If you’re thinking about gold jewelry for Valentine’s Day or any other day, a group of jewelers want you to think about how the gold came to you. Brian Leber, owner of Leber Jewelers, is involved in the “No Dirty Gold” campaign. The campaign, “seeks to educate consumers, retailers, manufacturers about the impacts of irresponsible gold mining”
Burmese rubies generate about $500 million annually. They account for over 90 percent of the global ruby trade. The U.S. bans the rubies because profits benefit Burma’s military junta. But as the junta initiates reforms, observers wonder how long the sanctions will remain.
More than 60 world leaders met in Tunis last week to address Syria’s escalating violence. The country has become a deadly place for both Syrians and foreign journalists. New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson reports from rebel-controlled areas in Syria.