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  • Barney Frank, co-author of the Dodd-Frank Act
    Smuggling and hunger caused by Dodd-Frank conflict minerals provision
    The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act effectively restrictedAmerican business’s ability to obtain minerals from the war-torn nation of the Congo and surrounding countries. That caused massive unemployment and hunger in the Congo, and huge job losses in...
  • 'Elephant's Dream'
    Hot Docs Film Festival 2015: 'Elephant's Dream'
    In light of the recent events in Nepal, Kristof Bilsen's film "Elephant's Dream", which premiered at the 2015 Hot Docs Film Festival on April 28, takes on a new and interesting perspective. Here are two countries— Nepal and...
  • Virunga National Park
    A Look at the Conflict Surrounding the Congo's Virunga National Park
    It's a story that has been told countless times; one of corruption and murder, heartbreak and struggle between forces of good and evil. From a distance the characters of this drama are romanticized; if the world is indeed a stage then we have...
  • Plagued by violence, child rape, and famine, Congo (DRC), gets Affleck's support
    Plagued by violence, child rape, and famine, Congo (DRC), gets Affleck's support
    Oscar winner Ben Affleck, and founder of the non profit organization, the Eastern Congo Initiative, was joined by his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, as he presented a plea to a congressional subcommittee for funding, on behalf of his organization...
  • Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto
    Kinshasa adds three giant robots to its police force
    If someone were to tell you that a major capital city’s police force was beginning to use giant solar-powered robots to help control traffic and crime you might think they were talking about Japan or South Korea or Germany. However, the...
  • Congo is Ebola free according to the World Health Organization
    WHO proclaims Congo is Ebola-free
    Congo is Ebola-free according to the World Health Organization on Friday. The African country had been battling Ebola since the WHO was notified of a breakout on August 24. Since the outbreak, 66 cases of Ebola have been treated including eight...
  • Saving the world's last bonobos
    'Empty Hands, Open Arms' and the race to save bonobos
    When seasoned traveler, Deni Béchard signed on to explore the heart of the Congo River Basin, he went knowing that the journey would shatter his own preconceptions and subconscious stereotypes about the African heartland. For, though it is the...
  • Infection control measures necessary to prevent spread of Ebola
    Lessons learned from 1976 Ebola outbreak: Change practices
    Ebola outbreaks can be reduced by taking measures to lower community transmission and changing behavior in people living in affected areas, according to a group of researchers who dealt with the first known outbreak of Ebola in 1976.A recently...
  • Hemorrhagic illness in the Congo has killed 70, but it is not Eboli, reports WHO
    Hemorrhagic illness Congo: As death toll rises WHO dispels Ebola concerns
    People are dying from the hemorrhagic gastroenteritis illness in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with close to 600 people contracting this disease. The death toll is at 70 out of the hundreds who have fallen ill, according to Travelers Today,...
  • Kempinski takes over management of Congo hotel
    Kempinski announces mangement of Africa's Hotel Fleuve Congo
    Kempinski announced in a press release today August 6, that the company has signed an eleven-year management agreement for the Hotel Fleuve Congo. Named after the continent’s largest river, the 237-room property sits near in the heart of the...
  • Islamist Training Officer
    Islamist group in Congo slapped with sanctions by United Nations
    TheUnited Nations Security Councilin New York City on Monday officiallyplaced theUgandan Islamist group known asAllied Democratic Forces on its blacklistas a result ofthe group'srecruiting, trainingand using children assoldiers, and for...
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    Republic of the Congo releases infographic on Brazzaville
    Congo Brazzaville A Breathtaking Country [Infographic]A new infographic just published by RepublicOfTheCongo.org praises all the attractions of a visit to the Republic of Congo in Central Africa. Since Denis Sassou Nguesso came to power 30 years...
  • Republic of the Congo
    Social Media Exposure in the Republic of the Congo
    The Republic of the Congo is a nation that has been making great advances in infrastructural development. With President Denis Sassou Nguesso at the helm, the Republic of the Congo has embarked on a number of infrastructure projects involving both...
  • New Age Social Media
    A Brave New World with Social Media
    It is incredible to think about how far social media has come. A little under a decade ago, social media platforms seemed to be the domain of highshoolers and college kids. Early on you could not even have a Facebook account without having a...
  • Little Bird Bistro's Chocolate for the Congo
    Chocolate for Congo event dazzles with delectable delicacies
    Last Saturday, January 25, I spent a rare, sunny winter day grazing through a chocolaty hunk of heaven at downtown Portland’s Little Bird Bistro. I was doing my part for a special fundraiser for the Eastern Congo Initiative: Chocolate for...
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