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Diamonds May Have Rigged Zimbabwean Election

Jewelry News | Mon, Aug 5, 2013

Before saying more about Zimbabwe’s presidential election, let’s pause to celebrate something positive. Early last month, we worried that these elections might be violent. But in fact, the elections last Wednesday were generally peaceful and orderly. ...

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Dreaming of a Mugabe Loss in Zimbabwe’s Elections

Jewelry News | Fri, Aug 2, 2013

Accusations of vote-rigging are flying in Zimbabwe, where voters went to the polls in a crucial election on Wednesday. Most observers think that Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president for the past 33 years, will find a way to hold on to power and fend ...

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Diamond Industry Leader Praises Angola’s Blood Diamond Trade

Jewelry News | Wed, Jul 24, 2013

Diamonds may be forever, but not diamond industry leaders. The longtime president of the World Diamond Council (WDC), the group representing the global diamond industry, officially left his job at the end of June. But before stepping down, he took a ...

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Film Shows Gold-Fueled Civil War in Striking Shades of Pink

Jewelry News | Mon, Jul 15, 2013

A provocative new film shows the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a distinctive light – a pink one. Although it’s a technique rarely seen before on the big screen, the approach of the film is, in some ways, one that we’re familiar ...

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As Election Nears, Diamond Violence Could Flare in Zimbabwe

Jewelry News | Mon, Jul 1, 2013

Two weeks ago, a 58-year-old politician in Zimbabwe named Edward Chindori-Chininga allegedly drove his Jeep Cherokee through an intersection and rammed it into a tree. He died instantly, according to Zimbabwean police. Some observers, however, think ...

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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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Zimbabwean Rights Groups Speak Out Against Blood Diamonds

Jewelry News | Tue, May 28, 2013

Who could be against trying to solve the blood diamond problem in Zimbabwe? Well, we follow debates in the diamond industry closely, and we occasionally see an argument (often from the very people tied to human rights abuses) that goes like this: All ...

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Are You Calling About that Murder? Um, Here’s Our Switchboard

Jewelry News | Tue, May 7, 2013

In early March, a man named Herbert Manhanga was walking in the vicinity of the valuable Marange diamond fields in eastern Zimbabwe. Manhanga lived nearby, and a few other local residents were with him. According to Manhanga’s sister, the group ...

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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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