Democratic Republic of Congo’s Natural Resources: A Blessing or a Curse?

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Essay #: 073036
Total text length is 5,227 characters (approximately 3.6 pages).

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DRC’s Natural Resources: A Blessing or a Curse?
Recently when Gbagbo was whisked away to the Hague by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the first former head of state to appear before them, there began to appear voices of condemnation of bodies such as the United Nations (UN) and the ICC by some concerned Africans who claim that the UN and the ICC are focusing too much on politicians in this struggling continent rather than going after other more egregious culprits. Over the last few decades the world has witnessed some of the most gruesome and violent predatory conflicts in the history of the world fought on this continent over its minerals and natural resources. The parallels between the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of...
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.....ld corporations pay more for honestly-obtained minerals necessary for the manufacturing of their products? Or is the global manufacturing machine too big and hungry to care?
The irony is not lost that the African continent has been the victim of its own natural resources. It would seem over history and the history of colonialism the continent has always been a point of extraction. That which should enrich it, it seems, has historically been what causes its most laudable misery.
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Kors, Joshua. “Blood Mineral.” Current Science. 8 January 2010: 10-12.