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last updated 19-Aug-2020
  News articles, special reports, and research documents related to what we deem is a critical global security issue: conflict minerals. The destruction of whole ecosystems to satisfy and ever growing demand for mineral resources is likely to further other problems such as conflicts, food security, and climate change, so please browse other related sections and connect the dots.  


Gabon seeks to reclaim Chinese oil assets. Etienne Ngoubou, oil minister, told the Financial Times the government plans to reclaim the main onshore site of China’s Addax Petroleum, the Tsiengui field. By Peggy Hollinger, William Wallis and Guy Chazan, The Financial Times, June 6, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Democratic Republic of Congo attack hits mineral transport. The attack by 300 fighters was drawn from a militia seeking independence for Katanga. By Katrina Manson, The Financial Times, March 24, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Angola (oild and gas) Country Analysis Brief - January 2013. Angola's rapid rise as an energy producer over the past two decades came despite a civil war that lasted until 2002 and without many of the advantages found in other energy-rich regions. U.S. Energy Information Administration, January 8, 2013: click here

Iraq oil – back in the flow. Not many oilfields in the world are laid with 100,000 mines. But Rumaila is no ordinary oilfield. By Guy Chazan, The Financial Times, December 17, 2012: click here

South Sudan faces hard road over its oil. An added complication is that all the export pipelines run north, crossing Sudan. By Sylvia Pfeifer, The Financial Times, November 11, 2012: click here

Guinea reignites $2.5bn mining tussle. Backed by George Soros, authorities scrutinise mining deals struck under former dictatorships. By Tom Burgis, Helen Thomas and Misha Glenny, The Financial Times, November 2, 2012: click here

Democratic Republic or Congo (DRC) Conflict Minerals. UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) resources and initiaves encouraging British companies trading in minerals from DRC to do so in a way which is socially, economically and environmentally responsible: click here

Mongolia grows rich, amid a mix of hope and fear. Three kinds of foreigners, they say, prowl the world's energy frontiers: missionaries, misfits and mercenaries. By Dan Levin (The New York Times), Herald-Tribune, July 16, 2012: TEXT | PICTURE

'Blood diamond' regulatory group loses watchdog. In a statement, Global Witness cited what it called Kimberley Process failures in Ivory Coast, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. By AP, Radio Canada, December 5, 2011: TEXT | PICTURE




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