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Ethical Style: Angelina Jolie's Engagement Ring and the State of the Ethical Diamond Angelina Jolie's Engagement Ring and Ethical Diamond Sourcing

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie can afford to buy the most ethical diamond ring on the market. The knockoff version isn't so innocent.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have built an image as Hollywood’s most conscientious power couple—adopters of orphans, rebuilders of New Orleans, ambassadors to the U.N. So when the domestic partners announced their long-awaited engagement this month, I was a little surprised to learn that Pitt had gifted Jolie a new diamond ring. I assumed that a couple of their humanitarian pedigree would go for something a little less ethically ambiguous.

Pitt and Jolie can afford to buy the most conflict-free diamond ring on the market. Pitt is estimated to have spent a year—and $250,000—finalizing the design with jeweler-to-the-stars Robert Procop, who had previously partnered with Jolie herself to market charitable jewels to help fund a school in Afghanistan. But the origins of even the world's most closely watched diamond is not crystal clear.

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Slightly Alarming: Middle School Students in Washington Start a Real-Life "Fight Club"

Almost 25 boys at a Tacoma, Washington campus have been regularly meeting up in a school bathroom—to give each other organized, timed beat downs.


The Social Network director David Fincher once described his 1999 film Fight Club as being about "a guy who does not have a world of possibilities in front of him, he has no possibilities, he literally cannot imagine a way to change his life." Maybe this description of despair, which afflicted Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the movie, is what's wrong with a group of boys at Steward Middle School in Tacoma, Washington. Instead of attending an after school program, almost 25 boys have been participating in a real-life fight club. They've been meeting up in a school bathroom for months just to beat each other down. And they've been filming the fights on their cell phones.

The fight club only came to light last Friday night after one of the boys broke "the first rule of Fight Club" and talked about what was going on. His aunt asked him what he liked to do after school, so he showed her cell phone video footage of some of the fights. The aunt—who wants to remain anonymous—went to Seattle's Fox News Q13 and gave a reporter the footage. The station aired it on Sunday night, and the school responded by suspending nine sixth graders that they could positively identify.

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This Week at TreeHugger: Climate Showdown in Bangkok and Water (Fountains) Under the (Solar) Bridge

Just before he won the Nobel, Obama got dissed at climate talks in Bangkok. TreeHugger spoke with Oxfam's lead climate...

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