A protest at the World Bank supported El Salvador’s attempts to say no to gold mining and yes to democracy.
On December 15, 2011, a number of civil society groups came together to oppose the World Bank tribunal that is deciding the case Pacific Rim v. El Salvador, a case that may set a precedent for future tribunals and chart a devastating course for El Salvador.
A foreign gold mining company is suing El Salvador.
Over 100 people protested today at the World Bank building, as a tribunal housed inside the building decided the fate of El Salvador under the provisions of CAFTA.
Undemocratic provisions in treaties enable corporations to sue governments in international tribunals over environmental, health, and other measures foreign countries take to protect the public.
Protest outside World Bank tribunal: Civil society leaders denounce mining corporation lawsuit against El Salvador over rights to gold
On Thursday, Institute for Policy Studies Director John Cavanagh will join labor unions, local Salvadorans, and others to call for justice for El Salvador and fair U.S. trade policy at a rally in front of the World Bank building.
Pacific Rim is suing El Salvador for up to hundreds of millions of dollars under the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement for not approving a mining license. Since Canada isn’t part of this agreement, Pacific Rim opened a subsidiary in Reno, Nevada.
Controversial CAFTA case is 1 of 43 pending “investor-state” lawsuits related to oil, mining, and gas, new report reveals.
Multinational mining interests are using trade and investment treaties to turn profits and undermine democracy.
A fellow UCLA DREAMer joins our special screening of Nostalgia for the Light this Thursday.
To protect their water supply, Salvadorans are trying to ban corporate gold mining – and facing threats and violence as a result.
The story of a community’s effort to ban gold mining in El Salvador involves environmental martyrs, powerful economic interests, and a DC-based tribunal that can trump democracy.
A Salvadoran community activist makes the case for prioritizing water over gold, as his ongoing struggle against the gold mining industry is rewarded.
What might have been a high-profile trip heralding a new U.S. partnership with Latin America based on equity and mutual interests turned out to confirm the same old top-down approach to north-south relations.
In a world increasingly vulnerable to external shocks, we’re searching for rooted communities–and what we can learn from them.