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Mark Thatcher & Simon Mann's African Coup


"Mark Thatcher urged to accept a plea bargain," by Jane Flanagan, the Telegraph, Dec. 26, 2004.

"Oil Firms' Rich Concessions to Tainted African Ruler Probed," by Ken Silverstein, Los Angeles Times, Dec 18, 2004.

"Pentagon link to Guinea coup plot: Bush official was warned of trouble brewing in oil-rich state," by David Leigh, David Pallister and Jamie Wilson, the Guardian, Sept. 27, 2004.

"US Oil Firms Entwined in Equatorial Guinea Deals," by Justin Blum, Washington Post, Sept. 9, 2004.

"The Iron Lady and the Teflon son: Mark Thatcher's famous mother again bails him out of a jam as his Dallas-area neighbors voice disbelief over coup allegation," by Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News, Sept. 2, 2004.

"Nicked in time: arrest came as Thatcher set to flee, say police," by David Blair, the Telegraph, Aug. 28, 2004.

"Mercenaries, money and political connections," by Jamie Wilson and David Pallister, the Guardian, Aug. 26, 2004.

"Hopes Abandoned in Harare," by Jamie Wilson, David Pallister and Paul Lashmar, the Guardian Aug. 26, 2004.

"Thatcher 'planned to leave home,', Aug. 26, 2004.

"Sir Mark Thatcher: Playboy-turned-businessman dogged by rumours of financial impropriety," by Matthew Tempest, the Guardian, Aug. 25, 2004.

"SEC eyes oil payments to Equatorial Guinea," by the Associated Press, USA Today, Aug. 6, 2004.

"Riggs Investigation Prompts Inquiry into 3 Oil Firms," by Kathleen Day, Washington Post, Aug. 5, 2004.

"Corrupt influence by Big Oil alleged; Senate panel uncovers deals in West Africa," by David Ivanovich, Houston Chronicle, July 16, 2004.

"U.S. Investigates Oil Firms' Deals in West Africa," by Ken Silverstein, Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2004.

"The Politics of Petroleum: Gusher to a Few, Trickle to Many," by Ken Silverstein, Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2004.

"Ties Between Bank and African Oil State Probed," by Ken Silverstein, Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2004.

"Guns for hire thrive in Africa; More than 60 men in Zimbabwe have been accused of planning a coup in Equatorial Guinea," by Abraham McLaughlin, Christian Science Monitor, March 15, 2004.

"Did Africa coup begin in Chelsea?" by A. Barnett and Patrick Smith, the Observer, March 14, 2004.

"Oil Boom Enriches African Ruler," by Ken Silverstein, the Los Angeles Times, Jan. 20, 2003.

"U.S. Oil Politics in the 'Kuwait of Africa," by Ken Silverstein, The Nation, April 4, 2002.

"Gushers of wealth, but little trickles down," by David Hecht, Christian Science Monitor, July 21, 1999.

"What a Day to Remember: Dallas family never dreamed there'd be so much attention," by Lorraine Adams, Dallas Morning News, Nov. 14, 1986.

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