Dominican government halts a Barrick Gold shipment(Update)
Dominican Today
March 14th, 2013
The Dominican Republic government Wednesday halted a gold shipment worth millions which the Barrick Gold Pueblo Viejo Corp. was about to export to Canada via the United States, from the Las Americas Airport’s freight terminal. President Danilo Medina reportedly instructed Customs director Fernando Fernandez to ban the export until the Canadian mining company reaches an agreement with the government.

Tanzania: Concern As Mine Terminates MoU With Communities
by MOSES MATTHEWTanzania Daily News
March 8th, 2013
COMMUNITIES surrounding North Mara Gold Mine have pleaded with the government to intervene in the land dispute between them and the mine operated by African Barrick Gold (ABG) after the latter terminated a memorandum of understanding between the two parties.

Economic Displacement + Water Depletion + Long-Term Pollution ≠ Sustainable Development
ProtestBarrick editor Sakura Saunders distributed this fact sheet at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto on March 5, 2013. It is just the tip of the iceberg regarding Barrick's abuses, but enough points to prove a point that Barrick does not promote sustainable development at their mine sites. The fact sheet was distributed after Saunders spoke during the question period of the CEO panel which featured Barrick CEO, Jamie Sokalsky.

Gold Mine Planned for Southwest Alaska Threatens Environment and Local Communities
by Rebecca SiegelAlaskans For Responsible Mining
February 27th, 2013
The Kuskokwim region is at a crossroads. A massive gold mine is planned at Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Kuskokwim. With an estimated 27 year production run churning out more than one million ounces of gold per year, the Donlin Gold mine would require an open pit two miles long, one mile wide and 1,800 feet deep, plus the largest pipeline built in Alaska since the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.While it promises jobs in a region with few employment opportunities, the mine as currently proposed could have serious consequences for subsistence livelihoods.

Globe and Mail proclaims on rapes in Papua New Guinea
by Catherine Coumanshttp://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/miningwatch/2013/02/globe-and-mail-proclaims-rapes-papua-new-guinea
On February 13, The Globe and Mail’s editorial board weighed in on the important issue of rapes by security guards at Barrick’s mine in Papua New Guinea (“Give due credit to Barrick Gold”). Remarkably, The Globe determined that the deal Barrick is offering women who were raped and gang raped by employees of its Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea“seems fair.” In return for such things as “counselling, access to micro-credit and medical care” Barrick requires of a rape victim that “she will not pursue or participate in any legal action” against the company “in or outside of PNG.”

Notorious Dominican lawmaker heads protest against Barrick Gold
Dominican Today
February 13th, 2013
Hundreds of people including a notorious Deputy are marching Wednesday to protest against Canadian miner Barrick Gold, demanding a revision of the contract to exploit the Pueblo Viejo site, or leave the country .

Dominican Republic: Xstrata is safe, but Barrick should pay higher taxes
by Cecilia Jamasmiemining.com
February 11th, 2013
Dominican Republic’s Mining Agency director denied Monday local reports saying the government would not let Xstrata (LON: XTA) go ahead with its planned expansion plans at Loma Miranda, as it would harm the region’s ecosystems. However, Dominican Today reports the authority added he believed Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX), (NYSE:ABX) should pay higher taxes, as it is profiting from the precious metal strong prices.

EPA fines Barrick Gold for Nevada mine record violations
by Jennifer RobisonLas Vegas Review Journal
February 6th, 2013
A big Nevada mining company will pay federal fines following a ruling from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA found that three subsidiaries of Barrick Gold Corp. failed to correctly report toxic chemical releases and waste management activities at the company's Cortez, Ruby Hill and Bald Mountain mines in Northern Nevada between 2005 and 2008.

New government threat for Barrick/Goldcorp
by Peter KovenFinancial Post
January 31st, 2013
The threat of resource nationalism never seems to go away. This week, the spotlight shifted to Barrick Gold Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. as the Dominican Republic’s Congress said it wants a “more favourable” contract on the Pueblo Viejo mine.

Nemc’s order to Barrick: SHUT DOWN THE TOXIC TAILINGS POND
by Beldina NyakekeThe Citizen (Tanzania)
January 26th, 2013
Mining giant African Barrick Gold was yesterday ordered to close a pit refuse facility at North Mara due to toxic leakages that are contaminating local water sources.

Conflicts surrounding Canadian mines ‘a serious problem’
by Catherine SolyomMontreal Gazette
December 18th, 2012
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.

Clean capitalism gets mixed results in the Andes
Montreal Gazette
CSR has become controversial because, observers said, it does not necessarily make the mining more responsible — it makes it easier to sell.Rod Jimenez, the vice-president of corporate affairs for Barrick South America, said the company has done a lot to build trust in the community, likening the battle for hearts and minds around Pascua-Lama to a marriage.

Chileans divided over value of Barrick’s water fund
by Cecilia JamasmieMining.com
December 18th, 2012
2012 was not a great year for Canada’s Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX: ABX) when it comes to its $8.5 billion Pascua Lama project, straddling the border of Argentina and Chile. There has been recent legal actions filed against the company for allegedly not having all the rights to proceed with the development of the mine. And now locals, divided over the merits of a water fund created by Barrick, threaten the fragile status quo in northern Chile.

Glaciers, protests and court cases slow Barrick in Pascua-Lama
by CATHERINE SOLYOMMontreal Gazette
December 15th, 2012
A number of obstacles remaining on the bumpy road to Pascua-Lama, to the delight of some and the dismay of others, from legal wrangling in Chile over the deeds to the vast, frigid territory, to a Supreme Court of Argentina decision over whether any mining can take place there at all, given the presence of glaciers so close to the mine pit.

More than just costs are a concern at Barrick Gold’s $8.5B Pascua-Lama megamine
by Catherine SolyomPostmedia News
December 14th, 2012
what happens up here in Pascua-Lama, where Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold is developing the first open-pit gold mine to straddle two countries, will have a huge impact on the people living in the valleys below on both sides of the border — for better or for worse.

New legal action against Barrick over Pascua Lama protocol
http://www.miningweekly.com/article/new-legal-action-against-barrick-over-pascua-lama-protocol-2012-12-13
December 13th, 2012
A Chilean lawyer has filed legal action to force the world’s largest gold producer Barrick Gold executives to appear in a Canadian court to respond to accusations that the company falsified information included in the Pascua Lama protocol between Argentina and Chile in 2004, for the development of the Pascua Lama gold mine.

Barrick to inject $2 billion to Pascua-Lama in 2013
by Cecilia JamasmieMining.com
November 28th, 2012
In early October, a Chilean appeals court accepted to consider a request for an injunction against the company and its project, filed by a group of northern natives in conjunction with the local government’s environmental evaluation committee.

Ottawa signals shift in foreign-aid policy toward private sector
by KIM MACKRAELGlobe and Mail
November 22nd, 2012
The federal government is signalling a profound shift in its approach to foreign aid that could see Canada’s international development agency align itself more closely with the private sector and work more explicitly to promote Canada’s interests abroad.

Chile’s appeals court to hear injunction request against Barrick’s Pascua Lama
by Cecilia Jamasmiemining.com
October 8th, 2012
A Chilean appeals court has accepted to consider a request for an injunction against Canada’s Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX: ABX) and its Pascua Lama project, filed by a group of northern natives in conjunction with the local government’s environmental evaluation committee.

Tanzania to Levy Capital Gains Tax on Proposed Barrick Sale
by David Malingha DoyaBloomberg
August 30th, 2012
Tanzania’s revenue authority said it will require Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) to pay a 20 percent tax on any capital gain resulting from its proposed sale of African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) to China National Gold Group Corp.

Ethics controversy deepens around PM's chief of staff over gold giant's lobbying
by Joan BrydenThe Tyee
August 29th, 2012
The ethics controversy swirling around Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff deepened Wednesday with news that Nigel Wright was lobbied on three separate occasions by a company with which he had deep personal connections.

A short list of how the Harper government has hooked up Barrick and the Munks over the years
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
August 27th, 2012
In the federal ethics watchdog questioning of Wright, they question whether Wright was breaking conflict of interest rules by allowing himself to be lobbied by Barrick Gold. However, the benefits that the Harper Government has delivered for Barrick Gold over the years are many. Here's a short list:

Activists want Barrick taxed on gains
by PIUS RUGONZIBWA Daily News Tanzania
August 22nd, 2012
STAKEHOLDERS have called for the government to hurriedly charge and collect Capital Gains Tax from the African Barrick Gold (ABG) following reports that its mother company, Barrick Gold, intends to sell off its stakes to a Chinese investor.

Barrick Chile Criminal Charges Filed and Accepted
PR Newswire
August 16th, 2012
Mountainstar Gold Inc. (the "Company"), wishes to advise our shareholders and the investing public of recent alarming events in Chile. Mr. Juan G. Torres, the Chilean lawyer acting for Mr. Jorge Lopehandia, our joint venture partner, informs "with regards to the criminal action for injuries (libel and perjury) against each and every one of the representatives of Compania Minera Barrick Chile Limitada and Compania Minera Nevada SpA."

Argentine high court denies Barrick Gold injunction blocking law against mining near glaciers
by APWashington Post
July 3rd, 2012
The Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold suffered a legal reversal Tuesday as the Supreme Court reversed preliminary injunctions that have blocked key parts of a glacier protection law.

Barrick Gold Suffers Legal Defeat in Argentine Supreme Court
by Jorge TalliantCEDHA
July 3rd, 2012
Barrick Gold, the company that had proposed dynamiting glaciers and hauling them off in dump trucks so they could get at gold reserves at their Pascua Lama project, suffered a major setback today in the Argentine National Supreme Court. An injunction order originally granted to Barrick by a local federal circuit court Cuadro de texto: Glacier Destroyed by Barrick’ Veladero Mining Roadjudge suspending the recently approved National Glacier Act, was terminally revoked. The glacier law is now back in full force for Barrick and other mining companies operating in Argentina.

Activists demand to ban cyanide outside Barrick's offices in Dominican Republic
Salva Tierra
March 19th, 2012
The group SalvaTierra took a non-violent direct action this morning in front of the building where the multinational mining corporation Barrick has part of its offices in capital city, Santo Domingo. It declared its support to dozens of environmental and social groups that have already expressed their opposition to megamining in the country and joined the campaign by the Latin America Mining Conflicts Observatory (OCMAL) to ban cyanide in the whole region.

Barrick launches new corporate social responsibility advisory board
by Craig WongThe Canadian Press
March 2nd, 2012
Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is setting up a new corporate social responsibility advisory board that includes former Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler. "I guess the question in my mind is what an advisory committee is going to tell them that isn't already quite well known and documented...and where the solutions have also been proposed and they're actually just awaiting implementation," said Jamie Kneen of Mining Watch Canada.

US Export-Import Bank (Exim) and EDC of Canada will not finance Barrick’s Pascua Lama Gold Mining Project
by Jorge Daniel TaillantCEDHA
March 2nd, 2012
US Export-Import Bank (Exim) and Export Development Canada (EDC), two of the world’s largest publicly funded development finance institutions, will not be contributing to the highly controversial Pascua Lama gold mining project straddling the border between Argentina and Chile. The project has already and will further destroy glaciers to get at gold mineral deposits if it gets underway, affecting the water supply for indigenous communities and small agriculture in Chile as well as an internationally protected biosphere reserve in Argentina.

