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Conflict Minerals

Congo's Forgotten Sexual Genocide

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 10.05.2011 | World
Joseph K. Grieboski

The people of Congo's prolonged and constant exposure to the heinous act has normalized the crime. Rape is now used as a simple assertion of authority and control.

Conflict Minerals: Hands-Off Is Not a Solution

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 09.10.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Trade and investment in natural mineral resources hold great potential for boosting growth and prosperity in the developing world. Too often though, misguided or illicit exploitation of these resources has contributed, directly or indirectly, to armed conflict.

A Deadly Mother's Day Secret

Javier Bardem | Posted 07.06.2011 | World
Javier Bardem

Underlying all of our dizzying 21st century communication tools is one of the saddest secrets in the world involving mothers and daughters. Innocently, inadvertently, we are using communication products that are powered by conflict minerals.

Certifying Congo's Deadly Conflict Minerals

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

With conflict minerals the U.S. is in a unique position because our economic influence to combat the illicit minerals trade provides the missing leverage for leaning on the Congolese state to deliver meaningful security sector reform.

Arriving in the Congo to Celebrate the #CityofJoy

Matt Petersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Petersen

While in the Congo, I am certain I will be humbled by the grace and fortitude of those individual Congolese women - and men - who have worked with Eve to build the City of Joy.

A Hero In Need: The 'Oskar Schindler Of Congo' Fights For His Life

Bryan Mealer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bryan Mealer

In your lifetime, there are few moments when you're given the opportunity to directly save another person's life. Congo needs its hero now more than ever. So I ask you now, who's with me?

Costs of Convenience

Ashley Judd | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ashley Judd

I dream of the day when electronics companies fully commit to tracing, auditing, and certifying the minerals they use in their products, and rape minerals are successfully excluded from the marketplace.

Conflict Minerals: Not Just an NGO Issue

Marshall Chase | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marshall Chase

It was a standing-room-only crowd of over 150 people from a broad range of companies beyond ICT, including U.S. and international auto manufacturers, heavy industry, and others.

Take Action! Help end Slavery in Congo

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Free The Slaves

Demand more change that will allow the Congolese to escape from slavery and the other rampant human rights abuses and to begin building their country.

A Wake-Up Call From The Depths Of The Congo

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Sadly, except for a few outspoken individuals, Christians in the U.S. haven't said much about the Congo, even though most of those suffering and dying there are fellow Christians.

UN Council Told to Act Against Rapists in Congo

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The UN Security Council was told that the best way to stop rapes was to arrest commanders who permitted it. UN envoy Margot Wallström's speech was among the most graphic and frank by a senior official since the mass rapes.

Calling for Conflict Minerals Certification With Ashley Judd

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

In August, I traveled with actress Ashley Judd to the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman or girl.

Several Types of Slavery Linked to Congo's Mining Industry

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's vital that people in slavery are engaged in developing their own solutions. They tell us that boycotting slave-tainted and conflict-tainted products will only make their lives worse.

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...

Take Action on IVAWA Now to End Violence Against Women

Ramona Ripston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ramona Ripston

The ACLU of Southern California is joining hundreds of women's NGOs around the world in calling for the enactment of this bill, known as International Violence Against Women Act.

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.

Congo's Illicit Trade in Conflict Minerals

Robert Hormats | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Hormats

The State Department continues to focus a great deal of attention on the plight of residents in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a region that has been subject to a long-running war and severe injustice.

Reforming Wall Street and Ending the World's Deadliest War: Congo

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

Last week, thousands of people across the country wrote and called their senators asking them to support a section in the Wall Street reform bill that addressed 'conflict minerals' from Congo, the new blood diamonds.

Hello, I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC -- Here's How I Help Fuel the World's Deadliest Conflict

Brooke Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brooke Smith

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The University of The South

Sean Carasso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sean Carasso

On a cross-country tour, spreading awareness about the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I found students fighting for change where I least expected it: deep in the South, at one of our nation's oldest universities.

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...

Change the Equation for Congo

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

The Enough Project urgently needs your help to Change the Equation for Congo! The Conflict Minerals Trade Act of 2009 (HR 4128) is a bi-partisan bill...

5 Lessons from Congo for Afghanistan Mining

David Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Sullivan

It's worth delving into the less obvious links between mineral resources and instability in eastern Congo to illustrate the potentially grave effects of a gold, lithium, or niobium rush in Afghanistan.

Afghan Mineral 'Discovery' Is Fodder for Conspiracy Theories

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

Afghan explanations about the woeful state of the war effort in their country contrast sharply from what emanates from the White House or DC-based think tanks.

Jason Linkins

NYT's Risen Hits Back At Critics On Afghan Minerals Story, Raises More Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

In an interview with John Cook, Risen strikes back at critics of his Afghanistan mineral story. The story was met with substantial criticism since the news of the mineral riches was not exactly new.