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Barrick Gold Corporation Exposed in Secret Chile/Argentine Agreement

A newly released book denounces a secret agreement between Argentina/Chile in favor of Barrick Gold Corporation [the largest pure gold mining company in the world, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada]

The author brings to light a "secret agreement" signed by officials of the Governments of Cristina Fernandez and Michelle Bachelet, suggesting a "serious violation of the law."

Written by: Argentine journalist and congressman Miguel Bonasso

Offering up a rough translation, thought this was important, especially in light of the fact that resistance to globalization is much more sophisticated in Argentina that the U.S.

The Book: "The Bad, Model K and Barrick Gold, masters and servants in the looting of Argentina"
Spanish: "El Mal. El modelo K y la Barrick Gold, amos y servidores en el saqueo de la Argentina"
A newly released book denounces a secret agreement between Argentina/Chile in favor of Barrick Gold Corporation [the largest pure gold mining company in the world, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada]

The author brings to light a "secret agreement" signed by officials of the Governments of Cristina Fernandez and Michelle Bachelet, suggesting a "serious violation of the law."

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Argentine journalist and congressman Miguel Bonasso denounses in his book the Governments of Argentina and Chile, who signed a secret agreement in 2009 granting tax benefits to Canadian miner Barrick Gold, which operates in the Andes in a "free trade zone" without any type of oversight.

In his book "The Bad, Model K and Barrick Gold, masters and servants in the looting of Argentina", Bonasso exposes a "secret agreement" signed by officials of the Governments of Cristina Fernandez and Michelle Bachelet who assumed a "serious violation of the law."

According to the author, this agreement does not comply with the tax regulations of the South American countries.

"In the tax treaty Argentina relinquished the essential right of a State to tax the yield (75%) the power to tax in favor of Chile, in reality, in favor of Barrick," Bonasso said today in a press conference in the who presented the book to foreign correspondents.

The journalist said that Argentina, despite being the country that gives 90% of the water required by the binational mining project Pascua Lama, in Argentina's San Juan province and in Region III of Chile, Argentina only receives 25% of taxes because the tax burden on mining in the neighboring nation[Chile] are only half of what they are this country.

"They take water from the glaciers (which the company has repeatedly denied, but has been exposed by numeroue environmental groups) for a ridiculous price and on top of that, a sewer of cyanide is left behind", in a pool of some 340 hectares to 400 meters deep and "how are they're going to stop hundreds of thousands of tons of cyanide tainted waste " he lamented.

Bonasso said that the secret agreement is one of the bi-national treaties signed after the Mining Integration and Complementation Agreement was signed in 1997 by former presidents Carlos Menem and Eduardo Frei which was "tailor made" for the founder of the mining corporation, Peter Munk.

With that agreement "virtual third country, the 'country Barrick' was created at the crest of the Andes, with an area of about 340,000 square kilometers, where no type of control exists, a place where anything can be trafficated or done, "said the deputy.

"To exploit the largest gold deposit in South America Barrick utilized their direct influence with his godfather George HW Bush (father) and a network of Argentine and Chilean officials, bankers accused of fraud and academics purchased to falsify environmental impact reports "he affirms and Bonasso addresses in his book.

The legislator complained to the Argentine Secretary of Justice of Mining, Jorge Mayoral, about the connections between Barrick and the governor of San Juan, José Luis Gioja, and his brother, Senator Caesar Gioia, who in his opinion lead a regional government "absolutely corrupt and compliant with the mandates of the corporate" mining.

In his view, "the successive Argentine governments were violating laws by permiting Barrick, funded by Peter Munk with money from the arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi (Saudi billionaire) and involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, to build a true cross-border empire of some 260,000 hectares. "

According to sources close to the mining industry, from this operation Barrick may earn at least 30,000 million during the 25-year life of the project.

Bonasso, in the book delves into the "messy" worldwide activities of Barrick, his alleged relationship with Khashoggi and his role as an alleged "CIA front" in the scandal that erupted in 1987 about the clandestine sale of arms to Iran and the subsequent use of resources to finance and arm the rebels fighting the Sandinista government of Nicaragua.

"Gentelmen, please do not rob Argentina any more," Bonasso pleaded today - promoter of the recently approved Argentine Law called Protect Argentina Glaciers, that in San Juan is rendered completely usless by an injunction filed by the multinational corporation Barrick Gold, concluding his presentation.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN SPANISH

Libro denuncia acuerdo secreto argentino-chileno a favor de minera Barrick
El autor saca a la luz un "convenio secreto" firmado por funcionarios de los Gobiernos de Cristina Fernández y Michelle Bachelet que supuso una "gravísima violación de la ley".

