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Blood Diamond: Double Think & Deception, Part 1
The Hollywood film Blood Diamond depicts horrific bloodshed in West Africa spawned by the lust for diamonds. The film opens with the understatement that thousands have died and millions have become refugees. But more than 70,000 people died in Sierra Leones war alone. The film immediately segues to a palatial boardroom in Antwerp, Belgium, to the G-8 Conference on diamonds. The all-white executives are ostensibly concerned, holding worried discussions about the fate of people? African people?
According to a devastating report by Global Witness, says one of the G-8 execs, these [conflict] stones are being used to purchase arms and finance civil war. The inference is that world leaders were surprised by the revelations of Global Witnessa London-based watchdog organization that the film clearly advertised for exposing corporate malfeasance. We must remember that these stones comprise only a small percentage of the legitimate diamond industry, says another G-8 exec, whose trade is critical to the economies of many emerging nations. Excuse me? Legitimate diamond industry? Emerging nations?
The Africans in the film are well dressed and salubrious and the African scenes are remarkably sunny and sanitized: the effects of poverty and hunger are made invisible. Indeed, the film plays and replays miscellaneous objectionable stereotypes and inaccuraciesbut this is Hollywood, after all, part of the U.S. media, where degrading racial themes are routinely peddled.
At the end of the film a disclaimer tells us that in 2003 the international communitythose G-8 executives partnered with the diamond industryestablished formal mechanisms to control the flow of conflict diamonds. The films disclaimer parrots the line of the World Diamond Council, an international organization created by the diamond industry. Both assure consumers that more than 99 percent of rough stones today come from conflict-free sources, thanks to the United Nations-mandated Kimberley Processa voluntary self-regulation scheme where the industry crafts passport documents certifying all stones as conflict free. According to the people who profit from diamonds, the blood diamonds problem is passé.
More than 99 percent of diamonds are conflict free, the industry chorus tells us. Thus all diamonds are conflict free. Like the Blood Diamond disclaimer, the World Diamond Council (WDC) sweeps conflict diamonds into the mineshafts of history. The Clean Diamond Actpassed by the U.S. Congress in 2003does the same. All is well, they say, in Diamondville.
To be sure we all understand, the WDC in 2006 launched a blitzkreig advertising campaignfull-page ads in the New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribunetouting the self-policing successes of the Kimberley Process. The campaign was presumably coordinated to counter the supposed negative publicity of the Blood Diamond film.
To shore up lovers hearts in the pre-Christmas 2006 diamond rush, the New York Times echoed the WDCs statement, adding that diamond revenues today bring health care, education and development to African countriesthose emerging nations. This [diamond] is supposed to be a symbol of all things good, a pullout in the NYT article readsnext to a seductive model with a glimmering smile and a glamorous gown. The article points buyers to diamonds from Canada: no blood spilled in Canada, right? In the same paper, on the same day, a full-page Tiffany advertisement featured soft aquamarine hues offsetting the sparkle of diamonds and the allure of the text: My True Love Gave to Me.
Are blood diamonds merely polished by public relations? The Kimberly Process was launched under the narrow definition that conflict diamonds only originate from conflicts between rebels and governments. It refers to smuggling by militias antagonistic to legitimate member governments. But the examples of Angola and Zimbabwe illustrate how the new rules are used against immigrants, refugees, and poor citizen miners. This is the essence of diamondthink: truth and lie are inseparable, with deadly consequences.
My True Love Took From Thee
In Angola they are called artisanos or garimpeiros, and they are literally mining for their lives. While agriculture and commerce in the region require the direct authorization of the provincial governor, not one artisano has been granted a license for diamond exploration or subsistence agriculture. The legitimate government of Angola forces desperate people to resort to illegal activities to survive.
Garimpeiros in Angola are forced into illegal mining because Angolas mining security companies push people off their own land. Three private military companies (PMCs) have been targeting garimpeiros in Angola. The mercenary firms Alfa-5, Teleservices, and K&P Mineira defend Angolas big name diamond firms like Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Mineiro (Sodiam), Sociedade Mineira de Cuango, and Sociedade Mineira Luminas. Human rights researcher Rafael Marques has documented case after case of PMCs arresting, beating, and torturing garimpeiros. They stop garimpeiros from fishing in their rivers, growing their own food, and living traditionally. The PMCs operate behind Angolas public diamond company, Endiama, and have exclusive rights to Angolas diamonds. Endiama owns 99 percent of shares in Sodiam, which has a joint venture with Lazare Kaplan International (LKI) of the Israeli-American Maurice Tempelsman family.
