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Steve Hanson

; it is a key quality of the city of Manchester. It is worth repeating: in Manchester, always attend to the facades, and to what they are telling you. The stories themselves, then, are the biggest facades in the city. For instance, the blurred afterimage of Romanticism completely obliterates the figure of Thomas de Quincey, a biological racist, at the same time as the place where the Fifth Pan-African Congress was held becomes nothing but a thin, preserved frontage. These are just some of the contradictions that can be found. 227 Manchester: Something rich and

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Infrastructure, financial extraction and the global South

No struggle for social justice that lacks a grounded understanding of how wealth is accumulated within society, and by whom, is ever likely to make more than a marginal dent in the status quo. Much work has been done over the years by academics and activists to illuminate the broad processes of wealth extraction. But a constantly watchful eye is essential if new forms of financial extraction are to be blocked, short-circuited, deflected or unsettled. So when the World Bank and other well-known enablers of wealth extraction start to organise to promote greater private-sector involvement in ‘infrastructure’, for example through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), alarm bells should start to ring. How are roads, bridges, hospitals, ports and railways being eyed up by finance? What bevels and polishes the lens through which they are viewed? How is infrastructure being transformed into an ‘asset class’ that will yield the returns now demanded by investors? Why now? What does the reconfiguration of infrastructure tell us about the vulnerabilities of capital? The challenge is not only to understand the mechanisms through which infrastructure is being reconfigured to extract wealth: equally important is to think through how activists might best respond. What oppositional strategies genuinely unsettle elite power instead of making it stronger?

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

Lesotho's national referral hospital
Nicholas Hildyard

hospital directly 18  Licensed larceny Exhibit 2.2 Netcare’s ten top shareholders in 2015 Institutional shareholder Percentage of shares held Location of headquarters Public Investment Corporation Ltd 16.2% South Africa. Government-owned private limited company. Allan Gray Unit Trust Management (RF) (PTY) Ltd 3.69% South Africa. Allan Gray is the ‘largest privately owned and independent asset manager in Southern Africa’. Netcare Fund 3.62% South Africa. Liberty Group Ltd (Investment Portfolio) 3.14% South Africa. Privately owned pan-African financial

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Nicholas Hildyard

Development Bank and the Dutch pension fund asset manager, APG. The fund is managed by Macquarie. Other similar schemes have been launched by African governments, notably the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund, whose investors include a mixture of pension funds and public financial institutions such the African Development Bank. Not to be outdone, the World Bank (2014d) has set up the Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF), a public–private initiative funded by governments, multilateral development banks and export credit agencies with the heads of some of the world

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