The advocates arguing that recent US 'conflict minerals' legislation will help bring peace to eastern Congo are operating on a flawed understanding of the violence and the logic that motivates the fighters.
Some point out that most Africa conflicts are about much more than a mad scramble for minerals. Others say new US legislation against 'conflict minerals' will cramp some countries' economic progress. But here are some reasons why it's a good thing.
The vast majority of celebrities who get involved in Africa do little more than bring attention to themselves, but Ben Affleck's Congo initiatives actually hire locals and focus on fitting in, not dictating solutions.
New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof has come under fire by Africa bloggers for consistently placing Western protagonists in his stories of humanitarian crises. He should go the extra mile to understand the politics, writes guest blogger Jason Stearns.
Congo President Joseph Kabila reportedly gave Belgian Queen Paola diamond-studded jewelry on the occasion of Congo's 50th anniversary celebrations. A bit of a PR catastrophe, says guest blogger Jason Stearns.
A 17-fold increase in civilian rape between 2004 and 2008 in the Democratic Republic of Congo underscores the wartime legacy of sexual violence.
A report says legitimizing the mining sector is the best way to stabilize eastern Congo. And a new act in the US Congress would ban imports of conflict minerals – resources that cannot be certified as 'conflict-free.'
Israeli diamond tycoon Dan Gertler, grandson of Israel Diamond Bourse founder Moshe Schnitzer, recently purchased stakes in oil and mining projects in the Congo. It's unclear where the money is going.
Rwandan Tutsi rebels known as the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) are effectively running portions of eastern Congo, but their numbers may be greatly exaggerated.
The new iGorilla application for iPhone and iPads, launched by the Virunga National Park, allows users to follow the lives of gorilla families in the remote forests of Congo. Most of the $4 charge for the app goes to protect the gorillas.
Human Rights Watch released a report on Sunday that details a massacre of 321 unarmed Congolese by the Uganda-based Lord's Resistance Army last December.
A selection of the African continent's fights over land that have turned into violent, conflict, or threaten to.
Legal experts say the war crimes trial of Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga is helping to curtail the practice, though child soldiers continue to fight in a number of conflicts.
FDLR militia targets civilians, aid workers, and officials who supported the Congo-Rwanda effort.
The joint mission to finish off the notorious Lord's Resistance Army has led to more than 900 deaths and displaced more than 1,330 civilians since it began nearly two months ago.
The US helped plan the operation, which subsequently killed up to 900 people.
Rwanda's Army moved deeper into neighboring Congo Sunday as part of a surprise deal last week to root out Hutu rebels. But when will Rwanda's troops leave?
More than 2,000 Rwandan troops entered Congo Tuesday to help hunt down Hutu rebels who are blamed for the 1994 genocide of about 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis.
In a separate conflict, Congolese rebels declare a cease-fire and plan to join government forces.
Southern Sudan, Uganda, and Congo launched operation Lightning Thunder this week to flush the Lord's Resistance Army out of its base in northern Congo.
Uganda, Congo, and south Sudan attacked the Lord's Resistance Army camp in northern Congo on Sunday.
Sierra Leone's special court rules that forced marriages are a crime against humanity. Soldiers who take women by force in Uganda and Congo may also face prosecution.