First there’s this, with Nicaragua announcing this month that gold mining exports are set to grow by 38% in 2021 compared to 2020, with an estimated U$870m in gold set to be shipped from the country, providing (we quote), “…the benefit of foreign currency to the Central American nation” and several quotes from an obviously happy Nicaraguan Central Bank. The report mentions Calibre Mining, Plantel Los Ángeles, Hemco (part of Mineros SA) and Mako Mining by name.
Then there’s this:
Click that title for the whole thing, a fascinating article that explains how the gold mining industry is being use to prop up the Daniel Ortega regime, both via the access it gives the country to US Dollars and the repression techniques used by the dictatorship when it’s time to award new concessions and permits to foreign mining companies. Calbre Mining gets plenty of airtime in this report, which ends in this way:
Foreign mining corporations operating in Nicaragua must face accountability for their role in the violent dispossession of Indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples. The United States, Canada, and European countries taking action against the government of Nicaragua must hold their own corporations accountable. If these countries are truly concerned with human rights abuses in Nicaragua, they must call out the complicity of these companies in the violence currently afflicting the people of Nicaragua under the Ortega-Murillo regime.
And that’s Daniel Ortega, folks: Using your investment dollars to Make Central America Great Again.