Eritreans win right to challenge the corporate use of conscript labour in a Canadian court

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In a recent ruling in a British Columbia appeals court, 3 Eritrean refugees pushed back against Canadian mining company Nevsun Resources, and convinced a court to hear their claims that Nevsun has been using conscript labour at its mine in Bisha, Eritrea. Gwen Schulman talks to Eritrean activist Daniel Tseghay about this important, precedent-setting case.

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Unlearning and Remembering: Putting History back into the struggle against mining exploitation in Tanzania

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Gwen Schulman talks to journalist Zahra Moloo about her article “All That Glitters: Neoliberal Violence, Small-Scale Mining, and Gold Extraction in Northern Tanzania,” in the recently published collection Against Colonization and Rural Disposession, edited by Dip Kapoor .

Rising tensions at Canadian mining site in Madagascar

Madagascar has thrown its doors open to foreign mining interests and Canadian mining companies have stepped right in, to ill effect.

Gwen Schulman talks to Jamie Kneed of Canadian Mining Watch on growing tension between farmers in Vohitsara, in Eastern Madagascar, and Canadian company DNI Metals exploring graphite ore deposits in the country.

More recent mining violations shake Tanzania

Gwen Shulman speaks to Catherine Coumans from Mining Watch Canada about recent violations involving Barrick Gold’s Tanzanian subsidiary Acacia mining. Since 2011 there have been reports of abuses around the mine. Catherine Coumans returns from a recent visit there.

Long term archive is also found here

Memorial for Andimba Toivo wa Toivo – Namibian freedom fighter

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A founder of SWAPO, militant leader, and respected statesman, Toivo wa Toivo spent 16 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other movement militants who regarded him as one of the most stubbornly principled fighters in the struggle. On his release from prison on the eve of independence, he returned home to a hero’s welcome and then refused to descend into the hurley burley of political power struggles. He, nonetheless, stayed at the table as a cabinet minister where his wisdom as an elder and a prison graduate held great sway.

Montreal-based documentary filmmaker Ole Gjerstad shot a documentary film about Andimba in 1989-90, Toivo Child of Hope, which can be viewed here. Ole talks about Andibma and his role in the struggle for the national liberation of Namibia.

Stolen resources from the Western Sahara arriving in Vancouver

In an exclusive interview with Erik Hagen from Western Sahara Resource Watch, and just as a ship containing stolen resources from the Western Sahara arrives in Vancouver, we look at Canada’s involvement in supporting the illegal export of phosphates from the occupied land.

 

See also the recent report P for plunder

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Mining Justice Alliance demonstrates against Nevsun

Canadian mining activity in Africa is dogged by poor labour and environmental practices. But it hits a new low when it relies on government commissioned conscripted labour. Amandla’s Gwen Schulman talks to Daniel Tseghay, a Vancouver organizer of Eritrean descent with Mining Justice Alliance, about Canadian mining corporation Nevsun Resources’ reliance on conscription labour at its Bisha gold and copper mine in Eritrea.

Will the Paladin mine destroy lake Malawi?

Gwen Schulman and Doug Miller take a look at new mining pollutants that may get dumped into lake Malawi.

Looking at the case of the North Mara gold mine in Tanzania

The relationship between the mining company African Barrick Gold and the communities of North Mara, Tanzania is a story of intimidation, sexual abuse, death and  poverty. Amandla’s Gwen Schulman talks to filmmaker Tamara Herman on the history of the conflict and recent developments that point to new strategies to seek justice and change.

Eritrea, migrants, Lampedusa and Israel

Doug Miller examines the connection between Canada’s deportation of the Eritrean consul-general in Toronto, mass drownings of Eritreans off the Italian coast and the cruel treatment of thousands of Eritrean refugees at an official level in states of the fortress Europe rich countries and locally by kidnappers and traffickers, as desperate refugees flee the exploitation they face in their brutalized homeland.