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23.02.2022 - 07:39 [ Weißes Haus ]

FACT SHEET: Securing a Made in America Supply Chain for Critical Minerals


As the world transitions to a clean energy economy, global demand for these critical minerals is set to skyrocket by 400-600 percent over the next several decades, and, for minerals such as lithium and graphite used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, demand will increase by even more—as much as 4,000 percent. The U.S. is increasingly dependent on foreign sources for many of the processed versions of these minerals. Globally, China controls most of the market for processing and refining for cobalt, lithium, rare earths and other critical minerals.

23.02.2022 - 07:34 [ ]

China takes rare earth aim at Raytheon and Lockheed

Early this month, Washington approved a deal for the two firms to provide maintenance services to Taiwan’s missile defense systems worth US$100 million. The latest round of Chinese sanctions marks its third salvo, with previous punitive measures imposed in 2019 and 2020.

State media said without Chinese rare earth minerals, the two US firms’ production would be seriously disrupted.

23.02.2022 - 06:15 [ ]

Vladimir Putin controls the supply chain of western technology, so who is bluffing?

Putin has the means to cut off critical minerals and gases needed to sustain the West’s supply chain for semiconductor chips, upping the ante in the middle of a worldwide chip crunch.

Furthermore, he could hobble the aerospace and armaments industry in the US and Europe by restricting supply of titanium, palladium, and other metals.

If he controlled Ukraine, his control over key strategic minerals would be even more dominant, giving him leverage akin to Opec’s energy stranglehold in 1973.

27.10.2021 - 13:45 [ ]

What has the US-China trade ‘war’ achieved?


On July 6, 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally imposed a 25 per cent tariff on Chinese imports of around $34 billion, and further tariffs in 2018 and 2019 — claiming that trade between US and China had been unfairly skewed in China’s favour and needed to be rebalanced. The ostensible reason put forward was the persistence of what were called “unfair trade practices” and “technology theft” by China.

Thereafter, the trade war has continued into the administration of President Joe Biden, and morphed into a technology war, which is probably what it was always about.

27.10.2021 - 13:18 [ ]

China to create rare-earths giant by joining three state companies

(October 24, 2021)

China accounts for 60% of the world’s production of rare earths according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The top export destinations are Japan (49% by value) followed by the U.S. (15%), according to Chinese media.

For the Xi leadership, rare earths can also be used as a diplomatic trump card. When China protested Japan’s nationalization of the Senkaku Islands in 2010, Beijing stalled exports of rare earths as a means to pressure the Japanese side. The new move to restructure the rare-earth industry, therefore, may affect rare-earth supply to Japan and the U.S., analysts warn.

27.10.2021 - 13:06 [ ]

China says the West should respect its ‚own pace‘ as Europe and US face magnesium supply crisis

The paper said the magnesium shortage was not a simple issue that could be resolved by increasing production from China.

„Global supply chains face challenges of climate change targets, high inflation and logistics obstacles,“ it noted in an editorial on Monday.

27.10.2021 - 12:25 [ Bloomberg ]

China’s Curbs on Fertilizer Exports to Worsen Global Price Shock

(October 19, 2021)

Some Chinese fertilizer cargoes ready to be shipped are being held up by local authorities for additional checks or to obtain new export certificates, according to people familiar with the matter. The supplies will either end up being sold on the domestic market or face delays in being exported, said the people, who asked not to be named as they are not authorized to speak on the matter.

27.10.2021 - 12:18 [ Wisconsin State Farmer ]

China halts phosphate exports

(Sept 28, 2021)

“We’re in a trade war,” Ezinga said. “You’ve got a supply-restricted market today. Ten to 12 years ago, you had a demand-led market with some supply constraints. Logistics is a mess, but I feel pretty comfortable that we’re going to have the supply in the U.S. It’s just — at what price?”

20.10.2021 - 08:43 [ Financial Times ]

UK supply chain crisis to last until at least 2023, business leaders warn

With materials costs rising 30 to 40 per cent as the global economy struggles to reopen after Covid-19 shutdowns and international freight rates up 10-fold from pre-pandemic levels, manufacturing groups said inflation was now “baked in” to the UK economy.

Wright said inflation in the food and hospitality sector was running at a “terrifying” 14 to 18 per cent.

20.10.2021 - 08:03 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Factory Output Falls in Fresh Supply-Chain Warning

Production at U.S. factories fell by the most in seven months in September, in part reflecting a sharp pullback in the manufacturing of motor vehicles as well as broader backlogged supply chains and materials shortages.

20.10.2021 - 07:38 [ Wirtschaft / Twitter ]

China stoppt Magnesium-Produktion: Metallindustrie warnt schon vor Katastrophe – FOCUS Online: Wegen Elektrizitätsproblem will China in den kommenden Monaten die Produktion von Magnesium deutlich einschränken.


