CYCLE 2 REVISED - John Nguyen 1 Karats of Beauty: The...

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John Nguyen 1 Karats of Beauty: The Destruction behind a Rock Today in society, diamonds are seen everywhere. The interest for diamonds has grown to an immense amount, and people, women especially, crave them. There’s a saying with this: Diamonds are Forever,” and they physically are. The structure of a diamond itself is very stable—the word diamond actually derives from a Greek word adamas which after translated, means invincible (Blood Diamond). The diamond is a symbol for power. It makes people feel a certain way too, it makes them feel as though they hold a part of the world in their hand; having an object that is virtually indestructible will make people want it more and today it’s not hard to find diamonds. Diamonds are seen everywhere on Televison, billboards, and in various types of printings (i.e. newspapers, magazines, and catalogues). The prices are getting cheaper and cheaper and diamonds are becoming more and more abundant, and it’s very nice to have a diamond, but what goes on behind obtaining this majestic entity? Is it as easy as going to a river and panning or going into a mountain and mining it? There’s a lot that goes on behind diamonds, a lot that the media and government do not inform the public about, and the story behind this, is the story of blood diamonds—diamonds of death and devastation. Blood Diamond – [bluhd dahy -m uh nd] noun . - Gems that originate from areas controlled by forces or factions opposed to legitimate and internationally recognized governments, and are used to fund military action in opposition to those governments, or in contravention of the decisions of the Security Council. (UN)
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Blood diamonds, also referred to as conflict diamonds, are mined in war torn African countries by rebels to fund their warfare in conflict (diamondinfo.org). Rebels such as the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) shred through small villages along the south western shore of Africa, kidnapping hundreds of kids to build their armies, and enslaving a large amount of adult males to mine diamonds for the rebel troops in support of their continuance in the civil war. In doing this, the peoples’ human rights are being violated. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights actually say that, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course GWRIT 103 taught by Professor Martin during the Fall '07 term at James Madison University.

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