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November 14, 2003
Al-Qaida 'bought uranium' in Congo.........

Monday, 12 July, 2004
Earlier this year, the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman found some 6,000 people working there illegally, even though it had officially been shut down...... UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, expressed concern about the mine.
It said that trace elements of uranium might be extracted from the mine as an associated mineral along with the cobalt for use by terror groups...............

SHINKOLOBWE, Congo - Business is booming in the mining zone that supplied uranium for the atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- despite a decree by Congo's president banning all mining activity here..............  

Oh Yes, the story of the Congo-uranium and cobalt is very old but still relevant.
There are now story's about the Chinese to buy the uranium.............

Read my story: D.R. CONGO: Minerals Flow Abroad, Misery Remains as an introduction and read all about it in the mentioned report.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Tue Aug 8th, 2006 at 05:52:29 PM EST
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Mine was a very brief comment. I have read your piece as well as the very good work at Kos last year on the Congo. I see Booman has a good stream of comments that covers the subject.

I'll just wait for that UN report the Sunday Times alleges...

Whatever, the exploitation of mineral resources is mostly in the hands of American, Canadian and European multinationals through Uganda, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwee. It would be so damned easy to set up a scam of this nature to frame the daily enemy.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Aug 9th, 2006 at 07:19:46 AM EST
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Most of China's cobalt production, which accounted for 23 % of global output in 2005, and
much of Europe's production, derives from feed materials from the DRC. It is also
estimated that in 2005 75 % to 90 % of China's import of cobalt ores and concentrates came from the DRC. The price of refined cobalt is very volatile and has fluctuated between 8
USD/lb and 26 USD/lb from the beginning of 2000 to April 2004. In mid-January 2006 the
price was around 14 USD/lb (approximately 31.000 USD/metric ton).

Another but unbelievable documented report on the mining in DR Congo from 03/2006 :The State vs. the people - Governance, mining and the transitional regime in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Wed Aug 9th, 2006 at 10:54:30 AM EST
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