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Book review : The Looting Machine – By Tom Burgis

My favorite quote:

“Where once treaties signed at gunpoint dispossessed Africa’s inhabitants of their land, gold and diamonds, today phalanxes of lawyers representing oil and mineral companies with annual revenues in the hundreds of billions of dollars impose miserly terms on African governments and employ tax dodges to bleed profit from destitute nations.”

“In 2010 fuel and mineral exports from Africa were worth $333 billion, more than seven times the value of the aid that went in the opposite direction”

Book rate: 10/10


The subject of “whats going on in Africa” is one of the most controversial subject in the western society of the 21st century. In the reality, is you ask any person living in Europe or in the USA about the situation in Africa, they will demonstrate a mix of ignorance and reluctance to enter seriously into the subject. In my opinion, the fact that the capacity of a westerner to live in his comfort and security in his country is directly related to the suffering in Africa is well known by all.

The misery of the people of Africa is indeed a subject that is hard to digest and can occupy a life time of reading. This is not what this book is about! This book concentrate in the development of the African nations following their liberation for imperialism and the roll the western country took and still taking in maintaining its poverty and enslavement.

In this remarkable book, Tom Burgis is opening the door to the reality we are all trying to forget – We are responsible for the lack of progress and improvement of the reality in Africa. This book, containing 247 pages of pure and important content we should all know. I find this book important and valuable. the reading of this book made me more aware not only of the reality there, but also of many aspect of my life in Europe. I recommend it deeply and admire The author for its courage and dedication in writing this important book.

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The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers

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Immigration –Part 3. immigration is a necessity in the West

The issue of immigration is seeing in the west as a problematic topic. Ignoring completely the fact that immigration is a necessity at the moment. The ignorance of the western population for its cause, is not a lack of knowledge. The main reason for it is misinformation promoted by the propaganda of politicians and the media. As I explain in my last posts, immigration is natural. The reason for the immigration of people from their home countries is in many cases is caused by the countries they are immigrating to. Moreover, The actual reasons for rise in unemployment and violence is the west, in unrelated to immigration in the majority of the cases.

The most fascinating thing about immigration.Is that regardless of the propaganda of politician against it. The west need a constant flow of immigration, for the sake of maintaining their countries population and the future of its nation. The main reason for it is the decline in the local population in the west, due to the decrease in the birth rate.

These trend of decrease of birth rate in western country is well known and documented. It is a fact that create a gap in the income of the government and create a complicated reality in the majority of the western countries, as they do not manage rise the funds needed to sponsor the growing older generation and pay their national debts.


There are several factors that trend. Such as lifestyle factors, an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, rise in obesity and environmental factors involved in urbanisation and urban lifestyle that are affecting fertility and have led to rise in male and female subfertility. In addition, there are socio-economic factors that have led to women and couples delaying having children. Lack of affordable housing, flexible and part-time career posts for women and affordable and publicly funded (free) child care have contributed to the current low fertility/birth rates. Couples/women are delaying starting a family which has led to a true decline in their fertility levels due to ovarian ageing and related reasons leading to reduced chance of conception.

There are two potential means of addressing the problem of providing a young productive workforce, able to generate income to provide the social care for the old and infirm. The first, is to find ways of increasing the birth rate by increasing the life income and securities of the local young population. As I explain previously, the majority of the western countries are already in a complicated economic situation. As it looks like, the capacity of any government to come with relevant solution is not available.

The second solution, is to encourage immigration which will come as a new workforce for the local market. The argument that claim that immigration from developing countries is not professional, is irrelevant when choosing to apply this solution. I believe it is relevant to mention that this belief is not true, as many immigrants are coming with a previous education and a profession.


In the short term, this solution allows the economy to maintain itself with additional cheap workforce, required in many field of any industry. This workforce is paying taxes and helping the system to survive. Moreover, in the long terms, the kids of these immigrant will have the opportunity to become a professional workforce as it is educated in the local country.

In the current economic structure and the decrease of birth rate in the western countries, immigration is required. The leaders of countries know it and allow it. Practically, outside of election campaigns immigration is promoted and done. Countries in Europe, Canada and the USA are actively promoting the arrival of immigration.

The distinction between the kind of immigrants is part of an old racist doctrine. Which do not fall in line with the values our democratic countries are supposed to believe in. There is no better immigrant as there is not better people. As I mentioned in my previous post and based on the information presented in this one. Not only that we owe to the population of the developed an opportunity to create for themselves and their children’s a better future. Moreover, moving people from a western country that have the same demographic issue as the second, do not promote a real solution for the long term.

The immigration issue and the way many people see it in the west, reflect a sick political institution and a racist ignorant population. If we are really searching to create a better world for our children’s, we should first of all look at ourselves in the mirror and start to take control and responsibility on our action and set of beliefs.

There is many other reasons for the need of immigration. Learn now and get a valuable opinion.

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