Center-Sponsored Courses, Spring 2003

The Politics of Petroleum

 

More oil comes to the U.S. from Latin America than from any other part of the world. That simple, startling fact helped launch a two-semester, 12-reporter, five-country on-the-ground reporting project co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Journalism and Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. The investigation, overseen by veteran correspondent Sandy Tolan, resulted in a three-part series for National Public Radio (June 8-10, 2003, on Morning Edition) and in a series of articles for the Tucson Citizen, the Gannett News Service Wire, Orion Magazine, La Opinion, the websites for the Journalism School and Center for Latin American Studies, and other publications.

At the heart of the work is a single question: How is it that countries with such substantial petroleum wealth find themselves in the throes of such political, economic, social and environmental troubles? In other words, why has petroluem, far from being a panacea, so often proved to be what the late Venezuelan oil minister and co-founder of OPEC, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo, called “the Devil’s excrement”?

(more on the project...)

-National Public Radio is running a three-part series based on this seminar, July 8-10, on Morning Edition

Project Stories

Overview  
"Petroleum and Latin America"
- Sandy Tolan
 
Venezuela Ecuador
"From Desert to Desert: How Crude Oil Gets to the Gas Tank"
- Julian Foley
"Crude Fate: An indigenous community resists oil development in Ecuador"
- Yahaira Castro
"Venezuela: Paradox of plenty" - Olga Rodriguez "Esmeraldas: Still such a shining jewel?"
- Claudine LoMonaco
"Venezuelan Oil: For the Masses or the Meritocracy?"
- Ana Campoy

"Refinery Racism"
- Andres Cediel

Brazil Peru
"Brazil: Land of alternatives"
- Juliana Barbassa
"A Light in the Jungle: Peru’s Camisea Gas Project"
- Jason Felch and Chris Raphael

Mexico

 
"Crisis at PEMEX"
- Daffodil Altan and Angel Gonzalez
 

The Politics of Petroleum

"Venezuela: Paradox of plenty"
- Olga Rodriguez
"Brazil: Land of alternatives"
- Juliana Barbassa
"A Light in the Jungle: Peru’s Camisea Gas Project"
- Jason Felch and Chris Raphael
"Crisis at PEMEX"
- Daffodil Altan and Angel Gonzalez
 
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