By Tom Burgis
A surprising 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's domestic to fifteen in keeping with cent of the planet’s crude oil, forty in step with cent of its gold and eighty in line 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 stunning trip via nameless boardrooms and glittering headquarters to show a brand new kind of financialized colonialism. Africa’s booming progress is pushed by means of the voracious starvation for normal assets from speedily rising economics resembling China. yet within the shadows a community of investors, bankers and company raiders has sprung as much as grease the arms of venal neighborhood political elites. what's occurring in Africa’s source states is systematic looting. In kingdom after nation around the continent, the source is tearing on the very textile of society. yet, like its sufferers, the beneficiaries of this looting desktop have names.
For six years Tom Burgis has been on a undertaking to reveal corruption and provides voice to the thousands of Africans who are suffering the results of residing below this curse. Combining deep reporting with an action-packed narrative, he travels to the center 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 jap Congo. the result's a blistering research that throws a very clean gentle at the workings of the worldwide economic system and may make you're thinking that two times approximately what is going into the cellphone on your pocket and the tank of your automobile.
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