Did Congolese Children Help Make Your Batteries?
Vivienne Walt and Sebastian Meyer
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), children toil in mines to collect chunks of cobalt, a mineral that is crucial to modern life. Cobalt is a key component in the lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones, computers, and tablets, and is also vital to producing batteries for the booming electric car industry. Yet two-thirds of the world's cobalt is mined in just one province of the DRC, a country beset by conflict, corruption, and crushing poverty. As Vivienne Walt and Sebastian Meyer report for Fortune, that reality poses urgent ethical dilemmas, and could threaten the move toward clean energy.
Kosovo has produced more jihadists per capita than any other Western nation since ISIS declared a caliphate in 2014. Now fighters are returning home, and as Davidson College student fellow A.J. Naddaff reports for The Washington Post, government de-radicalization and rehabilitation programs may not be succeeding.