By Pratap Chatterjee
Adrian Elcuj Miranda, a judge in Buenos Aires, has ordered the seizure of Chevron’s assets in Argentina, to force the company to pay a $19 billion penalty for polluting the Amazon in Ecuador. The plaintiffs are seeking similar legal action in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and other countries.
Chevron – a Northern California-based oil and gas company – merged with another company named Texaco in 2001 whose actions are the basis of the lawsuit. Between 1964 and 1992 Texaco admitted to dumping more than 16 billion gallons of toxic “water of formation” into the streams and rivers of the Ecuadorean Amazon that were used by local inhabitants for their drinking water sickening indigenous tribespeople and farmers.
Some 900 open-air toxic waste pits still dot the area, where approximately 9,000 people are expected to contract cancer unless it is cleaned up, according to a study by Dr. Daniel Rourke, former of the Rand Corporation.
Lying Down For Justice: The POSCO Satyagraha in Pictures
By POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti
Here is an excerpt from an article by S.G.Vombatkere “Lying Down For Justice Children Show The Way”
“The people and especially the children of Dhinkia, Gadkujang, Govindpur and Nuagaon villages in Jagatsinghpur District in Odisha have shown the nation how people matter over governments’ plans for development of business corporations at their cost. The children ‘illegally’ lay down on the hot earth under in the blazing summer heat and refused to move to allow entry to government officials to take over forest land and their villages for the POSCO mega-project.
“This was in the face of around 1,000 policemen armed with lathis, tear gas and rifles threatening dire consequences if the villages were not vacated, making loudspeaker announcements every 15 minutes. Apprehending night or dawn attack by the police, the people have also been maintaining overnight vigils. This situation prevails not for one or two days but for two weeks, during which normal life in the villages is completely disrupted; the area is essentially in a ‘state of war.’ But the people have been strictly peaceful throughout and have been able to withstand the Odisha government’s terror tactics that work towards the strategy of acquiring the land for POSCO in terms of the MoU signed in 2005.”
By Jeff Biggers
Hundreds of marchers are peacefully re-enacting the historic March on Blair Mountain this week in a nonviolent celebration to remind the nation that the safety and health of coal miners and coal mining communities must be placed above the profit interests of union-busting absentee coal companies.
If the safety, health and civil rights of all Americans are protected by the same laws, then our nation’s President and lawmakers are obliged by the staggering health and human rights crises and mounting deathtoll in the central Appalachian coalfields to call for an immediate moratorium on all mountaintop removal operations.
Posted in Economy Economics, Energy, Environment, Healthcare, Land Grab, Obama and Company
Tagged appalachia, blair mountain project, Coal, economics, Healthcare, Land Rights, mining, profits vs people, water rights
By Alex Beauchamp
Food & Water Watch
Last week the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, in our state parks. This risky drilling process will turn our pristine state parks into industrial parks, but we’ve got a chance to stop it in the state Senate. Can you contact your state senator today?
What will drilling in state parks mean for you? It could be devastating for Ohio’s drinking water.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Healthcare
Tagged Environment, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, hydrofracking, mining, Natural GAs, ohio, public parks, Water contamination, water rights
By Survival International
Survival International’s film ‘Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain’ has won the award for ‘Best Short’ in the category of International Human Rights at the Artivist Film Festival to be held in Hollywood.
‘Mine’, narrated by British actress and activist, Joanna Lumley, depicts the struggle of the Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa, India, to save their sacred mountain from Vedanta Resources’ proposed open pit bauxite mine. In August, the Dongria Kondh won an historic victory as India’s environment minister blocked the controversial mine.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: India
Tagged avatar tribe, capitalism vs people, film award, india tribes, Land Rights, mining, Resistance
They can file a charge posthumously against Jawaharlal Nehru, too
By Arundhati Roy
My reaction to today’s court order directing the Delhi Police to file an FIR against me for waging war against the state: Perhaps they should posthumously file a charge against Jawaharlal Nehru too. Here is what he said about Kashmir:
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: India
Tagged arundhati roy, avatar tribe, corporations vs people, Environment, free speech, freedom, genocide, global war on tribes, kashmir, Land Grab, Land Rights, mining, secession
Canada’s Parliament Buckles under Weight of Mining Industry
By Paul Weinberg
The corporate clout of the mining industry trumped political ideology in Canada when members of all political parties helped to narrowly defeat a bill late last month that would have imposed standards on Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries.
