Rebecca Sargent's Blog – June 2010 Archive (3)

What to do about blood minerals in the DR Congo.

I have may have spoken too hastily in the past regarding conflict resources in the DR Congo. My rage at the inherent abuse led me to think that boycotting and protesting companies was perhaps the best way to go. I realize now, that I was wrong. This is the wrong approach.



Over the past six years, I have delved into this subject more than any other and have even gone so far as to ban all products for my personal use if I didn't know EXACTLY where they came from and what…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Freedom Flotilla and Israeli rights of self-defense

So, in the past I have neglected to write directly on Israeli/Palestinian issues because of the overwhelming hatred and backlash that seems to follow anything that is written on the subject and the claims of bias, antisemitism, brainwashing or worse. I feel now, however, that I should write something, since the "facts" I keep reading are often ludicrous and so shrouded in propaganda that I'm frustrated beyond belief and…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Welcome to Cote D’Ivoire.

I arrived in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, land of cacao and coffee, almost a week ago now. It’s not my first time in West Africa. I had been to Cote D’Ivoire in 2004, and during that time experienced the violence between pro-government militias and the French peacekeeping troops. At that time, military roadblocks were common along all roadways and made travel throughout the country incredibly…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on June 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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