NARCO CLOSEHOLD: A Muddle in Mauritania

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


By Geoff D. Porter

How things look depends a lot on where you sit. Where you are changes your perspective. The same thing looks different, which leads to different conclusions. And in environments where it is difficult to reach out and touch that thing you’re looking at, where that thing you’re observing is ungraspable and shrouded, conclusions can become conspiratorial. There may be facets of truth, but they’re mixed with fallacy. There may be foundations that are right, but further assumptions that are wrong. But in the absence of proof, they are all true at once. The fledgling Mauritanian hydrocarbons sector is like this. It is a tale of two perceptions, where the reality is a muddle...

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