Mining is detrimental to the environment, no question about that. But nobody is talking about the iron ore and copper being extracted to feed the development frenzy worldwide.
Thank you for having and sharing this incredibly important and much needed discussion.
We have a suspicion on a Blue Diamond which had a GIA Report. The Company who had this Diamond is refusing to disclose GIA Report Number to be verified.Do they have the legal rights not to disclose the GIA Report number ?We can only consult the GIA by having the GIA Report Number. We know the correct weight, color and shape.What is your suggestion to obtain the GIA Report in order to consult the contents.
very interesting. thanks
thank you for this informative article
in as much as i enjoy this wrangle between my govnt and the US , EU i would like both sides to understand something here.
yes its OK for the US, EU to maintain its stance because its true that Diamonds are supplying Mugabe with more muscle, but what about the real owners of this resource ? the Ordinary citizen who is set to benefit from Diamond trades of all kinds, the real owners of Marange Diamonds is Chief Marange- an Honest old chief who is currently being robbed by the so called state, why not ban Diamonds that come via Mugabes networks and leave room for the real Marange's "citizens" to start operations.
to the Zim Govmnt - go back to your Drawing boards and empower the real owners otherwise your operations will not hold value and meaning, its not just about the Liberation struggle of 1980 this is 2012 and we have new struggles ahead, stop living in the past fellas !
While the diamond industry wants to ring-fence the blood diamond issue inside the mining sector that is becoming increasingly difficult as more people learn about the human rights violations funded by revenue from the cut and polished sector. Given that revenue from the diamond industry in Israel is a major source of funding for the Israeli military which stands accused of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity by the UN HRC, any move to expand the definition of a conflict diamond to included human rights violations funded by cut and polished diamonds will be resisted by Israel. However, consumers are the final arbiters and they will dictate what is and what is not a blood diamond.
The West continue to handle Africa in the wrong way
instead of opening the door for business they keep shutting it tighter,what do you expect starving Africans to do, make computer chips in the middle of the bush? of course they will mine goods at night that belong to bigger companies and end up getting shot,but this is not a war zone (blood diamonds), people who are not involved in the diamond business walk around freely.
What should happen is try to get the smaller miners rights so they can also mine and make a buck, open the free market so it is not dominated by the army, dealers can come in and buy from any small miner they want to and so export the goods in the legal fashion, as long as this carries on the way it is goods will be smuggled out and in so doing causing an unstable market,hence the KP is useless.
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