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This post continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/the-ongoing-saga-2-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

NB: Not all “news” will be new, especially as we catch up on a back-log of information, collected over the last months. The latest updates will be on top, so that daily readers will not have to scroll-down.  Topics may vary widely, but will be related in some way to our posts.  Time will be UTC (Universal Time).  

Wednesday, 28 August 2013, our post about the Senate Report has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

50 Years After Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech:
Haitian Sharecroppers & Tenant Farmers 
Have a Dream

In 1963, black Mississippi sharecroppers and tenant farmers had a dream. Today, Haitian sharecroppers and tenant farmers have a dream, and what is that dream?  It is for land, food security and education for their children.  And, many, and perhaps all, are aware that mining would finish destroying their livelihoods, which is most likely the reason for the lack of governmental transparency.  The government apparently knows that the majority would say no and hence hides what’s going on.  Even if mining benefited them in the short term, it poisons the land in the long term, thus further undermining food security, as well as contributing to deforestation.   

Through the work of Haiti Grassroots Watch we can hear these peasant dreams and concerns:
“….‘We…are against any eventual mining because we will not profit one bit.  It will have harmful impacts that destroy our fertile lands and our fruit trees and dry up our aquifers,” according to a member of the Tèt Kole women’s group….. “The awarding of permits behind closed doors, with no independent or community oversight, has angered many in Haiti, who fear that the government is opening the country up to systematic pillage…..
Peasant, human rights, food sovereignty and environmental organizations are worried about the disastrous effects the mining industry could have on water quality, farmland, and on the affected regions in general and have formed the national Collective Against Mining…On Jul. 5, over 200 farmers from the area around the Grand Bois deposit …got together to discuss the mining operation and their futures. They spoke of their worries for three hours….‘When someone talks about mining, our history makes us think of slavery, of the takeover of our farmlands,’ … ‘We could lose our fertile fields.  We will be forced off our land.  Where will we live?’….
During the meeting, many people said they were nervous. ‘This mining business should be a lesson for all of us,’ warned…a farmer from the…region of Grand Bois. ‘Not only will those of us who live around the mineral deposit perish, the entire country will be swallowed up! Of particular concern are the protection of ground water, food sovereignty, agricultural land, biodiversity, health, and land ownership….In a Jul. 22 note, the Collective wrote the following: ‘We want a truly national law and international conventions that protect life, water, land, and the environment, and that outlaw mining which brings with it pollution, destruction, contamination, and more hunger.
”  (We added the bold) Read the entire article here:  “As the government works on preparing ‘an attractive law that will entice investors’, Haitian popular organizations are mobilizing and forming networks to resist mining in their country.” by Haiti Grassroots Watch. http://upsidedownworld.org/main/haiti-archives-51/4404-grassroots-groups-wary-of-haitis-attractive-mining-law  

The Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered

Dr. King’s concerns went much further than getting rid of the southern caste system of segregation.  Increasingly he spoke out for economic justice for everyone, black and white, and against the war in Vietnam.  Many believe that this and the pending Poor People’s Campaign is why he was assassinated.  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. announced the Poor People’s Campaign in December, 1967, just a few months before his assassination.  As part of this campaign, thousands of African Americans traveled from across the U.S. to Washington, to petition the government for what King called an ‘economic bill of rights.’  The most symbolic of the groups to make the journey to the capital came from Marks, Mississippi.  Rather than traveling by bus or car, these people came in mule-drawn wagons.  ‘The work begun when the Mule Train set off on May 13, 1968 is still unfinished 30 years later,’ writes Roland Freeman…Planning for the Poor People’s Campaign began in early 1968. It was to be the largest and most wide-ranging civil disobedience campaign ever run by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and was conceived in part by Marian Wright, a lawyer with strong ties to the Mississippi civil rights movement. The campaign sought to unite Americans of all ethnicities, including poor Hispanic, Native American, white, Asian, and African American communities, in a movement that would transcend race while seeking social and economic justice by non-violent means.  Despite King’s assassination on April 4, plans for the campaign went ahead, led by Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy.  On Monday, May 13, the Mule Train set off from Marks, Mississippi, on route to Atlanta. For the first part of its journey around 115 people traveled with the Mule Train in fifteen to twenty wagons. Participants ranged in age from 8 months to over 70 years, and throughout the journey to Washington new people joined the caravan as others dropped out.” (We added bold for emphasis) http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/press/release/PR0021

What Dr. King Would Have Said Today about Syria

More than one person has lifted up concerns that Dr. King would not be welcomed at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington celebrations. Certainly his comments would not be welcomed, because he seemingly would have been out-spokenly opposed to military intervention in Syria, as he was to Vietnam.  His last Christmas sermon (1967) includes the most clear statement of his philosophical position: “…ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.”  

He starts the sermon in a way which he could still use in a speech today.  He could start off, saying:  Today, “finds us a rather bewildered human race…Everywhere paralyzing fears harrow people by day and haunt them by night. Our world is sick with war; everywhere we turn we see its ominous possibilities….Wisdom born of experience should tell us that war is obsolete. There may have been a time when war served as a negative good by preventing the spread and growth of an evil force, but the very destructive power of modern weapons of warfare eliminates even the possibility that war may any longer serve as a negative good.
….Now the judgment of God is upon us, and we must either learn to live together as brothers or we are all going to perish together as fools…. 
….if we are to have peace in the world, men and nations must embrace the nonviolent affirmation that ends and means must cohere.  One of the great philosophical debates of history has been over the whole question of means and ends. And there have always been those who argued that the end justifies the means, that the means really aren’t important. The important thing is to get to the end, you see.
…. we will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.

It’s one of the strangest things that all the great military geniuses of the world have talked about peace.  The conquerors of old who came killing in pursuit of peace, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, and Napoleon, were akin in seeking a peaceful world order.  If you will read Mein Kampf closely enough, you will discover that Hitler contended that everything he did in Germany was for peace.  And the leaders of the world today talk eloquently about peace…What is the problem? They are talking about peace as a distant goal, as an end we seek, but one day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal.  We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.  All of this is saying that, in the final analysis, means and ends must cohere because the end is preexistent in the means, and ultimately destructive means cannot bring about constructive ends
I still have a dream today that one day war will come to an end, that men will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks,that nations will no longer rise up against nations, neither will they study war any more. I still have a dream today that one day the lamb and the lion will lie down together and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.
”  Excerpted from M.L. King’s 1967 Christmas Sermon, http://www.ecoflourish.com/Primers/education/Christmas_Sermon.html
Dr. King could have delivered this message today. And, it is an important one. He believed that you cannot arrive at peace by waging war or military attacks. His position is clear.  Given the threatened imminent attack on Syria he wouldn’t have time to talk about any other concerns on this day. However, you can be certain, that if he were alive today that he would be actively trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution for Syria and not at the celebrations.  

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

We have a new post. It is a translation of a letter written, last Friday, by 21 Haitian Deputies to US President Obama: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/haitian-deputies-write-obama-call-for-a-fresh-start-in-us-haiti-relations-a-new-us-ambassador/

Monday, 26 August 2013

This post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/

Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline from Tobago to other eastern Caribbean islands.

History:  The idea had its genesis with Patrick Manning, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, who announced in 2002 that his country was going to undertake one of the largest civil engineering project in the Caribbean region. The project suffered a brief setback when Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez petition intensely that the pipeline should instead originate from Venezuela and to reach further in north, including Cuba and the United States. In March 2010 the Barbados indicated after a two year hiatus that it would seek to move toward the negotiations stage for the first stage of the pipeline from Tobago to Barbados.

Network: The overall pipeline would be 596 miles (959 km) long, including shore approaches and the lateral line to Barbados.  The first 177-mile (285 km) long stage would start from the Cove Point Estate in Tobago and run to Barbados.  The second stage it would be expanded to Saint Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.
CIA map of the Caribbean
Project company:  The project is developed by the Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline Company Limited (ECGPC).  60% of the company is jointly owned by the United States companies Beowulf Energy LLC and First Reserve Energy International Fund.  The rest is owned by the Trinidad and Tobago companies Guardian Holdings (15%), Unit Trust Corporation (15%), and the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (10%).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Caribbean_Gas_Pipeline (last accessed 26 August 2013, UTC).

Sunday, 25 August 2013

New Enold Florestal updates are at the bottom of the post here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/judge-dead-whistleblower-jailed-lamothe-martellys-haiti/
There has also been an update to the Senate Report, Facts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/
And, there was an update to the new Friday post on Saturday afternoon (UTC/GMT): https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/chamber-of-deputies-report-calls-for-martelly-lamothe-impeachment-in-judge-serge-joseph-affair/

The upcoming Caribbean Oil and Gas Summit at the end of September is one reason for our increasing focus on oil. Although the evidence, which we have examined, suggests little to no oil in and around Haiti, its existence has been widely believed, and may have been one reason for the two coup d’etats against President Aristide.  Sometimes, or perhaps often, what is believed, myth, is more important than reality.    

60 Years Ago:  Mossadeq, oil & the US-UK coup d’etat & Syria Today 
Part II (Scroll down to 18 August for Part I)
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, 1905
On August 19, 2013, the US Government released new documents about the Coup against Mossadeq.  New and old documents are hosted at the National Security Archives of George Washington University.  One interesting document was apparently already released in 2000, to the NYT:  “Clandestine Services History, Overthrow of Premier Mossadeq of Iran: November 1952 – August 1953”, Dr. Donald N. Wilber, March 1954. Although the “Summary” of the Wilber document points out concerns expected during the cold war period, the very first sentence of this 1954 summary states: “By the end of 1952, it had become clear that the Mossadeq government in Iran was incapable of reaching an oil settlement with interested Western countries, was reaching a dangerous and advanced stage of illegal, deficit financing…” Further along it says: “Specifically, the aim was to bring to power a government which would reach an equitable oil settlement….On 19 June 1953, the final operational plan…was submitted in Washington to the Department of State…The Department of State wanted to be assured of two things before it would grant approval of the plan:
1) that the US Government could provide adequate grant aid to a successor Iranian Government so that such a government could be sustained until an oil settlement was reached; 
2) that the British Government would signify in writing to the satisfaction of the Department of State, its intention ot reach an early oil settlement with a successor Iranian Government in a spirit of good will and equity….
” We added bold for emphasis. Original document and many, many more are found here: http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB435/#britDocs

Syria Today:
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, 1905

The US and UK appear to be threatening to become more involved in Syria.  Below of are some excerpts from the US Energy Information Administration analysis on Syria from February 2013.  The full document is here: http://www.eia.gov/countries/cab.cfm?fips=SY 
…Syria began issuing concessions to oil companies in the 1930s, but production did not begin in the country until the late 1960s, and even then at very low levels. Despite low production totals, Syria still earned money from its oil sector, primarily through transit fees on international pipelines. Even today, Syria’s role in the international energy system is tied to its position as a potentially important transit country, a position that Syrian leaders hope to strengthen in the future. Nevertheless, oil exports have been a vital component of Syria’s export economy, accounting for roughly 35 percent of the country’s total export revenues in 2010, according to IHS reports./  The Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ) estimated Syria’s proved reserves at 2.5 billion barrels as of January 1, 2013, a total larger than all of Syria’s neighbors except for Iraq.  Much of Syria’s crude oil is heavy and sour, making the processing and refining of Syrian crudes difficult and expensive.  Further, as a result of sanctions placed on Syria by the European Union in particular—which accounted for the vast majority of Syrian oil exports previously—there are limited markets available that can import and process the heavier crudes produced in Syria.  As such, Syrian government revenues are severely limited by the loss of oil export capabilities, particularly the lost access to European markets, which in 2011 imported $3.6 billion worth of oil from Syria according to news reports…../  In 1964, Syria passed legislation that limited licenses for exploration and investment to the Syrian government, and the oil sector remains structured this way. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources oversees the Syrian oil sector and is in charge of setting policy priorities and coordinating the efforts of the General Petroleum Company (GPC) and the General Organization for Refining and Distribution of Petroleum Products (GORDPP), both created in 2009./  The GPC oversees the strategies for exploration, development, and investment in Syria’s oil and gas sector, and supervises the activities of its numerous affiliated companies, including the Syrian Petroleum Company (SPC) and the Syrian Gas Company (SGC). The SPC is Syria’s largest state-owned oil company and has a number of production-sharing agreements (PSAs) in place throughout the oil sector.  Most of the country’s PSAs are evenly split between the SPC and its partners.  These arrangements often ensure that the Syrian government retains a certain percentage of the oil produced in its fields as royalties, and contracts regularly last up to 25 years./  The SPC operates through several subsidiaries, with the most notable being the Al-Furat Petroleum Company (AFPC), which is a joint venture between the SPC, Royal Dutch Shell, the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC), and India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). Other SPC subsidiaries include the Deir Ez-zor Petroleum Company, the Syria-Sino Alkawkab Oil Company, the Hayan Petroleum Company, the Oudeh Petroleum Company, and the Dijla Petroleum Company. Other international oil companies with interests in Syria include Gulfsands, Sinopec, and Total, and several other smaller companies also have stakes in the Syrian oil sector./  The GORDPP manages the country’s downstream portfolio for both oil and natural gas, and oversees the operations of the Banias Refinery Company and the Homs Refinery Company, among other duties. Other important state entities overseen by the GORDPP include the Syrian Company for Oil Transport (which operates the country’s pipelines), Mahrukat (which deals with refined products), and Sytrol (which is the state marketer of petroleum products)……
Syria’s domestic pipeline network is well-developed, although several sections have been damaged by fighting and sabotage since war broke out.  One particular stretch of pipeline near the city of Homs (home of one of the country’s two refineries) was damaged several times during 2012, interrupting oil flows and exacerbating the acute shortages of petroleum products in the country./  The SCOT [Syrian Company for Oil Transport] manages the Syrian pipeline system, including its international connections with Iraq.  Of the two pipelines between Syria and Iraq, only the Ain Zalah (Iraq)—Suweidiya (Syria) remains in operation.  The Kirkuk (Iraq)-Banias (Syria) pipeline sustained damage in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, and despite agreements pledging to repair and restart the pipeline, progress is proving difficult./ Despite the challenges facing many energy projects in Syria, there are several plans underway to enhance Syria’s role as an energy transit country.  One particular project proposes to build two oil pipelines (and one for natural gas) that would send Iraqi crude to the Mediterranean coast in Syria, and from there to international markets.  The first of the proposed pipelines would send heavier crudes from northern Iraq and have a capacity of 1.5 million bbl/d.  The second pipeline would send lighter grades from southern Iraqi fields, and would follow the same route as the former Haditha-Banias pipeline; the second section is scheduled to have a 1.25 million bbl/d capacity.  It is unlikely that this proposal will make significant progress until the situation in Syria improves. Thus far, pledges to become an important transit country in the eastern Mediterranean remain unfulfilled, and this is unlikely to change until there is a resolution to the conflict.  
(Bold added by us for emphasis. Document in its entirety: http://www.eia.gov/countries/cab.cfm?fips=SY
See a critical analysis here: http://www.globalresearch.ca/oil-and-pipeline-geopolitics-the-us-nato-race-for-syrias-black-gold/5330216

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Like the Senate one, the Chamber of Deputies Inquest Report, turned in Friday, calls for Martelly-Lamothe impeachment.  See our new post (OK, Let’s say it: Hurrah!):) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/chamber-of-deputies-report-calls-for-martelly-lamothe-impeachment-in-judge-serge-joseph-affair/
Enold Florestal update:  The MOPOD opposition group protests his arrest; Members of the Chamber of Deputies said not allowed to visit him; his attorneys filing suit.  More on all of this later in the day or tomorrow.   
Majescor:  announced that the founder of Majescor in 1999, and the President, CEO and Chair of Everton Resources, Mr. André Audet has (re) joined the Board.  After 9 years they have axed their CFO, Khadija Abounaim. This will save them one of two fat salaries, it seems by merging CEO and CFO. The other fat salary being CEO Daniel Hachey’s. Press Release is here: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/majescor-resources-board-and-management-changes-tsx-venture-mjx-1823373.htm Everton appears another do-nothing company. The Canadian Everton is worth 5 cents per share and the US one 3 cents. Hachey serves on their board. Everton was recently sued over “…a transaction … related to the Labrador Trough group of properties”, but a settlement was reached. See: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/focus-graphite-settles-legal-recourse-tsx-venture-fms-1783211.htm http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/everton-resources-inc-legal-claim-initiated-tsx-venture-evr-1732542.htm

Nigerian way of life under threat from pollution
BBC News Report, 30 May 2013 
“Oil pollution is a continuing problem in the Niger Delta, with thousands of oil spills polluting farmland as well as lakes and rivers. The damage to natural resources has forced many communities to relocate, in order to find the means to make a living. But what was life like before the multi-national oil companies moved in?  Nigeria correspondent Will Ross reports from the Niger Delta.”

The video can also be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22712797
On the video a man states that in 78 years he has never gotten benefits from the oil.  

Meanwhile in January:
30 January 2013 Last updated at 17:31 GMT 
Shell Nigeria case: Court acquits firm on most charges
A Dutch court has rejected four out of five allegations against Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell over oil pollution in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.
” The story continues here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21258653

More than one way to steal oil revenues from the people, while leaving devastation behind:  
Corruption and, until recently, armed rebellion in the oil producing areas have led to the development of an entire, well-organised industry for stealing – or, as it is known in Nigeria, ‘bunkering’ – oil products./  This criminal import-export industry has become almost institutionalised by a national government subsidy on petrol sales that costs the country several billion dollars a year and encourages illicit activities./  The subsidy is paid to politically well-connected fuel importers to keep prices low and so stop unrest among the majority of Nigerians who are very poor.  Nigerians know perfectly well how much money is being stolen at the top of their society and have therefore come to demand cheap petrol as their slice of the pie – and their political right.”  From: BBC News, 18 June 2013  “Nigeria’s piracy – another form of oil theft“.  By Mark Doyle. See entire story at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22956865

Oil theft in the Niger Delta
Oil theft is believed to exceed 180,000 barrels of oil per day. Over US$7 billion of lost revenue at current oil prices. An illicit trade that involves the theft of crude oil and its derivative products through a variety of different mechanisms with significant economic, social, environmental, governance and security implications that contribute to the poverty and degradation that exists in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria
.” http://stopthetheftng.com/ (we added bold)

Read about Nigerian Head of State Abacha’s kleptocracy in yesterday’s post below, along with the Duvalier’s Haitian kleptocracy:

Friday, 23 August, 2013

Our Senate Inquest post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/

Kleptocracies:  Where does the money from the resources and aid often go?  The Strange Story of the Duvaliers:  From Racism to Reconciliation with No Justice in Sight.    

