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...
Syria, the United States, and the El Salvador Option (Part Two)

Syria, the United States, and the El Salvador Option (Part Two)

Cross-posted from the Colorado Progressive Jewish News. (Read part one.) So what is the Salvador option? “The Salvador Option” is a “terrorist mode” of mass killings that was perfected by the US to destabilize regimes that the US saw as threats...
Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy

Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy

A tribunal in Washington, D.C. that nobody elected recently issued a verdict that potentially hinders the democratic rights of millions of people. Its three members ruled that a foreign company may continue to sue El Salvador for not letting the company mine gold...
Mining Firm Doubles Up On Law Firms in Quest for Pot of Gold

Mining Firm Doubles Up On Law Firms in Quest for Pot of Gold

A Canadian mining company has cleared a major legal hurdle in their quest to exploit gold in El Salvador. In a celebratory press release, the firm, Pacific Rim, quoted lawyers from two Washington, DC law firms that are representing it in the case. I guess having one...
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...
Truce Between Salvador’s Maras for Real — for Now

Truce Between Salvador’s Maras for Real — for Now

The most significant story in Central America right now is also the most underreported. El Salvador, the tiniest country in the land belt connecting North and South America, has long suffered socioeconomic violence—first in its civil war during the 1980s, then...
Mining Ban: Good for the Grand Canyon, but Not for El Salvador?

Mining Ban: Good for the Grand Canyon, but Not for El Salvador?

With patriotic fanfare, the Obama administration announced this week that it would ban new uranium mining projects around the Grand Canyon. At a ceremony at the National Geographic Society in Washington, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the ban was “the right...

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....

Mining for Profits

The small country of El Salvador has dared to stand up against powerful international gold mining companies. And now they’re dealing with the blowback. One of the companies salivating over El Salvador’s gold is suing the government for their failure to bow...