Phones the New Blood Diamonds?
Are some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones and so on — fueling slaughter and rape in Congo? The New York Times on the campaign for “clean” minerals.
Are some of our elegant symbols of modernity — smartphones, laptops and digital cameras — fueling slaughter and rape in Congo? The New York Times on the campaign for "clean" minerals. Nicholas D. Kristof says he's never reported on a war more barbaric than in Congo, where warlords finance their predations in part through the sale of mineral ore containing tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold. Tantalum from Congo, for example, is used to make electrical capacitors for phones, computers and gaming devices. Now there’s a grass-roots movement pressuring companies to keep "conflict minerals" out of high-tech supply chains.
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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