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Holly Stick

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« on: March 16, 2007, 01:02:32 AM »
I thought there was an old thread about the Canadian mining company Skye Resources which is evicting Mayan people.  I can't find it (maybe it's on babble); anyway, As It Happens had a couple of pieces tonight:

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... Earlier this year, a Canadian graduate student named Steven Schnoor posted a nine-and-a-half minute documentary on Youtube. It shows the forcible eviction of indigenous peasants from their land, in the region of El Estor, Guatemala. So far, it's been viewed by nearly twenty-five thousand people.

But the documentary has not received unanimous praise. In fact, Mr. Schnoor says, his work is being unfairly discredited -- by none other than Canada's ambassador to Guatemala, Kenneth Cook...


http://www.cbc.ca/radioshows/AS_IT_HAPPENS/20070315.shtml

This website has a whole bunch of background information and links, including to the video in question, I think, and to a rabble podcast about it:

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2007, 06:32:07 AM »
That last link is fantastic -- thanks so much, Holly Stick.

What a horrible situation. Obviously we have to join the campaign, and there are lots of ways of doing that. Especially I would like to find some more information about that Canadian ambassador (haven't listened to the AIH audio yet, just watched the video).

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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007, 11:11:31 AM »
Thanks, HS!  I've bookmarked this for later. Very disturbing.

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007, 12:04:53 PM »
Here's a few more links, found by googling "Kenneth Cook" and "guatemala", so I haven't looked at them in depth:

Actually, I remember finding Mining Watch before, and it looked good:
http://www.miningwatch.ca/index.php?/skye/evictions_in_el_estor

The official Canadian Embassy in Guatemala website:
http://geo.international.gc.ca/latin-america/guatemala/menu-en.asp
Cook has been there a couple of years at least.

This looks interesting: topix.net: Local news for the World: news for El Estor here;   http://www.topix.net/gt/el-estor

Dawn Paley, who apparently is watching the situation, has a weblog and a new article here at the Dominion, which is on ProgBlogs. http://www.dominionpaper.ca/weblogs/dawn/1071

and a letter about the ambassador spreading misinformation:

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/weblogs/dawn/1033
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2007, 08:13:01 PM »
Just realised where I read about this issue before;
a post at Politics n' Poetry in January 2007.

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It’s Skye Resources doing the torching and if anyone can shed light on any of their Board Members or members of the Management Team, please comment below...
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2007, 07:46:32 AM »
Still taking notes ...

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2007, 09:22:42 PM »
A letter to Skye Resources:
http://www.dominionpaper.ca/weblogs/dawn/1120
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...Negotiations undertaken in good faith cannot possibly include resorting to evictions when communities do not accept the company position. A company cannot violently and illegally evict communities two or three times and then claim to be seeking positive dialogue.

In accordance with the International Labour Organization’s Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Convention 169, the Guatemalan government is required to ensure that proper consultations are carried out with Indigenous people before industrial activities begin in their territories. ...
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2007, 09:00:19 PM »
Avi Lewis said that he will be discussing the evictions on tomorrow's (June 20th) edition of "On the Map."

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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2007, 06:59:37 AM »
Somebody jog me before I leave this aft. Plz. Ta.

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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2007, 11:34:19 AM »
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Somebody jog me before I leave this aft. Plz. Ta.

Jogging, or nudging, really, since I do not jog.
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2007, 06:11:03 PM »
Jog! Nudge!  Am I too late?  Has skdadl left the building? Elvis?

The show starts at 7:30 on Newsworld.   If you miss it, they'll have it posted online sometime tomorry.

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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2007, 07:07:39 PM »
TV room stinky. Of course, skdadl could clean while watching TV. skdadl very tired though. Online tomorrow sounds good.

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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2007, 01:29:04 AM »
Deja vu here with my reasons for hating EnCana. Another to add to the "do not invest if you can possibly avoid it" list. :x

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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2010, 11:41:42 PM »
So Schnoor has won his slander case in small claims court:
 
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...“The judge’s ruling shows that the Canadian government was willing to harm me, my reputation and the people in the video to defend Canadian companies operating overseas in problematic ways,” said Schnoor...

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/824518--former-canadian-ambassador-guilty-of-slander
 
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2010, 04:43:18 AM »
Justice! Very good news!  *applause*

 

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