How This Central African City Became the World’s Most Expensive

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Writing by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation led by Josh Sherrington
Sound by Graham Haerther
Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster

References
[1] https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/06/01/extreme-city-specter 
[2] https://library.fes.de/libalt/journals/swetsfulltext/11733907.pdf 
[3] https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/resrep30954.6.pdf?refreqid=excelsior%3Aba96b30914cbcfe6a94c15a339cb1606&ab_segments=0%2Fbasic_search_gsv2%2Fcontrol&origin=
[4] https://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/etd/ucb/text/Cardoso_berkeley_0028E_15509.pdf
[5] https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG?end=2005&most_recent_value_desc=true&start=1961&view=chart
[6] https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2008/9/6/timeline-angolan-elections
[7] http://www.afrol.com/articles/22889
[8] https://bradtangolaupdate.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/luanda-new-5-star-hotel-opens/
[9] https://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/01/11/angola.host.cup.nations/index.html
[10] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-18646243
[11] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-21184854
[12] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-angola-president-idUSKCN0WD13H
[13] https://web.archive.org/web/20170216103334/http://mgafrica.com/article/2016-06-03-all-in-the-family-angola-president-picks-eldest-daughter-to-head-state-oil-firm-western-firms-scramble-for-contract

10 Comments:

  1. Nobody noticed the obvious dictator/daughter grift until liberal media and their fawning for bad people over IDPol reasons got it noticed. Perfection.

  2. Fantastic. I need to know more about Africa.

  3. This is the reason why Africa will never be as developed as the west. If there is money, there are too many corrupt politicians that are not willing to share with the rest of the country.

  4. No matter what 3rd world country you analyze, if you dig deeper, the so called flag bearers of democracy around the world enable and help these corrupt politicians and dictators to come and hold on to power. They are also the ones who help them siphon money out of these impoverished countries just so that they have their own puppets running the government who would put their beneficiaries’ interests first over their own people resulting in billions remaining beloved the poverty line, so much conflict, so much suffering, tens of millions dying of hunger or malnourished in this day n age. I have seen countless documentaries about the loot n I’ll gotten wealth n resulting suffering around the world but none exposing or combining the learnings from the various cases exposing the systematic propagation of corruption in these 3rd world countries, how they are able to funnel using the same systems that are so hard for an average person to navigate because of all the checks n balances and anti money laundering efforts, how the legitimate governments are overthrown, assassinations carried to make way for the puppets to come n stay in Power. It is systemic n most of us are unwitting contributors to the problem and the resulting suffering of humanity at a biblical scale

  5. Why would you say “two half a year worth of income” instead of a year of income?

  6. TL;DR: It’s not a resource curse. Colonialism is still happening.

    The only people benefitting from angola’s wretched state are (1) the few people in government getting kickbacks from stealing resources from their own people and (2) the people who own the firms the stolen resources are being sold to. The latter group are first world neo-colonialist who own multinational conglomerates and live in the city thats the subject of the video

  7. Ayo my country

  8. Its not only a resource curse, its a center and periphery relation between developed and underdeveloped countries in capitalism, it was made for them to be like this in the world stage.

  9. Colonization.

  10. From the Nigerian check scams on elderly Americans……..

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