Papua New Guinea exploitation and war against Iran
The resource curse is a cliche but rings true in many developing countries. I’m currently researching a book on disaster capitalism (and shooting a documentary) and recently spent time in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where issues of local exploitation and Western multinationals causing profound ecological destruction are highly problematic.
Here’s one dispatch from Bougainville, site of one of the world’s formerly largest mines. It’s a province still recovering from a brutal war fought over the minerals there.
– Festival of Dangerous Ideas at Sydney Opera House in late 2010, "Anyone can make a revolution", with Amnesty International head Salil Shetty, Egyptian/American writer Mona Eltahawy, Get Up! head Simon Sheikh and yours truly, discussing the Arab revolutions.
– As part of a global series defending Wikileaks alongside people like Noam Chomsky and John Pilger, my reasons why Julian Assange’s crusading must be supported. Part two is here.