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Blood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade [Paperback]

Ian Smillie
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Aug. 15 2010 0857289632 978-0857289636
Africa's diamond wars took four million lives. They destroyed the lives of millions more and they crippled the economies of Angola, the Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The biggest UN peacekeeping forces in the world-in Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Congo and Côte d'Ivoire―are the legacy of 'conflict' or 'blood diamonds'. 'Blood on the Stone' tells the story of how diamonds came to be so dangerous. It describes the history of the great diamond cartel and how it gradually lost control of the precious mineral, as country after country descended into anarchy and wars fuelled by diamonds. The book describes the diamond pipeline, from war-torn Africa to the glittering showrooms of Paris, London and New York. It describes the campaign that began in 1999 and which eventually forced the industry and more than 50 governments to create a global certification system known as the Kimberley Process, aimed at wringing blood diamonds out of the retail trade. This gripping account concludes with a sobering assessment of the certification system, which soon became hostage to political chicanery, mismanagement and vested interests. Too important to fail, the Kimberley Process has been hailed as a regulatory model for Africa's extractive minerals. Behind the scenes, however, it runs the risk of becoming an ineffectual talk shop, standing aside as criminals re-infest the diamond world.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An Informative Read Dec 7 2010
Superb book...great insight into the secretive diamond industry. You will never look at a diamond the same way again after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling history Oct. 25 2010
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Ian's Smillie's new book, 'Blood on the Stone' is a compellingly written history of diamonds, colonialism and international trade, told from the point of view of one of the key architects of a system that attempted to staunch the flow of blood.

There are chapters providing detailed background on the governments and rebel movements of African states that splashed Western newspaper headlines for many years, and their links with the diamond supply chain. There are also chapters on the birth of modern diamond industry, and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme established more than a century later to try to increase transparency and control of a product that had become implicated in money laundering, war and human rights abuses.

A mix of investigative journalism, lived experiences and passion for justice make this book a must-read for anyone involved in the jewellery industry or wanting to learn more about the past and present of the diamond supply chain. Highly recommended!
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