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World Bank Investment in Eco Oro Minerals in Colombia to be Audited


(Ottawa/Washington/Bogotá) The Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), the independent complaints office of the International Financial Corporation (IFC), will carry out an audit of the IFC’s decision to purchase US$18.2 million in shares of Eco Oro Minerals (previously Greystar Resources). The Canadian company is proposing to develop the Angostura gold mine project in the high altitude wetlands – known as páramos – of Santurbán, located in the Colombian departments of Santander and North Santander.

A mining park in Santurbán?


You can‟t help feeling indignant when you hear the Autonomous Regional Corporation for the Defense of the Bucaramanga Plateau (CDMB is the Spanish acronym.) call it a victory when the plateau will be declared a regional nature park (PNR is the Spanish acronym.) as is predicted for the coming December 17. It is a fallacy to say that with the scant 10,890 hectares left after several cutbacks, the Santurbán Nature Park will guarantee water in perpetuity for the Bucaramanga metropolitan area, while there are mining concessions of approximately 37,000 hectares in the area.

Lessons from Santurbán : Canadian mining company Greystar's project in Santander

Social mobilization and a growing awareness of the environmental effects of Greystar’s proposed mine in Santurbán --including the contamination of water that supplies some of the inhabitants of Santander and feeds the Lebrija, Pamplonita and Zulia rivers and the tributaries of the Arauca and Catatumbo rivers--have contributed to the temporary withdrawal of the multinational from Colombia.

Letter from colombian political prisonners

Published in [4strugglemag Views, Thoughts, and Analysis from the Hearts and Minds of North American Political Prisoners and Friends->] San Juan de Girón (Colombia)-2009 Colombia, a country increasingly to the right, has generated in a nightmare a dangerous monster with clear ‘neofascist’ tendencies whose morbid plan is sponsored by the narco-paramilitary Alvaro Uribe Velez and his cabinet of criminals in government.

Colombia and its criminal politics

Published in la Piedra No 5, In Colombia, the criminalization of social and popular sectors that oppose the current regime is a national disgrace. Since the 60s, every successive government has used the judiciary arm as a powerful tool to punish dissidents and rebels who fight the hideous repressive status quo imposed upon the Colombian people by the secular oligarchy of this country. It is worth looking over the last 50 years of history to understand how the judicial system has been used to repress the Colombian people.