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, 1905

A major problem with media coverage of Haiti, and why we did not want to get involved in covering Haiti’s political shenanigans, is that while everyone focuses on the political shenanigans in Port-au-Prince other stuff goes on in Port-au-Prince and the rest of the country.  There is still much unknown about what’s going on with mining and oil and gas in Haiti and virtually no research into the topic is being done.  

The Strange Comedy of Francois Nicolas Duvalier, II,  or While we were looking at Mining Issues.  

And, thus, while we were looking at mining issues, we missed a most absurd thing.  We missed the absurd letter written, last April, by Baby Doc, Jean-Claude’s son, lauding his grandfather Francois Duvalier (aka Papa Doc). http://lenouvelliste.com/article4.php?newsid=115846 Along with others, we are shocked that the Nouvelliste newspaper, Haiti’s largest and oldest daily, printed it, especially a few days before the 50 year anniversary of a major massacre by Francois Duvalier.  Would a grandson of Adolf Hitler be allowed to argue in the largest German daily that his grandfather was a great statesman who did a lot for his country?  We think not.  From our understanding, this would not be allowed.  

The April 1963 massacre has recently been described by Edwidge Danticat, based on an interview with former journalist, Michele Montas:  “The bloodbath began at the home of Montas’s neighbor, Lieutenant François Benoit, an elite marksman who had been dismissed from the army.  Benoit’s parents were killed.  His house was set on fire, with a seven-month-old baby inside.”   Furthermore:  “The few–like Montas, who was arrested on Jean Claude Duvalier’s orders, on November 28, 1980—who have been able to file complaints or testify, represent a small percentage of those who were arrested, jailed, tortured, or killed under the younger’s Duvalier regime.  Montas joins an even shorter list of high profile victims, whom Baby Doc is able to identify by name.  ‘But we—the thirty listed in the complaint–are not the only ones,’ Montas stresses. ‘The repression went across all classes, all over the country. Journalists were crushed.  Students were crushed.  Unions were crushed.  Rural people were crushed.’/  She recalls the particular case of one of her fellow plaintiffs who was forced to travel from northern Haiti with her husband’s severed head in a bucket during the father’s reign and was only released from Fort Dimanche during the son’s reign, as part of a prisoner exchange with the United States.  ‘He inherited a repressive machine from his father,’ she says, ‘and continued to use it to stay in power.  There should be no statute of limitations for judgment on that.  There should be no statute of limitations on the disappeared.”  Excerpted from “Memories of a Duvalier Massacre, 50 Years Later”.  By Edwidge Danticat, April 25, 2013.  The Progressive.  Please read the entire article here: http://progressive.org/haiti-duvalier-massacre-50-years-later It is very important.  
Coming back to the table of Haitian politics late, after an extended absence, we also missed that Baby Doc’s 28 yr old son, Francois Nicolas Duvalier, II, the author of the absurd piece praising Papa Doc, was appointed “advisor” to Martelly early on, as mentioned in the above article.    

The real absurdness of Baby Doc’s son’s praise of his grandfather, Papa Doc, is that if his grandfather had remained alive he never would have been born. Baby Doc, Jean-Claude Duvalier, would never have been allowed to marry Michele Bennett.  It would be like Hitler allowing his son to marry a Jewish lady.  Oh, yes.  Anyone who fails to recognise that Francois Duvalier’s regime was a racist sort of reverse carbon copy of Hitler’s needs to go read books on Haitian history (and perhaps German history).  Instead of Hitler’s White Nationalist-Supremacism, which sidelined Jewish business interests, and ultimately led to the slaughtering of Jews and some other minorities, along with political dissidents, Francois Duvalier was a Black Nationalist-Supremacist, who sidelined and slaughtered the old mulatto elite and political dissidents, while favoring Near Eastern business interests and being the first Haitian president to give cabinet appointments to this group.  

However, with Jean-Claude Duvalier’s marriage to Michele Bennett and the arrival of the Bennetts to power came a sort of national reconciliation of elites, who then sat at the table of power together, and apparently even the table of theft together.  If Francois Duvalier defined Duvalierism as a cruel, racist, dictatorship and yes, a sort of fascist state, then the last phases of Jean-Claudism can be defined as National Reconciliation of Elites without Justice (and apparently without dissent).  And, from everything that was written about the regime in both French and English, in the 1970s and 1980s, to our recollection, Jean-Claude Duvalier’s administration was the defining example of a kleptocratic state – a point which we will return to.    

As for the National Reconciliation of Elites and Francois Nicolas Duvalier II’s parents’ marriage and his birthright:  “The marriage represented a symbolic alliance with the mulatto elite—the very families Jean-Claude’s father had opposed. This resulted in her husband’s mother, Simone Duvalier (who opposed the match), being sidelined politically, which in turn created new factional alliances within the ruling group since the Duvalierist Old Guard opined that the new First Lady’s power appeared to exceed her husband’s.  While Jean-Claude often dozed through Cabinet meetings, his wife, frustrated at his political ineptitude, reprimanded ministers herself.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michèle_Bennett

There you get into a whole philosophical debate about Reconciliation and if it has to do with strictly sweeping the bad under the carpet, where it is easier to continue to perpetuate it, or is there going to be some semblance of Justice?  And, how can there be Justice when outside powers prop up the elite regimes and block democratic change in Haiti?  

It is interesting to what point the Haitian Elites appear to have no honour.  Neither honour for country, nor family honour nor anything but a survivalist instinct and often a lust for power.  Is this the outgrowth of decades of Duvalierism or is it the etiology of Duvalierism? Whichever the case, it is the only full, logical, explanation for what goes on in Haiti. Lack of honor accounts for the apparent illogic of the elites.  This is why it is so hard to sort out their politics.  It seems a main factor in why dealing with Haitian politics is like dealing with their geology — it is full of karst, i.e. sinkholes. It appears a hopeless case; a lost cause. And, it is as long as outside powers continue to prop up elite regimes and block participation by the most popular political party.  Even without this intervention, Haiti has a hard row to hoe.  The elites don’t care, for instance, if their late wife’s cousin, and thus their son’s cousin was killed by Francois Duvalier. That cannot get in the way of their business or careers.  This appears the norm. Then they are going to whine about people assaulting their reputations? How do you explain, for instance, that the grand-daughter of Paul Magloire is the girlfriend and PR agemt of Jean-Claude Duvalier? Some may argue that they are admirable to make amends and move on with business (or romance). In some instances this could be true. But, there is no honour here and no justice, either.

And, what’s going on with the Duvalier court case?  Why is this case being held in Haiti and not at The Hague or another venue?  And, why is Jean-Claude the only one who may be on trial? It is currently on appeal whether he will be tried for misappropriation of funds, only, or also for crimes against humanity.  Based on everything written in the 1970s and 80s he didn’t really run his own regime. Remember that he came into power at age 19.  Some of the alleged powers behind his throne were his mother, his sister, and his wife.  But, there were others.  He should be forced to give stolen money back, but others should be put on trial, as well, for both theft and crimes against humanity.  

However, the whole thing appears swept under the carpet.  And, indeed it has been. The plaintiffs filed suit against Jean Claude DUVALIER, Michèle B. DUVALIER, Simone O. DUVALIER, Prosper AVRIL, Samuel JEREMIE, Jean SAMBOUR, Auguste DOUYON, Jean Robert ESTIME, Ronald BENNETT; Frantz MERCERON; Edouard BERROUET; Colonel Franck ROMAIN (Former Chief of Police of Duvalier and Former Prefect of the Capital); Dr Bernadin ROSARION (Former private secretary to François and Jean Claude Duvalier); Gérard PROPHETE; Milice MIDI (Former Macoute Chief); Christophe DARDOMPRE (Colonel and Commander of the Presidential Garde); St Voyis PASCAL, Rony GILOT.  However, the initial ruling only retained charges against Jean-Claude Duvalier for misappropriation of public funds and appears to have thrown out everything else.  Appeal is pending since May. http://rnddh.org/content/uploads/2012/04/Dossier-Jean-Claude-Duvalier.pdf  
Where is Madame Max Adolphe on this list?  Simone Duvalier is on there and she is deceased, and Madame Max may still be alive!   
Regarding the court case and appeal see:  
http://www.ijdh.org/advocacies/our-work/jean-claude-duvalier-prosecution/#.UhaN38saySN http://www.lenouvelliste.com/article4.php?newsid=116891 http://www.hpnhaiti.com/site/index.php/politique/9471-haiti-justice-nouvelle-etape-dans-laudition-des-plaignants-de-duvalier-a-la-cour-dappel For reference re Jean-Claude girlfriend and other things see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Claude_Duvalier  

What is a kleptocracy?      

Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, (from Greek: κλέπτης – kleptēs, ‘thief’and κράτος – kratos, ‘power, rule’, hence ‘rule by thieves’) is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often without pretense of honest service. This type of government corruption is often achieved by the embezzlement of state funds.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleptocracy

If some may recall learning this term and the related French term in writings about Jean-Claude Duvalier from the 1970s and 80s, he is apparently not unique to this genre.  However, considering that Haiti has remained the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world, his is perhaps the most shocking case.  He continues to be a prominent example, it seems, because as recently as 2004, “the anti-corruption Germany-based NGO Transparency International released a list of what it believes to be the ten most self-enriching leaders in recent years.  In order of amount allegedly stolen (in USD), they were:
Former Indonesian President Suharto ($15 billion – $35 billion)
Former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos ($5 billion – $10 billion)
Former Congolese President Mobutu Sese Seko ($5 billion)
Former Nigerian Head of State Sani Abacha ($2 billion – $5 billion)
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević ($1 billion)
Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier ($300 million – $800 million)
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori ($600 million)
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko ($114 million – $200 million)
Former Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Alemán ($100 million)
Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada ($78 million – $80 million)

Furthermore, US government documents called Jean-Claude’s rule a kleptocracy.  They described his government as thus:  

The first few years after Jean-Claude Duvalier’s installation as Haiti’s ninth president-for-life were a largely uneventful extension of his father’s rule.  Jean-Claude was a feckless, dissolute nineteen-year-old, who had been raised in an extremely isolated environment and who had never expressed any interest in politics or Haitian affairs.  He initially resented the dynastic arrangement that had made him Haiti’s leader, and he was content to leave substantive and administrative matters in the hands of his mother, Simone Ovid Duvalier, while he attended ceremonial functions and lived as a playboy… Foreign officials and observers also seemed more tolerant toward ‘Baby Doc,’ in areas such as human-rights monitoring, and foreign countries were more generous to him with economic assistance.  The United States restored its aid program for Haiti in 1971. http://countrystudies.us/haiti/18.htm

Jean-Claude limited his interest in government to various fraudulent schemes and to outright misappropriations of funds.  Much of the Duvaliers’ wealth, which amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars over the years, came from the Régie du Tabac (Tobacco Administration). Duvalier used this ‘nonfiscal account,’ established decades earlier under Estimé, as a tobacco monopoly, but he later expanded it to include the proceeds from other government enterprises and used it as a slush fund for which no balance sheets were ever kept. http://countrystudies.us/haiti/18.htm (bold added)

Jean-Claude’s kleptocracy, along with his failure to back with actions his rhetoric endorsing economic and public-health reform, left the regime vulnerable to unanticipated crises that were exacerbated by endemic poverty.http://countrystudies.us/haiti/18.htm

And, then there are complaints that donors don’t want to give more earthquake monies to Haitian Companies or to the Haitian State…..PLEASE!!!  Geez with the track-record of the Haitian State!  First the Haitian State must prove that they have gotten over their kleptocratic habits.  Giving any money to Haiti is like placing it in a sinkhole.  There is insufficient transparency and accountability.  

Another very interesting document remarks in its abstract:  
Kleptocratic policies are more likely when foreign aid and rents from natural resources provide rulers with substantial resources to buy off opponents; when opposition groups are shortsighted; when the average productivity in the economy is low; and when there is greater inequality between producer groups (because more productive groups are more difficult to buy off).” (we added bold) From the abstract for “Alfred Marshall Lecture: Kleptocracy and Divide-and-Rule:  A Model of Personal Rule”  By Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson, and Thierry Verdier, 2004. Complete article available here: http://economics.mit.edu/files/4462

The case of Sani Abacha, bears special examination, considering Nigeria’s enormous oil wealth and the pollution it has caused, which according to the UN could take 30 years and cost billions to cleanup (see: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=39232&Cr=pollutio#.UhbrjMsaySM ). During Abacha’s regime, a total of $2 to $5 billion was reportedly siphoned out of the country’s coffers by him and by members of his family, which made him ranked as number 4 in the 2004 Transparency International kleptocracy rankings, mentioned above.  Abacha’s national security adviser, Alhaji Ismaila Gwarzo, is said to played a central role in the looting and transfer of money to overseas accounts.  His son Mohammed Abacha was allegedly also involved.  Still others are known to have been involved.  A report published by the Abdulsalam Abubakar transitional government in November 1998 described the process, as thus:  Sani Abacha told Ismaila Gwarzo to provide fake funding requests, which Abacha approved. The funds were usually sent in cash or travellers’ cheques by the Central Bank of Nigeria to Gwarzo, who took them to Abacha’s house.  Mohammed Abacha then allegedly arranged to launder the money to offshore accounts.  An estimated $1.4 billion in cash is said to have been delivered in this way. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sani_Abacha At least some of the monies, presumably including oil revenues, left for Switzerland in suitcases. This is why some people are keenly watching the comings and goings of Martelly and Lamothe.  But, in Abacha’s case at least some of the money was carried out to Switzerland by others.  According to the BBC, the “tradition of brazen theft of the oil revenues on which the public budget relies, [is] a habit indulged in by almost every one of the dictators who ruled Nigeria for almost all its existence since independence in 1960.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/1935631.stm Some, but apparently not all of Abacha’s stolen monies have been returned to Nigeria.  But, the money was monitored by the World Bank in an effort to make sure that it was not stolen again! http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/AFRICAEXT/0,,contentMDK:21169861~menuPK:258658~pagePK:2865106~piPK:2865128~theSitePK:258644,00.html If Duvalier monies are returned to Haiti then they should be monitored, in a similar way, to make sure they go into something for Haiti and are not stolen again.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Our Senate Inquest post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/

For new readers there is stuff on mining and the environment here:  look below for previous days.    

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, 1905

The List, Judge Joseph, and Madame Max:  
The Crone Behind the Throne?    

On July 2, 2013, shortly before his untimely death, Judge Jean Serge Joseph called for almost 20 witnesses to appear in court for the investigation into alleged corruption by Haitian President Martelly’s wife, Sophia, and son, Oliver.  

One of the names on the list called, whose appointment within the Martelly administration has raised the most eyebrows (or perhaps some people’s hairs), is Magalie Adolphe Racine, current Minister of Youth, Sport, and Civic Action (appointed in January 2013). See: http://www.haiti-liberte.com/archives/volume6-29/With%20Cabinet%20Reshuffle.asp

Magalie Racine is said to be a close collaborator of Sophia Martelly. http://radiokiskeya.com/spip.php?article940   (And, Sophia was to be investigated.) She was reportedly protocol advisor to Sophia Martelly.  Magalie apparently has or had an agency where young girls are trained to become models.  It would seem that she took up this profession in stark contrast to that of her mother’s.  

Her mother is Madame Max Adolphe, a notorious high-ranking macoute leader and warden of Fort Dimanche prison, known as the Fortress of Death, under Papa Doc, Francois Duvalier.  Madame Max has been described by more than one person as evil.  She has been described as Duvalier’s right hand and as one of the top three in Francois Duvalier’s brutal regime (including Duvalier himself). Perhaps Magalie has hidden herself in beauty in reaction to the ugly death and destruction which her mother left behind.  

Still, Magalie Adolphe Racine is the only daughter of Madame Max Adolphe, and just thinking of her mother could scare someone to death.  If one should feel some pity for Magalie, it does not change that appointing the daughter of a notorious macoute and infamous prison warden to one’s administration is not good for showing a break with the Duvalierist past. Not that Martelly wants to break with the Duvalierist past, it seems, judging by his incorporation of other individuals with Duvalierist ties, as well as Jean-Claude Duvalier’s son (Francois Duvalier’s grandson and namesake) into his administration. But, does he intend to have the brutality of the Duvalier years?  

More than anything else, the presence of Magalie Adolphe Racine would appear to indicate a superficial frivolity chez Sophia Martelly.  And, superficial frivolity often leads to financial frivolity.  Madame Max was reportedly no intellectual and if this is true then one can argue that she too was superficial.  But, superficial and frivolous in her brutality.  

And, no one knows what happened to Madame Max. She could still be in Haiti.  And, Judge Serge Joseph had to call her daughter as witness in an investigation into alleged corruption….

Madame Max Adolphe, born in September of 1925, would be almost 88 years old but some people remain mentally sharp at that age and even physically active.  If this were a “who done it” or the game of “Clue” then Madame Max would have to be added to the list of suspects in Judge Joseph’s death.         

