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Canada-Honduras FTA Will Deepen Conflict Although the FTA has not yet been implemented, Canadian investments are already contributing to social conflict in Honduras, particularly in the mining, export manufacturing and tourism sectors. The Canadian government provided technical assistance and support for the General Mining and Hydrocarbons Law, passed in January 2013. Notably, the new mining […]

From Chaparral Respects No Borders: As people across the world honor the twentieth anniversary of the Zapatista Liberation Army rising up in response to the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), resistance continues, most notably against resource extraction and other infrastructure. Meanwhile, what some call “NAFTA on steroids,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]

The following article from Upside Down World examines the connection between extractive industries, big infrastructure, and rights abuses in Colombia. Although the particular relationships between extraction and Colombia’s government, paramilitary and guerrilla groups are unique to that region, the larger relationship between large-scale extraction and violence is depressingly consistent worldwide. For those of you inclined […]

Free Trade Agreements are a major tool that wealthy nations use to secure their access to the resources they need to maintain their high levels of consumption and their place at the top of the global power structure. Along with the infrastructure to move goods from poor countries to rich countries, FTAs are a major […]

From Upside Down World: Source: Americas Program Written by Raúl Zibechi Tuesday, 29 October 2013 A decision of the Chilean Supreme Court has suspended operations at Barrick Gold’s gold mine, Pascula Lama. Monsanto had to halt construction of a seed plant in Córdoba because of widespread opposition from the population. Large extractive companies begin to […]

A new report from the World Bank admits that while pursuit of extractivist economic models has led to economic growth in Africa, poverty and inequality remain widespread. From Common Dreams: Francisco Ferreira, Acting Chief Economist for the World Bank Africa Region, states, “Africa grew faster in the last decade than most other regions,” with a […]

More fossil fuel-related news, courtesy of the Earth First! Newswire: Oregon: New Coalition Opposes Fossil Fuel Shipments at Land Board Meeting New TransCanada Ad: Rioting is the Only Solution Wash. Plans to Pull Permits for 2 Oil Train Hubs Why Are Coal Industry PR Pros Laughing About Climate Change in Private Talks on Export Terminals?

A new report (Spanish here)from Rights Action analyzes the role played by transnational investment in the ongoing repression and criminalization of indigenous communities in Honduras. Note that the Agua Zarca dam, which the report focuses on,  is part of the planned Central American electric integration initiative (SIEPAC), which may be familiar to those of you […]

The following article from DeSmog Blog examines the growing, fracking-driven threat of U.S. natural gas exports, and how the whole situation will be worsened if the United States joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. What a Secretly-Negotiated Free Trade Agreement Could Mean for Fracking in the U.S. A trade agreement being secretly negotiated by […]

From Truth-Out: Washington, DC – This afternoon, September 23rd, protesters concerned about the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) covered the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative with banners calling for a democratic process and a release of the treaty’s text. The group, which included members of, Backbone Campaign, Veterans for Peace, CODEPINK, and Earth First!, say that […]

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