In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

In the Keystone Suit, It’s Big Oil vs. Democracy

A few years back, I was one of the hundreds of climate activists arrested while protesting the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House. So when the president finally pulled the plug on the project last November, it felt like a huge victory — symbolic, maybe, but...
NAFTA Pushes Many Mexicans to Migrate

NAFTA Pushes Many Mexicans to Migrate

There is an important element that is constantly missing in the migration debate in the United States – the push factors, or what it is that pushes millions of Mexicans and Central Americans migrate. The destruction of local economies and livelihoods by U.S.-led free...

Militarizing Latin America: Four More Years

Over the next four years the U.S. will face a number of foreign policy issues, most of them regional, some of them global. Conn Hallinan has been outlining and analyzing them. His first three reports covered the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pivot. This past...

Canada Should Tell Mining Firm to Stop Bullying El Salvador

Re-posted with permission from Embassy Magazine: Vancouver-based mining company Pacific Rim is butting heads with the government of El Salvador. Representatives from environmental and public policy organizations in the United States, including ours, say the...
IPS Director Speaks Out at Pacific Rim’s Vancouver HQ

IPS Director Speaks Out at Pacific Rim’s Vancouver HQ

Institute for Policy Studies Director John Cavanagh spoke at a rally yesterday outside the Vancouver headquarters of the mining company Pacific Rim. Along with about 200 activists from several countries, Cavanagh denounced the firm for suing the government of El...

VIDEO: World Bank Protest, Pacific Rim v. El Salvador

Pacific Rim is suing El Salvador for up to hundreds of millions of dollars under the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) for not approving a mining license. Since Canada isn’t part of this agreement, Pacific Rim opened a subsidiary in Reno, Nevada....
Why the 99 Percent are Protesting at the World Bank Today

Why the 99 Percent are Protesting at the World Bank Today

Today I will join leaders from the labor, environmental, faith, and human rights communities to protest in front of the World Bank. Why? We’ll be there to stand up for the democratic rights of people everywhere in the face of ever-expanding corporate rule....

Mining for Profits in International Tribunals – Updated Report

Click here to access the report. Washington DC – In conflicts over rights to valuable natural resources, transnational corporations are increasingly using a powerful new weapon – the right to sue governments in international arbitration tribunals. A newly...
U.S. Military and Economic Violence in Nicaragua: Roots of Migration

U.S. Military and Economic Violence in Nicaragua: Roots of Migration

Migration and its root causes have been an integral part of the post-war reconciliation process in Nicaragua. The Peace Promoters have found that most Nicaraguans, no matter their political leaning or past military involvement – Contra or Sandinista – are...
Big Agriculture’s Latin American Exploits

Big Agriculture’s Latin American Exploits

You may wonder why President Barack Obama is so intent on passing a free-trade agreement with Colombia. One answer is simple enough: Big Agriculture. Without any tariffs padding the price of our exports, cheap U.S. grain would flood the South American country. That...