14 thoughts on “Norwegian government breaks with Rio Tinto, other ‘unethical’ corporations

  1. Dear Supporter,

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  2. I would like to give you a direct link to a GeoEye Foundation Case Study released today on Mining and Human Rights issues raised in West Papua, and a second link to a Case Study I provided on Zimbabwe earlier in the year.

    If you are interested in on the developments in this technology and a closer appreciation of the situation for the Amungme tribe in this region then please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Jonathan Mazower of Survival International.

    Yours sincerely,

    Dr Chris Lavers

    ‘High-Resolution Satellite Observation of Remote Mining Areas Addresses Human Rights and Environmental Protection Issues’ GeoEye Foundation Website Highlighted Case Study of Grasberg Mine, West Papua.
    ‘Porta Farm’ GeoEye Foundation Website Highlighted Case Study of Porta Farm Land Clearances in Zimbabwe http://geoeye.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=57&item=57, August 2009.


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    The pro-biotech sugar industry is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to rush through an Environmental Impact Statement so they can plant a new crop of Monsanto’s Frankenbeets next year.

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  4. Mining workers rally for safety

    INDONESIA: Hundreds of employees of US mining giant Freeport have demanded guarantees of safety at the world’s largest gold mine in eastern Indonesia after the death of two colleagues.

    Banner-waving workers massed outside the company offices on Saturday and refused to be transported to the mine.

    It was the second day of protests following the death of two employees.



  5. Indonesia: Freeport mine workers return to work

    Over 10,000 striking workers at the US-owned Freeport-McMoran Grasberg mine in the Indonesian province of West Irian Jaya (West Papua) returned to work on Wednesday, ending a nine-day strike over a pay dispute. Workers walked off the job on July 4 to demand that wages be increased to $3 an hour. The average pay for Freeport mine workers around the world is $15 an hour.

    The union called off the strike when management agreed to the pay increase and CEO Armando Mahler said he would meet representatives of the Freeport Indonesia’s Labor Union to resolve issues over mistreatment by some managers. No meeting date has been set.

    Production at Grasberg, one of the world’s largest open-cut gold and copper mines, had come to a standstill, forcing the global price of copper to a two-month high. Freeport claimed the strike had cost over $23 million a day. In the first quarter of this year the mine made a $1.5 billion profit.



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