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  •  Democratic Republic of Congo Mineral Reserves (8+ / 0-)

    From an excellent U.N. report.
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    Thanks for the well researched diary on a difficult subject.

    "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 08:28:41 PM PDT

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    •  "So many Kurtzes" UN article (4+ / 0-)
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      Thanks again for hearing the cry of the people of the Congo. From the article linked in the map above.

      The Justice Minister, Luzolo Bambi Lessa, believes change is possible, and asks me to help: " Many international agreements deal with this sort of problem. We need the laws and the domestic administrations to implement these agreements." This is not unrealistic. It is common sense, but the task is daunting.

      One doesn't even know where to start. " Will the world ever hear the cry of the people of Congo?" I wonder. At the outset of the twentieth century, the Democratic Republic of the Congo could have been reasonably called the most murderous part of the European scramble for Africa. Joseph Conrad put it bluntly: " All of Europe collaborated in the making of Kurtz", the evil character in The Heart of Darkness. Today, at the outset of the twenty-first century, what has changed is that the plunder is not only European. No longer. Writing today, Conrad would very probably blame the entire world for the making of Kurtz.

      " It's a situation that cannot, shouldn't last" Abbe MaluMalu states. I shake my head: " I don't see great motivation to do anything about it." I should have added: " There are so many Kurtzes these days in, and outside, Congo". At times I wonder about my very personal, human capacity for outrage at pain inflicted on another human being, whether by drugs, crime, slavery, arms or terrorism, and about the cynicism I meet as I explain what goes on around the world, and how my Office is trying to cope.

      "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 08:39:15 PM PDT

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