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Axing “Conflict Minerals” Rule Also Threatens DRC’s Endangered Grauer Gorillas

2 March 2017 | Wilson Center

For weeks, the primatologists had followed a group of Grauer’s gorillas over rugged terrain – hacking through dense rainforest; following knife-edged ravines; and crossing a nearly impenetrable mo...

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In Support of Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Regulation

28 February 2017 | Sasha Lezhnev

IRIN’s recent article, Who pays the hidden price for Congo’s conflict-free minerals, offers a compelling story that highlights some real challenges facing many Congolese people today.   Unfortun...

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Are We Headed Toward “Recurring Storms” of Global Food Insecurity?

27 February 2017 | Erica Martin

It’s often assumed that in the modern era, food security is an achievable goal. But between 2007 and 2008, a confluence of conditions shook the international food system to its core, fueling unrest...

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Enough Project Comment to the SEC in Support of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation

27 February 2017 | Enough Project

On January 31, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Michael Piwowar welcomed interested parties to submit comments in response to a statement calling into question the curr...

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Government Neglects Land Disputes at its Peril

26 February 2017 | Eleven

Land disputes remain one of the many problems still to be cracked in Myanmar. Many farmers end up in court and jail after their land is seized. This week about 350 farmers from Pyin Oo Lwin, Patheingy...

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Mainstreaming the Environment in Peace and Security

24 February 2017 | Doug Weir

Everyone recognises the importance of environmental mainstreaming. It’s a problem that is particularly acute for conflict and the environment, where the environment is rarely prioritised before, dur...

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Keep Minerals Conflict-Free

24 February 2017 | Steve Feldstein and Sasha Lezhnev

It was not long ago that central Africa was mired in its "first world war" that led to 5.4 million deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Slowly and painstakingly, conflict-affected areas have...

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Seven Letters from Congolese Groups in Support of the U.S. Conflict Minerals Law

24 February 2017 | Sasha Lezhnev and Rachel Finn

In early 2017, in response to a possible suspension of the Conflict Minerals Rule for Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank law, numerous companies, investors, activists, NGOs, and others have come out publi...

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A Congolese View on Why We Need the U.S. Conflict Minerals Law

23 February 2017 | Janvier Murairi Bakihanaye

As a native of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), I have seen first-hand what things are like on the ground – gang-rape, modern child slavery and other flagrant human rights violations on a massi...

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Will the US Fight for Oil in the South China Sea?

22 February 2017 | Wesley Rahn

US Secretary of State Tillerson's former role as ExxonMobil CEO has fueled speculation that US assertiveness in the South China Sea is connected with oil interests - but experts remain skeptical of th...

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