Canadian Neocolonialism in Colombia

By Asad Ismi In May, the board of Pacific Rubiales, a Canadian firm and the biggest private oil producer in Colombia, announced its support for a takeover bid by the Mexican conglomerate Alfa and U.S.-based Harbour Energy. Pacific Rubiales operates Colombia’s biggest oil field, in the province of Meta, and during the past seven years […]

Union in Colombia Battles Anti-Union Canadian Oil Company: Pacific Rubiales is Linked to Attacks on Union Activists

By Asad Ismi In May 2012, the third edition of my report Profiting from Repression: Canadian Investment in and Trade with Colombia was published and released by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in Ottawa. The report links ten Canadian companies in Colombia to the genocide of indigenous Colombians, to complicity in eight murders […]

Interviews with Two Colombian Labour Leaders: Idarraga and Ramirez Castigate Canadian Mining Companies

By Asad Ismi Joining in the release of my report, Profiting from Repression: Canadian Investment in Trade with Colombia, on May 3 in Ottawa was the Colombian Network Against Large-Scale Transnational Mining (RECLAME), a coalition of 50 rights and environmental organizations in Colombia. I was greatly honoured by RECLAME’s participation. The coalition was represented by […]