Technically Madame Max wasn’t a Macoute but rather head of the Fillette Laleau, apparently named for a wicked witch of Haitian Folklore who ate small birds. (See:  Fillette Laleau:  http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW06811.pdf) 

The New York Times published this excellent piece on Fort Dimanche, where she was prison warden:  “Mission to Haiti: The Troops;The Auschwitz of Haiti for 3 Decades Gives Up the Secrets of its Dark Past”  By Rick Bragg, October 01, 1994
“The young American second lieutenant said he had not been aware of an evil such as Fort Dimanche.  The torture and killing that went on for three decades in the crumbling old prison, and the mass grave that rises from the weeds outside the walls, eclipse anything he has ever known.  Now, Lieut. Jeff Shuck, 24, of Memphis, is the master of one of the most foreboding, horrifying places in Haiti…..
Lieutenant Shuck is in command of 25 soldiers whose job is to secure and occupy a fort that is to Haitians what Auschwitz is to Jews, a place so hated that most Haitians would not come near it, afraid of the spirits of the dead who disappeared inside the wrought-iron gates……
….Fort Dimanche has been at the epicenter of their oppression…it became under Francois Duvalier, and later under his son Jean-Claude, a political prison where men were beaten, electrocuted, dismembered, blinded and castrated.  An estimated 3,000 people were locked inside and were never seen alive again.  Others, ruined mentally and physically, were released after months or years to show the population what would happen to enemies of the state…….
(We added the bold for emphasis)
See the entire article here: http://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/01/world/mission-haiti-troops-auschwitz-haiti-for-3-decades-gives-up-secrets-its-dark.html?pagewanted=2&src=pm
Below we will see that the number at Fort Dimanche was more like 60,000 people, which sounds more accurate.

From English Wikipedia, Fort Dimanche:   
During the reign of Duvalier he and his Tonton Macoutes used the facility as an interrogation center and prison to incarcerate, torture, and murder political opponents.  Also people who tried to escape from the island and were caught were brought to Fort Dimanche.  His son, Jean-Claude Duvalier, continued to use it as an instrument of terror.  Crammed into tiny cells, three by three by four feet, inmates slept in shifts in their own filth.  Gruel as food was placed on the floor, water was given out infrequently, in addition, inmates drank some of the water when they were hosed down once a week.  Dead bodies were often not removed for days and then dumped into mass graves outside the prison.  Prisoners died from torture, dehydration, malnutrition, and infections.  Most did not survive…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Dimanche

Fort Dimanche from French wikipedia:  
During the 29 years of dictatorship of Francois Duvalier dictatorship, and of his son Fort Dimanche was the place where the tontons macoutes and the army imprisoned, tortured, executed and buried the real or presumed enemies of the region.  This sinister spot became known as  Fort Lanmò (The Fort of Death) auprès de la population de Port-au-Prince.  The number of victims of the Duvalierist dictatorship at Fort Dimanche has been estimated to be around 60,000 people, including a number of intellectuals like the author Jacques Stéphen Alexis.http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Dimanche

According to Wikipedia:  
Madame Max Adolphe was the right hand woman of François Duvalier during his presidency in Haiti.  Adolphe, then known as Rosalie Bosquet, came to the attention of Francois during an attempt on his life.  While she was a low ranking officer in the Tonton Macoute, her courage impressed the President so much that he promoted her to the position of warden at Fort Dimanche.  At the prison, Adolphe continued her strong support of the government and was known for her interrogations of political prisoners.  Daily killings, torture, and beatings were typical at the prison during her tenure. After settling in at the prison, she was then promoted to the Supreme Head of the Fillettes Laleau, the female branch of the Tonton Macoutes.  When Papa Doc died in 1971 and his son, Jean Claude Duvalier took over, she lost lot of her power.   Eventually, the regime ended in 1986.  She left the country and her current whereabouts are unknown.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madame_Max_Adolphe
(we added the bold)

Note that since her “whereabouts are unknown” it has been rumored that she is still in Haiti, since her daughter is there.  Who knows?  Maybe Madame Max still pulls the strings in Haiti.  Perhaps she is the old lady whispering behind the throne of the presidency?  Recently we read something about old ladies historically being the King makers in Africa and whispering instructions from behind the throne.  The crone behind the throne?  If this were a novel, what a wild story that would be!  Most likely Madame Max is dead, but no one knows for sure. If she is dead it appears that her ghost may still be whispering behind the throne of power.  

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana, 1905

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Our post has been updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/
Enold Florestal Update:  Reportedly they can not make up their mind what Enold Florestal is charged with.  Now Reginald Delva, Secretary of State for Public Safety, is saying it has to do with Enold’s current girlfriend, Beata St. Jour who allegedly falsified documents for admission to the police(academy). http://hwww.hpnhaiti.com/site/index.php/politique/10198-haitile-secretaire-detat-a-la-securite-publique-tente-de-justifier-larrestation-denold-florestal
English: http://omegaworldnews.com/?p=4385
Maybe Enold should try for the Catholic priesthood, considering his luck with women.  Then he can get kicked out of the priesthood for political activity. Or, if not, the powers that be can still come up with trumped-up charges, as they did against Father Jean-Juste and President (Father) Aristide.

Nuclear is Hopelessly Dangerous from Start to Finish

Fukushima nuclear plant:  Radioactive water leak found” By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC News.
Excerpt:  “Tepco says this is the worst so far in terms of volume – and it is also highly radioactive, with levels in the leaked water of 80 million becquerels per litre, some eight million times above the limit for drinking water in Japan….The concern is that the rest will leach into the sea which is just 100m away.” (NB: a meter (m) is a bit longer than a yard) See the entire article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23764382

Political Risk Insurance; Resource Nationalism; EDC

On Sunday we mentioned, Mohammad Mosaddegh, the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953, whose government was overthrown in a coup d’état, 60 years ago, orchestrated by the British MI6 and the American CIA.  The coup seems to have been due largely, if not completely, to his nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, which had been under British control since 1913 through the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC / AIOC), later British Petroleum (BP). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mosaddegh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d%27état
One of the reasons for the coups against President Aristide, in Haiti, may have been because he wanted Haitians to benefit from any mining or oil.

Now the current jargon for total nationalisation or any partial attempts for governments and/or the people to get benefits from their natural resources (e.g. increasing royalties) is “Resource Nationalism”.  Besides getting their governments to do coup d’etats (or direct invasions), companies and their governments have come up with another idea to bleed the taxpayer and that is underwriting Political Risk Insurance.

In Canada it is Export Development Canada that handles this:  
EDC has nearly 40 years experience underwriting political risk across a wide range of industries.  Backed by sector, country and political risk advisory specialists, our coverage includes standard political risks including  expropriation, political violence and transfer and convertibility, as well  as non-standard cover like partial losses, trade disruption or business Interruption on a case-by-case basis. 

We can provide a quick turnaround using standardized policy wording or  work closely with your customers to devise a customized policy. In most cases, we can participate in co-insurance agreements as well as offer sole coverage if required. For customers operating in multiple markets, EDC’s global policies provide an attractive and cost-effective means to mitigate risk. http://www.edc.ca/EN/Insurance-Brokers/Documents/broker-support.pdf
Excerpt from an EDC document:  
Political Risk Insurance Export Development Canada:  Facilitating Canadian Exports and Investment into Africa“, November 8, 2011 
Government Actions: 
  Royalty increase → Financial viability threatened 
  Confiscation of investment → Loss of invested capital & future earnings 
  Termination of key contract without justification → Loss of contract & associated earnings 
  Economic Instability: 
  Imposition of currency controls → Cannot repatriate dividends 
  Liquidity Crisis → Widespread Government default → Loss of revenue 
  Civil Commotion: 
  Widespread rioting → Loss of earnings from inability to operate 
  Civil war → Assets damages, destruction or confiscation  
Political Risk Insurance can help to mitigate these losses!
 (yes, this last sentence is in the EDC original; no joke!)

Note how all of the above are close to guaranteed to occur in many countries. Getting this insurance money must surely be the end-game for many of the small mining and other companies that appear to do nothing. We would like Eurasian Minerals to tell everyone WHY they are saying that their Grand Bois property is subjected to a “Force Majeure” event, if it is not to get insurance monies. We have already explained below that they have no grounds to declare “Force Majeure” for this property. And, who is insuring or reinsuring them we wonder? EDC? MIGA? Both? Those insured do not seem to appear on the websites, only those receiving funding.  

Tuesday, 20 August, 2013

We have a new post. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/judge-dead-whistleblower-jailed-lamothe-martellys-haiti/ For daily readers who are following both the Haitian Senate Report posts and this one, there is not too much new, however.  A little bit here and there, but not a lot.  The only completely new sections in the new post are below (and a bit about machetes not below). Nondaily readers, yesterday we explained how Enold Florestal brought corruption charges against the Haitian Presidential family and was recently jailed: 

Enold Florestal:  Deja Vu All Over Again

After reading Father Jean Juste’s story, below, we hope that you understand that Haiti has a legacy of using trumped up charges against political opponents.  It appears that Martelly-Lamothe, having been raised up in this atmosphere, are continuing in this tradition.  It seems that Enold Florestal (discussed yesterday and in the new post), who brought the corruption complaint against President Martelly’s wife and son, is now a political prisoner.     

How to Take Action

Those who are inspired to organize a letter writing campaign, on Enold Florestal’s behalf, will find an email contact form at  http://primature.gouv.ht/  (save a copy of your letter; a screen shot would be best).  Laurent Lamothe’s web site is www. laurentlamothe .com  The email address listed there is:  ecrire@laurentlamothe.com
Both Martelly and Lamothe know English.

Please communicate your concerns to your favorite Human Rights Organization; your Church or other Religious Institution; your government officials; your Ambassador to Haiti, and anyone else you can think of.  

We believe that Lamothe and Martelly are bullies.  Most bullies do not like to be embarrassed.  They need to be embarrassed to the maximum so that they release Enold.  

A man’s life may lie in your hands.  

Another Similar-Looking Case of Trumped Up Charges and Possible Poisoning:  Against “Human Rights Defender”, Father Jean-Juste

The cases of both Enold Florestal and of Judge Serge Joseph remind us of an earlier case.  This case was that of someone who the US-based Carter Center lists as a “Featured Human Rights Defender”, Father Gérard Jean-Juste.  As in the case of Judge Serge Joseph, there were concerns expressed that he died from poisoning.  This poisoning, however, was believed to have occurred while he was in jail.  And, why was he in jail?  It actually sounds pretty similar to the Enold Florestal case.  One of his arrests was, according to the Carter Center, “for the murder of his cousin at a time when Jean-Juste was out of the country – a charge that was eventually dropped“.  But, we are getting ahead of the story.  We reprint Jean Juste’s story below, as told at the Carter Center web site, since we have never heard of any questioning or criticisms of Jimmy Carter, except, ironically, by a friend of Jean Juste.  From the Carter Center who calls Gérard Jean-Juste a “Human Rights Defender”:  

Carry Me Home to Haiti

Battling through leukemia and the possibility of persecution in his native Haiti, Gerard Jean-Juste was constantly fighting until the day he died.

The volatile storms of Haiti’s political fortunes tossed Jean-Juste between his island homeland and the United States for the better part of the last 37 years of his life. Along the way he earned considerable respect in both countries for his efforts to improve the civil liberties of Haitians regardless of where they live.

Despite outstanding charges of weapons possession and conspiracy to kill Haitian police, the fact that he was always eager to return home underscored improvements made under the current government of René Préval after the humanitarian disaster that marked the previous U.S.-installed regime.

Jean-Juste gained fame in Haiti for preaching liberation theology on the radio after a military coup in 1991.  For the longest time, the military junta running the country sought intelligence on the mysterious rabble-rousing rector, but failed to stop his activities because they had no idea what he looked like.

The last time Jean-Juste lived in Haiti, he was jailed — twice — after rebels overthrew the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. “The illegal, de facto government always brought some trumped-up charges that could not hold,” he said.

The first arrest was on charges of inciting violence and harboring pro-Aristide soldiers. Jean-Juste had close ties with Aristide, a former Catholic priest. The second was for the murder of his cousin at a time when Jean-Juste was out of the country – a charge that was eventually dropped.

Under the regime installed in 2004 by the “council of the wise” set up by France, the United States and Canada, thousands of people were killed in one of the worst spasms of violence the Caribbean has seen in recent years. During this period, Prime Minister Gerard Latortue – a former radio talk-show host from Boca Raton – was accused of being largely indifferent to a surge in human rights violations and corruption.

“Former military personnel who should have been subject to prosecution for crimes ended up becoming members of the local police force,” says professor Irwin Stotzky at the University of Miami, an expert in Haitian politics. “It was basically a failed state.”

In the run-up to the elections to replace the discredited interim government, Jean-Juste was considered by many a potential presidential candidate even though he was in prison. Indeed, his incarceration made him something of a ‘Nelson Mandela figure’ and served to highlight his years of work in Haiti to support the poor and feed homeless children. In the end, however, Jean-Juste endorsed the eventual winner, René Préval, from behind bars.

“I support President Préval even though we disagree on some key issues,” said the ailing priest. His main reason for optimism was that the democratic process was moving forward. “I love the voters — as long as they stay committed, awake, and aware,” he said, “the political situation must go forward in the right direction.”

Jean-Juste was released in January 2006 to be treated for leukemia in Miami, where he enjoyed an equally celebrated status as a far-sighted social reformer. He had been active in the United States on social issues since 1978, when he helped set up the Haitian Refugee Center to assist refugees, protest U.S. immigration laws, and fight local discrimination. He was a hero to many in Little Haiti, and signs in shop windows around Miami demanding his freedom were a common sight after his arrest in 2005.

He said his battle with leukemia slowed him down but also served as a source of reverence for the human condition. His illness helped answer many questions about such problems as the pain of torture, imprisonment, poison, and rejection. “I understand the Bible and the biblical martyrs better,” he says.

Jean-Juste’s personal aura was almost palpable to those who knew him. “I first met him many years ago, when he set up the refugee center. He’s just an incredibly brave guy and very peaceful,” said professor Stotzky.

Unsurprising for a priest, Jean-Juste’s main source of strength was his faith. Yet, in addition to the teachings of the church, he said his inspiration for his activism also came from what he called his “debt as a member of the human race.”

While his faith gave him the power to serve people without discrimination, the rules of the Catholic Church blocked him from exercising his charge. When it appeared that Jean-Juste might run for president – an activity prohibited by the Vatican – the archbishop of Port-au-Prince suspended the imprisoned priest from his duties as rector of St. Claire Catholic Church in Port-au-Prince.

“I haven’t even been able to pick up my personal belongings at the church,” he said at the time. “Recently, I asked the Archbishop to allow me to return to the parish for a visit, but he denied me this right.” Unable to qualify for Social Security assistance, Jean-Juste turned to the archbishop of Miami and asked to perform duties in order to survive on stipends – but was shunned again.

Despite such setbacks, Jean-Juste always remained optimistic. He saw securing basic human needs education, in particular, as the key to boosting civil liberties in Haiti and suggested using more interactive media to make education about humanitarian and civic issues more appealing. “We need to nourish the culture of life and democracy through all means possible,” he said.

Jean-Juste’s spirit remained strong, and he continued to fight for his rights and the rights of others until a stroke and lung problems caused his untimely death in May of 2009 at the age of 62.

November 2009, The Carter Center  http://www.cartercenter.org/peace/human_rights/defenders/defenders/haiti_gerard_jean-juste.html  (we have added bold for emphasis)
Father Jean Juste was designated as “a prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International.  The Associated Press described him as being “often considered the Martin Luther King Jr. of Haiti”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gérard_Jean-Juste

Monday, 19 August, 2013

Martelly-Lamothe Crackdown:  
Man Accusing Presidential Family of Corruption Arrested on Trumped Up Charges; Fears for His Life, in Haiti

There are concerns for the life of Enold Florestal who has been arrested on apparently trumped up charges. Lawyer Newton Saint Juste, has issued an SOS that Enold’s life is believed to be in danger.  Enold was arrested Friday night by police in Haiti and is said to have been severely beaten during his arrest.  Not surprisingly, there are fears that his life is in danger, possibly by poisoning, as some believe to have been the case for Judge Joseph.  According to lawyer André Michel, Enol Florestal begin feeling discomfort (pruritus) in jail. In an interview accorded to Radio Kiskeya, Enold Florestal recently declared that he held proof of his conversation with Laurent Lamothe on the date of July 10, 2013, during which the Prime Minister promised him money and a Haitian Diplomatic position in order to convince him to abandon his legal action against the presidential family. http://touthaiti.com/touthaiti-actualites/2541-sos-la-vie-de-l-opposant-politique-enol-florestal-en-danger-au-commissariat-de-port-au-prince-parcequ-il-refuse-d-etre-filme-par-des-journalistes-propagandistes-de-la-tnh In English: http://omegaworldnews.com/?p=4266 http://omegaworldnews.com/?p=4223 (Although it is obvious that there should be concerns and that his life could be endangered, we cannot help but think that pruritis, i.e. itchiness, is more a sign of lice or other small creatures, like bed bugs, which likely reside in a Port-au-Prince jail, or from nervousness that he will be killed.)

Just what are the apparent trumped up charges and why do they appear trumped up?  The first obvious clue is that Enold Florestal filed suit against the Presidential Family for usurpation of function.  In short, from our understanding, for acting in the capacity of officials without holding an official position, whereby they could be held accountable.  And, he alleged having proof that Lamothe tried to bribe him into dropping the charges. For those not following the Judge Joseph case, the English translation of Enold’s letter to the President about the suit is found here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/

What are the facts from which the trumped up charges stem?  We have pieced together the following from various internet sources:  Enold Florestal and his wife had a fight.  One can only imagine what it could have been over.  Maybe it even had something to do with her family or her brother, like giving them money or the brother wanting to move in with them?  If Enold had a crazy brother-in-law and in-laws, he wouldn’t be the first.  Nor would it be the first brother-in-law or in-laws to cause marital conflict.  Regardless of the cause, the wife’s brother, Frantzy Duverseau, chose to intervene against Enold.  Literal stones are said to have been thrown and Enold ended up in hospital.  The police were called and went to arrest Enold’s brother-in-law, presumably for assault and battery.  He is said to have refused to go, because of something in the Constitution about not being arrested after 6 pm (we haven’t verified if this is in the Constitution).  Furthermore, the brother-in-law is alleged to have had a machete — which in Haiti and elsewhere functions as a weapon.  And, a very scary weapon it is!  Shortly afterwards, Enold’s in-laws are said to have admitted that that their son had a machete in his hand, although they said that he was not threatening the police.  According to Radio Kiskeya, the 1st of  November, 2010:
It must be recalled that the day after the drama, the Senior Superintendent of Police of Port-au-Prince, Michel-Ange Gédéon, when interviewed by Radio Kiskeya, maintained that the two police had been wounded and that they were acting in legitimate self-defense.  The parents of Frantzy Duverseau, interviewed at the same time, implied that he refused to be taken after 6 pm, time limit fixed by the Constitution for night-time arrests.  All while denying any aggression against the police, they also recognized that the young Duverseau was holding a machete at the moment when he was shot.  [from jmd/Radio Kiskeya] http://www.radiokiskeya.com/spip.php?article7187  (translation our own; bold added for emphasis) 

The police are alleged to have been wounded.  But, even if not, they would have felt threatened by someone wielding a machete.  Who wouldn’t?  Did the police try to shoot him in the leg or arm in self defense and miss?  If he was moving with a machete, it could be easy for them to miss their aim.  We do not know.  But, in the end, the brother-in law was shot in the eye and died.  

