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Posted on Jan 3, 2010

The dirty little secret of the consumer electronics boom is that a lot of the sexy little gadgets you use every day are made from minerals that help fund what this video says is “the deadliest conflict in the world since the holocaust.”



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By patti, January 6, 2010 at 9:46 am Link to this comment
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I need a laptop. Which companies are good to buy from?

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By Gordy, January 5, 2010 at 11:20 am Link to this comment

Huh!?  It doesn’t explain anything!! 

I am offended by the use of emotionalism to rouse me
to uninformed action/outrage. 

I agree however with the general idea that companies
should source their materials in an ethically aware
way.  But I doubt whether we have a culture that can
achieve this with any degree of consistency. 
Capitalist corporate entities will always pull on the
leash, as well as unscrupulous/desperate traders in
less well monitored corners of the world.

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By Confused, January 5, 2010 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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I agree with ‘voice of truth’ and ‘disappointed.’  First, off there is no concrete
information on what conflict minerals are and how its leading to one of the
deadliest wars since the holocaust.  Obviously women are being raped, but there
is no evident connection between the two in the video.

Second, if you visit their website there’s barely any information on Africa to begin

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By Anarcissie, January 5, 2010 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

JNord, January 4 at 4:37 pm:
‘Before anybody else makes anymore negative comments, you should go to the website, watch the video, and then look up the legislation that’s hung up in committee in an attempt to relieve this human rights issue. . . .’

As far as I can tell, the legislation doesn’t do much of anything.

The web site is a business which is attempting to use participation in a noble cause, celebrities, and a slick but rather opaque video to sell clothes and accessories.  If you like that sort of thing, go for it.  I prefer to buy cheap stuff unblessed by celebrities and give the money I save directly to the causes I like, but tastes differ.

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By Here it comes, January 5, 2010 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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I just tied myself up with some irape headphones..

Which makes about as much sense as this piece does…

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By Dr. Taam, January 5, 2010 at 7:38 am Link to this comment
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yes, I too went to the website and was turned off by a buncha white supermodel actor types. fuck that. send this shit to Oprah and her dumbed down audience that NEEDS a celebrity to tell them what to do.

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By Spooky-43, January 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

I tried to get the point, and I watched all the videos.

I know about the atrocities in the Congo. Absolutely terrible, without a doubt.

But how is it funded by my cell phone and my computer?  That is the part I must have missed.

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By skulz fontaine, January 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

“the deadliest conflict in the world since the holocaust.” Ummm, the holocaust
was consequence. Holocaust was not the conflict. Wouldn’t the “deadliest” conflict
in the world since the holocaust be the Israeli genocide on Palestinians? Beating
those ‘holocaustal’ drums for fun and profit.

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By JNord, January 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

Before anybody else makes anymore negative comments, you should go to the website, watch the video, and then look up the legislation that’s hung up in committee in an attempt to relieve this human rights issue.  No, you should not throw away your e-devices.  They’re made already.  Keep them as long as possible.  Write to the corporations and tell them that you’ll buy only from companies that know where their materials come from and can document it for the public.  At this point we have to depend on the corporations to provide this but with: Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009 (S.891) and H.R. 4128: Conflict Minerals Trade Act the govt would initiate this requirement.

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By disappointed, January 4, 2010 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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Checked out the website. More hot celebs than actual content. And a whole
25% to women in the congo? Wow.  These donkeys clearly know that singling
out Apple is going to get them front page attention. Plus the ex-model turned
social activist cover girl goes a long way in selling the plight. Whenever I see so
many pretty girls to a cause I smell scam, kinda like the proactiv commercials. 

Yet totally unlike lady Dia and her fight against land mines.

meanwhile real organizations like the Girl Child Network go unnoticed even by
Truth Dig. I guess if CNN honors it then Truth Dig is too good for it. Or maybe
the GCN just isn’t hip and sexy enough…

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By Anarcissie, January 4, 2010 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

So, throw away your cell phone and your computer.



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By rollzone, January 4, 2010 at 12:11 am Link to this comment

hello.  the holocaust of capitalist greed engorging it’s over-consumed self upon humanity at the expense of Mother Earth. the holocaust of the spiritual imprisoning of generations of innocent beings by corporate stockholders. the holocaust of lost species and environmental ruin by industrial expansion. the apocalyptic holocaust of humankind by the cell phone. the holocaust between your ears.

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By NZDoug, January 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm Link to this comment

What Halocaust are we referring to?
The Armenian one, the Jewish one, the North American Indian one or the
Palestinian one?

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By Chris enorceht, January 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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it’s hard for me to believe “voice of truth” can make the effort to write a comment about the video being ridiculous without ever going to the website that is displayed in this video which was:
or they could have easily from any search service type in “MINERALS USED IN CELL PHONE” they might have easily found the website:
which is a complete article regarding the mineral “coltan” and the area it comes from or any of the other 2,650,000 hits i got for minerals used in cell phones. how can anyone use the name voice of truth and never make any effort to check things out but seems to want everything shown to them in black and white…

OK i’m done happy new year

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By voice of truth, January 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment

that still doesn’t tell me what the hell the point of this thing is

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By Anarcissie, January 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment

voice of truth—You’re supposed to go to the web site,, which is fairly slick and celebrity-laden, where you can take a pledge, find out how to write to your congressperson, buy stuff, and, probably, give them some money.  Here’s what they say: ‘Founded in July of 2005 by social entrepreneur Mary Fanaro, OmniPeace is a humanitarian fashion brand that donates 25% of all profits to charities promoting peace, education, human rights and ending extreme poverty in Africa by 2025. By using branded apparel and other consumer products as a vehicle to share its powerful message, OmniPeace has been able to gain supporters ranging from Hollywood celebrities to leaders in the global movement to bring change to Africa. ...’

So if you want to be social-entrepreneured, here’s your chance.

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By voice of truth, January 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Really?  What are the minerals?  Are they available elsewhere?  How much comes from the Congo?

Most importantly, HOW and WHY does it lead to the “deadliest conflict since the holocaust”?

Who is dying?  Who is doing the killing?

Why is this ridiculous thing on this site?

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By Lilith, January 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

Brilliant ...... That is all I can say right now ..... stunned .....

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