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  • From Ontario to Oaxaca: How to kick a mining company out of your community

    While geographically distant, these two communities have come through their respective struggles having learned some similar lessons about the mining industry, the governments that support it, and the steps that can be taken to reclaim power and defend their homes.

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  • The Dissociative State of Nunavut

    The story of how Nunavut was opened up to the nuclear industry stands as a warning to Indigenous peoples elsewhere: the settlement of Indigenous rights claims can result in the emergence of a managerial and petty bourgeois elite whose class instincts are to cozy up to capital.

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  • The North

    The North has long been seen as a defining ideal of Canada. We are a “northern” country on the world stage and like to see ourselves in the long European tradition of “hardy” northerners. Yet 90 percent of the Canadian population lives in its southern belt, within a few hundred kilometres of the US border, in urban or agricultural areas that bear little resemblance to the northern regions of Canada.

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  • While we mine for gold, others strive for justice.

    Canadians vie for it, want it, and when they play hockey, they demand it. Gold. For most Canadians it’s a medal they would like to see hanging around Sidney Crosby’s neck. But that gold, silver, nickel or bronze comes from somewhere, and invariably, when it is produced there is a cost, and not just the money required to purchase the bling.

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  • Falling into a Burning Ring of Fire

    The last line of common sense seems to be some 20 First Nations whose territories will be impacted one way or another.

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  • What if Natives Stop Subsidizing Canada?

    There is a prevailing myth that Canada’s more than 600 First Nations and native communities live off of money — subsidies — from the Canadian government. This myth, though it is loudly proclaimed and widely believed, is remarkable for its boldness; widely accessible, verifiable facts show that the opposite is true. Indigenous people have been subsidizing Canada for a very long time.

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  • Colombia:  Extractive Capital and Peace Negotiations

    Santos has bet his entire economic strategy on the large scale, long-term growth of foreign extractive capital; and this has led him to accept the FARC’s offer to enter into peace negotiations, even if it means recognizing the insurgency as a legitimate belligerent. What Santos has failed to secure in the battlefield—the guaranteed security of the terrain of extractive capital—he hopes to attain via the ‘peace process.’ Santos is counting on the international interlocutors, and sectors of the liberal academic community and human rights groups to pressure the FARC to accept a “peace settlement” in which most of the essential socio-economic reforms are excluded.

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  • No Silver Medal

    Civil disobedience has halted production at Mexico’s “top grade producer of silver.” Farmers of the La Sierrita village, a close knit community of about 50 families, located 40 minutes north of the city of Gómez Palacio, Durango, have shut down the La Platosa mine owned by Canadian firm Excellon Resources for over a month.

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  • Nueva Esperanza

    It’s still not entirely clear why the eviction of Nueva Esperanza took place when it did. The official reason for the eviction was that the people of Nueva Esperanza were illegally occupying private property. Others say it was a move by the Colom government to clear the area as part of Cuatro Balam, a mega-project in Peten that includes the promotion of tourism in the region.

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  • Dispatches from Rio+20

    On 15 June, our first day at the organized Rio+20 events, a group of about 30 Friends of the Earth International delegates headed out on a bus to Santa Cruz, Pedra de Guaratiba, a community located just outside of Rio de Janeiro. Santa Cruz is one of seven communities surrounding Rio that will receive international guests as part of the Toxic Tour organized by Friends of the Earth, Justica Global, (Global Justice) Associacao Homens do Mar (Association of Ocean People) and twelve other organizations.

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