A small Kentucky operator, with the reputation as being one of Mine Safety and Health Administration's most recalcitrant civil penalty violators, was slapped in a criminal case with two years probation and a $25 fine.
They came by the thousands to witness a day that would mark history for their people: a visit from James Anaya, the world's highest-ranking indigenous advocate, U.N. Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights.
It's worth delving into the less obvious links between mineral resources and instability in eastern Congo to illustrate the potentially grave effects of a gold, lithium, or niobium rush in Afghanistan.
The disaster of BP should be a lesson to the world: stop environmental abuses before they escalate to unmanageable levels. In other industries, the same inevitable environmental destruction must be avoided.
When I arrived at the airport in Orissa, I was struck by a billboard there: "Mining happiness for the people of Orissa - Vedanta." What cruel irony. The poster should have read instead, "Undermining happiness for the people of Orissa."