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Canadians have heard almost nothing from the dominant media about Banro's violent quest for billions of dollars in minerals. The little that has been reported is mostly the company justifying its operations. But where are the voices of ordinary Congolese? Don't they deserve to be heard?
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Mining companies headquartered in Canada have been implicated in human rights violations around the world, some involving egregious abuses like sexual violence, forced displacement and extrajudicial killings.
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Imagine if a corporation had to justify its existence beyond making money for capitalists. What would happen if a social balance sheet, as well as financial one, had to be filed every year and companies continually in a deficit position would eventually disappear?
Everyone truly concerned about African impoverishment should point their fingers at the Canadian firms controlling the continent's resources and offer solidarity to those sisters and brothers fighting for African resources to be controlled by and for Africans.
John McKay says Canada's reputation is suffering because of its mining companies' behaviour abroad.
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VANCOUVER — B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO) has halted operations at its El Limon Mine in Nicaragua after violence linked to an ongoing blockade left a national police officer dead and several people injured....
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Canadian policy in Africa can be summed up in nine words: Do what is good for Canadian-owned mining companies. Despite rhetoric about aid to the poorest people in the world, the Harper Conservatives have worked assiduously to ensure that Canadian corporations profit from Africa's vast mineral resources.
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"A country could not just provide corporate identity to a company and then be unperturbed by whatever the company could do around the world."
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OAXACA, Mexico - The recent theft of $10.7 million worth of gold from a mine in Mexico has cast a spotlight on the risks of operating in the country.The armed robbery of McEwen Mining's El Gallo mine...
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OTTAWA - It's taken almost a decade of loud, often unwelcome advocacy, but the federal government appears to finally recognize that Canada's international brand needs a little spit and polish.In back-...
Canada’s mining industry has put its weight behind a push for companies to publicly disclose the government payments they make at home and abroad. The move is part of an effort to stop corruption and...
Everyone knows the Conservative government is an unabashed supporter of corporations and foreign investors. They have slashed environmental oversight; attacked labour unions; opened the telecommunications sector up to majority foreign ownership; tripled the financial threshold point where the government must do a "net benefit" test of a foreign corporate takeover. Clearly, big business has gotten almost everything it has wanted from Harper's Conservatives. What should we learn from the fact that it still pushes for more? Perhaps a simple truth about capitalism: There is never enough profit.
Following a seven-week-standoff with landowners in Durango State, Mexico, security forces have moved to disperse a blockade at a mine owned by Toronto-based Excellon Resources, a local human rights gr...
The blockade outside La Platosa — a high-grade, Canadian-owned silver mine in the northeastern Mexican state of Durango — is by all accounts a peaceful protest. Since early July, about 70 community me...