When I first heard about the project, Oil Reporting in Iraq, I was a little surprised that it was even necessary for people outside Iraq to deal with such a topic. It was one of the first projects I worked on at OpenOil back in 2010, and it consisted of a wikipedia-style database with articles more »
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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 conflict-stricken and volatile neighbours to the North such as Peru, Colombia and Venezuela. Chile, along with diamond-rich Botswana, is understandably often cited as an encouraging rarity in evading the ‘resource curse’, particularly following its stellar performance through the global economic downturn and an average growth rate of 4% a year since 1999.