Jonathan Brun

Global Issues – Democratic Republic of Congo

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I was surfing around the net for more information on the conflict in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) and I stumbled upon the site Global Issues – it is quite impressive, especially considering it is all written and maintained by 1 person. It is an amazing collection of information, links, and documents. The article on the DRC is not very detailed, but it does have many solid links, Anup Shah, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Global Issues, Updated: March 27, 2008

The conflict in the DRC is probably the worst in the world, with over 5 million dead and between 300 000 and 500 000 woman raped. There are many guilty parties, the Congo, Belgium, the US, Rwanda, Burundi, major corporations and cell-phone users, but no clear answer to solutions.

If one week of television coverage, as we saw with Haiti, were given to the DRC, I am sure the world’s perception of the issue would change dramatically.

Article on Coltan in cell-phones

Article on corporate profits in the DRC

Another article on the general issues in the DRC

Published on January 29, 2010

Bill Gates’ New Site

Big Bill just launched his new site, pretty nifty, The Gates Notes. It is basically a fancy blog by the richest man in the world, but there are some good bits of info on the site, such as this interview with schoolchildren.

Published on January 20, 2010