Canadian-owned firms are funding U.S. election campaigns
by STEVE RENNIE Globe and Mail
February 18th, 2012
The Goldstrike mine in Nevada is the largest gold-producing mine for Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp. Barrick Goldstrike Mines, a U.S. subsidiary of Barrick Gold, has set up a PAC, which contributed $19,000 (U.S.) to Democrats and $28,000 (U.S.) to Republicans. Most donations went to lawmakers from Nevada.

African Barrick Gold Mine faces multimillion dollar suit
the Guardian (Tanzania)
December 25th, 2011
Afrcan Barrick Gold (ABG) faces a multimillion court battle following its draconian decisions taken two years ago to freeze payments to Mwanza based firm, Simba Pipe Line, under the allegations of frauds.

'Nevers had no power to source Gold money'
by YANDE SYAMPEYO and DEAN MWAANGAZambia Daily Mail
December 23rd, 2011
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Chishimba Kambwili says former High Commissioner to Canada Nevers Mumba had no authority to collect over K500 million from Barrick Gold on behalf of the government. Mr Kambwili has since ordered that the account the Barrick Gold money was held in be audited.

Foreign Aid to Mining Firms
by Gwendolyn Schulman, Roberto NietoThe Dominion Paper (Canada)
December 19th, 2011
The Harper government recently announced a publicly funded agreement between three of Canada’s mining giants and three of Canada’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The agreement, which marks a significant shift in how mining and politics mix, elicited little more than a yawn from the media. But a closer look reveals this partnership is transforming Canada’s aid landscape—with disturbing implications.

Foreign Aid to Mining Firms
by Gwendolyn Schulman, Roberto NietoThe Dominion Paper (Canada)
December 19th, 2011
The Harper government recently announced a publicly funded agreement between three of Canada’s mining giants and three of Canada’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The agreement, which marks a significant shift in how mining and politics mix, elicited little more than a yawn from the media. But a closer look reveals this partnership is transforming Canada’s aid landscape—with disturbing implications.

CEDHA Files Equator Principles Due Diligence Review to US EXIM Bank and EDC of Canada on Barrick’s Pascua Lama Project
CEDHA
November 25th, 2011
The Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), along with several local and international groups presented today an Equator Principles Due Diligence Review to two export credit agencies considering financing Barrick Gold’s highly controversial Pascua Lama gold project, straddling the border between Chile and Argentina.

The Burden of Reko Diq
The International News (Pakistan)
November 5th, 2011
In September the Balochistan government raised 10 basic objections, accusing the TCC of violating laws and of not disclosing all the facts and data that it gathered during the exploration phase. The TCC was accused of providing a feasibility study for only a small part of the Reko Diq mines, said to be among the top three largest gold and copper deposits in the world. After a year of fighting the case, it seems that the TCC, or its parent company Barrick Gold, the largest gold mining company in the world, has given up its court battle inside Pakistan and is running to an international court of arbitration.

Code of Silence: An academic book, a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, and a question: is Canadian law failing free speech?
by CANDICE VALLANTINThe Walrus Magazine
October 27th, 2011
In 2008, Les Éditions Écosociété, a tiny Montreal publishing house, released a 348-page treatise on human rights and environmental violations by Canadian mining companies overseas. Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption, et criminalité en Afrique (Black Canada: Plundering, Corruption, and Crime in Africa) presents evidence for Barrick Gold’s alleged complicity in the deaths of fifty-two miners in Tanzania, and for Banro Corporation’s fueling of violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The book, based on previously published accounts from the international press and UN reports, was intended as a study, not a bestseller. “We were expecting to sell 700 copies at $34 each,” says Elodie Comtois, Écosociété’s head of communications. Immediately after the book’s launch, Barrick Gold sued Écosociété and the three authors — Alain Deneault, Delphine Abadie, and William Sacher — for a cool $5 million in damages to its reputation and $1 million for malicious intent. Banro followed suit six weeks later, citing $5 million for libel (both companies claim the allegations are false). Significantly, as this goes to press, at least one of the trials is under way in Quebec.

End of the Barrick Gold Lawsuit: Écosociété Settles Out of Court
http://www.freespeechatrisk.ca
October 20th, 2011
At the conclusion of a judicial struggle that has lasted three and a half years, Éditions Écosociété has arrived at an out-of-court agreement with the multinational Barrick Gold. In order to put an end to the proceedings that Barrick Gold instituted against it in April 2008 for the sum of 6 million dollars, and for this reason only, Éditions Écosociété is ceasing the publication of the book Noir Canada and made a payment to Barrick through their insurer.

Once again a SLAPP against Noir Canada!
by Dominique Caouette, Catherine Dorion, Louis Dumont, Francis Dupuis-Déri, Jean-Marc Larouche, Lucie Lemonde, Normand Mousseau, Christian Nadeau, Pierre Noreau, Marcelo Otero, Éric Pineault, Michel Seymour, Sid Ahmed Soussi, Pierre Trudel et Daniel TurpFree Speech at Risk
After three years of lobbying by the mining company Barrick Gold against the authors of Noir Canada and the publisher Écosociété, and pending a trial that was the culmination of a SLAPP, Barrick Gold has signed an out of court settlement with the authors and the publisher.

Tribe battles BLM over Nev. gold mine in US court
by SCOTT SONNERBusiness Week
October 7th, 2011
Lawyers for environmentalists and several Nevada tribes urged a federal judge Thursday to keep in place restrictions from a 2009 court order that blocks the expansion of a gold mine at the base of a mountain that some Western Shoshone consider sacred.

UPDATE 1-Baluchistan objects to Antofagasta/Barrick venture
by Zeeshan HaiderReuters
September 22nd, 2011
Pakistan's Baluchistan province has objected to a mining lease being sought by a joint venture between Antofagasta and Barrick Gold , further delaying a major planned copper and gold project in the country's southwest.

Pay Dirt?
by Michelle SlaterCastlemaine Independent
July 27th, 2011
Can gold ever be ethical?

North Mara investors risk being kicked out
by FLORIAN KAIJAGEthe Guardian (Tanzania)
June 19th, 2011
Tarime District residents have threatened to halt mining gold operations at North Mara, Nyamongo area, if the mine proprietors, African Barrick Gold, continue dishonouring an agreement with communities in the mine’s neighbourhoods.

Barrick Accused by Governor’s Brother of Mingling in Argentine Election Politics
Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA)
May 4, 2011 – In a highly unusual interview[1] with a national radio station, the brother and would be gubernatorial candidate of the incumbent Governor of San Juan Province attacked his brother (Governor José Luis Gioja) and Barrick Gold of maintaining a lucrative and economically abusive relationship for the province. It seems Barrick’s profits are causing a stir in local politics that has miners and ruling family members at odds with one another.

Tanzanians Killed at Barrick’s North Mara Mine Not Forgotten
Munk OUT of UofT campaign
Approximately 70 people gathered today at a commemoration held for the seven individuals killed in Tanzania at African Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine. Public outcry over this violence has been amplified by recent reports that local security/police forces employed by the mine have attempted to ban a memorial ceremony for the deceased. To the horror of many local families, these security forces also stole 5 of the 7 peoples’ bodies from the mortuary.

Barrick Threatens Legal Action Against NGO – Over Publication of Contamination of Gold Mining Projects in Argentina
May 16th 2011 – Argentina. Barrick Gold threatened to file legal actions against the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA), for publishing a report that uses Barrick’s own water monitoring data and concludes that the Veladero and Pascua Lama projects are contaminating San Juan’s rivers and streams.

Gold mine saga sign of things to come
by Mobhare MatinyiThe Citizen - TANZANIA
June 2nd, 2011
Once again, Tanzanians are mourning the deaths of five of their fellow citizens shot dead by police on May 16, at the African Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine in Tarime District, Mara Region.

Claims of sexual abuses in Tanzania blow to Barrick Gold
by Geoffrey YorkThe Globe and Mail
May 30th, 2011
Just two weeks after the fatal shooting of seven people at one of its Tanzanian gold mines, Barrick Gold Corp. is investigating allegations of sexual assault by about a dozen police and security guards at the same violence-plagued mine.

Toronto Star reporter arrested, deported for investigating North Mara murders
by Jocelyn EdwardsThe Star.com: CANADIAN PRESS
May 28th, 2011
Engaging in journalism activities without permission: Journalist, Jocelyn Edwards' account of being arrested and detained in Tanzania trying to investigate recent killings at Barrick Gold's North Mara mine.

TANZANIA: Lissu, six others in court
IPP Media: GUARDIAN
May 25th, 2011
Singida East Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu and six other people yesterday appeared before a Tarime District court magistrate to answer charges of illegal entry into a mortuary and holding an unlawful meeting.

Tanzanian lawmakers arrested at funeral
Agence France Presse
May 25th, 2011
Tanzanian police said Wednesday they had arrested two lawmakers from the main opposition party Chadema while they attended the funeral of the villagers killed in clashes at a gold mine.

Tarime killings: The inside story
by George Maratothe Guardian (Tanzania)
May 22nd, 2011
Breach of trust within the unholy trinity comprising the police, company staff and youngsters pinning their livelihood on proceeds from the sale of gold concentrates, has emerged as the source of the high tension between North Mara Gold Mine and the neighbouring Nyamongo locality.

Controlling the damage to gold mining’s gritty image
by Lisa WrightThe Star
May 21st, 2011
Two words instantly come to mind in cynical business circles when a tragedy occurs under a big company’s watch: damage control.

Black eye for Barrick taints Canada, critic says
by Lisa Wright, Business reporterThe Star
May 19th, 2011
Barrick Gold Corp. has tainted Canada’s international mining image, say industry observers, as police and company officials investigate why seven people were killed at the gold giant’s troubled Tanzanian mine.

Customary Land Rights in Papua New Guinea loses to Mining Rights in National Court Decision
Porgera Alliance
May 19th, 2011
A recent landmark decision of the National Court that gives Porgera Joint Venture Company exclusive rights of occupancy to its Special Mining Lease (SML) could affect thousands of landowners living in major resource development project areas throughout the country. Meanwhile, landowners from Porgera have traveled to the United Nations to advocate for the humane resettlement of the people still living within the SML.

Investigate Barrick claims of fuel theft, say Lake Zone residents
The Citizen Correspondent
May 18th, 2011
MWANZA, TANZANIA. Some Lake zone residents are still putting pressure on African Barrick Gold after the company announced that fuel theft at its Buzwagi mine had prompted it to cut its gold production forecast.Those who spoke to thispaper maintained that the company’s announcement of late last year that it (the company) had uncovered what it termed as ‘organised and systematic’ fuel theft at the mine, prompting the suspension of some of its workers, may not be true.

Landmark decision gives miners exclusive land rights in Papua New Guinea
Post Courier
A SENIOR lawyer has predicted that a recent landmark decision of the National Court giving Porgera Joint Venture Company exclusive rights of occupancy to its Special Mining Lease will affect thousands of landowners living in major resource development project areas throughout the country.

