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Barrick Investors Win Class Cert. In Mine Compliance Row
by Kurt OrzeckLaw 360
March 25th, 2016
A New York federal judge on Wednesday certified a class of investors accusing Barrick Gold Corp. of repeatedly and knowingly misleading them about whether its troubled $8.5 billion South American mining project complied with environmental regulations.

Barrick Gold contaminated 5 rivers in Argentina
The Dawn News
February 26th, 2016
A report by the authorities of the South American country revealed that the Canadian transnational company polluted 5 rivers in the province of San Juan

Barrick Gold spills Cyanide in 5 Argentine Rivers
TeleSUR
February 23rd, 2016
Argentina's Federal Police confirmed that Barrick Gold could be probed over environmental crimes in the country, concludes that there had been a “definite case of law infringement” of the country's legislation on the proper handling of hazardous substances.

Barrick Gold Mine Spill ‘Contaminated Five Rivers with Cyanide’
by Azzura LalaniThe Argentina Independent
February 23rd, 2016
Last September’s cyanide spill at the Veladero mine owned by Barrick Gold contaminated five rivers in the region, according to a federal court commissioned report.

Land dispute sends farmers, Barrick Gold back to court
Dominican Today
February 11th, 2016
Cotui, Dominican Republic. Hundreds of farmers on Thursday are gathered at the Sanchez Ramirez province (central) Land Court, site of the fifth hearing in their case against the miner Barrick Gold. Hundreds of people have sued the mining company to demand payment for the farmers’ properties.

New Rape Allegations Emerge From Canadian Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea
by Hilary BeaumontVice News
December 3rd, 2015
The very same day Harvard and Columbia released a report critical of how the largest gold mining company in the world dealt with rampant rape allegations at its Papua New Guinea mine, three men say the mine's guards forced them at gunpoint to perform sex acts on one another.

Million-Liter Cyanide Spill in Argentina Highlights Canadian Mining Crimes
by Deirdre FultonCommon Dreams
October 25th, 2015
Highlighting how corporate extractivism and lack of accountability is driving the destruction of Latin American communities, a Canadian mining company has now confirmed that more than one million liters of cyanide solution spilled from the Barrick Gold Veladero mine in San Juan, Argentina this month—making the spill more than four times larger than originally estimated.

Several injured in break-up of anti-mining protest in Argentina
EFE
October 23rd, 2015
Several people were injured and more than a score were arrested when police broke up an anti-mining protest near a Barrick Gold-operated mine in the northwestern Argentine province of San Juan, where a cyanide spill occurred last month, demonstrators said Friday.

Houses develop cracks caused by blasting activities by Barrick Lumwana mine
Lusaka Times
October 21st, 2015
Several houses in village around Kakaindu in Manyama area of Kalumbila district have developed cracks arising from blasting activities by Barrick Lumwana mine at Chimibungu pit.

‘Barrick Spill Poisoned the Water of San Juan’ Says Study
by Azzura LalaniThe Argentina Independent
The Jáchal river basin, near to where Barrick Gold spilled 1m litres of cyanide solution last month, is contaminated with heavy metals up to 1,400% above safe levels, a study by the National University of Cuyo found.

UN experts analyze water samples in San Juan after cyanide spill
Buenos Aires Herald
September 20th, 2015
A group of United Nations (UN) experts started to analyze water samples of the rivers Jachal, Las Taguas and Blanco in San Juan to see if they have been polluted with cyanide, following an industrial malfunction at the Veladero mine that caused a pipe carrying the lethal substance to fracture.

Leak poisons Barrick Gold’s reputation
by Michael Lerner Blouin News Business
September 18th, 2015
An Argentine judge on Wednesday ordered a five-day suspension of the gold leaching process at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Veladero mine in San Juan province. The purpose is to check if there was any environmental damage from a 15,000 liter cyanide leak on Sunday caused by a faulty valve. Local residents of Jáchal, outraged and fearful of their water supply being contaminated, began protesting as soon as they found out, and spurred the governments of the province and the nation to action.

Porgera’s new joint owner has a terrible record in China
by Yang ChuanminThe Guardian UK
Chinese Zijin Mining has bought a 49.5% stake in Barrick Gold’s already troubled Porgera mine. The new owner has a terrible environmental and human rights record in China

Court to hear injunction request against Barrick Gold extractions in Dominican Republic
Dominican Today
April 22nd, 2015
Sanchez Ramirez province (northeast) Civil Court judge Jacqueline Y. Ramos will hear on April 28 the request for an injunction to halt mining against Barrick Gold’s local operation Pueblo Viejo Dominicana filed by the missionary Rafael Guillén, EFE reports.

Chile regulator seeks new sanctions against Barrick's Pascua-Lama
Reuters
April 22nd, 2015
Chile's environmental regulator SMA said on Wednesday it will seek new sanctions against Barrick Gold Corp's massive Pascua-Lama gold and silver project, further complicating the possibility that the suspended mine might resume construction.

CONFRONT BARRICK GOLD 2015
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28 WHERE: 255 Front St. (Metro Convention Centre) Toronto

Swedish Public Funds Drop Stocks over Ethics Concerns
Chief Investment Officer
April 9th, 2015
The Ethics Council, formed by four of Sweden’s national pension funds, has excluded three companies from investment portfolios after deciding further dialogue over their concerns would be fruitless.

Barrick Settlement on Rapes and Killings in Papua New Guinea Proof that Victims Need Independent Legal Counsel
Mining Watch
April 3rd, 2015
April 3, 2015. Today, eleven of at least 120 women who claim to have been raped and gang raped by security guards at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, and three of many more men and their families who claim to have been the victims of violence and killing by security guards, finally got equitable settlements. These fortunate claimants were the clients of lawyers with US-based EarthRights International, who was prepared to file legal cases on their behalf.

Canada mining firm compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes
by Karen McVeighGuardian
April 3rd, 2015
Watchdog reported pattern of extreme sexual violence by security workers 11 tribal women said a previous ‘remedy framework’ for 137 women fell short

200 girls and women raped: now 11 of them win better compensation from the world's biggest gold miner
by Rick FeneleySydney Morning Herald
April 3rd, 2015
Out-of-court settlement prevents human rights group EarthRights International filing a lawsuit against Barrick Gold in the United States.

JOHN BAIRD STRIKES GOLD WITH BARRICK
by Sakura SaundersNow Toronto
March 31st, 2015
Regardless of technical legality, Baird's former department oversaw the transfer of millions of dollars of public monies to Barrick Gold and Munk's projects

Former foreign affairs minister John Baird joins Barrick Gold international advisory board
by BRENT PATTERSON Rabble
Former foreign affairs minister John Baird is now a member of the international advisory board for the Toronto-based mining giant Barrick Gold.

Barrick faces multi-billion dollar suit over Porgera mine
by Cecilia JamasmieMining.com
March 19th, 2015
Canada's Barrick Gold (NYSE, TSX:ABX), in the midst of a worldwide assets sale to help reduce net debt by at least $3 billion, has something else to worry about these days, as the firm is now facing a legal threat in Papua New Guinea.

