KPFA radio station in Berkeley, California, has today produced a special 30-minute show on the new book "Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia" by Lukas Straumann. The show was broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region where the family of Sarawak governor Taib Mahmud secretely invested millions of dollars in real estate.
Guests of the show were Lukas Straumann, the author of the book, and Jettie Word, the executive director of The Borneo Project, a Californian NGO. The show was hosted by Adrienne Fitch-Frankel.
The radio show can be downloaded from the following link:
The show was broadcast ahead of Lukas Straumann's book promotion tour to North America which will start next Tuesday and include author appearances in Ottawa, Vancouver, Berkeley and Washington DC.
Ottawa book launch
Author appearance, November 11, 2014 07:00PM
Octopus Books, 251 Bank St 2nd Floor, Ottawa, ON, CA
Ottawa is the first stop of Lukas Straumann's North America tour with Money Logging. Join us for the night and learn about the presence of Borneo despot Taib Mahmud's family in Ottawa and their multi-million dollar investments in Canada.
Vancouver Book Launch
Author appearance, November 13, 2014 12:00PM
UBC, Graduate School of Journalism, UBC, 6388 Crescent Road, Vancouver, CA
Vancouver is the second stop of Lukas Straumann's North America tour with Money Logging (www.money-logging.org). He will speak at the University of British Columbia’s school of journalism. This event is organized in cooperation with UBC's Forest Sciences Centre.
San Francisco Bay Area book launch
Author appearance, November 16, 2014 03:00PM
University Press Books, Berkeley, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, US
Lukas Straumann will present his book Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia and disclose the money trail that leads from the rainforests of Borneo to California. The event is hosted by The Borneo Project.
Washington DC book launch
Author appearance, November 19, 2014 12:00PM
World Resources Institute, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC, US
The Washington DC book launch of Money Logging will address the question how Malaysia's Taib family brought its proceeds of Borneo timber corruption to the United States. The Taibs bought buildings worth tens of millions of dollars in the US, including the building in downtown Seattle that houses the FBI's Seattle field office. Why did the FBI's due diligence fail when it rented its premises from an Asian kleptocrat? The event is jointly hosted by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
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(7 November 2014)