Request to the Supreme Court of Argentina - immediate cessation of activities in Pascua-Lama
No a Pascua-Lama [Spanish]
Buenos Aires, May 13, 2011 : Barrick Gold violates the law

Solicitan a la Corte Suprema Argentina el Inmediato Cese de Actividades de Pascua-Lama
No a Pascua-Lama
Buenos Aires, 13 de mayo de 2011: El emprendimiento de la empresa Barrick Gold incumple la Ley de Glaciares

Tanzania: Killings and Toxic Spill Tarnish Barrick Gold
by Zahra MolooToward Freedom
The Thigithe River in North Mara, Tanzania meanders through scattered villages and clumps of trees in a vast expanse of land ringed by hills close to the Kenyan border. Nearby, an enormous, sprawling mound of rocks and stones several meters high reaches up from the earth. This is the region's notorious gold mine, operated by African Barrick Gold, a subsidiary of the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation. The mine has a reserve of an estimated 2.95 million ounces of gold.

Act on abuses, Papua New Guinea activists plea
by BJ SiekierskiiPolitics.ca
A pair of Papua New Guinean activists are in Ottawa for a fourth time hoping a recent report will help them succeed where earlier pleas have failed.

Tribesmen ask Canada to force changes at PNG mine
AFP
OTTAWA — Two members of the Ilipi tribe of Porgera in the Papua New Guinea highlands on Thursday appealed to Canada to clamp down on abuses of mining companies abroad.

Informe narrativo: Manifestación contra reunión de accionistas de la Barrick, movilizando en apoyo a comunidades afectadas
El equipo ProtestBarrick.net está actualmente en Toronto, Canadá, para la reunión anual general de la Barrick Gold y nuestra quinta gira con comunidades afectadas. Este año participan representantes de comunidades de Papua Nueva Guinea, y esperamos (si logren sus visas) que se sumarán desde Tanzania y las Filipinas también.

REPORT BACK: Barrick shareholder protest, mobilising in support of impacted communities
The ProtestBarrick.net team is currently in Toronto, Canada for the Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and our 5th speaking tour with Barrick mining impacted communities. This year we are joined by Papua New Guinean community and hopefully (visas permitting) community from Tanzania and the Philippines.

PHOTOS: Activist Protest Against Barrick Gold
On Wednesday, over 100 activists protested against Barrick Gold outside the Metro Convention Centre, where Barrick Gold was holding its annual shareholders' meeting.

African Barrick Gold Clean Up Your Act! People and Livestock Threatened in Tanzania
On Thursday 21 April Sally and Adriana handed out flyers to shareholders at the first African Barrick annual general meeting in London. The flyer focused on Barrick's North Mara mine in Tanzania and the devastating impacts on the environment and community.

[Espanol] AMIGOS DE LA TIERRA INTERNACIONAL SE SUMA A PROTESTAS CONTRA BARRICK GOLD '¡Barrick Gold limpien el desastre! Derecho a la vida por encima de las ganancias del oro'
TORONTO [CANADÁ], 27 de abril, 2011 – Hoy, durante la asamblea general anual (AGM) de la empresa minera Barrick Gold en Toronto (Canadá), Amigos de la Tierra Internacional apoya un fuerte llamado de las comunidades del mundo a detener la minería de oro y las prácticas destructivas de Barrick Gold. Campañistas están presentes en la asamblea y se sumaron a una manifestación frente al lugar. Barrick Gold, la minera de oro más grande del mundo, ha sido objeto de muchos estudios que documentan violaciones a los derechos humanos y devastación ambiental a nivel mundial, en países como Filipinas, Tanzania y Australia.

MEDIA RELEASE: Impacted Community Confronts Barrick Gold on Human Rights Abuses, Company Lies, and Cultural Slurs
Indigenous representatives from Porgera, Papua New Guinea traveled to Canada this week to speak at Barrick Gold's annual general meeting (AGM). This year marks the fourth year that the Porgerans have visited Barrick Gold's AGM, each time raising serious human rights and food security issues.

AUDIO: Activists protest against Barrick Gold
by John BonnarRabble
April 27th, 2011
On Wednesday, over 100 activists protested against Barrick Gold outside the Metro Convention Centre, where Barrick Gold was holding its annual shareholders' meeting.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH INTERNATIONAL JOINS PROTESTS AGAINST BARRICK GOLD 'Barrick Gold Clean Up Your Act! Right to Life Over Gold Profits'
TORONTO [CANADA], April 27, 2011 – Today, during the annual general meeting (AGM) of mining company Barrick Gold in Toronto (Canada), Friends of the Earth International is supporting a loud call from communities around the world for a halt to gold mining and Barrick Gold's destructive practices. Campaigners are present at the meeting and join a protest rally outside the meeting venue. Barrick Gold, the largest gold miner in the world, has been the subject of many documented studies of human rights abuses and environmental devastation globally, including in the Philippines, Tanzania and Australia.

Supreme Court issues writ on two firms over toxic waste
by Nathaniel R. MelicanBusiness World
THE SUPREME Court has issued a Writ of Kalikasan (nature) sought by residents of Marinduque province to force Placer Dome, Inc. and Barric Gold Corp. to clean up the toxic waste that spilled into the Boac River in 1996.

Canadian Ethics Roiled as Barrick Exploits Loophole in Lobby Law With Visa
by Theophilos Argitis Bloomberg
Barrick Gold Corp. and Visa Canada Corp. are exploiting an exemption in ethics legislation to hire former Harper administration aides as lobbyists, triggering calls for increased regulation as Canadian lawmakers prepare to review the rules.

PNG goldmine acts over allegations of torture and rape
by Lindsay MurdochSydney Morning Herald
The operator of the multibillion-dollar Porgera goldmine in Papua New Guinea has sacked five employees over an alleged pattern of violent abuse against villagers, including pack rapes.

Barrick turns glaciers to dust and the State applies a measly fine
by Lucio Cuenca Berger Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA)
February 2nd, 2011
Over a year ago, during November 2009, the state fulfilled its obligation to carry out an audit of the Pascua Lama project one month after construction began. Alarming irregularities were found, particularly with regard to the protection of glaciers and water, two themes that have given rise to more than ten years of concern and resistance on the part of communities living in the area.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Papua New Guinea: Serious Abuses at Barrick Gold Mine
Human Rights Watch
February 1st, 2011
Private security personnel employed at a gold mine in Papua New Guinea have been implicated in alleged gang rapes and other violent abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Porgera mine has produced billions of dollars of gold in its twenty years of operation, and is operated and 95 percent owned by Barrick Gold, a Canadian company that is the world's largest gold producer.

Human Rights Report Confirms Rapes by Security Guards at Barrick Mine in Papua New Guinea
Mining Watch
February 1st, 2011
A report released today by Human Rights Watch confirms allegations of gang rapes and other human rights abuses by security guards of Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). This important report represents but the latest attempt to raise public awareness about these long standing abuses at the mine. Until now, Barrick and the personnel of the PJV mine have responded to numerous credible attempts to alert the company to the abuses of its security personnel with denial and, frequently, by attempting to discredit those who raised the issues.

Reclaiming U of T campaign aims at private donor influence on campus
by the newspaperMartín Waldman
January 27th, 2011
This past Saturday, Sidney Smith Hall hosted Great Minds for Whose Future?, an anti-corporitazation teach-in that was the latest event in a growing overall discussion about corporate influence at U of T. A panel of speakers discussed the effects of corporatization and how to combat its ongoing influence, and while much discussion with respect to U of T was centred around the role of Peter Munk and Barrick Gold, panelists also included an organizer in similar anti-corporatization campaigns at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a speaker from the the Extractive Industries Research Group at York University.

Barrick gold dig under press scrutiny
by Ahmar MustikhanThe Baltimore Examiner
December 25th, 2010
The world's largest gold mining corporation has received another setback when a former chief minister of Balochistan asked foreign companies to pullout of Balochistan and said the natural resources of Balochistan has to be preserved for the future generations.

Money really can buy anything – even at the University of Toronto
by Gerald CaplanGlobe and Mail
December 17th, 2010
Last year the Munk Foundation agreed with U of T to establish a new School of Global Affairs to replace the Munk Centre. Ms. McQuaig and Mr. Brooks fear Mr. Munk might be buying influence over the nature of what goes on within the new school – say the choice of faculty and courses –which the university pooh-poohs as unthinkable. As it happens, two weeks after their book was completed, Ms. McQuaig received the actual Memorandum of Agreement between the Munk Foundation and the governing council of U of T, dated Nov. 23, 2009 and duly signed by both. (It’s now been made accessible by the university here.) The memorandum, which I hope will be reproduced in the paperback version of The Trouble With Billionaires, makes the book’s concerns quite plausible.

Publisher, authors seek to have Barrick suit quashed
by Irwin BlockMontreal Gazette
The publisher and authors of a controversial book denouncing abuses and crimes allegedly committed in Africa by Canadian-owned mining, oil and pharmaceutical companies have launched a legal bid to quash a $6-million defamation lawsuit filed against them by Barrick Gold Corp.

Where NOT to put a cyanide leaching goldmine!
Save Lake Cowal Campaign
December 8th, 2010
On Sunday 21 November, Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville ‘Chappy’ Williams, Friends of the Earth campaigner, Natalie Lowrey and photojournalist, Conor Ashleigh took an aerial flight over Lake Cowal.Lake Cowal is an ephemeral lake which has a wet and dry cycle of 20 years. The past 10 years has seen the central western NSW region where Lake Cowal is situated in drought, but many like Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville ‘Chappy’ Williams has warned of the big wet seasons. In the past 6 weeks this area has seen huge amounts of rainfall, Lake Cowal is 75% full of water. Once paradise to much wildlife and leisure time for locals, Lake Cowal now has a large open cut pit penetrating into it lake bed.

Pakistan Supreme Court considers petition against Reko Diq copper-gold mine development
by Lawrence WilliamsMineweb
The Pakistan Supreme Court is considering yet another challenge to the big Barrick/Antofagasta Reko Diq copper-gold development project in Balochistan

$260 Billion Gold Mines Going For A Song, Behind Closed Doors
by SHAHEEN SEHBAI in Washington And AHMED NOORANI in IslamabadThe News International
November 3rd, 2010
Quietly, and below the media radar, some 20 top corporate bosses and lobbyists of two of the world’s largest gold mining groups have been meeting President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani, Governor State Bank and others in Islamabad throughout last week, pressing them to quickly hand over one of the world’s biggest gold and copper treasures found in Balochistan at Reko Diq, worth over $260 billion, to their companies, and for peanuts.

Munk’s dubious mining morality
by John McKay, Liberal MP, OttawaThe Star.com: CANADIAN PRESS
Re: Lack of support for mining bill, Letter Oct. 31 Barrick Gold Corp.’s Peter Munk raises three very dubious moral arguments in his triumphalist celebration of the defeat of C-300. The first is that mining is important to our economy. True. Apparently as long as it is generating wealth for Canada, abuse of basic human rights, degradation of the host country’s environment, and criminal code offences are okay. Interesting moral equation.

