Impress Your Friends and Outflank Your Enemies: The Wronging Rights Guide to the Conflict-Mineral Regulations in Section 1502 of HR 4173

As Kate notes, the recent passage of new legislation on “conflict minerals” from the DRC has prompted much discussion from the aid-blogosphere. Predictably, the reactions have been mixed. The Enough Project is thrilled, which is hardly surprising, given their extensive… Continue Reading

How to Become an Expert on the Congo in Just Five Minutes a Day, Final Installment

Our last installment (the first two are here and here) left off when Kabila defeated Jean-Pierre Bemba to win the 2006 presidential election. Here’s what’s gone on in the two years since then: While the election results are being confirmed,… Continue Reading

How to Become an Expert on the Congo in Just Five Minutes a Day, Cont’d Some More

Yesterday’s story left off at the official end to the Second Congo War. A new transitional government had been set up, the UN peacekeeping force was already facing accusations of incompetence, and northeastern Congo was still crawling with armed militias.… Continue Reading