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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Eurasianet: In Kazakhstan CNN Blurs Line Between News and Advertising. Turns out I wasn't the only one baffled to come across a Kazakhstan special report by "the most trusted name in news" last week during my barrel-scraping duties. CNN's "Eye On" series shed its spotlight on oil and mineral treasure trove Kazakhstan, yet wraps up its glossy images of the country's new hydrocarbon purification plant, beaming images of state workers and references to 'wise' economic diversification plans with precious little mention of the Zhanaozhen riots which have rocked the industry over the past year and murmurs of growing discontent.