RPT-Argentine judge bars some glacier-protection rules
Rueters
November 2nd, 2010
An Argentine judge has ruled that key articles of a glacier protection law cannot be applied in San Juan province, where Barrick Gold Corp is building a large mine, an official news agency said on Tuesday.

Tanzania: Lipumba Wants Compensation for Tigite River Victims
by Ray Naluyaga 26 October 2010The Citizen
The Civic United Front (CUF) presidential candidate, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba has called on the government to compensate the Tigite River victims in Tarime district in Mara region.

Argentine lawmakers pass glacier law to curb mining
by Luis Andres HenaoReuters
October 1st, 2010
Argentina's Senate passed a law on Thursday that curbs mining on and around the nation's glaciers to protect water supplies, a measure praised by environmentalists but criticized by industry supporters. * Senate narrowly approves glacier-protection law * Law seen affecting Barrick's vast Pascua Lama project * President has said will not veto mining measure

Border Mining Projects Before Ethics Tribunal
by Daniela Estrada*IPS
Latin American activists who want to call attention to mining developments located in border areas will gather in Chile to "pass judgement" on projects they regard as detrimental to local communities, the environment and national security.

Students abandon school for gold, prostitution in Tarime
by Damas MwitaThis Day
The future of many students in Tarime remains bleak as they continue to drop out of school due to various reasons such as early marriages, pregnancy and gold mining.

Analysis: Argentine glacier protection bill could shut mines
by Luis Andres HenaoReuters
An Argentine bill to protect glaciers by banning mining in ice zones could hinder a new multibillion-dollar gold mine, shutter some projects and slow investment, although some mining provinces seeking to circumvent the measure are passing their own laws.

Barrick Gold confirms deaths of 2 miners in Nevada mine shaft
by Martin GriffithAssociated Press
Searchers in Nevada found the remains of two miners at the bottom of a gold mine shaft, company officials said Saturday, after crews worked for more than 32 hours to safely access the area 1,300 feet underground.

Argentine lower house passes glacier bill
by Luis Andres HenaoReuters Africa
Argentine lawmakers on Wednesday approved a glacier-protection bill that would ban mining and oil drilling in the country's Andean ice fields.

Acusan a Cristina por “tráfico de influencias” en favor de una minera
by Juan Cruz Sanz Clarin.com
ESPANOL: Siete días antes de la fecha prevista para que la Cámara baja vuelva a tratar la ley de proteción de glaciares que Cristina vetó en el 2008, tres diputados opositores presentaron ayer a la Justicia una denuncia para que se investigue el posible “tráfico de influencias” de la Presidenta para favorecer inversiones de la minera canadiense Barrick Gold en la frontera sanjuanina con Chile.

A la Justicia por Pascua Lama
by Federico PoorePagina 12
ESPANOL: Diputados opositores pidieron ayer a la Justicia que investigara posibles vínculos entre funcionarios y la empresa minera Barrick Gold. Los legisladores Miguel Bonasso (Diálogo por Buenos Aires), Elisa Carrió y Fernanda Reyes (Coalición Cívica) presentaron nuevas pruebas para ampliar la investigación que lleva adelante el juez Marcelo Martínez de Giorgi y reclamaron al Gobierno que diera a conocer el acuerdo tributario que firmó con la compañía canadiense. La empresa aseguró en un comunicado que sus actividades “se de-sarrollan en el más estricto apego a la legislación vigente”.

Denuncian lazos de Mayoral con la minera canadiense Barrick
by Leonardo NicosiaPerfil
Mientras el Congreso se prepara para debatir otra vez una ley de protección de glaciares, la oposición solicitó esta semana a la ESPANOL: Justicia que investigue las ventajas impositivas extraordinarias que el Estado le habría otorgado a la Barrick Gold en el proyecto Pascua-Lama, en San Juan. Los diputados Elisa Carrió, Fernanda Reyes (CC)y Miguel Bonasso (DpBA) denunciaron, además, que existen llamativos vínculos entre la companía y el secretario de Minería, Jorge Mayoral.

San Juan province governor accused of 'economic ties' with Barrick Gold
Buenos Aires Herald
Deputies Elisa Carrió and Miguel Bonasso filed a complaint against San Juan province Governor José Luis Gioja and Barrick Gold mining company for alleged "economic links" between the two. They also accused President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of vetoeing the Glaciers Law in order to favour the company.

Mining Through Roots: Displacement, Poverty and the Global Extractive Industry
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.net
July 3rd, 2010
In Papua New Guinea, approximately 5000 adults** live within the Special Mining Lease area of Barrick Gold's Porgera mine. They are desperately seeking resettlement into another area that could provide them with the means to live the subsistence lifestyle that remains the livelihood of 75% of the country. Their requests have been denied by the company, which prefers to offer individual cash payments to villagers as their homes fall victim to waste-related landslides and police-instigated arson.

Breaches of Freedom of Association Rife at AngloGold, Barrick Gold Mines in Tanzania
ICEM in Brief
The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions workshops in Tanzania on 12-13 March reveal blatant abuses of freedom of association by subsidiary mining enterprises of AngloGold Ashanti and Barrick Gold. The workshops were done specifically for ICEM affiliate Tanzania Association of Mining and Construction Workers’ Union (TAMICO), under the auspices of ICEM’s Sub-Saharan African Regional Organisation (SSARO), with ICEM President Senzeni Zokwana and ICEM/SSARO staff person Fabian Nkomo leading the important sessions.

Official probe another setback for Barrick Gold’s Dominican mine
Dominican Today
The Labor Ministry launched an investigation today Friday to determine if the mining company Barrick Gold and its 34 subsidiaries are respecting their workers’ rights.

Papua New Guinea Government Passes Law to Protect Industries from Indigenous Law Suits
Cultural Survival
The Papua New Guinea legislature on May 28 amended sections of the country's Environment and Conservation Act to shield corporations from any responsibility for environmental damage caused by their operations, whether intentional or accidental.

Barrick Supported Police Who Carried Out Fiery Evictions in PNG
by Valerie CroftThe Dominion
Amnesty report confirms links between cops & Canadian mining company - Amnesty International (AI) recently made waves in human rights circles, publishing a new report focusing on Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold's role in violent forced evictions in the Porgera region of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Underground Diplomacy
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.netThe Dominion Paper
June 2nd, 2010
Disregard for political conflict reveals an international diplomacy concerned primarily with profits, and is consistent with the actions of Canada and its corporate ambassadors in situations around the globe where mining profits conflict with human rights.

Underground Diplomacy
by Sakura Saunders, editor protestbarrick.netDominion Paper
June 2nd, 2010
An ongoing independence struggle has been overlooked by Canadian and US delegates as they push the Pakistani state to force Balochistan’s approval of the Barrick/Antofagasta mine. Meanwhile, in a move that the group American Friends of Balochistan say reveals insensitivity to the region’s politics, Barrick hired a Pakistani army colonel as its public affairs manager and head of security for its Balochistan mine project. Disregard for political conflict reveals an international diplomacy concerned primarily with profits, and is consistent with the actions of Canada and its corporate ambassadors in situations around the globe where mining profits conflict with human rights.

Goldcorp rejects call to shut down mine amid pressure from native groups
by Kristine OwramThe Canadian Press
The protests echo similar complaints against Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX), the world's biggest gold producer, which operates in many countries and has a big presence in Latin America. After Barrick's annual meeting last month, representatives for natives in the Huasco Valley in Chile held a protest against the gold giant's development in their communities.

International miners in PNG should be more open says Resource Management expert
Radio New Zealand
May 21st, 2010
A Resource Management expert says that international miners such operating in Papua New Guinea, should be more open with scientific data about their operations.

PNG group’s Canadian jaunt exposes Porgera issue in international forum
Radio New Zealand
May 20th, 2010
Four locals from Porgera in Papua New Guinea’s Enga province have returned to the country after visiting Canada where they petitioned parliament to pass legislation that would enforce more accountability from Canadian companies overseas.

Indigenous leaders call for crackdown on Canadian mining companies abroad
by Les WhittingtonThe Toronto Star
May 5th, 2010
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea came to Parliament Hill today to urge MPs to support legislation to clamp down on the practices of Canadian mining firms operating in the developing world.

Those Bricks Barrick Gold Dropped on Publishers
by Philip ResnickTheTyee.ca
April 21st, 2010
How many readers of The Tyee or Canadians outside Quebec are aware that the same Barrick Corp., on whose board sit such eminences as Brian Mulroney, has been engaged in using SLAPPs -- Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation -- against two small presses, one in Quebec, one based in Vancouver, that have published or announced an intention to publish books that this august corporation finds offensive to its image? It took a March 25 op-ed article in Le Devoir, the independent Montreal daily (not beholden to the powerful media interests that control so many of Canada's leading newspapers) to alert me to the situation.

Barrick Gold Suit May Cut Nevada Mine Output by Half (Update3)
by Joe SchneiderBloomberg
Barrick Gold Corp.’s plan to double production at a Nevada gold mine complex this year by digging out an additional $625 million in deposits may turn on a judge’s decision in an environmental suit by American Indian tribes.

Dominican Republic: Opposition to Barrick Gold Mining Operations
by Rocio DiazGlobal Voices
March 28th, 2010
In 2009, the Dominican people stood up to fight against a cement factory that would be installed in the Los Haitises National Park. In 2010, it appears that another cause is mobilizing thousands of young people and adults - the presence of the mining consortium Barrick Gold in Cotuí, the head municipality in the province of Sánchez Ramírez, which is home to one of the largest gold mines in the world: Pueblo Viejo (Old Town), with estimated reserves of 24 million troy ounces of gold. Activists are concerned about the terms of the agreement with the Dominican State, as well as environmental impacts on the region.

Dominicans say mining firm not honest about poisoning incident
Trading Markets
March 26th, 2010
A report on the recent poisoning of hundreds of Barrick Gold employees recommends the Dominican government amend its contract with the Canadian miner to ensure the country's interests are protected.

Senate Environment chief wants Barrick Gold contract reviewed
Dominican Today
March 16th, 2010
The head of the Senate’s Environmental Commission asked the Presidency to review the gold mining contract with the company Barrick Gold, to obtain better advantages and compensate affected communities.

analysis: Midas’s gold —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur
by Mir Mohammad TalpurDaily Times
March 1st, 2010
The powerless provincial government in Balochistan, if it has a modicum of decency, should quit immediately to absolve itself of the responsibility of exploitation and destruction of Balochistan’s resources and environment.

Amnesty links Toronto's Barrick Gold to house-burnings near mine
by Saira Peeskercp24.com
February 3rd, 2010
Amnesty International has joined a chorus of voices criticizing a Canadian mining company's operations in Papua New Guinea, accusing it of supporting police as they burned down more than 100 homes near an open-pit gold mine.

Chile starts environmental probe into Pascua-Lama
by Reporting by Fabian Cambero and Alonso Soto; editing by Jim MarshallRueters
January 21st, 2010
Chilean environmental authorities said on Thursday it began a probe into the construction of top gold miner Barrick's massive Pascua-Lama project, which could lead to fines or even a revoked concession.