Sodiam also works with the Russo-Israeli Lev Leviev Group. Endiama owns part of Alfa-5, the PMC that exploits and tortures garimpeiros. Alfa-5 and K&P Mineira provide security for ASCORPthe Angola Selling Corporationanother Angolan monopoly. One of ASCORPs controlling investors, Lev Leviev, runs a global commercial empire that includes: Leviev Group of Companies; Lev Leviev Diamonds; Africa-Israel (commercial real estate in Prague and London); Gottex (swimwear); plus 1,700 Fina gas stations in the Southwest U.S.; 173, 7-Elevens in New Mexico and Texas; and a 33 percent stake in Cross Israel Highway (Israels first toll road); and more. Leviev partner Arcady Gay- damak, an arms dealer, also reportedly works with Danny Yatom, a former Mossad (Israeli secret service) chief and security advisor to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Leviev is connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and to Sandline International, a UK/South African mercenary firm.
Angola remains a war-torn country. The União Nacional para a Indepen- dência Total de Angola (UNITA) rebelsbacked by the CIA during the Cold War, then targeted by the Clinton administration, then partnered with the rebels in Congos warsare known to sell $100 million worth of diamonds annually. While participants in the Kimberley Process complain of UNI- TAs criminality, they gave the legitimate Dos Santos government a sparkling bill of health.
Diamond comptoirs (traders) in Kisangani, DRC, controlling the trade for big diamond cartels—photo by keith harmon snow
The Angola example shows how black markets are created by predatory white economies, which perpetuate suffering and dispossession. Diamond companies do not ignore atrocities as the New York Times wrote in their December whitewash, they create and perpetuate them.
Betrayal Is Forever
Zimbabwe is the epitome of diamondthink. From December 2006 to January 2007, Zimbabwes police executed Operation Chikorokozaend of illegal miningagainst illegal gold panners and diamond miners countrywide. Police set up roadblocks and brutalized travelers. They arrested and terrorized at least 24,000 people and burned the houses of artisanal miners and others who were already displaced by the international destabilization of Zimbabwe. Police confiscated some 3.5 kilograms of gold worth over $57.3 million; 552,227 kilograms of gold ore; 92 emeralds; and 7,868 diamonds. Meanwhile, Zimbabwes president, Robert Mugabe, and his cronies and their international benefactors have destabilized and depopulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for decadeslooting copper, cobalt, timber, uranium, and diamonds.
Mugabes Zanu-PF party in recent years crashed the international media scene for evicting white farmers under land reform, but untouched were the largest landholdersi.e., multinational corporations. Mugabe seized power in 1981 on the empty promise of land reform. In the 1980s Mugabe and his liberation army terrorized the Ndebele people under the Gukurahundia bona fide genocide. After arming Mugabes gang, the international community closed its eyes to the slaughter. Attempts to break the story were squashed in Britain and the U.S. Equally invisible were Mugabes ties to international arms dealer John Bredenkamp, one of the 50 richest Britons, BAE Systems (British Aerospace); the U.S. State Department; and Billy Rautenbach, another Western mining cartel crony and white patron of Mugabe.
The World Diamond Council expressed concern about Zimbabwes complicity in pillaging and smuggling rough diamonds from the DRC into neighboring South Africa for sale on the world market using fraudulent certificates of origin. But the threat of sanctions against Zimbabwe was not about diamonds. While international capital is isolating and punishing Robert Mugabe, other criminal diamond networks and racketeering of equal scale and nature are tolerated.
Angola and Zimbabwe exemplify the process whereby an international certification scheme, enforced by the United Nations, rubber stamps boxes of rough stones according to their country of origin. Stamped Angola or Zimbabwe, the public is assured that these diamonds are now conflict free because these nations are members of the Kimberley certification. Coming from governmentsand not rebels or militiasconsumers can supposedly be at peace as they slip a diamond on their finger.
Botswana is a classic example of a peaceful country engaged in diamond exploration. If any diamond in Africa is conflict free, one would think Botswana would be the place to find it. But the Botswana government has a long history of oppression against the San peopleBushmen of the Kalahariand continues to force them off ancestral lands to make way for the worlds premier diamond cartel, De Beers/Anglo-American Corp.
