Archive for the ‘Democratic Republic of Congo’ Category

Congo, Coltan, Conflict: How the Digital Boom Fueled Conflict in Congo

Via McGill’s International Review, an article on how industry’s search for coltan has led to conflict in the DRC: The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of natural resources, owing to a tremendous deposit of untapped raw minerals. However, as Congo emerges from a brutal history […]

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A Chocolate Factory In A Conflict Zone

Via The Economist, an interesting look at a Belgian chocolatier’s efforts to open a factory in the DRC: Dominique Persoone, the bad boy of Belgian chocolate, has served powdered chocolate that has been snorted like cocaine at a party for the Rolling Stones and had the sticky stuff drizzled on naked women for a photo […]

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How To Get Beer Around Congo

Courtesy of The Economist, an interesting look at the logistics challenges of doing business in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The barge, weighed down by half a million bottles of beer, pulls out into the middle of the Congo river. At its tip, breezy rumba music drifts out of a small radio and a group […]

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Massive Congolese Copper Play

Via Ozy, a look at Kamoa-Kakula, a huge untapped copper deposit worth at least $10 billion: When Felix Tshisekedi, the new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo visited Washington, D.C., in April, the mining billionaire Robert Friedland was waiting in a room at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel to greet him. Also waiting were the U.S. ambassador to Congo and Sun Yufeng, […]

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DRC: Blood, Sweat, and Batteries

Courtesy of Fortune, a detailed look at the Democratic Republic of Congo’s involvement in the global cobalt supply chain: MOST OF HIS NEIGHBORS are still sound asleep at 5 a.m., when Lukasa rises to begin his 12-hour workday. The slender 15-year-old, with an oval face and piercing stare, slips out of his family’s mud-brick home before […]

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Trouble Brewing In the DRC?

Via The Economist, an interesting article on the business of beer in the DRC: THE Bralima brewery in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is an island of modernity in a city where chaos is the norm. Inside a building near the docks where barges begin the journey up the Congo river, […]

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