Blood Phones and the Congo

Blood Phones and the Congo

The array of names by which the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been known over the years—the Congo Free State, the Belgian Congo, and Zaire, among others—bespeaks its long history of exploitation and conflict. In the ongoing fallout from the...
Seeing No Evil In The Congo

Seeing No Evil In The Congo

Do you have a smart phone? A laptop? Then you play a role in the violence that occurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cell phones, laptops, and other electronics don’t work very well without the mineral coltan. In the Democratic Republic of Congo poor...
Three Strikes against Apple

Three Strikes against Apple

In college, I considered my Apple laptop a faithful, effective, and occasionally even fun machine. A year past graduation, this constant companion to late nights spent studying, working, or wasting time has aged into a decrepit device. Like the old Windows hourglass,...