The destruction of the Congo
says much more about the West than it does about the Central African country.
It reveals most clearly that the West is largely a criminal enterprise, the
prosperity of which is based on the genocide of Third
World people and the theft of their resources. The Congo is perhaps the worst example of this but
the West has followed the same policy in Asia, Africa and Latin
America for centuries. In this sense, Western countries can be
seen as a murderous mafia led by their godfather the United States government for which
no amount of blood and wealth is enough.
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Blood Coltan - Remote-Controlled Warfare and the Demand for Strategic MineralsBy Giunta Carrie, 21 November 2013
The atrocious war in Congo is tied to the huge appetite in the west for strategic minerals essential to the electronics and military industries. The criminal regimes in Uganda and Rwanda sponsor proxy militias whose violence facilitates the smuggling of these minerals through the two African nations.
The Congolese war, which has killed over six million people since 1996, is the deadliest conflict in the world since the Second World War. If you add the number of deaths in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Rwanda over the same period, it would still not equal the millions who have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Artisanal gold miners form human chains to excavate
Part of a solution to this is for western governments to hold Rwanda and Uganda accountable for funding proxy armies in the DRC. The retreat of M23 rebels from the Eastern DRC in recent days shows international pressure to stop Rwanda from supporting the rebels is working. The DRC insurgency is far from over, as other rebel groups are still to be defeated. There is a long way to go before stabilization in the region will be possible.
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Considering that violence and brutality in the DRC is proportionate to the demand for the eastern regions of the country's rich mineral deposits, it is less a matter of who is funding and supporting one army or another. The question is, rather, what is creating a heightened demand for conflict minerals?
The high-grade metal tantalum, processed from the precious mineral coltan, makes it possible to build smaller and smaller electronic gadgets like smart phones and tablets. It is also essential in powering a new trend of military applications such as drones. A new demand for tantalum has boosted coltan mining, trading and smuggling.
As stockpiles run low, it is most likely a tantalum shortage could intensify violence again, which directly and indirectly affects people in the mining areas of the eastern DRC.
This province is the richest source of coltan in the world, with an estimated eighty percent of the world's coltan reserves. Competition for minerals has a direct effect on the relentless violence in the region. Women and young girls have been among visible victims of the conflict and hundreds of thousands of them have been raped by opposing warring factions as a weapon of war.
A country the size of Western Europe, the DRC holds an estimated $24 trillion in mineral reserves, including gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt, coltan, tin, tungsten, zinc, manganese, magnesium, uranium, niobium, gold, diamonds and silver.
Armed groups vie for control of mineral mines and the routes for mineral transportation. Minerals are channeled through neighbouring countries, Rwanda and Uganda by violent rebel groups and then bought by multinational companies. The Washington Post reports Congolese minerals are smuggled into Rwanda to the tune of $6 million a day.
Tantalum plays a vital role in the growing coltan market. A derivative of coltan, tantalum is a key component in modern electronics. It is the metal used in capacitors or devices that store energy.
Tantalum capacitors are not only used in smartphones. They are important for aerospace and military technologies, which rely on tantalum capacitors for running applications that reach very high temperatures.
With an extraordinary ability to withstand a broad range of temperatures and to resist corrosion, tantalum capacitors are a marvel of technology. They can retain a charge for an extended time and can tolerate operating environments of up to 200 °C.
Casa Mining Ltd, a specialist in exploration for gold in Africa, aims to create shareholder value by the discovery, delineation, and development of quality mineral resources to best industry practice.
CASA through its subsidiaries is focussed on gold exploration in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CASA boasts a strong shareholder register.
Casa Mining has extensive DRC exploration experience and is currently drilling the flagship Misisi gold prospect in South Kivu (DRC).
The DRC is home to vast reserves of a wide variety of natural mineral resources such as cobalt, copper, gold, tin and diamonds. DRC is believed to contain about 4% of the world’s copper reserves and one-third of its cobalt reserves. All mineral deposits in the DRC are state-owned and the holder of mining rights also gains ownership of the mineral products for sale. Governed by the National Mining Code, the Ministry of Mines regulates the Mining Registry, Directorate of Mines and the Geological Directorate. The country is the world’s second largest diamond exporter by volume and the fifth-largest producer.
Significant investment in project development and production is taking place in the DRC. Major copper projects in Katanga include the Tenke Fungurume mine (130kt copper production expected 2011), the Kinsevere copper mine (planned 60ktpa copper production). Major gold projects include the Banro Corporation Twangiza mine and the Randgold Resources/Anglogold Ashanti Kibali mine (both scheduled for production in 2014).
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