The diamondthink of De Beers knows no limitsthey have even claimed that protecting tribal homelands leads to apartheid. Diamond finds in the Bushmens ancestral lands have inspired government evictions. Money from diamonds has undoubtedly funded the evictions and the relocation camps which the Bushmen call places of death, wrote Survival International. De Beers managing director in Botswana backed the removals. De Beers falsely claims there were no Bushmen originally in its concession. It has also stated that laws to protect tribal peoples should not be applied in Africa, as they lead to apartheid.
Botswana and Namibia have been fighting over water and the flow of refugees and dissidents brought Botswana into the crosshairs of the Pentagon in the late 1990s. A U.S. military build-up ensuedelectronic intelligence listening posts, an expansive air base built in the Bushmans desert, and weapons and training programs. Construction on the base began in 1994 and the U.S. turned the base into a staging area for [special operations] forces involved in quelling civil wars and secessionist movements in Africa. Botswanas opposition complained: Why should we put up such a sophisticated and costly facility when people are starving? (See Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa, 1993-1999 by Wayne Madsen.)
After President Clintons glowing speech in Botswana in 1998, Professor Larry Swatuk at the University of Botswana complained: The San people of the Central Kalahari have been relocated from within the Central Kalahari Game Reserve to make way for new tourism ventures and mineral prospecting by multinational corporations, including De Beers. About 3,000 San were moved to a bleak settlement called New Xade some 45 km beyond the reserves western border.... Unemployment, jobless economic growth, political in-fighting, conflicts over natural resources within and between states, and increasing mili- tarization in a region too familiar with the human and material costs of war: these are some of the realities that Bill Clinton should have seen.
By 2003 Australian BHP-Billiton was prospecting with leases over 78,000 square kilometers of Botswana, including some 27,000 square kilometers in the Kalahari Reserve. In a landmark court case decided in December 2006, the San won the rights to re-enter their ancestral lands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, but the government stipulated that they cannot erect permanent structures, hunt or drill boreholes, and to expect no government services. Rapaport News called the court case the longest and most expensive in Botswanas history. Diamonds are a $2 billion industry in Botswana, and the government is a 15 percent shareholder in De Beers. The Bushmen say: We as First People of the Kalahari believe that conflict diamonds are whenever diamonds cause pain and suffering. That is why we call Botswana diamonds conflict diamonds.
Where Do Diamonds Come From?
Belgian-born Maurice Tempelsman has a long and bloody history in Africa. When Congos first premier, Patrice Lumumba, pledged to return diamond wealth to the newly independent Congo in the early 1960s, Tempels- man, who began with De Beers in the 1950s, helped engineer the coup that consolidated the dictatorship of 29-year-old Colonel Mobutu, as well as the coup against Ghanas Kwame Nkrumah. Diamonds were at stake in each of these coups.
I believe this was the beginning of what we now know of as conflict diamonds in the Congo, says blood diamond expert Janine Roberts. From then on diamonds would be extensively used to discreetly fund wars, coups, repression, and dictatorships in Africa. According to Roberts, Tempelsmans role in the confluence of public policy and private profit as a middleperson for the De Beers diamond cartel may have shaped every major U.S. covert action in Africa since the early 1950s. Declassified memos and cables between former U.S. presidents and State Department officials over the last four decades directly linked Tempelsman to the destabilization of Zaire/Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Rwanda and Ghana.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni meets with mining tycoon Tony Buckingham (far right)—photo courtesy of New Vision newspaper, Kampala
For over 35 years Maurice and his son Leon Tempelsman worked the diamond connection behind the repression of Mobutu Sese Seko and his Israeli-trained shock troops. Now, 47 years later, the Tempelsman empire remains rock solid behind three companies: Leon Tempelsman & Sons, De Beers, and LKI (which supplies Tiffany & Co. and Cartier). A client of Adlai Stevensons law firm during the first Congo crises (1960-1970), Tempelsman later hired Lawrence Devlin, a CIA station chief responsible for covert operations in Katanga, to maintain the Mobutu diamond/cobalt connections into the late 1980s. In 2002 Tempelsman offered Namibias President Sam Nujoma an $80 million interest free loan to bridge Namibias budgetary shortfall against future sales of Namibias gemstones.