Porgera Gold Mine Landowners claim $US4b from Barrick
Post Courier (PNG)
March 11th, 2015
MP Mangape says Barrick owes $US4 billion for breach of contract agreements including Special Mining Lease landowners’ resettlement packages, Fly in Fly Out agreement projects, infrastructure including roads and bridges, social and environmental damages. Mr Mangape on behalf of landowners from both Special Mining Lease (SML) and Lease for Mining Purposes (LMP) said the claim was genuine and if Barrick doesn’t pay, they will take it to the international arbitration.

Unveiling Medals, Veiling Abuse: A profile of the mines sourcing PanAm Medals
by compiled by Sakura Saunders
March 3rd, 2015
Barrick Gold and the Royal Canadian Mint today unveiled the design of the medals to be awarded to athletes at this summer's PanAm games. 4,000 competitions medals will be awarded during the course of both the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games. But why are we using this opportunity to promote the irresponsible practice of open pit gold mining, especially considering that we get more than enough gold these days from recycled sources? Specifically, why are we celebrating a mining company whose abuses are well documented and widespread. To illustrate my point, let's look at the three mines highlighted as the sources of the PanAm medals.

Mine Landowners: Settle issues first
Post Courier
February 19th, 2015
Landowners along the Pogera river who were affected by environmental damages caused by the Porgera Gold Mine have petitioned the government to intervene on their request for the developer Barrick Gold to compensate them for the damages caused to their environment and river systems.

Miner plans to sell Porgera stake
Post Courier (PNG)
February 17th, 2015
Mining Minister Byron Chan said Barrick Gold’s intention to sell 95 percent of shares is a commercial decision and the State has no control or privy over it. Meanwhile, Porgera Landowners Association chairman Tony Mark Ekepa said in a statement that before selling its 95 percent share off, the company must take into account the unresolved issues caused by the mine to the local communities for the past 25 years.

Out-of-Court Settlement Good for Some Tanzanian Villagers – But Many Others Hindered from Participation by Barrick’s Grievance Mechanism
Mining Watch Canada and RAID
February 9th, 2015
Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and MiningWatch Canada (MiningWatch) recognise the significance of the settlement, announced on Friday 6 February 2015, of claims brought by Tanzanian villagers alleging that African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining) and its subsidiary were liable, through complicity, for killing and injuring of locals at the North Mara mine by police guarding the mine. The claims, brought by leading law firm Leigh Day, were denied by the companies.

Acacia settles with Tanzanian villagers over mine fatalities
Reuters
February 6th, 2015
Gold miner Acacia (ACAA.L), formerly known as African Barrick, has settled out of court with Tanzanian villagers wanting compensation in relation to fatal incidents at its North Mara mine, the law firm representing the claimants said on Friday.

Nevada court hears Barrick Gold-Philippines province appeal
by Ken RitterAP
February 4th, 2015
A Philippine island province that experienced mining waste disasters in the 1990s but has been unable to find a court to hear its claim for damages is asking Nevada's highest court to rekindle a nearly 10-year-old state lawsuit against Barrick Gold Corp.

Protest in Nevada: Mining companies must pay full costs to remedy harm EVERYWHERE they operate
by Catherine Coumans
February 3rd, 2015
Today, south of Canada in the US state of Nevada, lawyers for the Province of Marinduque squared off against lawyers for Barrick Gold. Marinduque is holding Barrick Gold responsible for providing remedy for multiple disastrous mine waste failures in Marinduque that have caused serious damage to major river and sea ecosystems and have harmed many Marinduquenos. Last year, Barrick tried to make the law suit go away by offering Marinduque $20 million (of which the province would only get about $12 million after legal and administrative fees). The Province of Marinduque rightly turned down this grossly inadequate offer with its many onerous conditions. And so, the Province is back in court continuing the battle against Barrick for a fair settlement that will allow the Province to clean up the mess that mining has left behind.

Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’
by Renee LewisAl Jazeera
January 28th, 2015
If the beauty and clean water of Loma Miranda is the before of mining projects in the Dominican Republic, Cotui, a town just an hour away in the Sánchez Ramírez province, is the after. A red-tinged and shrunken waterway welcomes visitors to Cotuí. It once supplied fresh water to residents. “The animals already knew,” said Mayobanex Arias, a rancher walking his cattle across a bridge over the river. “They would test the water, then not drink it.”

Chile regulator says could cancel permit for Barrick's Pascua-Lama
Reuters
January 21st, 2015
Chile's environmental regulator is re-evaluating penalties on Barrick Gold Corp's Pascua-Lama project, a process that could include cancelling the embattled mine's permit, the head of the government body told a local daily newspaper.

Amanda Lang & Barrick Gold
by Sakura SaundersAn edited version appeared in NOW Magazine
January 16th, 2015
Before the recent conflict allegations involving Canada's biggest bank, the CBC's senior business correspondent went to bat for another corporate employer of a romantic partner

Mine expansion may threaten Nevada's largest deer herd
by Jeff DeLong, RGJReno Gazette Journal
January 9th, 2015
The planned expansion of a major gold mine in northeast Nevada could cause big problems for Nevada's largest herd of mule deer, a sportsmen and conservationist group contends. The Coalition for Nevada's Wildlife is urging people to weigh in on Barrick Gold Corp.'s proposed expansion of its Bald Mountain Mine, a project the group insists could disrupt a key migration route used by deer in the winter.

Chile supreme court deals new blow to Pascua Lama
by Juan Andres AbarcaBN Americas
December 31st, 2014
The Chilean supreme court dealt a new blow to Canadian miner Barrick Gold regarding its US$8.5bn Pascua Lamagold-silver project, after refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge filed by the company against a lower court decision. The challenge filed by Barrick's local subsidiary, Minera Nevada, contested the sanctions imposed by environmental regulator SMA in May 2013 for permit breaches.

Barrick Gold Dominican exports top US$1.4B, amid workers’ protests
Dominican Today
December 10th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Dominican mine has made 90 shipments totaling 139,419 kilos of gold worth US$1.4 billion thus far this year, a figure revealed as its workers staged a protest outside its Santo Domingo offices to demand the right to form a union.

Chilean Farmers And Foreign Mining Firms Face Off Over Andes Gold
by  Ramona WadiMintPress News
December 1st, 2014
Left out of the initial consultations were the indigenous communities whose livelihoods depend upon farming and water irrigation from the glaciers located within the mining range. Opposition to Barrick Gold has been loudest in Chile, where most of the designated mining area is located.

Survivors of Rape by Barrick Gold Security Guards Offered “Business Grants” and “Training” in Exchange for Waiving Legal Rights
Earthrights
November 21st, 2014
Approximately 200 women who survived brutal rapes by Barrick Gold’s security guards in Papua New Guinea were asked to waive their legal rights in exchange for small “business grants” and “business training,” a reparations process that human rights and women’s rights advocates are criticizing as inadequate and designed to protect the Canadian gold company rather than remedy the abuses.

Barrick Gold faces court in London
Mining Watch
November 6th, 2014
London-based African Barrick Gold is being sued in the United Kingdom by Tanzanian villagers for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by security and police guarding the company’s North Mara mine.

‘Please tell people about this:’ London students’ horror at Dominican Republic mines
by Mark SpowartMetro
October 27th, 2014
Three London students were shocked by what they found last winter during a trip to the Dominican Republic. Canadian mining companies, they say, are destroying lives in the country.

