Epidemics That Weren’t: How Countries Shut Down Recent Outbreaks

Some of the most fragile health systems in the world can teach us ways to respond to public health threats early and effectively.

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In Liberia and Across Africa, Viktor Bout’s Bloody Legacy Is Still Felt

The Russian arms dealer swapped for Brittney Griner was convicted of conspiring to kill Americans. But in the 1990s and early 2000s, he supplied weapons to myriad African conflicts.

#africa, #angola, #arms-trade, #bout-viktor, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #liberia, #political-prisoners, #rapp-stephen-j, #russia, #smuggling, #taylor-charles-g, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

The World’s Peatlands Are Climate Bombs Waiting to Detonate

They face threats around the world and must be protected.

#canada, #carbon-dioxide, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #global-warming, #peat, #peru, #wetlands

Uganda Races to Contain a Deadly Ebola Outbreak

The outbreak was caused by the Sudan strain of the virus, which has no approved vaccine or drug treatment. Scientists are now rushing to begin clinical trials in the coming weeks.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #kampala-uganda, #museveni-yoweri, #sudan, #uganda, #world-health-organization

3 Chimpanzees Kidnapped for Ransom From Congo Sanctuary

In a country where wildlife trafficking already runs rampant, conservationists fear that ransoming of animals may become a common tactic used by criminals.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #conservation-of-resources, #jack-primate-rehabilitation-center, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #monkeys-and-apes, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Guns, Gorillas and Netflix: A Belgian Prince in Congo

Emmanuel de Merode is trying to protect Virunga National Park, catching the eye of Hollywood, and its philanthropists, along the way. “Complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe the story.

#affleck-ben, #animals, #belgium, #colonization, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #fossey-dian, #goodall-jane, #monkeys-and-apes, #netflix-inc, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

A Volcano Erupted Without Warning. Now, Scientists Know Why.

A new study explains how Nyiragongo, a volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was relatively quiet before its eruption last year took everyone by surprise.

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Congo to Auction Off Oil and Gas Blocks In a Step Back for Climate Change

Peatlands and rainforests in the Congo Basin protect the planet by storing carbon. Now, in a giant leap backward for the climate, they’re being auctioned off for drilling.

#auctions, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #greenpeace, #international-relations, #land-use-policies, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #university-of-leicester, #virunga-national-park-congo-democratic-republic-of

The Worst Place in the World to Drill for Oil Is Up for Auction

Oil exploration in the Congo rainforest would be a pollution disaster for communities that depend on it and for wildlife.

#biodiversity, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pollution

How Demand for Twigs Is Bringing Down a Rainforest

In the Congo River Basin, people who collect bundles of wood to make charcoal are playing a surprisingly large role in the deforestation of a region that rivals the Amazon in importance.

#africa, #charcoal, #congo-river, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #wood-and-wood-products

Why Is There So Much Turmoil in Eastern Congo?

More than 120 militia groups are wreaking terror in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which now accuses neighboring Rwanda of backing one particularly violent group.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #east-african-community, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #kagame-paul, #kenya, #museveni-yoweri, #rwanda, #tshisekedi-felix

How Do We Track the Fortunes of the World’s Peatlands?

They’re critical resources in taking carbon out of the atmosphere. What are the signs of our progress toward saving them or indications that we’re failing?

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #internal-open-access, #peat, #science-and-technology, #scotland

The Global Race to Mine the Metal of the Future

The quest for cobalt, which is essential for electric-car batteries, has fueled a cycle of exploitation, greed and gamesmanship.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #united-states

Chinese Company Removed as Operator of Cobalt Mine in Congo

A court has given the Congolese control of one of the world’s largest sources of cobalt while allegations against the mine’s Chinese owners are investigated.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #china-molybdenum-co-ltd, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #gecamines-sa, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government

What Can Your Community Offer the World?

Rural Congolese villagers are being asked to protect one of earth’s most precious ecosystems. What can other places contribute to our shared future?

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #internal-open-access, #peat, #wetlands

They Survived Guns and Machetes in Congo. They Want the World to Know.

After a brazen assault on a displaced persons camp that killed about 60 people, the most seriously wounded were airlifted to a hospital where a Times photographer recorded their accounts.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ituri-province-congo-democratic-republic-of, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

At Least 60 Dead in Attack on Camp for Displaced People in Congo

The attack, which was carried out with guns and machetes, was among the worst recorded in eastern Congo, a lush region where dozens of militant groups have wreaked havoc for years.

#allied-democratic-forces, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ituri-province-congo-democratic-republic-of, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tshisekedi-felix

In Congo, Floating Pastors Follow Mobile Flocks Along Busy River

To find the faithful, preachers in some areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo hold church where the crowds are, on boats traveling the country’s water highway.

