• Le #cuivre de #Zambie au gré des négociants suisses

    La Suisse est la plaque tournante mondiale du négoce des matières premières. Pourtant, elle refuse d’imposer plus de transparence au secteur. Un projet de recherche financé par SNIS (Swiss Network for International Studies) s’est penché sur la chaîne de valeur du cuivre zambien et le rôle de la Suisse. Débat le 10 décembre au Graduate Institute de Genève.

    A Lusaka, le 10 novembre, le ministre des Mines de Zambie révélait que #Konkola_Copper_Mines (#KCM), une filiale de #Vedanta_Resources, devait 80 millions USD à 400 fournisseurs, dont 7 millions USD à 91 fournisseurs locaux. En relayant l’information, le Zambia Business Times soulignait que seuls 12,5% des travaux de la compagnie minière étaient confiés à des sous-traitants locaux. « Une situation qui doit être améliorée urgemment », continuait le magazine économique, regrettant que le pays « ait été incapable de réguler l’industrie d’extraction du cuivre, alors même qu’elle représente 70% des recettes d’exportation. » Une mauvaise passe de plus, pourrait-on ajouter, pour la multinationale indienne, qui doit faire face à une plainte collective devant les tribunaux britanniques, où 1’826 habitants de Zambie l’accusent d’avoir pollué les eaux et les sols.

    A Berne, le 7 novembre, une commission parlementaire n’a pas délibéré dans un sens favorable au peuple zambien. Elle a certes préconisé d’intégrer dans le droit suisse une disposition obligeant les sociétés qui extraient les matières premières à publier les paiements effectués aux Etats producteurs, pour améliorer la transparence et lutter contre la corruption. Mais cette disposition ne s’adresse qu’aux sociétés extractives et non aux sociétés de négoce (traders), si bien qu’elle ne touche de fait que… 4 des 544 multinationales présentes en Suisse ! Bien qu’elle soit la principale plaque tournante du négoce (trading) de matières premières, la Suisse n’est prête à imposer plus de transparence aux négociants qu’après qu’un autre pays l’ait fait avant elle – et encore, cela reste à voir. Or, comme le montre le cas zambien, les pays producteurs n’ont ni les moyens, ni la capacité de réguler le secteur.

    Les mines de cuivre de Zambie entre les mains de 4 multinationales

    Pourtant, selon une étude du McKinsey Global Institute, si les populations des pays producteurs de ressources naturelles bénéficiaient davantage de la rente des matières premières, plus de 540 millions de personnes pourraient sortir de la pauvreté. Mais quoi faire ? Comment réguler ? Quel rôle peut jouer la Suisse, à l’exemple de la chaîne de valeur du cuivre de Zambie ? C’est le sujet d’un débat sur Life Along the Copper Value Chain : The Swiss Commodity Trading Hub and its Impact on the Global South, organisé le 10 décembre, au Graduate Institute de Genève parl’UNRISD et le projet de recherche Valueworks : Effects of Financialisation along the Copper Value Chain.

    Ladite recherche arrive à des conclusions édifiantes : les mines de cuivre de Zambie sont entre les mains de quatre multinationales, dont #Glencore – la plus importante entreprise de matières premières au monde (et la première société suisse du point de vue du chiffre d’affaires). L’un des problèmes majeurs posés par Glencore, comme par toutes les entreprises minières, est la pollution. L’autre est qu’elles paient très peu d’impôts sur place. Dans le budget 2019, le gouvernement zambien prévoit d’augmenter les taxes minières et les royalties, afin de réduire son déficit colossal. Sans surprise, les entreprises minières refusent.

    Le transport du cuivre entre les mains des entreprises suisses

    Les multinationales helvétiques pratiquent l’optimisation fiscale vers la Suisse, où la pression fiscale est notoirement très basse, en s’adonnant notamment au transfer pricing, un mécanisme par lequel, par exemple, la division mines de Glencore vend le cuivre à la division négoce de Glencore. Est-ce illégal ? Cela dépend, cela peut l’être, ou pas, mais il n’a jamais été prouvé que Glencore employait des moyens illégaux en Zambie. Cependant, la perte de revenus pour les pays producteurs est très importante.

    Les matières premières sont achetées et revendues depuis la Suisse, sans jamais y transiter (à l’exception de l’or). Les entreprises suisses sont parmi les acteurs qui déterminent le transport du cuivre en Afrique sub-saharienne. A côté de Glencore, la genevoise Trafigura joue un rôle de premier plan dans le transport et la logistique du cuivre de Zambie, tout comme la société navale MSC et, pour la surveillance, la SGS. Ces trois sociétés sont basées à Genève, un canton dont 20% du PIB provient du négoce des matières premières. Il y a aussi beaucoup d’autres négociants, comme les branches de négoce des banques, des assurances et des fonds d’investissement.

    Si Trafigura est, depuis 2014, l’une des deux ou trois sociétés qui publient les paiements effectués aux Etats, le secteur manque cruellement de transparence. « Il est impossible de suivre l’entièreté de la route du cuivre. Les contrats ne sont pas transparents, on ne sait pas à quelles conditions les négociants achètent et vendent le minerai », dénoncent les chercheurs. Une seule chose est sûre : la population ne profite pas assez de la manne des matières premières. Par contre, elle paie de ses impôts les infrastructures nécessaires à la réalisation de ces affaires.

    Les travailleurs ont payé le prix des privatisations

    En 2000, la Zambie a privatisé la société nationale des mines de cuivre. Depuis, 13 milliards USD ont été investis dans le secteur, permettant d’ouvrir de nouvelles mines, de transférer la technologie et d’acheter des machines. La production de cuivre et cobalt a augmenté exponentiellement, faisant de la Zambie le 2ème producteur de cuivre d’Afrique, après la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

    Les exportations de minerais ont explosé, passant de 670 millions USD en 2002 à 4 milliards en 2008, ce qui équivaut à une augmentation de 500%. Les revenus du cuivre par rapport à l’aide internationale sont passés à 7 :1. Depuis 2004, le PIB a crû de 5% – 7% par an. Malgré cela, l’optimisation fiscale des multinationales a fait perdre au pays 3 milliards USD de recettes.

    Qui a payé le prix de ce boom économique et des dividendes exorbitants versés aux actionnaires des multinationales ? Les travailleurs des mines. Avec la privatisation, leur nombre a chuté de 60% entre 1991 et 2015. Les emplois précaires ont augmenté : à court terme, mal payés, sans assurances sociales et peu syndiqués. Aujourd’hui plus de 75% des travailleurs du secteur minier ont des dettes bancaires, avec des taux d’intérêt exorbitants à 40%. Le pays est étranglé par la corruption, la mauvaise gouvernance et la restriction de l’espace démocratique.

    Plus du tiers des matières premières dans le monde sont vendues, acheminées et achetées en Suisse. Les chercheurs pensent qu’elle a un rôle à jouer pour améliorer la transparence et la redevabilité du secteur.

    https://blogs.letemps.ch/isolda-agazzi/2018/11/26/le-cuivre-de-zambie-au-gre-des-negociants-suisses
    #extractivisme #Suisse #matières_premières #mines
    ping @albertocampiphoto @daphne

    • #Ignazio_Cassis et Glencore : le ministre, la mine de cuivre et le tweet

      En allant visiter une exploitation appartenant à Glencore, Ignazio Cassis a déchaîné la fureur des ONG suisses. Le comité d’initiative sur les multinationales responsables se frotte les mains.

      Ignazio Cassis suscite à nouveau la polémique. En déplacement en Afrique australe, plus précisément en #Zambie, il tweetait ce lundi : « Visite des installations de #Mopani_Copper_Mines. Impressionné par les efforts en faveur de la #modernisation des installations et de la formation des jeunes. » Son partage donne immédiatement lieu à une levée de boucliers.

      La raison : le filon de #cuivre est exploité par le géant anglo-suisse Glencore, dont les activités sont fortement critiquées par les défenseurs des droits de l’homme et de l’environnement. L’entreprise partage également en ligne sa joie de recevoir le conseiller fédéral, ce qui ne fait qu’enfler la controverse. Mais cette visite à une firme helvétique est-elle vraiment surprenante de la part du chef du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères (DFAE) ?

      Une des mines les plus décriées du monde

      « Non, c’est parfaitement normal », répond Jean-Marc Crevoisier, porte-parole du département. « Ignazio Cassis a pris la décision d’aller en Zambie. Une fois là-bas, il paraît logique de se rendre sur le site de Glencore, qui emploie 16 000 personnes sur place et dont le siège est en Suisse. » Il cite en outre les 4,4 milliards d’investissements de l’entreprise dans cette mine depuis l’an 2000 et souligne que les émissions nocives de l’exploitation sont aux limites imposées par l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMC).

