By Michael Nest
The politics of coltan surround insurgent militias, transnational agencies, decided activists, Hollywood celebrities, the increase of China, and the newest iGadget. Drawing on Congolese and activist voices, Nest analyses the 2 matters that outline coltan politics: the connection among coltan and violence within the Congo, and contestation among activists and firms to reshape the worldwide tantalum offer chain. the way in which construction and exchange of coltan is organised creates possibilities for armed teams, however the Congo wars will not be exclusively, or perhaps basically, approximately coltan or minerals more often than not. Nest argues the political importance of coltan lies now not in its causal hyperlink to violence, yet in activists' skillful use of cell phones as an emblem of the way traditional humans and transnational organizations faraway from Africa are implicated in Congo's coltan and for this reason its clash. Nest examines the demanding situations coltan tasks face in an activist 'marketplace' crowded with competing justice concerns, and identifies classes from coltan tasks for the geopolitics of worldwide assets extra generally.
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