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Enough Project: To Stop Blood Diamonds, Start at Trading Hubs

Jewelry News | Tue, May 27, 2014

The diamond supply chain is so long and complex that keeping conflict diamonds out of it is a daunting challenge. All along the way, conflict diamonds can enter the flow, much like dirty storm runoff can enter a river at multiple, shifting points. So ...

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State Department Warns About Fake Diamond Certificates

Jewelry News | Tue, May 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of State issued a warning recently that criminals are gaming the system that is supposed to protect consumers from buying blood diamonds. The announcement is just the latest example of how that system, called the Kimberley Process ...

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Interview with Mark Freudenberger, Artisanal Diamond Expert

Jewelry News | Wed, Apr 23, 2014

I had the privilege recently to talk with Mark Freudenberger, who heads an innovative project called Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) II. The idea of PRADD II is to reduce conflict, promote development, and protect the ...

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Diamonds the Heart of the Matter in CAR Conflict

Jewelry News | Thu, Mar 27, 2014

In 2000, a non-profit group called Partnership Africa Canada issued a path-breaking report on the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. It titled its report “The Heart of the Matter” after Graham Greene’s 1948 novel of the same name. The heart of the ...

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UN Ambassador Visits War-Torn Central African Republic

Jewelry News | Sat, Dec 28, 2013

Whenever ethnic violence starts to spiral out of control, there’s often a temptation to wish it away. Too often, the warning signs are discounted until the loss of life becomes impossible to ignore. But when Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador ...

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When Gold Mines Collapse, It Is Often Into a Regulatory Void

Jewelry News | Tue, Jul 9, 2013

Almost four years ago, President Obama made his first foreign trip to sub-Saharan Africa. Rather than go to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, he chose to go to Ghana because he wanted to draw attention to Ghana’s democracy, one of the strongest in ...

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Kimberley Process Suspends Central African Republic

Jewelry News | Mon, Jun 24, 2013

The Kimberley Process, the international body that is supposed to stop the trade in conflict diamonds, has banned diamond exports from the Central African Republic. The decision comes after a rebel coalition overthrew the country’s dictator, Francois ...

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After Coup, Considering the Future in Central African Republic

Jewelry News | Sun, Mar 31, 2013

A coup has taken place in one of Africa’s diamond-rich countries, the Central African Republic. A week ago, rebel forces took over the country’s capital, Bangui, and overthrew the ruling dictator, Francois Bozizé, who has fled to Cameroon. The rebel ...

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Crisis in the Central African Republic: Are Diamonds to Blame?

Jewelry News | Sat, Dec 29, 2012

We’re alarmed by news reports that rebel soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) are close to taking over the country’s capital, Bangui. Thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes, and the U.S. Embassy evacuated its personnel ...

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Environment & Mining Roundup 2007

Jewelry News | Tue, Feb 12, 2008

To keep our website up to date with the important issues and concerns in our work, we read a lot about conflict diamonds. And the global nature of the conflict diamond trade means that it gets covered from many different angles — in terms of ...

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