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Gold Worth $1 Trillion Buried in Afghanistan Mountains

World  (tags: Afghanistan, Afghan Ministry of Mines, $1 trillion in gold, mountains, difficut terrain, investors sought, Badakshan, Zarkashan, Balkhab Shaida, Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, Taliban )

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A trillion dollars' worth of gold under the hills of war-torn Afghanistan is set to be mined, as the Afghan government starts its tendering process. Four separate projects are up for grabs, to let global companies mine both gold and copper...


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TomCat S (128)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 9:21 pm
That's PART of why thew Bush regime installed KarzaI

Kristen H (25)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 5:18 am
Aha. now we see why so many countries are so interested in Afghanistan. Greed is an ugly color.

Russell R (87)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 10:12 am
Lithium more than Gold is the prise our government has been after. Bin Laden, they could have taken down many a time and like at the end, it didn't take an army to do it. Greed took us to war in Iraq. Remember, the war that will pay for itself in a year, which will be paying for generations to come. The only thing the U.S. is paying now, is the interest owed on the money it borrowed from China. (Who is getting ready to take us on by taking out our eyes in the sky) While our men were fighting in Iraq, we were taking geological surveys of Afghanistan, to see why the Russians were so interested in it. It turns out that Afghanistan, has double the wealth of Saudi Arabia in mineral resources, which Sec. of State HC was trying to bargain for. The trouble is, is that what us out of their land. When Greed became our god, our Nation began to crumble!

Barbara Goheen (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 1:21 pm
interesting story. thanks

Bonita Annis (20)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 1:35 pm
This comes as no surprise to me. 2 - 3 years back, I was watching a program that stressed the vast quantity of mineral wealth untapped in Afghanistan..made me "raise an eyebrow" then. Now that the word is out - there will probably be a scramble to see who can get their greedy little paws on this country that suddenly, after thousands of years of poverty - just might be able to become a world power contender. Oh my - can't let THAT happen right? Thar's gold in them hills! To hell with the Taliban....Why, oh why, does this have the "stink" of Vietnam about it?

Bill Eagle (41)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 2:17 pm
A trillion is a big number.

Tom Edgar (56)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 2:27 pm
It has been said, so often, religion lies close to the surface in nearly all wars, it is usually closely accompanied by commercial considerations.Often it is the anticipated financial rewards (for those already rich) being justified by the underlying religious excuses, and false declarations of altruism, to the poor ignorant slobs who unthinkingly swallow the propaganda,who then patriotically lay their bodies on the line for another persons financial reward..

BG Callahan (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 3:26 pm
Gold mining is ultra destructive to huge chunks of the Earths crust, as is rare earth mining. No easily concealed little mine shafts here! More terrestrial lesions visible from space. And the folks living on the land where it exists will get a pittance for their back-breaking labor, and poison to boot.
I'm exhorted by both the Right and the Progressives to "Own Gold". Yeah, cyanide for ones moral sense. Blood minerals. My satirical little wish is that one day we discover so much gold that it becomes as cheap as aluminum.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 5:05 pm
China will be the one to benefit from these resources.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 5:16 pm
There are jewels there too. I just hope that some of the wealth that will flow from this goes to the Afghan people.

Eddie O (95)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 6:55 pm
Hopefully the AFghan people will get some of that money, and the environment won't be more horribly devestated than what's necessary. Necessary being a relevant term.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 9:52 pm
Now we find the reason of invasion of Afghanistan its not fight against terrorism or AL-Qaida or to protect poor people but for GOLD and Minerals and precious stones its all about greed and money and money to hell with the armed forces or poor people of Afghanistan being killed in the processes as long American Govt get their pound of flesh

Lakmal Bandara (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 11:54 pm
Another good reason to be get spoiled by greedy nations.

Penelope P (222)
Friday December 9, 2011, 12:26 am
No wonder our operations have moved North to secure the area-Incidentally this is where over a million people are close to starvation as a result of wars and drought

Barbara T (431)
Friday December 9, 2011, 12:59 am
The October 2011 issue of Scientific American, which I viewed in the Public Library, has an eight-page article, half of which is MAPS, on this very subject. It LISTS the different minerals and Rare Earths that geologists have found in Afghanistan.
United States geologists went over to Afghanistan just THREE WEEKS after 9/11 to explore, under armed guard. VERY interesting.
Of COURSE the Afghan people will get NONE of this wealth! Their Environment will be permanently DEGRADED, that's their Land, their Air, and their Water, by FOREIGN mining operations. If they are "lucky", they might get terrible, dangerous work in the mines for a pittance. Maybe the foreign companies, including the US, will find it even cheaper to import slave laborers from Asian countries, more controllable since their passports will be confiscated and they will be isolated in a country where they don't know the language.

