Rally: End ICSID and Stop Fast Track Trade Deal!

Rally: End ICSID and Stop Fast Track Trade Deal!

Join the AFL CIO, CARECEN, CASA, the Center for International Environmental Law, CISPES, Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth, the Institute for Policy Studies, OXFAM America, Public Citizen, SHARE Foundation, Sierra Club, Sisters of Mercy, the Teamsters,...
Protest: World Bank’s ICSID Hearing Lawsuit Against El Salvador

Protest: World Bank’s ICSID Hearing Lawsuit Against El Salvador

The fate of millions of Salvadoran people is being debated behind doors at the World Bank’s ICSID – a tribunal that few know exist — on September 15, ironically El Salvador’s independence anniversary day. Join the Institute for Policy Studies’...
Meet the Company Suing El Salvador for the Right to Poison Its Water

Meet the Company Suing El Salvador for the Right to Poison Its Water

An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. will soon decide the fate of millions of people. At issue is whether a government should be punished for refusing to let a foreign mining company operate because it wants to protect its main source of...
Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

Since 2009, Canadian mining company Pacific Rim has been suing the government of El Salvador for not having granted it a mining permit since a presidential ban was adopted. There is widespread opposition to mining across El Salvador: Polling data shows that a majority...
Brown Bag Discussion with Yanira Cortez

Brown Bag Discussion with Yanira Cortez

Please join us for a brown bag conversation featuring Yanira Cortez, the Deputy Attorney for the Human Rights Ombudsman Office in El Salvador, to discuss mining issues in the country, state mining companies in Latin America, investor lawsuits, regional perspectives on...
A Road Trip to Save El Salvador’s Water

A Road Trip to Save El Salvador’s Water

This piece originally posted in YES! Magazine. John Cavanagh contributed to YES! as part of a new “idea sharing partnership” between YES! and the Institute for Policy Studies. Robin is standing in front of a church in Guatemala with some of the other...
Latin America Rises Up

Latin America Rises Up

Latin American countries have been historically decimated by foreign exploitation of their natural resources. Most recently, Free Trade Agreements negotiated throughout the region have allowed the US and other powers to invest heavily in extractive industries in Latin...
Mining for Profits in International Tribunals – Updated

Mining for Profits in International Tribunals – Updated

ENGLISH: CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT IN ENGLISH SPANISH: HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA INFORME COMPLETO EN ESPAÑOL. In the context of high global prices for natural resources, governments seeking to ensure that their people benefit fairly from these resources and...
Impacts of Mining in  El Salvador

Impacts of Mining in El Salvador

El Salvador is the most water starved country in Central America, 92% of our rivers are unusable for drinking. We are the most deforested country in continental America. According to the United Nations, El Salvador is the most vulnerable nation on earth. Now we face...
In El Salvador, a Rose in the Concrete

In El Salvador, a Rose in the Concrete

In recent years, El Salvador, like many of its Latin American counterparts, has witnessed an explosion in violence. The contentious fighting between two of the country’s biggest gangs, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18, is largely responsible for fueling...

Salvadoran Gang Leaders Achieve a Measure of Redemption

Experts traveled to El Salvador to gain insight into how a truce between the gangs Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 led to a marked decrease in violence. In recent years, El Salvador, like many of its Latin American counterparts, has witnessed an explosion in...