Browsing All posts tagged under »oil«

African Lions vs. Eastern Tigers in the battle for oil

February 8, 2011

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Tonight on BBC Two Justin Rowlatt is travelling to Africa as part of a series on the domination China is wreaking over the world. The Chinese Are Coming seems to take a personalised, microcosmic view of what’s happening: something television does best, by taking the individual stories and telling them. However it’s worth also looking […]

African Lions: Terrorism in the Niger Delta

January 26, 2011

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The following is an extended excerpt from chapter two of African Lions, ‘Nigeria, Cameroon and the Niger Delta’. African Lions will be published in mid-February 2011 and available at Amazon and other online booksellers – subscribe to the blog using the link on the right to be kept up-to-date when the book arrives. Alternatively you […]

How 1884 Berlin affected 2010 Africa

January 21, 2011

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The following is the first of several excerpts from my new book, African Lions, published in February: The Berlin Conference held in 1884 was a grand meeting of old imperial hands. Chargés d’affaires from Europe’s leading colonial powers gathered in long drawing rooms to sit around impossibly large tables, a phalanx of wallflower advisors backing […]

A sneak peek at what I’ve been doing

January 14, 2011

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Well, this is a tiny sneak peek at what exactly I’ve been doing for the past month or two. I’m going to be excerpting a little bit of the book (not all of it, but just enough to hopefully interest people into buying it) as I put the finishing touches to the whole thing. Don’t […]

The world’s about to get bigger

January 9, 2011

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I used to have a giant A0 atlas when I was about 5 that I remember poring over intently. The ‘pages’ were eighth-inch thick cardboard and all the maps were printed in bright bold colours, and it was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen. I also had a GeoSafari (if Educational Insights, who make […]