“The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo” was nominated for Outstanding Informational Programming and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft while “The Devil Came on Horseback” received a nod for Best Documentary. Read More »
This week, Newsweek announced its environmental rankings of the 500 largest corporations in America. Commanding four of the top five rankings, the electronics industry appears to be leading the way in environmental sustainability. These companies should be commended for their leadership, but they cannot stop there. Read More »
If you’re in Asheville, North Carolina, this Thursday through Saturday, be sure to join actress and model Andie MacDowell for a screening of “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo.” This Emmy-nominated documentary tells the stories of women and girls who survived sexual atrocities committed by rebel groups and soldiers in eastern Congo. Read More »
[...] Now, though, at a time when critical resources such as oil, water and minerals are growing scarce, when challenges to the United States are multiplying and when the ability of Washington to project power has diminished, government and business are again finding some common purpose, albeit uneasily. The Obama administration and Congress are stepping up efforts to bring the leverage of U.S. companies — which in some areas of the world exceeds the reach of government institutions — to the business of achieving U.S. policy goals.
The Enough Project, a leading Washington, DC-based advocacy group focusing on genocide and crimes against humanity, is stepping up efforts to end conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip last month to the troubled eastern region has put a spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in the area and inevitably raises questions about what the U.S. government can and will do. In an interview, Enough co-founder John Prendergast talks about changing the economic equation for conflict minerals and the role that Uganda and Rwanda can play in ending the crisis.
As we noted on Monday, this week's edition of the magazine CQ Weekly featured a cover story about the unlikely cooperation between the U.S. government and corporations, a partnership sparked by the overlap between some foreign policy and business goals. Typically, CQ's material is only available by subscription, but they've graciously made an exception this time and published the article on their website. Here's a clip... Read More »
Big news on conflict minerals today, as Thaisarco, one of the largest tin smelters in the world and a subsidiary of the multinational metals giant Amalgamated Metals Corporation, announced that it would suspend purchasing tin from Congo. Thaisarco was identified by the U.N. experts as purchasing minerals from sources connected to the notorious FDLR militia. Read More »
As Jonathan Broder writes, increasingly scarce resources and the waning international influence of the United States have necessitated this sometimes uneasy collaboration. With Congo’s conflict minerals as a cause célèbre, Broder explains how the president and Congress are now working to “bring the leverage of U.S. companies — which in some areas of the world exceeds the reach of government institutions — to the business of achieving U.S. policy goals.” Read More »
A month after Secretary Clinton’s much-watched trip to sub-Saharan Africa, she’s still receiving accolades for the no nonsense way she spoke about some of the continent’s most troubling and challenging problems, from extremism in Somalia to sexual violence in Congo. Her visits resulted in some lofty commitments from the U.S. government, so it is encouraging to see that policy makers in Washington are following up to see that the diplomatic engagement is backed up with resources. Read More »