#christians-and-christianity, #congo-river, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mbandaka-congo-democratic-republic-of, #ministers-protestant, #pentecostal-churches, #rivers

In ‘African Origin’ Show at Met, New Points of Light Across Cultures

Holdings from Ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa come together in a masterpiece show. Now the Met should make clear how the wondrous works got here.

#africa, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #benin, #colonization, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #egypt, #mali, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #nigeria, #rockefeller-michael-c, #sculpture, #the-african-origin-of-civilization-exhibit

On the Banks of the Furious Congo River, a 5-Star Emporium of Ambition

As the clean energy revolution upends the centuries-long lock of fossil fuels on the global economy, dealmakers and hustlers converge on the Fleuve Congo Hotel.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blackwater-worldwide, #china-international-trustinvestment-corp, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #frontier-services-group, #gecamines-sa, #global-warming, #mines-and-mining, #prince-erik-d, #trump-donald-j, #tshisekedi-felix, #zeitlin-jide

Congo Ousts Mining Leader in a Cloud of Corruption Claims

The country’s president removed Albert Yuma Mulimbi as chairman of the state mining firm. Cobalt in Congo is a crucial resource in the global clean energy revolution.

#cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #gecamines-sa, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #tshisekedi-felix, #yuma-mulimbi-albert

Hunt for the ‘Blood Diamond of Batteries’ Impedes Green Energy Push

Dangerous mining conditions plague Congo, home to the world’s largest supply of cobalt, a key ingredient in electric cars. A leadership battle threatens reforms.

#batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-labor, #china-molybdenum-co-ltd, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #gertler-dan-1973, #global-warming, #kabila-joseph, #mines-and-mining, #mobutu-sese-seko, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #tshisekedi-felix, #yuma-mulimbi-albert

How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

Americans failed to safeguard decades of diplomatic and financial investments in Congo, where the world’s largest supply of cobalt is controlled by Chinese companies backed by Beijing.

#automobiles, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #einstein-albert, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #freeport-mcmoran-oilgas-inc, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #jones-james-l, #kabila-joseph, #kissinger-henry-a, #mines-and-mining, #mobutu-sese-seko, #nixon-richard-milhous, #obama-barack, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium

Global Rivalries Are Miring the Clean Energy Revolution

The quest for Congo’s cobalt, which is vital for electric vehicles and the worldwide push against climate change, is caught in a cycle of exploitation, greed and gamesmanship.

#africa, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #archer-devon, #batteries, #bhr-partners, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #freeport-mcmoran-oilgas-inc, #general-motors, #glencore-international-ag, #global-warming, #kabila-joseph, #mines-and-mining, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #tesla-motors-inc, #trump-donald-j, #tshisekedi-felix, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Hunter Biden’s Firm Helped Secure Cobalt for the Chinese

The president’s son was part owner of a venture involved in the $3.8 billion purchase by a Chinese conglomerate of one of the world’s largest cobalt deposits. The metal is a key ingredient in batteries for electric vehicles.

#automobiles, #batteries, #biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cobalt, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #mines-and-mining, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

2 Ivory Smugglers Captured in International Operation, U.S. Says

The undercover joint operation by the U.S. and Congolese governments also resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of illegal wildlife plunder.

#africa, #animals, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #homeland-security-department, #ivory, #money-laundering, #pangolins, #rhinoceroses, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Torn From Parents in the Belgian Congo, Women Seek Reparations

Belgium has apologized for the kidnapping and deportation of thousands of mixed-race children under its colonial rule. Survivors say that reparations should be the next step.

#apologies, #belgium, #children-and-childhood, #colonization, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #reparations

The Glasgow Deforestation Pledge Isn’t Enough to Save Our Forests

World leaders have pledged again to end deforestation. This time, they need to actually do it.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #canada, #carbon-dioxide, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #paris-france, #peru, #politics-and-government, #russia, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #wildfires, #world-resources-institute

Waste From Mine in Angola Kills 12 Downstream in Congo, Minister Says

Toxic metals from Angola’s largest diamond mine spilled into the Kasai River in July, sickening thousands and causing an “environmental catastrophe,” researchers said.

#alrosa, #angola, #catoca, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #diamonds, #mines-and-mining, #water-pollution

After Eruption, Residents in Congo Struggle to Find Food and Shelter

Mount Nyiragongo exploded on May 22, leaving hundreds of thousands of displaced people amid threats of new disasters.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #united-nations, #volcanoes

Goma, Congo, Is Partly Evacuated Due to Volcano Eruption Fears [Video]

Days after a deadly eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in Democratic Republic of Congo, the threat of another eruption forced the evacuation of much of the city of Goma.