Baloch CM deputy 'arrested' in Barrick, Antofagasta case; fate unknown
by Ahmar MustikhanThe Examiner
October 7th, 2014
Fate of a top aide of Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch is still unclear, Balochistan political and journalist sources reached by phone said Tuesday. Ghulam Shah Dashti, was abducted from Dast-i-Kuddaan by the Baloch Sarmachars or freedom fighters in an attempt to ask Barrick Gold Corporation and Antofagasta of Chile to stay away from Balochistan.

Barrick Gold refuses to relocate villagers who suffer murder, rape and house burning
by Karl NerenbergRabble.ca
September 12th, 2014
On Wednesday of this past week, a representative of thousands of people who live in the highlands of Papua New Guinea together with Canadian supporters came to Parliament Hill to tell Canadians about the highlanders' troubled relationship with Barrick Gold.

Increased Violence at Barrick’s Porgera Mine: Indigenous Ipili send Envoy from Papua New Guinea to Canada
Mining Watch
September 11th, 2014
Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture Mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has long been associated with extreme violence against local men and women by mine security and state police associated with the mine. The level of human rights abuses at the mine has spiked again this year. In April, combined state police and army units were once again “called out” to Porgera by the PNG government to deal with Barrick’s ongoing inability to stop local people displaced by the mine from entering the pit and the mine’s massive uncontained waste flows in a desperate attempt to eke out a living from residual gold.

Ten Killed At African Barrick Operations in Tanzania
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
As many as 10 people have been killed by police this year at African Barrick Gold's operations in Tanzania, according to a new report from two NGOs - MiningWatch Canada and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) in the UK.

Killings at UK-owned Tanzanian gold mine alarm MPs
by Tracy McVeighThe Observer
July 19th, 2014
Killings at a British-owned gold mine in east Africa have alarmed a group of MPs, lawyers and human rights campaigners, who have called on the British government to intervene.

Porgera Burns: 200 houses razed, expat attacked in retaliation over raid on local miners
by Johnny PoiyaPost Courier (PNG) (via PNG Mine Watch)
June 9th, 2014
MORE than 200 houses were burnt to the ground in Porgera by security personnel in the call-out operation during an early morning raid on Friday.

Barrick Gold Faces Demonstration Against Human Rights, Environmental Abuses at Toronto AGM
by Tim McSorleyDeSmog
Barrick Gold's shareholders will be greeted by a familiar sight in Toronto this morning: protesters are once again gathering outside the Annual General Meeting of the world's largest gold mining company to denouce the corporation's human rights and environmental abuses.

CEDHA offers expert testimony against Barrick Gold in Chilean Tribunals
CEDHA
April 27th, 2014
On the one year anniversary of the suspension of Pascua Lama due to impacts to glaciers and other water resources, Jorge Daniel Taillant, Director of the Center for Human Rights and Environment (in Argentina) spoke for two hours today before Chile’s Environmental Tribunal to answer questions regarding reports CEDHA has produced to draw attention to Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama project impacts to hitherto ignored but extremely relevant swaths of land called Periglacial Environments. These frozen hydrological resources help glaciated areas store and regulate water flow to downstream water basins for millions of people.

Hearing in Grants, NM to review Barrick's Homestake site, where contamination has spread in recent years
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE)
April 25th, 2014
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is set to renew the Homestake Mining Company’s Discharge Permit, DP-200, with some modifications that would allow Homestake to nearly double its use of the public's water supply to dilute contaminants at its Superfund site.

Behind Barrick's meltdown in the Atacama desert
by STEPHANIE NOLENGlobe and Mail
April 24th, 2014
In Chile today, you could spend a very long time trying to find anyone with a good word to say about Pascua-Lama.

APRIL 30: CONFRONT BARRICK
Barrick destroys communities around the world in their pathological quest for a metal that we no longer need to mine. Join us as we stand in solidarity with communities directly impacted by this gold mining giant!

The Killing Continues at a Canadian-Owned Mine In Tanzania
by Chris OkeVice
April 19th, 2014
In the past three years, 69 people have been killed by police at the North Mara Gold Mine, according to Wilson Mangure, a local ward councillor who has been tracking the incidents. In that same period, hundreds more have been severely injured. And the violence continues. In the first month of 2014 alone, four more people were killed, he said.

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."

"Illegal miners" hit Porgera
The National (PNG)
February 6th, 2014
A briefing from Barrick disclosed the following: An average of 396 illegal miners are trespassing on the special mining lease (SML) per day; An average of 14 confrontations occurred per day between company security men and illegal miners; About 170 injuries that were directly attributed to the activities of Illegal Miners at PJV were reported;

Tanzania's gold rush and housing crush
by Victoria SchneiderAl Jazeera
Mayenda says the Buzwagi Gold Mine is the reason the buildings collapsed, and she is not alone. Other villagers say their mud houses crack and collapse because of blasting at the open pit - Tanzania's largest. They say their children's coughs come from the dust blown over the village, and the water from the local wells is polluted from mine waste.

One dead in clash at Tanzania gold mine
Agence France Presse
January 18th, 2014
One person was killed in clashes between police and thousands of villagers who stormed a gold mine in Tanzania operated by a subsidiary of Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold, police said on Saturday.

African Barrick to compensate assault victims
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail
December 19th, 2013
A Canadian-owned gold company says it is giving cash payments and other compensation to 14 women who were sexually assaulted by police and security guards at its controversial North Mara gold mine in Tanzania. The case began when about 10 women alleged that they were arrested at the North Mara mine site and sexually assaulted by company security guards or Tanzanian police. The incidents occurred over a period of several years before their public disclosure in a company statement in May, 2011. The women told the investigators that they were taken to holding cells and threatened with imprisonment if they refused to have sex with the police or guards.

Ex-UofT President David Naylor gets named to Barrick Board of Directors
Munk OUT of UofT
December 8th, 2013
If there was ever any doubt that the Munk School's creation was marked by corruption and secrecy, this revelation should confirm our long-standing suspicions. This week, Barrick announced that it would be adding ex-University of Toronto President, David Naylor, to the companies list of "independent" directors. This appointment comes just four years after Naylor signed the controversial "Munk Contract" in secret, by-passing even the school's governing council.

PNG: Deadly clashes between locals & the world's biggest gold mining company
by Peter BoyleGreen Left Weekly
December 6th, 2013
Violent clashes have once again erupted between local people, police and company security guards at the giant Porgera gold and silver mine in Papua New Guinea's highlands, operated and largely owned by the Canadian corporation Barrick Gold – the world's biggest gold mining company.

High Court orders African Barrick Gold to stop suing Tanzanian villagers
by Leigh Dayhttp://www.leighday.co.uk/News/2013/December-2013/High-Court-orders-African-Barrick-Gold-to-stop-sui
London-based African Barrick Gold (ABG) failed yesterday to overturn a High Court injunction that prevents them from using what the judge described as a “Tanzanian Torpedo” against victims of violence. Law firm, Leigh Day, represents Tanzanian villagers who claim that ABG and its 100% subsidiary, North Mara Gold Mine Limited (NMGML) are liable for the deaths and injuries allegedly caused by the use of excessive force by mine security and police at the companies’ mine in Tanzania. Both companies deny the allegations.

