A trip like this may seem strange to you. You could reasonably accuse us of a kind of exoticism. But people travel for lots of reasons. There’s beach tourism, sex tourism, wine tourism. This trip, for me, offered something a lot more interesting: a chance to feed our long fascination with the idea of pre-agrarian society. For 40,000 years, from the rise of behaviorally modern humans until the development of agriculture 9,000 years ago, all of our ancestors had lived somewhat like the Mbuti do today. More than anything, Dan and Chris and I just wanted a glimpse of what that past might have looked like.
Of Men, Okapi, and Rebels
, or, looking for Mbuti hunter-gatherers in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.
Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission
changed their rules
to require companies to disclose
if they use 'tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product”' These
are also known as 'conflict minerals
The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone
, Businessweek [more inside]
The Warlord and the Basketball Star
When an athlete-turned-humanitarian and an energy executive tried to buy gold in Kenya, they found themselves mired in Congo's dangerous world of conflict minerals -- and totally outmatched. [more inside]