Foreign News: The Loner

Katanga, the southernmost and richest province of the Congo, is a land of eroded mountains, rocky plateaus, and grassy savannas where lions and dwarf elephants still roam. Though twice the size of Oregon, Katanga is sparsely populated with 1,750,000 Congolese, and some 40,000 Europeans who are mostly employed by the Union Miniere du Haut-Katanga, a cartel owned by Belgian, British and U.S. investors which mines 60% of the free world's cobalt, 10% of its uranium and 8% of its copper. Before independence, Katanga supplied 60% of the income of the Belgian Congo. Katanga's...

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