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Looting Africa

The Economics of Exploitation

By (author) Patrick Bond
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 28th Jun 2006
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm d 135mm
Weight: 342g
ISBN-10: 1842778129
ISBN-13: 9781842778128
Barcode No: 9781842778128
Synopsis
Despite the rhetoric, the people of Sub-Saharan Africa are become poorer. From Tony Blair's Africa Commission and the Make Poverty History campaign to the Hong Kong WTO meeting, Africa's gains have been mainly limited to public relations. The central problems remain exploitative debt and financial relationships with the North, phantom aid, unfair trade, distorted investment and the continent's brain/skills drain. Moreover, capitalism in most African countries has witnessed the emergence of excessively powerful ruling elites with incomes derived from financial-parasitical accumulation. Without overstressing the 'mistakes' of such elites, this book contextualises Africa's wealth outflow within a stagnant but volatile world economy.

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'Patrick Bond's book provides a solid theoretical, empirical, and analytical framework showing and proving that the processes of looting the African continent, which started with the slave trade, have continued to this day'.
Professor Issa Shivji, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

'A brilliant analysis and timely expose of the rapacious forces ranged against Africans today.'
John Pilger

`An important contribution to the political analysis of the continent, as viewed on the inside.'
ComAfrica, Brazil

'This is a sophisticated book for a non-specialist audience, filled with rage at the self-serving drivel that passes for analysis of Africa in the mainstream and the deaths it is responsible for.'
Ken Olende, Socialist Review