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South of the Border, Mining Is King

November 5, 2013 Carey L. Biron 0

(IPS) – Civil society groups from throughout Latin America are urging “home countries” to take greater responsibility for the actions of their companies abroad, particularly those in the extractives industry. “We would like to be […]

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