The Rivers are Bleeding: British mining in Latin America

This report is by War on Want and was co-financed by CATAPA, published in October 2018.

Cover from 'The Rivers are Bleeding: British mining in Latin America', by War on Want, co-financed by CATAPA

From the preface:

'In the context of the boom and bust cycle of global commodity prices, over the last two decades, almost all the countries of the global South have seen intensified exploration and overexploitation of natural resources. Mega-mining, agribusiness, large-scale fishing, logging and oil and gas extraction have seen significant booms of activity.

In Latin America, mineral resources and fossil fuels have attracted huge foreign investments, resulting in the occupation of larger territories, the generation of copious quantities of waste and pollution, and the use of vast amounts of water and energy. The premise that the extraction of these resources leads to ‘development’ has shaped economic, social and environmental policy. Companies and states promote globalisation and exportoriented extraction as the only road to growth and in the process, maximise profits by outsourcing social and environmental costs.'

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