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Turning Off Congo’s Looting Machine

John Prendergast Project Syndicate
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been pillaged by foreign governments and corporations for more than 500 years, and this sordid pattern continues to this day. Given this history, is it any wonder that the country suffers from massive corruption, perpetual conflict, and state capture?

The Root of Haiti’s Misery: Reparations to Enslavers

Catherine Porter, Constant Méheut, Matt Apuzzo and Selam Gebrekidan New York Times
In 1791, enslaved Haitians did the seemingly impossible. They ousted their French masters and founded a nation. But France made generations of Haitians pay for their freedom — in cash. How much has remained a mystery, until now.

Who Owns Our Data?

Aziz Z. Huq Boston Review
We need a model of ownership that recognizes the collective interest we have in how personal data is used, avoids the costs of private exploitation by individual firms, and does not slip into authoritarian forms of state control.

Marx and the Dutch East India Company

Pepijn Brandon Historical Materialism
The example of Dutch colonialism in Indonesia helped Marx to show that the kind of processes that he outlined as “original accumulation”, though playing out in a particular way in Britain, were fundamentally transnational.
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