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Selling blood diamonds is as simple as a Facebook post and a WhatsApp message

Finding the black market pushing blood diamonds is as simple as logging on to Facebook.

Since the chaos of a 2013 coup in the Central African Republic, conflict diamonds have become a key source of income for both sides of the ongoing conflict, according to… 330 more words

Repayments for a Loan? Required Disclosure - Dan Gertler and Glencor PLC

Bloomberg Markets March 2, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-03/glencore-paid-gertler-firm-100-million-congo-funds-group-says

Glencore Paid Gertler’s Firm $100 Million Congo Royalties

Glencore Plc paid more than $100 million previously owed to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s state mining business to a company controlled by billionaire investor Dan Gertler, according to advocacy group Global Witness. 631 more words

How anonymous companies can undermine national security

When taxpayer money goes to companies with murky ownership, it may put lives in danger and support shady actors. The watchdog group Global Witness shows what can happen when a government ends up working with anonymous companies. 1,153 more words

Business

The U.S. Combating Global Corruption Act Is a Worthwhile Proposal that Deserves More Attention

I know a lot of what I write on this blog is pessimistic, critiical, or both, but every once in a while it’s nice to call attention to some positive, encouraging developments. 1,826 more words

Commentary

The Fury of Climate Change Deniers

I am a woman. Who is a feminist. Who is queer with straight privilege. Who is simultaneously a race traitor and an appropriating colonizer. Who is both an atheist and a Christian. 242 more words

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