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Colombia Launches Offensive Against Illegal Mining in Eight Departments

first_img Guerrillas extort local miners throughout Colombia “This type of intervention is a necessity because the machinery used in this way is causing enormous damage to the country. We are not launching an offensive against mining in general and much less against artisanal mining. This is an operation against illegal groups,” Santos told reporters. Gold, coltan and tungsten are among the minerals mined illegally in 25 of Colombia’s 32 departments, representing a new and lucrative source of income even as coca cultivation falls, authorities say. And while the practice is nothing new here, observers say the extent to which it has spread and the magnitude of its economic yield is causing a stir — leading President Juan Manuel Santos to launch an offensive against such activity in eight departments. By Dialogo June 19, 2013 The guerrillas and other armed groups charge miners an entry fee of up to five million pesos ($2,650) for one piece of heavy machinery and then a monthly charge of two million pesos ($1,060) to continue working. Pinzón conceded that it won’t be easy to crack down on such practices, given the difficulties in reaching remote locations where the state presence is slim and where illegal groups are active in mining. He said the illegal mines are also displacing civilians living nearby — not to mention causing grave environmental damage. In mid-June, 67 pieces of heavy mining machinery allegedly belonging to the FARC were seized in the northern department of Córdoba, while in the jungle regions of Guainía and Vaupés, authorities confiscated 32 tons of coltan — a dull black metallic ore dredged from nearby rivers. Soon after the president’s statements, the Medellín newspaper El Colombiano published images of Colombian Air Force aircraft attacking and destroying machines used to excavate land in the department of Antioquia. center_img “Illegal mining not only affect the environment and damages Colombia’s natural resources but at the same time generates an economy to launder cash or finance terrorist activities. We cannot permit these actions to continue, and for this reason we must fully combat this illegal activity,” Pinzón said. Illegal gold mining is prevalent in about 340 of Colombia’s 1,102 municipalities, said Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is present in 87 of those 340, the National Liberation Army (ELN) in 30, and other criminal gangs in another 118, Pinzón told reporters. BOGOTÁ — Illegal mining in Colombia is reportedly overtaking coca as the principal source of income for FARC guerrillas and newly formed armed groups known as “bandas emergentes” — especially in regions of the country where precious metals and minerals are found and the state presence is thin. More than 2,000 pieces of heavy machinery are being used for mining in the departments of Bolívar, Córdoba and Cauca as well as in national parks and other protected areas, said Gen. Leonardo Pinto of the Colombian Army’s Nudo del Paramillo task force. In Norosi, the town in Bolívar department where in January ELN rebels kidnapped a Canadian engineer working with the mining firm Geo Explorer, armed groups supposedly charge a 50 percent tax on any minerals extracted from the ground. In Peru something similar is happening, immense extensions of wooded rain forest have been deforested due to mining. Gold provides wealth but also debases.last_img read more

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Mike Tyson’s AEW ‘Dynamite’ debut with Chris Jericho made for cringeworthy television

first_imgMike Tyson’s next opponent? His T-shirt.On Wednesday’s “Dynamite,” Tyson made his AEW TV debut just days after helping introduce the TNT championship to the fold, and it didn’t exactly go as he’d hoped. After Tyson arrived alongside some other stars of the combat sports world (Henry Cejudo and and Rashad Evans, to name a few), he kicked off a feud with Chris Jericho — and his AEW shirt. Some on Twitter felt the same way:AEW Fans on the Jericho Mike Tyson feud pic.twitter.com/9FnEYlG1cW— Wrestlelamia (@wrestlelamia) May 28, 2020I love #AEW, especially since I dropped watching the other company all together. But the Mike Tyson story line is complete trash. It makes zero sense and it won’t bring any new eyes to the product.Concerned AEW is going into hokey story lines way too much right now.— Christopher John (@PsychoNetsFan) May 28, 2020I love this company and watching Dynamite is my favorite part of the week. But if I’m being honest I have zero interest in seeing Mike Tyson in AEW. I want to see the Inner Circle fued against actual AEW wrestlers. Never been a fan of non wrestlers fueding on wrestling shows.— Patrick Feltner (@dalekgimpy) May 28, 2020I don’t know what’s more cringe. Henry cejudo or old ass Mike Tyson that can’t Rip a shirt off… like yikes. I think they just need to stop wrasslin’ altogether. It’s jumped the shark as a form of actual entertainment. It is worst than a hallmark movie. pic.twitter.com/yFcYw59eVm— MansaMusaMoney (@mansamusa_money) May 28, 2020Open Critique: As much as I love AEW. Mike Tyson’s involvement with the company should have ended with double or nothing. This seems like a giant Rehash of Wrestlemania 14. – I understand why they’re doing it. but this feels cheap to me.Other than that. Fantastic Dynamite.— Paul Nova. (@onefallpaul) May 28, 2020I will be really disappointed if @AEWrestling books a match with Jericho and mike Tyson. I get that he’s a draw and I have a lot of respect for the dude but he’s not a wrestler. Let wrestlers wrestle, they’re better at it.— OccasionallyAMusical (@Shtmusical) May 28, 2020I hope @AEWrestling don’t make the same mistake #WCW and #TNA did by having retired wrestlers and sportsmen take up TV time. We want to see wrestlers at their prime and the future stars too. Not old or famous guys that shouldn’t be on screen. #AEWDynamite #AEWonTNT— Wrestling-X (@WrestlingX1) May 28, 2020Really, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, so this is all good for Tony Khan and AEW. But let’s hope the next time Tyson is on screen, it yields less cringey results.Hey, at least it was a quality T-shirt. It’s never a good idea to threaten Mike Tyson 😯 pic.twitter.com/oXwrxxQdfx— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 28, 2020Mike Tyson: “Hey, I’m telling you, this is not over. I’m coming back and Jericho’s getting his ass kicked!”🤑🤑🤑pic.twitter.com/iaNhbroA9f— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) May 28, 2020Tyson, of course, is no stranger to a wrestling ring, with his infamous WWF face-off with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the late ’90s sweeping the nation and stealing headlines. Recently, he’s undergone something of a career resurgence, with rumors of a return to the boxing ring running rampant and videos of Tyson shadow boxing hitting the internet over recent months.MORE: Relive AEW’s ridiculously fun Stadium Stampede matchThe Jericho-Tyson feud has its history, though, with the two of them facing off on an episode of WWE “RAW” in January 2010. Tyson “knocked out” Jericho on the show, leading to Jericho’s challenge of Tyson on Wednesday night’s show.Usually in pro wrestling (or sports entertainment, if that’s your thing), celebrity or other sport guests tend to make for cringeworthy television, and this was no exception. While AEW has done more good than bad and they deserve a little bit of faith moving forward with this Jericho-Tyson feud, the stunt got off to a bumpy start.last_img read more

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