BHP Billiton employees face criminal charges on Brazil dam disaster

BHP Billiton employees face criminal charges on Brazil dam disaster

Originally posted by The Guardian. By Rob Davies. Eight employees of BHP Billiton face criminal charges over the Samarco dam collapse a year ago that left 19 people dead and hundreds homeless, amid accusations that the company put profit before safety. Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday charged 26 people, 21 for...

Indigenous Protests in Brazil to Protect Their Territories

Indigenous Protests in Brazil to Protect Their Territories

  • Written on: 20 May 2016
  • Posted under: Videos

This video, by AJ+, gives a quick low-down on the indigenous protests in Brazil against the proposed change to the constitution which would allow the government to demarcate sacred indigenous territories for mining and other extractive activities....

A Message of Solidarity to the People of Mariana, Brazil

A Message of Solidarity to the People of Mariana, Brazil

Formulated during the COP21 climate conference, this letter of solidarity from Yes to Life, No to Mining goes out to the people of Mariana, and all those who live along the Rio Doce in Brazil, who are victims of the recent Samarco tailings dam disaster. (Portuguese & French translations below.) The...

Report: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change

Report: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change

Report by World Resources Institute.   This report looks at forest territories in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It finds that those territories which are managed by indigenous and local communities are ecologically more resilient and produce less carbon than those which are not. Furthermore, it provides recommendations that indigenous...

Footage Showing aftermath of Mining Dam Collapse in Brazil

Footage Showing aftermath of Mining Dam Collapse in Brazil

  • Written on: 10 November 2015
  • Posted under: Videos

Video published originally by RT on 06/11/15.   Aerial footage shows the devastating impact that the breach of the tailings dam had on the town of Bento Rodrigues. The toxic mud threw cars onto roofs, flooded the streets and surrounded area and 27 people are presumed dead. The mine was...

Deforestation in Peru: Building a dramatic future in the Amazon and the Andean Region

Deforestation in Peru: Building a dramatic future in the Amazon and the Andean Region

Originally published by Council on Hemispheric Affairs on 28/09/2015. [For references, go to source]     Since the election of President Ollanta Humala in Peru in 2011 priority has been given to neoliberal policies, free trade agreements, integration into the Pacific market through the Pacific Alliance (with Mexico, Colombia and Chile),...

#StopBeloSun

#StopBeloSun

Originally posted by Amazon Watch. To watch in Portuguese, click here. This week a global coalition of organizations to launch a campaign in defense of indigenous and traditional communities threatened by the Canadian mining company Belo Sun. The Toronto-based company plans to build Brazil’s largest gold mine on the banks of...

Social Cartography: opportunities for social movements, activism and resistance in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Social Cartography: opportunities for social movements, activism and resistance in South Africa and Zimbabwe

In this article Juliana Thornton (YLNM Coordinator for Southern Africa) and Sharon Chipunza report on how social mapping methodologies that have taken root in Brazil offer opportunities for communities everywhere to come together, make their knowledge visible, and protect their land from the extractive industries.   A project based at...