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El periodista y diputado argentino Miguel Bonasso denuncia en un libro que los Gobiernos de Argentina y Chile firmaron en 2009 un acuerdo secreto que otorga beneficios impositivos a la minera canadiense Barrick Gold, que a su juicio opera en Los Andes en una zona "franca" sin ningún tipo de control.

En su libro "El Mal. El modelo K y la Barrick Gold, amos y servidores en el saqueo de la Argentina", Bonasso saca a la luz un "convenio secreto" firmado por funcionarios de los Gobiernos de Cristina Fernández y Michelle Bachelet que supuso una "gravísima violación de la ley".

Según el autor, este convenio no respeta normas impositivas de los países suramericanos.

"En ese acuerdo tributario Argentina resigna el derecho esencial de un Estado a recaudar impuestos al ceder (el 75 %) la potestad tributaria en favor de Chile, en realidad en favor de la Barrick", señaló hoy Bonasso en la conferencia de prensa en la que presentó el libro a corresponsales extranjeros.

El periodista asegura que Argentina, a pesar de ser el que pone el 90 % del agua que requiere el proyecto minero binacional Pascua Lama, en la provincia argentina de San Juan y en la III Región de Chile, sólo recibe el 25 % de los impuestos en Argentina, porque la presión tributaria sobre las mineras en la nación vecina es la mitad que en este país.

"Sacan el agua de los glaciares (lo que la empresa ha negado reiteradamente pero que es denunciado por numerosas organizaciones ecologistas) a un precio ridículo y encima dejan un retrete de cianuro", en un pozo de unas 340 hectáreas a 400 metros de profundidad y "adonde van a ir a parar los cientos de miles de toneladas de deshechos bañados en cianuro", denunció.

Bonasso asegura que ese acuerdo secreto es uno de los convenios binacionales firmados tras el Tratado de Integración y Complementación Minera suscrito en 1997 por los expresidentes Carlos Menem y Eduardo Frei como "un traje a medida" del fundador de la minera, Peter Munk.

Con ese acuerdo se creó "un tercer país virtual, el 'país Barrick', en la cresta de la cordillera de Los Andes, con una superficie de unos 340.000 kilómetros cuadrados, sobre el que no hay ningún tipo de control, por el que se puede hacer y traficar cualquier cosa", aseguró el diputado.

"Para explotar el yacimiento de oro más importante de América del Sur Barrick usó la influencia directa de su padrino George H. W. Bush (padre) y de un entramado de funcionarios argentinos y chilenos, banqueros acusados de fraude y académicos comprados para falsear informes de impacto ambiental", afirma y trata de probar Bonasso en el libro.

El legislador denunció ante la Justicia al secretario argentino de Minería, Jorge Mayoral, por tráfico de influencias y sus nexos con Barrick, así como al gobernador de San Juan, José Luis Gioja, y a su hermano, el senador César Gioja, quienes a su juicio encabezan un Ejecutivo regional "absolutamente corrupto y dócil a los mandatos de la corporación" minera.

En su opinión, "los sucesivos Gobiernos argentinos fueron violando leyes para permitir que la Barrick, fundada con Peter Munk con dinero del traficante de armas Adnan Khashoggi (multimillonario saudí) e involucrada en el escándalo del Irán-Contras, pueda erigir un verdadero emporio minero transfronterizo de 260.000 hectáreas".

Según fuentes vinculadas con la actividad minera, Barrick podría ganar por esta explotación al menos 30.000 millones de dólares durante los 25 años de vida útil del proyecto.

En el libro Bonasso ahonda en los "turbias" actividades de Barrick en el mundo, en su presunta relación con Khashoggi y en su papel como presunta "fachada de la CIA" en el escándalo que estalló en 1987 por la venta clandestina de armas a Irán y el posterior empleo de los recursos para financiar y armar a los rebeldes que luchaban contra el Gobierno sandinista de Nicaragua.

"Muchachos, no se roben más la Argentina", pidió hoy Bonasso -impulsor de la recientemente aprobada Ley argentina de Protección de Glaciares, que en San Juan está paralizada por un amparo judicial presentado por Barrick- a la multinacional al concluir su presentación.


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