22.09.2021 - 18:48 [ teleSUR ]

Ecuador: Indigenous Peoples Demand Amnesty for Social Leaders

On Tuesday, Ecuador’s Indigenous Peoples Confederation (CONAIE) presented an amnesty bill for freeing 260 social leaders who took part in demonstrations against illegal mining and in the 2019 protests against President Lenin Moreno (2017-2021).

28.07.2021 - 16:45 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuela and Angola Deepen Cooperation for Mutual Benefit

On April 20 of this year, the Minister of People’s Power for Ecological Mining Development, Magaly Henríquez, met with Fernándes Da Costa, for the reactivation and consolidation of the strategic alliances between both nations, in the re-launching of Venezuela’s diamond production activity.

27.07.2021 - 18:53 [ Xinhuanet ]

Egypt signs contracts with Canadian firm for gold exploration

Meanwhile, Joel Holliday, president of the Barrick Gold Company, said they seek to build a strong and long-term partnership with Egypt, as „Egypt is on the way to build a strong mineral industry.“

15.05.2021 - 16:16 [ Xinhuanet ]

Sierra Leone approves China Kingho railway, port lease agreement

The agreement will allow Kingho Railway and Port Company Limited to manage and operate the infrastructure of the railway and Pepel Port for haulage and export of Kingho Mining Company’s iron ore out of the country, it said.

12.05.2021 - 16:52 [ teleSUR ]

Argentineans Reject Mega-Mining in Chubut Province

Over 30,000 people signed an initiative seeking to prohibit mining activity in the region. The local parliament, however, rejected the petition for the second time.

Argentineans in the Esquel municipality maintain blockades and peaceful protests for six consecutive days to reject mega-mining in the Chubut province.

23.04.2021 - 14:50 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Arktis: Toxische Mischung

[…] Die Arktis-Politik der EU stammt aus dem Jahr 2016. Die Überarbeitung soll bis Oktober vorgelegt werden, kündigte der EU-Sonderbeauftragte Michael Mann an, der ebenfalls im Europäischen Parlament anwesend war.“

19.04.2021 - 21:49 [ Global Research ]

Brazilian Cerrado Savanna: Wildcat Miners Descend on Indigenous Reserve

As a new frontier of illicit gold mining emerges in Raposa Serra do Sol, authorities worry the territory may be on the same path as the Yanomami reserve, where illegal mining has become so entrenched that garimpeiros have built whole towns to back their efforts. Indigenous groups say about 20,000 wildcat miners have invaded Yanomami so far — a figure the federal government disputes.

14.04.2021 - 18:17 [ Manlio Dinucci / Global Research ]

Warum die NATO vor zehn Jahren Libyen zerstörte

Vor zehn Jahren, am 19. März 2011, begannen die US/NATO-Streitkräfte mit der Bombardierung Libyens aus der Luft und von der See aus. Der Krieg wurde direkt von den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika initiiert, zunächst durch das Afrika-Kommando (AFRICOM), und dann durch die NATO unter US-Kommando.

10.04.2021 - 22:16 [ ORF ]

Tausende bei „ökologischem Aufstand“ in Belgrad

Viel Unmut erregt auch der Bau von Kleinkraftwerken an bisher naturbelassenen Gewässern. Den Umweltschützern zufolge ziehen diese Projekte schwere ökologische Schäden nach sich. Sie würden lediglich den Geschäftsinteressen lokaler politischer Eliten dienen, meinen sie.

07.04.2021 - 11:53 [ Reuters ]

Left-wing party opposed to big mining project wins Greenland election

The Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) party won 37% of votes, compared to 26% in the last election four years ago, overtaking the ruling social democratic Siumut party which secured 29% of votes, according to official results.

28.03.2021 - 11:24 [ Portal ]

Lithium-Förderung: Bolivien nimmt Verhandlungen mit Deutschland wieder auf

Im Oktober 2019 hatte der damals noch amtierende Ex-Präsident, Evo Morales, das Joint Venture zwischen dem staatlichen bolivianischen Unternehmen YLB (Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos, Bolivianische Lithiumvorkommen) und ACISA (ACI Systems Alemania), einem Firmenableger von ACI Systems, gestoppt. Vorausgegangen waren Proteste von Anwohnern und lokalen Bürgerkomitees aus der Region Salar de Uyuni gegen das Projekt. Sie befürchteten erhebliche Umweltschäden wie Auswirkungen auf das Grundwasser.

12.03.2021 - 12:25 [ Portal ]

Das Lithium und der Putsch: Bolivien fordert von Großbritannien Erklärung

Der Außenminister von Bolivien, Rogelio Mayta, hat den britischen Botschafter zu einem Gespräch einbestellt und eine Erklärung zur Rolle Großbritanniens bei dem Putsch im November 2019 eingefordert. Er erwarte nun einen Bericht der Botschaft des Vereinigten Königreichs.

27.02.2021 - 17:20 [ Al Jazeera ]

Inuit voices grow louder in fight over Nunavut mine expansion

As the mayor of Clyde River, a small Inuit hamlet in the territory of Nunavut in northern Canada, Jerry Natanine had seen local opposition to an iron ore mining project building for years.

