By Tom Burgis
A stunning investigative trip into the way in which the source alternate wreaks havoc on Africa, ‘The Looting Machine’ explores the darkish underbelly of the worldwide economy.
Africa: the world’s poorest continent and, arguably, its richest. whereas accounting for simply 2 percentage of world GDP, it really is domestic to fifteen consistent with cent of the planet’s crude oil, forty in keeping with cent of its gold and eighty in keeping with cent of its platinum. a 3rd of the earth’s mineral deposits lie underneath its soil. yet faraway from being a salvation, this buried treasure has been a curse.
‘The Looting Machine’ takes you on a gripping and surprising trip via nameless boardrooms and glittering headquarters to show a brand new type of financialized colonialism. Africa’s booming progress is pushed via the voracious starvation for common assets from quickly rising economics reminiscent of China. yet within the shadows a community of investors, bankers and company raiders has sprung as much as grease the fingers of venal neighborhood political elites. what's occurring in Africa’s source states is systematic looting. In state after nation around the continent, the source is tearing on the very cloth of society. yet, like its sufferers, the beneficiaries of this looting desktop have names.
For six years Tom Burgis has been on a project to reveal corruption and provides voice to the hundreds of thousands of Africans who are suffering the results of dwelling less than this curse. Combining deep reporting with an action-packed narrative, he travels to the guts of Africa’s source states, assembly a warlord in Nigeria’s oil-soaked Niger Delta and crossing a warzone to arrive a distant mineral mine in japanese Congo. the result's a blistering research that throws a totally clean mild at the workings of the worldwide economic system and may make you think that two times approximately what is going into the cellphone on your pocket and the tank of your automobile.
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