Conflict Minerals and the Congo

Friday, December 04, 2009

The minerals in your cell phone have something to do with the violence in the Congo. David Sullivan, research associate with the Enough Project, explains the connection and how legislation moving through Congress aims to stop the trade in conflict minerals.


David Sullivan

Comments [14]

Amy from Manhattan

I don't know if the minerals in my cell phone are conflict minerals, but it's a refurbished phone, so at least my money didn't go to the people who profit from those abuses. The phone is from Credo, formerly Working Assets. Their refurbished phones (not always available) are marked "eco-friendly," & that's why I bought it, but now I know there's another reason to keep in mind when making these kinds of purchases. (You can see the phones at; click on "Phones.")

Dec. 04 2009 01:35 PM
Amy from Manhattan

plp [5]--they aren't all the same people, & like the Nazis' attitude toward Jews & Roma, the people doing these horrible things don't think of the people they're doing them to as "their own people," or possibly as people at all.

Dec. 04 2009 01:13 PM
hjs from 11211

7] the truth
what about the free market and my RIGHT to profit

Dec. 04 2009 12:20 PM
hjs from 11211

sell the SUV

Dec. 04 2009 12:18 PM
sasha from queens

the report on child labor for digging gold in Congo was on this past weeks 60 Minutes, BTW.

Dec. 04 2009 12:08 PM
sasha from queens

saw the report on child labor in the Congo, digging for gold, and how this is being laundered to sold through Uganda to the rest of the world.
this past week rachel maddow's show had a report on The Family, the Washington DC group associated with Sam Brownback among others in the republican party, and how they are working to outlaw homosexuality in Uganda by working with a brutal leader getting into power there.
--Is there any connection between this Ugandan leader, The Family, and any of the coltan and/or gold trade going on?

Dec. 04 2009 12:05 PM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from Langley, VA

That colonialism was bad, but the 5 decades of native dictatorships since has been far worse. Perhaps we should use that fake global warming to create a one world government to systematically loot the third world without all that nasty rape and murder. Perhaps Al Gore can lead that effort.

Dec. 04 2009 11:51 AM
the truth!! from BKNY

Dont buy Blood Diamonds!

Dec. 04 2009 11:44 AM
MarcWingate from Wesley Hills, NY

Mr. Sullivan should be aware that the vast majority of the world's tantalum comes from very peaceful Austrailia.

Dec. 04 2009 11:43 AM

Why are these people so utterly and ruthlessly savage? They could easily be equated with the Nazis since they summarily attack their own people with brutal rape, mutilation and heinous murder.

Dec. 04 2009 11:40 AM
MarcWingate from Wesley Hills, NY

Mr. Sullivan should be aware that the worlds largest (and almost exclusive) supplier of Tantallum is Austrailia (inc several mines such as Sons of Gwalia in Eastern Austrailia.)

Dec. 04 2009 11:39 AM
Alvin from Manhattan

Oil, too, is a mineral. How can we avoid purchasing oil from regimes in Africa, the Middle East, or Venezuela, that are either oppressive or support terrorism? What is your The Enough Project doing about that?

Dec. 04 2009 11:35 AM
Priya from Brooklyn

Sullivan mentioned the minerals being taken to East Asia. Is China involved in the DRC? They have been vying for influence throughout the continent.

Dec. 04 2009 11:34 AM
Derek from 42nd St.

Coltan and the Congo Civil war

Dec. 04 2009 11:30 AM

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