Rebel groups control large parts of the trade, Global Witness says
Western mineral firms are fuelling violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo by failing to check where their raw materials come from, activists say.
Global Witness says companies sourcing minerals used in electronic gadgets are buying them from traders who finance rebel and government troops. Continue reading
Independent Catholic News
By: Ellen Teague
Conference calls for ‘welcoming the stranger’ | British National Party (BNP, National Justice and Peace Network Conference, Nick Griffin,Bishop Patrick Lynch, Neil Jameson,Citizens Organising Foundation, Mary Grey Continue reading
Mail and Guardian
Nelson Mandela turns 91 on Saturday with a call for community service and celebrations from New York’s Madison Square Garden to downtown Johannesburg. The increasingly frail former statesman who is affectionately called Madiba, his clan name, has been inundated with messages of goodwill, from multinational companies to ordinary South Africans. But the Nobel Peace Prize laureate will spend the day at home with his family and close friends. Continue reading
Obama said Africa needs good governance rather than more aid in his Ghana speech [AFP
A contradictory message from Obama
|Until northern countries put their own house in order in terms of changing the policies applied to their farmers – Africa’s food dependence will continue, and it will always be blamed on Africa’s lack of good governance.
Waste in container in Brazilian port 11.6.09. The contents of the containers were clearly of UK origin
Brazilian authorities are demanding that more than 1,400 tonnes of hazardous British waste found in three ports be returned to the UK.
The Brazilian environment agency, Ibama, says that international treaties have been violated. Continue reading
Latin America Press
Indigenous groups enter the carbon market.
The Tembé-Ténêtéhar people of the Alto Rio Guama reservation signed an agreement in mid-June with renewable energy management company C-Trade. Continue reading
Oppose Enforcement-Only Approaches to Immigration Reform
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Background: During the week of July 6-10, the U.S. Senate considered amendments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill. During the debate, the Senate considered and adopted several immigration enforcement amendments which continue the enforcement-only approach to immigration reform. An amendment offered by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) enhancing the U.S.-Mexico border fence was particularly disturbing. Continue reading
Activists say Mobutu stole billions in aid money
The Democratic Republic of Congo has criticised a Swiss court’s decision to release the assets of its late ex-leader Mobutu Sese Seko to his family. Continue reading
KINSHASA, Congo (CNS) — The Catholic bishops of Congo have called on each citizen to become personally involved in the fight against deeply rooted corruption in the African country. The bishops describe corruption as “one of the bases for the unequal distribution of national resources between the wealthy classes, made up of public authorities, and the majority of the population who live in misery.” Continue reading