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Human Rights / Mining

‘I still have the will to struggle’ – life after La Puya eviction in Guatemala

Early in the morning of 23 May 2014, scores of riot police and heavy machinery arrived at La Puya, a peaceful anti-mining protest camp in San José del Golfo, Guatemala. The convoy tried to enter the Tambor mining site, which has been blockaded by protesters over the past two years. Yolanda Oquelí has helped to lead … Continue reading

Cancellation of Mexican wind farm highlights flaw in green transition
Human Rights / Indigenous Issues

Cancellation of Mexican wind farm highlights flaw in green transition

By Jen Wilton Source: New Internationalist Mexico has the fastest-growing wind power industry in the world, making it an important case study in the first steps of a global transition towards renewable energy. However, in the windy Isthmus region of Oaxaca, this rapid growth has been accompanied by ongoing conflict and social unrest that puts … Continue reading

Canada’s pension fund heavily invested in dirty coal
Mining

Canada’s pension fund heavily invested in dirty coal

Written by Jen Wilton Originally published by The Dominion (Media Co-op Canada) London, UK—When many Canadians think about their pensions, they think about a long-deserved break, a chance to relax, a well-earned “thank you” for a lifetime of hard work. But the money that funds their monthly retirement cheques is dirtier than they realize, with … Continue reading

Indigenous Issues / Mining

Geographies of conflict: the rapid expansion of the extractive industries in Ghana and Peru

A new report launched today by Oxfam America and Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography maps the intersection between the extractive industries and agricultural land uses in Peru and Ghana, two countries that have seen dramatic growth in their mining and hydrocarbon sectors over the past decade. “Mapping shows that agriculture and extractive industries are increasingly occurring in … Continue reading

Change must come soon for Western Sahara youth
Human Rights

Change must come soon for Western Sahara youth

Originally posted on ROAR Magazine Written by Jen Wilton Sahrawi youths, having been denied a homeland by Morocco for years, are getting increasingly frustrated in their refugee camps in the Algerian Sahara. “As a member of the Sahrawi Students Union, I know that we have some young people who get frustrated,” explains Jalihena Mohamed, the … Continue reading

Mining

Wave of Indigenous resistance sweeps Colombia

Originally posted on LatinoRebels.com Written by Jen Wilton In the north-eastern tip of Colombia, fierce resistance to Cerrejón, one of the world’d largest open-pit coal mines, has seen indigenous communities block highways and railway lines in recent weeks. These protests take place in the context of a wider movement of indigenous people trying to safeguard … Continue reading