minerals

Elizabeth Palmberg 1-19-2012
Francia -- Photo curtsey of Elizabeth Palmberg

Francia -- Photo curtsey of Elizabeth Palmberg

Most real-life law students I've met are at way, way less risk of being murdered than their counterparts in a John Grisham novel--except for Francia Marquez. The Afro-Colombian activist and mother of two has received multiple death threats as she advocates to keep her home community from having their ancestral home stolen by a land-grab big mining project.

There's gold in them thar hills in Francia's home, La Toma, in Colombia's Cauca province. Families in her hometown have lived for generations off of small-scale, by-hand gold mining. (Francia herself still puts in some mine time when she visits home, although these days she's spending the most time in her legal studies in Bogota.)

But lots of larger-scale mining concerns want in on the action. Some have sent in bulldozers illegally. Others are joining the land rush of getting mining concessions from the national government--notwithstanding laws on the books that give local communities various rights, including prior consultation on any mining projects.

Denali DeGraf 1-01-2012

Indigenous communities -- and local church leaders -- stand against open-pit mining that threatens to despoil Patagonia.

Elizabeth Palmberg 1-21-2011

Last summer's financial reform bill included something the world has long needed: a requirement that electronics manufacturers disclose whether their products include conflict minerals from Congo. Money from conflict minerals helps fund militias' reign of terror and rape in the country's eastern region. (See activist site Raise Hope for Congo's listing of how 21 leading electronics companies are doing at voluntary disclosure -- no one gets a gold star, but some are worse than others. Yeah, we're talkin' to you, Nintendo.)

Jeannie Choi 1-07-2011
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Jeannie Choi 11-05-2010

Dead Coral in the Gulf. Rubik's Cubes. Election Results. Here's a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week.

Jeannie Choi 9-03-2010

Here's a round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week:

Julie Clawson 9-03-2010

Between July 30 and August 3, a reign of terror was released upon villages in the Congo's eastern mining districts.

Elizabeth Palmberg 7-28-2010
Here's a piece of good news you may have missed when President Obama signed financial regulatory reform into law last Wednesday: In addi
Jeannie Choi 7-02-2010
iPhones. Broken oil rigs. The World Cup. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:

Elizabeth Palmberg 1-20-2010
The Enough Project's recent report about conflict minerals in Congo highlights how the "resource curse" (as desc
Elizabeth Palmberg 11-23-2009
When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell phone

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