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The Resource Curse – the plunder of Africa’s natural resources

Tom Burgis, an investigative journalist for the Financial Times, spent six years researching his new book ‘The Looting Machine’. The book, published at the end of February, lifts the lid on the prolific and systematic pillaging of Africa’s resource wealth by kelptocratic governments and their dodgy deals with Western and Chinese companies. 741 more words

Africa

A snapshot of Taib-hater Lukas Straumann

Sarawakians don’t need silly stories that can be disproved. The Sarawak Report and Bruno Manser Fund Taib-haters divide commentators into two camps. In one camp are those who believe them and attack anyone who dares to question them or check their facts. 827 more words

Socio Politics

Eye on Malawi's EITI: Signing up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative - Mining Review (January 2015)

The following piece “Eye on Malawi’s EITI: Signing up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative”, written by Rachel Etter (who is also editor of http://www.mininginmalawi.com… 704 more words

Malawian Government

Clare Rewcastle, can we have the truth?

I am unimpressed with the antics of Sarawak Report, Bruno Manser Fund and Global Witness. This is not because I want to deflate the debate on the future of Sarawak, because this debate has huge implications for Malaysia, and the choices are not straightforward. 1,172 more words

Socio Politics

Stunning indictment of Sarawak Report

Winifred Poh who writes for Free Malaysia Today has taken up the challenge. Some weeks ago, she had written a piece (see here) which Clare Rewcastle of Sarawak Report subsequently took offence ( 1,251 more words

Socio Politics

Foreigners can help Cambodia by cleaning up their investments

One of the biggest social problems in Cambodia today is the relentless issue of land concessions to foreign (and some local,) owned companies who present the Government with grand plans of turning subsistence farm holdings into consolidated wealth-producing fields of rubber, palm-oil production or similar. 786 more words

Cambodia

Foreign activists with an agenda against Sarawak

In the last few years, the Sarawak government of Abdul Taib Mahmud has been defined by two issues – the ambitious plans for industrial and agricultural development, with the rather ugly name SCORE, and the powerful, almost manic voices of the opposition. 1,145 more words

Socio Politics