Conflict Minerals

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

The Internet as a 'Miracle Solution' for Congo

According to a new report by Freedom House, only 1.7 percent of Congolese accessed the Internet in 2012. As the only media outlet where the government does not restrict access or monitor its content, the Internet presents a powerful tool for inclusive dialogue and conflict transformation. While less than two percent of Congolese accessed the Internet last year, the few who did in Bukavu, South Kivu, made a profound difference.

#UNMatters: U.S. State Department Google Hangout on US-UN Relations Recap

On Wednesday, September 18, the U.S.Department of State hosted a Google+ Hangout, The U.S. and the United Nations: The Case for Multilateralism, facilitated by United Nations Dispatch blogger Mark Goldberg. The panelists included the Enough Project’s John Prendergast, Assistant Secretary of the State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman, and U.S. Youth Observer for the United Nations Tiffany Taylor. 

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

AllAfrica Op-ed: What King's Legacy Means for Africa Today

Editor's Note: This op-ed by Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast originally appeared on AllAfrica.com

While the recent 50th anniversary commemoration of the "March on Washington" to demand rights for African Americans focused attention on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unfinished domestic agenda in the United States, Dr. King was also strongly committed to a global human rights movement, particularly related to Africa.

National Geographic on Conflict Minerals: Opportunity to Grow the Clean Minerals Trade in Congo

"Colonialism is no stranger to the Congolese; the lasting effects still haunt them today. Years of corrupt leadership left the country weak and vulnerable. Foreign troops and rebel groups swarmed the eastern region after the Rwandan genocide, seizing mines along the way: “It was like giving an ATM card to a drugged-out kid with a gun. The rebels funded their brutality with diamonds, gold, tin, and tantalum, a hard, gray, corrosion-resistant element used to make electronics."

Five Stories You May Have Missed This Week

Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.

U.N. Peace Day 2013: Peace for the DR Congo

Editor's Note:  Guest contributor Mac McKinney is human rights activist, deeply concerned about the horrific outrages to human dignity taking place not only in Africa, but in such places as Syria and North Korea.  He has been long-involved in the maritime world, as a Navy Diver, shipyard employee and marine designer, but enjoys writing and photo-journalism, and travelled to Haiti to write a series of articles on the situation there. 

New Report: Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires that companies, whose products may contain conflict minerals, file public reports about their supply chains that address minerals sourcing in their products. If, after companies have investigated their supply chain, the company realizes that their minerals originate in the Congo or its bordering countries, they must also issue a report reporting their due diligence.

#Atma100, Building Lasting Partnerships and Empowering Women

 

Editor's Note:  This post was co-authored by Alysha Atma, Executive Director of the Atma Foundation and Jenna Kunz, Director of Hand in Hand.  Mrs. Atma is also a published writer and reviewer of literature surrounding the continent of Africa and co-founder of the Oregon Coalition for Humanity. Jennavieve Kunz is a student at the University of Portland, where she is pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in social justice. 

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