Barbara T (431)
Friday December 9, 2011, 1:18 am
A brief summary of the 8-page Scientific American article appeared in the Workers' World newspaper. Here it is:

"Mineral riches spur imperialist grab", by David Sole.

It isn't often that you get an education in political science from a prominent journal dedicated to the natural sciences. But the October 2011 issue of Scientific American has provided an answer to the question many have posed: Why has the United States been carrying on a war in Afghanistan for the past 10 years?

In an article titled, "Afghanistan's Buried Riches", author Sarah Simpson reveals a startling account of the collaboration between the U.S.Army and the U.S.Geological Survey in that war-torn country. For seven years 50 USGS geologists have been ferried around in Black Hawk helicopters along with their personal military escorts. Often the scientists land for only one hour, surrounded by armed troops in areas that could erupt into firefights at any time.

These scientists and the Pentagon have covered the country and mapped an amazing array of rich mineral deposits.

The USGS project director, Jack H. Medlin, told the author that Afghanistan could be "one of the most important mining centers on earth". In one area the USGS has identified deposits of rare earth minerals that could supply the world's demand for 10 years at a value estimated at $7.4 billion. The Pentagon figures that same site has an additional $82 billion worth of other important minerals.

A map of the country's deposits shows huge areas of lead, zinc, tungsten, lithium, tin, copper, gold and iron conservatively estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars. A single site south of Kabul has been leased out for copper mining and is expected to yield $43 billion.

Simpson reports that the Pentagon and the World Bank, working through the Afghan Ministry of Mines, plan to auction six major mineral sites in the coming months. Iron deposits west of Kabul are thought to be worth $420 billion alone. Twenty-three international mining corporations have submitted intentions to bid on these and other mining tracts.

Perhaps the most startling revelation is that the USGS was given the go-ahead to survey Afghanistan only three weeks after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. "The 2001 U.S. invasion opened the door," the article states candidly.

Finding and mapping the mineral deposits is one thing. Setting up mining operations in the middle of an ongoing war is quite another. It remains to be seen if the Afghan people will permit foreign corporations to loot their vast mineral wealth without a bitter fight. The U.S. military machine has been unable, after 10 years, to pacify the country and establish a functioning puppet regime. Perhaps now people in the U.S. can see more clearly what this war has really been about.

[From the Worker's World newspaper]


Barbara T (431)
Friday December 9, 2011, 1:42 am
The article in Scientific American candidly states, "Major mineral exploitation in some poor countries has been more curse than blessing. The discovery of oil in Nigeria more than 50 years ago has earned billions of dollars for petroleum companies and the government, but most Nigerians still live on less than $1 a day."

And, ".... industrial nations are becoming increasingly tense about their sources of 'critical elements' -- minerals that are crucial but whose supply could be restricted. Most critical for the U.S. are the six elements in the platinum groups of metals {Platinum, Palladium, Rhodium, Ruthenium, Iridium, Osmium}; the 17 elements known as rare-earth elements {with names such as Yttrium, Thulium, Dysprosium, Cerium, and others you've maybe never heard of!}; as well as Indium, Manganese, and Niobium."
Which, you guessed it, Afghanistan is just RIFE with, for those who know what they're looking for!

I have made copies of the Workers' World summary of the article; I have handed out copies among my Peacenik friends; I want to get that article INTO THE HANDS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN, or about to be deployed there or returned from there.
WHY their lives are being put on the line! For THIS!
It AIN'T for "Democracy", or to "protect" us from those awful bloodthirsty Afghans that're going to come over and kill us in our bedrooms!
Nor is it to "save" those Afghan women from their men! {Afghan women have their OWN Feminist groups!} American intervention NEVER "saved" any women, or children -- who get killed by our bombs and drones instead, or impoverished by war, driven into prostitution -- those are facts.

I have been assured that this reprint is finding its way to "Coffee Strong", a GI Coffeehouse in Tacoma, WA. Where Vets with an anti-war bent hang out.......
I recommend this action to anyone who is interested......

Elize Labuschagne (181)
Friday December 9, 2011, 6:16 am
Once again, Chinese locusts will be there first

Sonny Honrado (5)
Friday December 9, 2011, 6:20 am
Wow lots and lots of money waiting to be harvested!

Marianna Molnar (9)
Friday December 9, 2011, 9:56 am
i would have never thought. good to know why is being occupied
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