Somehow this has been twisted first into a police brutality case and then, somehow, into Enold Florestal and one of his lawyers being assassins.  Go figure!  This twisting about to make victims into the guilty and the guilty into victims is all too typical in Haiti.  Enold was injured and said to be in hospital; the police shot the brother-in-law and somehow Enold and his lawyer are accused of killing the brother-in-law.  It doesn’t hold up to common sense or reason.        

Another possible clue:  Besides the Martelly-Lamothe administration, who else seemed to be pushing for this arrest but CARLI.  CARLI, Comité des Avocats pour le Respect des Libertés Individuelles, is the so-called human rights group that used to be funded by US and Canadian government sources, including the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA.  We do not know their current source of funding.  CARLI is believed to have played an instrumental propaganda role in justifying the second coup against President Aristide.  Furthermore, “CARLI was a member of the Group of 184, the elite-run coalition that masterminded civil society operations in support of the 2004 coup against Aristide.” http://coat.ncf.ca/our_magazine/links/61/46-47.htm See also: http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=national_committee_for_haitian_rights_(nchr)
And, just who used to be honorary head of CARLI but the recently deceased Enerlio Gassant (January 2012), who was listed, end of 2009, as owner of Delta Mining, partner to Angelo Viard’s VCS Mining, which holds the Morne Bossa Mining permit.  The Morne Bossa area appears to have been mined off and on since the first coup against Aristide.  For more on this see: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/haiti-morne-bossa-gold-missing/

For those following the Senate Report post: Today’s post is essentially the same as the above.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

We are continuing the Haiti Senate Report here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/

We will leave everyone a half a day or a day to reflect upon what the following has to do with other things in this blog.  For those interested there is a lot more information in the two wikipedia links below this excerpt.

60 Years Ago:  19 AUGUST 1953
1953 Iranian Coup d’Etat

Mohammad Mosaddegh or Mosaddeq[a], (16 June 1882 – 5 March 1967), was the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953, when his government was overthrown in a coup d’état orchestrated by the British MI6 and the American CIA.  An author, administrator, lawyer, prominent parliamentarian, he became the prime minister of Iran in 1951.  His administration introduced a wide range of progressive social and political reforms such as social security, rent control, and land reforms.  His government’s most notable policy, however, was the nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, which had been under British control since 1913 through the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC / AIOC) (later British Petroleum or BP).

Mosaddegh was removed from power in a coup on 19 August 1953, organised and carried out by the CIA at the request of the British MI6, which chose Iranian General Fazlollah Zahedi to succeed Mosaddegh. While the coup is commonly referred to as Operation Ajax, after its CIA cryptonym, in Iran it is referred to as the 28 Mordad 1332 coup, after its date on the Iranian calendar.  Mosaddegh was imprisoned for three years, then put under house arrest until his death.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mosaddegh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d%27état

Saturday, 17 August 2013

We are continuing the Haiti Senate Report here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph-part-ii-the-facts/

Majescor Appears to be on “Care and Maintenance” –
They’ve Found No New Rabbits to Pull out of the Hat yet….

No surprises pulled out of the hat by Majescor in their reports. All we see is bad news for them. No wonder they kept the reports buried as long as they could, like a child who buried a bad school report card. But, who dug them up finally? And why? Why won’t Majescor just go away?  Why did they come back?  How have they managed to hang on as a company for over a decade, when they don’t seem to have achieved anything? Strange.  It is very worrisome too, because if they continue to hang on, it is unlikely that they will ever have the capital needed to do anything in Haiti even half-way right! Although we will have a bit more to say, we have gone ahead and put excerpts from Majescor’s “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the Three Months Ended, May 31, 2013”, the MD&A report, below. (Disclaimer: Those who are Majescor investors need to read all of the reports themselves, in their entirety).  We have added some bold for emphasis:    
“Given that the Company has not yet determined whether its mineral properties contain mineral deposits that are economically recoverable, the Company has not yet generated income nor cash flows from its operations.  The Company has incurred a loss in the current and prior periods, with a current net loss of $369,736 during the three-month period ended May 31, 2013 (February 28, 2013 – $10,353,737) and has an accumulated deficit of $37,735,586 (February 28, 2013 – $37,385,976).  These material uncertainties cast significant doubt regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern. 
In Québec, the Company has also seen the development of its Mistassini uranium project (60% held by Strateco Resources Inc., 40% by Majescor) severely compromised by the announcement by the Québec government on March 28, 2013 of a minimum two-year freeze placed on all new uranium exploration permits in the province. Confidence in Majescor’s corporate development strategy for Québec and overseas in Haiti which took over four years to build has been significantly diminished, compromising the Company’s ability to advance its flagship SOMINE project in Haiti. 

…Majescor has implemented a series of cost savings and efficiency improvement measures designed to minimize expenditures and preserve cash resources … Such measures include suspending field exploration activities on the SOMINE project and placing the Roche-Plate base camp on care and maintenance; closing the Company’s administrative office in Ottawa; selling field equipment and supplies and reducing management salaries.   ……  
While the development of the SOMINE project towards full commercial production remains Majescor’s prime objective, the Company’s whole business plan and going forward strategy cannot be based exclusively on the development of this single asset….

Majescor’s prime consideration over the next three to six months is on securing sufficient new funds to continue meeting its regulatory obligations and resume operations in Haiti. …, the Company must secure additional funding to be able to discharge its liabilities, to fund its ongoing working capital requirements and to continue its exploration program on the SOMINE project. Towards this goal, the Company’s Board of Directors and management are currently evaluating various alternatives to secure the necessary financing and have put forward a detailed plan of action designed to revitalise the Company so it can continue as a going concern.  Nevertheless, there is no assurance that these initiatives will be successful.  Therefore, there remains a significant doubt regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.  

Where is this “detailed plan of action”, which they claim to have “put forward”? The one “designed to revitalise the Company so it can continue as a going concern”? We didn’t see it in the MD&A. We will continue to hunt for it, in the documents, as this may be a missing “rabbit”.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Our translation of the Senate inquest report continues: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph/

Mining, the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears

A photo of the 1830 Petition by women in Ohio, sent to the US Congress, in protest of the Indian Removal Act, was recently posted online.  The last sentence of their appeal, from the photo of the original:  
“…To you then, as the constitutional protectors of the Indians within our territory and as the peculiar guardians of our national character and our country’s welfare, we solemnly and earnestly appeal to save this remnant of a much injured people from annihilation, to shield our country from the curses denounced on the cruel and ungrateful, and to shelter the American character from lasting dishonor”. http://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/slate-publishes-1830-petition-protesting-indian-removal-act/

We have talked already talked about the theft of the Black Hills of South Dakota, because of Custer’s discovery of gold there. But, how many know the role which gold mining played in the earlier Trail of Tears?

“The Trail of Tears is a name given to the forced relocation and movement of Native American nations from southeastern parts of the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.  The removal included many members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations, among others in the United States, from their homelands to Indian Territory in eastern sections of the present-day state of Oklahoma.  The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831.  Many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease and starvation on the route to their destinations.  Many died, including 60,000 of the 130,000 relocated Cherokee, intermarried and accompanying European-Americans, and the 2,000 African-American free blacks and slaves owned by the Cherokee they took with them.  European Americans and African American freedmen and slaves also participated in the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole forced relocations.  In 1831, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole (sometimes collectively referred to as the Five Civilized Tribes) were living as autonomous nations in what would be called the American Deep South.  The process of cultural transformation (proposed by George Washington and Henry Knox) was gaining momentum, especially among the Cherokee and Choctaw.  Andrew Jackson continued and renewed the political and military effort for the removal of the Native Americans from these lands with the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830.  In 1831 the Choctaw were the first to be removed, and they became the model for all other removals.  After the Choctaw, the Seminole were removed in 1832, the Creek in 1834, then the Chickasaw in 1837, and finally the Cherokee in 1838.  After removal, some Native Americans remained in their ancient homelands – the Choctaw are found in Mississippi, the Seminole in Florida, the Creek in Alabama, and the Cherokee in North Carolina.  A limited number of non-native Americans (including African-Americans – usually as slaves) also accompanied the Native American nations on the trek westward.  By 1837, 46,000 Native Americans from these southeastern states had been removed from their homelands thereby opening 25 million acres (100,000 km2) for predominantly white settlement.  The fixed boundaries of these autonomous tribal nations, comprising large areas of the United States, were subject to continual cession and annexation prior to 1830, in part due to pressure from squatters and the threat of military force in the newly declared U.S. territories — federally administered regions whose boundaries supervened upon the Native treaty claims.  As these territories became U.S. states, state governments sought to dissolve the boundaries of the Indian nations within their borders, which were independent of state jurisdiction, and to expropriate the land therein.  These pressures were magnified by U.S. population growth and the expansion of slavery in the South……..”

Tensions between Georgia and the Cherokee Nation were brought to a crisis by the discovery of gold near Dahlonega, Georgia, in 1829, resulting in the Georgia Gold Rush, the second gold rush in U.S. history.  Hopeful gold speculators began trespassing on Cherokee lands, and pressure began to mount on the Georgia government to fulfill the promises of the Compact of 1802. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_Tears (bold added) “The Compact of 1802 was a compact made by U.S. president Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to the state of Georgia.  In it, the United States paid Georgia 1.25 million U.S. dollars for its central and western lands (the Yazoo lands, now Alabama and Mississippi, respectively), and promised that the U.S. government would extinguish American Indian land titles in Georgia.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_of_1802 For more information on the first and second US gold rushes see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Gold_Rush http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Gold_Rush For more information on the removals see: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2959.html

8.28 pm, Thursday, Montreal Time, Majescor claims to have FINALLY filed its Financial Reports on SEDAR.  We have yet to check.  They are not on the web site at this time . http://www.marketwatch.com/story/majescor-announces-filing-of-audited-annual-financial-statements-and-interim-financial-statements-2013-08-15-201732752

Majescor Partner Strateco has Raised Money to SUE the Province of Quebec!  

Stateco needs to sue those individuals within the Canadian government who approved the permits, knowing that the Cree and others were opposed to uranium mining, rather than suing Quebec who is trying to enforce the will of the people.  Nonetheless, Strateco really deserves to lose all the money invested and more for ignoring the evidence that their project was unwanted and not giving a damn about the fact. Remember this is really not an exploration permit, though it is called that, it is a uranium test mine, at the source of most, and perhaps all, of Quebec’s waterways (the Otish Mountains):     
August 12, 2013 16:15 ET
Strateco Closes a CDN $ 820,000 Financing
BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – Aug. 12, 2013) – Strateco Resources Inc. (“Strateco”) (TSX:RSC)(FRANKFURT:RF9) is pleased to announce that it has closed a CDN $822,319 non-brokered private placement subscribed for by an insider, The Sentient Group (“Sentient”), a private independent natural resource equity fund. The private placement consisted of 16,446,389 common shares issued at a price of $0.05 per share.  Sentient also received an additional 328,927 shares, or 2% of the gross proceeds of the placement, as a transaction fee….
Strateco will use the proceeds of the financing, among other things, to pursue the legal action initiated in connection with its Matoush uranium project, to obtain the final provincial certificate of authorization required to start the underground exploration phase. Strateco has received all the other provincial and federal permits needed for the project.  Guy Hébert, Strateco’s President and Chief Executive Officer, wishes to underscore the significant support from Sentient, which reflects its confidence in the legal measures being undertaken by Strateco.
….. http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/strateco-closes-a-cdn-820000-financing-tsx-rsc-1820037.htm (we added bold)

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Our August 11 post was updated yesterday and a picture added at the end, for today. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/martelly-lamothes-betrayal-of-haiti-will-they-be-exorcised-senate-report-calls-for-their-impeachment/ We have a new post which is its continuation.  It is the beginning of our translation of the actual Senate report. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/report-by-the-special-inquest-commission-on-the-troubling-death-of-judge-jean-serge-joseph/

222 Years Ago in the Area of the Current Mining Prospects

“Bois Caïman (Haitian Creole: Bwa Kayiman) is the site of the Vodou ceremony during which the first major slave insurrection of the Haitian Revolution was planned. On the night of August 14, 1791, representative slaves from nearby plantations gathered to participate in a secret ceremony conducted in the woods by nearby Le Cap in the French colony of Saint-Domingue. Presided over by Dutty Boukman, a prominent slave leader and Vodou priest, the ceremony served as both a religious ritual and strategic meeting as conspirators met and planned a revolt against the ruling white planters of the colony’s wealthy Northern Plain. In the following days, the whole Northern Plain was in flames, as the rebelling slaves violently burned, pillaged, and killed across the region….The ceremony is considered the official beginning of the Haitian Revolution.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bois_Caïman

August 14, 2013 in the Area of the Mining Prospects:
“Antigovernmental Demonstration at Cap Haitian”
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 JJD/HPN (our translation from French)

“Thousands of people, with at their head the Senator Moise Jean-Charles, fierce opponent of President Martelly, demonstrated without incident Wednesday at Cap-Haitien, according to a collaborator of Haiti Press Network.  

The demonstrators circulated in the streets of the northern city, Cap-Haitien, to protest against ‘the high cost of living, unemployment, insecurity’ and the ‘talk only’ of President Martelly.   

The demonstrators also recalled for ‘light being cast on the death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph”. http://www.hpnhaiti.com/site/index.php/politique/10170-haiti-politique-manifestation-antigouvernementale-au-cap-haitien

Majescor Resources Appears Still in Default:

According to the Quebec Financial Market Authorities, 
AUTORITÉ DES MARCHÉS FINANCIERS, list, which is updated on a  daily basis, and takes into account all documents filed on the previous day;  Last update : 2013-08-14; MAJESCOR RESOURCES, INC. is still in default for 1a, 1b, 1c, 1e  
1a Failure to file annual financial statements.
1b Failure to file interim financial statements.
1c Failure to file an annual or interim management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) or annual or interim management report of fund performance (MRFP).
1e Failure to file a certification of annual or interim filings required by Multilateral Instrument 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in Issuers’ Annual and Interim Filings (MI 52-109)
http://www.lautorite.qc.ca/files/pdf/professionnels/emetteurs/EmetteursEN.pdf http://www.lautorite.qc.ca/files/pdf/professionnels/emetteurs/EmetteursFR.pdf
No Majescor News found anywhere else online, as of close of business day, US EDT on Wednesday, August 14th.  

The Irish Sea:  one of the most radioactive bodies of water in the world


On the coast of the Irish Sea is Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site, near the village of Seascale, England, UK.  It is an off-shoot of the original nuclear reactor site at Windscale, currently undergoing decommissioning and dismantling.  Nearby is Calder Hall, also undergoing decommissioning and dismantling of its four nuclear power generating reactors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sellafield

Since 1952, Sellafield has been dumping radioactive waste into the Irish Sea.  This sea is now considered one of the most radioactive bodies of water in the world.  Fish, shellfish, and sea plants in the Irish Sea contain substantial amounts of radiation.  This is an environmental problem as well as a trade problem.  Irish fishermen often catch mutated fish that can not be sold…..The dumping of nuclear waste” puts “human lives at risk as well.  Spray from the Irish Sea turns into radioactive dust, and can be found on beaches and in people’s homes.  Increased rates of cancer have been reported on the east coast of Ireland and west coast of England.  In the village of Seascale, near Sellafield, there has been a disproportionate amount of cancer reported among the population.  Some of the residents of this town are convinced that Sellafield is the cause of an unusually high amount of leukemia cases among the children.  However, government scientists in the United Kingdom ruled out any such link between cancer and radiation from the Sellafield plant in March 1996.  Opponents to Sellafield claim that the report was inconclusive, and continue to pursue further investigation.http://www1.american.edu/ted/SELLA.HTM

Similar objections to those held by the Irish government have been voiced by the Norwegian government since 1997.  Monitoring undertaken by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority has shown that the prevailing sea currents transport radioactive materials leaked into the sea at Sellafield along the entire coast of Norway and water samples have shown up to ten-fold increases in such materials as technetium-99.  The Norwegian government is also seeking closure of the facility.

The Government of the Isle of Man has also registered protests due to the risk posed by radioactive contamination, due to the proximity of the Isle of Man.  The Manx government has called for the site to be shut down.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sellafield

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Mining Ghost Town in the Namib Desert, Namibia, Africa
Minenverwalter Kolmannskuppe
House of the former mine manager, photo by Harald Süpfle

“Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman’s hill, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz…Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a popular tourist destination run by the joint firm NamDeb (Namibia-De Beers).

In 1908 the worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area and showed it to his supervisor, the German railway inspector August Stauch.  After realizing that this area was rich in diamonds, lots of German miners settled in this area and soon after the German government declared a large area as a “Sperrgebiet”, starting to exploit the diamond field.

Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, the residents built the village in the architectural style of a German town, with amenities and institutions including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theatre and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere, as well as the first tram in Africa.  It had a railway link to Lüderitz.  The town declined after World War I when the diamond-field slowly exhausted and was ultimately abandoned in 1954.  The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists now walk through houses knee-deep in sand.  Kolmanskop is popular with photographers for its settings of the desert sands’ reclaiming this once-thriving town. Due to its location within the restricted area (Sperrgebiet) of the Namib desert, tourists need a permit to enter the town.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolmanskop (last accessed 13 Aug. 2013)

“The Sperrgebiet (German, meaning “Prohibited Area”)(also known as Diamond Area 1) is a diamond mining area in southwestern Namibia, in the Namib Desert.  It spans the Atlantic Ocean-facing coast from Oranjemund on the border with South Africa, to around 45 miles (72 km) north of Lüderitz, a distance of 320 km (200 mi) north.  The Sperrgebiet extends to around 100 km (62 mi) inland, and its total area of 26,000 km², or 10,400 square miles, makes up three percent of Namibia’s land mass.  However, mining only takes place in five percent of the Sperrgebiet, with most of the area acting as a buffer zone.  Members of the public are banned from entering most of the area, despite the creation of a national park there in 2004.
In September 1908, the German government created the Sperrgebiet in its colony of German South West Africa, giving sole rights for mining to the Deutsche Diamantengesellschaft (‘German Diamond Company’). In 1915, during World War I, South African forces led by General Jan Smuts and Louis Botha, the South African Prime Minister, invaded the country. The South Africans defeated the Germans, taking control of modern-day Namibia, including the Sperrgebiet.[9] The owner of the mine, De Beers, had total control of the area until the 1990s, when the Namibian government purchased a fifty percent stake. They formed a joint partnership called the Namdeb Diamond Corporation.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sperrgebiet (last accessed 13 Aug. 2013)

Tuesday 13 August 2013, update 2

Majescor Still in Default:  Did Not File Financials On August 12th As Promised  

According to the Quebec Financial Markets web site, updated today to include yesterday’s filings, Majescor is still in default: http://www.lautorite.qc.ca/files/pdf/professionnels/emetteurs/EmetteursEN.pdf

The list, which is updated on a daily basis, takes into account all documents filed on the previous day.
Last update : 2013-08-13

MAJESCOR RESOURCES INC. Defaults:  1a, 1b, 1c, 1e
1a Failure to file annual financial statements.
1b Failure to file interim financial statements.
1c Failure to file an annual or interim management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) or annual or interim management report of fund performance (MRFP).
1e Failure to file a certification of annual or interim filings required by Multilateral Instrument 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in Issuers’ Annual and Interim Filings (MI 52-109).

Tuesday, 13 August 2013, UTC

Senate call for Martelly-Lamothe Impeachment-Judge Joseph post updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/martelly-lamothes-betrayal-of-haiti-will-they-be-exorcised-senate-report-calls-for-their-impeachment/

Yukon First Nation opposes fracking until proven 100% safe: Chief wants to be sure drinking water not affected
CBC News Posted: Aug 5, 2013 3:59 PM CT 

“The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon is giving its leaders a clear and unequivocal message on hydraulic fracturing, a method used in oil and gas exploration and extraction.

Vuntut Gwitchin citizens voted on a resolution at their annual general assembly over the weekend, saying hydraulic fracturing — or ‘fracking’ — will not be welcome within their traditional territory.

‘That essentially gave us the direction to oppose fracking within our traditional territory until it can be proven to be 100 per cent safe as relates to drinking water and other issues,’ said Chief Joe Linklater.

Earlier this month, the Council of Yukon First Nations said it opposes hydraulic fracturing. This year’s general assembly passed a resolution which declares traditional territories to be ‘frack free’.

The resolution was brought forward by the Na-cho Nyak Dun First Nation, and passed unanimously. It calls on the Yukon government to prohibit fracking.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/08/05/north-vuntut-gwitchin-oppose-fracking.html?cmp=rss

Majescor Appears Still Delinquent; Stock dilution in progress
Majescor has announced that it has sold 7,500,000 shares at one cent each, in order to raise $75,000.  We find no record of the filing of their Annual and Quarterly reports, though the cost is mentioned.  They appear still delinquent.  We will see if reports appear tomorrow:  

August 12, 2013 16:52 ET
Majescor Announces Completion of the First Tranche of Its Private Placement
Montreal, Quebec–(Marketwired – Aug. 12, 2013) –
Majescor Resources Inc. ….has completed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement (the “Private Placement”) which was originally announced on July 30 and August 8, 2013.  Gross proceeds totalling $75,000 have been received by the Company in connection with the issuance of 7,500,000 units (each a “Unit”) of the Company, at a price of $0.01 per Unit….The issued securities are subject to a four-month hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian Securities Laws….. the Company wishes to advise that it will use proceeds from the first tranche of the Private Placement as follows:
Filing and late filing fees with Securities commissions    21,000
Private placement costs    2,000
Audit fees    13,000
Accounting fees    14,728
Agent fees    2,624
News releases fees      1,648
Annual General Meeting costs 20,000

Monday, 12 August 2013

Senate call for Martelly-Lamothe Impeachment-Judge Joseph case updated: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/martelly-lamothes-betrayal-of-haiti-will-they-be-exorcised-senate-report-calls-for-their-impeachment/

Is Eurasian Minerals (EMX) running an insurance scam in relation to Grand Bois, Haiti?  

We cannot tell you for certain.  But, we really cannot see any other reason that they would say, in their Press Release,  that they are declaring a Force Majeure for Grand Bois: “EMX considers the deferral of its request for an extension of the Grand Bois Research Permit to be a force majeure event and has also placed its Grand Bois project on care and maintenance status“. http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1818338.htm As discussed a couple of days ago (see posts 9-10 August, below), we see no grounds for them declaring Force Majeure whatever the definition.  Nonetheless, we provided a translation of Force Majeure, as spelled out in the 2005 Mining Convention for Grand Bois, which they are allegedly operating under.  Grand Bois was dropped by Newmont.  How come Newmont is only putting the properties it co-holds in Haiti on “care and maintenance” and do not seem to be claiming Force Majeure? Under the 2005 Mining Convention Eurasian Minerals had 4 years to complete all research and the feasibility study.  Under the Haitian Mining Code, a maximum of 4 to 6 years is allowed, depending on how it is read.  Still, they should abide by the Convention, which says 4 years.  Eurasian has reportedly held the property since 2006. Hence, research should have been finished by 2009, which appears entirely adequate, especially since that property had already been studied by others.  Now they are whining and alleging, true or false, that the Haitian government will not renew their research permit, pending the new Mining Law.  But, why should they have their permit renewed?  They have had adequate time and chosen not to finish their research feasibility studies.  Whether or not they have done anything is another topic.  There has allegedly been mining in the environs of the (huge) Eurasian Minerals permit-area, although it is hard to know if it is on their prospects or not.  So, they could even be mining and running an insurance scam.  With no transparency, we are unable to tell.  From our vantage, this is why Martelly-Lamothe need to go.  They arrogantly ignored Senate calls for transparency and public debate of Mining contracts.  The first step in finding out if there is a scam would be to ascertain who is insuring Eurasian Minerals (EMX) for risk and force majeure.  Their insurer or re-insurer will most likely be taxpayers of either Canada or other “wealthy” countries, through government guarantees. According to the Church Committee, this issue of reinsurance was used by ITT Copper as part of the argument to get the US to intervene to throw out Chile’s democratically elected President Salvador Allende, who was ultimately replaced by Pinochet, but this is another story for another day.  So, this issue of force majeure and re-insurance may play a bigger roll than most of us know, or at least serve as justification for things like coup d’etat and invasions.      

We suspect that Severin “Steve” Lachapelle’s whining about angry peasants chasing himself and/or employees of St. Genevieve-KWG around Morne Bossa probably had as much to do with obtaining Force Majeure insurance, as anything else.  Although the thought of the mining personnel, especially of attorney Lachapelle, being chased around Morne Bossa tickles us endlessly, it may not even have occurred (new readers see also below). 

The insurers’ definition of Force majeure appears most important, in these cases.  What are some other definitions, besides the one in the Mining Contract?    

Force majeure is generally intended to include risks beyond the reasonable control of a party, incurred not as a product or result of the negligence or malfeasance of a party, which have a materially adverse effect on the ability of such party to perform its obligations, as where non-performance is caused by the usual and natural consequences of external forces (for example, predicted rain stops an outdoor event), or where the intervening circumstances are specifically contemplated.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_majeure (bold added by us) Grand Bois’ needing a new research permit appears to be negligence to us! The research on the property was neglected or they would be done! And, perhaps they are and pretending not to be?  

According to the World Bank:  “Definition of force majeure:  The definition of ‘force majeure’ will vary from project to project and in relation to the country in which the project is to be located.  The definition of ‘force majeure’ generally includes ‘risks beyond the reasonable control of a party, incurred not as a product or result of the negligence of the afflicted party, which have a materially adverse effect on the ability of such party to perform its obligations’.  Sometimes an even stricter requirement, requiring impossibility of fulfilment, is imposed.  This is a very difficult fact to prove and could result in the operator bearing an unacceptable level of risk.  Parties should also consider whether it is appropriate to exclude consequences which could reasonably be avoidable by either party. It is important to ensure that force majeure events are events which are not reasonably foreseeable/ are unlikely to occur.  Therefore, where supply of electricity is necessary for the operation of the facilities but is generally intermittent, then the parties should ensure that there is standby generation or some other solution.  In other circumstances, however, intermittent supply will be unusual/ not reasonably foreseeable and it will be appropriate to include it as an event of force majeure. 
Force majeure events:  The parties will usually agree on a list, which may or may not be exhaustive, of examples of force majeure events.  Force majeure events generally can be divided into two basic groups:  natural events and political events. (a) natural events These may include earthquakes, floods, fire, plague, Acts of God (as defined in the contract or in applicable law) and other natural disasters These are events which are not within the control of the Host Government. The parties will need to look at the availability and cost of insurance, the likelihood of the occurrence of such events and any mitigation measures which can be undertaken.  For example, although the grantor will be best placed to appreciate the ramifications of common natural disasters, the contractor should be able to obtain insurance for the majority of this risk or otherwise mitigate the occurrence of the risk. (b) political and special events: These may include terrorism, riots or civil disturbances; war, whether declared or not; strikes (usually excluding strikes which are specific to the site or the project company or any of its subcontractors), change of law or regulation [this is  often dealt with separately from Force Majeure], nuclear or chemical contamination, pressure waves from devices travelling at supersonic speeds, failure of public infrastructure.  The grantor’s willingness to protect the contractor from political risk will go a long way to reassure the contractor and the lenders that the project has host government support.  In many developing countries, the risk of political upheaval or interference is of great concern.  As a general proposition the grantor in a developing country should be willing to bear a certain amount of political force majeure risk.  Special risks included in this list generally represent those risks which are uninsurable under normal commercial conditions, such as nuclear contamination.  These risks are generally considered to be beyond the control of the contractor.  Political risk insurances may be available, either through private insurances, multilateral organisations such as the World Bank (www.worldbank.org) and MIGA (www.miga.org) or export credit agencies.
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTINFANDLAW/Resources/Forcemajeurechecklist.pdf (Bold added by us) For Canada, the relevant agency would be Export Development Canada, EDC.  

As you can see, EMX appears to have no arguments justifying calling Force Majeure on the Grand Bois Property. On the contrary. This is why we believe that it may be a scam.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

New Post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/martelly-lamothes-betrayal-of-haiti-will-they-be-exorcised-senate-report-calls-for-their-impeachment/

Saturday, 10 August 2013, update 3

Judge Joseph Death: The Haiti Senate Report, as given to the media, confirms Judge Joseph death by a massive brain hemorrhage.  The bleeding was such that doctors could not see the source. Doctors were reportedly waiting for the blood to congeal before doing surgery, when he died. http://www.radiokiskeya.com/spip.php?article9708
If one listens to the Bernard Mevs Press Conference, shortly after his death — the long version, a mix of Creole and English, the doctors came within a hair of admitting that it was a hemorrhagic stroke, due to being proded by a brilliant Haitian journalist.  To us this supports the theory of rat poison or trauma to the head (now reportedly mentioned by the judicial commission), although other causes are still possible.  As no good English and little French media is present on the topic, we will probably be obliged to translate this 30 page report into English.  The content is important.  In the interim, for those coming up to speed, the following links are still of use. Among other things, the first starts to look at the Loi 400, which is of critical importance. It also discusses the recent rat poisoning of a Jamaican police official:  Was the Haitian Judge Investigating Corruption Allegations Against the Haitian First Family Poisoned https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/was-the-haitian-judge-investigating-corruption-allegations-against-the-haitian-first-family-poisoned/  Intraparenchymal Hemorrhage Could Support Rat Poisoning Theory for Judge Joseph death: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/intraparenchymal-hemorrhage-supports-rat-poisoning-theory-for-judge-joseph-death/

We have also (finally) fixed it where all of our old posts should now be listed and hence easier to find.

Saturday, 10 August 2013, update 2

As reported by Radio Kiskeya, 8 Aug 2013, Port-au-Prince (ET): [Judge] Jean Serge Joseph Affair:  The Senate Inquest Commission recommends the indictment of the President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice. The special Senate Commission charged with investigating the suspicious death of Judge Jean Serge Joseph has recommended the indictment of President Michel Martelly, of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and of Minister of justice Mr. Jean Renel Sanon, all three accused of the “crime of High Treason” and of having lied to the nation, according to conclusions of the final commission report, consulted by Radio Kiskeya. http://www.radiokiskeya.com/spip.php?article9708 [Our Translation] Our comment: No surprises here. The Senate doesn’t like Martelly-Lamothe. But, Senate calls for transparency and debate on Mining fell upon deaf ears, then they backpedalled. What Judge Joseph’s wife said is more interesting and will carry more weight. We will get to that.

We think that Eurasian Mineral’s wanting to claim “Force Majeure” for Grand Bois, as discussed below, must have to do with insurance claims or something like this. There appears no other rational explanation for declaring “Force Majeure”. More on everything soon. Meanwhile, there is lots of new stuff below about Eurasian and Newmont. The BBC commentator who remarked that everything happens in August appears to be correct. We worry about overwhelming ourselves and the reader.

Saturday, 10 August 2013, UTC

The 9 August update below about Eurasian Minerals has finally been finished. This should have been a totally new post, but we didn’t want to rob Prime Minister Lamothe of his place in the spotlight by removing his top-billing so quickly. See below “Continuation“:

Friday, 9 August 2013, UTC

What’s Behind the New Eurasian Minerals & Majescor Press Releases? Haiti Mining Companies Appear in Trouble

No, we haven’t forgotten the Judge Joseph case, and will get back to that.  There is new info from his wife that we will put up in English, asap.  However, two of three known Haiti Mining Companies, Eurasian Minerals (EMX) and Majescor (MJX), have put out typically annoying press releases – Eurasian on August 6 and Majescor on August 8.  The third, VCS Mining, is totally private and hence we don’t know anything about what is going on with it.  It has kept a low profile, since the Haitian Senate objected to its exploitation contract.  With the risk of kicking two dead dogs, we must discuss Eurasian Minerals and Majescor, because that is why we are supposed to be here.  Unfortunately, we fear that IFC-World Bank will stand behind Eurasian Minerals, because of their investment in it.  Newmont can easily write off their investments in Haiti.  If we and Haiti are lucky, IFC will write off their investment in Eurasian as well.  Then we can go do something interesting.  Mining is not our cup of tea.    

Majescor (MJX).  Majescor stock has dropped from two cents to one cent.  As a result, in their attempts to drum up some money, they have to sell twice the amount of stock for one cent, as originally proposed for two cents, in order to get $150,000 (less than the base salary of their CEO, Daniel Hachey).  This is the essence of their press release.  This will further dilute their stock, so unless they pull some surprise rabbit out of the hat, their stock value is almost guaranteed to drop further, unless they do a reverse stock split (stock merge).  Within the Press Release, they seem to imply that they are selling both their Madagascar Besakoa prospect (Daraina SARL) and Mistassini to Olympic Resources of Vancouver.  However, a look at the Olympic web site and at the relevant April Press Release only shows that they are selling the Madagascar Besakoa Prospect to Olympic.  No mention is made of Mistassini.  We also take issue with the amounts of silver, which they allege present on the Haiti property.  Due to drill bit contamination, it would appear that silver on the property is almost certainly from the broken drill bit.  Majescor has recognized the contamination by silver, but does not appear to have thrown out all potentially contaminated drill core samples.  For more details on this last point, see our piece “The Great Drill Bit Screw Up:   Majescor-SOMINE in Haiti” http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/majescor-announces-re-pricing-its-private-placement-offering-previously-announced-under-tsx-venture-mjx-1819223.htm http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/olympic-resources-enters-into-non-binding-agreement-acquire-besakoa-graphite-property-tsx-venture-ola-1783751.htm https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/the-great-drill-bit-screw-up-majescor-somine-in-haiti/

Eurasian Minerals (EMX).  To truly understand the Eurasian Minerals Press Release, you must understand that their business model is what they call “prospect generation”.  Previously, they explained that this meant that they let other companies partner with them and pay for everything or almost everything.  In this way, they do not lose money if a property goes nowhere.  For this reason and because they have many properties, we are unlikely to get to write Eurasian’s obituary.  Nonetheless, on August 7 they announced the sell-off of two properties in Slovakia and Peru; at the end of June they announced the sell-off of their Akarca property in Turkey.  Now, they are portraying these sell-offs as “prospect generation”: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/eurasian-minerals-sells-geothermal-energy-assets-in-slovakia-and-peru-tsx-venture-emx-1818398.htm http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/eurasian-minerals-announces-option-agreement-to-sell-the-akarca-gold-silver-property-tsx-venture-emx-1804200.htm    

CONTINUATION: Saturday 10 August 2013, UTC

In their recent, August 6, 2013 Press Release, Eurasian Minerals came up with all of this blah, blah about why the Haiti properties have gone on “care and maintenance” (meaning the properties are on hold).  However, in the context of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) which they signed with the Haitian government in 2012 and which allows drilling on certain properties, i.e. research, and the old Mining Convention, which they hold half of, the reasons given appear to make little sense.  

