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Suffering in the Congo: Behind the numbers

Author: Keith Harmon & David Barouski, Z Magazine, Published on: 1 July 2006

War in the Congo is driven by the desire to extract raw materials...Therefore, any analysis of the geopolitics in the Congo requires an understanding of the organized crime perpetrated through multinational businesses...Human Rights Watch...2005 report “The Curse of Gold” exposed Ugandan officials and multinational corporations smuggling gold through local rebel militias...the HRW report failed to mention that Anglo-Ashanti is partnered with Anglo-American, owned by the Oppenheimer family and partnered with Canada-based Barrick Gold...Several multinational mining companies have rarely if ever been mentioned in any human rights report. One is Barrick Gold... Adastra Mining [part of First Quantum] - formerly named America Mineral Fields (AMFI, AMX, other names) - also purchased a diamond concession on the Congolese-Angolan border from the Belgian mercenary firm International Defense and Security...[also refers to Burson-Marsteller, Goodworks International, Coca-Cola, Chevron-Texaco, Monsanto, Cox Communications, Archer Daniels Midland, Carlyle Group, Lazare Kaplan International, Saracen, Sony, Compaq, Microsoft, Dell, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM, Nokia, Intel, Lucent, Motorola, Catalyst, Bechtel, Nexant, Halliburton, Kellogg Brown & Root (part of Halliburton), Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), Branch Energy, Simax, Phelps Dodge, Caleb International, Forrest Group (George Forrest), Cabot Co.]

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Related companies: Adastra Minerals Anglo American AngloGold Ashanti Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Barrick Gold Bechtel Cabot Corporation Carlyle Group Chevron Coca-Cola Compaq (part of HP) Cox Enterprises Dell Ericsson First Quantum Minerals Groupe Forrest International (George Forrest) Halliburton HP (Hewlett-Packard) IBM Intel Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) Lazare Kaplan Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel-Lucent) Microsoft Military Professional Resources Inc (MPRI, part of L-3 Communications) Monsanto (part of Bayer) Motorola New United Motor Manufacturing (joint venture General Motors & Toyota) Nokia Phelps Dodge (part of Freeport-McMoRan) Sony