Canada's Long Road to Mining Reform
by Cyril Mychalejkoeditor, Upside Down world, writing for Toward Freedom
January 21st, 2010
Rape. Murder. Corruption. Environmental contamination. Impunity. These are just some of the charges and incidents that have plagued Canadian mining operations abroad for years. Now one Canadian lawmaker has taken on the Herculean challenge of legislating mining reform in a country that has traditionally acted like a parent in denial.

Pakistan pressed on Barrick mine rights
by Rick WestheadThe Toronto Star
January 14th, 2010
Islamabad–Canadian diplomats are lobbying Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani and other government officials to honour a Canadian mining giant's controversial claim to a copper and gold find that is located in a rugged swath of hills and desert and potentially worth billions of dollars.

Ban Barrick: Organizations demand to stop construction of Pascua Lama
Radio Mundo
Feminist, religious and environmental organizations in Chile issued a declaration on the extractive project Pascua Lama, carried out by Canadian mining transnational corporation Barrick Gold in Huasco province, Chile and San Juan province, Argentina.

Raisani says no mining licence granted for Reko Dik project
by Staff Correspondent DAWN
January 9th, 2010
A foreign company was granted a licence to explore copper and gold in the Reko Dik area but it was not allowed to mine the same, according to Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Government Study: Chilean Gold Mine Threatens Local Glaciers
by James FowlerLA TERCERA, LA NACION via Santiago Times
January 7th, 2010
Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, the owner of what would be Chile’s largest gold mine, Pascua Lama, could face legal sanctions after Chile’s national water commission (DGA) reported that the company is failing to comply with Chile’s environmental laws.

US court blocks huge gold mine project in Nevada
by SCOTT SONNER Sacramento Bee/ Associated Press
December 3rd, 2009
A federal appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked construction of a massive gold mine project in northeast Nevada that critics say would harm the environment and ruin a mountain that several tribes consider sacred. In a rare legal setback for the mining industry in the nation's largest gold-producing state, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction to force Barrick Gold Corp. to postpone digging a 2,000-foot deep open pit at the Cortez Hills mine.

Miner accused of 'aggressive' tactics
by Les Whittington and Brett PopplewellToronto Star
November 25th, 2009
Testifying by video hookup at hearings of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, Romina Picolotti singled out Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. as one of the multinationals that used political and economic clout to block government intervention in the firm's mining ventures in Argentina.

MPs told of gang rapes at mine
by  Les WhittingtonToronto Star
November 24th, 2009
A usually sedate parliamentary hearing room was jolted with stories of alleged gang rape as MPs heard testimony about the operation of a Canadian-controlled gold mine in the South Pacific.

Canadian mining firms face abuse allegations
by  Brett PopplewellThe Toronto Star
November 22nd, 2009
Canadian mining companies are facing allegations of abuse and assault on local citizens in dozens of developing nations. The companies say they have done nothing wrong – mining copper, gold and other metals brings only prosperity to these poor regions. Yet locals in countries like Ecuador allege some companies have used armed guards to violently trample their opposition to mines that threaten rainforests and their way of life.

Firm sues Government on mining contracts
by Bernard James The Citizen (Tanzania)
November 11th, 2009
A constitutional petition has been filed in the High Court, seeking to have all the mining contracts entered into by the government without Parliament's approval declared null and avoid, in an effort to curb the plunder of the country's natural resources.

Sediment Study: Heavy Pollution found at Barrick Gold's mine in North Mara.
Norwegian Church Aid
November 7th, 2009
Here are the key findings of the study conducted by The Norwegian University of Life Sciences in cooperation with the University of Dar es Salaam to investigate the environmental impact of the mining activity in Geita (Anglo Gold Ashanti) and North Mara (Barrick Gold)mines. "Extremely high levels of arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, copper, crom, nickel and zinc at the area around the spill. The environment has been seriously contaminated".

Bunge braces for North Mara acid spillage report
by ORTON KIISHWEKODaily News (Tanzania)
November 2nd, 2009
MORE details on the findings of a study on possible water contamination due to acid seepage from the North Mara Gold Mine will be known when the final report on the matter is presented in Parliament in Dodoma next week.

Digging for Gold, Mining Corruption
by John LaskerCanadian Dimension
October 29th, 2009
One of Africa’s Poorest and Most Embattled Countries is Prey to Canadian Mining Companies Searching for the Last Great Gold mine.

Tanzania's pot of gold
by Khadija SharifePAMBAZUKA NEWS, Issue 450
October 1st, 2009
Tanzania is sitting on top of a US$39 billion ‘pot of gold’, Khadija Sharife writes in Pambazuka News, but unless the government can capture a more just proportion of royalties and taxes from the multi-nationals with concessions to mine the commodity, the country, one of the ten poorest in the world, is likely to get poorer still.

Elusive justice
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
September 30th, 2009

Pollution lawsuit against Barrick reinstated
by SANDY SHOREAssociated Press
September 30th, 2009
A federal appeals court has reinstated a nearly four-year-old lawsuit accusing a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corp. of polluting water and land for decades in a province of the Philippines.

Light a Candle for Baluchistan: Baluch protest exploitation of Barrick Gold
by Ahmar MustikhanAmerican Friends of Baluchistan
A man who is on the council of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was part of an alleged racket in cahoots with a Toronto-based international gold giant that has reportedly resulted in billions of dollars of losses to Baluchistan.

Independent researchers detect high levels of pollution around North Mara gold mine
by DAMAS MWITA This Day Tanzania
July 14th, 2009
INDEPENDENT experts have confirmed the presence of high levels of toxic chemicals in the area surrounding Barrick Gold Corp's North Mara gold mine in Tarime District, Mara Region.

Download the full report here.


The President, the Gold Mine and the Politics of Greed
by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR CounterPunch
July 11th, 2009
At the precise moment George H. W. Bush, famous sky-diver, burst back into the headlines by renouncing his long-standing and ill-used membership in the National Rifle Association, the putative architect of the New World Order quietly sold his services to a much more invidious enterprise: American Barrick Resources Company.

Govt under pressure to close down Barrick mine
This Day Tanzania
July 10th, 2009
PUBLIC pressure is mounting on the Government to shut down operations at Barrick Gold Corp’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District, Mara Region pending an ongoing investigation into reports of potentially deadly health hazards caused by the mine.

Tanzania Government bans water use near Barrick mine
Intercontinental Cry
July 9th, 2009
The Tanzania government has banned the use of water from the Tigithe River, which may be contaminated with Sulphiric acid used by the Canadian company Barrick Gold at their North Mara Gold Mine in the Tarime discrict.

Barrick's Tanzania N Mara Mine Probed On Pollution Allegation
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones Newswire
July 7th, 2009
Tanzanian lawmakers have started investigating allegations of pollution made against Barrick Gold Corp.'s (ABX) North Mara Gold Mine, officials said Tuesday.

Crt Backs Tanzanian Miners In Case Against Barrick - Official
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones
July 7th, 2009
The Tanzanian labor court has forwarded a wrongful dismissal claim from about 700 ex-miners of Tanzania Bulyanhulu Gold Mine to the labor commissioner, a union official told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.

Mine expansion delayed by Indigenous owners
by Simon ButlerGreenLeft Weekly
July 4th, 2009
The NSW Supreme court of appeal ruled on July 1 that a planned expansion of the Lake Cowal gold mine in the central-west of NSW cannot go ahead for up to three months.

MPs fume at river acid spill
by LEONARD MWAKALEBELADaily News TZ
June 30th, 2009
Members of Parliament yesterday called for immediate formation of a probe team to investigate the cause, magnitude and effects of the recent discharge of acid materials into River Tigiti in Tarime District from the North Mara Gold Mine.

Fresh storm over tax 'negotiations'
by Orton Kiishweko
June 15th, 2009
The Government's decision to negotiate with mining companies operating in the country before revoking the tax exemptions they enjoy has provoked widespread backlash.

Barrick Gold hit by 5.8bn/- suit by small-scale miner
June 14th, 2009
A CIVIL suit in which a small-scale miner is demanding more than 6.5bn/- in damages from Barrick Gold Corp’s North Mara gold mine is set to come up before the High Court’s Land Division in Dar es Salaam next month.

PNG, Australian governments respond to abuse claims
by Annie GuestABC Australia - The World Today
June 11th, 2009
The Australian Government has rejected demands that it intervene in disputes around a Papua New Guinea gold mine where there have been allegations of shootings, rapes and homes being torched.

Guards accused of assaulting workers
by Nick O'MalleySydney Morning Herald
June 10th, 2009
VILLAGERS are keeping a list of the dozens of people they say have been killed or assaulted by police and security forces guarding a goldmine in Papua New Guinea run by the multinational, Australian-based Canadian mining company, Barrick Gold.

A walk through the valley of death
by Nick O'MalleySydney Morning Herald
June 9th, 2009
Violence surrounding a PNG mine raises questions about the company's responsibility, writes Nick O'Malley.

Native Americans Ask Court to Stop Gold Mine on Sacred Mountain
by Lisa J. WolfEnvironment News Service
June 6th, 2009
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether the Canadian corporation Barrick Gold will be allowed to construct and operate an open pit gold mine on Mt. Tenabo in Nevada. The mine is planned on lands that are culturally and spiritually significant to the Western Shoshone native people.

Barrick Gold colonel invites Baluch ire
by Ahmar MustikhanNewsvine
June 5th, 2009
The De Jure Ruler of Baluchistan, Khan of Kalat Suleman Daud, and national hero Hairbyair Marri have expressed their deep resentments over the remarks of a Pakistani army colonel working for Barrick Gold Corporation against the Baluch struggle for their national rights.

Bill C-300: A step forward on corporate social responsibility
by  Marie-Claude PoirierVue Weekly (Edmonton)
May 27th, 2009
In the autumn of 2005, Norway's Council on Ethics began investigating the use of a natural river system to transport and dispose of mine waste in Papua New Guinea. Accused of far-reaching environmental destruction, Canadian mining company Barrick Gold and its Porgera mine's tailings disposal system were placed under close scrutiny.

** BARRICK MINING DISASTERS - Emergency Funds Needed **
May 21st, 2009
This has been a crazy past few weeks to be watchdogging Barrick Gold. Within the first week of starting our annual ProtestBarrick tour in Toronto, a Barrick-recommended military force in PNG started to torch hundreds of houses, allegedly to clear way for mine expansion. SO... we changed plans a bit, MiningWatch Canada sent an Urgent Appeal to several United Nations Special Rapporteurs and now we are now attending the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York! Amnesty International has also made a public statement on the recent events at Porgera.

Families want payout from gold firm
by Patty Magubira, Mwanza The Citizen
May 20th, 2009
The North Mara Gold Mine (NMGM) has been given ten days in which to compensate members of 30 households claiming to have been affected by its poisonous heavy metals.

Tanzania Government Probes North Mara Gold Mine Over River Pollution
by Nicholas BariyoDow Jones Newswire
The Tanzanian government is investigating the operations at North Mara Gold Mine following a chemical spill at the mine last week which polluted the nearby Tigithe river leaving thousands of residents without water for domestic use, a government official told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.

