Mining companies very happy with new Chilean president.


The election of billionaire S.Pinera to Chile’s presidency was hailed in the front page of today’s Business section of the Canadian conservative paper, The Globe and Mail:The best place to mine in South America just got better.” This is also an interesting quote:

“His reputation is to have a favourable stance towards business and tax, so those are all positives. But even before he stepped in, we think Chile is absolutely one of the best jurisdictions in the world for what we do,” said Tye Burt, the president and chief executive officer of Kinross Gold Corp.

(Greek readers might be familiar with the Kinross corporation: it’s the owner of TVX Gold (some old, but relevant articles in English here), which has stirred a lot of controversy with local communities around the country.)

So, the news is that Canadian and other mining corporations are very happy with Chile’s new president. And this is not good news. Canadian mining companies,  are known to misbehave abroad, even to the degree of being (indirectly) responsible for murders of activists. And this is just talking about Canadian companies…

The current good spirits of the mining coroporations do not mean that things were much better under the 20-years of center-left governments. Back in 2007, Chile was being described as a “The best mining jurisdiction in the world“. At the same time, the state of the long running Mapuche conflict, is indicative of the relation between resource extraction and indigenous struggles for their ancestral land rights.

With just a very quick search, I was able to find at least two cases of mining companies acting in environmentally dubious ways in Chile, with the struggles of indigenous peoples in the background:

And as Mr Pinera is just incoming, things could be really bleak.

See also (indicative):

(In the photo by patricio, licensed under CC-by-nc-sa, a pro-Mapuche activist is being arrested. I couldn’t find the exact circumstances, but the photo seems to have been taken on January 4, 2008, the day when a Mapuche youth was murdered by the police.)

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Mining companies very happy with new Chilean president.

2 thoughts on “Mining companies very happy with new Chilean president.

  1. antigoldgreece says:

    Καλησπέρα Μιχάλη ή μάλλον καλημέρα!
    Έβαλες στο blog σου ένα σύνδεσμο σε εμάς, κάποιοι τον ακολούθησαν …κι έτσι ανακάλυψα το blog σου. Μικρός ο κόσμος.

    Εντελώς τυχαία, το τελευταίο διάστημα και εμείς και διάφορα φιλικά blogs ασχολούμαστε με τη Χιλή. Επίσης έχουμε γράψει αρκετά σχετικά με τις Καναδικές μεταλλευτικές εταιρείες και τα κατορθώματά τους ανά τον κόσμο.

    Αν σ’ενδιαφέρει, μπορείς να δεις εδώ:καναδικές-εταιρείες/
    Βέβαια, εκτός από την TVX και την KINROSS, καναδική είναι και η τωρινή ιδιοκτήτρια των μεταλλείων της Χαλκιδικής, η EUROPEAN GOLDFIELDS. Μ

    Χαιρετισμούς από τη Χαλκιδική!


    1. Εχετε κανει *καταπληκτικη* δουλεια στο antigoldgreece!!!! Ευχαριστω για το λινκ στη δουλεια σας για τις Καναδικες εταιρειες. Πραγματικα, ρισπεκτ!

      Πολλους χαιρετισμους απο το Τοροντο 🙂


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