BREAKING: Riots in Porgera Barrick Security kill local miners, spark deadly confrontation
by compiled reports from Jethro Tulin
Barrick security violence triggers thousands to riot.

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.

Zone surrounding Barrick's operation should be declared a "State of Emergency" in Dominican Republic
translated from article in 7 Dias
September 19th, 2013
The National Committee Against Megaminería demanded the area surrounding the operating Barrick Gold's operation in Domincan Republic to be declared a "state of emergency" due to the "serious damage" to the health to the inhabitants of the neighboring communities, particularly the Lower Yuna.

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.

Tanzanian villagers sue African Barrick Gold over 2011 violence
Reuters
July 29th, 2013
African Barrick Gold is being sued in Britain's High Court by a group of Tanzanians who say the company was complicit in the killing by police of at least six villagers at one of its mines in incidents dating back two years.

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.

Gold mines collapse
the Guardian (Tanzania)
July 21st, 2013
After years of super profits, Tanzania’s gold mining sector is facing a serious crisis as gold prices tumble down this week from a record $1900 to $1,277 per ounce at the beginning of this year. As production costs at the African Barrick Gold (ABG) and Geita Gold Mine (GGM) remain high, the gold mining industry which enjoyed a boom from 2006 is now at the crossroads. Already, potential investors have shelved any plans of developing new mines following price falls at the global market.

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.

Mine workers taken to hospital after exposure to unknown fumes
News 4 (Reno)
July 14th, 2013
More than a dozen workers installing large, steel tanks at a mine site northwest of Elko were taken to the hospital this morning, apparently suffering exposure to unknown fumes.

Tanzania: Tarime Boy Drowns in Gold Mine Sand Pit
by AMBROSE WANTAIGWATanzania Daily News
July 11th, 2013
THREE people died in separate incidents in Mara Region including a fifteen-year-old boy identified as Matiko Chacha who drowned in North Mara Mine's Gokona pit, police have said.

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.

Want to sue Barrick? You have over 8 law firms to chose from!
Just a helpful note from ProtestBarrick that if you would like to sue Barrick Gold, you have many choices for legal representation.

Blows to Barrick: Barrick's stocks tumble as costs rise
July 5th, 2013
In recent months, Barrick's share price have continuously tumbled to its current price of under $15/share, down from over $40/share last October. While there are many factors that have contributed to this sudden fall, much of it can be attributed to bad management, high debt, and fraudulent activity on the part of Barrick Gold.

Vote for ProtestBarrick and Sakura Saunders in NOW magazine's "Best of 2013"!
We at ProtestBarrick are very honoured to announce that both ProtestBarrick and PB editor Sakura Saunders were nominated in NOW Magazine's "Best of Toronto". This huge honour should be shared amongst all of the hard-working volunteers that have worked to build a platform for mining impacted communities within Toronto, where Barrick Gold is based.

VIDEO: Diaguita Sing Against Barrick Gold
A video and song by Pedro Martinez, a member of the ethnic Diaguita who are opposed to Barrick Gold on their lands.

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.

Miners caught in bond rout as commodities extend slide
by  TIM KILADZE & JACQUIE McNISH Globe and Mail
June 27th, 2013
The bond market rout is sending shock waves through the corporate credit market, but mining companies are taking a particularly hard beating as commodity prices tumble.

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.

Barrick to lay off 100 at Toronto head office
Associated Press
The world's largest gold-mining company has announced plans to eliminate 100 jobs at its corporate headquarters in Toronto. Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) said Monday the reduction represents 30 percent of the head office. Barrick spokesman Andy Lloyd cited a challenging business environment. Falling gold prices, rising costs and a sagging stock price weighed down by its Pascua-Lama project have plagued the company. Since late 2011, the gold price has fallen by $600 -- over 30 percent.

Open letter to Corporate Knights regarding Barrick's placement at #4 on "Best 50 of 2013"
by ProtestBarrick.net
June 14th, 2013
I am writing in response to your recent "Best 50 of 2013" listing, where you place Barrick Gold in the position of 4th best corporate citizen. You acknowledged that awarding them this honour would stir controversy, as you acknowledge the company has many accusations placed against it for human rights abuses, and even the Chilean government recently shut down its Pascua Lama project due to "environmental irregularities". Still, referencing "publicly disclosed data points that can be compared across companies", you insist that Barrick is a corporate leader.

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.

Canada at the forefront of a controversial mining boom in Africa
by TRAVIS LUPICKGeorgia Straight
April 18th, 2013
TAMARA HERMAN WAS filming from the edge of an open-pit mine in northwest Tanzania when gunshots rang out overhead. The shots were fired in the direction of a group of artisanal miners who were panning the mine’s waste rock, but they looked more like a warning than an attempt to kill.

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.

CONFRONT BARRICK: 2013 AGM Protest and Alternative Annual Report!
Once a year, the board of Directors of the world’s most powerful gold mining corporation converge in downtown Toronto. This year, we're releasing a report that chronicles Barrick's lies and highlights the true stories behind their false CSR spin. Help us ensure that these stories don't get ignored.

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.

Agro leaders to protest Barrick Gold contract on Friday
Dominican Today
April 9th, 2013
The country’s agro producers grouped in CONFENAGRO on Tuesday called for a series of protests on Friday April 12, in rebuke of Barrick Gold’s contract, which calls for only 3% of the profits from the gold mined at Cotuí, in Dominican Republic’s northeast.

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?

Fury over alleged toxic leaks in Barrick mine; Tarime residents want probe, amends
by Beldina Nyakeke The Citizen (Tanzania)
March 26th, 2013
The Tarime District Council chairman, Mr Amos Sagara, has asked the government to form a task force to investigate challenges facing villages surrounding the Barrick North Mara Gold Mine and come up with a lasting solution.

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.

Tanzania: Two Killed in Mine Invasion
by Jacob MuginiTanzania Daily News
March 4th, 2013
TWO people were on Saturday killed at the North Mara Gold Mine which is operated by African Barrick Gold (ABG), police have said. "Examination on the bodies of the deceased at the Tarime District Hospital has just been concluded and it indicates that the lady was shot on her left eye by a bullet which came out of her body through her back and we are still investigating whether the bullet was fired by our officers,' Mr Sabastian Zakaria, a senior police officer at the Tarime special regional police zone said on Sunday afternoon.

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.”

African Barrick Sees Lowest Gold Output Since London Listing
by Thomas BiesheuvelBloomberg
February 14th, 2013
African Barrick Gold Plc, the Tanzania-focused producer of the precious metal, forecast the lowest output since its shares began trading in London in 2010 amid a review of operations to cut costs.

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 .

African Barrick disappoints as output to shrink again
by Sarah YoungReuters
February 13th, 2013
Miner African Barrick Gold forecast production would shrink for a fifth straight year and said it would focus on cutting soaring costs, after talks over a possible takeover of the firm collapsed in January.

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.

