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A video from Project Accompaniment Québec-Guatemala, for the divestment campaign The Money Thread. In Guatemala, the canadian mining company Tahoe Resources, funded in part by Canadians and Quebecois' pension funds, is leading a very violent, controversial and destructive mining project, El Escobal. The activist and lawyer Rafal Malonado tells us about it, during his visit in Montreal in March 2014. Visit THEMONEYTHREAD.ORG
Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe A Canadian mining company stands accused of violating human rights and damaging the environment in Guatemala. As the price of gold has rocketed amidst global economic uncertainty, Goldcorp argues it is sharing its record revenues with an impoverished community by providing jobs and economic development. The company owns the Marlin mine in Guatemala, which was opened in 2005 despite the objections of indiginous communities. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people's lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a 'voice to the voiceless.' Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 ...
Many sectors of the global economy may be struggling in the recession, but precious metals remain a valuable commodity. Over the last 10 years, the price of gold has risen sharply, peaking at $1,921 an ounce in September and now hovering around $1,730 an ounce. In the first of a four-part series on how people are taking extreme measures to get their hands on precious metals, Al Jazeera takes a look at Guatemalans who are braving dangerous conditions to search for gold. David Mercer reports from Guatemala City, the capital.
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Rights activists and residents have accused the Canadian owners of Guatemala's largest gold mine of exploiting local communities. Most worrying, they say, is the use of highly toxic cyanide to separate gold particles from the rock. Some residents claim that dangerous waste from the mine is making their children sick. Al Jazeeras David Mercer reports from San Miguel Ixtahuacan.
Oscar Morales, Coordinator of the Committee in Defense of Life and Peace in San Rafael Las Flores in Guatemala, speaks about his community's struggle to defend their rights and protect their livelihoods and well-being in the context of the Escobal silver mine operated by Canadian-based Tahoe Resources. During his visit in Washington, DC, Oscar met with US Congressional Offices, the State Department, and civil society to raise awareness of the impacts of US and transnational investments in fomenting violence and conflict in Guatemalan communities.
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In November 2010, Museum Curator George E. Harlow embarked on a Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition to the Montagua Valley in central Guatemala, a fault zone rich in the precious mineral, jadeite jade. Dr. Harlow and his team of geologists hiked along riverbeds and steep outcrops, collecting rock samples that might provide clues to the evolution of the Caribbean region. The Caribbean originated 120 million years ago, when areas of volcanic islands and ocean floor squeezed past Mexico and South America. In what's known as the Guatemala suture zone, the boundary between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates, geologists have found remnants of both a plate collision and a subduction zone, where an oceanic plate plunged into Earth's mantle. The high pressures of subduction zones help...
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A Canadian-owned mine in Guatemala. A nearby indigenous community evicted. If you talk to the company, the community is solidly behind them. But according to a special documentary report not everyone agrees. For the company's side of the story, Avi talks to Andrew Grant of Skye Resources Limited in Vancouver.
Like many other land protectors in Latin America, Rodrigo Tot and his community have paid a price in their efforts to defend the lands of the Q'eqchi people. Five centuries after resisting Spanish colonizers, they continue to resist the Guatamalan government and multinationals which want to invade their ancestral lands. https://videosenglish.telesurtv.net/video/656491/indigenous-anti-mining-activist-in-guatemala-wins-award/
This video is of a painting I made of my interpretation of mining struggles, particularly from what I witnessed on a recent field school to Guatemala. This painting was inspired by the people of San Jose del Golfo, and their peaceful protest against a Radius Gold (Canada) subsidiary. Check out rightsaction.org or amnesty.ca for more information or to get involved! I do not own the music: it is by William Ross from the soundtrack 'Tuck Everlasting.'
For broadcast quality material of this reel or to know more about our Public Domain collection, contact us at email@example.com [Post-WWII - 1946, Guatemala: Gold Mining W/ Supplies By Air From Nicaragua.] Intertitle: Mining By Air. TACA Airlines DC-3s loaded from oxcart on grassy field at La Completa (?), Nicaragua. Aircraft fitted w/ JATO tank. LS of takeoff. 22:56:06 MS in cockpit. 22:56:09 Aerial over crater of Suena mine in Guatemala. DC-3 landing uphill towards camera. 22:56:30 Large steam shovel loading large dump truck. View across mine; crushing machine, concentration unit & native working with cyanide reduction tank. Europeans loading 50 lb gold bricks. Plane taking off past camera & other photographers. Remote Mining; Ecology; Safety; Dangerous Work; Supplyin...
Brief interview with Brad Lawton of Denver Justice and Peace Committee, who will be leading a delegation of people interested in finding out what is really going on with the mining mega corporations in Guatemala. The trip will take place in February of 2011.
A 'march,' designed to emulate grassroots demonstrations but organized by the mining industry, made its way through the heart of Guatemala City, with banners asking for more mining in the country. A bulletin that describes this event, written by the Peasant Workers Movement (Movimiento de Trabajadores Campesinos - MTC) in San Marcos Guatemala, can be found here: http://www.miningwatch.ca/en/where-did-mining-companies-ethics-go