60 Minutes Revisits Conflict Diamonds

The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes II recently aired another story on conflict diamonds and again suggested that consumers who buy diamonds are unwittingly financing brutal wars in Africa. The bulk of the story focused on new mines in Canada and included interviews with prospectors and shots of Ekati, the first mine in the Northwest Territories. But some in the industry were upset at comments regarding conflict diamonds. The show said Canadian diamonds "are being hailed as the Boy Scouts of diamonds: they're politically correct, and they're plentiful." But it also noted: "Though a tiny percentage of Canadian diamonds are now being microscopically branded to show where they were mined, virtually all of the world's diamonds are sold with nothing that identifies [the] country of origin. So if you wanted to buy a nonconflict Canadian diamond, say, in New York's diamond district on 47th Stre

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