Fly Over of Barrick Gold's Mine in Lake Cowal
by Natalie LowreySpecial to protestbarrick.net
February 4th, 2013
On Monday 4th February 2013, Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Nevillle 'Chappy' Williams and ProtestBarrick.net co-founders and editors Sakura Saunders (Canada) and Natalie Lowrey (Australia) took a cessna plane from Forbes to Lake Cowal in central western New South Wales, Australia to document a gold mine in the lake. The slideshow video of the recent flight over Lake Cowal shows Barrick's mine pit in the lake bed surrounded by water. On the flight there were hundreds of birds seen in the 1km square toxic tailings dams. Many of these birds have flown great distances to get here and cannot differentiate the difference between the water of Lake Cowal and the tailings dams of the mine. The contamination of water with cyanide and heavy metals by the mine is of major concern to Wiradjuri Traditional Owners and environmentalists.

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.

Rape Victims Must Sign Away Rights to Get Remedy from Barrick
by MiningWatch Canada – Rights& Accountability in Development – EarthRights Internationalhttp://www.miningwatch.ca/news/rape-victims-must-sign-away-rights-get-remedy-barrick
January 30th, 2013
Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In order to receive a remedy package, women must enter into an agreement in which “the claimant agrees that she will not pursue or participate in any legal action against PJV, PRFA [Porgera Remediation Framework Association Inc.] or Barrick in or outside of PNG. PRFA and Barrick will be able to rely on the agreement as a bar to any legal proceedings which may be brought by the claimant in breach of the agreement.”

Rape Victims Must Sign Away Rights to Get Remedy from Barrick
by MiningWatch Canada – Rights& Accountability in Development – EarthRights Internationalhttp://www.miningwatch.ca/news/rape-victims-must-sign-away-rights-get-remedy-barrick
January 30th, 2013
Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In order to receive a remedy package, women must enter into an agreement in which “the claimant agrees that she will not pursue or participate in any legal action against PJV, PRFA [Porgera Remediation Framework Association Inc.] or Barrick in or outside of PNG. PRFA and Barrick will be able to rely on the agreement as a bar to any legal proceedings which may be brought by the claimant in breach of the agreement.”

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.

Protests against toxic gold mining in the Caribbean
by Anne SewellDigital Journal
November 27th, 2012
“I’m too old for this. I’m not going to be driven off of my land again,” says Juliana Guzman, a farmer from La Cerca in Dominican Republic. The walls of her house are riddled with cracks from the explosions that shake the ground every day.

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.

Lost benefits: Barrick cancels Homestake Retiree Medical Plan
by Wendy PitlickBlack Hills Pioneer
November 10th, 2012
Citing rising operating costs, Barrick Gold Corp. will cancel the Homestake Retiree Medical Plan, leaving about 1,000 retirees without the benefit.

Thousands invade gold mine in Mara. One dead.
The Guardian Tanzania
November 9th, 2012
More than 4,000 people in Tarime District armed with traditional weapons have raided the North Mara Gold Mine (ABG) with the intention of stealing rocks rich in gold, prompting policemen who were on patrol to use weapons to disperse them, killing one person in the process.

Barrick again revises Pascua Lama Project capex to $8bn-$8.5bn: Barrick's third-quarter 2012 earnings fell 55% as mining costs increased and production declined, resulting in the company missing analysts' expectations.
by Dorothy Kosich Mine Web
November 2nd, 2012
For the second time this year,Barrick has raised its capital cost estimates for the Pascua-Lama project.

Barrick downgrades 2012 output: costs soar to $965/oz!
Mining Review
October 29th, 2012
Miner African Barrick Gold plc has downgraded its 2012 production forecast and reported soaring production costs, hurting quarterly profit, as suitor China National Gold Group Corporation (CNGGC) continues its due diligence on the company.

War is Peace: Francophonie summit exposes Canada's hypocrisy towards the Congo
by Alain DenaultThe Dominion Paper (Canada)
October 15th, 2012
Comforted by the contradictions befitting classic Orwellian “doublespeak,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the Sommet de la Francophonie in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, over the weekend.

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.

Dozens injured in Barrick Gold Dominican Republic protest
Dominican Today
September 28th, 2012
At least 25 people were injured Thursday by shotgun pellets in the vilage of La Cabirma amid exchange of gunfire between police and protesters who demanded that the miner Barrick Pueblo Viejo hire more workers from their community.

Peru to Investigate Death In Barrick Gold Protests
Peruvian Times
September 22nd, 2012
Cabinet chief Juan Jimenez said an investigation will be launched into the death of an individual this week during protests against Canadian mining major Barrick Gold in Peru.

Tanzania: Police Fire Live Bullets At Civilians
by Jacob MuginiTanzania Daily News
September 1st, 2012
ANTI-RIOT police have shot dead two civilians at the North Mara Gold Mine which is operated by African Barrick Gold (ABG) in the Northern Tarime District.

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.

Marketing Consent: A journey into the public relations underside of Canada's mining sector
by Sandra CuffeThe Dominion (Canada)
August 22nd, 2012
It’s no secret that Canadian mining companies are fanned out around the world. Conflicts linked to large-scale mining projects have come to the fore as some of the most intense social and environmental struggles in this hemisphere and beyond. But well outside of the headlines, another industry, one that purports to link Indigenous people internationally in order to benefit from resource extraction, has slowly taken off.

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."

For Barrick, Tanzanian mines lose their lustre
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail
August 16th, 2012
Barrick Gold Corp.’s mining operations in Africa have been a publicity nightmare for the company for years, but until now the company had always seemed confident that the mines were profitable enough to withstand the damage to its reputation.

Tanzania: New Local Pension Law Unfair
by Ngwegwe MussaEast Africa Business Week
August 13th, 2012
The newly introduced pension law in Tanzania that requires any employee to reach a maturely age of 55 years in order to retrieve his benefits has continued to get criticisms from majority of Tanzanians especially those in the private sectors. Recently different employees working with the mines of African Barrick Gold in Buryankulu (western Tanzania) aired their concerns on the newly signed law saying it was unfair and, they are willing to stage protests against it.

Dominican Republic: Barrick set to open giant gold mine
World War 4 report
August 7th, 2012
The project has stirred up protests in the past, because of what activists said were irregularities in the government’s contract with the Canadian companies, and because of potential damage to the environment and to archeological sites. Barrick plans to use 24 tons of cyanide a day, Virginia Rodríguez, a coordinator for the local nongovernmental organization SalvaTierra (“Save the Earth”), told the Associated Press wire service. “There is a very high risk, especially with an island like ours with a very fragile ecosystem,” she said. The mine is located in a mountainous region, the source of some of the country’s most important rivers.

Chile: mine workers occupy church in protest
World War 4 report
August 7th, 2012
A group of 23 contract workers occupied the San Ambrosio Church in Vallenar, capital of the northern Chilean province of Huasco, on the morning of Aug. 4 to protest labor conditions at Pascua Lama, an open-pit gold, silver and copper mine being built in the Andes at the border between Argentina and Chile. Eight of the protesters took over the bell tower, where they shouted and banged on the metal structure to draw attention to their complaints against the mine's operator, the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation.