Tanzania: Seeping Water from Mine Stokes Health Scare
Trading Markets
May 18th, 2009
Water from a storage pond at Barrick Gold's North Mara mine in Tanzania is seeping through containing walls, leading local villagers to fear their water sources are contaminated.

Activists Try to Block Start of Pascua Lama Mine
by Daniela Estrada Inter Press Service News Agency
May 18th, 2009
As Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold gets ready to start construction at the Pascua Lama mine, straddling the Argentine-Chilean border, activists in Chile are scrambling to block the ambitious mining project while calling for an investigation of supposed irregularities committed in the approval process.

Some Canadian companies could lose government support
by Peter Zimonjichttp://www.edmontonsun.com/news/canada/2009/05/16/9480926-sun.html
May 16th, 2009
Canadian companies deemed to be bad corporate citizens abroad could lose political and financial support from the federal government under a proposed law to be studied by MPs next week.

RoyalOr Stakes a Claim on Mont-Royal
May 15th, 2009
RoyalOr is composed of members of various communities around the world confronting projects developed by Canadian mining companies — including Barrick Gold, Goldcorp, New Gold, and Osisko. Affected community representatives came to Montreal from the Valle de Siria, Honduras; Valle de Huasco, Chile; Porgera, Papua New Guinea; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and Malartic, Quebec.

Under Andean ice, a golden prize
AFP
May 15th, 2009
An ambitious gold mining project in northern Chile, high up in the Andes close to ancient glaciers, is finally getting underway amid the economic downturn despite fears from environmentalists.

Barrick fights public relations battle in Papua New Guinea
Northern Miner
May 12th, 2009
While Barrick Gold has decided to push ahead and build the Pascua Lama mine atop the Andean glaciers straddling Chile and Argentina, it is dealing with headaches on the ground in the highlands of tropical Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea: Forced Evictions and destruction of property by Police in Porgera must end
Amnesty International
May 11th, 2009
Amnesty International calls for immediate action to protect more than 1,000 people who have been left homeless after police officials in Papua New Guinea forcibly evicted them by burning down their homes.

Porgera mine area landowners need relocating, says PNG Enga Governor
by Peter Ipatas Radio New Zealand International
May 8th, 2009
The Governor of Papua New Guinea’s Enga Province says the national government and operators of the Porgera gold mine need to look at relocating people who live within Porgera’s Special Mining Lease, SML, area.

Barrick's Pascua Lama project denounced as illegal
May 7th, 2009
Barrick Gold Corporation announced today that its Pascua-Lama project, situated on the border of Chile and Argentina, is proceeding to construction. Community leaders and legal experts from Chile and Argentina – currently in Canada as part of an international delegation – responded to Barrick's announcement today by denouncing this project as illegal and lacking the social license to operate.

MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Leaders from Papua New Guinea, Chile Raise Serious Human Rights and Environmental Concerns Around Barrick Gold Operations
Mining Watch Canada
May 6th, 2009
Even as houses near Barrick's mine in the highlands of Papua New Guinea are being burned down in a joint military and police action, Jethro Tulin is in Canada to address shareholders and government officials, whom he considers complicit in the suffering of his people as a result of Barrick's Porgera Joint Venture mine.

MEDIA RELEASE: Indigenous Leaders confront Barrick Gold
April 29th, 2009
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea and Chile traveled to Canada this week to attend the April 29 shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will confront Barrick about human rights abuses and environmental degradation on their lands.

A SLAPP in the Face: Reaping Abroad, Sowing Shut Mouths At Home
by DELPHINE ABADIE, ALAIN DENEAULT, WILLIAM SACHERhttp://www.alternatives.ca/auteur1277.html
In January, the Norwegian government decided to exclude Canada’s Barrick Gold from its pensions investment fund, deeming the activities of the mining company in Papua New Guinea as “an unacceptable risk of extensive and irreversible damage to the natural environment.” This sort of indictment is not unique; Canadian mining multinationals in Africa face numerous allegations of environmental damage. Worse, their reputation for a lack of ecological respect pales in comparison to their other alleged activities, such as the violent confiscation of property, tax evasion, corruption, and the financing of armed conflicts.

Western Shoshone gather at NV mountain being mined
by Martin GriffithAssociated Press
April 18th, 2009
Dozens of Western Shoshone tribal members and activists are holding an annual ceremonial event on the flank of a northern Nevada mountain that is at the heart of their legal battle against the world's biggest gold mining company.

MEDIA RELEASE: 28 peaceful protesters arrested after authorisation to occupy mine site
April 12th, 2009
28 protesters were arrested this morning at Barrick Gold's mine operation in Lake Cowal, central western New South Wales. They were authorised to enter the mine site by Wiradjuri Tradtional Owners of Lake Cowal and its surrounds.

MEDIA ALERT: Smoking ceremony, blockade and protesters occupy open cut pit halting mine operations.
April 12th, 2009
Wiradjuri Traditional Owners and supporters are inside Barrick Gold’s mine operation in Lake Cowal central western New South Wales currently halting operations. Wiradjuri are conducting a smoking ceremony inside the mine site. Over 10,000 artefacts have been stolen and kept by Barrick Gold Corporation at the mine site in a compound encircled by a 6 foot fence. Over 25 supporters are currently occupying the open-cut pit and several others are blockading the front gate to prevent shift change.

Indigenous activisits protest gold mine expansion
Radio Australia News
April 11th, 2009
In Australia, indigenous campaigners are holding a weekend-long protest to try to force the closure of a gold mine in central New South Wales.

MEDIA RELEASE: Protesters to halt mining operations - unsustainable mining harms Australia
April 11th, 2009
Concerned citizens have gathered in solidarity with Wiradjuri Traditional Owners of the Lake Cowal area to halt Barrick Gold Corporation’s mine operation in the lake. The campaign to Save Lake Cowal has been running for 10 years, this is the seventh gathering at Lake Cowal to protest the mine.

Enga Governor opposes PNG military presence at Porgera
Radio New Zealand International
April 10th, 2009
The Governor of Enga province in Papua New Guinea says the government’s decision to deploy members of the Defence Force and police to Porgera is not in the best interest of the local people.

MEDIA RELEASE: Wiradjuri and Supporters Say No to Mine Expansion
April 10th, 2009
What: Lake Cowal Gathering: No Expansion! Shut Barrick Gold’s Mine Down! When: 10-13 April 2009 Where: Lake Cowal, central western New South Wales From the 10-13 April up to 100 people from around Australia will make the journey to Lake Cowal in central western NSW to support Wiradjuri Traditional Owners in their 10 year campaign against the worlds largest gold miner.

PNG to boost security around gold mine
by Liam FoxABC News
April 9th, 2009
The Papua New Guinea Government is boosting security to deal with lawlessness around a gold mine in the Papua New Guinea highlands.

Porgera security ops set to kick off
by David Muri The National – Papua New Guinea
April 6th, 2009
INTERNAL Security Minister Sani Rambi says more than 300 security personnel will be deployed to the strife-torn Porgera valley in Enga province to flush out warlords and stop illegal mining activities.

Corporate Social Responsibility Rules for Mining Industry Blasted: Barrick Gold Implicated
by Lee BerthiaumeEmbassy Magazine
April 1st, 2009
The Conservative government has rejected joint civil society-private sector calls to tie diplomatic and economic support for Canadian oil, gas and mining companies operating in developing countries to socially responsible conduct abroad. As a result, there are charges the government—allegedly influenced by mining giant Barrick Gold and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce—has given the green light for misbehaviour abroad, and killed the temporary peace between NGOs and mining companies.

CHILE: MINING GIANT BARRICK A NO-SHOW AT ENVIRO DEBATE
by Lucy McDonald-StewartSantiago Times
March 27th, 2009
Canadian gold-mining company Barrick Gold backed out of a debate on its Pascua Lama project 20 minutes before it was scheduled to begin on Tuesday at the campus of the Adolfo Ibanez University.

Attacks on gold mine worry Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC)
by Felix Mwera, MusomaThe Citizen (Tanzania)
March 18th, 2009
The Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) has expressed its concern about the frequent attacks on the North Mara Gold Mine by neighbouring villagers.

UN to tackle mercury menace
by MICHAEL RICHARDSONThe Canberra Times
March 3rd, 2009
Fear sparked by global recession, strains on banks and volatile paper currencies has brought the glitter back to gold. Its value has been rising rapidly in recent months, as investors seek a safe-haven from the economic and financial storm.

PNG Govt bolsters gold mine security
by Steve MarshallABC
February 27th, 2009
Soldiers and police in Papua New Guinea are being sent into the country's highlands to help tackle a deteriorating security situation near a huge gold mine.

Western Shoshone activist urges attention to mining’s destruction of tribal heritage
by Carol Berry, Today correspondentIndian Country Today
February 26th, 2009
Carrie Dann, iconic voice for Western Shoshone traditionalists, told an audience that Mount Tenabo in northeast Nevada sits atop gold deposits worth $8 billion to the mining industry, but it is central to tribal religious practices and “a lot of our creation stories stem from there.”

Harry Reid, Gold Member
by Josh HarkinsonMother Jones
February 24th, 2009
Elko is the wind-blasted heart of Nevada's mining country. The five surrounding counties produce all of the state's copper, almost a third of its silver, and nearly 90 percent of its gold. In 2007, mines in Nevada extracted nearly 190 tons of gold-three times the total yield in all other states. Only China, Australia, and South Africa dig up more. A billboard on the edge of town proclaims in a Victorian scrawl, "Discover the new economic gold rush."

Barrick Australia says it will push ahead with plans to expand its Cowal Gold Mine at West Wyalong, despite a loss in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court.
ABC Central West NSW
February 10th, 2009
Barrick Gold has submitted a proposal to modify its development consent at the mine to almost double its size and extend its life by 11 years. Native title applicant Neville Williams started court action against the plan last November. On Friday, the Land and Environment Court upheld Mr Williams' challenge that the project is not a modification of the mine's existing development consent, but rather a radical transformation.

Norway's sovereign wealth fund drops yet another mining investment; this time it's Barrick
by Dorothy KosichMineweb
February 2nd, 2009
A dispute over the riverine disposal methods utilized by Barrick's Porgera Mine in Papua New Guinea has prompted Norway's Ministry of Finance to drop Barrick from Norway's Government Pension Fund-Global investments, valued at $188.3 million.

Is Gold the duddest of dud investments?
Commodity Online
February 2nd, 2009
Everyone is buying gold. The frantic pace with which people are buying gold have prompted some to comment that gold has lost value as a commodity. According to Merrill Lynch, gold is "the duddest of dud investments." Ever since the U.S. dollar went off the gold standard, gold has had no special value as a commodity, with only 280 tons going to industrial uses per year.

Super Pit mine expansion approved
Perth Now
AN expansion of the Super Pit gold mine in Kalgoorlie has won government approval but it must meet new and stringent environmental conditions.

Judge refuses to halt huge Nevada gold mine
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
January 26th, 2009
A federal judge ruled Monday a massive gold mine project could proceed in northeast Nevada despite a bid by a Western tribe and conservationists to block it on religious and environmental grounds.

