Pandemonium in Panama: The Demise of the Molejón Gold Mine

The Molejón Gold Mine was supposed to bring jobs and prosperity to Panama. In 2010, the Molejón Gold Mine started commercial production in its location about 120km west of Panama City, in Central America (Bourdillon, 2018, January 11; Mining Technology, 2018). The gold mine was an operation run by Petaquilla Gold, which is owned by …

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Vancouver mining company allegedly avoiding hundreds of millions in taxes

Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was accused January 24th, 2018 of avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes through the use of tax havens. The company used "mailbox companies" in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel finances from the Oyu Tolgoi mine, ultimately bypassing the higher taxes the company would have paid in Canada. By this …

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The Case against the Bre-X company comes to a close after 16 years, with nothing to show for it.

Bre-X is a Canadian mineral company that collapsed in 1997, due to allegations its massive gold find in Indonesia was a fraud. Although the shareholders of the company are still no richer as of 2013. The class-action lawsuit against the former executives has been dropped, or rather fizzled out, running out of money to keep …

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Lawfare and corporate harms

Supreme Court rejects Rio Tinto's efforts to dismiss Innu class action lawsuit: Innu claim mines have harmed environment and their way of life [Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press via CBC News] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/supreme-court-rio-tinto-class-action-1.3273225 While the Supreme Court ruling favours the Innu nations that have brought the lawsuit, this case demonstrates the privileging of corporate (and state) …

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