Accumulation by Dispossession: Barrick & Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo Gold Mine in the Dominican Republic
by James RodriguezMiMundo
July 30th, 2012
Barrick and Goldcorp’s Pueblo Viejo gold mining project, the “biggest single foreign direct investment ever done in the Dominican Republic estimated at US $3.5 billion”, should begin full operations in July 2012. While the economic sectors deem it an economic blessing, the local population, environmentalists, and progressive groups strongly oppose it due to numerous social problems already underway and the potential to cause an irreversible environmental disaster in the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

Ministry to meet Barrick over Mara mine conflicts
by Jacob MuginiDaily News
July 15th, 2012
ENERGY and Minerals Ministry will soon meet with African Barrick Gold (ABG) management to find lasting solutions on recurrent conflicts between the Canadian miner and the local communities surrounding North Mara Gold Mine.

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.

Chile: Barrick Gold mine threatens water supply
by Alejandra CarmonaEl Monstrador
April 9th, 2012
It is for these reasons that the inhabitants of the region are afraid of mining operations and especially of the large project that will go up in Maricunga, 145 kilometers southeast of Copiapó; the Cerro Casale project will use more than 900 liters of water per second in its industrial mining operation. An amount no one can ignore. Especially now.

PNG to send troops to guard LNG, gold projects
Reuters
April 2nd, 2012
The Papua New Guinea government is to send troops to guard two major resources projects on Monday after people disrupted work at the sites, the prime minister's office said in a statement.

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.

The uneasy ties between Canada’s universities and wealthy business magnates
by Theresa TedescoFinancial Post
A similar feature exists in the University of Toronto’s joint partnership with Peter Munk, chairman and founder of Barrick Gold Corp., the largest gold-mining company in the world. The Munk School of Global Affairs was established in 2009 with a $35-million donation from the mining magnate. According to the 12-page agreement, Mr. Munk’s donations will be paid in tranches over 10 years and will be subject to the Munk family’s approval.

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.

Meet whistleblower who paid through the nose
Guardian
February 19th, 2012
A personal story about how Barrick sabotaged a fact-finding mission to visit their mine sites with the religious community from Canada.

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.

Villagers blame goldmine for unfair compensation
The Guardian (Tanzania)
January 9th, 2012
Kakola Namba Tisa villagers in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region, have lodged complaints against the Bulyahulu Goldmine owned by Barrick Tanzania for failing to compensate them fairly after the company took their land.

Mining companies in Tanzania yet to pay raised royalty fees
http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/-/2558/1298496/-/nglnxfz/-/
January 2nd, 2012
Tanzanians are yet to start benefiting from the new mining law which raised royalty paid on precious minerals including gold from three to four per cent because mining companies haven’t migrated to the new tax regime.

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.

Court Orders World’s Largest Gold Producer to Pay $140,000 for Death of Miner at Belle Mine
by Vittorio HernandezInternational Business Times
December 23rd, 2011
The Perth Magistrates Court fined Barrick Gold on Thursday $140,000 for the death of miner Daniel Williams in August 2009. Mr Williams fell into an ore chute at the underground mine of Barrick's Kanowna Belle gold mine near Kalgoorlie. Barrick is the world's largest gold producer. The company pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide a safe work environment under the Mines Safety Act.

'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.

Daily Mail: Nevers Mumba, Barrick Gold in $122,000 scandal
Zambian Watchdog
December 21st, 2011
MMD aspiring presidential candidate Nevers Mumba solicited and received more than half a billion Kwacha (US$122,000) from the largest gold digger in the world, Barrick Gold, purporting to fund a Zambian cultural week as High Commissioner to Canada, the government controlled and owned Zambia Dail Mail says it can reveal.

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.

DJ Tanzania Inflation Rate Soars Over Food Shortage
The Financial
December 18th, 2011
Tanzania, Africa's third largest gold producer is also grappling with acute power shortages, blamed in lower water levels at its main hydro power stations. Power shortages have compelled the state power utility, Tanzania Electricity Supply Co. to embark on nation-wide rationing as it seeks to balance demand and supply. The country was hit by several months of drought late last year and earlier this year, affecting water levels at its hydro power stations and hitting its rain-fed agriculture.

Barrick Gold blamed for neglecting sick workers
by Joseph Mchekadonathe Guardian (Tanzania)
December 15th, 2011
African Barrick Gold (ABG) sick workers and some ex-workers residing in Dar es Salaam have complained about ill-treatment by their management and also of substandard services at the hotel they are residing.

Farmers block roads to demand far pay for Barrick Gold mine lands
Dominican Today
Hundreds of farmers of the community El Yagal, who were evicted from their lands to make way for the Barrick Gold mine, Tuesday blocked the streets with trunks, torched tires, debris and stones, to demand that the government relocate tem and reassess their properties.

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.

Indigenous Chileans take mining giant to international court
by Joe HinchliffeSantiago Times
October 27th, 2011
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will begin a trial on Friday to determine if a controversial mine on the ancestral land of Chile’s indigenous Diaguita community violates their fundamental human rights, as established under the American Convention on Human Rights.

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.

Barrick’s Tanzanian project tests ethical mining policies
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail
The Globe and Mail asks: How did a leading Canadian corporate citizen and the world’s top gold producer get itself into this contradiction? And why does Barrick continue mining in a place where bloodshed and corruption seem inescapable?

Barrick Gold’s Tanzanian headache
by Geoffrey YorkGlobe and Mail, Report on Business Magazine
September 30th, 2011
Geoffrey York reports in the Globe and Mail's Business magazine, over 11 pages with colour photos on Barrick's mine in North Mara 'As long as Tanzanians are forced to choose between dying for a living and the potential wealth that they can gain by invading Barrick’s gold mine, the bloodshed at North Mara is likely to continue. Weapons and walls are a poor solution.'

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.

Surviving Rape in Papua New Guinea
Human Rights Watch
August 11th, 2011
What Would You Choose – Prison or Rape? This is what may women in Porgar, PNG are up against when they encounter Barrick Gold security guards. A report by Human Rights Watch

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

Argentina: is Barrick Gold shrinking Chilean glaciers?
World War 4 report
July 26th, 2011
In a report published on July 19, the Argentine branch of the environmental group Greenpeace charged that operations by the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation in the Andes at the border with Chile had already significantly damaged three small glaciers.

Is Barrick Gold Shrinking Chilean Glaciers?
Weekly News Update on the Americas
In a report published on July 19, the Argentine branch of the environmental group Greenpeace charged that operations by the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corporation in the Andes at the border with Chile had already significantly damaged three small glaciers.

Barrick Gold invests in tourism and Ethnocide in Honduras
by Karen SpringRights Action
July 14th, 2011
Canadian investors (Canadian Shield Fund, Barrick Gold, Toronto-Dominion Bank, 'Porn King' Randy Jorgensen, and more) investing in tourism "development" projects in Honduras, causing slow crushing and ethnocide of indigenous Garifuna communities

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 Contaminates Water Resources
Latin American Press
June 16th, 2011
High levels of heavy metals have been detected in water resources near the Veladero and Pascua Lama gold projects, both owned by Canadian giant Barrick Gold, according to a recently published study by the Center for Human Rights and Environment, an Argentina-based nongovernmental organization.

