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The Price of Precious, by Jeffrey Gettleman, National Geographic
The minerals in our electronic devices have bankrolled unspeakable violence in the Congo.
The story of Congo is this: The government in Kinshasa, the capital, is weak and corrupt, leaving this vast nation rotten at its core. The remote east has plunged straight into anarchy, carved up by a hodgepodge of rebel groups that help bankroll their brutality with stolen minerals. The government army is often just as sticky fingered and wicked. Few people in recent memory have suffered as long, and on such a horrifying scale, as the Congolese. Where else are men, women, and children slaughtered by the hundreds, year after year, sometimes so deep in the jungle that it takes weeks for the truth to come out? Where else are hundreds of thousands of women raped and just about nobody punished?
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Meet the Settlers, by Jake Wallis Simons, the Telegraph
A journey through the West Bank
Today, peace negotiations are making headlines again. But this time there are about 130 settlements on the West Bank and 99 unauthorised outposts. In June, settlement construction hit a seven-year high, and building continues even as peace talks take place.
There can be little doubt that these settlements lie at the epicentre of one of the most febrile and protracted conflicts in the world. But what of the people who make their homes here? In the popular imagination, Jewish settlers are heavily armed religious fanatics who uproot the Palestinians' olive trees, slash their car tyres and vandalise their mosques. The truth, however, is far more complex.
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