Elemental Human Rights and Sierra Leone’s Iron Ore

It was the eye of a slow-forming, powerful storm in one of West Africa’s most weathered places. In spring 2012, Bumbuna, a hamlet in a war-ravaged Sierra Leone notorious for its “blood diamonds,” witnessed a confrontation between police and workers protesting conditions at a project owned by U.K.-headquartered iron ore producer African Minerals Ltd. (AML).

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Rio Tinto Puts Indian Women in the Driver’s Seat

India is no easy place to be a woman. Despite comprising a workforce majority in the teeming nation of 1.2 billion with equal rights under a 1949 constitution, India’s women are almost universally exploited while often denied access to health, education and other basic needs. Worse, the world’s second most populous nation looms among the most dangerous places for gender-based violence.

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Newmont beats forecasts

Newmont Mining Corp. posted preliminary 2013 operating results headlining 5.1 million gold oz and 144 million lb of copper — both exceeding forecasts. A 2014 outlook, with stable gold projections, and increased copper output accompanied Q4 reports.

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