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Confrontation Leaves One Dead and Several Injured at Crucitas mine

A clash between 'coligalleros' and the police apparently left one dead death and several injured in the Crucitas mine, confirmed Friday night Costa Rican authorities. Carlos Hidalgo, spokesman for the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP), said that according to the first versions, about 200 to...

Another Setback for Mining in Guatemala

The Constitutional Court has confirmed the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice, which last June suspended the operating licenses of the Escobal mine, run by Minera San Rafael. In its resolution, the Constitutional Court argued that "... when the Ministry of Energy and Mines...

Illegal Gold Mining in Costa Rica Suggests Diversifying Criminal Landscape

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Recent reports suggest illegal gold mining and the associated trafficking of mercury are increasing in Costa Rica, providing evidence that organized crime groups in the country may be diversifying their revenue streams as they increase in sophistication. Twenty-five illegal extraction points...

Fracking, mining, murder: the killer agenda driving migration in Mexico and Central America

(Q24N) On January 19, Mexican indigenous activist Isidro Baldenegro López, who in 2005 won the Goldman Environmental Prize for his efforts to protect ancestral old-growth forests from logging, was gunned down in Chihuahua State. His murder follows that of fellow Goldman recipient Berta Cáceres,...

Deadliest Year Ever For Environmental Activism

(Q24N) Falling commodity prices are prompting land grabs by mining and forestry companies - often by force. That's driving a disturbing trend: 2015 saw more murders of environmental activists than ever before. A wooden cross marks the spot where the body of environmental activist Isídio...

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