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Oliver Bullough studied modern history at Oxford University. Formerly a Reuters Moscow correspondent, he is now Caucasus Editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He lives in London.

Omfatter også følgende navne: Ollvr Buluugh, Oliver Bullouch, Oliver Bullough (author)

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Associated Works

Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (2011) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Granta 150: There Must Be Ways to Organise the World With Language (2020) — Bidragyder — 46 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

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Bullough, Oliver
Wales, UK
Oxford University
New York Times
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Studied modern history at Oxford University. Lived and worked in Russia as a reporter for Reuters News Agency



From time to time while reading certain magazine articles I notice whenever a RIP (really important person) has legal troubles, the media outlet likes to volunteer the accusations are spurious and without foundation. Illuminating in this regard is the chapter in the book that focuses on legal tourism; individuals can now simply go à la carte and find the most draconian laws on the planet to throttle their enemies or muzzle simple journalistic curiosity using that nation's keister paddles. Having had several major articles killed and a documentary that may never see the light of day, the author is well aware content isn't what is provable, but only what your publisher dares print; media companies live in fear of being sued and few are silly enough to risk bankruptcy or several years (or decades) of legal harassment, hence the deference. The simple reality is the RIPs have the option of turning off your lights permanently. Predation requires anonymity.

In the Cancer chapter, Bullough rewalks the corridors and revisits the dingy waiting rooms the day after a glorious whistle stop by Ukraine's Prime Minister celebrating the miracle that is his country's health care system; without official minders, the people he talks to are willing to admit their system has been completely looted: a hospital stay is a death sentence unless you can bribe key personnel. This sinking culture in turn imposes social burdens and premiums on honesty in society at large. If you dare to hold onto those quaint redundancies, you will be driven off the field as a troublemaker. At the low end, the price will be a new career path, immigration, or early retirement; at the deep end, moral crusades tend to cease right after a catastrophic car malfunction or a hail of bullets.

The author spots a couple of declinations; using the global transparency index (GTI) he notices England sparkles as a law-abiding nation despite the presence of luxury clippers and Londonian yachts flying the Jolly Roger while docked in the Thames. Russia is seen as ethically challenged and fundamentally corrupt because its financial elite uses the City of London's financial legerdemain to hide its lucre. When this was first published Britain was in the top ten according to the GTI, now they are 23rd.

Another catch is the American tumble. When the American DOJ attacked foreign financial corruption, focusing on the Swiss banks in particular, this had the curious effect of transferring an avalanche of Swiss cash into the American coffers. Impenetrable bank secrecy outside the United States is deplorable, shocking. Regulatory oversight within the US is unimportant. The astute observer will notice we are still within the elite first tier of world finance but the summits of integrity are not quite as lofty as they once were.

And rather than Moneyland, a catchier title for the book could have been Pluto―as in -cracy; -land; -nomists; -parasites; -philia; -phobic; the suffixes exhaust themselves . . . as well as an exclamation mark uncorking the expletive.
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declan-belatar | 11 andre anmeldelser | Jul 1, 2024 |
A few anecdotes highlighting how British government and establishment greed has encouraged the super-wealthy, criminals, and money-launderers to hide their ill-gotten gains behind British tax-havens, shell-companies, and under-funded invetigative organisations. Obviously just the tip of the iceberg. It's an easy read, though the ongoing references to Jeeves and Wooster are irritating and distracting, and unfortunately, but for obvious reasons, it doesn't name political names.
SChant | 3 andre anmeldelser | Oct 15, 2023 |
Having read David Wineberg's review here, I'd just like to say that, speaking as a UK citizen, this book paints an appalling picture of life in the UK today, and for many years past, as far back as 1956 at least. I imagine that when a book like this is published, like a pebble it causes a few small ripples, followed by the deepening silence of the deepest, darkest pool. All is quiet again, and business as usual carries on. Along with [[Miles Goslett]] [[An inconvenient death]] one of the two most depressing books you could ever come across about the way things are done, or not done, in the UK.… (mere)
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comsat38 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 1, 2023 |
DNF at chapter 4 cause its just not that interesting and I have a shelf full of books that are possibly. Also I find the repeated references to P.G. Wodehouse grating.
fionaanne | 3 andre anmeldelser | Nov 28, 2022 |



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