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Thinking Aloud: “Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal”

June 6, 2015 by Darius  Throughout most of human history, one metal has stood out as a measure of wealth and value: gold.  I recently read Gold: The Race for the World’s Most Seductive Metal by Matthew Hart.  The book … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine,” The Book

May 31, 2015 by Darius  Africa’s mineral resources are arguably unmatched anywhere in the world: it holds 15% of the world’s crude oil reserves, 40% of its gold, 80% of its platinum, the world’s richest diamond mines, and massive deposits … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine” Excerpt on Tax Dodges

May 17, 2015 by Darius  I recently read British journalist Tom Burgis’s excellent new book The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth.  I’ll write about the book itself sometime soon, but today I wanted … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Diamond: The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair”

May 3, 2015 by Darius  The diamond industry is worth tens of billions of dollars every year.  In his book Diamond: The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair, Matthew Hart explores every facet of the diamond industry, flaws and all, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Multi-Ethnic Kazakhstan, Fears of Becoming the Next Ukraine”

“In Multi-Ethnic Kazakhstan, Fears of Becoming the Next Ukraine” The Washington Post, May 3, 2015, p.A14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-kazakhstan-fears-of-becoming-the-next-ukraine/2015/05/01/10f7e73c-e878-11e4-8581-633c536add4b_story.html “A volatile mix building in Kazakhstan contains the same ingredients that ignited in Ukraine: a Russian minority that says it fears being under … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Looting Machine”

Apr. 23, 2015 by Darius  Earlier this week, I saw British journalist Tom Burgis discuss his new book The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth. Burgis began by telling the story of the Nigerian textile … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “India Targets Maoist Jungle Stronghold to Win Mining Riches”

“India Targets Maoist Jungle Stronghold to Win Mining Riches” Bloomberg Businessweek, March 9, 2015 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-09/india-closes-in-on-maoist-jungle-stronghold-to-win-mining-riches “The hills above Sinu Tati’s village of Tikanpal in central India are known for two things: one of the world’s largest iron-ore deposits, and a jungle … Continue reading

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