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Archive for March, 2008

Mining is the answer to Afghanistan’s political problems.  If you believe that, I also have a nice bridge for sale that will speed your morning commute.  I did not make up the idea that mining could save Afghanistan from itself and, more significantly, the Taliban and poppy growers.  In the first part of a restricted article at the Economist’s website I found this–the text that follows, not the photo which I copy from flickr :

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A weekend of opera.  Saturday morning’s five-hour-long Tristan and Isolde live from the Met by high definition satellite to the local cinema.   A feast of splendor about love induced by lust and potion–with all the emotions that betrayal and adultery attend. 

Dreseden Opera House —  Photo by By Uncle Budda — see flickr.  

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From flickr this photo entitled:  John Cutfeet, spokesperson and councilor from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation speaks at Queen’s Park in front of the Ontario Provincial legislative building in Toronto. 

I am not sure if he is one of the six incarcerated today on contempt of court charges in connection with protests about Platinex drilling for uranium on land the tribe considers its traditional area.  But the picture nicely captures the conflict of cultures.

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Free Tibet

Originally uploaded by Kenny Maths

Atlas Copco’s head of Construction and Mining Techniques unit, Bjorn Rosengren says “I have not run into one mining company that sees any problems over the coming three to five years.”

This optimistic statement is nice to read. But it does not counteract the concern brought on by the other news reports of further suppression in Tibet and the fire-sale of US Bear Sterns for $2 a share, down from $169 only a year ago.

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“Geology” Cake

Originally uploaded by Gurpreet Ghuggi

A short posting to link you to the Globe and Mail article that puts the salary of some starting geologists in the mining industry in Canada at above $100,000 a year. Apparently the average salary for geology undergrads is up from $62,500 in 2004 to $90,700 today.

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Nominee for the strangest mining-related event of the week goes to the release in Tanzania of a report entitled A Golden Opportunity? How Tanzania is failing to benefit from Gold Mining” I cannot find a copy of the report on the web, so I have to rely on a series of badly written articles to try to find out what the report says.  

Background to the report appears to be this:  “The research is published by the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) the National Council of Muslims in Tanzania (BAKWATA) and the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC). It was funded by the Norwegian Church Aid and Christian Aid.”

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Presumably these bishops have the support of the Pope?  In so tightly controlled an organization, it is hard to believe they speak without official sanction.  This is part of a longer report:

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