IBAMA President Resigns Over Belo Monte Licensing

International Rivers

Zachary Hurwitz

Ex-President of IBAMA, Abelardo Bayma Azevedo, at a briefing

The President of Brazil’s environmental agency IBAMA, Abelardo Bayma Azevedo, submitted a letter of resignation yesterday after facing heavy pressure to grant a full installation license for the Belo Monte Complex, another victim in a long-running political war over environmental licensing between Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy and its Ministry of the Environment. The victims keep piling up, and it’s bad for the Amazon. Continue reading IBAMA President Resigns Over Belo Monte Licensing

MLK Injustice Index 2011: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

Common Dreams

by Bill Quigley

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values… when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1967. Continue reading MLK Injustice Index 2011: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

Doe Run’s Latest Move

By Milagros Salazar

LIMA, Jan 15, 2011 (IPS) – The U.S. mining and metallurgical company Doe Run has once again challenged the Peruvian government. The Renco Group, of which it is a subsidiary, notified the government of its plans to start an international arbitration process, invoking the free trade agreement between this South American country and the United States.  The U.S.-based holding company said the arbitration will be filed in 90 days if no agreement is reached. What is behind this ultimatum? Continue reading Doe Run’s Latest Move