In an African mine, the lust for gold sparks a deadly clash
by GEOFFREY YORKThe Globe and Mail
June 8th, 2011
The morning of May 16 began like many others. Carrying hammers and rucksacks, hundreds of Tanzanian villagers trudged to the mountain of waste rock at dawn expecting to make another illicit deal with the heavily armed police who protect it. Two hours later, at least five villagers were dead and many others wounded – gunned down by police at the gold mine owned by a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation of Toronto.

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.

Barrick's Bodysnatchers: Wanton killings, criminalization, and degradation continue at the North Mara Mine in Tanzania
by Sakura Saunders, co-editor protestbarrick.netThe Dominion Paper (Canada)
May 26th, 2011
On May 16, over a thousand people entered a mine in northern Tanzania, desperate to collect whatever gold they could from the modern industrial site that used to be their bread and butter. But instead of providing the displaced artisanal miners with a boost to their meager income, the day ended in horror. Seven men were killed, and at least a dozen wounded when police unleashed a hail of bullets.

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.

MPs, journalits in court over North Mara dispute
Daily News (Tanzania)
May 24th, 2011
SINGIDA East Member of Parliament Tundu Antipas Lissu (Chadema) along with seven other people on Tuesday appeared before Tarime District Court in Mara Region, charged with instigating people to cause violence.

Families accuse police of stealing bodies of Tanzanians killed at Canadian mine
by Jocelyn EdwardsThe Toronto Star
May 24th, 2011
Police stormed the mortuary late Monday night and forcibly removed bodies belonging to four of the five men shot, witnesses said. The fifth body, which relatives allege was mistreated, had already been buried and was not in the mortuary.

Mara gunshot victims set to be laid to rest
by Beldina Nyakeke The Citizen (Tanzania)
May 23rd, 2011
Mr Lissu said that the aim of the post-mortem was to identify exactly which parts of the bodies of the deceased were shot by the Police. He explained that people knew that the deaths were caused by bullets but didn’t know which parts of the bodies were affected by the bullets. He said the examination would help them to find out if they were killed accidentally or police intended to kill them.

Memorial for dead banned at Canadian gold mine in Africa
by Jocelyn EdwardsThe Toronto Star
May 23rd, 2011
Families of the five men killed by security forces of a Canadian mine are furious after that were denied permission to hold a memorial service Tuesday at African Barrick’s gold mine in North Mara.

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.

Angry Nyamongo villagers attack MP
the Guardian (Tanzania)
May 19th, 2011
Angry Nyamongo villagers yesterday pelted the Tarime Member of Parliament, Nyambari Nyangwine (CCM) and journalists with stones near North Mara Gold mine, the scene of bloody clashes earlier this week.

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.

Angry Nyamongo villagers attack MP
The Guardian (Tanzania)
May 19th, 2011
Angry Nyamongo villagers yesterday pelted the Tarime Member of Parliament, Nyambari Nyangwine (CCM) and journalists with stones near North Mara Gold mine, the scene of bloody clashes earlier this week.

Social Conflict leaves seven dead at the hands of Barrick security in Tanzania
May 19th, 2011
Confrontations between local people and mining security are not uncommon near Barrick's North Mara mine in Tanzania. As Bloomberg journalist Cam Simpson reported in his feature story about the mine, "Security guards and federal police allegedly have shot and killed people scavenging the gold-laced rocks to sell for small amounts of cash, according to interviews with 28 people, including victims’ relatives, witnesses, local officials and human-rights workers." These conflicts take place in the context of forced displacement, destroyed livelihoods and farmlands, and the on-going poisoning of local residents that characterizes Barrick's North Mara 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.

North Mara’s message to government
by Beldina Nyakeke The Citizen (Tanzania)
May 17th, 2011
Relatives of people who were shot dead by police at Barrick North Mara gold mine have refused to take their bodies for burial until the government assures them on its plans to end calamities of that nature once and for all. Speaking here yesterday, they said that they were tired of the recurrence of such incidents in which their relatives have been losing their lives.

FP: Seven ‘intruders’ killed at African Barrick mine
by Peter KovenFinancial Post
May 17th, 2011
When Barrick Gold Corp. spun its African properties into a new company last year, investors knew they were being sold high-risk assets that had their share of problems. But they didn’t imagine this.

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.

Papua New Guinea activist disappointed at Barrick snub
Radio New Zealand
A Papua New Guinean member of the Porgera Alliance says he’s disappointed the Canadian mining giant, Barrick Gold Limited, wouldn’t allow him to address the company’s annual general meeting in Canada last week.

Barrrick Gold confronted by angry protesters
For the fifth year in a row, Sakura Saunders shows up for the Barrick annual shareholders’ meeting in Toronto. But once again, she is turned back by police and Barrick’s head of security despite the fact that she’s a shareholder.

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.

Protesting Barrick Gold, Gaining Momentum: Locked out of Barrick's annual general meeting, mining injustice activists build a protest movement
by Megan Kinch Toronto Media Co-op
Despite calls for rain, the day was sunny and beautiful for Wednesday's high energy protest against Barrick Gold's annual shareholder meeting (AGM) . According to some of the 100 or so activists in attendance, Barrick Gold's continuing disregard for human rights, indigenous sovereignty and the environment is the reason the count annual counter-protest to their AGM. They point out how earlier this year, Barrick Gold president Peter Munk excused the arrests of his security guards for raping women living near the Porgera mine site in Papua New Guniea by saying "Gang rape is a cultural habit" (see a response from the community here). Meanwhile, at the University of Toronto, Munk donations are used to divert public money away from social sciences and humanities and towards right-wing think tanks and branded institutes for "global studies' .

Protest Barrick Annual General Meeting Media Roundup
Here is a roundup as of 28 April 2011. Competing between the Canadian federal election and the royal wedding but we got some!!

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.

Communities in Argentina and Chile protest while Barrick Gold’s shareholders meet in Toronto
Latin American Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OLCA) Coordinator Anti-Pascua Lama Santiago Northern Chile Environmental Network Huasco Valley Defense Council
April 27th, 2011
Protests against Barrick gold’s massive Pascua Lama project are taking place in the southern cone in time with Barrick Gold’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. In Buenos Aires, Santiago, San Juan and Vallenar, communities are demonstrating against Barrick’s impacts on nature, people and democracy. They have released the following open letter written to the attention of Barrick Gold’s shareholders.

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.

[ESPANOL] Los glaciares y el clima NO se venden
En distintas partes del mundo organizaciones ambientalistas y de la sociedad civil convocan al “Día mundial contra la Barrick gold”

CONFRONT BARRICK GOLD: mobilise in support of impacted communities
RSVP via Facebook
April 19th, 2011
Once a year, the board of Directors of the world's most powerful gold miner converge in downtown Toronto. Join us and representatives from mining-impacted communities to... CONFRONT BARRICK GOLD! WHEN: Wednesday 27 April 2011 @ 10.30AM WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto

University of Toronto Community Rallies Against the Corporate Takeover of UofT - joined by Noam Chomsky
The Anti-Corporatization Working Group of the UT General Assembly is calling a rally today outside of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council to protest the Munk “donation” and the privatization of education. Professor Noam Chomsky, speaking at a public lecture in the afternoon, has expressed support for the cause and is expected to make an appearance at the rally.

