Multimedia

This page is dedicated to multimedia not located in the “VodPod” video widget.// Esta página se dedica a multimedia que no se encuentra en la caja “VodPod” (videos).

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El oro o la vida / Life for gold (Completo) Spanish with English subtitles

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A Message from Sister Maudilia of the Parish in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, San Marcos, Guatemala

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Message from Bishop Ramazzini from the Diocese of San Marcos, Guatemala

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New video on Marlin mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacán by OxfamAmerica:

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Nuevo video sobre la mina Marlin en San Miguel Ixtahuacán realizado por OxfamAmerica:

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=2141604355

“UNFINISHED BUSINESS”

The CBC writes: Two weeks ago there was an election in the small Central American country of Guatemala.  It was dubbed the oligarchs vs. the narco traffickers.  In the weeks leading up to the vote, armoured-car rentals went up by 70%; candidates were gunned down; more than 40 people were killed and no one was particularly surprised.

This is the background against which Canadian mining companies have been doing business for the past 50 years, right through the 36 year-long civil war, a war that killed two hundred thousand people, most of them indigenous Mayans.

For the most part, today’s violence revolves around the drug cartels and the mines.

Now, the anti-mining forces are fighting back in a new way.  Guatemalans are launching law suits in Canadian courts against Canadian mining companies.  The latest is a multi million dollar claim against HudBay Minerals filed by [Klippensteins law firm, in Toronto, on behalf of] 11 Mayan women allegedly raped when they were cleared off the land 4 years ago.  The law suits are a new tactic in an old war – a war over land: the government and the mining companies on one side, the Mayans and human rights workers on the other.

The radio report “Unfinished Business”:  http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=2141604355

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Open Pit Imperialism: Guatemala.” Bayron Figuerao speaks on Redeye: Vancouver Cooperative Radio. 22 minutes.

Redeye recorded a panel discussion addressing the role of Canadian mining companies in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. The event was organized in response to a donation by Goldcorp to SFU. Bayron Figuerao has witnessed firsthand the effects of Canadian imperialism in his country. Figueroa is a member of Unidad Revolucionario Nacional Guatemala-Canada.

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Goldcorp Donates $10 Million to SFU.” Jennifer Scott speaks on Redeye: Vancouver Cooperative Radio. 14 minutes.

Student and union activist Jennifer Scott talks with Redeye about opposition on campus and in the Downtown Eastside to a $10 million donation from Goldcorp, a company known for intimidation and displacement of indigenous people throughout Central America.

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CTV’s W5: Paradise Lost: Canadian Mining in Guatemala

Canadians have long prided themselves on the country’s international reputation. But, in places like Guatemala, where Canadian mining companies have set up, that good standing may be getting tarnished.

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Senador Jorge Enrique Robledo del Polo Democratico de Colombia sobre la gran mineria de Tajo (cielo) abierta, la mineria de empresas Canadienses, impactos ambientales, concessiones en zonas de proteccion ambientales, falta de auditoria estatal.

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Taseko Mines’ plans to convert Teztan Biny/Fish Lake into an impoundment reservoir for the mine’s toxic waste have generated both staunch support and fierce resistance.  The “Prosperity Mine” conflict raises what is becoming a familiar debate in rural resource-based economies in Canada: Who gets to determine whether a mining “boom” is worth a potential “bust”? Yet the battle for Teztan Biny/Fish Lake, which is located on Tsilhqot’in territory, is couched in a broader issue of First Nations rights and title in a context of continuing colonialism.

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Kristen Genovese. “Holding Goldcorp Accountable.” 2010. Redeye: Vancouver Cooperative Radio. 16 mins.

Kristen Genovese is an attorney with The Centre for International Environmental Law in Washington, DC. For the last 2 years she has been working with communities affected by Goldcorp’s mines. This week she joined several Central American activists to attend Goldcorp’s annual shareholder meeting in Toronto.

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Dawn Paley “Canadian mining companies in Guatemala” on Redeye: Vancouver Cooperative Radio. 2008. 14 mins.

Dawn Paley is a Canadian writer and activist. She is on a Rights Action speaking tour right now in Canada and north-west USA talking about North American mining companies. We caught up with her as she came through Vancouver.

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