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Mayors in Cundinamarca won’t allow mineral exploitations in páramos

9 January 2017

Concerning the Ministery of the Environment’s resolution which extends from 11 thousand to 18 thousand hectares authorized for mining in Cundinamarca, the mayor of Tausa (Cundinamarca), Jaime Rodríguez warned that his municipality could only comply with the resolution in some sectors.

The plan to Gaza-ify the Colombian Peace Process

8 December 2016

To understand what is happening with the Colombian Peace Accords, it is necessary to identify the enormous political power held by Colombia's large landowners. Without understanding the problem of the concentration of land ownership, it is impossible to understand anything that has happened in the country in the past eighty years.

We Stand With Standing Rock

5 December 2016

For many months now, millions of people – Indigenous peoples and their accomplices, also know as water and earth protectors – have been directly challenging the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).

The fight continues for the protection of the Sumapaz páramo

4 December 2016

Up to recently, PASC was denouncing the threat caused by Alange Energy1, a subsidiary company of the giant Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales (now named Pacific Exploration & Production, or Pacific E&P)2, in the páramo of Sumapaz. Thanks to the local movements’ advocacy against the oil exploration in their region, the Colombian authorities have refused to issue the environmental license necessary to pursue exploration activities in the territory.

Colombia’s second bid at a peace accord

28 November 2016

The Colombian government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a modified peace agreement that seeks to end decades of armed conflict between them. The “new final accord” comes after marathon negotiations in Havana and just weeks after the original agreement was narrowly rejected in a national referendum.

Justin Trudeau and the Sludge of Canadian Mining Companies

7 November 2016

MONTREAL — “Canada is back,” says Justin Trudeau, the charismatic and bilingual prime minister of Canada, at international gatherings, seeking to showcase the imprint he wants to put on Canadian foreign policy in contrast to that of his predecessor, Stephen Harper. The prime minister has used very precise terms in his speeches: justice, environmental care, democracy and human rights. He even dared to invoke some of them during his official visit to China in September, although the Chinese did not applaud him for it.

Colombia mining upset: mayors allowed to veto unwanted oil and mining projects

3 November 2016

Following a number of scandals in which Colombia’s national authorities granted mining titles in precious nature reserves, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that mayors have the authority to overrule Bogota.

Last week’s ruling has plunged the locally active mining industry in an even bigger crisis that the global commodity slump had already put it in.

The ruling implies that literally all of the government’s granted mining titles can be vetoed by the mayor of the municipality where the activity is supposed to take place or already takes place.

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