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Originally posted by SLAYER69
Somehow this doesn't surprise me.
Outside of the poppy fields and oil pipeline routs there had to be something that was more valuable in the region. I'm surprised they released this info. I doubt that this is actually a new discovery. It was probably known for years.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
This isn't new news. Well maybe the trillion dollar part is, but we have known Afghanistan has massive untapped deposits of minerals, metals, and precious stones.
And you don't think it will be US multinationals that own these deposits? They'll pay a pittance in royalty fees and most of the jobs will be outsourced to foreigners. It wont do squat for the economy - Afghanistan is massively in debt and will be for a long time.
Lithium ey? - China has the worlds biggest deposits of Lithium - a key component in electric car batteries...
I wonder how long ago all this was known.
Originally posted by mishigas
These deposits don't get 'owned' by foreign nations - the rights are leased. Take Saudia Arabia, for example.
Originally posted by toreishi
reply to post by Chevalerous
here's a link to show people what afghanistan was like in the 50's and 60's.
Once upon a time in Afghanistan
Originally posted by bonnieprince
Shame very little of the riches this will bring will reach the afghan people who need it, its obvious the US corporations will move in, paying off the Afghan government and their cronies while the people get almost nothing. Hooray for the coalition of the free and willing!