Pulling A Fast-One on Transparency

  A voluntary programme to promote greater transparency in oil, gas and mining may have entrenched devious ways of concealing bribes and other forms of corruption. Mark Thomas looks at this initiative and shows how corrupt governments and private companies circumvent it.   Africa is teeming with oil, diamonds, gas, platinum, gold and other minerals. [...]

The Flip Side of White Privilege

  The system of white privilege has been debated at length. Academic papers have been written and my friends and I have spent many sessions breaking down, deconstructing, reconstructing and again deconstructing this social reality. But black disadvantage – the flip side of that reality – is rarely spoken about. We rarely think critically about [...]

Neoliberalism and the End of Politics

  Will Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London and blogs at www.potlatch.org.uk.  His book, The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition, published this year, explores how economic measurements and expertise have been used to re-model society and the state along competitive lines, and argues that [...]

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