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Barrick Out of the Canadian Museum of Nature!

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Barrick Out of the Canadian Museum of Nature!

You are invited to the People’s Exhibit on Barrick Gold!

When: April 24th, 4:30 pm, Tuesday, April 24 2012
Where: In front of the main entrance of the Canadian Museum of Nature (facing Metcalfe St.)
240 McLeod St. Ottawa, unceded Algonquin Territory

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On Tuesday, April 24, Ottawa’s Museum of Nature will celebrate a new partnership with Barrick Gold Corporation with the unveiling of the “Barrick Salon”. Barrick Gold is a Canadian mining company based in Toronto with horrendous records of environmental destruction, and human, labor and Indigenous rights violations around the world, including but not limiting to Chile, Argentina, Peru, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.

Land Grabs in Africa - Fueling Water and Climate crises

Short reports on land grabs intersecting with water and climate justice.

The Role of False Climate Change Solutions

In the trend of large-scale agricultural land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa “green investments” such as the production of agrofuels and agroforestry developments, are upheld as climate solutions, and are being used to justify, promote, and accelerate massive land grabs. Yet, even as research indicates that the expansion of industrial agriculture on African soil is likely to aggravate the heating of the planet, market mechanisms like carbon trade and carbon credits are providing a “green cover” for current land grabs.

This publication was written by the Polaris Institute for the Oakland Institute.

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Land Grabs Leave Africa Thirsty

Cheap land and fairly easy access to water make Africa attractive for industrial agriculture. Investors see Africa as an “uncrowded space of opportunities,” and the prospect of accessing abundant water resources is a focal point in business plans. Some firms are explicit that they are as much agricultural land investors as they are investors in water supplies. Others say that they only select land which has access to water for large-scale irrigation and that land only has value if water is available. The availability of water gains further meaning as estimates show that the increased requirements for food to feed the world’s population – exceeding 7 billion – will outpace existing water resources by 40 percent by 2030.

This publication was written by the Polaris Institute for the Oakland Institute.

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Uncle Slim: The World's Richest Man

New Polaris Report profiling the empire of Carlos Slim.

We've all heard about Uncle Sam but now it's time to learn about Uncle Slim. In a world of rising inequalities between rich and poor, Mexico is one of the most unjust countries—a place where a small political and economic elite controls much of the power while more than half the population lives in poverty. The main protagonist in this club of power brokers is Carlos Slim Helú who, according to Forbes Magazine’s annual rankings, is the world’s wealthiest person. Called a quiet investor by some and a robber baron by others, Slim more than doubled his net worth between 2008 and 2010 from $35 billion to $75 billion. While Slim’s financial girth was swelling, Mexico’s GDP shrank by 6.1% in 2009 alone. In the ten years to 2010, Slim’s wealth grew by an amazing 585% catapulting him to the top of the list of the world’s richest people. During the same decade, the average personal income in Mexico only grew by 0.6% a year, one of the lowest rates in the world. If he were a country, Slim’s wealth would place him 64th on the list of national GDPs between Libya and Sudan.

He has been able to amass an empire of at least 222 companies around the world employing an estimated 250,000 people with combined annual revenues topping $386 billion. The size of this empire is so extensive that Slim is hesitant to confirm the number people his companies employ. One puzzling factor is that this wealth has been accumulated by a man who retains relative anonymity outside the world of financial observers and the geographic areas of Mexico and Latin America. Unlike Bill Gates, Slim is not associated with a single product or corporation, so how has the world’s richest person been able to generate such astounding wealth and power without broader public scrutiny?

To read more, download the report below!