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Rafael Correa, Marx and extractivism

By Joan Martinez-Alier. President Rafael Correa of Ecuador asks when and where Marx criticizes mega-mining. In various interviews, Correa, the mouthpiece of mega-mining and the expansion of oil exploitation, has …

New Political Spaces in Latin American Natural Resource Governance

This book examines how natural resources are governed and struggled over in Latin America. It questions the idea the ‘post-neoliberal’ governance label and illustrates the enduring constraints on democratic and …

President Rafael Correa against the environmentalists

By Joan Martinez-Alier (Quito, 19 February 2013) President Rafael Correa, of Ecuador, was re-elected Sunday 17 February 2013 with 57 per cent of the vote. This was a fair election. Environmentalists …

The Colombian mining locomotive has halted

by Joan Martínez-Alier. President Santos of Colombia continues to preach the virtues of what he calls the “mining locomotive” of the economy, based mainly on coal, nickel and gold. But this …

Sensitive South African peatland threatened by mining

By Franz Fuls. Lakenvlei is one of the largest and deepest peatlands in South Africa. It is under threat from planned diamond and coal mining. Sources and wetlands may be affected …

Madagascar: Local protests against Rio Tinto

By Vahinala Douguet1 When protestors kept 200 workers from Rio Tinto hostage in their own mining site, including the boss of Rio Tinto in Madagascar, a mining conflict reached its boiling …

Local referendums on mining: the Kañaris in Peru

By Joan Martinez-Alier. Latin America has turned to local referendums in mining conflicts. The precursors include Tambogrande in northern Peru, and Esquel in Patagonia in Argentina a little over ten …

The ban on iron mining in Goa

On 5th October 2012, iron mining was banned by the Supreme Court of India in the little state of Goa. The former Portuguese colony is divided into a prosperous coastal …

David VanWyk on South Africa 2

South Africa causes 98% of air pollution in Africa and 86% of waste in Africa – mainly due to the heavy impacts of mining. The Marikana Massacre in South Africa was followed …

Successful resistance movements against mining in the Sierra de Puebla (Mexico)

By Joan Martinez Alier. At the end of November 2012, time has accelerated in the popular struggles against gold mining and also against hydroelectric projects in the Sierra Norte of the …

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