On April 23, 2012:  “Eurasian Minerals Inc. … provided an update on the exploration programs underway in Haiti with Newmont Ventures Limited.  Under terms of a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (‘MOU’) the government of Haiti and the joint venture agreed to certain protocols to continue discussions around the pending Mining Convention.  Furthermore, the joint venture is allowed to drill on certain selected projects under the MOU, and drilling is currently underway at the La Miel Designated Project. In another recent development, Newmont relinquished their rights in the Grand Bois Research Permit that covers the historic gold resource area; as a result, EMX has regained 100% control of the Grand Bois project.  Elsewhere in Haiti, exploration continues throughout the EMX-Newmont exploration portfolio, which currently covers over 130 kilometers of strike length along northern Haiti’s Massif du Nord mineral belt, and includes gold and copper properties with multiple early-stage discoveries and drill-ready targets.http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1285786/000106299312001391/exhibit99-1.htm

Hence, what Eurasian Minerals said on August 6, 2013 appears strange, particularly about Grand Bois:  “While revisions to the mining law are pending, the Government has deferred further consideration of the Joint Venture’s request for the Research Permits that would cover the six Designated Projects, as well as EMX’s request for an extension of the Grand Bois Research Permit. As a consequence, Newmont has placed the Joint Venture’s Designated Projects on care and maintenance status, but continues with its community relations programs.  EMX considers the deferral of its request for an extension of the Grand Bois Research Permit to be a force majeure event and has also placed its Grand Bois project on care and maintenance status.” http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/eurasian-minerals-provides-an-update-on-the-programs-in-haiti-tsx-venture-emx-1818338.htm Under the 2005 Mining Convention, which they claim to be operating under, EMX had 4 years maximum to do their research and provide feasibility studies and apply for an exploitation permit.  This would mean that they had until mid 2009.  They have had the property since 2006, Newmont since 2008: “EMX originally initiated exploration in Haiti during 2006, and based on encouraging results established a Joint Venture and Regional Strategic Alliance with Newmont in 2008.http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/eurasian-minerals-provides-an-update-on-the-programs-in-haiti-tsx-venture-emx-1818338.htm

So where is the Force Majeure?  They had 3 years to do the research and provide feasibility studies.  They chose not to do it.  “Force Majeure” as defined in the two Mining Conventions includes all events, acts and circumstances independent of the will of the party such as “Acts of God”,  war or conditions imputable to war, declared or not,  insurrections, civil unrest, blockades, embargos, terrorist acts, strikes or other social conflicts, riots, epidemics, acts of nature, earthquakes, flooding or other severe weather, explosions, fires, thunder, and arbitrary governmental acts (“faits du Prince”).  The Convention also explains that any claim for Force Majeure needs to be placed in writing and that the delay should be of minimal duration.  Eurasian Minerals had 3 years to do the research and feasibility studies for Grand Bois.  They chose not to do it.  That is their will, the will of the party and no force majeure!  They really appear off their rockers here!  Force Majeure!  Mon oeil!  My eye! https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/those-crazy-mixed-up-mining-conventions-a-critical-look/  

We believe that what is hidden behind this blah, blah is that Newmont, which already dropped the Grand Bois Property, and who is supposed to finance the research for the other properties, has lost money and probably doesn’t want to invest in Haiti now for multiple reasons. The main one would always have to be financial – they have recently lost money and are looking for ways to cut back. (more on this below)  In this context, they cannot afford to potentially deal with more angry peasants and others, as they are having to do at Peru’s Yanacocha-Conga Mine and elsewhere.  

Yep, angry peasant = bad news, both financially and from a PR perspective.  And, if they have troubles with the peaceful, gentle Peruvian Quechua at Yanacocha, who realized that they and their livestock were being poisoned and hence they had nothing to lose by fighting, what will they have in Haiti?  If Newmont can’t deal with gentle lamb-like Quechua, what would they do with angry Haitian peasants whose ancestors whipped Napoleon in their quest for freedom?  And, the Haitians of the North, where the proposed mines are located, are known to be the toughest of all.  If you meet a meek and mild Haitian, chances are that they are not a northerner and even that meek and mild Haitian could have a backbone of steel if they are in danger and have nothing to lose.  If we were gamblers, and we are not, but if we were, it is hard to decide who we would bet on in a battle between the Scottish Highlanders, Border Reiver Clans, and Haitians, minus modern warfare.  It would be a hard call.  Scottish Highlanders were active in Waterloo.  However, there were many Highlanders in the British Army, who were whipped by the Americans.  We would have to hence put our money on the Border Reiver Clans and Haitians, both of whom fought in the American Revolution and beat the British Empire and the Haitians who beat the French Empire.  Both Border Reivers and Maroon Haitians excelled in guerilla warfare.  We need to also recall the Polish soldiers and generals who helped win the American Revolution (e.g.  Tadeusz Kościuszko; Casimir Pulaski), and who helped win the Haitian Revolutions too. Some of these Polish soldiers stayed in Haiti.  Regarding Napoleon, see, for instance:
The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon:  Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence, 1801-1804“, by Philippe R. Girard, 2011
Haiti was also the place where in 1801-1802 Napoléon Bonaparte sent the largest colonial venture of his reign:  the Leclerc expedition.  His goal was to remove the famous revolutionary Toussaint Louverture from office and, possibly, restore slavery.  But within two years, the remnants of Bonaparte’s once-proud army were evacuated in defeated, and Haiti declared its independence…http://muse.jhu.edu/books/9780817385408 http://www.defend.ht/history/articles/events/3169-haitians-in-the-fight-for-u-s-independencem Anyway, Highlanders, don’t get your dander up!, this was primarily an entertaining historical exercise.  The point is that Newmont probably doesn’t want to have to face angry Haitian peasants with the troubles they already have.  Whether Highlanders and/or Border Reiver Clans are almost as tough, as tough, or tougher than Haitians matters little.  What matters is that Newmont probably doesn’t want to tangle with them, if they are smart.  Angry Peruvian peasants should be fresh in Newmont’s memories.  As reported by Haiti Grassroots Watch, which we will get to another day, the Haitians are organizing in the area where Newmont-Eurasian is active. This may well be a factor.  

Beware Mining Companies:  get going while the going is good!  We laughed for weeks over Attorney Severin “Steve” Lachapelle of St. Genevieve – KWG Resources having alleged that he was “threatened” by 200 angry peasants, in 1997, because they wanted water for irrigation and not mining (which uses up water).  In our minds, he was chased in endless circles by 200 angry Haitian peasants, but this is probably not the exact way it played out.  We still got endless laughs off of the thought:    
Water as good as gold to Haitians, firm finds”,
Reuters News Service, Friday 07/04/1997,
Houston Chronicle, Section A, Page 31, 3 Star Edition:
But about 200 peasants who eke out a meager living in the hills, armed with guns and machetes, stopped crews from working at the Morne Bossa site last month, demanding that a dam be built in the area to irrigate their fields. ‘There were maybe 200 people from a local popular organization and they had automatic weapons and machetes,’ said St. Genevieve president Steve Lachapelle. ‘We were scared.” By ten years later, in 2007, his story seemed to have changed to it being the employees threatened (unless he is including himself as an employee). In 2007, the Toronto Star pointed out that locals were [still] unhappy, and “discontent” was “already brewing”. http://www.thestar.com/news/2007/07/21/haitis_future_glitters_with_gold.html

In the same 2007 Toronto Star article, Keith Laskowski said that “his biggest concerns in Haiti are venal officials and angry local residents”.  Keith Laskowski, who is currently (since Aug. 2010) Principal Mining Specialist at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the commercial arm of the World Bank, which wants to help “re-write” Haiti’s mining law, was Eurasian Mineral’s country manager from 2005 to July 2009.  Gee, talk about Revolving door; potential conflict of interest!  And, if the local residents are angry, then go away!      
Take a hint!

Most importantly, the available evidence suggests that grade of the Haiti deposits seems very low to poor, and for some prospects, accessibility was an issue. In the contemporary world, financial considerations trump everything.  But, angry peasants can impact finances.      

Angry Quechua Peasants with sticks vs. Newmont & Peruvian Police – Open Pit trailer

Full documentary online at YouTube.

Angry Quechua peasants may win the war against Newmont!  See:
Forbes  April/12/2013 
Newmont’s Conga Project In Peru Faces Uncertain Fate“, by Trefis Team, Contributor: http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2013/04/12/newmonts-conga-project-in-peru-fates-uncertain-fate/

More on Newmont’s financial and social woes:  
Newmonts Rocky year and the way forward” by Forbes.
See: http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2013/01/04/newmont-minings-rocky-year-and-the-way-forward/

The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2013
Financial Results Release, Quarterly Dividends, and Stable Operations – Research Report on Newmont Mining, Goldcorp, Yamana Gold, Randgold, and Agnico-Eagle Mines” See: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130807-908137.html

UPDATE 2-Newmont posts $2 bln loss after charge, gold prices drop“,Fri Jul 26, 2013. By Julie Gordon
(Reuters) – “Top U.S. gold miner Newmont Mining Corp on Friday posted a $2 billion second-quarter loss after a sharp drop in bullion prices and an impairment charge related to two Australian mines.”  See: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/26/newmont-results-idUSL6N0FW2FA20130726

Newmont under fire in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Published by Mines and Communities on 2013-05-28
Source: Statement (2013-05-24)
Outrageously the Government has appointed…Newmont’s former public relations green washing expert, as the National Manager of Minerals…in charge of issuing mining permits throughout the country.’  So comments the Coromandel Watchdog, pointing out that this is not the only threat posed to one of New Zealand’s best known pristine bio reserves.
Attack On, & Undermining Of, Schedule Four Continues
Renee Annan, Update On Coromandel Watchdog Campaign
24 May 2013
” See: http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=12312

Foes of Newmont’s $5 billion Peru mine in standoff with police
Published by Mines and Communities on 2013-06-03
Source: Reuters (2013-05-29)
Foes of Newmont’s $5 billion Peru mine in standoff with police
Reuters, 29 May 2013, Lima – Hundreds of protesters were locked in a standoff with police in northern Peru on Wednesday as they vowed to stop Newmont Mining from transferring water from a lake to a reservoir as part of its $5 billion Conga gold project
.”  See: http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=12323

New Zealand: Coromandel Watchdog shuts Newmont exploration drilling
Published by MAC on 2013-07-09
Source: Statement, AAP (2013-07-07)
Protest halts Newmont Gold work in New Zealand“, AAP, 7 July 2013
PROTESTERS have occupied a mining exploration site on conservation land in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. The protest, in the Parakiwai Valley near Whangamata, stopped work at the site during the weekend.

Coromandel Watchdog spokeswoman Renee Annan said about 10 protesters asked workers to turn the drilling rig off on Saturday morning and the two groups had remained in a calm stand off since.  Newmont Gold executives flew in by helicopter and told the protesters they were trespassing, Ms Annan told AAP. However, there was no sign of police getting involved yet, she said.

The area should have been included in Schedule Four Conservation land when the park was created, she said.

It was home to the critically endangered Archey’s frog species, and other rare species such as Helms butterfly and Coromandel brown kiwi.

Ms Annan said that while the drilling was only exploratory, it should still be banned from conservation land.

The group would give Newmont the information it needed to decide whether or not to mine.  ‘Any kind of mining is totally inappropriate in this area.’  Newmont could not be contacted for comment.http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=12370

Thursday, 7 August 2013, UTC

We have a new post. It is an update about Lamothe having gotten a gag-order against US based Haitian journalist, Leo Joseph. With a good attorney this ruling was overturned, but the defamation case is on-going. As well, it deals with loss of free speech and gag orders related to fracking in the US. And, intimidation of journalists in Haiti. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/is-the-usa-haiti-without-a-good-lawyer-judge-the-answer-could-be-yes-pm-lamothe-freedom-of-speech-press-fracking-free-speech/

Wednesday, 6 August 2013, UTC

Our new post from Tuesday has already been updated. The original post deals with alleged leaks from the Quebec Coroner’s Office in the Judge Joseph case. Our update deals with the alleged reply of the Coroner’s office and the probable real source of any information leaks. Additionally they have finally granted a visa to Judge Joseph’s wife so that they can have his funeral. See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/intraparenchymal-hemorrhage-supports-rat-poisoning-theory-for-judge-joseph-death/

Monday, 5 August 2013, 16.10 UTC


Some consider Daniel Fignolé, rather than President Aristide, the first Democratically Elected President of Haiti.  He was immensely popular among the urban working class.  He wanted to raise the minimum wage and was forced to resign and sent into exile.  Gee, that sounds a lot like President Aristide, who also wanted to raise the minimum wage, was forced to resign and sent into exile.  Aristide, however, had massive support among the urban and rural poor.  Interestingly, Fignolé and Aristide were born right across from each other on opposite sides of the southwest peninsula (Pestel and Port Salut).  And, who did Haiti get right after Fignolé was forced to resign?  Francois Duvalier.  Now Haiti has Martelly, an avowed anti-Aristide, apparently pro-Duvalierist. (See Jeb Sprague, 2010: http://www.haiti-liberte.com/archives/volume4-22/MichelMartelly_Stealth_Duvalierist.asp ).  Prime Minister Lamothe’s mother, Ghislaine Fortuney Lamothe, chose to study in Franquist (fascist) Spain and willingly returned to Duvalier’s Haiti, which others were fleeing.  Those others fleeing include the Joseph brothers – Raymond and Leo, sued for defamation by Lamothe due to their reporting of corruption in which Lamothe was allegedly involved. http://www.haitiobserver.com/blog/tag/laurent-lamothe/u-s-district-judge-lifting-prohibition-lamothe-vs-leo-joseph.html Judge Serge Joseph’s family eventually fled the Duvalier’s Haiti, which is why he was raised in Montreal. 

Our web site is in loving memory of brothers from Fignolé’s hometown of Pestel, who were killed for having shown support for President Aristide, due to their love of truth and justice.  Judge Serge Joseph in his quest for truth and justice has plenty of company up in heaven, unfortunately.  We wonder that anyone is left alive in Haiti, so many have been killed in their quest for democracy, truth and justice (and now from cholera).  One has to wonder why Presidents Fignolé and Aristide were forced to resign and exiled.  The answer is probably largely symbolic and harks back to the history of Toussaint Louverture, an earlier Haitian leader.  As well, resignation and exile is humiliating and does not allow them to become martyrs.         

“Toussaint was eventually betrayed, kidnapped, and taken to a prison in the French Alps.  Upon leaving Saint-Domingue [Haiti], Toussaint remarked to Daniel Savary, a French captain,:  ‘In overthrowing me, you have cut down in Saint-Domingue only the trunk of the tree of liberty.  It will spring up again by the roots, for they are numerous.’  He never saw his country again.” http://thelouvertureproject.org/index.php?title=Toussaint_Louverture

The moving and interesting story of President Fignolé from Wikipedia:  “Pierre-Eustache Daniel Fignolé (1913–1986) was a Haitian politician who became Haiti’s provisional head of state for three weeks in 1957.  He was one of the most influential leaders in the pre-Duvalier era, a liberal labor organizer in Port-au-Prince so popular among urban workers that he could call upon them at a moment’s notice to hold mass protests, known as ‘woulo konpresè’ — Haitian Creole for ‘steamroller.’

Fignolé was born in the coastal town of Pestel to an impoverished family and moved to Port-au-Prince in 1927 at age 14 to seek education and work.  Despite constant ill health because of chronic malnutrition, he excelled in school and was accepted to one of the city’s most prestigious institutions.  He made a living tutoring the children of Haiti’s wealthy elite.

Political career

Fignolé co-founded in 1942 a newspaper called Chantiers with a liberal noiriste political slant.  In it he lambasted Haïtï’s mulatto elite for their selfishness and argued for broad social programs to uplift the majority black-skinned poor.  Then president Elie Lescot responded to harsh critiques by closing the paper, firing Fignolé from his government teaching position, and placing him under police surveillance.

He continued his political activity, quickly becoming known among Port-au-Prince’s poor working class as ‘le professeur’ or as in English, ‘the professor’ for his impassioned orations, writing, and leadership of labor strikes.  By 1946, he was known for having the power to flood the streets instantly with the urban poor in demonstrations.  These flash mobs were called ‘woulos’, or steamrollers.

The following year he agreed to lead the Mouvement Ouvrier Paysan (‘Peasant Worker Movement’ or MOP), which would become most organized labor party in Haitian history and the largest mass organization in the pre-Duvalier era.  It included factory workers, dockworkers, hydraulic workers, gas station workers, barbers, dessert chefs, and laborers from other sectors.  He wanted to run for the Haitian presidency, but at age 33 he was barred by the Haitian constitution.

Fignolé was at various points spied on, beaten, and imprisoned by authorities for his labor activism.  Fignolé and François Duvalier shared in common a noirist politics of black empowerment and collaborated at times in political dissent against ruling regimes.  Under the government of Dumarsais Estimé, Fignolé briefly held the post of Minister of Education.   He refused to tone down his attacks on the mulatto elite, saying, ‘If anyone thinks they can stop what I am doing for my people, I will be forced to use my woulo to destroy them!’  But unlike Duvalier, Fignolé had little political support in the countryside beyond the capital city.

Short-lived presidency

On 25 May 1957, amidst a chaotic election process and spiraling civil strife, Fignolé was designated as provisional president because of his unsurpassed popularity in Port-au-Prince.  As Fignolé descended the steps of the National Palace on the day of his inauguration, crowds of ecstatic supporters waving MOP flags streamed into the streets and converged on the palace grounds.  He pledged to raise the daily wage and expressed determination to remain in office, angering his opponents.  Although Fignolé promised a Franklin D. Roosevelt-style New Deal[1] and was explicitly anti-communist, his politics had long made him suspicious in the eyes of the Cold War-era American administrations.  United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Allen Dulles warned President Dwight D. Eisenhower that Fignolé had ‘a strong leftist orientation.’  The administration refused to recognize the Fignolé government, whose political program was seen as ‘comparable with the Soviets.’  Eisenhower told the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. that he was worried that Fignolé ‘might eventually become another Arbenz’, referring to the social-democratic President of Guatemala overthrown three years earlier in a CIA-backed coup d’état.

With foreign governments and most elements of Haiti’s traditional power structure arrayed against him, Fignolé could not hold onto power.  After just 19 days, the Haitian armed forces, with U.S. foreknowledge, broke into the presidential chambers.  They seized Fignolé, forced him at gunpoint to sign a resignation letter, and bundled him into a waiting car. From exile in New York City, Fignolé blamed Duvalier, a rival candidate for president, for his overthrow.  But his demands for reinstatement fell on deaf ears.  For days, rioting Fignolé supporters in poor districts were gunned down by soldiers under Antonio Kébreau’s military regime.  The morgues filled with thousands of bodies, according to media reports.[2]  With ties to the army, Duvalier won a sham election and became head of state.  His family’s brutal dictatorship would last 29 years.