      « Je ne remets pas en question le fait qu’un ministre voyage et qu’il rende visite à des firmes helvétiques lors de ses déplacements », rétorque Manon Schick, directrice d’Amnesty International Suisse. « Mais la mine de Mopani est l’une des plus décriées du monde, tout comme l’est son exploitant. Comme toute première visite sur le continent, la symbolique me reste en travers de la gorge. » Régulièrement accusé d’atteinte à l’environnement, d’#évasion_fiscale ou encore de #corruption, le groupe basé à Zoug a remporté un #Public_Eye_Award de l’entreprise « la plus irresponsable » en 2008.

      La communication d’Ignazio Cassis en question

      « Se rendre en Afrique, visiter cette mine et ramener des informations sur le sujet est une bonne chose, cela montre que c’est à l’agenda », tempère un politicien de gauche proche du sujet. Le problème avec Ignazio Cassis réside plutôt dans le manque de distance de sa communication. » Le premier tweet du ministre, lors de son premier voyage en Afrique, aurait pu s’orienter davantage vers la coopération internationale, résume-t-il.

      Cette polémique montre une chose, se réjouit le comité d’initiative pour des multinationales responsables, « la sensibilité sur le sujet va crescendo ». Déposée en 2016, l’initiative qui exige que les entreprises domiciliées en suisses respectent également les droits de l’homme à l’étranger a été catégoriquement refusée par le Conseil fédéral. Le Conseil national a toutefois accepté un contre-projet en juin. « La pression augmente et les soutiens aussi », commente le comité. Les chiffres parlent pour lui : 14 000 drapeaux aux couleurs de l’initiative ont été vendus en Suisse au cours de ces six derniers mois.

      https://www.letemps.ch/suisse/ignazio-cassis-glencore-ministre-cuivre-tweet


  • Il traffico di oro di aziende europee e americane finanzia il massacro in Congo

    «Il commercio dell’oro proveniente da zone di conflitto alimenta le finanze di famigerati gruppi armati come le FDLR (Forze Democratiche per la Liberazione del #Rwanda) attive nell’est della Repubblica democratica del Congo, oltre alle unità dell’esercito congolese che nei confronti della popolazione della regione si sono macchiate di numerose atrocità, violenze sessuali e altri gravi abusi dei diritti umani».

    Questo uno dei passi salienti del rapporto The Golden Laundromat (La lavanderia dorata), pubblicato lo scorso ottobre da The Sentry, il gruppo di investigatori dell’ong americana Enough Project finanziato dall’attore George Clooney, assieme all’attivista per i diritti umani John Prendergast.

    Il report denuncia il commercio illegale dell’oro dalle aree di conflitto del Congo orientale agli Stati Uniti e all’Europa, sollevando seri timori sul fatto che il prezioso metallo stia raggiungendo i mercati internazionali, comprese le catene di approvvigionamento delle principali compagnie europee e statunitensi, oltre ad essere presente negli apparati elettronici che usiamo abitualmente.

    I documenti esaminati nell’inchiesta e le relative interviste condotte da The Sentry puntano il dito contro la rete aziendale controllata dal magnate belga #Alain_Goetz, accusato di agire in connivenza con la #African_Gold_Refinery (#AGR) di #Entebbe (Uganda), anch’essa di proprietà belga, inaugurata ufficialmente dal presidente #Yoweri_Museveni, nel febbraio 2017. Quest’ultima, riciclerebbe oro proveniente da zone di conflitto del Congo orientale, per poi esportarlo negli Stati Uniti e in Europa attraverso collegamenti con una serie di società, tra cui figurano nomi altisonanti come #Amazon, #General_Electric e #Sony.

    Entebbe al centro del sistema

    Secondo i documenti di cui è venuta in possesso l’ong, nel 2017 l’AGR avrebbe esportato oro di origine ignota per un valore pari a circa 377 milioni di dollari attraverso una società di facciata con sede a Dubai, riconducibile alla raffineria belga #Tony_Goetz_NV, di proprietà del figlio di Alain Goetz.

    Numerose persone intervistate da The Sentry hanno identificato la fonderia #AGR come la principale fonte di smercio del prezioso minerale proveniente dalle provincie congolesi in guerra, ma la compagnia ugandese nega ogni addebito, sostenendo che si è formalmente impegnata ad astenersi da qualsiasi attività che possa contribuire a finanziare il conflitto.

    Nell’ultimo anno ben 283 aziende statunitensi hanno inserito la Tony Goetz NV nella lista delle proprie fonderie e la stessa AGR potrebbe essere inclusa nella catena di approvvigionamento di 103 aziende. Le centinaia di società statunitensi che si approvvigionano dalle fonderie afferenti a questo network, rischiano pertanto di maneggiare oro di provenienza illecita.

    La scia dell’oro insanguinato segue una catena suddivisa in sei fasi dall’est del Congo ai suoi principali destinatari finali, che utilizzano il metallo per produrre gioielli e lingotti, oltre all’impiego nell’elettronica.

    Oro giallo e oro verde

    Gli ultimi dati delle Nazioni Unite indicano che l’oro contrabbandato nelle zone di conflitto del Congo orientale è la principale fonte di finanziamento per gli attori armati che vi partecipano, con un calcolo annuo compreso tra i 300 e i 600 milioni di dollari.

    Senza contare che nel 2011 l’AGR non ha superato un importante audit internazionale sui minerali dei conflitti e che due importanti contrabbandieri d’oro operativi nell’est del Congo hanno rivelato a The Sentry di aver trafficato illegalmente con l’AGR.

    Inoltre, quattro commercianti regionali hanno dichiarato che i trafficanti d’oro #Buganda_Bagalwa e #Mange_Namuhanda – indicati in diversi report delle Nazioni Unite sul Congo come acquirenti del #bloody_gold – nel 2017 hanno fornito ingenti quantità del metallo alla stessa fonderia ugandese. Quest’ultima, però, smentisce di aver ricevuto oro dai due contrabbandieri e anche di aver acquistato ingenti quantità del prezioso metallo non tracciato da altri fornitori. Oltre a sostenere di effettuare accurate verifiche sulla certificazione di provenienza dell’oro.

    Tuttavia, alcuni documenti aziendali esaminati da The Sentry sembrano elevare i sospetti che l’AGR ricicli denaro sporco, come indicato dalla Financial Action Task Force (FATF), il principale organismo intergovernativo mondiale per la lotta al riciclaggio di denaro.

    The Sentry evidenzia, inoltre, che nel 2014 Goetz avrebbe chiesto l’intercessione del presidente Museveni per ottenere agevolazioni fiscali per l’AGR. E nel febbraio di tre anni dopo, in concomitanza con l’inizio dell’attività della fonderia ugandese, Museveni ha annunciato di aver eliminato l’imposta di importazione sull’oro. Un provvedimento di cui ha sostanzialmente beneficiato solo l’AGR.

    Tutti questi elementi inducono a considerare che dietro l’African Gold Refinery possa nascondersi una colossale operazione di riciclaggio dell’oro insanguinato del Congo che avrebbe implicazioni sulla vita di milioni di persone.

    https://raiawadunia.com/il-traffico-di-oro-di-aziende-europee-e-americane-finanzia-il-massacro-
    #Congo #RDC #guerre #conflit #extractivisme #or #mines #Belgique #Dubaï
    ping @albertocampiphoto

    • Le #rapport :
      The #Golden_Laundromat

      Key Findings

      An investigation by The Sentry raises significant concerns that gold mined from conflict areas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (“Congo”) is reaching international markets, including the supply chains of major U.S. companies and in products that consumers use every day.
      Documents reviewed and interviews conducted by The Sentry raise serious concern that the corporate network controlled by Belgian tycoon Alain Goetz has refined illegally-smuggled conflict gold from eastern Congo at the African Gold Refinery (AGR) in Uganda and then exported it through a series of companies to the United States and Europe, potentially including Amazon, General Electric (GE), and Sony.
      According to documents reviewed by The Sentry, AGR exported approximately $377 million in gold in 2017 to an apparent affiliate of the Belgian gold refinery Tony Goetz NV, based in Dubai. Numerous sources interviewed by The Sentry identified AGR as sourcing conflict gold from Congo. AGR denies this and maintains that it is committed to refraining from any action that contributes to the financing of conflict.
      According to the U.N., conflict gold provides the largest source of revenue to armed actors in the conflict in eastern Congo, and $300 to $600 million is smuggled out of Congo annually.
      This gold may wind up in the supply chains of major western corporations. Amazon, Sony, GE, and 280 other U.S. publicly traded companies listed the Belgian refinery as an entity that may be in their supply chains, according to 2018 SEC filings, despite the fact that it failed a major international conflict minerals audit in 2017.
      Numerous sources interviewed by The Sentry identified AGR as sourcing conflict gold from Congo. Two major gold smugglers in Congo acknowledged to The Sentry that they illegally trafficked gold from eastern Congo to AGR, and other regional gold traders corroborated these accounts. Furthermore, four regional traders told The Sentry that gold traffickers Buganda Bagalwa and Mange Namuhanda, who have been named in several U.N. Group of Experts reports on Congo as purchasers of conflict gold, supplied gold to AGR in 2017. AGR denies having received gold from these traders and denies that it has otherwise received significant amounts of undocumented gold from other sources.
      Several corporate practices of AGR appear to raise red flags as indicators of potential money laundering as established by the world’s leading intergovernmental body on anti-money laundering, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according to documents reviewed by The Sentry.
      The trail of conflict gold follows a roughly six-step supply chain from eastern Congo to its main end-products, jewelry, gold bars for investors and banks, and electronics.

      https://thesentry.org/reports/the-golden-laundromat

      Pour télécharger le rapport :


      https://cdn.thesentry.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/GoldenLaundromat_Sentry_Oct2018-final.pdf

      ping @daphne


  • US to Extract Minerals From Afghanistan to ‘Defray Cost of US Assistance’

    The U.S. military has had its eyes on Afghan mineral deposits for some time. A 2007 Pentagon memo that the New York Times quoted in a 2010 article says that Afghanistan could be the “Saudi Arabia of lithium.”

