Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Areas for Oil, and Areas for not

Travel between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, "remains possible only by air seven years after the end of hostilities" (Oliveira 109). An physical link between these urban areas seems like an obvious choice for a domestic development project, but the lack of relevance to the oil sector leaves the urban centers secluded.

Point-Noire, Republic of the Congo
"The trend of company involvement in enclave governance occurs on account of the absence of the state rather than because the company wants to accumulate state-like functions" (Oliveira 109).

Chevron's Malongo compound rests on the coast of Cabinda - an oil producing exclave of Angola. Complete with an 18 hole golf course, the compound was allegedly involved in government toruture in 2002 against seperatist prisoners. (Oliveira 108).

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