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.
Gwen Schulman and Doug Miller take a look at new mining pollutants that may get dumped into lake Malawi.
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.
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.
Mining Watch Canada’s Jamie Kneen talks to Gwen Schulman about the recent disclosure of a secretive mechanism African Barrick Gold has put in place to manage grievances at its North Mara gold mine in Tanzania.
The geostrategic importance of the Afar’s traditional territory along the Red Sea has placed them in the cross-hairs of Horn of Africa politics and conflicts. With the secession of Eritrea in 1991, their situation has worsened. To explore the roots of this conflict and the Afars’ efforts to chart a different future, Gwen Schulman spoke to Ahmed Youssouf Mohamed, a Canadian of Afar origin and head of the foreign mission of the Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization; and Joseph Magnet, Professor of Law at University of Ottawa, Legal Counsel for the Afar people and Legal Counsel for the Government of Afar State in Ethiopia.
Amandla’s Gwen Schulman interviews Jamie Kneen of Mining Watch about a recent parliamentary paper on CIDA’s (scary) role in the world.
Amandla team members Avi Kanji and Doug Miller look at the situation of South African miners who have been fighting for their rights and fighting big mining companies for several months.
After a 7 month fact finding mission in South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, independent journalists Tamara Herman and Susi Porter-Bopp who are working on a documentary film project focusing on Canadian mining activities in Africa return to Canada to share some of the most hard-hitting interviews they made. Amandla’s Gwen Schulman speaks to them.
From Amandla on CKUT in Montreal: Pambazuka news coordinator Firoze Manji speaks of the significance of Walter Rodney’s 1972 classic How Europe underdeveloped Africa.