‘Conflict Diamonds’: The Fight Continues

When the dirty diamond fracas began, some in the industry dismissed the fuss as the work of fringe human rights groups and their allies in the sensationalist press. But now the heavy hitters are getting involved?a sure sign that this controversy isn?t going away. In recent months, there?s been action on the issue from Congress, the State Department, the United Nations, and the British Parliament. The media aren?t letting up, either. In the week before this article was written, there were ?conflict diamonds? articles in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, London?s Financial Times, and the New York Daily News (which asked, ?Are diamonds becoming the next baby seals??). Most of the stories link diamonds with the now-familiar pictures of children whose limbs were amputated by Sierra Leone rebels. And, in what could be the most damaging piece yet, the popular CBS news magazine 60 Mi

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