Return from exile

In 1986, after the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier, who succeeded his father, an ailing 73-year-old Fignolé returned from a long exile to Port-au-Prince. Scores of supporters welcomed him at the airport.  He died a few months later.”

Chaos in a Caribbean Hotspot – Life Magazine
HAITI: Fignole Falls – Time Magazine
Archival video: Apres Duvalier Retour De Daniel Fignole
Smith, Matthew J. Red & Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Wikipedia, Daniel Fignolé, accessed 14.00 UTC  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Fignolé  

Sunday, 4 August 2013 13.54 UTC


Judge Joseph’s funeral in Montreal has been delayed because the widow of Judge Joseph was refused a Visa for his funeral, apparently amid fears that she might stay. As reported in Montreal’s La Presse newspaper, according to Judge Joseph’s brother, Fritz, “the government invoked the fact that Mrs. Acélat [his spouse] could refuse to return to Haiti and stay in Canada in order to refuse to deliver her a visa”. http://www.lapresse.ca/international/amerique-latine/201308/03/01-4676705-mort-suspecte-a-haiti-visa-refuse-pour-la-femme-du-juge-joseph.php Why shouldn’t she stay?  She needs asylum and is a spouse of a Canadian national.  As we read the other day, his mother is in the US for her own safety.  

Canada seems to have taken a page from the US immigration playbook that for over a decade makes spouses of US citizens stand in line with everyone else in the world for immigration.  The US and Canada now want immigration to bring in surplus workers to undermine the wages of those who are already there, rather than having it serve its proper function of asylum and letting spouses be joined together.  See for instance: 

“CBC News reported on Monday that [Human Resources Minister] Finley was warned last year that employers were hiring temporary foreign workers in the same jobs and same locations as Canadians who were filing employment insurance claims. One example cited in the memo showed the number of temporary foreign workers who were allowed to work as food counter attendants and the number of people who claimed employment insurance who cited experience in that sector in the same province….Earlier this year, two labour unions took Huiyong Holdings Group to court, after the mining company hired more than 200 temporary foreign workers from China for its coal mine in northeastern B.C.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/05/07/pol-cp-temporary-foreign-workers.html   Unemployment in Canada hovers at around 7%.  

Actually, the Canadian government may be fairly directly responsible for Judge Joseph’s death (definitely indirectly responsible through tampering in Haiti’s affairs):  It has been reported that he was warned that he should leave Haiti. However, it is clear that he wouldn’t want to leave without his wife, as she could be in danger.  Canada’s delay or refusal of her visa clarifies why he stayed and died either of fear or of poisoning.  

This is also why so many Haitians hide their US or Canadian papers.  Dual nationality is not allowed in Haiti, but without papers there is no place to go if one becomes endangered in the topsy turvy world of Haitian politics. This is one reason it is difficult to get honest, educated government in Haiti. The requirement of not having dual citizenship is begging people to lie, as so many were exiled under the various dictatorships.    

Sunday, 4 August 2013, 2.37 UTC

According to Radio Kiskeya, Judge Joseph’s funeral in Montreal, which was to be held on Sunday, has been delayed because Canada has not yet delivered a visa to his widow. There was a wake on Friday. http://www.radiokiskeya.com/spip.php?article9697

Sunday, 4 August 2013, 1.35 UTC

Here is a 2012 report by Mining Watch, on the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission “hearings” regarding Strateco, before the CNSC approved it going forward:
““I Thought They Were Shareholders.’   My First Look at a Hearing with the CNSC, Our Nuclear Watchdog
Friday, June 8, 2012
I spent the early part of this week in Mistissini, the largest Cree community in Eeyou Istchee, the Cree Territory of northern Quebec, participating in a two-day licencing hearing held by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).  The hearing was part of the CNSC’s decision process for the licencing of the Matoush Project, a proposed advanced uranium exploration project (i.e. test mine) that is being developed by Strateco Resources.” http://www.miningwatch.ca/categories/company-country-issue/company/strateco


The above was written two days after “Chief Richard Shecapio of the Mistissini Cree called on the Nuclear Safety Commission to turn down Strateco Resources’ request for a licence to construct a test mine and called for a moratorium on all uranium projects in the Cree territory of Eeyou Istchee and across Quebec, saying Mistissini will do ‘whatever it takes’ to interrupt this project and stop uranium mining in the region.”
(MiningWatch Welcomes Cree Call for Uranium Moratorium
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 http://www.miningwatch.ca/categories/company-country-issue/company/strateco  )

OK, did we read that correctly?  “request for a licence to construct a test mine”!  We must have.  We thought we had heard Marc Faford of SISUR say something similar on the video against uranium mining in Quebec at http://sanurezo.org/spip.php?article146 But, we thought we must surely have misunderstood.  There can’t be a test uranium mine with an “exploration” permit can there?  And, especially when public consultation is only after the exploration stage, as in Quebec….can there be?  Apparently there can.  If you listen to the video, between around 5 to 6 1/2 min, Marc Faford discusses that what Strateco is requesting is a permit for “advanced exploration” and that they plan to build a 3 km long gallery and install a pilot plant and extract uranium.  Here we thought that maybe he was just saying that they were exploring underground in preparation for a 3 km long gallery and pilot plant.  However, elsewhere we have read of single gallery test mines being expanded to full mines.  And, he further states that the need for “social acceptability” is only at the end of exploitation and then he seemingly corrects himself to say exploration.  However, due to the test mine the “social acceptability” approval step does indeed come after (initial) exploitation, so this wasn’t a tongue slip at all.  He clarifies that this is “major” exploration, which includes pilot production!  If one combines that with what Mining Watch is saying about Strateco wanting a license to construct a test mine, only one conclusion can be reached:  The so-called underground exploration permit is actually a permit which would have allowed Strateco to start building their mine, underground – an exploitation permit!  Something is rotten here!   

We have a new post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/the-still-unanswered-question-just-whats-so-important-about-the-strateco-resources-case/

Friday, 2 August 2013, 17.00 UTC

“James Bay Cree Nation Welcomes Superior Court’s Refusal To Order The Quebec Government To Fund Strateco’s Uranium Project During Court Proceedings’
Posted: 2013-08-01
The James Bay Cree Nation welcomes the interim judgement of the Superior Court of Quebec denying the request of Strateco Resources Inc. for a safeguard order in relation to the Matoush uranium project.  Strateco had requested that the Court order the Quebec Environment Minister to pay its monthly operating costs until the conclusion of the legal proceedings in which Strateco seeks to force the Minister to issue a permit for its Matoush advanced uranium exploration project.

Strateco claimed that it was unable to pay the expenses necessary to maintain the viability of its Matoush project. It asserted that the Minister should be held responsible for these difficulties, as a result of the Minister’s March 28 announcement of province-wide public hearings on the uranium industry in Quebec.

In her interim judgement, Madam Justice Danielle Blondin concluded that Strateco’s legal claim in the proceeding was ‘doubtful’, and that Strateco had failed to demonstrate that it would suffer irreparable harm if the requested safeguard order was not granted.

The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority and the Cree Nation of Mistissini are interveners in the proceedings, and opposed Strateco’s request for a safeguard order.

‘Strateco’s demand that the government fund the Matoush project during the court proceedings was presumptuous,’ said Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come.  ‘We are pleased with the Court’s decision. The Cree Nation will continue its active participation in this case, to ensure that our position concerning uranium and our treaty rights are properly respected.’

In August 2012, the Cree Nation declared a permanent moratorium on all uranium activities in its traditional territory of Eeyou Istchee. On June 21, 2013, the Quebec Environment Minister advised Strateco that he intended to refuse the permit for the Matoush project, because there was not sufficient social acceptability for the project, particularly amongst the Crees.

The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is the political entity that represents the James Bay Cree people. The Cree Nation of Mistissini is one of the larger communities within the James Bay Cree Nation, and is located at the southeast end of Mistassini Lake.

Source:  Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Cree Nation of Mistissini” http://www.gcc.ca/newsarticle.php?id=331

Strateco news release on topic: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/the-court-rules-on-the-safeguard-order-sought-by-strateco-tsx-rsc-1817159.htm


Waskaganish News from ca February 6, 2012: 
Furthermore, on February 5, 2013, the Crees moved to intervene in the legal proceedings commenced by Strateco against the Quebec Minister of the Environment.  As reported by Waskaganish News:
“Crees move to intervene in legal proceedings commenced by Strateco Resources’
Nemaska, Eeyou Istchee: The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), the Cree Regional Authority and the Cree Nation of Mistissini today filed an intervention in the legal proceedings recently commenced by Strateco Resources against the Quebec Minister of the Environment.  

Strateco’s legal action seeks to force the Minister to issue a decision concerning the authorization of the Matoush advanced uranium exploration project. Strateco has also asked the Court to declare void one of the conditions recommended by COMEX, the environmental review panel established by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA), that Strateco demonstrate the social acceptability of its project by concluding a written agreement with the Cree Nation of Mistissini.  

In their intervention, the Crees seek full rights of participation in the proceedings, and urge the Court to dismiss Strateco’s request in its entirety.  

‘The importance of social acceptability of proposed development projects in Eeyou Istchee is an essential aspect of the nation-to-nation relationship between the Cree Nation and Quebec,’ said Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come. ‘Strateco’s legal action represents a fundamental challenge to this principle, and to our treaty rights, particularly the JBNQA. We are committed to protecting our environment and our treaty rights, for current and future generations.’

‘The position of the Cree Nation of Mistissini, and the Cree Nation as a whole, is clear: we are opposed to uranium mining in all its forms in the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory,’ Mistissini Chief Richard Shecapio stated. ‘We are not prepared to assume the grave risks that uranium mining presents, for thousands of future generations.’

The first court appearance in the proceedings is scheduled for Friday February 8, 2013 in Quebec City.” http://www.waskaganish.ca/news/5-crees-move-to-intervene-in-legal-proceedings-commenced-by-strateco-resources

Friday, 2 August 2013, 2.30 UTC

Sorry that we are later than promised updating about Majescor.
The update was so lengthy that we decided to make a new post, and add a bit more. At least we are not as late as Majescor. They are now saying that they will submit their Feb. 28th Annual Financial and other Reports for August 12th. Our new post is here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/majescors-vanishing-prospects-total-cease-trade-order-on-the-horizon/

In the Judge Joseph case the Haitian Senate will present their Inquest Report on Tuesday, August 6, according to AlterPresse.
The Lower Chamber of Deputies has not given a date. http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article14953#.UfsSecsaySM The Lower Chamber wishes to interview some witnesses.

Thursday, 1 August 2013, 4.00 UTC

We just updated our post about the Haitian Judge who died under suspicious circumstances: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/was-the-haitian-judge-investigating-corruption-allegations-against-the-haitian-first-family-poisoned/

Majescor News Update will be later in the day, UTC

Wednesday, 31 July 2013, 1.30 UTC


The Oglala (Lakota) Sioux and some other folks have been working on stopping Powertech from going forward with the Dewey-Burdock In Situ Leach Uranium Project in Custer County-Fall River County, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, for almost a decade.  

The tragedy of the proposed uranium mine in Custer County, which will poison the Oglala Sioux and other people in South Dakota has its roots in history:  “In 1874 [General George A.] Custer led an expedition in Lakota Sioux territory, in the Black Hills of Dakota.  There, he confirmed the presence of gold — and started a gold rush, which would soon cause trouble between Native Americans and white miners.  [President and former General Ulysses S.] Grant tried to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie [which still gives this area to the Lakota-Sioux, as the Great Sioux Reservation], but miners pressured him to let them search for gold in the sacred hunting grounds of the Sioux and Cheyenne. In June 1876 …. Custer led little more than 200 men in an attack on the Sioux Chief Sitting Bull’s camp on Montana’s Little Bighorn River.  In the fight that followed, a force of thousands of Sioux killed Custer and all of his men ….. Ironically, the man who had led an attack on a peaceful Sioux village was remembered as the victim of a massacre.” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/grant-custer/
It started with desecrating the Black Hills and killing the Lakota Sioux for gold and then, in the 1950s, it became uranium: “In northwestern South Dakota, the Sioux Ranger District, as an example, is managed by Custer National Forest and currently contains 89 abandoned open-pit uranium mines.  Studies show that one mine alone has 1800 mR of exposed radiation with no warning signs posted for the general public at the entrance.  More than 1,000 open-pit uranium mines and prospects can be found in the four state region according to a map by the US Forest Service.” ….”In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed an Executive Order in secret declaring this four-state region of the country to be a ‘National Sacrifice Area’ for the mining and production of uranium and nuclear energy.”  This and additional important information, including about trying to get the old mines cleaned up is at: http://www.defendblackhills.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=28
While these old mines have never been cleaned up, they are now trying to do in situ leach uranium mining in the area:  

JULY 23, 2013
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, a decision-making body that is hearing arguments around the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine, has supported the arguments of opponents of the mine. The Board, composed of administrative judges, rejected arguments put forth by Powertech Uranium, which wants to develop an in situ leach uranium mine north of Edgemont, S.D.  In a Memorandum and Order, the Board rejected Powertech’s attempts to prevent the Oglala Sioux Tribe and local residents from formally raising their concerns about the lack of a scientific basis for the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s environmental review of the Dewey-Burdock project.  This environmental review, called a draft supplemental environmental impact statement, was released in November 2012.  It was authored by personnel from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and those staff supported Powertech’s positions.  Attorney Jeff Parsons, who represents the Oglala Sioux Tribe, says that ‘As a result of the Board’s ruling, Powertech must go back and conduct significant new environmental and cultural studies – efforts that should have been made long ago when the licensing process began.’  The Board was appointed by the NRC to hear arguments made by the public, the Tribe, Powertech, and NRC staff.  In its decision, the Board also said that the Tribe and local residents have raised substantial concerns with the environmental review – particularly as it relates to protection of local groundwater and significant cultural resources present at the proposed mine site.  As a result, the NRC staff must now follow federal laws that require a rigorous scientific study of the serious impacts that the mine would have on groundwater and cultural resources.  The NRC staff must also carefully study Powertech’s proposed measures to minimize the impacts to groundwater and cultural resources.  Lilias Jarding of Rapid City, who represents the Clean Water Alliance, points out that ‘This project will continue to languish until Powertech takes its responsibility seriously – if it wants to mine, it is also responsible for insuring that important groundwater and cultural and historic resources at the proposed uranium mine site are protected.’  The Clean Water Alliance is a collection of citizens who are concerned about the health, environmental and economic impacts that proposed uranium mining projects would have on our communities, people, economy, and natural resources.  Our address is P.O. Box 591, Rapid City, S.D. 57709.  Our e-mail address is nobhuranium@gmail.com.” http://www.nunnglow.com/latest/stop-powertech-in-south-dakota.html See much more detail at: http://www.wise-uranium.org/upusa.html#DEWEYBNRCLIC http://www.powertechexposed.com/index.htm


The hearing on the State of South Dakota’s large-scale mining permit for Powertech Uranium’s proposed mine will take place the week of September 23, 2013 (all week) in Rapid City.  We need everyone who cares about this issue to attend at least one day of the hearing!  It will start at 8:30 am at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center, 2111 N. Lacrosse Street.  The Board of Minerals and Environment will be holding the hearing.  Testimony will be heard from interveners (members of the public who have already filed paperwork), from the company, and from expert witnesses on both sides.  The Board members will make their decision on the mining permit at the end of the hearing.  The hearing on the State of South Dakota’s water permits and ground water discharge permit for Powertech Uranium’s proposed mine will take place the week of October 7, 2013 (all week) — and perhaps the week of October 28 — in Rapid City.  The water permit hearings are about the company’s request for use 8,500 gallons per minute of water from the Inyan Kara aquifers and 551 gallons per minute from the Madison aquifer for the life of the project.  The ground water discharge permit would allow the company to spray its mine wastewater over 1000 acres of land using center-pivot irrigation.  Again, we need everyone who cares about this issue to attend on at least one day — and hopefully more!  The hearing will start at 8:30 am at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center, 2111 N. Lacrosse Street, Rapid City.  The Water Management Board will be holding the hearing.  Testimony will be heard from interveners (members of the public who have already filed paperwork), from the company, and from expert witnesses on both sides.  The Board members will make their decisions on the three permits at the end of the hearing.” http://www.sdcleanwateralliance.org/


As we have noted elsewhere, Kent Ausburn was allegedly doing something at VCS-Delta Mining’s Morne Bossa, Haiti, toward the end of last year.  He is or was also involved in a uranium project in the Black Hills.  We are not sure if it was Powertech or another.  We think it is one of many others, which hope to piggy-back on Powertech’s permit, if Powertech succeeds in getting one. His academic background is both uranium and gold:  “Dr. Ausburn, 59, is a senior exploration geologist and mining-entrepreneur with over 31 years of worldwide experience in the exploration/mining industry.  Mr. Ausburn has served as a director of Hilltown Resources (HLT-CNSX) since 2009 and as its Chief Executive Officer since 2010, helping it re-focus toward exploration and development of iron and manganese properties in Brazil. During the past three years he helped identify, acquire, and arrange financing for a large potash prospect in the Paradox Basin, SE Utah, USA, via acquisition by Magna Resources (MNA-CNSX), and an alkaline volcanic associated gold deposit in the western USA.  Dr. Ausburn currently serves on the board of directors of four junior Canadian mining companies.  From 2007-2008, Dr. Ausburn was associated with Longview Capital Partners as senior consulting geologist responsible for business development and property evaluation and development.  From 2002 to 2007, as co-founder and VP Exploration of Tournigan Gold Corporation (currently known as ‘Tournigan Energy’), Dr. Ausburn was responsible for identification, generation and acquisition of a high-quality portfolio of gold projects in Northern Ireland (Curraghinalt Au deposit) and Slovakia (Kremnica Au deposit), uranium projects in Slovakia (Kuriskova U deposit) and western USA (Wyoming, Arizona, South Dakota), and base metal projects in Northern Ireland and Slovakia….” http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1537118/000152153612001067/q1100812_8k-l3corp.htm


“July 30, 2013 15:45 ET 
Majescor Announces Private Placement Under Temporary Relief Measures
MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC–(Marketwired – July 30, 2013) – Majescor Resources Inc. (‘Majescor’ or the ‘Company’)(TSX VENTURE:MJX), announces that it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement (the ‘Offering’) of up to 7,500,000 units at a price of $0.02 per unit to raise gross proceeds of up to $150,000. Each unit will consist of one common share and one share purchase warrant (a ‘warrant’). Each warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one additional common share of the Company for a period of 2 years at a price of $0.05 per share in year one and $0.10 per share in year two.  The pricing of the Offering is in reliance on the temporary relief measures established by the TSX Venture Exchange (the ‘Exchange’), and therefore the Offering and pricing of the Offering require approval of the Exchange having regard to the temporary relief criteria set out in the Exchange’s bulletin of April 12, 2013, in relation to the extension and modification of temporary relief from certain pricing requirements (the ‘Temporary Relief Measures’).  The shares to be issued with respect to the Offering will be subject to a four-month hold period in accordance with applicable Canadian Securities Laws.  Completion of the Offering is subject to regulatory approvals, including approval of the Exchange under Temporary Relief Measures.  Proceeds from the Offering will be used toward payment of existing accounts payable and for working capital purposes.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of Majescor.  
Daniel Hachey, President & CEO ” http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/majescor-announces-private-placement-under-temporary-relief-measures-tsx-venture-mjx-1816045.htm  In parts of the above Press Release, which we excluded, it sounds like they are selling both Besakoa in Madagascar and Mistassini in Quebec to Olympic.  However, if you go on the Olympic Resources Ltd. web site it is clear that Olympic is only buying Besakoa.  