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-to-extract-minerals-from-afghanistan-to-defray-cost-of-us-assistance/232333

    #extractivisme #Afghanistan #USA #Etats-Unis #mines #lithium
    ping @albertocampiphoto @daphne

    Quelle belle blague! “US assistance”, comme dit @isskein sur FB: “Bastards”


  • WATCH | “There is a minefield sign and the migrants will go into this area because they know the police won’t be there”. Hans von der Brelie (@euronewsreport) is reporting from the Bosnia-Herzegovina border.

    https://twitter.com/euronews/status/1058409250043633671

    #Bonsie_Herzégovine #Bosnie #migrations #asile #réfugiés #mines_anti-personnel #frontières #Croatie

    Ici le reportage:
    On the ground at the Bosnian-Croatian border where migrant tensions are rising

    Tensions are rising on the Bosnian-Croatian border, where scores of migrants are demanding entry to the European Union, amid reports this week of fresh police clashes, plummeting temperatures and inadequate living conditions.

    Thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing wars and poverty in North Africa and Asia are sleeping rough near the border, which they hope to cross to gain access to the EU.

    Several people were injured on Wednesday in clashes with Croatian police, with migrants accusing officers of beating them and smashing their phones.

    Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders warned that “as temperatures drop the situation becomes more difficult and tensions are rising.”

    Euronews correspondent Hans von der Brelie is at the scene. Take a look at his pictures and videos below to find out what is really happening on the ground:
    https://twitter.com/euronews/status/1058409250043633671
    Matiola and Nazir want to enter the European Union without visas. However, they can’t cross the well-protected Bosnian border with Croatia.

    They are stuck in the northwestern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Bihac, sleeping rough — protected against rain by plastic sheets.

    Tensions are rising on the Bosnian-Croatian border, where scores of migrants are demanding entry to the European Union, amid reports this week of fresh police clashes, plummeting temperatures and inadequate living conditions.

    Thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing wars and poverty in North Africa and Asia are sleeping rough near the border, which they hope to cross to gain access to the EU.

    Several people were injured on Wednesday in clashes with Croatian police, with migrants accusing officers of beating them and smashing their phones.

    Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders warned that “as temperatures drop the situation becomes more difficult and tensions are rising.”

    Euronews correspondent Hans von der Brelie is at the scene. Take a look at his pictures and videos below to find out what is really happening on the ground:

    Matiola and Nazir want to enter the European Union without visas. However, they can’t cross the well-protected Bosnian border with Croatia.

    They are stuck in the northwestern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Bihac, sleeping rough — protected against rain by plastic sheets.

    A torn EU umbrella lays on top of destroyed tents and garbage in a public park of #Bihac.

    Hundreds of migrants had put their tents here, but they are no longer tolerated and the camp was dismantled.


    Migrants rebuild a shelter in Bihac park.

    These friends from the Kurdish part of Iraq have stayed together throughout the difficult journey. They dream of building a future in Germany or France.

    This is 24-year-old Muhamed Suliman. He worked as a taxi driver in Dubai before heading towards Europe. It was "too hot to stay there. Not enough pay. Too many fines,” he said.

    Suliman said his dream is to reach Italy, but there is no way to cross into Croatia.

    “I will try again. Again and again,” he said.

    Wearing plastic sandals, he said Croatian police took his shoes.


    The remains of a dismantled tent camp in Bihac park.

    Kurdish Iraqi migrants discuss their broken smartphone. “The Croatian police smashed it,” they said.

    Ageed, Muhemed, Jalal, Karwan, Lawin, Ahmad, Tahiro are from Iraq. They speak Kurdish.

    They have been staying for many weeks in the public park of Bihac, the starting point to cross illegally over the external EU border.

    They have tried several times to enter Croatia but were always caught by border guards.

    Muhamed claims he was surrounded by seven Croatian policemen and beaten up.

    This is a former students dormitory building in Bihac park, where almost 1,000 migrants and refugees sleep rough. They mainly come from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northern Africa, Bangladesh, Iran and Iraq.

    People cook on an open fire in front of a former students’ dormitory in Bihac.

    The migrants from Pakistan are aiming to cross the nearby external EU border illegally into Croatia and travel further towards Italy, Germany, France and Spain.

    This official tries to detect migrants crossing into Croatia illegally every day and night.

    Ivana and Josip are two of 6,300 police officers controlling the Croatian border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    As it prepares to join the EU’s Schengen zone soon, Croatia has invested heavily in human resources.

    “We have really a lot of colleagues around here at the external border of the EU”, Ivana and Josip told Euronews.

    This is just one out of many watchtowers and observation posts on the Croatian side of the external EU border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    “No need to build a border fence here,” says Damir Butina, head of the border police unit in Cetingrad.

    This is the famous “#green_border” between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The tiny creek marks the exact borderline.

    The left side of the picture is Croatia, the right is Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Dozens of migrants try to cross the border every day and every night. While there is no fence, there is hidden high tech surveillance all around. You move — and you will be detected.

    https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/02/on-the-ground-at-the-bosnian-croatian-border-where-migrant-tensions-are-ri
    #frontière_verte #militarisation_des_frontières


  • Brazil new President will open Amazon indigenous reserves to mining and farming

    Indigenous People Bolsonaro has vowed that no more indigenous reserves will be demarcated and existing reserves will be opened up to mining, raising the alarm among indigenous leaders. “We are in a state of alert,” said Beto Marubo, an indigenous leader from the Javari Valley reserve.

    Dinamam Tuxá, the executive coordinator of the Indigenous People of Brazil Liaison, said indigenous people did not want mining and farming on their reserves, which are some of the best protected areas in the Amazon. “He does not respect the indigenous peoples’ traditions” he said.

    The Amazon and the environment Bolsonaro campaigned on a pledge to combine Brazil’s environment ministry with the agriculture ministry – under control of allies from the agribusiness lobby. He has attacked environmental agencies for running a “fines industry” and argued for simplifying environmental licences for development projects. His chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, and other allies have challenged global warming science.

    “He intends that Amazon stays Brazilian and the source of our progress and our riches,” said Ribeiro Souto in an interview. Ferreira has also said Bolsonaro wants to restart discussions over controversial hydroelectric dams in the Amazon, which were stalled over environmental concerns.

    Bolsonaro’s announcement last week that he would no longer seek to withdraw Brazil from the Paris climate agreement has done little to assuage environmentalists’ fears.

    http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2018/10/brazil-new-president-will-open-amazon.html
    #réserves #Amazonie #Brésil #extractivisme #mines #agriculture #forêt #déforestation (probablement pour amener ENFIN la #modernité et le #progrès, n’est-ce pas ?) #aires_protégées #peuples_autochtones #barrages_hydroélectriques

    • Un leader paysan assassiné dans l’Amazonie brésilienne

      Le leader paysan, #Aluisio_Samper, dit #Alenquer, a été assassiné jeudi après-midi 11 octobre 2018 chez lui, à #Castelo_de_Sonhos, une ville située le long de la route BR-163 qui relie le nord de l’État de #Mato_Grosso, la principale région productrice de #soja du Brésil, aux deux fleuves Tapajós et Amazone.

      Il défendait des paysans qui s’accrochaient à des lopins de terre qu’ils cultivaient pour survivre, alors que le gouvernement les avaient inclues dans un projet de #réforme_agraire et allait les attribuer à des associations de gros producteurs.


      https://reporterre.net/Un-leader-paysan-assassine-dans-l-Amazonie-bresilienne
      #assassinat #terres #meurtre

    • As Brazil’s Far Right Leader Threatens the Amazon, One Tribe Pushes Back

      “Where there is indigenous land,” newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro has said, “there is wealth underneath it.”

      The Times traveled hundreds of miles into the Brazilian Amazon, staying with a tribe in the #Munduruku Indigenous Territory as it struggled with the shrinking rain forest.

      The miners had to go.

      Their bulldozers, dredges and high-pressure hoses tore into miles of land along the river, polluting the water, poisoning the fish and threatening the way life had been lived in this stretch of the Amazon for thousands of years.

      So one morning in March, leaders of the Munduruku tribe readied their bows and arrows, stashed a bit of food into plastic bags and crammed inside four boats to drive the miners away.

      “It has been decided,” said Maria Leusa Kabá, one of the women in the tribe who helped lead the revolt.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/world/americas/brazil-indigenous-mining-bolsonaro.html

    • Indigenous People, the First Victims of Brazil’s New Far-Right Government

      “We have already been decimated and subjected, and we have been victims of the integrationist policy of governments and the national state,” said indigenous leaders, as they rejected the new Brazilian government’s proposals and measures focusing on indigenous peoples.

      In an open letter to President Jair Bolsonaro, leaders of the Aruak, Baniwa and Apurinã peoples, who live in the watersheds of the Negro and Purus rivers in Brazil’s northwestern Amazon jungle region, protested against the decree that now puts indigenous lands under the Ministry of Agriculture, which manages interests that run counter to those of native peoples.

      Indigenous people are likely to present the strongest resistance to the offensive of Brazil’s new far-right government, which took office on Jan. 1 and whose first measures roll back progress made over the past three decades in favor of the 305 indigenous peoples registered in this country.

      Native peoples are protected by article 231 of the Brazilian constitution, in force since 1988, which guarantees them “original rights over the lands they traditionally occupy,” in addition to recognising their “social organisation, customs, languages, beliefs and traditions.”

      To this are added international regulations ratified by the country, such as Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the International Labor Organisation, which defends indigenous rights, such as the right to prior, free and informed consultation in relation to mining or other projects that affect their communities.

      It was indigenous people who mounted the stiffest resistance to the construction of hydroelectric dams on large rivers in the Amazon rainforest, especially Belo Monte, built on the Xingu River between 2011 and 2016 and whose turbines are expected to be completed this year.

      Transferring the responsibility of identifying and demarcating indigenous reservations from the National Indigenous Foundation (Funai) to the Ministry of Agriculture will hinder the demarcation of new areas and endanger existing ones.

      There will be a review of the demarcations of Indigenous Lands carried out over the past 10 years, announced Luiz Nabhan García, the ministry’s new secretary of land affairs, who is now responsible for the issue.

      García is the leader of the Democratic Ruralist Union, a collective of landowners, especially cattle ranchers, involved in frequent and violent conflicts over land.

      Bolsonaro himself has already announced the intention to review Raposa Serra do Sol, an Indigenous Land legalised in 2005, amid legal battles brought to an end by a 2009 Supreme Court ruling, which recognised the validity of the demarcation.

      This indigenous territory covers 17,474 square kilometers and is home to some 20,000 members of five different native groups in the northern state of Roraima, on the border with Guyana and Venezuela.

      In Brazil there are currently 486 Indigenous Lands whose demarcation process is complete, and 235 awaiting demarcation, including 118 in the identification phase, 43 already identified and 74 “declared”.

      “The political leaders talk, but revising the Indigenous Lands would require a constitutional amendment or proof that there has been fraud or wrongdoing in the identification and demarcation process, which is not apparently frequent,” said Adriana Ramos, director of the Socio-environmental Institute, a highly respected non-governmental organisation involved in indigenous and environmental issues.

      “The first decisions taken by the government have already brought setbacks, with the weakening of the indigenous affairs office and its responsibilities. The Ministry of Health also announced changes in the policy toward the indigenous population, without presenting proposals, threatening to worsen an already bad situation,” she told IPS from Brasilia.

      “The process of land demarcation, which was already very slow in previous governments, is going to be even slower now,” and the worst thing is that the declarations against rights “operate as a trigger for violations that aggravate conflicts, generating insecurity among indigenous peoples,” warned Ramos.

      In the first few days of the new year, and of the Bolsonaro administration, loggers already invaded the Indigenous Land of the Arara people, near Belo Monte, posing a risk of armed clashes, she said.

      The indigenous Guaraní people, the second largest indigenous group in the country, after the Tikuna, who live in the north, are the most vulnerable to the situation, especially their communities in the central-eastern state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

      They are fighting for the demarcation of several lands and the expansion of too-small areas that are already demarcated, and dozens of their leaders have been murdered in that struggle, while they endure increasingly precarious living conditions that threaten their very survival.

      “The grave situation is getting worse under the new government. They are strangling us by dividing Funai and handing the demarcation process to the Ministry of Agriculture, led by ruralists – the number one enemies of indigenous people,” said Inaye Gomes Lopes, a young indigenous teacher who lives in the village of Ñanderu Marangatu in Mato Grosso do Sul, near the Paraguayan border.

      Funai has kept its welfare and rights defence functions but is now subordinate to the new Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, led by Damares Alves, a controversial lawyer and evangelical pastor.

      “We only have eight Indigenous Lands demarcated in the state and one was annulled (in December). What we have is due to the many people who have died, whose murderers have never been put in prison,” said Lopes, who teaches at a school that pays tribute in indigenous language to Marçal de Souza, a Guarani leader murdered in 1982.

      “We look for ways to resist and we look for ‘supporters’, at an international level as well. I’m worried, I don’t sleep at night,” she told IPS in a dialogue from her village, referring to the new government, whose expressions regarding indigenous people she called “an injustice to us.”

      Bolsonaro advocates “integration” of indigenous people, referring to assimilation into the mainstream “white” society – an outdated idea of the white elites.

      He complained that indigenous people continue to live “like in zoos,” occupying “15 percent of the national territory,” when, according to his data, they number less than a million people in a country of 209 million inhabitants.

      “It’s not us who have a large part of Brazil’s territory, but the big landowners, the ruralists, agribusiness and others who own more than 60 percent of the national territory,” countered the public letter from the the Aruak, Baniwa and Apurinã peoples.

      Actually, Indigenous Lands make up 13 percent of Brazilian territory, and 90 percent are located in the Amazon rainforest, the signatories of the open letter said.

      “We are not manipulated by NGOs,” they replied to another accusation which they said arose from the president’s “prejudices.”

      A worry shared by some military leaders, like the minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet, retired General Augusto Heleno Pereira, is that the inhabitants of Indigenous Lands under the influence of NGOs will declare the independence of their territories, to separate from Brazil.

      They are mainly worried about border areas and, especially, those occupied by people living on both sides of the border, such as the Yanomami, who live in Brazil and Venezuela.

      But in Ramos’ view, it is not the members of the military forming part of the Bolsonaro government, like the generals occupying five ministries, the vice presidency, and other important posts, who pose the greatest threat to indigenous rights.

      Many military officers have indigenous people among their troops and recognise that they share in the task of defending the borders, she argued.

      It is the ruralists, who want to get their hands on indigenous lands, and the leaders of evangelical churches, with their aggressive preaching, who represent the most violent threats, she said.

      The new government spells trouble for other sectors as well, such as the quilombolas (Afro-descendant communities), landless rural workers and NGOs.

      Bolsonaro announced that his administration would not give “a centimeter of land” to either indigenous communities or quilombolas, and said it would those who invade estates or other properties as “terrorists.”

      And the government has threatened to “supervise and monitor” NGOs. But “the laws are clear about their rights to organise,” as well as about the autonomy of those who do not receive financial support from the state, Ramos said.

      http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/indigenous-people-first-victims-brazils-new-far-right-government


  • The Abandoned Mine Problem: Who Should Bear the Burden?

    Thousands of abandoned and orphaned mines dot the American West. They pose a danger to both public and environmental health, and responsible parties are difficult to find, differentiate, or hold accountable. Why do inactive mines continue to pose safety hazards and pollute our waterways? The laws in place simply don’t have teeth. The Gold King Mine wastewater spill in southwestern Colorado in 2015 was a good reminder of the scope of the problem of abandoned and orphaned mines and how our current regulatory framework falls short.

    There are three laws that generally govern mining law in the United States: the 1872 Mining Law, the Clean Water Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). These laws lack concrete measures to prevent mine spills from occurring as well as reliable methods to ensure that all mines receive the necessary attention in the case of a spill (or better yet, to prevent one). In addition, these laws can create liabilities and disincentives on parties who might otherwise be willing to come in and remediate the mine on their own. However, some states are turning towards a non-traditional form of legislation: Good Samaritan laws, in which citizens, companies, and organizations would be not liable in the case they decide to take on the task of cleaning up acid mine drainage.

