Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is about to begin her seven-country tour of the African continent. To examine her agenda and its possible implications, The Takeaway is joined by Will Ross of the BBC, and New America Foundation fellow Steve Clemons.
The Congolese government has been battling rebels led by Laurent Nkunda. This week, the Congolese government joined forces with it's former arch enemy Rwanda in an offensive against the rebels and today reports say the joint force has arrested Nkunda.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, fighting continues between government troops and the rebels loyal to the renegade general, Laurent Nkunda. The Congolese government accuses Rwanda of backing the rebels -- something the rebels deny.
The first ever Tour of DRC kicked off this week. Cycling teams from nine mostly African countries are competing in the 500 mile race across parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote national unity.
Every year, smugglers bring tons of Congolese gold worth hundreds of millions of dollars out of the DRC into neighboring countries. Much of that gold fuels conflict back home. The DRC is finally taking steps to trace and regulate one of the world's most uncontrolled conflict minerals.
Is a semblance of security worth the taxes that villagers are compelled to give the Mai Mai Mazembe armed group? Some in Miriki say yes, while many others have deserted their homes and left the region, at risk of going hungry.