Today, Congo activists, U.S. consumers, and the people of Congo won an incredible victory against long odds. Congress passed the Wall Street reform bill with the inclusion of a key provision on conflict minerals. Read More »
Amid the news that the requisite 60 votes had been secured to pass the financial reform bill yesterday, we also got word that some industries that benefit from the unregulated trade in minerals from eastern Congo had undertaken a last-ditch lobbying effort to have the conflict minerals provision removed from the legislation Read More »
What lessons from the current crisis over Zimbabwe's diamonds should be kept in mind when devising a plan to certify minerals from eastern Congo as conflict-free? Bernard Taylor of Partnership Africa Canada has some recommendations. Read More »
An event, featuring two ambassadors and a congressman, provided a rare glimpse into all of the diplomatic and policy work taking place behind the scenes to help stop the trade in Congo's conflict minerals. Read More »
Here’s what Apple’s classic “Get a Mac” ads don’t tell you: both Macs and PCs help fuel war in the Congo – the deadliest war in the world.
Actress/director Brooke Smith and cinematographer Steven Lubensky created a version of the ad for the Enough Project to show how both Macs and PCs help fuel war in the Congo – the deadliest war in the world. They teamed up with actors Joshua Malina and John Lehr to create a version that wittily explains how.
The conflict in eastern Congo is fueled by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals essential to our electronic products. More than five million people have died as a result, and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped over the past decade in what experts term “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”. The armed groups perpetuating the violence earn hundreds of millions of dollars each year by trading in four main minerals – tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. These minerals are used in virtually every electronics product on the market today – from our cell phones and digital cameras to our laptops and fax machines – including Macs and PCs.
Because consumer demand to buy conflict-free products will help create a market for them, the Enough Project invites people to share the one-minute spoof video with friends, in hopes it will go viral. And it’s off to a roaring start.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof premiered the video in his op-ed column for the Sunday, June 27 edition of The New York Times. “Electronics manufacturers have tried to hush all this up. They want you to look at a gadget and think ‘sleek,’ not ‘blood,’” writes Kristof.
Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, and Somalia. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org
Hello, I'm a Mac, and I'm helping fuel the war in the Congo - currently the deadliest conflict in the world. So are PCs, cell phones, digital cameras and other consumer electronics. That's what Apple's famous "I'm a Mac ... And I'm a PC" ads don't tell you. Read More »