CNN has produced a cool, interactive graphic that shows the central role of many African nations in supplying the basic minerals or other natural resources for our laptops, cell phones, automobiles, airplanes and many other industrial products worldwide. Go to the link to see the whole thing; above is just a screen grab on cars.
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