Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reverse piracy:: toxic Euro and American electronic waste dumping in Africa

by Greenpeace, and Ann Garrison

Now we finally know where "conflict minerals" coltan and cassiterite, essential to the electronics industries go, after being smuggled out of D.R. Congo, to Rwanda, and from there, to who knows where.   No one really knows because coltan and cassiterite refiners, and electronics manufacturers, all assure us that they never buy conflict minerals, even though most of the world's coltan reserves, and much of its casssiterite reserves, lie in conflict torn D.R. Congo's North Kivu Province.  

But, at least we know where a lot of coltan and cassiterite go, in the end.  They go to Ghana, and other parts of Africa, as toxic electronic waste, often disguised as charity, Euro and North American "contributions" of worn-out, broken, no longer fashionable tech garbage.   

This demonstrates how homicidally Europeans still behave in Africa, including even many from nations like the Netherlands, which seems relatively benign, when compared to the U.S. which continues to expand Africom, the U.S. Africa Command, a chain of U.S. military bases commanded byU.S. Army General William "Kip" Ward, in Africa.

The Netherlands joined Sweden in ending foreign aid to Rwandan President Paul Kagame's regime, because of human right violations and war crimes in both Rwanda and neighboring D.R. Congo.  The Netherlands is, nevertheless, on Greenpeace's list of European nations shipping and dumping toxic e-waste "charity" in Ghana. 

Isn't this an international crime more serious than Somali "piracy," a response to nuclear waste dumping on one end of the Somali Coast, and, to European trawlers, fishing out Somali waters, which Somali fishing communities depended on, on Somali's other coast?

Shouldn't the same Netherlands politicans who canceled aid to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, take the lead in stopping the shipment of toxic Euro e-waste to Ghana, and elsewhere in Africa, or any other African nation?   And, shouldn't President Barack Obama either follow, that lead, or take it himself?

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