    The abandoned mine problem in the United States is striking. Specifically, hard rock mines (including metals like gold, silver, iron, copper, and zinc) are predominant in the West as a result of the discovery of gold and silver during the era of western expansion. Up until the 1970s, the federal government engaged in little oversight on mining across much of the West. During the mining era, there were few expectations about environmental safeguards, and as a result, historic mining operations often went largely unregulated. Before the 1970s, it was common for mining companies to abandon mine sites after mineral extraction was completed or no longer profitable. The land was often left exposed, with waste materials in piles or dumped into mine cavities and pits. At the time, mining companies had no requirement to restore mine lands to their original condition. Today, it is almost impossible to hold these mine owners financially responsible because records of original ownership have been lost and accountable individuals have long passed away. There are over 500,000 abandoned hardrock mine sites across the nation, and the cost for cleaning up these inactive mines is estimated to be between $33 and 72 billion dollars. Today, these abandoned mines are capable of polluting adjacent streams, lakes, and groundwater with high volumes of toxic waste. In doing so, contamination from spills has the potential to—and often does—harm marine ecosystems, poison local drinking water, and pose serious health risks to local communities.

    What Laws Are in Place?

    The Mining Law of 1872, or the General Mining Law, governs the transfer of rights to mine gold, silver, copper, uranium and other hardrock minerals from federal lands. Under the law, citizens may enter and explore the public domain, and if they find valuable mineral deposits, they may obtain title to the land through the Department of the Interior. The law has jurisdictional coverage over 270 million acres of publicly owned land, which is almost one-fourth of all land in the United States. In essence, mining companies are able to search for minerals without any authorization from any government agency. The law contains little to no environmental protections for using use of the land and it does not include any royalty or bonding provisions (to help fund cleanup in case of an accident). As a result, many have criticized the law for giving away public land to private companies practically for free, leaving the public to bear the burden for cleaning up the spills. Since there is no requirement to pay royalties or report extraction volume, the government does not keep track of the volume of hardrock minerals being extracted from federal public lands each year. Consequently, this aspect of mines is largely unchecked and has disparate effects.

    But the issue of abandoned mines has not entirely been overlooked. In September 2017, Senator Tom Udall (Arizona) introduced legislation to reform the General Mining Law and address many of the above-mention criticisms. If passed, the legislation would help fund clean-up activities through fees and royalties. In March 2018, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the issue of abandoned mines.

    The Clean Water Act (CWA) is aimed at restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. The Act splits the responsibility to state agencies and some responsibility to the EPA to carry out the regulatory purposes. The Act requires would-be polluters to obtain a permit for any kind of discharge of a pollutant from a point source (such as mine waste) into the navigable waters of the United States. While the structure of the Act enforces a basic foundation for protecting water resources, one consequence of the permitting system is that parties who own or attempt to clean up mines will likely become subject to its extensive permitting requirements and face liability. This being said, when parties do attempt to clean up mines, their actions could still constitute a violation of the CWA. Under the Act, a party seeking to engage in cleanup activity would need a permit regardless of whether their actions aggravate or improve the water quality.

    CERCLA allows for the cleanup of sites that are already contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants. It is also referred to as the “Superfund,” due to the large fund that it created for cleanup of contaminated sites. CERCLA is intended to spread the cost of cleanup among responsible parties, and allows the government to undertake cleanup of contaminated property or compel private parties to undertake the cleanup themselves. Like the CWA, CERCLA creates potential liability for parties that might attempt to clean up abandoned mines, which usually takes form of lawsuits. Under 107(a)(4)(B), private parties can recover from a potential responsible party (PRP) for the cleanup costs they “directly incur.” Under this broad liability scheme, people who own property containing hazardous substances can be held liable for enormous cleanup costs even though they were not involved in any hazardous waste disposal activities. Even with some liability defense for certain types of innocent landowners and bonafide prospective purchaser, CERCLA has in effect discouraged the purchase and reuse of properties that may be contaminated. As a result, the overwhelming costs of cleanups (and potential liability) have been the primary restraining factors for people otherwise interested in reusing and restoring contaminated properties.

    Good Samaritan Legislation

    There has been no shortage of offered fixes to the problem of abandoned and orphaned mines, but one solution that has seemed to be getting more traction recently is the idea of Good Samaritan legislation. While potential liability under the CWA and CERCLA has discouraged parties from cleaning up abandoned mines or reusing and restoring contaminated properties, Good Samaritan legislation may provide new hope for parties who want to attempt to clean up mines but do not have the resources to take on the liability that might accompany cleanup efforts. These parties may include citizens, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and mining companies.

    Pennsylvania implemented the Environmental Good Samaritan Act in 1999 and has completed fifty projects since. Those protected by this legislation include individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government entities. The Act protects them if they meet several requirements, including they that did not cause/create the abandoned mineral extraction land or water pollution, and that they provide equipment and/or materials for the project. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) administers and reviews project proposals to determine project eligibility. While the Act has been used for mine reclamation in the past, DEP has also applied it to other environmental remediation projects, achieving success so far. In 2017, the Act has been applied to two oil and gas well projects, which are estimated to have saved DEP $60,000 to $85,000, in addition to administrative cost savings related to contract development and management. Three more projects are currently under review.

    Recently, members of Congress have made efforts to enact something similar at the federal level. In 2016, three members of the Colorado delegation to Congress proposed the Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act of 2016 with the help of environmental groups Trout Unlimited and Earthworks. The bill, ultimately, was not successful.

    The practical reality of Good Samaritan legislation is that most parties who are interested in cleaning up the spills will not have the funds to effectuate a successful cleanup. While Good Samaritan laws appear to be a reasonable way to encourage cleanups, they are not enough to solve the multifaceted abandoned mine issue that has a variety of stakeholders- including the mining companies who are often let off the hook. This is why most environmental advocates tend to reject Good Samaritan proposals, as they distract from the bigger picture that the mining companies are causing the spills and are not taking responsibility to clean them up. While the EPA has issued guidance on Good Samaritan laws, few parties are willing to proceed with cleanup projects because the EPA has failed to engage in regulatory rulemaking and enforce law on the subject.

    This being said, Good Samaritan legislation alone will not solve the abandoned and orphaned mine issue. Conservation groups have proposed increased liability for mining companies. At the state level, conservation groups like San Juan Citizens Alliance and Conservation Colorado have supported the

    Thus, what seems to be the closest thing to an answer to the abandoned and orphaned mine problem is some sort of combination of many proposed solutions: Good Samaritan laws, imposition of royalties, creation of a hardrock reclamation fund, etc. At this point, the main question is where resources should be allocated and at what cost, especially amidst federal laws and agencies that often disagree on how and to what extent…” to protect the environment.


    http://duwaterlawreview.com/the-abandoned-mine-problem-who-should-bear-the-burden
    #mines #abandon #fermeture #extractivisme #pollution #mines_abandonnées #environnement #santé

    ping @albertocampiphoto @daphne



  • Ambiente: Europa e Cina finanziano il carbone serbo

    Dentro i propri confini Europa e Cina impongono regole stringenti, ma con gli investimenti esteri puntano ancora sulle fonti fossili, con tutto ciò che questo vuol dire quanto a impatto ambientale. È il caso della Serbia, dove l’ampliamento di una miniera e la costruzione di quattro centrali a carbone avranno effetti sull’ambiente e sulla salute.

    La Serbia ricava il 70% della sua elettricità dal carbone, ma questa quota potrebbe aumentare presto. Nonostante gli appelli della scienza e gli accordi internazionali sul clima, infatti, lo stato dell’est Europa continua a puntare sulle fonti fossili grazie ai capitali in arrivo dalle banche estere. A partire dalla Banca europea per la ricostruzione e lo sviluppo (Ebrd), istituzione finanziaria che ha come azionisti la stessa Banca europea degli investimenti, un’istituzione finanziaria dell’Unione europea, più 67 Paesi.

    Non è la sua prima operazione controversa: la stessa banca in passato aveva per esempio finanziato una discarica in Armenia, senza però sufficienti garanzie sul fronte ambientale. L’altro grande finanziatore del carbone serbo è la Cina, che insieme all’Europa sta puntando al proprio interno su un’economia più verde, in disaccordo, a quanto pare, con gli investimenti di oltreconfine.

    Quattro nuove centrali a carbone in Europa

    La beneficiaria dei prestiti è la società pubblica dell’energia elettrica #Elektroprivreda_Srbije (Eps), che ha ricevuto più volte mutui dalla Ebrd per i suei impianti a carbone. Come riporta la ong Bankwatch, sulla base della strategia energetica del governo varata nel 2016, oltre a prolungare la vita di alcune centrali a carbone già esistenti, la #Eps sta espandendo la miniera di lignite di #Drmno e sta anche progettando nuovi impianti per produrre elettricità: #Kostolac_B3, #Nikola_Tesla_B3, #Kolubara_B e #Stavalj.

    «Mentre è improbabile che tutti vengano realizzati, la Eps dà chiaramente la priorità a Kostolac B3 nel programma di implementazione della strategia energetica e non ha pubblicamente annunciato la cancellazione degli altri impianti previsti», spiegano ancora dalla ong attiva nel monitoraggio a livello mondiale di progetti finanziati con soldi pubblici e che insieme all’associazione ambientalista Cekor ha denunciato le criticità anche alla stessa Ebrd.

