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MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#1 7 years ago

Afghanistan Holds Enormous Bounty of Rare Earths, Minerals: Scientific American

Geologists actually mapping the country's mineral bounty suspect its prime cache of coveted rare earth elements is considerably larger than the latest estimate lets on

If there turns out to be a substantial amount of rare earths (important raw material in electronics and other high tech applications) we might see a bit of an extension of NATO's stay in the area. China has a monopoly on this resource and is already using this monopoly strategically, for example by banning exports to Japan as a result of a sea border dispute.




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#2 7 years ago

Afghan government knows this already, but will not allow western (or far-eastern) companies into the country to mine unless they staff with Afghanis. Which is smart, except the people haven't reached an education level high enough to perform this task yet.




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#3 7 years ago

Lol when does nato ever leave? this will just give them an excuse to stay, "to help Afghanistan develop it's natural resources to create a stable capitalism sorry I mean democracy"




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#4 7 years ago

America will invade soon. If they don't, somebody else will. It's all about the resources, rather than freeing the countries of evil dictators.




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#5 7 years ago
Alakazam;5566063America will invade soon. If they don't, somebody else will. It's all about the resources, rather than freeing the countries of evil dictators.

By soon do you mean ten years ago?

I heard about this awhile ago. I still think they're going to continue to grow a lot of opium.




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#6 7 years ago

I read about this a few month back in popular science. Afghanistan needs jobs that don't involve growing drugs or blowing up people. The world needs rare earth elements from a place other than China.

If the Afgan government knows what is best for the country, they will allow in outside companies to develop the resources. Rights to the minerals would be sold off to the highest bidder. Outside companies bring the capital and technical knowledge needed, the local population provides the muscle. Over time educated Afagan's can move into the technical positions.

Lol when does nato ever leave? this will just give them an excuse to stay, "to help Afghanistan develop it's natural resources to create a stable capitalism sorry I mean democracy"

Seeing as they are looking to exploit their mineral wealth, I say we did a better job than Soviets did at brining communism to the country. At least we are not going to be leaving a smouldering crater behind.




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#7 7 years ago
EO Violation;5566003Afghan government knows this already, but will not allow western (or far-eastern) companies into the country to mine unless they staff with Afghanis. Which is smart, except the people haven't reached an education level high enough to perform this task yet.

Good idea, although the problem is probably that they need some high-tech machinery and expertise to get at those resources and they can only get that from foreign investors. So even if Afghanis eventually push the buttons a big part of the proceeds will still go to to western corporations.

That still beats having opium as your number one export though.




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#8 7 years ago

[SIZE="3"]You just buy the expertise as training and introduce that to your own workforce. Set aside a few hundred thousand pounds to send your people off to train in a Western country, or in China perhaps, or to get teachers from those places over to your place. You do not need foreign investors - they do not have a monopoly on the skills or on the machinery.

You'll have a couple of years downtime but it's not like you need some university educated person to quote Shakespeare at you or anything. Most of the education they're missing is dead-weight anyway.

As I recall, generally foreign investors get let in when the poorer country is blackmailed by an organisation like the world bank. And after that their previously growing economy gets screwed and eaten by the 'free' market. It's almost as if allowing a super-fluidity of goods and services, when labour and skills are still relatively static, produces areas of high local poverty when better placed actors are introduced into the model.[/SIZE]




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#9 7 years ago
Pethegreat;5566225 If the Afgan government knows what is best for the country, they will allow in outside companies to develop the resources. Rights to the minerals would be sold off to the highest bidder. Outside companies bring the capital and technical knowledge needed, the local population provides the muscle. Over time educated Afagan's can move into the technical positions.

And the Taliban will totally allow that.