News / / 03.24.19

East African: With zero Senators, DRC president faces litmus test of legitimacy

The legitimacy of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi is being tested following the failure of his party to win a single Senate seat, and the decision by the US to impose sanctions on electoral officials who presided over his victory. On March 22, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions […]

News / / 03.18.19

Aftonbaldet: Wallström i möte med världsstjärnan

Världsstjärnan, skådespelaren och filantropen George Clooney och hans hustru, människorättsadvokaten Amal Clooney, är på tillfälligt besök i Sverige. Enligt Aftonbladets tidigare uppgifter ska paret delta i Postkodlotteriets förmånstagarmiddag i kväll. Men under makarnas blixtvisit i Stockholm har de också passat på att träffa den svenska utrikesministern Margot Wallström, skriver hon i en kommentar på Twitter som Aftonbladet tagit del av. […]

News / / 03.01.19

Arshaq Al-Awsat: US Organization Criticizes Washington’s Spurring Investment in Sudan

The Washington-based Enough Project criticized US officials holding meetings with Sudanese officials in Addis Ababa and Khartoum this month to discuss investment in Sudan. The Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Sudan hosted a meeting with Sudanese officials in the attendance of representative from Baker Hughes, an oil field services company majority owned by […]

News / / 02.13.19

North Africa Post: South Sudan to produce 350,000 bpd by 2020

South Sudan is planning to increase oil production to 270,000 bpd by the end of 2019, the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Mining, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference in India last weekend, the minister said South Sudan is working to return to its pre-war production levels of 350,000 bpd […]

News / / 02.01.19

WorldECR: Interview: Brad Brooks-Rubin of the Enough Project and The Sentry

Brad Brooks-Rubin says that he sometimes feels ‘like a one-man multi-stakeholder initiative’, reflecting a career that has seen him bring his legal skills to bear in government (at both the departments of State and the Treasury), in an industry association (the Gemologicial Institute of America), in private legal practice (at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & Macrae […]

News / / 01.30.19

FBI Retired Case File Review: Debra LaPrevotte – Kleptocracy, International Corruption, and Recovering Human Remains

Retired agent Debra LaPrevotte reviews the initiation of the FBI’s Kleptocracy program, seizing more than $1 billion. Click here to listen to the podcast.

News / / 01.25.19

Le Monde: A Kharthoum, la Centrafrique se cherche un chemin vers la paix

Vingt-quatre heures… A Bangui, les Centrafricains rappellent volontiers que le dernier accord de paix signé en juin 2017, sous les auspices de la communauté catholique Sant’Egidio, par les groupes armés rebelles et le pouvoir central, avait tenu vingt-quatre heures. Avant lui, six autres textes du même genre conclus depuis 2013 avaient également volé en éclats plus […]

News / / 01.10.19

Voice of America: Western Powers Voice Skepticism, Concern Over DRC Election Results

Western skepticism is growing over the Democratic Republic of Congo’s announced presidential election results, with France bluntly calling them inconsistent with other findings, and former colonial power Belgium planning to raise the matter at the United Nations Security Council on Friday. France was quick to react to the surprise win of opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi […]

News / / 12.28.18

Liberation: RDC : La fraude, éternelle participante

En république démocratique du Congo, l’élection est une course d’obstacles. Après un report in extremis du scrutin d’une semaine (du 23 au 30 décembre), le sprint final est barré par une triple haie. Première barrière : la date. Sera-t-elle tenue, alors que les autorités repoussent l’échéance depuis deux ans ? Les Congolais en doutent. La Commission électorale nationale indépendante […]

News / / 12.28.18

BBC: DR Congo elections: Why do voters mistrust electronic voting?

The Democratic Republic of Congo is heading to the polls to elect a new president. Current President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 17 years and, as polling day nears, concerns about the running of the election in this vast country – nearly the size of Western Europe – are growing. Earlier this month, a […]

News / / 12.17.18

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Targets Corporate Networks Amid Sanctions Push in South Sudan

The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on three peoplefor their alleged activity in South Sudan. When imposing the sanctions, the U.S. also targeted the corporate networks of two of them. Focusing on the networks is key to the strength of the sanctions effort, according to The Sentry, a nonprofit investigative organization that tracks corruption […]

News / / 12.17.18

The Age: African general pinged by George Clooney loses case against police

A bid by the family of a South Sudanese general to lift a police-imposed freezing order on their $1.5 million Melbourne home has been rejected by the County Court. Australian Federal Police allege General James Hoth Mai was involved in money laundering to pay for a luxury home in Narre Warren and European cars for […]

News / / 12.15.18

Haaretz: U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Retired Israeli General Over Role in South Sudan’s Civil War

The United States says it has sanctioned three people over their roles in South Sudan’s civil war, including a retired Israeli major general, Israel Ziv. In a statement Friday, the U.S. Treasury said Ziv and South Sudanese businessman Obac William Olawo led entities whose efforts extended the conflict, while South Sudanese official Gregory Vasili took part in […]

News / / 12.15.18

Economist: South Sudan’s neighbours help launder the loot from its civil war

“I am not a rich man,” pleaded Paul Malong, the ex-chief of South Sudan’s army, in an interview on Kenyan television. Shaking his head, he denied having plundered state coffers or being responsible for war crimes committed by his troops. “I am just a family man,” he explained. Really? The un Security Council says he is implicated in […]

News / / 12.14.18

Associated Press: US sanctions 3 over activities in South Sudan’s civil war

The United States said Friday it has sanctioned three people over their roles in South Sudan’s five-year civil war, saying it will continue to target those who “profit off the misery and suffering of the South Sudanese people.” A Treasury statement named the three as retired Israeli military official Israel Ziv and South Sudanese businessman […]

News / / 11.21.18

AFP: S Sudan woos investors as peace deal revives oil industry

South Sudan said on Wednesday that the country’s latest peace deal had helped revive its war-battered oil sector, with an increase of 20 000 barrels per day in the past two months. The country’s warring parties in September signed a new peace deal to end five years of civil war that has killed an estimated […]

News / / 11.19.18

The Age: South Sudanese general caught by George Clooney ‘laundering’ money in Melbourne

The family of a South Sudanese army general allegedly claimed $470,000 in welfare payments from the Australian Government at the same time as they paid for a luxury Melbourne house with a $1.5 million cheque. The revelation comes from an affidavit sworn by Australian Federal Police agent Graham White as police try to keep a […]

News / / 11.08.18

Le Monde: Au Soudan du Sud, il est plus juste de parler de partage du gâteau que d’accord de paix

Tribune. Il devait rester quelques jours, il ne sera finalement resté que six heures. Après plus de deux ans d’exil, Riek Machar, l’ancien vice-président qui avait dû fuir le Soudan du Sud en juillet 2016, a estimé que passer la nuit à Juba, la capitale, était un risque pour sa sécurité. C’est dans cet état d’esprit que […]

News / / 11.08.18

Metal Miner: Conflict Gold Could Be Entering the U.S. Market Via Major Companies

We’ve touched on conflict materials in this space before, typically in reference to cobalt. A majority of the world’s cobalt is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conditions at so-called artisanal mines (i.e., small-scale mines) are sub-standard, according to reports by a variety of NGOs. Among the concerns at these mines includes […]

News / / 11.06.18

Spend Matters: Study – Conflict gold from Africa may be in U.S. markets, passing through major companies

An October 2018 study released by a watchdog group that focuses on Africa has highlighted concerns that conflict gold mined from the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is making its way into international markets and becoming integrated in the supply chains of major U.S. companies. Documents reviewed and interviews carried out by The Sentry, a team […]