Friday, July 30, 2010

Trying To Stop The Traffic Of Congo's Conflict Minerals

Uphill Task To Solve Congo's Conflict Minerals -- Reuters

NUMBI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Marie keeps her cash hidden in her "I love Jesus" hat, Samy in his socks. Selling gold and gemstones to other countries, the smugglers are small-time players in an illegal trade worth tens of millions of dollars hidden deep in Congo's troubled wilderness.

New efforts to clamp down on Congo's armed groups that finance their existence with minerals sourced from the country's conflict-wracked east -- much of which ends up in laptops, cell phones and jewellery around the world -- have been criticised for trying to achieve the impossible and risking the livelihoods of a million people in the area who depend on mining.

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More News On Congo's Conflict Minerals

'Blood Cell Phones' Fuel War, Crime and Human Rights Abuses -- Discovery News
U.K. Government Faces Suit Over ‘Conflict Minerals’ in Congo -- Bloomberg Businessweek
US Law Requires Conflict Minerals Disclosure from Electronics Manufacturers -- Triple Pundit
Gadgets -New U.S. Law Blocks Cell Phone Makers from Subsidizing Congo War -- TMCnet
Provision of Law May Reduce Use of Conflict Minerals -- Ecopreneurist
Conflict-Free Cell Phones? -- Technorati
Why recent US 'conflict minerals' legislation may not help in eastern Congo -- Christian Science Monitor
Why recent US 'conflict mineral' legislation is a good thing for Africa -- Christian Science Monitor
Congo's conflict minerals -- L.A. Times editorial

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