    Carbone e impatto ambientale: miniera a cielo aperto

    Tra i problemi rilevati, le due organizzazioni denunciano anche l’espansione della miniera di Drmno, oggi grande quasi 20 km quadrati. L’obiettivo è portare la produzione da 9 a 12 milioni di tonnellate annue per alimentare il futuro terzo lotto della vicina centrale Kostolac B, ma l’ampliamento viene realizzato «senza una valutazione degli impatti ambientali e sociali, in violazione della politica della Ebrd e della legislazione serba ed europea». Dice Ioana Ciuta, esperta di energia di Bakwatch:

    «Nessun dato sulla superficie dell’espansione è stato reso pubblico e il ministero serbo dell’Energia, sviluppo e protezione ambientale non ha ritenuto necessario, in base a una decisione del 2013, alcuna valutazione degli impatti sull’ambiente».

    Problemi ambientali e sulla salute

    Eppure gli effetti sono significativi, a partire da una produzione di energia ad alte emissioni di CO2, contro gli accordi di Parigi sui cambiamenti climatici, e un alto indebitamento per finanziare questi programmi. Ma gli effetti negativi non solo solo ecologici ed economici: gli abitanti dell’area hanno raccontato agli attivisti di Bankwatch e Cekor di soffrire problemi di salute per l’inquinamento. E i muri di molte case sono pieni di crepe, secondo i cittadini a causa dell’attività estrattiva.

    Carbone e ambiente: accerchiati dall’inquinamento

    Oggi, racconta Ioana Ciuta, i cittadini di Drmno sono accerchiati, con la centrale in ampliamento a nord e la miniera in fase di espansione a nord-est, est e sud, mentre a ovest è stato installato un nuovo molo sul Danubio per l’arrivo delle attrezzature necessarie alla costruzione di Kostolac B3. L’area si trova vicino anche al sito archeologico di Viminacium, attrazione turistica dove è in costruzione anche un campo estivo per gli studenti.

    «Ma chi vorrebbe andare in vacanza vicino a una miniera di lignite a cielo aperto che si espande per quasi 20 km quadrati?», si chiede retoricamente Ciuta.

    Milioni di euro nonostante l’impatto ambientale del carbone

    Questi progetti che non sarebbero stati possibili senza i soldi della Banca europea per la ricostruzione e lo sviluppo e quelli delle banche cinesi. La prima eroga mutui alla società energetica Eps dal 2001 nonostante che, fa notare Bankwatch, «la società persegua chiaramente una strategia di espansione della produzione elettrica da carbone e numerose accuse di corruzione e violazioni della legge macchino la sua reputazione».

    Nel 2015, a seguito di una forte alluvione, la Ebrd ha erogato un prestito da 200 milioni di euro: dovevano servire per ripagare i danni e superare il momento difficile, ma il risultato nella realtà sarà una maggiore quantità di carbone estratto e bruciato.

    Nello stesso anno, la Export-Import Bank of China ha concesso un mutuo da 608 milioni di dollari per ampliare la miniera di Dmro e costruire il terzo lotto della centrale di Kostolac. La banca era già stata il principale finanziatore di altri interventi a Kostolac da 1,25 miliardi di dollari totali.

    Lotta agli effetti sull’ambiente solo sulla carta

    Dopo le denunce delle due ong alla Ebrd, la banca ha pubblicato un primo rapporto di valutazione in cui vengono ammesse alcune criticità. Il punto, però, è che la banca ha obiettivi ambientali ambiziosi che poco hanno a che fare con il carbone, almeno sulla carta.

    «La salvaguardia dell’ambiente e un impegno per l’energia sostenibile sono anch’essi centrali nell’attività della Ebrd», si legge sulla pagina web della banca, dove si spiega che «un impegno per promuovere uno sviluppo sostenibile e in accordo con l’ambiente è stato esplicitato al momento della sua fondazione». Secondo la Ebrd, la finanza per contrastare i cambiamenti climatici, fronte su cui l’Europa ha obiettivi e linee d’azione precisi, nel 2017 ha rappresentato il 43% degli investimenti totali della banca.

    Le contraddizioni di Europa e Cina

    Gli attivisti sollevano l’incongruenza tra le politiche interne della Repubblica popolare e le sue strategie di investimento all’estero.

    «La Cina sta ripulendo la sua politica a casa, ma fuori la forza lavoro e la tecnologia del Paese stanno trovando nuovi mercati», denuncia Ciuta.

    Altrettanta incoerenza si può rilevare nelle politiche dell’Europa, che lavora per rafforzare gli obiettivi legati all’energia pulita e la riduzione delle emissioni per i suoi stati membri, ma è molto più morbida sul fronte degli investimenti della Ebrd all’estero. I mutui alla Eps non sono infatti l’unica operazione dibattuta della Ebrd: la banca ha finanziato impianti alimentati a fonti fossili in Polonia, Repubblica Ceca e Bulgaria, mentre in Armenia, come citato più sopra, ha erogato risorse per la costruzione di una discarica senza sufficienti garanzie di rispetto dell’ambiente.

    https://www.osservatoriodiritti.it/2018/10/24/carbone-ambiente-serbia
    #charbon #énergie #Chine #Serbie #UE #EU #Europe #Kolubara #mines

    #environnement #santé

    ping @daphne @albertocampiphoto


  • Batterie auto elettriche: il prezzo pagato dai bambini del cobalto

    Nelle miniere del Congo migliaia di bambini pagano un prezzo altissimo per estrarre il cobalto, uno dei materiali indispensabili alle batterie delle auto elettriche: condizioni di lavoro terribili e rischi per la salute per pochi centesimi al giorno


    https://www.osservatoriodiritti.it/2018/10/22/batterie-auto-elettriche-bambini-cobalto
    #voiture_électrique #exploitation #mines #cobalt #enfants #Congo #esclavage_moderne #extractivisme #matières_premières #cartographie #visualisation
    ping @reka


  • Dos de femme, dos de mulet, les oubliées du #Maroc profond

    « Si je me suis concentré sur le milieu rural, en particulier sur les régions montagneuses de l’#Atlas et sur les petites villes (#Berkane, #Midelt, #Kalaat_Sraghna), c’est parce que la #fragilité des femmes m’y a paru plus marquée, plus terrible qu’ailleurs. En 2015, dans différentes régions de ce pays, une fille qui n’est pas mariée à dix-huit ans est encore considérée comme une femme ratée, sans avenir… Dans les villages du Moyen et du Haut Atlas, comme dans de petites villes du Maroc profond, pères, mères, autorités locales et juges continuent à marier des filles, âgées de treize, quatorze ans, selon la coutume ou par contrat. Des enfants sont ainsi livrées aux familles de leurs époux. Elles y sont exploitées, martyrisées, violées… Dans les #mines de #Mibladen, mais aussi dans les #vergers de #clémentines de l’Oriental, les #ouvrières_saisonnières ont des conditions de vie dramatiques car elles subissent une double exploitation, économique et sexuelle. Ce travail démontre l’importance de réformer les lois. »


    http://www.etlettres.com/livre/dos-de-femme-dos-de-mulet-les-oubliees-du-maroc-profond
    #livre #femmes #montagne #mariage #enfants #enfance #mariage_forcé #coutume #exploitation #viol #violence #agriculture #travail #exploitation_économique #exploitation_sexuelle

    ping @daphne et @albertocampiphoto —> car on parle aussi des mines de Mibladen


  • #Les_Mohamed

    #Jérôme_Ruillier nous fait (re)découvrir l’#histoire de l’#immigration maghrébine à travers des témoignages poignants (en trois parties : les pères, les mères, les enfants), qui rendent compte de la quête d’identité et des effets au quotidien du racisme.

    – Comme il y a un après Maus d’Art Spiegelman qui a révolutionné les consciences, il y aura désormais un après Les Mohamed
    – Une réflexion sur la France d’aujourd’hui, ses évolutions, son métissage, ses peurs, ses nouvelles revendications d’égalité et de justice sociale
    – Un regard d’auteur courageux dans lequel Ruillier n’hésite pas à se mettre en scène avec ses propres doutes, ses interrogations


    http://editions-sarbacane.com/les-mohamed
    #BD #livre #migrations #Algérie #guerre_d'Algérie #France #accords_d'Evian #travailleurs_immigrés #enracinement #contingents #OS #ouvriers_spécialisés #boucs_émissaires #colonialisme #colonialisme #regroupement_familial #solitude #Renault #industrie_automobile #île_Seguin #chaîne_de_montage #syndicat #alphabétisation #analphabétisme #indifférence #retraite #aide_au_retour #nationalité #citoyenneté #second@s #Algérie #Maroc #Douai #Houillère #extractivisme #charbon #mines #Sagenorpa #logement #baraquements #baraques #travail #accidents_de_travail #souffrance #solitude #Givors #guerre_d'Algérie #loi_Stoléru #identité #ZUP #foyer #foyer_de_célibataires #Montfermeil #violence_domestique #sexualité #liberté #arabophobie #discriminations #racisme #xénophobie #mariage_forcé #alphabétisation #cours_d'alphabétisation #cité_de_transit #barbelé #frontières_urbaines #frontières_intra-urbaines #brigade_spéciale #HLM #Nanterre #bidonville #voile #aide_au_retour #17_octobre #police #violences_policières #marche_des_beurs #résistance


  • #Miners_Shot_Down

    In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days into the strike, the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more.The police insisted that they shot in self- defense. Miners Shot Down tells a different story, one that unfolds in real time over seven days, like a ticking time bomb.

