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Afghanistan's Minerals

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Assistant professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University Christine Fair discusses the reported trillion dollar mineral deposits in Afghanistan and the economics and politics of mining those resources.

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Christine Fair

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Comments [6]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

I second Sally's comment below: This story is not new and it means next to nothing for the "war" effort but propaganda by the US government (especially the Pentagon) in order to put a positive spin on things. It has been known for some time that the mining admin. in the Afghan government is one of the most corrupt after the Chinese tried to bribe its chief administrator.

As the guest stated, the US ain't extracting anything anytime soon, if at all. Leave that to the hungry Chinese.

Jun. 15 2010 11:21 AM
Jenny from Jersey City

Please address Sally's comment.

Jun. 15 2010 10:49 AM
Sally from LES

This story is propaganda and not in fact news despite the NYTs recent article. What gives WNYC? Why would do such mindless aping? The NYT's has been off base so many times but you keep going back to it as a source of information. Do your own homework!

From the Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/06/the-mineral-miracle-a-massive-information-operation/58104/

"The Bush Administration concluded in 2007 that Afghanistan was potentially sitting on a goldmine of mineral resources and that this fact ought to become a central point of U.S. policy in bolstering the government. The Soviets knew this in 1985, as a 2002 history of the region's economy shows.

The Obama administration and the military know that a page-one, throat-clearing New York Times story will get instant worldwide attention. The story is accurate, but the news is not that new; let's think a bit harder about the context. "

Jun. 15 2010 10:30 AM
jl from ny

who will own it

Jun. 15 2010 10:26 AM

was this what the war was all about!?

how much lithium will need to be mined to put the mullahs out of business?

Jun. 15 2010 09:06 AM
George from Bay Ridge

How would the discovery of these minerals exacerbate the corruption problem of the Karzai government?

How would these resources hurt the development of democracy in Afghanistan?

Jun. 15 2010 12:40 AM

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