Archive for the ‘Democratic Republic of Congo’ Category

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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Congo Raises Pressure on Western Mining Giants

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a report on Congo’s state-owned miner recent push for re-nationalization of mines: Congo’s state-owned mining firm, Gécamines SA, is pushing to renationalize the Central African nation’s rich natural resources, in a move that could roil some of the world’s largest mining companies and have implications for industries ranging from technology […]

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Virugna Energy: Power Plants That May Save a Park, and Aid a Country

Courtesy of the New York Times, a detailed look at the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park where there is hope that hydroelectric plants will help create jobs and reduce the economic incentive to encroach on habitat needed by gorillas and other wildlife: On the verdant savanna of Virunga National Park, a herd of […]

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Despite Violence, Canadian Mining Firms Bullish On DRC

Via the Globe and Mail, a report on Canadian mining interest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the vast war-torn country in the heart of Africa, has fascinated the world’s miners for decades. Its reputation for violence and corruption has long deterred most investors – but a growing […]

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DRC: The Most Dangerous Cup of Coffee in the World

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a look at Congo, one of the last frontiers in a global scramble for the world’s best-tasting coffee: BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo—A dozen artisanal coffee aficionados from around the world hovered their noses above cups of steaming grounds and inhaled deeply. Then they tasted the coffee, swishing or […]

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