The reporter of the financial times Tom Burgis has revealed specific connections of the people that have played an essential role in the destruction of African States. The primary writer purpose of writing the book was to explain the disease of the corruption spread in the region of Africa. Those malnourished innocent children’s and the crops destroyed by the looters was frequently discussed in the book. The book incorporates all the modern values and happenings like murder, assassinations, corporate sector influence, and surveillance of the hypocrites on the activities of associated people. Eyewitness analysis and statements are also part of the writing. Sure, do the people that were associated with the African states do the real stories that open the eyes of the reader regarding the malpractice? There are various case studies, and the evidence reveal the real finding of political relations among multiple states. The plundering of the natural resources of the African countries by the high-class corporations and the government are realistically unfolded.
The looting machine is the name of the document, which is written by the Tom Burgis, a reporter for the international newspaper. The word loot is explained as the sacking, plundering, grabbing pillaging and destroying the goods, material, and things by using political or military force. In the broader sense looting also, cover those actions like embezzlement and theft. These activities are also under the word of booty, as war booty, industrial, socio-political plunder (Burgis, 32). Sometimes looting include antiquities as done by the various states from weak countries of the world. Removal of the Egyptian tombs that were later transported to the European tombs also with the contents associated with the history of Egypt. History reveals that verities of attacks by the powerful over the weaker nations like African nations also contributed to the grabbing of the wealth and related precious material. Referring to the foreign non-Chinese nationals operating in Africa in his book the writer recognized them as the significant player of the diamond trading between Africa and other nations.
Beny Steinmetz, a man of Israeli nationality, was the healthy local person along with the Root, Brown, and Halliburton who influence the process of sending highly valuable mines and diamonds to then associated nations. International fund of the China and Queensway group run through the book in the form of a thread. The small corporate trader group run by the Sam Pa, who was a spy of the communist party of the china has monetized connections to loot the resources of the impoverished nation. China’s influence over the poverty has two results observed by the author. The role of the Sam pa, a Chinese operator in the African region and the Senegal china have squirrel billions of dollars from Africa. They achieve their purpose of grabbing through the ill-gotten rights over resources and via companies of shell working in the region. In this, regarding a case of Senegal and China acquisition of oil license two fifty-six in Nigeria. The record of the permit not audited and there was no process of tendering done by the authorities. Later in the dispute among the members of the Queensway group, reveal the actual story.
Other than these activities the capitalistic plan of the group, was not in a proper connection with the government of China. There are the people inside the Chinese state organization, which have contributed to fulfilling the agenda of Sam Pa (Burgis, 143). Those people came previously from the west have accomplished their ideas and programs through the same means implied by the Israeli agent. Interestingly the book has unfolded those multi-dimensional linkages, and the loopholes exploit the accounting whereby large companies are capable of escaping from the taxes and increase their earning than the state where they were working. Brandishing reports of the marketplace responsibility have contributed more than the propaganda, which was already existed to grab the society. The investigation of BSGR regarding the corporate destruction over the African continent is available with the span of three Europe, North America, and Africa. Detailing the research the writer convince that financial support without responsibility to the corporation of multinational areas from the international banks and the related monetary organization has also contributed to the destruction of impoverished regions. Newmont, a group of American nationals, has funds from these international financial organizations for processing a mine of gold in the area of Ghana has destroyed the lives of people by making the drinking water poisonous. The authorities have reported before that this processing will not enhance the livelihood of the impoverished nation of Ghana serve nothing to grabbers group came from the west. The lives of the anglers became sophisticated with the arrival of gold miners in their state.
The author has not provided any policy formulation techniques or any decision-based agenda that can influence his inclination on the political or academic purposes. The circumstances are purely revised under impartiality base approach for the primary purpose of unfolding the real plunders, looters of the African states. The author provides the significant place to the normative themes in assessing the sufferings of the Africans from oligarchies, smugglers, warlords, and companies nearby the environment of raw material locations. The writer has made a difference over the tractions of resources’, shadowing of state keeping money away from the populace with general theories operating in the nations of Africa regarding the issues of corruption. Other in region blame the elite African class and cronies’ decisions and policies as the sole contribution of underdevelopment of Africa (Burgis, 159). These calculations show the logic of dependency phenomena as a tool for understanding the real conditions of non-development of the African people. The contentions of the Smith also explain the factor that decisions of the African elites have unfolded by the author in his book-looting machine.
A powerful African head of the state always requires cash to appease the masses and to influence the election process by illegal means. People of these kinds sell their valuable national assets to meet their elitist needs. They make the state under the shadow by rerouting the money to their packets. Scholars have argued that such kind of barbarism has brought the African nations to the ground where they cannot sustain even with the primary needs. Example of the rigging and influencing the electoral process is available at the close friend of Joseph Kabila who is the influential politician of Congo got numerous money dealing and gave funding to the friend to buy elections and the resources’ leading to his success. Between the years of two thousand twelve, progress panel of Africa examines over five dealing with Kabila friend, which estimates two billion loss to the state of Congo. Ironically, the state has the same amount of aid procured on the humanitarian ground from other wealthy organization of the world. The Queensbury group has also damaged the economy of Guinea by supporting to the junta spending massive amount to influence the policy decisions.
One the central theme of the book is nature of relations between the china and the African continent. The theory of dependency has high influence over the ties between the two states as researchers argue that China is continuously colonizing their lands by grabbing their natural resources. Without any partiality, the writer of the book explains that individual acts of Chinese state cannot reflect the behavior of the country, but evidence reveal that along with the west China is equally damaging the African region. The author has chosen the journalistic style in describing the available literature on the engagement of China-Africa relationships. The strong argument is there in the elitist relation and the networks of both states with the purpose of avoiding taxes. They acquire billions of dollars dealings for their corporations, but they have the significant influence on the state decisions, which directly affect lives of ordinary Africans (Burgis, 283-318). Each chapter of the book enhances the interest of the reader with thought-provoking stories that what has been done with this miserable continent by the property owner, smugglers and the cheaters. Even the question arises in the mind of the reader that who will be responsible for the looting and havoc which spread across the continent of Africa. The writer with such a difficult task incorporates the fascinating calculations in the book with exciting happening and the approach he used to develop for the poor people of Africa.
To conclude the discussion, it is to note that business in gems, metal, rare earth mineral resources was substantive in Africa, but the disastrous breakup of the society is a continuation of part of Africa. The level of looting is accelerated which was never before. Enhancement in the demands of natural African resources’ provide handful people to become rich, but the excessive number of people in the continent of Africa are fleecing. Other nations thought Africa as a drain of charity, but a deep look reveals another picture. Three hundred thirty-three billions of exports of natural resources’ were calculated in two thousand ten, which was more than seven times the money African receive as an aid. Systematic looting is going on in the resource states of Africa.
Burgis, Tom. The looting machine: warlords, tycoons, smugglers and the systematic theft of Africa’s wealth. London: William Collins, 2015.