Articles by: Kristian Lasslett

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Informit: Profiting from disaster

The Australian scramble for Bougainville's mineral wealth Disaster capitalism Down Under Since it was coined by Canadian journalist Naomi Klein in 2007, 'disaster capitalism' has become the phrase of choice for describing how nations emerging from catastrophe-be it conflict or natural disaster-are targeted by an international vulture class who profit from crisis. The common fraudster preys on the vulnerability of individuals, be that due to age, infirmity or education; disaster capitalism is typified by an…

Bougainville: Australia’s Secret War, by Kristian Lasslett

The hidden hand of Canberra in a war little cared about by the Australian people.

Informit: Bougainville: Australia’s secret war

The hidden hand of Canberra in a war little cared about by the Australian people. Mr Pip, a recent film set during the 1990s Bougainville war, deals with the disorienting impact of sudden trauma and the struggle survivors endure to break the subsequent bondage of grief. This searching narrative is channelled through the character of Mr Watts, a British expatriate played by Hugh Laurie, who has assumed the improvised role of village schoolteacher in rural…