By Greg Campbell
Blood Diamonds is the gripping story of the way diamond smuggling works, how the insurgent battle has successfully destroyed Sierra Leone and its humans, and the way the regulations of the diamonds industryinstitutionalized within the Eighties by means of the De Beers cartelhave allowed it to ensue. Award-winning journalist Greg Campbell lines the lethal path of those diamonds, lots of that are delivered to the realm industry by way of fanatical enemies. those repercussions of diamond smuggling are felt a ways past the borders of the bad and war-ridden state of Sierra Leone, and the results of overlooking this African tragedy are either shockingly lethal and surely global.
In this newly revised and extended version, investigative journalist Greg Campbell returns to West Africa ten years later to bare how regardless of common publicity to the corruption and greed of the diamond alternate, it keeps unabated because the area struggles politically, ecologically, and economically.
Read or Download Blood Diamonds, Revised Edition: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones PDF
Best energy & mining books
Spanning the years 1840-1875, past the limits specializes in the payment of higher Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, telling the tale of reluctant pioneers who tried to set up a good degree of convenience, regulate, and protection in what used to be in lots of methods a adversarial atmosphere. relocating past the technological heritage of the interval present in his prior ebook Cradle to the Grave: existence, paintings, and dying on the Lake better Copper Mines (OUP 1991), Lankton the following makes a speciality of the folk of this area and the way the copper mining affected their day-by-day lives.
The coal mine represented even more than a manner of constructing a dwelling to the miners of Thurber, Texas, within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries-it represented a life-style. Coal mining ruled Thurber's paintings existence, and miners ruled its social lifestyles. the massive immigrant inhabitants that stuffed the mines in Thurber represented greater than a dozen international locations, which lent a distinctiveness to this Texas city.
Fluctuations in provide and insist, suggestions in know-how, and altering laws have dramatically replaced the oil and fuel industries in recent times. This complaints explains the alterations and explores their implications for the paintings of analysts and different funding pros.
Because the key part in aluminum creation, bauxite has develop into probably the most vital minerals of the final 100 years. to a few it introduced financial and political virtue, yet for plenty of others, its improvement left a legacy of exploitation. Aluminum Ore explores the background of bauxite within the 20th century and the worldwide forces that this background represents, from its strategic improvement within the First international battle to its function within the globalization of markets as businesses from the northern hemisphere vied for the assets of the south.
Additional resources for Blood Diamonds, Revised Edition: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones
D. Pollett made a discovery in 1930 similar to ours. 1 Pollett estimated that the diamond field he discovered extended over an area of perhaps 3,000 square miles, bounded on the west by the Sewa River and extending east into Liberia. Towns within that area—Kenema, Yengema, Koidu, Tongo Field, and Bo—would be transformed within two decades from sleepy bush villages in the middle of a rain forest that few people would ever care to visit to centers of violent intrigue and international commerce, both legal and illegal.
Though he didn’t know it at the time, Dalramy was a victim of Operation Clean Sweep, a plan to exert brutal dominion over the Kono region, a district that included Koidu. RUF soldiers cut a bloody swath through the forest, murdering and mutilating anyone in the way, all so they could control the millions of dollars waiting to be mined from the diamond fields; it was the only thing the RUF has ever wanted—gems to sell for guns and retirement funds. Like the others who stayed in their cinder block and zinc-roofed homes, Dalramy thought the RUF would be content to occupy the town, using its menacing presence to keep both government soldiers and the Kamajor fighters at bay.
Even the least muscular man washing gravel is rippled with perfectly defined muscles, sculpted from years of prospecting. Their motions are fluid and robotic: twirl, twirl, twirl, scoop, sift, dump, over and over and over. Watching them work, it astounded me how they ever found a single diamond, but their eyes were so attuned to picking out the stones—and there was a never-ending supply of gravel to be washed—that there was no hesitation or concern that diamonds were being overlooked. When a diamond is actually discovered, there’s hardly the celebration one might expect.