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Making the miners sweat

Big mining companies loudly rejected the new mining code. They don’t know if they’ll sue, shut their mines in protest, or lump it

Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala Nzenze signed into law regulations which overhaul the regime governing the mining sector on 9 June, making real the worst fears of Glencore, Randgold ...


Solutions scarce as chaos grows

Neither the President nor the UN forces have a grip on deteriorating security. The killing of a priest in his church illustrates the growing disorder

Faustin-Archange Touadéra stepped into the presidency in February 2016 on a wave of goodwill, seemingly ready to face the challenge of national reconciliation. Now, he is booed whe...


Clashes over 'clean coltan'

Conflict minerals are being laundered for export, it is claimed, exacerbating Hutu-Tutsi tension in the unstable east

The closure of a coltan mine at the beginning of the month sparked protests and has focused attention on the continuing struggle to keep conflict financing out of supply chains. Ho...


Language barriers

More than 100 civilians, at least 43 members of the security forces and an unknown number of armed militants have reportedly died since Cameroon's Anglophone crisis turned violent ...


The Great Lakes gold rush

Escalating violence is being fuelled by smuggled gold, which often ends up in the hands of a leading Belgian refiner

Diplomats and United Nations officials are becoming increasingly worried by the risk of another 'great war' as bad as that which devastated the country between 1998 and 2003. Now a...


Kabila's survival strategy

The President is brutally repressing dissent, ignoring and sometimes encouraging ethnic violence in a bid to prolong his rule

A leader determined to hold on to power against a growing band of opposition activists while militia fighters mobilise in the hinterland are all pushing Congo-Kinshasa closer to th...


Kabila squeezes the miners

A row between government and mining companies over profits and taxes could escalate the country’s crisis

Western mining companies – led by Glencore and Randgold – are readying for battle with President Joseph Kabila over the government's plans to hike taxes and royalties o...


Obiang foils coup

The details of an attempted coup against President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo over the Christmas period remain unclear amid contradictory reports from government and other sourc...


The electoral mirage

Credible elections are no more likely this year than last but worsening living standards could trigger open revolt

The year begins with a distinct sense of déjà vu from a year ago. Postponed elections, originally supposed to take place in late 2016, are now promised for the end of the year to r...


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