Tempelsman is the deep pockets of many U.S. politicians, donating to the campaigns of John Kerry (D); Ed Royce (R); Tom Daschle (D); Barack Obama (D); Maxine Waters (D); John Rockefeller (D); Richard Gephardt (D); Howard Wolpe (D); and Patrick (D) and Edward Kennedy (D). He also contributed to the 1988 win of George H. W. Bush. Tempelsman exploited ties with Anthony Lake, Clintons National Security adviser, who intervened at the U.S. Export-Import Bank on Tempelsmans behalf.
Tempelsman contributed some $500,000 to Clinton for president and he is currently backing Hillary. He traveled at Clintons side on the 1998 presidential Africa tour where his Botswana visit was not about an Okavango Delta wildlife reserve safari. Botswanas President Mogae attended the 1999 Attracting Capital to Africa Summit in Houston, organized by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the whos who of multinational corporations. Tempelsman, as CCA chair, organized the summit, where 10 African heads of state met with half of Clintons cabinet and 200 corporate representatives. Tempelsman and the CCA organized the U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Africa in 2001, featuring DRC President Joseph Kabila, coordinated with an Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) meeting involving President G. W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Tempelsman is chair of the American Jewish Congress, a Zionist pressure group that claims it works closely with the Israeli military and he sits on the boards of nationalist American think tanks. As vice-chair of LKI, Tempelsmans annual base pay is $458,833, with a bonus of $80,000. As principal director/shareholder in Leon Tempelsman and Sons he gets a comparable amount again. SEC filings show that LKI directors are high-rolling Zionist lawyers and investment bankers: one director belongs to the law firm that represented President Kennedyanother Tempelsman friend. LKI is also connected to the euphemistically named United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Selling to the U.S. Diamond Stockpile and elsewhere, Tempelsman companies have plundered tens of billions of diamond dollars from Congo/Zaire alone in the past five decades.
Peace Is War, Ignorance Is Strength
In 2001 the World Peace Foundation (WPF Program) on Intrastate Conflict at Harvards Kennedy School of Government organized a conference on conflict diamonds that involved stakeholders of diverse interests. WPF program director Robert Rotberg chaired the meeting. Rotberg is also on the board of the Kennedy Schools Belfer Center Science and International Affairs, whose directors are the core of the defense and intelligence establishmentpeople like John Deutch, former CIA director, and Richard Darmam, a partner in the Carlyle Group. The Harvard diamond conference actually normalized De Beerss relations with the U.S. government. De Beers reps received a special government amnesty to attend the conference after years of exile from the U.S. due to anti-trust law violations.
The 2006 DRC elections pitted Kabila vs. Bemba—photo by keith harmon snow
In 2002 a WPF report Diamonds in Peace and War: Severing the Conflict-Diamond Connection lauded the Kennedy Schools efforts based on a rush of activity that followed the conference at the end of November 2001. The rush of activity included the U.S. governments Clean Diamond Trade Act (HR 722), passed in April 2003. The Act gave the U.S. president the authority to institute war on terror sanctions against any country that deals in dirty diamonds. The U.S. General Accounting Office noted in 2006 that the law was weak and deeply flawed.
The Kennedy School today peddles their report as a success. Using diamonds to import arms and sponsor war is less likely now that the Kimberley Process has produced a near-final agreement, the current abstract reads. Diamonds in Peace and War is the place to learn all about this remarkably successful initiative of conflict prevention and conflict reduction.
When contacted, Robert Rotberg praised the Kimberley Process as a remarkable achievement and dismissed any conflict of interest between Tempelsman and the Kimberley initiatives. Asked about the U.S. government diamond stockpile, Robert Rotberg indicated that its existence is news to me. The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency controls some 3.1 million carats held at the Defense National Stockpile Centers. Pressed further about Tempelsman, Rotberg replied, There is no contact between this side of the Charles River and that side. This is not a conspiracy. The real problem is not Maurice Tempelsman. The biggest problem is that the U.S. Treasury has been really slow to put [Kimberley] structures in place.
Maurice Tempelsman and Robert Rotberg are members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). No contact between them? From 1999 to 2002 the CFR sponsored a series of panels titled Roundtable on Private Capital Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa. The panel director was Mahesh Kotecha and the chair was Maurice Tempelsman. At the time, Tempelsman was funding the CFRs Africa Program. Panelists included Walter Kansteiner, Robert Rotberg, Frank Wisner, and Botswanas President Festus Mogae.
