Blogs & Opinion


New MEPs must tackle conflict minerals

4 June 2014 | Gavin Hayman

Europe’s nearly half a billion consumers are driving a rising global demand for minerals such as tungsten, tantalum, and gold. These minerals, used in many consumer products such as phones and cars,...

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Water Wars in the Middle East - $1 Trillion is at Stake

4 June 2014 | Garikai Chengdu

Water is to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th ... the commodity that determines the wealth and stability of nations, writes Garikai Chengdu. Welcome to a new age of hydro-imperialism that is u...

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IBM, CREE, ABB, NetApp, EMC come clean about conflict minerals

2 June 2014 | Lauren K. Ohnesorge

Tech and manufacturing companies are scrambling to come clean about where they get their minerals - but the end result leaves a lot of questions and few specifics. To sum up, the bulk of the companies...

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The Pentagon Wants to Tackle Climate Change -- But Congress Forbids It

28 May 2014 | Mark Strauss

As rising sea levels begin to engulf naval bases and extreme weather exacerbates conflicts worldwide, the military has sounded the alarm that climate change poses a long-term threat to U.S. security....

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Timor-Leste: Lessons of a Failing State?

22 May 2014 | Loro Horta

The leader and founding father of Asia’s youngest nation, Xanana Gusmao, announced in November that he was resigning as prime minister and leaving politics. The announcement comes amidst growing sta...

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Toward a Secure and Sustainable Water Future for Kurdistan and Iraq

18 May 2014 | Tessa Manuello

As tensions between Erbil and Baghdad resumed earlier this year, some voices in the Kurdistan Region called for waging a “water war” against the central government by blocking Kurdish rivers that...

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COOL, Conflict Minerals, GMOs & Beyond: Much Hangs in the Balance of DC Circuit En Banc Rehearing in Commercial Speech Case

16 May 2014 | Chip English

Americans are naturally curious and interested about the food we eat and the products we buy—e.g., non-GMO labeling, country of origin labeling (“COOL”) and “conflicts minerals.” The questio...

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Responsible Sourcing of Minerals from Conflict Zones: Is the EU Doing Enough?

15 May 2014 | Anna Bulzomi

On March 5, 2014, the European Commission released its long-awaited responsible tradingstrategy for minerals from conflict zones. The strategy is composed of a draft Regulation setting up an E.U. s...

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Nepal’s Micro-Hydropower Projects Have Surprising Effect on Peace Process

14 May 2014 | Florian Krampe

Development, and human development in particular, is frequently considered a ground condition for peace by the development community. It follows that, because they provide rural communities with clean...

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Second Conflict Minerals Report Filed

12 May 2014 | Steve Quinlivan, Stinson Leonard Street

The second Form SD and related conflicts minerals report has been filed.  They are interesting documents but may still not be the holy grail of precedents because of, among other things, the use...

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