Sir Mo Farah
King Leopold II
1 Grand Theft Congo – DRC
2 Mineral Rape in the DRC
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21 mei 2012
Grand Theft Congo (2005): The major problem facing Africa is corruption and control of resources. In the DRC, the military is stealing minerals to sell to Western companies.
At a remote mine in central DRC, workers with torches and pick axes hack at the ruddy earth. They are mining cassiterite, a mineral vital in the production of laptops and mobile phones. But dispersed among the miners are Congolese Government troops — in plain clothes for the camera — literally forcing most workers to work at gunpoint. ‘The soldiers always steal everything. They even come to shoot people down the mineshafts,’ complains Regina Maponda. Western greed for cassiterite is fuelling the boom — at an airfield near the mine, soldiers jealously guard their loot as it makes it way to Japan and the West. Conflict mining is a curse, and it is difficult to see what the G8 leaders can do.
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4 How the World Runs on Looting the Congo
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24 apr 2016
Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo–a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried underground.
For five centuries, the continent of Africa has been ravaged by the world’s Empires for its vast untapped treasure. Today, the U.S. Empire is increasing it’s military role through their massive command network, AFRICOM, carrying out several missions a day.
With the Congo being arguably the biggest prize for imperialist powers, Abby Martin is joined by Kambale Musavuli, spokesperson for Friends of the Congo, to look at Empire’s role in their history and current catastrophe.
5 Congo: The Broken Heart of Africa – 04 Dec 06 – Part 1
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6 Congo: The Broken Heart of Africa – 04 Dec 06 – Part 2
7 The forgotten tragedy in the Congo | Hotspots
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8 The Congo: Militias and violence | DW Documentary
27 apr 2021
Militias rule northeastern Congo through fear and bloodshed. The central government has little to no authority here. Mama Faida saw her own family murdered – and joined a militia to seek revenge.
Many of the local people see the militias as their only chance at survival. If they don’t have the right stuff to be fighters or some other ray of hope, they have to endure the horrors of life under the competing gangs. For years, the Congolese government has been powerless to stop the marauders. Not even the 20,000-strong UN peacekeeping force has proven able to protect the civilian population consistently, not matter what their strategy. DW reporter Mariel Müller rode along with the UN peacekeepers into a region off limits to most journalists.
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