Andhra Pradesh State Police assassinate tribal people on behalf of mining corporations.
By Arundhati Roy
The first step towards re-imagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination—an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as communism. An imagination which has an altogether different understanding of what constitutes happiness and fulfillment. To gain this philosophical space, it is necessary to concede some physical space for the survival of those who may look like the keepers of our past, but who may really be the guides to our future, writes Arundhati Roy.
Posted in Land Grab, Region: India, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged adilabad, Andhra Pradesh State Police, arundhati roy, bauxite, class war, Dandakaranya forest, first peoples, india tyranny, indigenous rights, Land Grab, mining, Narmada Valley, police brutality, profits vs people
By Robert C. Koehler
The gap between the diffuse human yearning for a decent world and the organized agenda of the corporatocracy has never, in my lifetime, been wider.
I continue to be unable to turn away from the Gulf and what seems to be the unceremonious ushering in of a new age, a new awareness — or maybe just the beginning of the end of our amped-up, gated, reckless civilization . . . and all that has a chance to come after it.
What the spill has yet to reach are the headquarters of corporate power and the consciences ensconced therein. The arrogance of the great capitalists remains undamaged, as they busy themselves with post-disaster job one: fending off what they fear will be a tide of market-fettering regulations and restrictions curbing their freedom to plunder the planet.
Posted in Animals, BP oil Gulf, Economy Economics, Energy, Environment, War and Peace
Tagged bob koehler, BP oil catastrophe, drilling, economy, ecoterrorism, Environment, ice caps, mining, precautionary principle, profit vs people, profit vs planet, rogue capitalism, toxic dispersant rain, wars of domination
By Andre Damon and Samuel Davidson
World Socialist Web Site
Miners, their family members and neighbors spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the conditions that led to Monday’s deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.
Tom, 52, a disabled worker who lives down the road from the Upper Big Branch mine, spoke of how Massey Energy Company controls the lives of the people in the area. “I grew up here,” he said, “and when we were kids we used to go and play on that mountain. Now it is all private property. If you go up there they want to arrest you for trespassing.
Posted in Economy Economics, Energy, Labor
Tagged exploitation, massey energy company, mine wars, mining, mining disaster, Neoliberalism, production first safety second, profits over people, west virginia mine collapse, wsws
By Ezili Danto
Did the mining of Haiti’s riches since 2004 GW Bush regime change cause the earthquake? Listen to Ezili Dantò on mining Haiti’s riches and concern for environmental degradation by the foreign companies. (Read the transcript with reference links.)
“The idea that human activity can cause seismic activity is widely accepted in the scientific community …the connection between oil production and earthquakes dates back to at least the 1920s, when geologists in South Texas noted faulting near the Goose Creek oil field…A 1967 human-triggered earthquake in western India linked to the Koyna Dam registered a 7.0 earthquake.”
Since the earthquake, I’ve had occasion to ponder, like many others, about what may have caused this heretofore-unknown natural disaster in Haiti? Continue reading
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, NWO
Tagged drilling, environmental degradation, fossil fuel, Haiti, imperialism, manmade earthquake, mining, neocolonialism, oil, tectonics
By Survival International
News from around the globe on resistance to the New World Order, as multinational corporations use deadly force to seize land for resource extraction.
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Region: Africa, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged amazon deforestation, colombia tribe, genocide, Land Grab, logging, mining, napalm, Neoliberalism, New World Order, peru tribe, tribal rights