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La Colosa: A Death Foretold

Alternative report about the AngloGold Ashanti gold mining project in Cajamarca, Tolima, Colombia.

London-listed AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) and its La Colosa project in the Colombian department (province) of Tolima are the subjects of an important debate in Colombia about the social, environmental and economic impacts that come with open-pit gold mining. Against the purported benefits of mining offered by the government, and AGA’s PR campaigns intended to sway public opinion, are academics, journalists, communities and environmental organisations all of whom have raised questions with regards to both the mining policy of the government and the actions of AGA. This study seeks to give both a broad and detailed overview of the corporate behaviour of AGA, based on documents and fieldwork.

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