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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Yesterday was the last day of the British Council led “Paving the Future Youth Forum”, which has involved 100 incredibly smart young Libyans, and around 15 more from around the MENA region, and provided me with a great reason to come back here, as a facilitator on the journalism corner. As my last trip here in December 2011 was also for a workshop type event, “Libya's Oil and Finance Future”, I've found it hard not to compare the two. The participants at each workshop were very different; the December event involved people already interested in oil and transparency, from oil companies, relevant ministries of the interim government, media outlets looking to cover the subject, and members of civil society.