Tuesday 30 July 2013 2.55 UTC

We just updated our post about the Haitian Judge who died under suspicious circumstances: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/was-the-haitian-judge-investigating-corruption-allegations-against-the-haitian-first-family-poisoned/

Tuesday 30 July 2013 1.10 UTC

MAJESCOR STILL DELINQUENT AS OF 29 JULY ACCORDING TO THE QUEBEC FINANCIAL MARKET AUTHORITY http://www.lautorite.qc.ca/files/pdf/professionnels/emetteurs/EmetteursFR.pdf


Several online sites say that there was a second interview with Judge Joseph’s brother Fritz, this one on Radio Caraibes, on Saturday, 27 July. However, until Radio Caraibes itself puts something on its web site or on youtube, we cannot verify:
“Judge Serge Joseph:  The thesis of poisoning confirmed, according to the brother of the deceased”. Posted by Succes Estinvil, 27 July 2013: “The autopsy carried out on the body of Judge Jean Serge Joseph reveals that the Examining Magistrate was poisoned’.  The news was made public on Saturday 27 July 2013 by the older brother of the deceased Fritz Joseph. He was a guest on Radio Caraïbes FM, 94.5 on the broadcast ‘Ramase’. ‘The autopsy carried out on the body of Serge shows that he was poisoned’ confirmed Mr. Fritz Joseph.” http://radiovision2000haiti.net/public/haitijustice-dossier-juge-serge-joseph-la-these-dempoisonnement-confirmee-par-lautopsie-pratiquee-sur-le-cadavre-du-defunt/

“Protest Prompts China to Cancel Jiangmen Uranium Plant” 
BBC News 13 July 2013
BBC Correspondent John Sudworth: “The protest appears to have achieved its aims… but protesters are reported to be concerned that it is simply a delaying tactic.” “China has cancelled plans to build a uranium processing plant the day after hundreds of protesters took to the streets to oppose the project.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23298663 See also “Protests Win Written Pledge of Uranium Plant’s Cancellation” by Samuel Wade:  “After three successive days of demonstrations …, protesters in Jiangmen, Guangdong won a written guarantee on Monday that a planned uranium processing plant nearby would not go ahead. Officials had previously offered to extend the project’s consultation period, and then to cancel it out of respect for public opinion, but wary of past disappointments, the protesters held out for a written promise.” http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2013/07/protests-win-written-pledge-of-uranium-plants-cancellation/

Comment:  The protesters are right to remain alert and vigilant.  No “win” is ever permanent.  The “win” may be for days, months, years, or decades, but it is always in danger.  Somehow the bad people always keep the good under siege.    

Monday, 29 July 2013, 2.20 UTC

We just updated our post about the Haitian Judge who died under suspicious circumstances: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/was-the-haitian-judge-investigating-corruption-allegations-against-the-haitian-first-family-poisoned/


The chair of the Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization said it’s time for a Nunavut-wide referendum on uranium mining.  Hugh Ikoe said a referendum is the only way to determine how people in the community feel. “We really need to have a system where we can try and find out just exactly how all people of Nunavut really feel about uranium mining,” said Ikoe.  

In a letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board, Ikoe said recent consultations in Baker Lake may have given the wrong impression of community support for Areva Resources’ proposed Kiggavik uranium mine. He said Areva Resources was allowed to dominate the meetings.  Ikoe said they should be allowed to ask questions of the regulatory agencies and other interveners without the mining company present.  He said that would have resulted in a much more critical discussion of the proposed mine.

He said community members were told to ask Areva questions, but he said that’s not an adequate way to get at the truth.  “I think most everybody knew that regardless of what kinds of questions you ask any mining company, they’re not going to give you a negative answer and say, ‘oh, it’s going to be bad for the wildlife, environment or anything else for that matter’. They will always give you a positive answer.”

Ikoe said many residents of Baker Lake are still concerned about uranium mining in the area.  He said many people feel they’ve been ‘consulted to death’ on this topic, and they’re not sure their concerns have been heard.  He said many feel the mine will go ahead no matter what they say. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/07/15/north-uranium-referendum-call-nunavut-hunters.html
Thinking of Macusani-Corani in Peru notice especially:  
“…recent consultations in Baker Lake may have given the wrong impression of community support for Areva Resources’ proposed Kiggavik uranium mine… Areva Resources was allowed to dominate the meetings.  Ikoe said they should be allowed to ask questions of the regulatory agencies and other interveners without the mining company present. He said that would have resulted in a much more critical discussion of the proposed mine.” Of course, no one is even pretending to consult in Haiti!  

Sunday, 28 July 2013, 4.45 UTC

We just updated our post about the Haitian Judge who died under suspicious circumstances: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/was-the-haitian-judge-investigating-corruption-allegations-against-the-haitian-first-family-poisoned/

Below is an excerpt from “Quebec: Oil disaster exposes toxic mix of privatisation and fossil fuels”, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, by Roger Annis. Full text is here: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54578
“In the small hours of July 6, just after midnight, a train hauling 73 cars of petroleum products derailed and exploded in the centre of the town of Lac Megantic, Quebec.  A large number of the rail cars caught fire and exploded in huge fireballs. The centre of the town was razed and the rail cars were still burning 36 hours later….Genevieve Guilbault, spokesperson for the Quebec coroner’s office, says that some victims were likely ‘vaporised’ by the force of the explosions and fires and their bodies will never be found.”
“The train is part of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. It has about 1000 kilometres of track in Quebec and in the US states of Maine and Vermont. It is owned by Rail World, formed in 1999 and describing itself itself as:  ‘A railway management, consulting and investment corporation specializing in privatizations and restructurings.’  ‘Its purpose is to promote rail industry privatization by bringing together government bodies wishing to sell their stakes with investment capital and management skills. Rail World was incorporated in July 1999 by Edward A. Burkhardt, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer.”

“The MMAR network is a corporate cobbling together of secondary and older lines, some as old as 100 years, that were hived off by larger companies in past decades, notably Canadian Pacific, in their endless quest for higher profits. It includes the former Canadian Pacific rail connection linking Montreal to Saint John, New Brunswick via southern Quebec and northern Maine.”
“Residents of Quebec and across Canada are shocked by this catastrophe, but scarily, they ain’t seen nothing yet. The transport of petroleum products by rail in Canada is skyrocketing. CBC News said the number of rail cars of petroleum transported in 2011 was 18,000. The following year, it was 83,500.  The website Railroaded is dedicated to recording railway spills of oil, chemicals and other products on CN Rail, Canada’s largest rail company. CN is already hauling lots of oil, and is gearing up for more. The company has hundreds of derailments each year.”
[Roger Annis is a writer and a social rights activist in Vancouver.]
Full text is here: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54578
That should put a shiver into anyone living near railways!

Saturday, 27 July 2013, 5.00 UTC

We just updated our post about the Haitian Judge who died under suspicious circumstances: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/was-the-haitian-judge-investigating-corruption-allegations-against-the-haitian-first-family-poisoned/


On Thursday, July 18, 2013 Majescor announced that “The Company’s board of directors and its management confirm once again that they are working expeditiously with the Company’s auditors to meet the Company’s obligations relating to the filing of the 2013 Annual Financial Statements and the Company continues to expect to file the 2013 Annual Financial Statements on or before July 26, 2013.”
It is July 27th in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.  This does not constitute “on or before July 26, 2013”.  There is nothing on the Majescor site or anywhere else to indicate that they turned in their delinquent Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements or anything else.  
If the dog ate their Annual Financial Statements, we do hope that it was printed with soy ink.  And, the original disappeared into cyber-space, we suppose? We sure are glad that we didn’t have any of these Majescor people as students.  Can you imagine the tall tales they must have come up with to get out from under their homework?  How did they get out of school if they can’t turn in their work in a timely manner?        

Friday, 26 July 2013, 5.30 UTC

Will Majescor turn in its Annual Report-Financials, today, as promised, or did the dog eat the reports?  They didn’t bother to come up with any excuses the first time, for why it was late.  Will they come clean with the Strateco-Matoush situation and its impact on their Mistassini project?  They appear to be starting to change their web site to focus more on Haiti (poor Haiti!) and less on the Mistassini uranium project in Quebec.  

Friday, 26 July 2013, 3.15 UTC

Our post “Was the Haitian Judge Investigating Corruption Allegations Against the Haitian First Family Poisoned?” has been updated.  Featured is Radio Kiskeya’s Thursday interview with Judge Joseph’s brother. He insists that the Judge participated in a meeting with the President, the Prime Minister and other officials at the Law Offices of Mr. Louis Gary Lissade in Bourdon, (2 days before his untimely death).  French original report about the interview is here: http://www.radiokiskeya.com/spip.php?article9685
Our post is here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/was-the-haitian-judge-investigating-corruption-allegations-against-the-haitian-first-family-poisoned/

Thursday, 25 July 2013, 4.10 UTC

“Haiti:  Is the Parliament in Possession of a Copy of Judge Joseph’s Autopsy Report?”, Wednesday 24 July  2013, Port-au-Prince, Alter Presse, [translation by Haiti Mining Awareness]

The two parliamentary commissions investigating the suspicious death of Judge Serge Joseph have in their possession the autopsy report of the body, AlterPresse learned on Tuesday, 23 July. The Deputy Sadrac Dieudonne confirmed that the Commission of the Chamber of Deputies have at their disposal the contents of the report, but intend to keep it secret. “We have an idea of ​​the conclusion of the report, but”, he holds, “we have the duty to exercise restraint, because an investigation has been initiated, it is necessary to wait until the investigation concludes to submit the report to the Assembly.” “I know the results of the autopsy, but no comment”, he added. The commission was to have 15 days to render its report but risks asking for an extension of this time period, according to Dieudonne. The Commission of the Lower Chamber has already questioned three “key personalities”, he affirms, without giving names.  They are an eyewitness and two confidants of the deceased Judge. He indicates that the Commission will require the authorization of the Joseph family in order to question the medical personnel who treated him. Judge Serge Jean Joseph died on the 11th of July of a cerebral vascular accident (stroke) according to the medical personnel.  Two days earlier,[it is alleged that] he had undergone pressures from President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe to retract in the investigation of a complaint filed against the Presidential family for presumed corruption. [jep kft gp apr 24/07/2013 00:10] http://www.alterpresse.org/spip.php?article14907#.UfCL0ssaySM
NB:  Haiti Mining Awareness added the “it is alleged that”, which appears in brackets, since nothing has been proven.  It does not appear in the AlterPresse original.

Thursday, 25 July 2013, 12.24 UTC
She is a Canadian journalist living in Peru, and one of the foremost, and perhaps the foremost expert on Mining Conflicts in Peru. Excerpted from her “Harper in Peru:  What Media Failed to Report, PM committed Canadian tax dollars to aid conflict-ridden mining opposed by locals”, May 30, 2013. http://media.knet.ca/node/22460 http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/05/30/Stephen-Harper-Peru/
“Macusani in Peru’s southern Andes, site of a proposed uranium mine backed by a Canadian firm that is raising health concerns among locals.” [photo of Macusani in original]
She notes that during Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Latin America, at the end of May, no one in the Canadian Press Corps “bothered to challenge” his “new ‘foreign aid’ program to help Canadian mining companies get richer in countries where mining has led to major human rights violations.”
“Peru’s wealth of mineral resources and lax environmental and social standards have attracted a small army of Canadian mining companies to the country, including many Vancouver-based firms….it’s become Canada’s second largest trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Last year, Canadian direct investment in Peru was $6.9 billion, most of this in mining, oil and gas.” 
Harper “chose to award the Peruvian government, one of the region’s worst human rights violators, with a $53 million aid package. The catch is that the funds must be used to promote development projects linked to mining and education (like sending Peruvians to UBC’s new Institute for Extractive Industries and Development so they can learn to work at Canadian-owned mines?)”

“Underneath the rhetoric, Harper’s ‘aid’ is directed at helping Canadian mining corporations get richer with Canadian taxpayers picking up the tab.”

“In case you believe the government’s doublespeak about ‘mining leading to development,’ take a look at the evidence.  Peru’s economic policy has been focused on mining as the motor of development for the past 20 years, turning the country into the darling of the World Bank and IMF.  On paper, the math looks spectacular: in 10 years Peru’s economy almost doubled in size and last year’s growth rate of 6.3 per cent makes it one of fastest growing countries in the region. The wealth hasn’t reached Peru’s mining communities, however, which remain among the country’s poorest areas.”

“In rural zones, where most of the country’s mining projects are found, 53 per cent of the population still lives in poverty. Mining communities say the promised benefits have failed to trickle down and they’re left with contamination, labor unrest and social decay. And they’re responding in protest with strikes, blockades of mining installations and community referendums.”

“There are currently 229 social conflicts in Peru and over half of these are related to mining, oil and gas projects, according to Peru’s government Ombudsman’s office.”

“Canadian companies have distinguished themselves as leaders in this new and growing field of social conflict.”

“Many of Peru’s historic and current mining conflicts are related to Canadian companies,’ says Jose de Echave, who served as vice-minister of the Environment during President Humala’s first cabinet.” 

“One of the most recent involves Vancouver-based Candente Copper, which hopes to build a copper mine in one of northern Peru’s fragile tropical forests.  Leaders from the nearby indigenous community of Cañaris say the proposed mine would destroy their source of water and livelihood.  Last year the community held a referendum in which 95 per centvoted against the mine, but the company has ignored the results and is pushing ahead with the project.”

“Peruvian law requires the government to consult indigenous communities before giving out concessions on their land, but human rights groups have criticized loopholes in the regulations.  Most notably, the law isn’t binding, meaning the government must consult the community, and is then free to go ahead and do what it wants.  In the case of Cañaris, Peru’s government is also trying to deny the community’s “indigenous” status, despite the fact that Cañaris holds official government certification as an indigenous community.” 

“Violence broke out this past January when a peaceful demonstration against the mine was attacked by Peruvian police who fired on about 400 Quechua-speaking farmers and used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Peru’s La Republica newspaper reported that at least 25 people were injured, four of them with serious wounds from gunshots and rubber bullets. A dialogue process was set-up to resolve the dispute, made-up of representatives from the company, Peruvian government and local communities. However, at the most recent dialogue meeting in April, representatives from Cañaris say they were not allowed to participate and were ‘thrown out of our own house.” 

“In Peru’s southern Andes, another conflict is brewing at the country’s first uranium project, owned by Macusani Yellowcake, a small Toronto-based company.  The proposed mine was given the go-ahead last month despite criticisms that Peru has no regulations to govern radio-active material like uranium.” 

“The government is treating the project as though it were an ordinary mine, without any special provisions regarding uranium mining’ says Jose de Echave, adding, ‘And the local community is completely unaware of the possible impacts.”

“Despite the company’s glowing assertion on its web page that the area has ‘superb infrastructure’ including ‘roads, power, water, etc.,’ Macusani is one of the country’s most forgotten areas.  Most roads are unpaved, bumpy affairs that twist and curve around sheer mountain cliffs, electricity is intermittent and water is a scarce resource.  Sounds like a perfect scenario for transporting a radio-active substance like uranium.” 

“The project is located in Peru’s windswept department of Puno, where Quechua-speaking farmers dedicated to herding llamas and cultivating potatoes still eek out a subsistence livelihood.  Macusani is stunningly beautiful, with pristine mountain lakes, open skies and tall, waving ichu, the tough grass that manages to survive here, at over 4,300 meters above sea level.” 

“Residents are understandably concerned about the possible health effects from the mine.  Although some community leaders have signed agreements with the company, the provincial ‘Ronderos’, the farmer’s self-defense organization, has called for a referendum on the mine.”
“But why should the Canadian public care about protests and wounded and contamination in remote farming villages at the other end of the Americas? Even if you don’t feel it’s our responsibility as global citizens to monitor the behaviour of Canadian corporations overseas, here’s the new rub: every Canadian taxpayer is now financing the human rights abuses of our mining companies in foreign countries.”

“The conservative government has turned Canada’s International Development Agency into the public relations wing of the mining industry, with the prime minister himself as head PR wonk.”

“The blood is literally on our hands.” 

More details about Mining Conflicts in Peru and her Photo of Macusani are in the original full text: http://media.knet.ca/node/22460 http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2013/05/30/Stephen-Harper-Peru/ Stephanie Boyd is a Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker who has been living and working in Peru for the past 16 years. Her films have been shown on television and at festivals around the world and won over 20 awards. The Devil Operation, her latest film, chronicles a spy operation against activists and farming leaders linked to South America’s largest gold mine.

New Readers will find additional information on Uranium Mining in the Macusani area in our April 21, May 4, and May 12th posts: