Peru protests at huge Conga gold mine in Cajamarca

BBC

Tempers are running high in the mountains of Cajamarca

Thousands of people in northern Peru have protested against plans for a huge open-cast goldmine in the high Andes.

People in the Cajamarca region say the proposed Conga mine will cause pollution and destroy water supplies.

The US-based mining company Newmont has promised modern reservoirs to replace threatened mountain lakes. Continue reading Peru protests at huge Conga gold mine in Cajamarca

A Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa on U N Climate Change Conference


Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

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Nearly Half of Americans Struggling to Stay Afloat

A homeless man asks for donations during a rainy day in Washington, DC, March 2011. (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of all Americans lack economic security, meaning they live above the federal poverty threshold but still do not have enough money to cover housing, food, healthcare and other basic expenses, according to a survey of government and industry data.

The survey, released on Tuesday by the advocacy group Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), found that 45 percent of U.S. residents live in households that struggle to make ends meet.

That breaks down to 39 percent of all adults and 55 percent of all children, the group found. Continue reading Nearly Half of Americans Struggling to Stay Afloat

National Justice & Peace Network responds to economic crisis

Independent Catholic News

Ellen Teague, Pat Gaffney, John Battle

Supporting the Tobin Tax, exploring new economics and investing ethically were some ‘alternatives’ to the prevailing economic model explored at Saturday’s National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) Day in London. Around 60 people from around the country attended the quarterly meeting at CAFOD’s South London office, all invited to put their ideas forward. The meeting was chaired by Maria Elena Arana of CAFOD. Continue reading National Justice & Peace Network responds to economic crisis