A.K.A., Congo 101
An article by Christopher Ruddy in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
apparently dated 5/16/97, offers tantalizing hints of a
Clinton-Stephens-Kabila connection behind the recent upheaval in
the former nation of Zaire -- now renamed "The Democratic
Republic of Congo."
Forget any image you might have of Africa as Tarzan, lions,
jungles, etc. Consider Zaire/Congo as having "proven mineral
deposits of copper, zinc, diamonds, manganese, gold, silver, and
iron" as well as cobalt plus likely reserves of petroleum.
Now here is another thread, as detailed by Ruddy in his article,
"Firm from Clinton's home town has deal with Zaire rebel chief."
In the late 1960s, JEAN BOULLE, a French-speaking British
citizen, born in Mauritius, was the chief diamond buyer for the
giant DeBeers firm. From that, he moved to Arkansas and got
rich. In 1988, Boulle's company joined with others to form the
Arkansas Diamond Development Company. They wanted to look for
diamonds on state-owned lands.
But in 1972, writes Ruddy, "the diamond-rich area of southwest
Arkansas was purchased by the state and named Crater of Diamonds
State Park..." This stopped private firms from mining there. In
1986, Bill Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas, appointed a
commission to look into allowing private firms to develop
diamonds on these state-owned lands. In 1989, even though
environmentalists were opposed to it, Bill Clinton told Boulle
and his company they could begin to mine in the state park.
Now, going back to the Arkansas Diamond Development Company, one
of Boulle's partners was none other than Jackson Stephens, the
Arkansas "Big Daddy." As is well-known, Stephens is a major
owner of President Bill Clinton, a.k.a. "Wind-Him-Up Bill."
Moving now to Zaire/Congo, Ruddy notes allegations that the
Clinton administration had been secretly arming the
Marxist-trained "rebel" leader Kabila. (To succeed in
revolution, you need weapons: where *did* Kabila get the weapons?
How were they paid for?) Then, in April of this year, a small
mining company based in Hope, Arkansas, AMERICAN MINERAL FIELDS
(AMF), astoundingly out-competed huge firms such as DeBeers,
Anglo-America, BHP, and Phelps Dodge. American Mineral Fields
won large contracts from Kabila for mineral development and
diamond trading. And who heads AMF? Jean Boulle heads AMF.
According to Ruddy, Kabila has signed a $1 BILLION agreement with
AMF, "giving the firm exclusive rights to explore and develop an
area the size of Switzerland in southeastern Zaire." Not bad for
AMF, a company with a capitalization of about $37 million.