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The Philanthropy of George Soros: Building Open Societies by George Soros, Chuck Sudetic

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CHAPTER 1
Fighting the Curse of Natural Resources
Many countries and regions of the world possess an abundance of oil, diamonds, timber, and other valuable natural resources. Yet the struggles to control and siphon off the revenues generated by the extraction of these resources are a driving force behind wars, intercommunal violence, rampant official corruption and repression, and poverty that is both abject and widespread. Since 1970, half of the world’s oil-producing nations have experienced violent conflicts. Accounts of the bloodshed over the past thirty years in oil-rich Iraq or oil- and diamond-rich Angola show the savagery and hardship that a zero-sum game for control of natural resource wealth can produce in countries with governments ...

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