Eye on the Diamonds
In 2007 Terry Crawford-Browne published the explosive "Eye on the Money". Primarily an account of the international banking sanctions campaign against apartheid during the 1980s, it also dealt with the early stages of the now well-documented South African arms deal scandal. "Eye on the Diamonds" provides more information on how the scandal was uncovered and aims to keep the arms deal saga and the venality of the war business in public focus. Focusing on diamonds, Crawford-Browne links the colonial and apartheid histories of South Africa with the close histories of Israel and Palestine. It demonstrates how De Beers, the South African company which dominated the diamond cartel for more than a century, is fast losing control to far more ruthless Israeli players. The author suggests that the diamond trade - critical to the twenty-first century war business - makes every diamond a 'blood diamond'. In turn, he argues that 'blood diamonds' provide the ultimate money laundering opportunity for organised crime, while the Israeli war business thwarts efforts at peaceful resolution of conflict.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 147.32 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
- 10 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Terry Crawford-Browne
Terry Crawford-Browne was born in Ireland in 1942 and grew up in Libya. He went to school on the island of Malta, before moving to the United States at the age of seventeen, and settling in South Africa in 1967. He and his wife Lavinia have travelled extensively but consider Cape Town not only home, but the best place on earth for climate, beauty and the quality of its wines. They have two adult children, and one grandchild.