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South Sudan became independent of Sudan on 9 July 2011.  For all materials about this territory before its independence, please see our section on Sudan.

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1 May 2014

Out for Gold and Blood in Sudan

Author: Jérôme Tubiana, in Foreign Affairs

In April 2012, a small team of wandering miners discovered gold in the Jebel Amir hills of North Darfur, Sudan.”...With the gold trade came criminals carrying “arms of every caliber,” a local who would prefer to go unnamed told me. “You could find any...

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29 April 2014

Great Lakes bloc must avoid oil curse

Author: Samuel Baligidde, in Business Daily (Kenya)

The discovery and extraction of oil in third world countries has been known to fuel conflicts in the past. Prof Michael Klare...argues that the likelihood of internal conflicts is set to grow in tandem with the steady rise of world energy prices. The...

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26 April 2014

"Steep Rise in Allegations of Human Rights Abuse as Boom in Investment Brings Hope of Prosperity - New briefing paper on business and human rights in Eastern Africa" (announcement)

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26 April 2014

[PDF] Steep Rise in Allegations of Human Rights Abuse as Boom in Investment Brings Hope of Prosperity

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In a new briefing paper...Business & Human Rights Resource Centre...identifies three key trends in companies’ human rights impacts in the region...Executive Director...Phil Bloomer said: “The threat of the infamous ‘Resource Curse’ hangs heavy...

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2 April 2014

In South Sudan, rebel chief Machar aims to seize last operating oil field

Author: William Davison, Christian Science Monitor

From a hideout deep in rebel territory, South Sudan’s fugitive former vice president, Riek Machar, is mobilizing insurgent forces with the aim of attacking an oil-rich area called Paloch...Their target, Paloch, in Upper Nile state, is the only...

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1 April 2014

No longer a curse? [Africa]

Author: Kingsley Ighobor, in Africa Renewal

One often hears that mineral resources are a curse rather than a blessing. That may be an exaggeration, but for the people of the Central African Republic, currently caught up in a war fuelled by diamond mercenaries...the statement rings true....

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5 February 2014

European Union seeks to stem use of conflict minerals

Author: Francesco Guarascio, Reuters

The EU's trade chief will present a voluntary scheme...aimed at stemming the import of minerals from conflict zones and prevent mining them from financing war and strife, EU officials said...Karel De Gucht's proposal to the European Commission...will...

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19 January 2014

South Sudan civil war still no deterrent to Chinese firms

Author: Toh Han Shih, South China Morning Post

Hundreds of Chinese nationals and tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing the worsening civil war in South Sudan, yet Chinese companies are still investing billions of dollars in the troubled region. "Chinese companies, notably CNPC..., have...

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3 January 2014

Business Lobby Goes to [US] Court to Stop ‘Conflict Minerals’ Rule

Author: Jamila Trindle, Foreign Policy (USA)

A years-long effort to make U.S. companies disclose the use of minerals from war-torn African countries could finally go into effect this year...unless business groups...can get a court to toss it out...[National Association of Manufacturers, US...

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3 January 2014

US appeals court hears oral arguments in lawsuit by business orgs. against conflict minerals rule

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