Dispatches from East Africa

Dispatches from East Africa

KPCC’s Shirley Jahad is traveling in East Africa on a Ford Foundation Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists, where she's exploring the push by China and others for uranium, oil, rare earth metals and more in the region. Shirley will be sending back stories and observations as she travels in Uganda and Tanzania.

Dispatch: In Uganda's capital, glimpses of Chinese interest

In Kampala, newly built government structures throughout the Ugandan capital mark the new Chinese-Ugandan relationship, amid tightened security.

New 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' video game parallels US quest to rise in rare earth metals industry

The game is bringing the hunger for SoCal's rare earth metals into pop culture.

Rare earth minerals: Why SoCal holds the key to modern technology's ingredients

Without them you wouldn’t have a smartphone. What are they and how is SoCal a key player in the U.S. rare earth industry?

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