BOLIVIA PUSHES BACK AGAINST GLENCORE

by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero, CorpWatch Blog

Glencore corporation, the secretive Swiss commodities giant which has become one of the world’s biggest traders of grain, oil and minerals, has hit an unlikely roadblock: one of South America’s poorest countries. On June 22, the Bolivian government seized the company’s Colquiri tin and zinc mine, south of the capital city of La Paz.

Colquiri was the third Glencore operation to be nationalized by Bolivia in the last five years. In 2007 the government seized the Empresa Metalurgica Vinto zinc smelter and in 2010, the government seized the Vinto-Antimonio antimony smelter.

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Innu protest Plan Nord

Innu people from the community of ManiUtenam, near the Quebec city of Sept Isle, held a 360-kilometer cross-country march on a Hydro Quebec dam construction site on the Romaine River. Quebec’s ambitious Plan Nord mega-development scheme has sparked indigenous and… Read moreInnu protest Plan Nord

QUEBEC INNU PROTEST PLAN NORD

by Alexis Lathem, Toward Freedom

On the morning of June 10, a group of Innu people from the community of ManiUtenam, near the Quebec city of Sept Isle, set out on a 360 kilometer march towards a Hydro Quebec dam construction site on the Romaine River. Dressed in florescent vests, they departed from an encampment at the entrance to the reserve, beside Route 138, the only major road in the region, where the group has maintained a continual protest since the end of April.

Impossible to miss as vehicles pass along the route, the encampment strikingly asserts the presence of the Innu—who have been consistently ignored by governments and developers as they continue to encroach upon Innu territory.

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Putin: victory to NATO in Afghanistan!

Vladimir Putin called upon NATO to stay in Afghanistan until it has prevailed over the insurgency. He spoke at the inauguration of a new NATO transit hub at Ulyanovsk.