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              Coltan

              Coltan (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Nest, Michael

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              A decade ago no one except geologists had heard of tantalum or 'coltan' - an obscure mineral that is an essential ingredient in mobile phones and laptops. Then, in 2000, reports began to leak out of Congo: of mines deep in the jungle where coltan was extracted in brutal condition...s watched over by warlords. The United Nations sent a team to investigate, and its expose of the relationship between violence and the exploitation of coltan and other natural resources contributed to a re-examination of scholarship on the motivations and strategies of armed groups. The politics of coltan encompass rebel militias, transnational corporations, determined activists, Hollywood celebrities, the rise of China, and the latest iGadget. Drawing on Congolese and activist voices, Nest analyses the two issues that define coltan politics: the relationship between coltan and violence in the Congo, and contestation between activists and corporations to reshape the global tantalum supply chain. The way production and trade of coltan is organised creates opportunities for armed groups, but the Congo wars are not solely, or even primarily, about coltan or minerals generally. Nest argues the political significance of coltan lies not in its causal link to violence, but in activists' skillful use of mobile phones as a symbol of how ordinary people and transnational corporations far from Africa are implicated in Congo's coltan industry and therefore its conflict. Nest examines the challenges coltan initiatives face in an activist 'marketplace' crowded with competing justice issues, and identifies lessons from coltan initiatives for the geopolitics of global resources more generally.
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              ISBN 9780745649320
              Released NZ 4 Mar 2011
              Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
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              Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett
               

              Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett (Paperback)

              By Nest, Michael; Reder, Deanna; Bell, Eric

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              Missing persons. Double murder? Metis leader James Brady was one of the most famous Indigenous activists in Canada. A communist, strategist, and bibliophile, he led Metis and First Nations to rebel against government and church oppression. Brady's success made politicians and cle...rgy fear him; he had enemies everywhere. In 1967, while prospecting in Saskatchewan with Cree Band Councillor and fellow activist, Absolom Halkett, both men vanished from their remote lakeside camp. For 50 years rumours swirled of secret mining interests, political intrigue, and murder. Cold Case North is the story of how a small team, with the help of the Indigenous community, exposed police failure in the original investigation, discovered new clues and testimony, and gathered the pieces of the North's most enduring missing persons puzzle. Like too many cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous people, authorities failed to ensure that Brady and Halkett's deaths were properly investigated. This book helps get to the bottom of the fate of these two men, and demonstrates why investigators should never dismiss the knowledge of Indigenous peoples. -Darren Prefontaine, author of Gabriel Dumont
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              ISBN 9780889777491
              Publisher University of Regina Press
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              Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett
               

              Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett (Hardback)

              By Nest, Michael; Reder, Deanna; Bell, Eric

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              Missing persons. Double murder? Metis leader James Brady was one of the most famous Indigenous activists in Canada. A communist, strategist, and bibliophile, he led Metis and First Nations to rebel against government and church oppression. Brady's success made politicians and cle...rgy fear him; he had enemies everywhere. In 1967, while prospecting in Saskatchewan with Cree Band Councillor and fellow activist, Absolom Halkett, both men vanished from their remote lakeside camp. For 50 years rumours swirled of secret mining interests, political intrigue, and murder. Cold Case North is the story of how a small team, with the help of the Indigenous community, exposed police failure in the original investigation, discovered new clues and testimony, and gathered the pieces of the North's most enduring missing persons puzzle. Like too many cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous people, authorities failed to ensure that Brady and Halkett's deaths were properly investigated. This book helps get to the bottom of the fate of these two men, and demonstrates why investigators should never dismiss the knowledge of Indigenous peoples. -Darren Prefontaine, author of Gabriel Dumont
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              ISBN 9780889777545
              Publisher University of Regina Press
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