The Curse

For years, the holding pattern worked, at least according to its own perverse logic. Conflict simmered throughout the [area], but it followed a template that was easy to understand: suffering, frustration, protest, organized uprising, violent crackdown, memorandum of understanding, token development project, discreet cash handout, return to suffering. Year after year, the same tired set pieces were acted out, with only the cast of characters changing, a sort of rotating repertory of protests and pipelines and men arriving in helicopters.

Then, in the late [years], people started getting creative.

The Curse of Oil by John Ghazvinian. Will we see the same dynamic take hold?

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