Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 13, 2015

Hillary leaves tracks in the oil

Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, meeting with Saudi Arabia.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton targeted Indigenous Peoples defending their homelands. Millions have flowed into the Clinton Foundation from oil and mining.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Translation into Dutch at Alice Holemans, NAIS

Update 2016: Also see 21 new revelations about Hillaey's ties to hidden uranium mi g and exploitation of Indigenous lands

While Secretary of the State Department, Hillary Clinton orchestrated a spy network targeting Indigenous activists throughout the Americas who were defending their homelands from drilling, mining and development. Those targeted in the dragnet spanned the Americas, from the Mohawks in Canada to Mapuche in Chile. 

Further, while Indigenous Peoples were dying defending their lands from mining in Peru, the US and four other countries met as a pro-mining alliance in Peru and reported in to Hillary Clinton, as exposed in the Wikileaks cables.

Now, a Swiss banking leak reveals that the Clinton Foundation has received millions from Canadian mining magnate Frank Giusta. Further, a top donor to the Clinton Foundation is Saudi Arabia, a country leading in human rights violations which has teamed up with the United States to orchestrate a regime partnership.

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation now has $277 million in assets. The Charity Index says it can not consider it a non-profit.

Bill Clinton and Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra posed as humanitarians while Giustra bilked Indigenous Peoples globally out of their lands and resources for gold and copper mining. Then, millions flowed into the Clinton Foundation from Giustra.

Now, the Clinton Foundations' Saudi Arabia financiers have been exposed. Saudi Arabia is the world's number one producer of oil, and has the second  largest oil deposits, with Venezuela having the largest.

Further, the Clinton Foundation received hundreds of thousands of dollars from an agency promoting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, according to exposure by the Wall Street Journal.

The Clinton Foundation's number one donor is The Children's Investment Fund Foundation, a hedge fund of steel, coal and energy investors.

The following article describes how the five country pro-mining alliance met in Peru while Indigenous Peoples were dying defending their lands. In the cables, the US Ambasssador reported in to Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State.

Censored News wrote a series of articles about spying on Indigenous Peoples while Hillary Clinton headed the State Department, as exposed by Wikileaks in the cables. Hillary Clinton demanded DNA and iris scans of leaders of state and others targeted, in her cables to Ambassadors.
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Wikileaks exposed State Department cables stating that a core group of diplomats formed an alliance with mining companies globally to promote and protect mining interests. The diplomats were from the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, Switzerland and South Africa.

While rallying for copper mining in Peru, US Ambassador J. Curtis Struble failed to point out in the cables the torture and murder of Indigenous activists by mining companies, near the border of Peru and Ecuador. Struble failed to reveal the long-term destruction to Mother Earth and poisoning of the land, water and air from copper mining.

Further, Struble named names, while promoting the mining corporations. Struble targeted specific NGOs and urged the rotation of teachers and those supporting Indigenous activists out of Peru.

Peru activist Nicanor Alvarado Carrasco, coordinator of the Vicarate for the Environment, is among those defending the land. Nicanor said the mining company Minera Majaz, a subsidiary of the British Montericco Metals, is operating illegally on their territories.

“This mine company is a threat to the environment and to people’s rights to food and water,” said Nicanor in an interview.

"This is a moment for the world citizens to show that world citizenship exists. You from the North can help stop illegal mining companies, like Monterrico Metals, from contaminating our land, killing peasant leaders, and from torturing the active Minera Majaz opposition,” Nicanor said.

Struble, the former Ambassador to Peru, however, had only insults for Indigenous Peoples struggling to protect their land. Struble was US Ambassador in Lima in 2005 when he wrote the cables.

While seeking sympathy for the copper mining company, Struble targets those defending the land.

Struble said in one cable: “The anti-mining forces in action in Majaz represent a strange group of bedfellows indeed -- the Catholic church, violent radical leftists, NGOs, ronderos and perhaps narcotraffickers. These organizations are competing for a leadership role but in some cases also cooperate. The extent to which the church is tied into the ronderos and radical left is both controversial and still open to question. Unlike recent conflicts in Southern Peru (e.g., Tintaya) the protests in Majaz are not aimed at forcing a redistribution of royalties or more generous economic support from a mine. Northern Peru has a reputation for being more anti-mining than the South, where the industry is better developed and more of the local populations see benefits from the activity. The objective of protesters in Majaz is to kill the project while it is in the exploration phase -- before, presumably, a pro-mine constituency can develop in the area."

Ambassador Struble doesn't appear to have a clue why the people who live on the land want the mining halted, or the impacts for future generations.

Struble said US and Canadian Ambassadors, and a delegation of diplomats, met with the mining companies to discuss opposition to mining.

"Consensus among the companies is that radical forces (Communist Party-Patria Roja, drug traffickers and rural defense committees--ronderos) are increasingly active in rural communities, seeking to target mining operations throughout the country."

The US and Canadian Ambassadors meeting with mining companies included: Antamina, Newmont (Minera Yanacocha), Minera Quellaveco, Barrick, BHP Billiton (Tintaya mine). The diplomats were from the US, Canada, the Swiss Charge, the new Australian Consul General, and the British Embassy Trade. A representative from the South African Embassy, which forms part of this diplomatic mining group, was unable to attend, the cable said.

Three of these countries -- US, Canada and Australia -- were among the four countries who voted against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples when it was adopted by the UN General Assembly. New Zealand was the fourth.

In today’s London Guardian, Tim Webb points out that Struble advocates for the removal of teachers and Catholic bishops and teachers to new posts away from "conflictive mining.” Diplomats were urged to persuade the Peruvian government and church to "rotate" such professionals out of sensitive areas.
An executive from Anglo American's Minera Quellaveco reportedly blamed Oxfam America and Friends of the Earth for largely “fomenting anti-mining attitudes” at the meeting, it was alleged.

A spokesman for Oxfam America said that while such NGOs tried to make sure companies treated communities "justly", they only did so through legal channels and never advocated violence, the Guardian reported.
Meanwhile, in the United States, two of the mining companies that diplomats met with to promote and protect, continue to destroy sacred lands. Western Shoshone have been fighting mining by Newmont and Barrick mining in their homelands. Currently before the US federal court is Barrick's plan for an open pit gold mine on sacred Mount Tenabo.
Peru mining cables:
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Cable 2: Posted and highlighted by London Guardian


gerald said...

This is the kind of grass roots information we all need to see. It needs to be everywhere like the sun in the sky. Clear away the fog If people know what the consumer providers are doing they/we can take action.

Unknown said...

What do we have to do to get this information directly rather than translated

Censored News, publisher Brenda Norrell said...

Hi Rose, Thanks for asking. The original article is written in English and appears here. Alice at NAIS has done a Dutch translation. The Dutch translation is at the link posted at the top.

Censored News, publisher Brenda Norrell said...