So, when a group of Inuit hunters this month set up a protest blockade at the Mary River mine on Baffin Island, in the Arctic Archipelago, he was not surprised. “They’re not here to listen to us at all,” Natanine told Al Jazeera in a phone interview, referring to Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, which runs the site.

26.02.2021 - 23:18 [ The Hill ]

House passes major public lands package

The vast majority of the mining portion of the bill, about 1 million acres, would codify prevention on mining specifically around the Grand Canyon.

12.02.2021 - 09:40 [ Portal ]

Argentinien: Erneut Proteste gegen Erzbergbau in Chubut

Zur Goldgewinnung sollte Cyanid zum Einsatz kommen, eine äußerst giftige Lösung, die seit Jahrzehnten weltweit immer wieder für negative Schlagzeilen sorgt. Nach heftigen sozialen Protesten wurde damals das Gesetz 5001 auf den Weg gebracht.

20.11.2020 - 17:52 [ France24 ]

New Chinese submersible reaches Earth’s deepest ocean trench

The „Fendouzhe“, or „Striver“, descended more than 10,000 metres (about 33,000 feet) into the submarine trench in the western Pacific Ocean with three researchers on board, state broadcaster CCTV said.

13.11.2020 - 14:13 [ France24 ]

Morocco sends troops to Western Saraha border to end Polisario ‚provocations‘

Rabat controls 80 percent of the territory, including its phosphate deposits and its lucrative ocean fisheries.

03.11.2020 - 12:26 [ Portal ]

Das Lithium und der Putsch in Bolivien

Nach der klaren Wahlniederlage der Putschisten setzt Berlin nun auf ein Entgegenkommen des Wahlsiegers Luis Arce – obwohl es gebilligt hatte, dass dessen Parteikollege Evo Morales 2019 gewaltsam gestürzt wurde.

10.10.2020 - 15:12 [ teleSUR ]

Cerrejón Mine Breaches 14 Court Rulings Favoring the Wayuu

The report „Coal Mining and De-mining: Ethnocide and Ecocide in La Guajira“ was presented this week, examining the impacts on the Wayúu communities, small farmers and Afrodescendants who live in the vicinity of the Cerrejón coal mine.

24.09.2020 - 17:43 [ Portal ]

Erfolgreicher Widerstand in Chile: Goldmine Pascua Lama bleibt geschlossen

Das Tagebauprojekt, für das der kanadische Konzern Barrick Gold zu Beginn der 1990er Jahre die ersten Studien erstellen ließ, sollte die größte Goldmine der Welt werden. Aufgrund zahlreicher Umweltverstöße stand sie allerdings bereits seit 2013 still. Neben Gold war geplant gewesen Silber, Kupfer und verschiedene weitere Metalle abzubauen.

22.09.2020 - 21:33 [ Global Research ]

Rio Tinto Mining and the Destruction of Aboriginal Juukan Cave Heritage. A Loss to Humanity

The Anglo-Australian multinational company Rio Tinto – the largest iron ore mining company in the world – demolished two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters in May. What is particularly disturbing about this event is that Rio Tinto was apparently acting entirely within the law, which is to say that this kind of tragic and wanton destruction will continue to happen unless stricter regulations are enacted. The sites were located on the ancestral lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura, or PKKP, people in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

11.09.2020 - 09:53 [ Portal ]

Gemeinde in Mexiko blockiert Mine von Equinox Gold wegen Vertragsbruch

Bewohner werfen kanadischem Unternehmen vor, sich nicht an Vereinbarungen zu halten. Goldmine Los Filos seit einer Woche lahmgelegt

10.09.2020 - 20:28 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Lithium giant Albemarle locks horns with Chile over reserves data

Albemarle, the world’s largest lithium producer, is locked in a feud with Chilean regulators over how it calculates its reserves of the ultralight metal, a potential risk to its plans to ramp up production.

16.08.2020 - 12:10 [ ]

Elon Musk, Bolivien und das Lithium-Puzzle in der Atacama-Wüste

Argentinien, Bolivien und Chile werden seit Jahren von den transnationalen Bergbau-Konzernen mit maßgeblicher Beteiligung von Mega-Vermögensverwaltern wie Blackrock ins Visier genommen.

09.08.2020 - 09:18 [ The Barents Observer ]

Russian Indigenous groups call on Elon Musk not to buy battery metals from Nornickel

06.08.2020 Tesla is a world leader in electric cars, while Nornickel is a global leader in environmental damage. This doesn’t match, claims Aborigen Forum, a network of independent experts, activists and Russian indigenous groups who see their homeland being destroyed by pollution.

