A great piece on Colombia from Setty, today's must-read. Here's an excerpt:
It’s not the sort of thing you learn if you contact Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. and request a tour of their field and get flown the 200 km from Bogotá on a small plane in 45 minutes, with charming overhead views of the pastoral countryside. It is the sort of thing one learns when visiting with an embittered former farmer who is now a labour activist for oilfield contractors, whose family owns a little parcel of land bought by an oil company to develop the pictured well in what is no longer simply some finca in the middle of nowhere but is instead “the Jaguar field.” He and his siblings can’t afford to farm anymore, since prices in the region have shot up with the presence of oil money, while prices for farm goods haven’t risen. I did not know that Dutch disease could affect a single town, but there it is.