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  • All That Glitters: Genesis Diamonds

    An investigation into certain diamonds sold worldwide, and locally by Nashville's most popular jeweler. The stones had laboratory paperwork that exaggerated their value and greatly disappointed many customers. Our investigation first sparked lawsuits against the jeweler, then major changes in the diamond industry worldwide, including the de-listing of certain certified diamonds, and ultimately the closing of EGL International, the laboratory whose grading was widely questioned and criticized throughout the industry.
  • Botswana: Diamond Hopes, Diamond Blues

    After diamonds were discovered 50 years ago, Botswana transformed itself from one the poorest countries in the world to an “African Miracle,” complete with one of the highest GDPs on the continent and stable democratic governance. This allusion of harmonious prosperity, however, is threatened by drastic changes to its geography. Rapid development has led to rapid desertification, marked by eroded land, dried rivers, deep boreholes, and the expanding Kalahari. Semi-arid and landlocked, Botswana is no stranger to droughts and low rainfall. Soon, it will be one of the first countries to experience the evaporation of its already limited groundwater supply, according to the World Economic Forum. What exhausts the water supply and threatens Botswana’s fragile ecosystems are exactly its most vital economic sectors. Livestock production, communal and commercial, expands further and further into the Kalahari Sandveld, uncontrolled and often encouraged by the government. As a result, boreholes are drilled 200 meters deep across the desert landscape of overgrazed vegetation. Meanwhile, Botswana’s diamond mines, accounting for more than a third of the national GDP, extract great amounts of water at no cost. Unrestricted, the mines continue to drain the aquifers and, in the process, limit the access rights of small farmers and minority tribes.
  • Brian Ross Investigates: Blood Diamonds

    The story investigated the charge that ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor used blood diamonds to pay for weapons in the way against the neighboring nation of Sierra Leone. The story ultimately forced fashion model Naomi Campbell to testify at Taylor's trial for receiving diamonds from Taylor during a visit to Nelson Mandela's home.
  • The Heartless Stone; a journey through the world of diamonds, deceit and desire

    This book is the result of Zoellner's investigation into the diamond industry. It covers the continuing problem of 'blood diamonds' in Africa, the scandal of child labor in polishing factories in India, and the pricing manipulations of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd.
  • The Wrong Man

    Brian Kelley, a decorated undercover CIA officer was investigated by the FBI to the point of nearly destroying his life, and his career. Kelley was the wrong man. The man the FBI actually arrested was Robert Hanssen, for selling secrets to Russia. Breaking his silence, Kelley spoke to 60 Minutes about his ordeal and about efforts by top FBI officials to keep their mistakes secret.
  • Gunrunners

    This 8-minute radio report was part of year-long investigation into the illegal global small arms trade. The investigation details several illegal arms shipments from organized crime groups in eastern Europe to rebel forces fighting for diamonds in Africa. The report focused on thew supplier-side of the illegal gunrunning to soldiers in Sierra Leona and its neighbors.
  • Diamonds of Death

    Lobbying efforts by the World Diamond Council has lead to significant changes in legislation that would attempt to keep conflict diamonds out of the world market. The Conflict Diamonds Act of 2001 was called a "trade lawyers dream" by Rep. Tony Hall, D-Ohio. Meanwhile guerillas and warlords continue to cash in on diamond profits.
  • Will the Real Daniel Walcott Please Stand Up?

    Los Angeles Times Magazine looks at the complicated story of Daniel Walcott. "He looked and talked the part of an aristocrat. So how did this apparent blueblood end up doing time in India for smuggling diamonds and munitions? Fleeing the Lebanese on espionage charges? Serving a U.S. prison sentence for smuggling drugs? A saga of arrogance and risky business...."
  • Diamonds and Blood

    An ABC News investigation into the Central African diamond trade reveals an industry controlled by violent rebels. The ABC News crew was the first American news magazine crew to go into Sierra Leone since the civil war ravaged that country. The crew found a region rife with violence - "men, women and children were getting their limbs savagely amputated by rebel thugs and these thugs were buying their weapons with the proceeds from diamond sales... So, buyer beware - that beautiful diamond you are buying for your loved one might very well have caused the death or mutilation of somebody else's loved one in the heart of Africa."
  • The Opportunist

    Esquire tells the story of Nick Karras, an American businessman who's using the unrest in Sierra Leone to make million's off of the region's bountiful diamond mines.