HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » Afghanistan publishes min...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 12:51 PM

Afghanistan publishes mining contracts in anti-graft fight

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Afghanistan's government released on Sunday the details of scores of mining and energy contracts, including a major Chinese deal, in an effort to counter rampant corruption and bribery of officials worrying resource investors and donors alike.

As the government finalises new laws designed to attract more foreign mining investment, officials made public 210 previously awarded contracts, including one signed in 2011 with China National Petroleum Corp to develop three oil and gas blocks in the Amu Darya basin.

>

Chinese and Indian companies are already scrambling to access to Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral wealth. The country has large deposits of gold, copper, iron ore and oil, as well as lithium and rare earths used in high-tech manufacturing.

Chinese firms are leading the race, with China Metallurgical Group (MCC) and Jiangxi Copper winning a 2007 deal to exploit the giant $3 billion Aynak copper mine southeast of the capital Kabul.

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/14/uk-afghanistan-mines-idUKBRE89D0AL20121014

7 replies, 1648 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 7 replies Author Time Post
Reply Afghanistan publishes mining contracts in anti-graft fight (Original post)
dipsydoodle Oct 2012 OP
sulphurdunn Oct 2012 #1
Archae Oct 2012 #2
dipsydoodle Oct 2012 #3
sulphurdunn Oct 2012 #4
krkaufman Oct 2012 #5
littlemissmartypants Oct 2012 #6
littlemissmartypants Oct 2012 #7

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:31 PM

1. Was the Afghan

war ever really about anything other than making the country safe for global resource exploitation?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:47 PM

2. Yes it was.

Originally it was to kick the Taliban out, since they wouldn't stop supporting Osama and Al-Qaeda.

Bush and Cheney of course botched the whole thing, when they diverted needed resources to Iraq for Bush's "Mission Accomplished."

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Archae (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:05 PM

3. In which it was a massive fail.

.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink



Response to Archae (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 07:44 PM

5. which is arguable

We'll never know the truth, and definitely will never know what might have been, but contemporary reporting indicated the Taliban might have been willing to give up bin Laden.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/oct/14/afghanistan.terrorism5

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:49 PM

6. dipsydoodle Thank You so much for posting this

Since I found out about Mes Aynak, thanks to Cali, I have made it my mission to inform others about its fate... If any one is so inclined please sign the petition at change.org and invite all you know to do the same. When Cali and I decided to try to do our part the petition was at 1,301 signatures today it is at 14,487 supporters but 35,513 more are needed. So far, NO environmental impact plan and NO mining plan has been made public. There has been NO discussion of variable mining technologies that might allow for portions of the site to be saved. Local residents and the Afghan population have NOT been informed of the costs and significant risks of this endeavor.

An atmosphere of secrecy prevails and destruction is scheduled to begin in just a few weeks, this December. An archaeological site with artifacts dating back to the Bronze age including hundreds of manuscripts is scheduled to be destroyed. We may not save Mes Aynak but we have already made a difference by increasing awareness. I thank you deeply for the post and the help. LMSP





http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014256523

http://www.change.org/petitions/president-hamid-karzai-prevent-destruction-of-ancient-site-of-mes-aynak-the-environmental-damage-3

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:19 AM

7. Here is the link to the PDF files at the Ministry of Mines

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread