I get angry and sick when I read the following: (more…)
Friday is upon us, so here are a few idle thoughts to ponder over the weekend. Re Afghanistan mining, I refer you to this link where we read:
A Chinese state-owned firm has already been awarded the concession for a copper mine in eastern Afghanistan. Many mining industry executives say they expect the Chinese to bid aggressively on Afghanistan’s newly discovered mineral deposits even as many Western firms sit it out. Robert Schafer, executive vice president of Hunter Dickinson, an exploration and mining firm based in Vancouver, Canada, which lost the bid for the copper mine concession to the Chinese company, said he believed that the Chinese “have a different perception of the risk” because they see mineral resource development as part of a national strategy. “Their concern is for the supply of a commodity, so they are willing to do things at a loss,” Mr. Schafer said. “So yes, I could see the Chinese being willing to make investments in areas where we are unwilling (more…)
Posted in Asia, Gold, tagged Afghan, Afghanistan, Canada, Chinese, Daniel Wemp, death, gold mine, Jared Diamond, mining, New Guinea, New Yorker, soldiers, Takhar, United States on May 9, 2008 | 1 Comment »
Tribes fighting tribes for control of resources, for revenge, and for the shear thrill of being young and vicious. Here is a haunting picture from the New Yorker that has just published a superb piece by Jared Diamond in which he traces the deeds of Daniel Wemp in the New Guinea Highlands as he goes about organizing his relatives to kill in order to revenge the killing of his “beloved paternal uncle Soll.”
Reading Diamond’s article, we soon come to realize the power of family and tribe to induce irrational loyalties, to induce murderous acts, and to substitute for the reason that is at the basis of a lawful society.
On a seeming unrelated topics, I notice in a document the date of which I cannot establish and which seems to be issued by the Secretariat for the Ministry of Mine and Industries, Kabul, Afghanistan, the following:
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 :