Western Shoshone and Paiute Protests
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
January 20th, 2009
Western Shoshone gathered demonstrated outside federal court in Reno today, demanding that Barrick Gold halt destruction of the area of Mount Tenabo, their sacred mountain. Nearby at Pyramid Lake on Saturday, about 150 Paiutes and supporters gathered to protest. Paiutes said the Pyramid Lake Marina operator has held Paiutes and their cultural items "hostage."

Hearing begins in Reno on disputed gold mine
by  Sandra CherebMercuryNews.com
January 20th, 2009
Western Shoshone tribal members packed a Reno courtroom Tuesday, trying to persuade a federal judge to halt at least part of a huge gold mine they claim would desecrate a sacred landmark.

Growing Barrick: Regent grabs the challenge
by Lori McLeodGlobe and Mail
January 10th, 2009
Barrick Gold became a world beater through a steady stream of acquisitions. It's now the world's biggest, and the new CEO intends to keep it that way

All that glitters
by Alex Felipe (photos by Alex Felipe as well)This Magazine
Admitting that I was a Canadian has never been as difficult as when I traveled to the Philippines to photograph two Canadian-owned open-pit mining sites last winter. The fact that I am also Filipino by blood didn't help.

Worst Companies in the World: US, Monsanto, Peabody and Barrick
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
The United States was voted the Worst Company in the World, followed by Monsanto, Peabody Energy Corp. and Barrick Gold

New Barrick CEO looking at all M&A options
by Cameron FrenchReuters
December 24th, 2008
Aaron Regent, named as the next chief executive of top gold producer Barrick Gold (ABX.TO) on Tuesday, plans to maintain the company's focus on growth through corporate takeovers, and says he would be open to looking at all opportunities that present themselves.

Mining giants unfazed by `voluntary corporate tax theory`
by Angel NavuriGuardian
Prospects that some major gold mining companies in Tanzania would follow Barrick Gold Tanzania exemplary of ``goodwill gesture`` of paying advance corporate tax look imminently hard to pin down.

Accord reached over Nev. mine until court hearing
Associated Press
December 15th, 2008
Lawyers for Barrick Gold Corp., environmentalists and a group of Western Shoshone have agreed what work can proceed at a new Nevada mine until a hearing is held next month on efforts to restrict the project.

Tanzanian journalist uncovers truth about mining industry
by Cailey McDermottThe Echo
December 15th, 2008
ProtestBarrick.net supporter and investigative journalist, Evans Rubara speaks about the exploitation of Tanzanian land and people by multinational mining industries in a speaking tour in the US.

Intruders attempt to seize North Mara mine
The Guardian
December 13th, 2008
A person was shot dead when thousands of gold seekers invaded Barrick`s North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District and destroyed equipment worth 15 million US dollars.

for context, read:

  • and "A Golden Opportunity?" an exposé on the Tanzanian mining industry, written by Tundu Lissu and Mark Curtis, published by Norwegian Church Aid in Tanzania.

Barrick considering pulling out
by Correspondent Njonanje SamwelGuardian
December 5th, 2008
The giant mining firm Barrick Gold Tanzania has said it is considering halting its operations in the country. Barrick Vice President, Africa Region, Gareth Taylor told this paper in an interview yesterday, shortly after he attended a workshop to launch the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) held in Dar es Salaam, a global mining `watchdog`.

Barrick Holds Media-only Holiday Party
by Chris DanielsPR Week
December 1st, 2008
While many companies have canned their Christmas parties, Barrick Gold invited journalists to its media-only Christmas party via online video.

ARGENTINA: Frustration Over Veto of Glacier Protection Law
by Marcela Valentehttp://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=44898
November 29th, 2008
The decision by the administration of Cristina Fernández to veto a law to protect Argentina's glaciers -- important reserves of freshwater -- has caused deep concern among scientists and environmentalists who participated in writing the legislation.

Mining policy overhaul urgently needed in Tanzania
This Day
November 25th, 2008
LAST week an international human rights and business conduct watch dog, Business and Human Rights Centre, published on its website two statements from the country’s two leading mining sector multinational corporations.

Opponents file suit to stop Barrick's Cortez Hills gold project
by Dorothy KosichMineweb
November 25th, 2008
A Western Shoshone group, environmentalists and other activists seek to halt one of Nevada’s last major gold projects, Barrick’s million-ounce per year Cortez Hills Gold Project.

Shoshone Indians Sue to Stop Barrick's Nevada Gold Mine
by By Lisa J. Wolf Environment News Service
November 25th, 2008
Five tribal and public interest parties filed a lawsuit in Nevada Federal Court on Thursday, seeking an immediate injunction to stop one of the largest open pit cyanide heap leach gold mines in the United States - the Cortez Hills Expansion Project on Mt. Tenabo.

Dangerous Duty in Papua New Guinea
by Sakura SaundersThe Dominion
November 22nd, 2008
Community members get "the opposite of what was promised" from Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold ready to carve up Western Shoshone sacred mountain
by Brenda NorrellThe Narcosphere
November 21st, 2008
Barrick Gold, coring out mountains around the world for small amounts of gold, is ready to carve the sacred mountain of the Western Shoshone into a crater, with cyanide leaching.

Mining and colonial practices in Tanzania - The return of Victorian era exploitation?
by Evans RubaraAfrica Files
November 20th, 2008
Multinational mining activities are introducing another era of colonialism in Tanzania as they hold major decisive positions on the use of prime land areas, and profit greatly from the mining of valuable mineral resources. In the recent past, Tanzanians have raised concerns on how the multinational mining companies plunder the natural resources at the expense of the local people. Because of the prevalent high rates of this pillaging of the national stock of natural resources, the citizenry have woken with an uproar to question the government’s stance on ensuring land security for its people, and benefits from their resources.

Don't cry for me Argentina's glaciers
The Great Beyond
November 17th, 2008
Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, has just vetoed a bill to protect the country’s glaciers, reports Reuters. The bill was passed only a month ago by Argentina’s congress.

December Court Challenge to more Mining at Lake Cowal
ABC Online
November 17th, 2008
The case against the State Government and the mine's operator, Barrick Australia Limited, made by Neville Williams, has been listed for hearing on Monday, December 17.

Caretakers of the Land
by Meg HewingsThe Dominion
November 16th, 2008
For the Western Shoshone, an indigenous nation with an unceded Treaty covering a large swath of 60 million acres of ancestral territory stretching across Nevada, California, Idaho and Utah, their traditional homeland is better described as a war zone.

Environmentalists Decry Argentina Presidential Veto of Bill That Halted $2.4 Billion Mine with Chile
Latin American Herald Tribune
November 15th, 2008
Environmental groups expressed their displeasure with the decision by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to veto a glacier-protection bill that would have restricted mining and oil drilling.

Argentina vetoes glacier law that curbed mining
Reuters
November 14th, 2008
Argentina's president has vetoed a law protecting the country's glaciers that would have restricted mining and oil drilling, officials and environmental campaigners said on Friday.

Union, delegate fined for illegal strike at Lake Cowal
The Age
October 21st, 2008
A UNION has been fined $8000 and one of its delegates penalised $1100 over an illegal strike at the Lake Cowal gold mine nearly three years ago.

Requiem for Reko Diq
by Mir Mohammad Ali TalpurDAWN
September 30th, 2008
Since 1947, successive governments at the centre have pursued a policy of intimidation and coercion towards the Baloch. Most provincial governments have played the disgraceful role of legitimising and lending respectability to army operations, forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, incarcerations and the acquisition of land. The goal has been to coerce the population into acquiescence so that exploitation can be conducted in a threat-free environment. Of late, much-publicised mega projects are actually depriving the Baloch of their resources and said to be adversely changing the demographic balance in the province.

PASCUA LAMA UPDATE: Project mired in conflict
olca.cl
September 4th, 2008
Construction of the Pascua Lama mine, which straddles the border between Chile and Argentina, was scheduled to begin two years ago. But the lucrative project remains on hold while a dispute continues between the governments of Chile and Argentina regarding taxation.

Mining Prohibition Repealed in La Rioja, Argentina
by Assembly of Citizens for Life, La Riojawww.ciudadanosporlavida.com.ar
August 11th, 2008
Legislators have repealed a year-old law which had prohibited open-pit metals mining in the province of La Rioja, Argentina. Provincial laws Nº 8137, 8138 were passed in March of 2007 in a widespread struggle carried out in La Rioja against a Barrick project in the Famatina mountain range in this arid agricultural province.

US and Canada Found Guilty of Racism
by Haider RizvinInter Press Service
August 8th, 2008
UNITED NATIONS - The international community now fully recognises the native peoples' right to protect their lands and live distinct lifestyles. Yet, most of the world's 370 million indigenous peoples continue to face abuse and injustices at the hands of state authorities and commercial concerns.

Meeting Crashers: Anti-mining activists confront shareholders at AGM
by Veronica Islashttp://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/1921
July 14th, 2008
It was the first time that Mexican Congressman Armando Barreiro, historian Juan Carlos Ruiz Guadalajara and hydraulic engineer Mario Martinez visited Toronto, but this trip was not a vacation.

Barrick fined $25,000 for 2006 tailings spill
by ANDREW HOBBSThe West Australian
July 7th, 2008
Canadian gold company Barrick will pay a $25,000 fine issued by the Department of Environment and Conservation for an environmental incident occurring at its Kanowna operations in November 2006.

Peru mines hit by nationwide mining strike
by  By Dana Ford and Teresa CespedesReuters
July 1st, 2008
Workers at several big mines in Peru went on strike Monday and joined a nationwide walkout, hoping to pressure Congress to pass a bill that would give them a greater share of profits from sky-high metals prices.

Peru Set To Strike
by By Greg PeelFN Arena
June 30th, 2008
Some 47 unions in Peru were preparing to strike at midnight on Sunday, Reuters reports, in order to influence the Peruvian Congress to approve a law which would eliminate limits on profit sharing. Mine workers have watched as Peru's economy has boomed over the past six years, but say they are not getting a fair share of the profits.

Bachelet Protested during her Berkeley Visit
by David Moderbach
June 12th Chilean president Michele Bachelet visited Berkeley, California and was met by some 30 persons protesting Chilean treatment of Mapuche communities, hydroelectric dams, and against Bachelet's support for Big Mining and Barrick Gold.

Freedom of expression under attack: Écosociété hit by a SLAPP

Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea linked to grave human rights abuses, environmental impacts
by http://www.miningwatch.ca/index.php?/porgera/porgera_linked_to_abuse
May 12th, 2008
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea travel to Canada to speak out about mine-related killings and severe impacts on their rivers, food security, and health.

Barrick Gold censors Indigenous Leaders' opposition to gold mining on their lands
May 7th, 2008
A delegation of Indigenous leaders travelled around the world to attend the Barrick Gold Annual General Meeting in Toronto today. They came to vent their opposition to Barrick Gold's mining practices on their lands.

ACTION ALERT: Protesters Demand Accountability Outside Barrick Gold's AGM
May 6th, 2008
On 6 May protesters gathered outside Barrick Gold's Annual General Meeting to protest the companies destructive mining operations around the world.

