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MineWeb reports that workers have left the copper mine in Afghanistan being developed by the Chinese because of fears of Taliban attacks.  It appears that the Taliban has target the mine, stating that they do not believe the people will benefit from the mine and that profits will be siphoned off by the Afgan elite and the Chinese. (more…)

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I get angry and sick when I read the following: (more…)

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The most unusual news item today is that the Taliban has announced its support for mining the country.  That is mining as in mineral extraction from the ground, not blowing up everybody.  The Taliban says it will wait for all foreigners to leave the country before it fully supports mining.  (more…)

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   The idea is so unusual that we must pause to consider it:  could mining (the extraction of metals from the ground) help in the demining (removal of explosive devices from the ground) in Afghanistan? (more…)

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US President Barack Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper meet in Ottawa on February 19, 2009

This report on a typically polite Canadian adventure played out at PDAC:

It was peaceful, loud and attention-grabbing.   Seven pro-Tibetan activists posed as delegates to a downtown Toronto mining convention yesterday morning, then unfurled a six-metre red banner that read “HDI – STOP MINING TIBET.”    Some chanted “Tibet is our land” and “stop mining in Tibet,”while two others laid motionless on the floor under the banner, in what they called a “mock die-in” to protest Canadian mining in Tibet.

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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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