Theorizing the relationship between the natural and the social.
Monday, June 14, 2010
IF you ever wondered what the war in Afghanistan was really about . . .
at least since 2004, and especially for Canada, whose Cdn companies control 60% of the mining projects in the world:
Report: US Discovers $1 Trillion in Afghan Mineral Deposits
The New York Times is reporting the United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, including huge amounts of copper, cobalt, gold and lithium. US officials say the find could alter the Afghan war and make Afghanistan one of the most important mining centers in the world. An internal Pentagon memo states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and cell phones. The value of mineral deposits dwarfs the size of Afghanistan’s existing economy. Afghanistan’s gross domestic product is only about $12 billion. American geologists have been studying the potential for mining since at least 2004. The timing of the New York Times article has been questioned by some because it is being published at a time when the Obama administration has little good news to report on Afghanistan."