Friday, March 31, 2006

Press Release from the Stop Newmont Mining Coalition

CONTACTS: Glenn Spagnuolo 720-771-4669
Mark Cohen 303-733-7037



Local and International Activists Shine Light on Local Company

DENVER, March 31, 2006: A broad coalition of human rights groups will hold a PRESS CONFERENCE on Monday, April 3, 10:30 a.m., at 1700 Lincoln Avenue (on Sherman Avenue between 18th and Lincoln), Denver, Colorado, the headquarters of Newmont Mining, one of the world's largest gold mining companies - a company whose mines are contaminating water sources, destroying sacred indigenous lands, threatening entire ecosystems, forcing indigenous people off their traditional lands, resulting in the loss of ancient ways of life and livelihood.

Indigenous peoples around the world - in Indonesia, Peru, Ghana, Mexico, and on Western Shoshone territories in the western U.S., are forcefully resisting Newmont's destructive and unsustainable practices in their ancestral homelands. Newmont has failed to respond to their concerns, failed to consult with them, and threatened and intimidated critics.

When Newmont holds its annual shareholders meeting at their headquarters on 1700 Lincoln Avenue in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, hundreds of activists and community members from around the U.S. and the world will bring this struggle home to Newmont's corporate offices and expose the environmental and social devastation created by Newmont.

The Stop Newmont Coalition will serve notice of this coming confrontation, as well as announce plans for a conference, What Price Gold? to be held at the Tivoli Student Center on the Auraria campus on Monday, April 24, that will explore the destructive impact of gold mining on indigenous peoples.

"Greed for gold by invaders has consistently destroyed great indigenous civilizations in the Americas," said Glenn T. Morris of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. "Today, Newmont Mining is the newest invader of indigenous peoples' territories. On April 25, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with native peoples from around the world to bring Newmont to account."

No, Newmont and Freeport, You Are Not Safe. Neither Will You Commit Your Crimes With Anonymity or Impunity

Letter from Indonesia: No longer can a hammer trade for mining rights

By Jane Perlez International Herald Tribune
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006
Freeport's profits are indeed soaring as gold prices reach 25-year highs of more than $550 an ounce. The New Orleans-based company, which has the mining giant Rio Tinto as a joint venture partner in Papua, is one of Indonesia's biggest taxpayers, and it has been for many years.

That said, the protests in Papua have shown what can happen when a natural resources company, backed by an unpopular central government and a heavy-handed military, fails to pay careful attention to the local people whose lives have been disturbed, and who feel the riches in the ground are theirs, not the foreigners.

This month Citigroup echoed the theme, saying in a report that such companies could no longer afford to ignore environmental and social issues. "In recent years, a groundswell of public opinion has caused sustainable development to become a serious business consideration for investors," the report said.

Mark Logsdon, an American geochemist who has visited the Freeport mine, agreed. Mining companies must seek and take seriously the "consent of the governed," he said. "Whether in Indonesia, Latin America or Africa, the increase in communications capability means that the essential isolation of 'resource colonies' is largely a thing of the past."

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Pulverizing Sacred Earth for a Few Goldigger's Trinkets

Freeport's Grassberg Mine

Pro-Newmont Pigs Try to Break the Sumbawa Resistance with Murder

Four treated after being shot over Newmont attack

Panca Nugraha, The Jakarta Post, Mataram

Four suspects in an attack on an exploration camp run by U.S. mining giant Newmont in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, are being treated at separate hospitals after being shot by police Sunday after they resisted arrest, police said Tuesday.

Two of the four victims are being treated at Kemala Hikmah Police Hospital in Mataram, while the other two are at Sumbawa General Hospital in Sumbawa Besar regency, West Nusa Tenggara Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. HM Basri said.

Basri said the two victims being treated in Mataram had been identified as Kasim and Asmaun. Though the two are being treated for gunshot wounds to the chest, Basri denied reports they are in critical condition.

Kasim was admitted to the hospital Sunday, while Asmaun was transferred there Monday evening, Basri said.

"No one is allowed to take photos of the patients so as not to incite anger in Sumbawa. Their condition is improving," he said, adding that the two victims treated in Sumbawa Besar had been identified as Ali and Syamsudin.

Basri said Monday that after questioning a number of witnesses about the March 19 attack, police sent summonses to dozens of people believed to have been involved in the incident. When the summonses were ignored, police went to pick up the suspects, including several in Lebuin village.

Police detained up to 12 suspects, but when they attempted to take others into custody hundreds of residents attacked officers with bows and arrows, spears and stones, Basri said, adding that a clash could not be avoided.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Denver Post: 12 held in fire set at mine camp

Exploration site run by Newmont. About 50 people marched at the remote Indonesian facility March 19, setting up to 20 buildings ablaze.

Indonesian police have arrested 12 people suspected of setting fire last week to a remote exploration camp operated by Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp.

The suspects were apprehended Sunday at Ropang village on Sumbawa Island. Eight people, including four police officers, were injured during the arrests, police told reporters in Indonesia. Two key suspects escaped, police said.

About 50 people marched on Newmont's Elang camp on Sumbawa in central Indonesia on March 19, setting fire to as many as 20 buildings. No one was hurt.

Some news reports from Indonesia have said the attackers demanded $1.1 million in compensation for community development from Newmont. But company officials said they received no demands related to the arson.

Death Culture Vultures Kill Everything Their Greed Touches

Scientists inspect a mine at Newmont Mining Corp.'s local unit at Batu Hijau on Sumbawa island, Indonesia, in this Thursday, July 28, 2005 file photo. The world's largest gold mining company suspended exploration on the Island after unidentified people torched a camp for its workers, the company said Monday, March 20, 2006. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim, File)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Cyanide, Mercury, Arsenic: Newmont's Toxic Midas Touch

The High Cost of Gold Part I and II - Denver Post

Monday, March 27, 2006

A Newmont Primer

Scars on the Earth, Scars on the People

Saturday, March 25, 2006

One Half of All Those Wedding Rings Are Going to the Pawn Shop Anyway

Who Stole the Freedom You Want to Buy Back With This?

Ship of Ghouls

Meet the new goldiggers.

Same as the old goldiggers.


Friday, March 24, 2006

"Your Wealth Is Our Poverty" - Eduardo Galeano

The middle photograph shows the human cost of gold mining's arsenic pollution; the top and bottom photographs, gold's relationship to white supremacy and patriarchy.

Injustice Is Not Anonymous. It Has a Name and An Address. Newmont Hides In The Cash Register Building in Downtown Denver

Yanacocha Map

Gold mine sparks battle in Peru

The relationship between the mines and ordinary Peruvians is especially emotive in the city of Cajamarca.

It was here in 1532, that the imprisoned Inca ruler Atahualpa offered to fill a room full of gold in return for his freedom.

He kept his side of the deal, but his Spanish captors murdered him.

Now some people here say Peru's gold is being taken by foreigners again.

The Yanacocha mine is just an hour north of Cajamarca, and produces more gold than any other mine in the world.

It straddles the Andean watershed, covers more than 170,000 hectares and has estimated reserves of 32 to 33 million ounces.

Its output has soared from around 80,000 ounces in 1993 to 3.3 million ounces last year and has around 8,000 employees, of which 60% come from Cajamarca.

Click On Graphic For Larger View of Newmont's Toxic Processes as Published by the Denver Post

Swimming in Goldiggers' Acid Waters

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Newmont Mine Waste: Coming Soon to a Waterway Near You and Your Food Supply

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Denver Stop the War at Home and Abroad (Yes That Means You Newmont) Rally 3/19/06

Friday, March 17, 2006

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