Celebration of El Salvador Victory Over Metallic Mining

Celebration of El Salvador Victory Over Metallic Mining

Just one month after the ICSID‘s tribunal ruling in favor of El Salvador, you are invited to a celebration of the struggle of the people of El Salvador against metallic mining and the defeat of the Pacific Rim / Oceana Gold mining company, while we ramp up our...
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...
Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, is on the advisory board of a company that is trying to mine gold in Haiti. No one should be judged based on decisions made by family members, but here is why Hillary Clinton is in...
From Gold Country to the Golden Triangle

From Gold Country to the Golden Triangle

Three environmental and human rights heroes came to Washington from gold country in El Salvador this week to protest in front of the oversized World Bank headquarters, at the southern corner of what is known as the “Golden Triangle” in Washington, DC.  One...
Celebrating Tireless Work for El Salvador

Celebrating Tireless Work for El Salvador

The Institute for Policy Studies joins the Washington Ethical Society to celebrate and recognize three honored guests for their courage, commitment and service: Vidalina Morales, anti-mining activist and ADES board member; Elvis Zavala, a leader of the Radio Victoria...
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,...
When Corporations Sue Governments

When Corporations Sue Governments

In 2004, the Pacific Rim mining company applied to dig for gold in El Salvador. Pacific Rim (since acquired by the Canadian-Australian company OceanaGold) assured the government of then-President Antonio Saca that its work would be eco-friendly and would generate...
What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America

What ‘Free Trade’ Has Done to Central America

With Republicans winning big in the midterm elections, the debate over so-called “free-trade” agreements could again take center stage in Washington. President Barack Obama has been angling for “fast-track” authority that would enable him to push the proposed...
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...