Sunday, July 10, 2016
"New" Colombia looking like the old
This is an insightful analysis from a few years ago, written by a friend of mine in Colombia. In it, she looks at at certain version presented by the Financial Times of a "new", neoliberal Colombia, one that presumably leaves behind years of war to open itself up to well-meaning foreign investors in sectors like mining and oil. The author of the blog post does a great job of questioning the assumptions and assertions of this narrative. I'm a bit more blunt in my analysis--if the future of Colombia is to be extractive industries that enrich a few at the expense of the environment and livelihoods of the poor majority, then how is this different from the base conditions that fueled armed conflict and suffering for decades?