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See the extensive bibliography (divided into print, video/audio, and online resources) below the essay.

Print Resources

"Africa; Diamonds, the Curse of Africa." Africa News 2 December 2006.
This review raises concern about the intent of the film. The author questions if the film will be of help to the issue of conflict diamonds or be more of a curse providing negative views of the continent.
Campbell, Greg. Blood Diamonds: Tracing the Deadly Path of the World's Most Precious Stones. Boulder: Westview Press, 2004. 2012 edition?
wonder if the new edition is updated
Catron, Rebecca. "Lesson Plan: Conflict Diamonds."
Cowley, Jason. "Why we have fallen for Africa's lost boys." The [Guardian] Observer 28 April 2007.
"Blood Diamond is a complex film. On one level it indulges many of the stereotypes of the traditional Hollywood adventure movie set in or about Africa. . . . Yet on another level, Blood Diamond is an important political text which, as did The Constant Gardener before it, attempts to expose the complicity of western corporations in the ruin of a resources-rich but vulnerable and disturbed African country; the ultimate villains, for all their cruelty and violence, are not the rebel soldiers but their western sponsors."
"Hollywood and Activists Join Forces in the New Movie 'Blood Diamond.'" Voice of America News 22 December 2006.
"Hollywood glitz and political activism team up in Edward Zwick's new film 'Blood Diamond.' With gruesome detail, the movie brings to the public the illegal trade of West African diamonds and its cost in human lives. The film's raw message has prompted the jewelry industry to respond."
Ransby, Dr. Barbara. "Blood Diamond: A Film Review." The Black Commentator 21 December 2006: Issue 211.
Ransby discuss issues of gender and race in the film: "In a recent review in the New Yorker, David Denby actually praised the movie because it did not make westerners (aka whites) feel guilty about the problems of Africa. That's because it blames ruthless bloodthirsty black ‘rebels' who prey upon helpless, voiceless black peasants."
Santora, Marc. "Hollywood's Multifaceted Cause du Jour." New York Times 3 December 2006: 2.1.
Hollywood created the hype around diamonds and now must clean up the mess: "Just as the power of the entertainment industry was harnessed to create a desire, it has now been turned around to spotlight the high cost of that desire."
Smith, Richard M. "The Diamond Dealer; A fourth-generation director of De Beers talks about youth, unions and a controversial new movie." Newsweek 18 December 2006): E07.
This is an interview with a De Beers executive and his stance on the film. He also talks about his feelings towards conflict diamonds and the newly implemented Kimberley process.

See Also

Bieri, Franziska. From Blood Diamonds to the Kimberley Process -- How NGOs Cleaned Up the Global Diamond Industry. Burlington: Ashgate, 2010.

'Blood Diamond': The Way It Was." Washington Post 15 December 2006: A33. LN

Bloomfield, Steve. "'SIERRA LEONE IS LIKE A TINDERBOX. IT WILL ONLY TAKE ONE SPARK'; It should have been a success story." The Independent (London) 28 November 2006: 26. LN

"Can we provide world with 'clean' diamonds?" Toronto Star 14 December 2006: A27. LN

"Film shakes diamond trade." Herald Sun (Australia) 1 December 2006: 56. LN

Fisher-Thompson, Jim. "Multination Effort Credited with Curbing "Blood Diamonds" Trade: Kimberley Process monitors $30 billion annual trade in rough diamonds State Department Documents." FIND 7 December 2006).

Haufler, Virginia. "The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme: An Innovation in Global Governance and Conflict Prevention." Journal of Business Ethics 89, Supplement 4, (2009): 403-16.

Keim, Curtis. Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind. Boulder: Westview, 2009.

Levy, Arthur V. Diamonds and Conflict: Problems and Solutions. New York: Hauppauge, 2003.

Maher, Kevin. "How ethical is this movie?" The Times (London) 30 November 2006: 13. LN

Mathews, Charlotte. "'Diamond' movie PR praises gem trade." Business Day (South Africa) 30 November 2006: 21. LN

Meredith, Martin. The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair: A History of Fifty Years of Independence. New York: Public Affairs, 2005.

Navarro, Mireya. "Diamonds Are for Never?" New York Times 14 December 2006: G1.

Orogun, Paul. "'Blood Diamonds' and Africa's Armed Conflicts in the Post—Cold War Era." World Affairs 166.3 (2004): 151-61. .

Roberts, Janine. Glitter and Greed: The Secret World of the Diamond Cartel. New York: Disinformation, 2007, 2003.

Stanley, T. L. "Gem sellers launch blitz against 'Blood Diamond'." Advertising Age 11 December 2006: 12.

Tamm, Ingrid J. Diamonds in Peace and War: Severing the Conflict Diamond Connection. Cambridge: World Peace Foundation, 2002.

Tlaleane, Viwe. "Film diamonds." Business Day (South Africa) 30 November 2006: 18. LN

United Nations. "Africa; President Mogae Cites Progress on Diamond Certification Process." Africa News 4 December 2006. LN

Video/Audio Resources

Diamonds of war - [Africa's blood diamonds] produced by Partisan Pictures, Inc. for National Geographic Television & Film ; Peter Schnall, producer ; writers, Dominic Cunningham-Reid, Patrick Prentice 2007

The Empire in Africa
God Grew Tired of Us, directed by Christopher Quinn, with Brad Pitt as an executive producer and Nicole Kidman as narrator.
documentary with Brad Pitt as an executive producer and Nicole Kidman as narrator.

The Lost Boys of Sudan (dir. Megan Mylan and John Shenk, US, 2003

Online Resources

A Brief History of Blood Diamonds

Briggs, Nicholas S. "Conflict Diamonds in West Africa." Edge Autumn 2003 December 5, 2003

Conflict Diamonds Global Witness

Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Blood Diamond" Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Hennessey, Matthew. "Diamond Movie Unearths Rock-hard Ethical Dilemmas." Policy Innovations December 15, 2006

Leavitt, Charles, and C. Gaby Mitchell. "Companion Curriculum Guide to Blood Diamond." Amnesty International USA Human Rights Education Program.

Stop Blood Diamonds

Treister, Negar Rachel. "A Girl's Best Friend? Conflict Diamonds and Corporate Social Responsibility." Policy Innovations August 23, 2006