Zimbabwe’s blood diamonds; world diamond regulators flounder – calls for UN action

Diamonds have become a major factor in Robert Mugabe’s desperate attempt to retain power in Zimbabwe. Diamond smuggling has become rampant and dozens of diamond miners have been murdered by the military, which now controls the country’s main diamond fields. The horrors behind Zimbabwe’s diamonds are the subject of a new report released today by Partnership Africa Canada (PAC): Zimbabwe, Diamonds and the Wrong Side of History. The PAC report describes the role that diamonds are playing in Zimbabwe’s growing misery, and says that the Kimberley Process, the 45-government international diamond regulatory body created to end conflict diamonds, is unwilling and unable to deal with the problem….more at International Mining.com