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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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.
Yes, CC, I agree with you, but as for changing the lives of ordinary Afghan citizens, I refer you to Nigeria,
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.
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 email@example.com.
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