Doubt on Diamonds

The World Diamond Council gathered this February in Catania, Sicily. It looks like a great place to go so I checked it out on the Net, and Sicily quickly made it on my vacation list. Of course, that was not why the WDC was there. That meeting was to discuss the large issues facing the diamond business. Based on the various WDC press releases, the main topic was conflict diamonds. It was agreed that the Kimberley Process has been effective in at least deterring terrorists, rogue countries, and greedy individuals from undermining the integrity and image of diamonds and the industry. A decision was made to push the producers of a new film called The Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, to include an update in some way that recognizes the industry and nongovernmental organizations for their efforts in ending and reversing the horrors that occurred in West Africa. All the same, some

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