The Kotecha family runs illegal networks that pillage columbium-tantalite (coltan) from Congo. Walter KansteinerNational Security Council African Affairs director under Clintonis today director of Moto Gold, a company involved in Congos blood-drenched Ituri region, and the Kansteiner family of Chicago trades in coltan. Walter Kansteiner was the U.S. presidents personal representative to the G-8 Africa Process and he is a founding principal of the Scow- croft Group under Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser to Bush I and Gerald Ford. Kansteiner also works for the Center for Strategic and International Studies Africa Policy Advisory Panel. Panelist Frank Wisner was also on the National Security Council under Clinton. Wisners father was CIA director of the Office of Policy Coordination. An early covert operations bureau, Operation Mockingbird, designed to infiltrate and control the U.S. media, was one of theirs. Frank Wisner a USAID and state department official in Vietnamwas involved with the black-operations Phoenix assassinations program. Wisners co- directors of the American International Group include:
- Marshall Cohen, a director of the Bush-connected Barrick Gold Corporation and a Canadian government official
- Harvard Professor Martin Stuart Feldstein
- Clinton cabinet members William Cohen and Richard Holbrooke
- Carla Hills, NAFTA negotiator and director of Chevron-Texaco and the International Crisis Group, a flak organization active in all Africas hotspots
(William) Cohen Group partners include former top Pentagon officers, White House officials, UK Lords, NATO chiefs, and directors of Lockheed Martin and Dyncorp. Note that Dyncorp director Mark Ronald was previously president/CEO of BAE Systems. Another Cohen Group director, Gen. (ret.) Paul Kern, participated in operations in Rwanda and Zaire.
Tempelsmans affiliation with Robert Rotberg at the CFR explains the absence of any mention of Tempelsman or his diamond interests in the Kimberley-related conferences, policies, and papers that came out of the Kennedy School. Seven Harvard professionals, including Michael Ignatief and Samantha Power, who won a Pulitzer for her whitewash of the U.S.-backed coup in Rwanda, took part in the 2001 Kennedy School conference that led to Diamonds in Peace and War, the report that buried Maurice Tempelsmans involvement.
keith harmon snows work has appeared in publications in the U.S., UK, and Japan, including World War 4 Report, Black Commentator, Asahi Weekly, Yomiuri Shimbun, Toward Freedom, and Far East Economic Review. His work can be found at www.allthingspass.com. Rick Hines is an artist, freelance writer, and independent researcher for social justice. Part 2 of Blood Diamond covers more on the glitter and greed of capitalism.
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POPULAR ECONOMICS - The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2013 Summer Institute August 4-9 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. No background in economics is needed for this intensive training. This year’s theme is, The Care Economy: Building a Just Economy with a Heart.
Contact: Center for Popular Economics, PO Box 785 Amherst, MA 01004; 413-545-0743; email@example.com; www.populareconomics.org.
VETERANS - Veterans for Peace is holding the 28th annual convention August 6-11 in Madison, WI. This year’s theme is, Power To The Peaceful.
DEMOCRACY - The Democracy Convention will take place August 7-11 in Madison, WI. The convention brings together nine conferences including topics such as media, education, defense, race, environment and others.
MEN - The 38th National Conference on Men & Masculinity: Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal and Accountable Communities, presented in partnership with HAVEN, will be held in Detroit, MI, August 8-10.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nomas.org/.
OCCUPY - An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kalamazoo, MI, August 21-25.
Contact: email@example.com; http://occupynationalgathering.net/.
COMMUNITIES - The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment; scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
LABOR DAY - The 29th annual Bread and Roses Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 2, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, walking & trolley tours.
Contact: PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/.
OCCUPY WALL STREET - September 17 is the two-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.
TEACHERS - The 13th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Politics of Pedagogy,” will be held October 12 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.
Contact: 415-676-7844; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.t4sj.org/.
HAITI - International Action, which brings clean water and chlorinators to Haiti, seeks office space capable of housing up to six people and their office equipment.
Contact: Zach Bremer, Zbrehmer@haitiwater.org; 202-488-0735; http://www.haitiwater.org/.
MEDIA - The Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored are sponsoring a joint conference on media democracy, media activism and social justice to be held November 1-3 at the University of San Francisco. Proposals for presentations, workshops and panels from activists and critical scholars are invited.