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UN Condemns Rebels Wreaking Havoc in Congo; US Shields Rwanda's Role

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.21.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

A rebel militia captured Goma, the main city in resource-rich Eastern Congo, with little resistance from the Congolese army or U.N. peacekeepers. Reports indicate the rebels are pillaging and raping as scores of people flee from their homes.

Colombia Vows to Crack Down on Narco-groups' Illegal Coltan Mining

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Corbin Hiar

After an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposé about paramilitaries involvement in the coltan trade, Colombia is moving to curb illegal mining of the highly sought after mineral.

PHOTOS: Black Opals, Painite, Lithium and 6 More Of The Most Valuable Minerals In The World

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From rubies to painite, coltan to diamonds, nature produces incredible minerals. Whether they are made into dazzling baubles or used in rechargeable b...

Why We Should Care About the Congo

Rep. Howard L. Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Howard L. Berman

Despite the difficult challenges we face here at home, Americans are a generous and compassionate people. Our values compel us to fight injustice wherever it occurs, and to reduce the suffering of innocents.

Conflict Minerals 101: What They Are And How You Can Help

Planet Green | Rachel Cernansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Currently, there is no mandatory law or framework for companies purchasing minerals from central Africa. Two bills currently in Congress--one in the H...


Raj Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Raj Patel

Often, things that seem cheap -- bottled water, fish fingers, Google searches -- are quite expensive if we consider their full environmental, labour and health costs.

Male Monsters -- Girl Buried Alive for Being a Girl and the World Shrugs

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Daou

The brutalization of women and girls cuts across all religious and cultural boundaries, so this isn't just about dis-'honor' killings, though few things are more heinous than a father murdering his daughter.

Silverback Gorilla Hates New Cell Phones (PHOTO)

Getty/AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Kibabu the silverback gorilla looks over his shoulder on his 32nd birthday in his habitat at Taronga Zoo in Sydney on May 25, 2009. The western world'...

Congo Violence Fueled By Common Material In Cell Phones, Laptops

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
NYCity News Service

Coltan, when refined, is used in many common electronic devices. But Congolese miners have been killed, and women raped, during the 11-year war over the valuable mineral deposits.

More Natural Resource Conflicts To Come (AUDIO)

WorldFocus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Competition for natural resoures often lies at the heart of human conflict, from oil and water in the Middle East to contested coltan in the Democrati...