International Indigenous leaders attend Barrick Gold's Shareholder's meeting
May 6th, 2008
Indigenous leaders from Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the United States traveled to Canada this week to attend the shareholders’ meeting of Barrick Gold. Here, they will make statements about Barrick's operations on their lands.

CHILE INDIGENOUS POLICY REPORT SLAMS CELCO AND PASCUA LAMA PROJECTS
by Matt MalinowskiSantiago Times
April 30th, 2008
Authors Say Recent Government-Backed Policy Reforms Fall Short The Chilean government’s approval of large-scale business projects — including forestry company CELCO’s waste duct to the Pacific Ocean and mining company Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama gold mine in the Andes mountains — now represent the most severe threat to the country's indigenous communities, according to a report filed last week by Chile's Observatory for Indigenous Rights (ODPI).

Barrick Sues Book Publisher Over African Allegations
by Joe SchneiderBloomberg
April 30th, 2008
Barrick Gold Corp., the world's biggest gold producer, sued a Quebec publisher for C$6 million ($5.95 million) in damages over a book that claims the company was linked to crimes in Africa.

7th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Agenda Item 5 on human rights: dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people and other special rapporteurs I
April 29th, 2008
ntervention of Friends of the Earth International

by Mooka and Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation, Murray Darling Basin, Central New South Wales, Australia

7th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations, New York Agenda Item 4: Pacific/Human Rights
Joint submission by Friends of the Earth International on behalf of Akali Tange Association Inc. Pogera Enga Province, Papua New Guinea

in a joint intervention with Lake Cowal Mooka and Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation, Murray Darling Basin, Central new South Wales, Australia Western Shoshone Defence Project, Nevada, USA Laura Calm Wind, Kitchenuhmay Koosib Inninuwug, Canada Indigenous Peoples Links Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) Land is Life, Indigenous Environment Network (IEN)

7th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, United Nations, New York Agenda Item 4.2: Pacific/Sustainable Development
Joint submission by Friends of the Earth International on behalf of Mooka and Kalara United Families within the Wiradjuri Nation,Murray Darling Basin, Central New South Wales, Australia in a joint intervention with

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council Akali Tange Association Inc. Pogera Enga Province, Papua New Guinea Agence Kanak de Developpement Western Shoshone Defence Project, Nevada, USA Laura Calm Wind, Kitchenuhmay Koosib Inninuwug, Canada Comision Juridica para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos (CAPAJ), Andes Indigenous Peoples Links Centre for Organization Research and Education (CORE) First Indigenous Nations Civic Association of South Africa (FINCASA) Indigenous Environment Network (IEN)

Publisher not deterred by Barrick: Releasing book today linking gold firm to alleged deaths
by Marianne WhiteCanwest News Service
April 14th, 2008
A small Quebec publishing house is giving the green light to a book linking Barrick Gold Corp. to the alleged deaths of Tanzanian miners in 1996, despite the threat of libel lawsuit.

Barrick skeptical on Pascua-Lama project
by Reporting by Robert Melnbardis; editing by Matthew LewisREUTERS
Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) is not convinced there will be a resolution soon of tax and permit issues delaying its proposed $2.4 billion Pascua-Lama mine in Argentina, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

New report slams Buzwagi contract
THISDAY
March 12th, 2008
A NEW report issued by several faith-based and civil society organisations has slammed the Buzwagi gold mine deal, saying members of parliament and the general public were hoodwinked by ex-minister for energy and minerals Nazir Karamagi into thinking that the upcoming project would pay huge taxes to the government.

Tanzania activists and religious communities launch critical mining research
by Salma Maoulidi Pambazuka News
March 10th, 2008
Salma Maoulidi looks at the mining research report, "A Golden Opportunity? How Tanzania is failing to benefit from Gold Mining” and argues that it builds a powerful case for continued activism in trade and economic justice in line with various Human rights instruments that call for a country’s wealth and natural resources to benefit primarily local communities.

Spread of mine sparks fears
by Narelle TowieThe Sunday Times
Kalgoorlie's super pit may be the goose that laid the golden egg, but moves to expand Australia's biggest goldmine are being bitterly opposed by neighbours.

Goldmine swallowing historic town
by Kevin Andrusiak and Paige TaylorPerth Now
February 9th, 2008
IT is Australia's biggest goldmine, swallowing what is known as the world's richest square mile of dirt.

Section of Super Pit wall collapses
ABC News Online
February 9th, 2008
A 50-metre stretch of the wall at one of Australia's biggest open pit gold mines has collapsed.

KCGM in moves to reopen tailings dams
by Kevin AndrusiakThe Australian
THE more gold goes up, the further down the Kalgoorlie Super Pit partners want to go. Joint-venture owners Newmont Mining and Barrick Gold want to increase the heights of two controversial tailings dams, and re-open another, as part of its plans to expand Australia's biggest gold mine, the massive Super Pit operations in the West Australian goldfields capital of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

AFP investigating mining firms over conduct
by Nick McKenzieThe Age
SEVERAL Australian mining companies and executives are under investigation over alleged misconduct and dubious practices in the developing world, sparking calls for greater oversight.

CHILE-ARGENTINA: Pascua Lama Mining Project on Hold
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service
January 17th, 2008
Nearly two years after winning environmental approval from the Chilean government, the controversial Pascua Lama gold mining project of the transnational Barrick Gold Corporation remains without a launch date.

Govt Warns Public To Stay Away From Porgera Mine
by Alexander Rheeney in Port MoresbyThe Pacfic Magazine
December 18th, 2007
The Papua New Guinea government has appealed to the public to keep away from the Porgera gold mine after security guards shot dead an alleged illegal miner.

ENVIROS DETECT HYPOCRISY IN CONAMA’S SUPPORT OF INVESTIGATION
by Alex CacciariSantiago Times
December 13th, 2007
Leaders of the Chilean environmental movement spoke out Wednesday against the National Environmental Commission’s (CONAMA) support of the government’s monitoring of environmental NGO campaigns. This comes after the Chilean daily La Tercera disclosed last Friday that Chile’s National Intelligence Agency (ANI) has increased oversight of environmental campaigns against three of the country’s most controversial environmental undertakings – the Aysén dam, the Pascua Lama gold mine, and Celulosa Arauco’s (CELCO) proposed waste duct into the sea.

CHILE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY MONITORS ENVIRONMENTAL NGOS
by Matt MalinowskiLa Tercera via The Santiago Times
December 10th, 2007
Environmental Activists Alarmed, But Not Surprised About The News

Shoshone Use Film, Courts to Fight Gold Mine on Sacred Land
by Lisa J. WolfEnvironmental News Service
December 6th, 2007
The 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival presented Western Shoshone grandmother Carrie Dann with the Eagle Spirit award for best overall contribution in American Indian cinema at an awards ceremony November 27. "Our Land, Our Life," the film that shows the Western Shoshones’ determined struggle to maintain their way of life, won the festival's Best Documentary award.

PEAK MINERALS: Ground breaking report warns of resource depletion.
http://www.mpi.org.au
In an Australian first, mining data from as far back as 1829 has been collected and analysed by Monash University academic, Dr Gavin Mudd in conjunction with the Mineral Policy Institute to determine the long term sustainability of a range of Australia’s mineral resources.

Mulroney had lucrative prospects
by William MarsdenThe Gazette
November 23rd, 2007
Throughout his tenure as prime minister, Mulroney cultivated close friendships with top executives in Canada and the United States, as well as with such political leaders as U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his successor, George H.W. Bush. According to sources, this assured his smooth transition into a world of wealth and privilege, where his international connections would make him a sought-after lawyer and deal-maker. (article mentions many connections to Barrick Gold)

More Barrick Gold execs exercise options – and sell
by SEDI (System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders)National Post (Canada)
September 17th, 2007
The National Post reports on a wave of Barrick top executives selling off their Barrick share, leaving most with no Barrick shares to their name. What do they know that their shareholders don't?

PASCUA LAMA PAYOFF DISPUTED BY CHILE LOCALS
by Trey PollardSantiago Times/El Mercurio
September 11th, 2007
Huasco Valley property owners who live below the Pascua Lama gold mine and administer US$3 million yearly in “hush” money given them by mine owner Barrick Gold charged this weekend that their predecessors used Barrick’s money for personal gain.

First U.S. Mining Law reform hearing kicks off today
by Dorothy KosichMineWeb
Mining Law reform is back once again on the U.S. public policy agenda, thanks to House Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia, whose H.R. 2262 is scheduled for a subcommittee hearing at 10 a.m. this morning.

Investors left with fool's gold
by Jennifer WellsThe Star
The outcome could not have been more damning. In finding Bre-X geologist John Felderhof not guilty on all eight counts of securities violations yesterday, Mr. Justice Peter Hryn left the taxpayer-financed Ontario Securities Commission staring at the cadaverous remains of an ill-starred and, we now know, feebly mounted case.

Groups Lobby Congress for Changes to Mining Laws
by Marcela ValenteInter Press Service News Agency
People from 14 Argentine provinces visited Congress this week to call for changes in the country’s mining code, which grants substantial tax incentives that have drawn foreign corporations with poor environmental records.

US: Bush opposes rewrite of mining law
by Jaime Richardson and Jim LambGreen Valley News
The Bush administration on Thursday came out against a proposed revision of a 135-year-old hard-rock mining law that would impose the first-ever royalty fees and environmental restrictions for mining on public land.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - TheStar.com Mining companies need to be accountable
Prime Minister Stephen Harper asserted in Chile that Barrick Gold's Pascua-Lama project follows "Canadian standards of corporate social responsibility." Unfortunately, no such standards exist.

Harper dithering on ending Canadian corporate crime in South America
NDP
OTTAWA – On the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit to Colombia and Chile, the NDP is demanding that Stephen Harper end his government’s stonewalling on proposed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) legislation to fight human rights and environmental abuses by Canadian extractive companies doing business in South America.

Change mining laws to reclaim our future
by Jane DanowitzSalt Lake Tribune
Unlike oil, gas and other extractive industries operating on public land, the "hard rock" metal mining companies - even if foreign owned - can take mineral resources from U.S. lands virtually for free, costing American taxpayers an estimated $100 million each year in potential royalties.

In Chile, Precious Lands Often Go for a Pittance
by Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign Service
December 26th, 2006
The mountainous terrain of northern Chile is studded with precious metals, a natural cache that for years has had investors angling for land rights. So when the world's largest gold mining company targeted about 20,000 acres owned by Rodolfo Villar, a mineral speculator, he signed a contract. Only later, he said, did he realize how much the company had agreed to pay him: About $19.

Peru strikers clash over Barrick tax ruling
Reuters
March 7th, 2005
Thousands of protesters angry at a court decision to waive a $141 million tax payment levied on Canadian miner Barrick Gold Inc. clashed with riot police in Peru's central Andes on Monday, the latest in a run of anti-mining protests in the mineral-rich nation.

Scab mine workers had more severe uranium exposure
by Kathy HelmsGallup Independent
March 3rd, 2004
Israel Martinez used to work for at a uranium mine and mill. He made a good living nearly $10 an hour shoveling mud in the pitch ditch. Later on, he graduated to yellowcake. Now Martinez has pulmonary fibrosis. His medical records indicate it is from uranium exposure.

 

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