    The film weaves together the central point-of-view of three strike leaders, Mambush, Tholakele and Mzoxolo, with compelling police footage, TV archive and interviews with lawyers representing the miners in the ensuing commission of inquiry into the massacre. What emerges is a tragedy that arises out of the deep fault lines in South Africa’s nascent democracy, of enduring poverty and a twenty year old, unfulfilled promise of a better life for all. A campaigning film, beautifully shot, sensitively told, with a haunting soundtrack, Miners Shot Down reveals how far the African National Congress has strayed from its progressive liberationist roots and leaves audiences with an uncomfortable view of those that profit from minerals in the global South.


    http://www.minersshotdown.co.za
    #Afrique_du_sud #film #documentaire #mines #extractivisme #violences_policières #histoire #massacre #Marikana_commission_for_inquiry #grève #Lonmin #travail #pauvreté #platine #massacre_de_Marikan #syndicat #Cyril_Ramaphosa #National_union_of_mine_workers (#NUM) #AMCU #matières_premières #violence #Lonmin_mining_company #Greg_Marinovich #police #impunité


  • L’Afrique, du #Sahel et du #Sahara à la #Méditerranée : intégrations, #circulations et #fragmentations

    Catherine Fournet-Guérin et Géraud Magrin
    L’Afrique, du Sahel et du Sahara à la Méditerranée : intégrations, circulations et fragmentations [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    Africa, from the Sahel and the Sahara to the Mediterranean Sea. Integrations, circulations and fragmentations
    Alexis Gonin

    Le #foncier_pastoral au Sahel, des #mobilités fragilisées [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    Pastoral land tenure in Sahel : jeopardized mobilities)
    #pastoralisme
    Ronan Mugelé

    La #Grande_muraille_verte au Sahel : entre ambitions globales et ancrage local [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    The great green wall in Sahel : from global to local ambitions
    Géraud Magrin et Christine Raimond

    La région du lac #Tchad face à la crise #Boko_Haram : interdépendances et vulnérabilités d’une charnière sahélienne [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    The Lake Chad region and Boko Haram crisis : links and vulnerability of a sahelian hinge
    Anne Bouhali

    Les places marchandes du #made_in_China au #Caire et à# Oran : #mondialisation et transformations des espaces et des pratiques de consommation [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    The marketplaces of made-in-China goods in Cairo and Oran : globalization and transformations of consumption spaces and practices
    Nora Mareï et Olivier Ninot
    #Chine #Chinafrique

    Entre Afrique du Nord et de l’Ouest, les #relations_transsahariennes à un moment charnière [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    Between north Africa and west Africa : trans-Saharan relations at a key moment
    Alice Franck

    L’échec de la partition d’un État à la charnière entre monde arabe et Afrique subsaharienne : le cas du #Soudan [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    The failure of the partition of a pivotal State between the arab world and sub-saharan Africa : the case of Sudan
    Raphaëlle Chevrillon-Guibert et Géraud Magrin

    Ruées vers l’#or au #Soudan, au #Tchad et au Sahel : logiques étatiques, mobilités et contrôle territorial [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    Gold rushes in Sudan, Chad and the Sahel : state logic, mobility, territorial control
    Laurent Gagnol
    #extractivisme #mines_d'or #mines

    Marginalité, spécificités et instabilité du #tourisme saharien [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    Marginality, specificities and instability of Saharan tourism
    Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy

    Du #kif au #haschich : évolution de l’industrie du #cannabis au #Maroc [Texte intégral disponible en juillet 2019]
    From kif to hashish. the evolution of the cannabis industry in Morocco

    #drogues


    https://journals.openedition.org/bagf/2953
    #revue


  • Supreme Court rejects industry’s plea to hear Grand Canyon #uranium mining case

    The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case challenging the government’s ban on uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, a major blow to industry groups hoping to mine for the nuclear material.

    The court said it would not hear the case brought by the National Mining Association and the American Exploration and Mining Association, which challenged the Interior Department’s ban as being based on an unconstitutional provision of the law.

    The rejection leaves in place a December appeals court decision that upheld the ban.

    In 2012, Obama administration Interior Secretary Ken Salazar instituted the ban, partly because the neighboring Havasupai Tribe relies on groundwater from the area to survive.

    “The lands in and around the Grand Canyon have always been the homeland of the Havasupai People,” Muriel Coochwytewa, the tribe’s chairwoman, said in a statement Monday.

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    “Our ancestors lived and died amongst the sacred sites that cover this land. The mineral withdrawal is a necessary way to protect the land and the water that our people and our village depend upon, and we are grateful that the Supreme Court has agreed with the 9th Circuit’s conclusion ― that our lands and our people must be preserved.”

    In March, the industry groups asked the court to review the ban, which prohibited uranium mining on public lands next to the national monument for 20 years.

    While the Supreme Court’s decision to not take the case leaves uranium mining companies no more avenues to challenge the ban in court, they are reportedly lobbying the Trump administration to support renewed mining in the U.S. for both economy and national security reasons.

    https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/409328-supreme-court-rejects-industrys-plea-to-hear-grand-canyon-uranium
    #Grand_Canyon #USA #Etats-Unis #mines #extractivisme
    cc @daphne @albertocampiphoto


  • Green Conflict Minerals: Investigating Renewable Energy Supply Chains in Fragile States.
    https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2018/09/green-conflict-minerals-investigating-renewable-energy-supply-chain

    The shift to a low-carbon economy is not only underway, it is accelerating. Last year, Costa Rica generated more than 99 percent of its electricity using renewable sources; Germany expanded its onshore wind power capacity by 5,300 MW, and in the United States, more than 62 percent of new power plants under construction will produce renewable energy. What does this rapid increase mean for the countries that supply the inputs required to build these new facilities—particularly those countries that are struggling with fragility or corruption?

    The technology and infrastructure for the transition—including wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicles—depend on significant supplies of certain metals and minerals. For example, the World Bank estimates that demand for the minerals used in solar panels could increase by 300 percent by 2050, should the international community meet the goals established in the Paris Agreement. A new report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), analyzes the supply chains for these metals and minerals–from who, where, and how they are obtained and processed—and the impacts on mineral-rich states. Green Conflict Minerals: The fuels of conflict in the transition to a low-carbon economy finds that significant reserves are located in states perceived to be both fragile and corrupt, and that their increased extraction is linked to local grievances, tensions, and—in the worst cases—violence.

    Conflict Mineral Hotspots


  • Souvenir d’un paysage. Pour Manuela

    http://www.progress-film.de/erinnerung-an-eine-landschaft-fur-manuela.html

    Un documentaire réalisé en 1983 et produit par la DEFA (monopole de la production cinématographique en Allemagne de l’est)

    Il décrit l’extension inexorable des mines de charbon à ciel ouvert au sud de Leipzig. La scène entre 21:26 et 23:10 est notamment édifiante : un planificateur explique les différentes phases du projet programmé jusqu’en 2020. La chute du mur n’a rien remis en cause de ce coté là. D’ailleurs on y voit la figure de Marx, non pas hanter l’époque, mais y servir de bibelot utilitaire.

    Le réalisateur avait bien compris que le modèle « socialiste » n’était que l’autre camp du capital, et non pas une alternative radicale. Les nécessités mises en avant par la planificateur, et qui sont celles de l’investissement productif, ne dépareraient pas dans les discours d’un partisan de l’aéroport à NDDL, par exemple.


  • Illusion cartographique au Nord, barrière de sable à l’Est : les #frontières mouvantes du #Sahara_occidental
    http://journals.openedition.org/espacepolitique/2644

    C’est entre 1981 et 1987 que l’Etat marocain entreprend, avec l’aide de techniciens français, la fortification militaire de lignes de dunes dans une perspective défensive. La fin des années 1970 est alors marquée par des combats violents entre les Forces armées marocaines (FAR) et le Front Polisario, qui agit dès 1976 depuis des bases arrière algérienne et mauritanienne. La prise pour cible du territoire marocain (hors de la zone controversée) et l’occupation ponctuelle de Tan Tan par les indépendantistes (opération « Houari Boumédiene ») sont vécues côté marocain comme un affront et renforcent l’idée d’un nécessaire mur de sécurisation pour protéger les centres névralgiques du Sahara, à savoir les villes, les oasis, les mines de phosphate de Bou Craa et les sources de la Saguia al Hamra (Mohsen-Finan, 2004). Entreprise à la faveur d’un renversement du rapport de forces sur le terrain par les FAR, la fortification de dunes s’étale sur plusieurs années

    #cartographie #Maroc


  • A #Phonsavan, au #Laos, il y a un centre qui s’occupe de #déminage : #MAG.
    Il faut également un travail de prévention outre que de déminage. On trouve dans la région pas mal de panneaux et affiches, notamment pour les #enfants.

