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The coal-case of Guatemala

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Otto Pérez Molina in the Jaguar Energy coal plant. Photograph: Guatemalan Government (CC)

- One politician used his Facebook profile to accuse me, a journalist, of being behind "the attacks" against him, and stated that a criminal lawsuit would follow. A day later he wrote a column welcoming me to the "world of the mortals", and implicit death threat. 

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Always better if you ask first: Sarayaku and the indigenous peoples rights in Ecuador.

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Sarayaku-folket lever mye av fiske. De har opplevd store ødeleggelser etter at det ble startet oljeleting på deres territorie. Foto: Fundación Pachamama
On of the most important incomes for the Sarayaku people is fishing. Photo: Fundación Pachamama

The oil company CGC from Argentina and the army in Ecuador, have performed seismic surveys to find oil at the land of the Sarayaku people since 2002. They are looking for oil without asking the people that owns the land. PWYP Norway´s TRACE-participant Juan G. Auz has written a blog post about the situation for the Sarayaku people in Ecuador.   

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Tax systems in the extractive industries

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TRACE-participant Paula Vidal from Colombia asks question to Tonje Gormley during the TRACE-program in Oslo. Photo: Eline Helledal
TRACE-participant Paula Vidal from Colombia asks question to Tonje Gormley during the TRACE-program in Oslo. Photo: Eline Helledal

TRACE-participant Paula Andrea Vidal has interviewed Tulio Vargas from Internacional de Servicos Publicos about the challenges around tax-systems in the extractive industry sector in Colombia. He is also a TRACE-participant and tells how he wants to use the knowledge from the program in his home country. 

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Stakeholder Analysis in Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Guatemala

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Raul Velasquez and Pablo Rojas from Bolivia are putting up key actors in their country. Photo: Eline Helledal
Raul Velasquez and Pablo Rojas from Bolivia are putting up key actors in their country. Photo: Eline Helledal

The interest that some key stakeholders use to support mechanisms for transparency are not always proportional to their power. The experience from some Latin American countries can be crucial to understand the relation between interest and power.

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