Tall, thin, copper-rich Chile can often appear an anomaly in South America. Rather than picturesque Andean highlands, kaleidoscopic indigenous groupings, ponchos and pan-pipes that draw shoals of Gap Year students from across the world, it brings to mind images of a glistening economic success story, gleaming skyscrapers in Santiago and a haven of stability among more »
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Having spent the last 10 days in Libya, I've been searching, as I always seem to end up doing on field trips, for arguments to support the idea of publish and be damned. That governments should just let it all hang out, publish contracts, seismic data, the transactions of state-owned bank accounts, why not, as something which is logistically easy, would revolutionise the way business is done and which would, in both the long and short run, be in the national commercial and political interest. This usually involves noble arguments, grand philosophy or at best scrabbling around for precedent, often from arcane literature about far flung places that our local partners in any case feel no connection to.