    Je mets ici des images prises dans le centre et des panneaux trouvées dans différents endroits autour de Phonsavan.
    Ironie du sort, le centre est aussi financé par les Etats-Unis (financement commencé sous Obama et encore actif, apparemment). Mais le principaux bailleur est le Royaume-Uni.

    Le site de MAG :
    https://www.maginternational.org

    Et quelques images :

    Des pierres pour marquer le territoire : rouge et blanc selon que le terrain a été contrôlé ou pas :

    #mines_anti-personnel #bombes

    Plus sur les #bombardements au Laos de la part des américains :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/695957

    (comme toujours ces derniers temps, pas sure de pouvoir tout mettre ce soir, je continuerai à charger les images dans les prochains jours)

    cc @reka



  • A quand des mines de cobalt en Belledonne ?

    Vous êtes pour les véhicules électriques, les éoliennes, la dématérialisation, les médias numériques ou les panneaux solaires ? Mais êtes-vous pour l’ouverture de mines de cobalt en Belledonne ? à propos de la prise en charge des saloperies générées par l’extraction des métaux rares indispensables aux nouvelles technologies vendues comme « vertes », ça fait longtemps que l’Isère, la France, l’Occident ne font pas « leur part ». A quand un peu de cohérence ?

    Lire la suite sur :

    https://www.lepostillon.org/A-quand-des-mines-de-cobalt-en-Belledonne.html

    #TransitionMonCul #Terresrares #Pollutionnumérique


  • High-wire : a vertiginous ride in Chiatura’s Soviet-era cable cars — The Calvert Journal

    https://www.calvertjournal.com/photography/show/10327/chiatura-cable-cars-soviet-georgia-photography

    Chiatura, a once-booming mining town in western Georgia, won’t strike you as a quintessential tourist destination. The city’s only landmark is the Mgvimevi monastery, set on the edge of a natural cave. Chiatura’s main attraction, however, is “Stalin’s rope road”, a network of cable cars built in the 1950s to transport workers to the manganese mines in the mountains. After visiting Chiatura in 2010, photographer Lasse Ihlow returned in late 2017 to photograph the remains of the mining industry. “The only way I could discern that time passed was through the faded paint jobs on the houses and cable cars,” he reveals of a city where time seems to stand still. His photos show the farthest cable cars at the eastern end of the valley, where most of the active mines are located. “A majority of the working population is still dependent on the mining industry, which is in decline. The city is visited regularly by daring tourists who pass through for a thrilling ride on the city’s main cable car, before traveling on.” Few stay longer than a day, travelling in from Tbilisi or Kutaisi, sometimes only for a few hours. Though a ride on the cable-cars is a must, the photographer recommends heading to Chiatura for more than a flying visit: “Everyone is welcoming and hospitable, always ready to share their famous Georgian wine and talk despite the communication barrier.”

    #géorgie #caucase #soviétisme


  • Depoliticization, Repoliticization, and Environmental Concerns – Swedish Mining Politics as an Instance of Environmental Politicization

    An argument within the wider theory of postpolitics that has gained traction over the last decade is that environmental concerns in general, and climate policy in particular, are especially conducive to depoliticization. In this paper, we take issue with this notion by presenting an empirical case study of the repoliticization of Swedish mining and then, on the basis of this analysis, offer theoretical reflections on how to better understand depoliticization and repoliticization of the environment. We argue for the use of a narrow definition of ’depoliticization’, and that sufficient attention must be paid to temporal and scalar differentiation of continuous processes of de- and repoliticization, and that normative assumptions of what constitutes the genuinely political should be abandoned. We argue that environmental concerns harbour large potential for effective politicization, and that this politicization occurs as a response to depoliticization, through concurrent, cross-fertilizing and intertwined processes of repoliticization across scales both inside and outside of formal channels of government, whereby previously depoliticized state agencies may become crucial.

    https://www.acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1500
    #mines #extractivisme #Suède
    cc @albertocampiphoto @daphne @marty


  • Nuove rotte per i minerali insanguinati

    Verisk Maplecroft: combattenti trafficano stagno, oro e tungsteno in Colombia e #Myanmar.

    La mappa dei paesi a rischio violazione di diritti umani legati ai cosiddetti “minerali insanguinati”, o “minerali di conflitto”, si allarga a Colombia e Myanmar. Secondo l’ultimo rapporto dalla società di consulenza Verisk Maplecroft attiva nella gestione del rischio globale, infatti, le zone interessate da questi fenomeni non sono più solo la Repubblica democratica del Congo o la regione africana dei Grandi Laghi, dove da tempo i signori della guerra finanziano i conflitti locali proprio trafficando questi materiali.

    La ricerca ha esaminato venti fattori di rischio di natura politica, sociale e ambientale relativi all’estrazione e al commercio di tantalio, stagno, tungsteno e oro (noti anche con l’acronimo 3TG derivato dalle tre T dei primi tre – stagno è tin in inglese – più la G di gold, oro) nei principali paesi produttori a livello globale di questi minerali.

    L’analisi condotta dalla multinazionale britannica mostra che i paesi africani della regione dei Grandi Laghi, in particolare la Repubblica democratica del Congo, non sono più né gli unici né i più importanti fornitori di 3TG, fondamentali per la produzione di dispositivi ad alta tecnologia e batterie per auto elettriche, per citare solo un paio di esempi. Secondo le conclusioni degli analisti di Verisk Maplecroft, infatti, i quattro minerali sono prodotti anche sotto il controllo di gruppi armati attivi in Myanmar (ex Birmania) e Colombia, al fine di finanziare la guerriglia nei due paesi.

    Uno tra i più importanti di questi gruppi è lo United Wa State Army (Uswa), un esercito formato da oltre 30 mila uomini, che grazie al sostegno di Pechino dal 1989 controlla di fatto lo Stato di Wa, nel nord-est del Myanmar. Lo stagno prodotto nelle miniere di Man Maw sotto il controllo dei ribelli birmani viene esportato nella vicina Cina e immesso nelle catene di fornitura di oltre 500 aziende locali, che producono materiale elettronico. Nel 2003, l’Uwsa è stata sanzionata dal governo degli Stati Uniti per il suo coinvolgimento nel traffico internazionale di stupefacenti.

    In Colombia, invece, alcune formazioni armate come l’Esercito di liberazione nazionale (Eln) che, dopo le Farc, rappresenta il secondo principale gruppo ribelle di ispirazione marxista attivo nella nazione latino-americana, attualmente detengono il controllo dell’attività estrattiva di ingenti giacimenti di oro e tungsteno.

    Le disposizioni in vigore in Europa e negli Stati Uniti per risalire all’esatta catena di fornitura di un dato minerale e renderlo tracciabile, si sono finora concentrate sulle nazioni della regione dei Grandi Laghi, nonostante la miriade di rischi che possono sorgere nelle catene di approvvigionamento di atri paesi.

    https://www.osservatoriodiritti.it/2017/04/28/nuove-rotte-per-minerali-insanguinati
    #matières_premières #extractivisme #Colombie #or #Birmanie #Tungstène #Étain #rapport #mines #risques #rapport #Congo #RDC

    Lien vers le rapport :
    Conflict Minerals Risk Analysis

    Verisk Maplecroft’s conflict minerals analysis quantifies 20 political, social and environmental risk related to the production of tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (#3TG) in the largest global producers of the minerals. The focus of the risk assessment is at the mine level of the value chain, though risk issues present across the wider value chains of the assessed commodities are also incorporated.


    https://www.osservatoriodiritti.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/VM_Conflict_Minerals.pdf
    #cartographie #visualisation


  • Enfants des mines d’or, esclaves et invisibles

    Dans son n°1, le journal des donateurs de l’UNICEF « Agir pour les enfants défavorisés du monde » aborde le problème du travail des enfants. 700 000 enfants de 5 à 18 ans travailleraient dans 700 mines d’or au Burkina Faso... Victimes des pires formes de travail, exposés aux maladies et à des abus sexuels, travaillant 10h par jour, ces enfants sont en danger. Explications en images avec la Représentante adjointe de l’UNICEF au Burkina Faso.

    https://www.unicef.fr/article/enfants-des-mines-d-or-esclaves-et-invisibles

    #mines #or #esclavage_moderne #enfants #enfance #Burkina_Faso
    cc @albertocampiphoto @daphne