Barrick says chief’s comments taken out of context
Post Courier (PNG)
March 28th, 2011
MINING Minister John Pundari is angry over comments by Chairman of Barrick Gold Peter Munk that “gang rape is a cultural habit” in the Porgera gold mine area which had been attracting international attention particularly among the NGOs in Canada.

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.

Mining firm at loggerheads again with Tarime residents
by Ray Naluyaga, The Citizen Bureau ChiefThe Citizen (Tanzania)
January 22nd, 2011
Conflicts between mines and communities surrounding them has in most parts of Africa been the normal way of life as exemplified by the case of North Mara Gold Mine operating in Tarime, north-eastern Tanzania. Since the entering of Barrick Gold there, endless conflicts pitting the company and surrounding communities have been the order of the day.

Police swoop on Barrick employees
by Joshua ArloPost Courier (PNG)
January 18th, 2011
POLICE have begun arresting terminated employees of the Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) implicated in alleged sexual assaults against women and other serious crimes, with many more terminations and arrests expected in the coming weeks.

The hidden price behind the yellow metal's glitter: Ruthless production policies ignore poverty of indigenous people
Los Angeles Times
Naymongo, Tanzania: Barrick Gold Corp's North Mara mine near the Tanzanian border with Kenya disgorges millions of pounds of waste rock each week, piled high around communities where almost half the people live on less than 33 cents (Dh1.2) a day.

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.

Shooting Gold Diggers at Barrick African Mine Coincides With Record Prices
by Cam SimpsonBloomberg
Barrick Gold Corp.’s North Mara mine near the Tanzanian border with Kenya disgorges millions of pounds of waste rock each week, piled high around communities where almost half the people live on less than 33 cents a day.

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.

PhD grad rejects diploma. Masrour Zoghi rejected his Ph.D to protest campus corporatization, cites Munk donation
by Dylan C. RobertsonThe Varsity
November 23rd, 2010
The mathematics doctorate was visiting from Vancouver and had originally planned on rejecting his diploma. Speaking with The Varsity en route to his convocation ceremony, Zoghi explained that he was upset with what he refers to as an increasing corporatization of the University of Toronto. His main issue of concern was the new Munk School of Global Affairs, launched after a $35 million donation from Peter Munk and his wife. Munk is Chairman of Barrick Gold, a mining company registered in Canada.

Violent protest in Barrick Gold’s Dominican mine injures at least 17
Dominican Today
November 17th, 2010
At least 17 people were injured yesterday during violent protests staged by laid off workers of the mining company Barrick Gold in the town Pueblo Viejo, Cotui (northeast), to demand severance payment.

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.

Dominican youngsters to walk in protest against Barrick Gold
Dominican Today
October 26th, 2010
Youth groups that demand the cancelation of the contract with the mining company Barrick Gold announced Tuesday that they’ll heighten their fight with a novel walk called “To the capital in reverse."

Dominican National Police: A Deadly Tradition
by David Holmes MorrisUpside Down World
October 20th, 2010
Despite national and international outcry, the Dominican National Police are continuing their tradition of violent repression of dissidents at a time when protests are becoming more common across the country. Some recent incidents in El Cibao, the agricultural and mining region in the north, have resulted in the arrests of many demonstrators, a number of injuries by tear gas and gunshot, and one death.

Barrick hit by criminal gang
by PHILIP WALLER City AM
October 15th, 2010
African Barrick Gold yesterday slashed its 2010 production target for the second time in three months after claiming it had discovered alleged fuel theft at its new Buzwagi mine, sending its shares down.

Barrick Gold denies Dominican mine workers’ protest
Dominican Today
October 15th, 2010
The miner Barrick Gold’s local operation affirmed Thursday that the disturbances staged yesterday in the central town Cotuí, which the media reported as a protest by employees against that company on labor demands was in fact "a group of people who forcibly prevented its workers’ movements."

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

Protect Sacred Mt. Tenabo
September 23rd, 2010

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.

Internationally Significant Environment, not clapped-out cattle country
by Diet SimonIndependent Media Center Australia
Over the past three days Wiradjuri Traditional Owner, Neville 'Chappy' Williams has been back in the Land and Environment Court challenging Barrick Gold's expansion of its' cyanide leaching mine in Lake Cowal – the Sacred Heartland of the Wiradjuri Nation. “This is not a modification, it is a radical transformation which will destroy Aboriginal sites, including already registered sites and will further desecrate our country,” said Mr. Williams.

The Trouble with Billionaires by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks
by Linda McQuaig and Neil BrooksThe Toronto Star
September 10th, 2010

Students abandon school for gold, prostitution in Tarime
by Damas MwitaThis Day
August 24th, 2010
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.

Report Documents Poisoning Following Toxic Discharge from Barrick’s Porgera Mine
by Porgera Alliancehttp://www.porgeraalliance.net/2010/08/toxic-non-neutralized-tailings-emitted-from-barrick-gold-mines-villagers-poisoned-report-wtestimonies/
August 18th, 2010
Reports from Papua New Guinea detail the aftermath of an unusually high discharge of un=neutralized waste at Barrick Gold’s Porgera mine. The discharge – which reportedly occurred on July 27, 2010 – poisoned dozens of locals, whose accounts are documented in a recent report produced by the Porgera Alliance, a coalition of human rights and landowner groups.

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.

Tribe Loses Court Battle to Stop Gold Mine on Mount Tenabo
Native Strength
June 24th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, California, June 22, 2010 (ENS) – An Indian tribe, an indigenous rights support group and a mining watchdog group have failed in their joint court bid to block the expansion of a gold mine in northeastern Nevada.

Campaign to Ban Cyanide in Latin America launched
Mines and Communitiesq
Civil society organisations, trade organisations and unions, communities, academics and governments are being called on to strive for the banning of the use of cyanide in mining activities throughout Latin America, based on the information that accompanies this campaign launch.

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.

Reko Diq still in play
by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, development analyst in PakistanAsia Times Online
June 11th, 2010
KARACHI - Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), which is battling to keep control of the multi-billion dollar Reko Diq copper and gold project in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, says it is still in talks with officials after moves by the provincial government to cancel its US$3.2 billion development deal with the company. The Balochistan government holds a 25% interest in the project. It recently decided to take over the Reko Diq project after announcing in December that it was scrapping its deal with TCC. The company holds the remaining 75% interest in Reko Diq and since the original exploration contract was signed has become co-owned by Canada's Barrick Gold and Chilean copper miner Antofagasta.

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.

Barrick Gold moves to block mining book
CBC News
May 12th, 2010
The threat of legal action from mining giant Barrick Gold has forced Vancouver-based Talonbooks to postpone publication of a book about the Canadian mining industry.

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.

On the frontline of climate change
This week's massive climate conference in Bolivia played host to a geographically diverse group of diplomats from the US, well-versed in advancing tough negotiating postures, and working within a framework of international treaties often not worth the paper they're printed on. The US delegation didn't come from the state department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the department of energy. Yet one delegate was given central billing in the inaugural event that kicked off the conference earlier in the week.

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.

Young Dominicans march against Barrick Gold
Dominican Today
April 1st, 2010
Marching under a blazing sun, a group of about 50 young people left the capital yesterday en route to Cotuí, with the aim of camping outside the Barrick Gold Mining Company to demand the cancellation of their contract with the Dominican government.

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.

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