04.08.2020 - 11:26 [ ]

Die Privatisierung des globalen Chaos

Handelt es sich um einen Trend oder eine „neue Normalität“, um einen Ausdruck aus dem aktuellen Pandemievokabular in den Bereich der internationalen Beziehungen zu übernehmen? Es scheint so. Die Wegbereiter dieser neuen Entwicklung sind wohlhabende Oligarchen mit tödlichen politischen Absichten, die weit über Aktivitäten hinausgehen, die für Mitglieder ihrer Klasse wohl entschuldbar sind, wie zum Beispiel das Anhäufen von mehr Reichtum.

29.07.2020 - 17:16 [ ]

Venezuela darf Berufung gegen Sperrung seiner Goldreserven in Großbritannien einlegen

Am 2. Juli erkannte der Oberste Gerichtshof Großbritanniens „den Oppositionsführer Juan Guaidó unmissverständlich als Präsident an“, folgte damit der Position des britischen Außenministerium und sprach der Regierung von Nicolás Maduro das Recht auf Rückführung des Goldbesitzes der BCV ab. Seit Ende 2018 weigert sich die Bank of England, das in ihren Tresoren deponierte Gold zurückzugeben, dessen Wert auf 1,2 Milliarden US-Dollar geschätzt wird.

29.07.2020 - 08:07 [ Information Clearing House ]

Elon Musk Confesses to Lithium Coup in Bolivia

With the agreement now scrapped along with countless other state projects, and with elections now thrice delayed by the illegitimate defacto authorities, the people of Uyuni and social movements around the country say they’ll continue to oppose the ongoing privatization and are organizing against the return of looting of Bolivia’s natural resources by ruthless and exploitative foreign capital.

28.06.2020 - 12:19 [ Al Jazeera ]

Selling Out West Papua

In West Papua, Indonesia, we investigate allegations of fraud and human rights abuses in billion-dollar land deals.

20.06.2020 - 18:26 [ teleSUR ]

Aboriginals Sue Western Australia State For Cultural Losses

Two compensation claims filed on behalf of the Tjiwarl people address actions by miners, farmers, and others like the building of fences and roads that had restricted their access to sacred heritage sites and hunting and fishing grounds, impeding their ability to pass down cultural knowledge to young people.

19.06.2020 - 02:31 [ The Guardian ]

Rio Tinto caves on demands to release review of Indigenous heritage site destruction

Company announces report on destruction of the Juukan Gorge cave in the Pilbara region of Western Australia will be made public in October

10.06.2020 - 01:11 [ WHTC ]

Mexican president urges Canadian mining firms to pay taxes

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday some of Canada’s mining firms were behind on their tax payments and urged the Canadian government to lean on them to avoid the dispute reaching international tribunals.

08.06.2020 - 03:28 [ teleSUR ]

Indigenous Ecuadorean Organization Wins UN 2020 Equator Prize

The organization has been accompanying significant legal victories against extractivist companies and for the survival of original nations in Ecuador, including the triumph last year of the Waorani in a historical trial against oil firms.

“Amazon means life for our world. For us, as Indigenous peoples, it is our home,” the organization said.

20.05.2020 - 03:38 [ The Guardian ]

Venezuela in bid to force Bank of England to transfer $1bn of gold

The claim follows a request Venezuela made to the Bank in April to sell part of its gold reserves there and send the proceeds to the United Nations to help with the country’s coronavirus-fighting efforts.

04.04.2020 - 08:19 [ ]

Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description

A group of Senate Democrats want a federal watchdog to investigate the decision to change an online description of the country’s Strategic National Stockpile following a press briefing with White House adviser Jared Kushner.

08.02.2020 - 02:27 [ KUNC ]

Company Eyes Massive Lithium Deposit On Public Lands In Nevada

Cattle rancher Jhona Bell, for one, has concerns.

“Well, it takes out a lot of our range, and it has a huge economic impact for us,“ she said. „Obviously you can’t run cattle where there’s a mine.“

Bell said she’s also concerned about water usage, land reclamation and traffic.

08.02.2020 - 02:17 [ Reuters ]

China’s Ganfeng to take control of Argentina lithium project

China’s Ganfeng Lithium Co said on Friday it will take control of an Argentina lithium project it has been developing with Lithium Americas Corp, cementing its control over a key source of the white metal for electric vehicle batteries.

02.02.2020 - 19:54 [ junge Welt ]

Präsidentschaftswahlen in Bolivien: Offensichtliche Farce

Wenn es um knapper werdendes Erdöl oder den für die Produktion von wiederaufladbaren Batterien für Smartphones, Laptops und Elektroautos unverzichtbaren Rohstoff Lithium geht, spielt das internationale Recht keine Rolle mehr. Schon gar nicht, wenn es den wirtschaftlichen Interessen der USA oder der EU im Wege steht.

01.02.2020 - 04:55 [ Ramona Wadi / Strategic Culture Foundation ]

The Exploitation of Pascua Lama Is One Example of Chile’s Neoliberal Exploitation

In 2006, Barrick Gold had proposed moving the glacier ice from the Toro 1, Toro 2 and the Esperanza glaciers to facilitate their exploitation of the region’s resources.

