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Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 6.08.55 PMThe Guardian | | 8 Jan 2013

UK government and World Bank among investors accused of benefiting disproportionately from lucrative Mozal smelter

Tax campaigners are calling on Britain, the World Bank and private investors to return “excessive” profits from a flagship aluminium smelting project in Mozambique started as part of a recovery programme after the country’s civil war in the early 1990s.

According to a report by Jubilee Debt Campaign in the UK, the Tax Justice Network and Justica Ambiental (Friends of the Earth Mozambique), the Mozal smelter – the biggest private-sector project investment in the former Portuguese colony – has benefited foreign interests much more than the people of Mozambique.

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The BHP AGM is on again this Thursday. If you’re in Sydney, come down to Darling Harbour and let the shareholders know how destructive their company really is. We’ve prepared an alternative annual report detailing BHP’s dirty deeds, and we’ll be making more noise than an open cast mine.

Download the 2012 Alternative Annual Report

BHP report 2012 (PDF 3.8MB)

The folk at Carnival of Dirt have put together this awesome poster of BHP Billitons atrocities in Congo, Chile, Colombia, Australia and Papua New Guinea! Check it out.

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About the Carnival of Dirt

On Friday 15 June, London will experience its first ever Carnival of Dirt, a carnival like no other. More than 30 activist groups from London and around the world have come together to highlight the illicit deeds of mining and extraction companies. Read the rest of this entry »


Today at the annual general meeting for the largest mining company in the world, BHP Billiton, aboriginal elders and civil society representatives have attended to share their concerns.

Delegates included:

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and Peter Watts (Arabunna), Richard Evans – Yeelirrie, Tomohiro Matsuoka – Japan for Peace, Mia Pepper – Conservation Council WA

Dave Sweeney – Australian Conservation Foundation, Donna Jackson – Larrakia nation, Mitch – Arrente and many others – including Christian Miller from Chile.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott addressed supporters gathered saying, calling on the people of Melbourne to regularly visit BHP headquarters to keep them accountable.

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott is from Arabunna country, directly impacted by BHP Billiton’s uranium mining operations  has brought a ‘Notice of Trespass’ to be served on BHP.

40 supporters gathered to support over 20 delegates who entered the conference to share concerns about many aspects of BHP Operations across Australia, and worldwide.

Conference delegates were greeted by a massive 6 metre high inflatable nuclear waste barrel and were handed copies of a different style of report.

A collective of environment groups from across the country have today released BHP Billiton: Dirty Energy ‘Alternative Annual Report’.


Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott was one of a number of traditional custodians who travelled to Melbourne to challenge the board of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, over the despoiling of their country. Here he describes his reception at the AGM.
We hear first from Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Tully McIntyre, who witnessed proceedings, and Japanese for Peace campaigner Tomohiro Matsuoka.

While traditional custodians and supporters holding proxies were inside the Melbourne Convention Centre challenging the board, other supporters held a protest outside, against the backdrop of a huge blow-up radioactive waste barrel:
hip-hop from Izzy and MC Ollie, satire from No Nukes Calamity Jane (aka Madeline Hudson), song from the Radical Choir, including a solo from Emily…

Other Sides to the Story: Threatening Lives, the Environment and People’s Future
An Alternative Annual Report on BHP Billiton with case studies from across the world Case studies questioning BHP Billiton’s record on human rights, transparency and ecological justice.


Home to at least 537 species of hard coral mollusks and 1,074 species of reef fishes – with 104 new reef fish species identified since 2002 – the Raja Ampat marine environment is the “bulls-eye of marine biodiversity on the planet”.  Above ground, the Raja Ampat archipelago is also a biological hotspot. The region’s biogeography, isolation and relatively intact ecosystems have resulted in high levels of regional endemism (species found in a region are specific to that area). The richness and uniqueness of this area’s biology has earned it a place at the top of the global short list of UNESCO World Heritage marine sites most deserving of protection, a claim supported by local indigenous groups, local non-government organisations, international non-government environmental organisations, and the Indonesian government. Yet, this archipelago is threatened by past, current and potential future nickel mining from within its borders.

The iconic Wayag archipelago located between Gag Island and Manuran Island in the Raja Ampat islands. The Wayag Archipelago is threatened by mining. photo: Anon.

The iconic Wayag archipelago located between Gag Island and Manuran Island in the Raja Ampat islands. The Wayag Archipelago is threatened by mining. photo: Anon.

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More than 8,000 people marched to the mining site of SNPDC during an island-wide protest. photo: SAM/Sibuyan ISLE

More than 8,000 people marched to the mining site of SNPDC during an island-wide protest. photo: SAM/Sibuyan ISLE

Sibuyan, dubbed the Galapagos of Asia, is a small island in the central Philippines of just 44,500 hectares. Approximately one third of it is a protected area of environmental interest. It is a biodiversity hotspot with flora and fauna threatened by extinction. It is the location of the world’s densest forest and the Philippines’ cleanest inland body of water. Ever since mining was proposed on the island, there has been widespread opposition because of the potential ecological impacts, led by Sibuyanons Against Mining/Sibuyan Island Sentinels League for Environment Inc. (SAM/Sibuyan ISLE) and the Catholic Church. Read the rest of this entry »

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