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Buyat Bay: On Australian TV Tuesday Evening

We have followed the ‘Buyat Bay’ saga at this blog beginning with my post entitled ‘Did Newmont Do it?’ in November 2005. And I was in Indonesia in April to visit Buyat Bay and hear the verdict in the criminal trial. Richard Ness and Newmont were cleared of all charges. The ABC TV program ‘Foreign […]

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New York Times to Defend Indonesian Mining Lawsuit

“Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The New York Times said Thursday it would “vigorously” defend legal action against the newspaper lodged this week in an Indonesian court by [Richard Ness] an executive of the US mining giant Newmont… “Over the past few years, The Times has devoted significant resources to covering the social, political and environmental […]

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Richard Ness to Sue New York Times Journalist

“Today, May 15, at 11:00 am in the District Court of Central Jakarta, Dad’s Legal Counsels filed a civil claim against Jane Perlez and the New York Times Company. While talking to my Dad [Richard Ness] yesterday, I asked what prompted him to take this legal action. His response was simple: “I have watched people […]

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Verdict on Richard Ness Postponed

The verdict in the high-profile trial of Richard Ness was to be handed-down this Wednesday, 4th April, in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. It has now been postponed with Chief Judge Ridwan Damanik telling Reuters the judges need more time to draw up the verdict. Mr Ness, President-Director of Newmont Minahasa Raya which operated a gold […]

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What A Wahli!

Indonesian blogger, Ong Hock Chuan, has taken up the case for Richard Ness, an American mining executive falsely accused by environmental NGO’s of deliberately polluting Buyat Bay in northern Sulawesi. In a recent post Ong invited Wahli, the Indonesian arm of Friend’s of the Earth and the group who’s false accusations led to the arrest […]

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Did Newmont Do It? (Continued …)

I met Richard Ness, the head of a gold mining company Newmont Minahasa Raya, through this blog. I posted a piece here in November 2005 asking the question: Did Newmont Do It? I was referring to Buyat Bay in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, and allegations that the beautiful bay had been polluted by mine tailings. About […]

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New Picture Book on Buyat Bay

Buyat Bay on the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, is perhaps best known as the place where Canadian mining giant Newmont dumped tailing from a gold mine allegedly polluting the bay and poisioning the local villagers. Increasingly it appears the poisonings were a fabrication. I summarized the allegations brought against the company’s President Richard Ness and […]

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All The Best To Richard Ness

Last week the US President, George Bush, visited Indonesia to discuss amongst other things “investment”. No doubt some radical environmentalists along with some Islamic fundamentalists don’t want foreign investment in Indonesia. Like the activists in the new documentary ‘Mine Your Own Business’ they would perhaps like the many Indonesians still living a subsistence existence to […]

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