» 05/26/2009, 00.00
Hundreds of Tibetans ready to die to defend ‘sacred mountain’ from destruction
For Tibetans, Ser Ngol Lo is a sacred place; for Chinese authorities it is a gold mine to develop. Locals are ready to die to prevent excavation. Security forces have been sent in.
Papua: security forces fire on miners, killing one and wounding dozens
Employees at the Grasberg mine, which is owned by Freeport-McMora, want higher wages. Their protest turns violent when the company tried to bring in busloads of replacement workers. The mine is the largest in the world.
More deaths on China's building sites and gold and coal mines
Dozens of workers buried under a collapsed building site. Death toll from coal mine Pingdingshan grows (44); no hope for the 35 trapped in a shaft. Six miners and 7 rescuers die in a gold mine in Henan. Managers resign.
Fines not enough, China resorts to public shaming to enforce one-child policy
The policy includes heavy fines for couples with second child, but the rich and famous are not frightened by the prospect of paying. Zhejiang province now plans to increase fines and release the names of violators.
15/03/2008 TIBET - CHINA
Tanks in Lhasa, Beijing issues an ultimatum to the Tibetans
The Chinese government has confirmed the death of 10 people during clashes in recent days in Tibet, but accuses the demonstrators of their death. The government in exile says there are at least 100 victims; Tibetans in India resume their march to return home.
Train to Lhasa to take out Tibet’s mineral riches
The Qinghai-Lhasa railway line, much vaunted by Beijing as a tool to develop the territory’s economy, will be used to strip the area of its vast mineral riches to the benefit of far-away industries. Recent finds show Tibet is a mining company’s dream, but many fear that development won’t bring much prosperity to Tibetans.
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