Iranian Poet Says Tehran has Threatened her for her Art

A female Iranian singer and poet told OCCRP she is still living in fear even though she fled her country to avoid prosecution after she wrote and performed a song with international artists about the need for people to help each other during the pandemic.

West Africa: Trade in Endangered Rosewood to be Suspended

In an unprecedented move, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) asked its members to suspend trade in West African rosewood, whose stocks, falling victim to the surging demand in China, have been critically depleted over the past decade.

DR Congo: State Mining Company Subject to a Damning Audit

The anti-corruption agency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said that it found severe irregularities in the operations of the state-owned mining giant Gécamines, including instances of embezzlement that have deprived the state budget of hundreds of million dollars.