Afghanistan loaded with mineral wealth

The NYT says it could change the entire economy. From what I know of history, corrupt governments that come into oil or mineral money just keep it for themselves and the people continue in their poverty. I don’t see this as a game-changer.

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  1. cos cobber

    this is huge news. it cant be understated how big this is. finally, there is something to export beyond opium. needless to say, it wont be easy, but it something worth pouring $ into…developing a mining industry. enter china, stage right.

  2. cos cobber

    Yes and no CF. Without minerals, there is absolutely nothing for Afghanistan to produce but drugs. Zilch. Its better to have an option, albeit ripe with challenges, then nothing.

  3. Chief Sachem

    Let’s GO!

    Population growth in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, due in part to returning refugees, is estimated to lead to a sixfold increase in drinking water needs by 2057. The U.S. Geological Survey is working in partnership with the Afghanistan Geological Survey to address questions of future water availability.

    What: The USGS will present information on future water availability in Afghanistan based on an assessment of climate trends, water use, surface and groundwater availability and water quality.

    Who: H.E. Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
    Matt Larsen, USGS Associate Director for Water
    Jack Medlin, Regional Specialist, Asia Pacific Region, USGS International Programs
    Tom Mack, USGS Hydrologist and lead scientist for the report

    Where: Embassy of Afghanistan

    When: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    A traditional Afghan lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Kara Capelli at kcapelli@usgs.gov.