#africa, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #earthquakes, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #lake-kivu, #mount-nyiragongo-congo-democratic-republic-of, #united-nations, #volcanoes

Lava From Erupting Volcano Halts Outside City in Congo

After a night of panic and chaos that caused tens of thousands to flee their homes, officials in Goma cautiously declared the emergency over.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #nyiragongo, #politics-and-government, #volcanoes

Volcanic Eruption in Congo Causes Panic in City of 2 Million

There was no immediate word on any casualties, but witnesses said that lava from Mount Nyiragongo already had engulfed one highway that connects Goma with a nearby city.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #volcanoes

Drag Commodity Traders Out of the Shadows

We need strong laws and clear regulations to shed light on this megapowerful sector of the global economy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #commodities, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #glencore-international-ag, #justice-department, #kabila-joseph, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

With a New Museum, African Workers Take Control of Their Destiny

A Dutch artist worked with former plantation employees to create a “white cube” that they hope will one day display works returned from European museums.

#art, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #congolese-plantation-workers-art-league, #income-inequality, #martens-renzo-1973, #museums, #unilever-nv

Oxfam Suspends 2 Workers in Africa After Sexual Abuse Claims

The accusations in the Democratic Republic of Congo came three years after the British charity’s government assistance was suspended over sexual exploitation in Haiti.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #humanitarian-aid, #oxfam, #sex-crimes

Ebola Survivor Infected Years Ago May Have Started New Outbreak

Genetic sequencing of virus samples from patients in Guinea suggest that the new outbreak is a continuation of the 2014-16 epidemic.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #genetics-and-heredity, #guinea, #immune-system, #institut-pasteur, #university-of-edinburgh, #university-of-nebraska, #your-feed-science

Leon Gast, Director of ‘When We Were Kings,’ Dies at 84

He spent 22 years making an Oscar-winning movie about the 1974 Ali-Foreman boxing match, considered one of the greatest sporting events of all time.

#ali-muhammad, #boxing, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #deaths-obituaries, #documentary-films-and-programs, #foreman-george, #gast-leon, #rumble-in-the-jungle, #when-we-were-kings-movie, #zaire

Sanctions Are Reimposed on Israeli Billionaire Granted Relief Under Trump

The Biden administration moved to reverse an action that had benefited Dan Gertler, who has been accused of corruption over mining deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mines-and-mining, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Help Endangered and Impoverished Peoples

Séverine Autessere’s “The Frontlines of Peace” is a biting account of the humanitarian aid industry by a worker who was on the ground.

#autesserre-severine, #books-and-literature, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #somaliland, #the-frontlines-of-peace-an-insiders-guide-to-changing-the-world-book, #united-nations

Italian Ambassador Among Three Killed in Attack on U.N. Convoy in Congo

The attack, on a World Food Program convoy headed to a school in North Kivu Province, left the ambassador, Luca Attanasio, an Italian embassy official and a driver dead.

#attanasio-luca, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #deaths-fatalities, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #italy, #tshisekedi-felix, #united-nations

Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on the Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in 2017 for corruption in Africa. In Donald Trump’s final days in office, they were rolled back with no explanation.

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Guinea Declares Ebola Outbreak With at Least 3 Deaths

Health officials promised rapid delivery of vaccines and other epidemic-fighting measures after confirming seven cases in the country’s southeast.

#africa, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #guinea, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-africa, #world-health-organization

New Ebola Outbreak Threatens in Congo

A woman who was in contact with at least 70 people has died of Ebola in a violence-plagued region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It could signal the start of the 12th outbreak of the virus in the country.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus

Trump Administration Quietly Eased Sanctions on Israeli Billionaire

The reversal by the Treasury Department during the administration’s final days came after an appeal by lobbyists with close ties to the former president.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #corruption-institutional, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gertler-dan-1973, #israel, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #mines-and-mining, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

6 Park Rangers Ambushed and Killed in Congo Gorilla Reserve

The attack in the Virunga National Park was the latest assault on rangers charged with protecting one of Africa’s oldest nature areas.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #virunga-national-park-congo-democratic-republic-of

6 Park Rangers Killed in Congo Gorilla Reserve Ambush

The attack in the Virunga National Park was the latest assault on rangers charged with protecting one of Africa’s oldest nature areas.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #goma-congo-democratic-republic-of, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #virunga-national-park-congo-democratic-republic-of

Congo’s Latest Ebola Outbreak Declared Finished

The disease killed at least 55 people in an outbreak that began June 1, the 11th bout of Ebola to strike the Democratic Republic of Congo.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #world-health-organization

Lous and the Yakuza Makes Music From Her Life’s Darkness

At 24, the songwriter, singer and rapper has fled one war and lived through the aftermath of another. Now, bridging continents, she tells an autobiographical story with her debut album.

#brussels-belgium, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #content-type-personal-profile, #gore-album, #kakoma-marie-pierra-lous-and-the-yakuza, #music, #rwanda

900 Prisoners Freed From Congo Jail After Attack

An Islamist militant group was blamed for the attack on the prison and a nearby military camp in the northeastern part of the country.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa