book review

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.

If you search to purchase the book

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers

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Immigration – Part 2. Give back to Africa its freedom

It is time to give back to Africa. In my last post, I start to address the topic of immigration. It is without a doubt, one of the most important topic in the creation of our new global worldwide community. Addressing the topic with an open mind and understanding, are crucial for the creation of a better world. As I mentioned previously, it is important to remember during all our conversation that immigrants are people just like you. They are just originally from somewhere else and the normally come to be part of the local society for the sake of creating a better life for themselves and their family.

In this post, I would like to concentrate in immigration from Africa. I think it hold a lot of key issues that will help me pass my point. The life is the west is very comfortable. We enjoy, good houses, cars, phones, a variety of quality food in cheap prices, a variety of quality cloths, security, freedom and equality. The truth is, that a big part of these privileges are possible only thanks to the people of Africa.


It is not a secret that for hundreds of years now, the western civilization is extracting natural resources from Africa. We all know that it is done based on  a certain degree of enslaving the local population that are living in bad conditions and with constant danger to their lives. It is true that since the fall of the imperialism (which happened only 60 years ago), the direct role of the western authorities in the process of the enslavement of the local population diminish. Which do not make us less responsible.

Here are some hard truths about the reality of our days:

  • Without the constant extraction of natural resources and agriculture from Africa, the comfort of the life in the west will not be possible.
  • The only reason the west enjoy the law prices of commodities and lifestyle is because of the mass enslavement of the African people to those local industries.
  • These industries still exist in Africa only thanks to the funding and investment of the western (and Asian) companies.
  • Solution exist for the sake of changing the reality in Africa. It is just not profitable for the west.

In the reality, the west have impoverished the people of Africa in a long a constant process. The global structure of the 21st century is build in a way in which the western world is living as it does thanks to the African people. (a fact that is true for hundreds of years now).


The wish of the African people for a better life is natural and deserved. There is 2 possible solution for promoting such a reality – Creating a better life at his country or moving to another. This is a simple logic that can  be apply to any human population anywhere. In the case of Africa, due to decades of working under the imperialistic structure. It is very hard to impossible to create a better socio political structure in many countries that will lead to a better life for the local population, without the economical and political support of the rest of the western world. Not because they are incapable, but because the main cause for the existence of the system from the first place is the west.

People that truly would like to stop the immigration to their country, should concentrate in promoting the creation of a better life for the African in their countries. The solution and the available funds exist, it a matter of willingness and social activism. Until then, we owe to the African people our comfort and freedom. The minimum we can do, is accepting them in our countries and giving them the respect and opportunities, they allow us to have.

In my next post, I will explain why immigration is actually needed in the western country. Additionally, I will explain how the constant arrival of immigrant, is the only solution available for the sake of creating a better future.


Share with me your opinion. Awareness and open conversation are the key for the creation of a better future.

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