It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Research by Global Witness and Amnesty International in 2004 revealed that conflict-free warranties are rarely available with diamond purchases, and in 2006 that some blood diamonds are certified as conflict-free. Governments and industry betrayed the public's trust, by failing to live up to their commitments.
Originally posted by Digital_Reality
. . . have been enslaving people to work these diamond mines and using the money received from them to buy guns and military equipment to kill and slaughter Innocent civilians. There are countless people in Africa that are amputees and that have lost their lives innocently . . .
Originally posted by Digital_Reality
Since the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme it has calmed down a bit despite the fact that the system is not perfect.
. . . Participants are required to implement national controls on production and trade, as outlined in the KPCS document. . . .
The Working Group on Monitoring is composed as follows:
Chair: European Community
Members: Canada, Central African Republic, India, People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, South Africa, United States, World Diamond Council, Global Witness/Partnership Africa Canada.
emphasis added by strangecraft
How US Foreign Policy over decades was influenced by the Diamond Cartel
I have been told that a major reason for some of my difficulties is the fear publishers have of a certain Maurice Tempelsman, the former companion of Jackie Onassis who in 1998 was reported to be developing a romantic relationship with Secretary of State Albright. He is a leading international diamond merchant of unique power and influence - often he has helped shaped US foreign policy in directions that favour De Beers.
CorpWatch : Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed
Declassified memos and cables between former U.S. presidents and State Department officials over the last four decades named Mr. Tempelsman with direct input in the destabilization of Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Rwanda and Ghana.
De Beers itself now stands at the forefront of the campaign against "conflict diamonds" sold to fund civil war. Roberts follows the refinement of the "Kimberly Process" designed to certify that the rocks on your ring come from a clean source. She decides, with a wealth of evidence, that a "Kimberly" stone offers no guarantee that the diamond "will not have been cult illegally by a child," or "mined by a miner breathing asbestos dust".
n addition to the many possibilities, Canada has also fundamentally altered the world diamond scenario — suddenly diamond mining is no longer the prerogative of the big companies. Dozens of small mining outfits have staked claims that have yielded some of the most promising of the literally hundreds of kimberlite pipes that have been discovered in Canada and proven to be diamond bearing. Any one of these kimberlites may turn out to be the big discovery of tomorrow. At the very least, the appearance of a dozen small but significant new mines would undermine the De Beers “sightholding” system.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
Canadian mines are said to be clean and I was wondering how DeBeers etal felt about this "encroachment" on their monopoly?
Activities to date, in some cases carried out with joint venture partners, have led to the discovery of more than 200 kimberlites in 12 different areas of Canada - well over half of these are diamondiferous. In 2004, over 30 percent of De Beers' global exploration budget was spent on the search for diamondiferous kimberlites in Canada.