29.01.2020 - 00:24 [ Mike Garrity / CounterPunch ]

Natural Gas Pipeline Corridor Threatens Imperiled Species and Inventoried Roadless Areas

We are giving the Forest Service the opportunity to address the serious legal problems with this decision before actually filing a lawsuit. For the sake of our public lands and wildlife – especially the imperiled species that will be harmed by this project – we truly hope the Forest Service reconsiders its decision and either cancels the project or takes the steps necessary to bring the project in compliance with federal law.

28.01.2020 - 17:17 [ ]

Bolivien: De-facto-Regierung schmeißt Deutschland aus dem Lithium-Geschäft

Die De-facto-Regierung in Bolivien hat angekündigt, ein Abkommen mit dem deutschen Unternehmen ACI Systems zur Industrialisierung von Lithium definitiv zu kündigen.

27.01.2020 - 00:12 [ Bankwatch ]

Amulsar gold mine, Armenia

Residents of Jermuk and the surrounding communities have long contested that the mine posed a threat to their environment and economic livelihoods, as Lydian’s plans to use cyanide to leach gold concentrate from the ore.

27.01.2020 - 00:03 [ ARMENPRESS ]

PM again calls on demonstrators at Jermuk to open access to Amulsar mine

Earlier in 2019 September, the PM had again called on the protesters and environmentalists to open access to the mine.

24.01.2020 - 14:22 [ Portal ]

Mexiko verweigert US-Konzern Argonaut Gold-Schürfrechte

Seit vielen Jahren wird das Grundwasser der Region allein schon durch die Bewässerung großer, für industrielle Landwirtschaft genutzter Flächen übernutzt.

19.01.2020 - 00:37 [ teleSUR ]

Brazil’s Peoples: Bolsonaro Means Genocide, Ethnocide, Ecocide

After a four-day meeting carried out in Piaracu village, at the Mato Grosso state, in Brazil, over 600 Indigenous leaders Friday issued a manifesto denouncing the „genocide, ethnocide, and ecocide“ planned by the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

19.01.2020 - 00:22 [ Reuters ]

Brazilian tribes back manifesto to save Amazon habitat from Bolsonaro

The meeting in the village of Piaraçu on the Xingu river was called by Raoni Metuktire, the 90-year-old Kayapó chief who became an environmental campaigner in the 1980s with British rock singer Sting at his side.

15.01.2020 - 23:32 [ teleSUR ]

Brazilian Indigenous Leaders Mobilize to Protest Amazon Mining

A four-day-long tribal meeting among the Brazilian Indigenous leaders has begun in the Amazon to protest far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s push to open their reservations for commercial mining and agriculture.

15.01.2020 - 17:29 [ junge Welt ]

Fluch des Goldes

Aus einigen der einst kleinen Firmen, die in der Gegend Gold förderten, sind mittlerweile weltweit agierende Unternehmen geworden. Zwei Namen kennt jeder. In Perth prangen sie unübersehbar an den beiden größten Skyscrapern der Stadt: Rio Tinto und BHP.

12.01.2020 - 02:22 [ Radio France Internationale ]

Brazil’s govt to propose oil exploration on indigenous land: media

However, many indigenous leaders have been vocal in their opposition to the government’s plans. Prominent tribal chiefs, including Raoni Metuktire, have toured Europe to defend their territories from deforestation and development.

16.12.2019 - 21:09 [ Portal ]

Ecuador exportiert trotz Protesten Gold aus erstem Untertagebergbau

Erstes Gold nach Europa verschifft. Regierung setzt auf Einnahmen. Lokaler Widerstand wenig erfolgreich

13.11.2019 - 17:55 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Berlin and the Coup

Although Bolivia is not one of the focus countries of Germany’s Latin American activities, Berlin has nevertheless maintained good relations with the white, relatively prosperous Santa Cruz elites. Oscar Ortiz Antelo is currently playing a central role. He is the former administrator of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Santa Cruz, and years earlier had held a leading position with Andina, the Bolivian subsidiary of Spain’s Repsol petrolem company YPF.

12.11.2019 - 23:51 [ ZeroHedge ]

Global Proxy War Escalates: „Destabilizing Operation“ Sends Bolivia Into Political Chaos

Natural resources always play a key role in such struggles, and Bolivia is no exception thanks to massive lithium reserves, some of which Morales agreed to develop with China earlier this year.

12.11.2019 - 23:16 [ junge Welt ]

Ganze Konterrevolution – Putsch in Bolivien

Evo Morales stand zwar an der Spitze der wirtschaftlich erfolgreichsten Regierung in der Geschichte Boliviens, doch er lieferte die Bodenschätze des Landes nicht vorbehaltlos den ausländischen Großkonzernen aus. Lithium ist unverzichtbar für die Herstellung von Laptops, Mobiltelefonen und E-Autos – und Bolivien verfügt über die weltweit größten Vorkommen dieses Alkalimetalls. Aber alle Bodenschätze sind 2006 nationalisiert worden. Auch wenn Boliviens Regierung ausländischen Investoren immer wieder weit und auch zu weit entgegenkam, war das doch ein Hindernis, dessen man sich zu entledigen suchte.

05.10.2019 - 03:16 [ NewBusinessEthiopia ]

Guinea to host AU’s Africa Mining Development Center

He says experts and officials from AU member states, from business, artisan miners and from civil societies, among others, will be conferring from November 5-7, 2019 to refine and strategize the future engagement of AMDC.

05.10.2019 - 02:23 [ IPPNW ]

Klimakrise: Atomkraft – kein Klimaretter

„Atomkraft ist auf den Rohstoff Uran angewiesen“, sagt Makoma Lekalakala aus Südafrika, Trägerin des Goldmann Umweltpreises. „Urangewinnung und der Bau von Atomkraftwerken verletzen oft grundlegende Menschenrechte, insbesondere die Rechte indigener Völker und Gemeinschaften. Mein Kontinent Afrika und seine Bevölkerung haben genug unter den gesundheitlichen Folgen des Uranbergbaus gelitten. Die Arbeiter der Shinkolobwe Mine im Kongo, die das Uran für die Atombomben in Hiroshima und Nagasaki schürften. Die Arbeiter und die Bevölkerung des Niger, die für die französische Atomindustrie ihre Gesundheit opferten. Auch in Südafrika wurde die Bevölkerung durch den Uranbergbau vergiftet und verstrahlt, durch die toxischen und radioaktiven Hinterlassenschaften des Uranabbaus“, so Lekalakala.

14.08.2019 - 02:36 [ Paul Craig Roberts / ]

Buchstäblich Gold über Leben

Alles, was der Kapitalismus in Amerika noch zu plündern hat, sind die Nationaldenkmäler und Wälder sowie die geschützten ökologischen Gebiete.

Die Auslagerung von US-Jobs war ein Akt des Selbstmords der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika.

14.08.2019 - 02:32 [ Common Dreams ]

‚Gold Over Life, Literally‘: How Trump Forced Reversal on Mining Project EPA Scientists Warn Could Destroy Alaskan Salmon Ecosystem

So Trump meets Alaska’s governor in his airplane and agrees to push through a goldmine that had been stopped b/c it will devastate salmon habitat. This at a time that orcas are already starving death. Salmon carry entire ecosystems on their backs. Gold over life, literally. — Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) August 9, 2019

14.08.2019 - 02:25 [ Paul Craig Roberts / Institute for Political Economy ]

„Gold Over Life, Literally“

All that capitalism has left to loot in America are the national monuments and forests and protected ecological areas.

The offshoring of US jobs was an act of suicide by the United States.

10.08.2019 - 15:13 [ junge Welt ]

Türkei: Proteste gegen Goldgruben

Der kanadische Konzern hat nach eigenen Angaben ein mehr als 1.500 Hektar großes Areal erworben. In diesem Goldgrubengebiet seien bisher rund 200.000 Bäume gefällt worden, erklärte Doganay Tolunay, Forstwirtschaftsprofessor an der Universität Istanbul, am Freitag

05.08.2019 - 01:03 [ teleSUR ]

Peru: Army Deployed to Port Amid Protest Against Mining Project

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra authorized Sunday for the army to join the national police forces to “protect” the key mining port of Matarani, a day before an expected new round of protests against Southern Copper’s ‘Tia Maria’ open-pit mining project.

24.07.2019 - 16:14 [ Wikipedia ]

Skouries mine

The majority of the local population has opposed the project, citing tremendous environmental impact, resulting to the complete desecration of tourism and agriculture in the area (those industries make up almost all financial activity in the area). The local population demonstrated over the years, even shutting down national roads, but the construction is still going on.

16.07.2019 - 04:07 [ teleSUR ]

Peru: Farmers Launch Indefinite Strike Against Major Open-Pit Mining Project

Peruvian farmers from the Tambo Valley in the central region of Arequipa began an indefinite strike Monday to protest the government’s approval to initiate construction of a major open-pit mining project known as ‘Tia Maria’, granted to United States mining corporation, Southern Copper.

09.07.2019 - 10:57 [ teleSUR ]

Peruvian Gov´t Approves Open-Pit Mining Project Amid Opposition

The right-wing Peruvian government has authorized United States (U.S.) firm Southern Copper to begin the major open-pit mining construction project „Tia Maria“ before the environmental permit runs out, despite strong social resistance by environmental groups and local residents.

26.06.2019 - 08:50 [ World Food Programme ]

Inside the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Assessment of food needs reveals hidden hunger in DPRK

In May 2019, World Food Programme (WFP) teams visited nine of the DPRK’s provinces to assess the food security situation after the 2018 harvest was the worst in 10 years. This is an insider’s view of this mission.

20.06.2019 - 02:19 [ Reuters ]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro hands indigenous land decisions back to farm sector

Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro issued a new decree on Wednesday putting decisions on indigenous land claims in the hands of the Ministry of Agriculture, four weeks after Congress rebuffed him on the move that is sought by Brazil’s farm lobby.

10.06.2019 - 01:34 [ ]

China gears up to use rare-earth advantage

The move, which comes amid an escalating China-US trade war, was interpreted by many industry insiders as a sign of the country’s determination to take full advantage of its „rare-earth card“ to counter the US, which relies on China for its supply of the strategic resources.

26.05.2019 - 12:56 [ Bloomberg ]

Magnitude 8.0 Earthquake Hits Northern Peru Near Metal Mines

Metals mines close to the epicenter include Yanacocha, a gold mine owned by Newmont Goldcorp Corp. and Japan’s Sumitomo, as well as Barrick Gold Corp.’s Lagunas Norte, and copper mine Tantahuatay.

16.04.2019 - 02:24 [ Reuters ]

U.S. natural history museum will not host event honoring Brazil president

The museum had expressed concern over the event last week, saying it had been booked before the decision was made to honor Bolsonaro.

“With mutual respect for the work & goals of our individual organizations, we jointly agreed that the Museum is not the optimal location for the Brazilian-Am. Chamber of Commerce gala dinner,” the museum said on its official Twitter account.

04.03.2019 - 21:10 [ teleSUR ]

AMLO Cancels a Gold Mine to Protect Water and Improve Tourism

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador cancelled a gold mine project called Los Cardones in Baja California province on Sunday. The mine, located at one of the main aquifers of the southern area of Baja California, was a threat to the local water sources, according to Lopez Obrador.

10.02.2019 - 15:51 [ Mail & Guardian / ]

CIA and MI5 linked to Hammarskjöld death

(28. Aug 1998) The documents, found by a truth commission researcher investigating an apparently unrelated matter, implicate then CIA chief Allen Dulles in Operation Celeste. They also claim that the explosives used for the bomb that downed the aircraft were supplied by a Belgian mining conglomerate, Union Miniere. The company had extensive interests in copper-rich Katanga, and is known to have backed to Tshombe’s use of mercenaries, including the group led by South Africa’s Colonel „Mad Mike“ Hoare.

The most damning report refers to a meeting between MI5, Special Operations Executive, the CIA and the SAIMR at which it was recorded that Dulles „agrees … Dag is becoming troublesome and … should be removed“.

10.02.2019 - 15:27 [ ]

RAF veteran `admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general`

(12.1.2019) Exclusive: Cold case documentary casts new light on mystery of Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crash

10.02.2019 - 15:23 [ Youtube ]

Cold Case Hammarskjöld – Official Trailer (HD)

In 1961, United Nations‘ secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. It’s understood that because Hammarskjöld was, at the time, advocating for Congo’s independence (against the wishes of European mining companies and other powerful entities), the “crash” was an assassination. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. He, his Swedish private-investigator sidekick, and a host of co-conspirators tirelessly pursue a winding trail of clues, but they turn up more mysteries than revelations. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, they begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined.

08.02.2019 - 23:36 [ ]

Australia to expand economic ties with Iran apart from INSTEX

„There are various resources and capacity in Iran, it has rich oil resources and mines, we hope to witness progress and cooperation between two countries,“ he said.

28.01.2019 - 06:26 [ Reuters ]

Venezuela opposition leader urges Britain not to give gold to Maduro

Since last year Maduro’s government has been trying to repatriate gold from the Bank of England, fearing it could be caught up in international sanctions against his administration.

28.01.2019 - 06:24 [ Florentino Montalvo ‏/ Twitter ]

The venezuelan economic crisis can’t be blamed entirely on Maduro, this is standard coup procedure, to hit the economics by sanctions, create social unrest and offer a solution. Venezuela’s gold has been help in the UK that assist in getting basic needs.

08.01.2019 - 21:07 [ teleSUR ]

Brazil: Environment Agency Head Resigns After Bolsonaro’s Trump-like Tweetstorm Attack

Suely Araujo, the head of Brazil’s environmental protection agency the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) resigned Monday after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro criticized the amount of money it spends to rent vehicles, his latest attack on the agency.

27.12.2018 - 22:30 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Chile to delay arbitration with top lithium producer Albemarle

Chile will delay a previously announced arbitration with Albemarle Corp, the world’s top lithium producer, in anticipation that the U.S.-based miner will make a new offer to bring it into compliance with a 2016 contract, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters.

21.12.2018 - 21:26 [ teleSUR ]

Bolsonaro’s Environment Minister Guilty of Data Alteration

Salles reportedly „violated legal norms“ to favor the economic interests of the Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo (Fiesp), the most influential business association in Brazil. Judge Martins also added that Salles and Fiesp modified University of Sao Paulo’s maps to benefit companies in the mining sector.

04.12.2018 - 01:43 [ Reuters ]

Turkey’s Erdogan slams Venezuela sanctions, Maduro defends gold exports

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday criticized sanctions on Venezuela during a visit to Caracas, while President Nicolas Maduro defended the country’s right to export gold after U.S. sanctions last month targeted its shipments of the metal.

04.12.2018 - 01:39 [ teleSUR ]

Turkish President Erdogan in Venezuela to Meet Maduro, Strengthen Ties

This is especially significant considering the U.S. sanctions on the South American country, fueled by a desire to possess Venezuelan resources, such as gold reserves.

15.11.2018 - 16:21 [ Portal ]

Großbritannien blockiert Rückgabe von 14 Tonnen Gold an Venezuela

Der verstorbene sozialistische Präsident von Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, repatriierte bereits 2011 rund 160 Tonnen Gold von Banken in den USA und Europa zur Zentralbank in Caracas. Ein Teil von Venezuelas Gold blieb in der Bank von England. Ab 2014 nutzte Venezuela diese Einlagen für Swap-Geschäfte, bei denen internationale Banken Venezuela mehrere Milliarden US-Dollar mit dem Gold als Sicherheit leihten. Seit 2017 sind wegen der US-Sanktionen solche finanziellen Operationen stark eingeschränkt.

12.11.2018 - 13:31 [ ]

NASA unveils new goals for Moon, Mars, including space privatization ​

(1.10.2018) These certainly mean more dollars headed toward research and development; while the original Apollo and other missions were government-funded and ultimately fell under the purview of the military (indeed, one of the primary stated goals of the Gemini and Apollo programs was to lessen the „Missile gap“ between the United States and the Soviet Union), this new concept relies heavily on private investment, corporate involvement and funding, and the eventual mining and financial rewards of „exploration and use“ of the lunar and Mars surfaces.

24.10.2018 - 16:56 [ Portal ]

Gericht in Chile bestätigt Schließung des größten binationalen Bergbauprojekts

Das oberste Umweltgericht Chiles hat am 12. Oktober die endgültige Beendigung des Bergbauprojekts Pascua Lama des kanadischen Bergbaukonzerns Barrick Gold in der Grenzregion zwischen Chile und Argentinien angeordnet. Es stand seit fast zwanzig Jahren wegen zahlreicher Umweltverstöße im Visier der Öffentlichkeit und sollte einmal die größte Goldgrube der Welt und das erste binationale Projekt dieser Art werden. Nun bestätige das Gericht ein Urteil von Beginn des Jahres, es wegen Umweltverstößen endgültig zu beenden.

19.10.2018 - 13:30 [ teleSUR ]

Water Fight in Chile’s Atacama Raises Concern Over Lithium Mining

In celebrating the new contracts, the two companies said they were confident they could significantly boost output without drawing more than their current quotas of lithium-rich brine, or saltwater, that has for millennia accumulated in pools beneath the Atacama. The rivals said each had all the brine they needed for current and future production.

07.08.2018 - 15:40 [ ]

Chinese astronomers discover giant star rich in lithium

With 3,000 times more lithium than a normal star, it was found in the direction of Ophiuchus, on the north side of the galactic disk, at a distance of 4,500 light years from Earth.

04.08.2018 - 22:46 [ teleSUR ]

Ecuador: Court Cancels Rio Blanco Mine To Protect Waterways

The Provincial Court on Civil and Commercial Issues of Azuay denied the appeal filed by Ecuador’s mining and environmental ministries, and recognized that the people of Molleturo had not been properly consulted.

30.07.2018 - 23:30 [ Press TV ]

Iran eyeing “oil for gold” barter plan with Africa

“African nations want cash payments for the products they sell others but Iranian merchants want to buy their required goods through installments,” he told a forum on Iran-Africa trade issues in Tehran in which ambassadors of Kenya, Algeria, the Ivory Coast, Mauritania and Ghana had also participated, as reported by IRNA.

16.07.2018 - 22:58 [ teleSUR ]

Campesino Communities in Peru in Their Struggle Against Mining

“In our role as guardians of our plains and cloud forest ecosystems, we remain attentive and on the front lines demanding the Peruvian State and other competent authorities to comply with their role and guarantee respect towards our territories and collective rights, as it corresponds to the values and principles of a democratic and pluricultural state,” says a press release signed by representatives of the different assemblies.

04.06.2018 - 09:01 [ teleSUR ]

Ecuadorean Judge Halts Excavation of Gold Mine

Judge Paul Serrano of the Cuenca civil court ruled over the weekend that the Ecuagoldming Rio Blanco mining concession financed by the Chinese company Junefield violates articles 57 and 398 of the nation’s 2008 constitution. The articles mandate that the government provide various public hearings in communities that may be environmentally affected by nearby projects.

16.05.2018 - 04:32 [ Xinhuanet ]

Mongolian court extends ex-finance minister’s detention over alleged abuse of power

The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine, located in the South Gobi Desert of Mongolia, 80 km north of Mongolia’s border with China, is expected to produce an average of 430,000 tons of copper and 425,000 ounces (about 12,050 kg) of gold annually for 20 years.