FYI

We will see how valid this article was.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?_r=1

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13 responses to “FYI

  1. You need to provide a couple pictures of yourself so that I may provide you with an entirely useless white, married greater beta guy rating.

  2. If i wasn’t such a scared bunny i would..

    • You look great in your 1 centimeter x 1 centimeter avatar photo. I am fairly confident you are comfortably above the do-able threshold.

  3. My looks depends completely on moment: 3 month’s long terrorizing exam period with constant coffee and cheap food: not so pretty . If im having holiday at adriatic sea: prettier.
    I might do some pic in future when im wiser,,, but then, it will probably be skewed, as everyone can show up at least some good pic of themselves..

  4. Btw, you have very good comments over at roissy, enjoy reading them.

  5. That’s how the world spins i guess 🙂 but fyi, I am not saying this to flatter, i mean what i say,, part of my game.

  6. Bic,
    This is just politicians and media hype. The problem with minerals isn’t how much is in the ground it is getting it to where it is useful.

    http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20100615_dispatch_bringing_afghanistans_mineral_wealth_market

    They may be able to export their lithium in the southwest to… Iran? Pakistan? Okay they have other rich mines in their heart, maybe Turkministan, Uzbekistan, or Tajikistan would want them? Oh not really?

    Minerals would need to get to the China, Eastern Europe, the US or India (but they’d have to go through Pakistan) to be refined into some product people actually want. China has a small border but it would have to invest in some kind of expensive rail through rugged terrain then across their whole country to their coast where the manufacturing is. China already has established domestic mines (and infrastructure) much closer to their production and Australia’s state of the art mines are providing China with all the high value metals they need.

    I think this is just the media being the media. Making a story to sell. Something to get the eyeballs for the nightly news.

  7. Mr N. I comletely agree. The truth is more complicated then this hype article. I heard similar stories before from other nations . I am curious… still if anything happening i would say Georgia (rugged terrain?) and Russia is something to keep an eye on… I have plenty of Georgian friends and while they are very emotional and nationalistic, some things are clear as water when they explain,,,,
    I am little informed about australia, good to know btw…

  8. Furthermore,, i belive that the Georgian conflict will create more problems then admitted in the mainstream, concerning gas and oil, especially in Eastern Europe, some Arab Countries and Russia…

  9. Bic,

    From what we’ve heard here in the US news the main reason for the Georgian conflict was so Russia could control the Caspian pipeline.

    BP had proposed to put the pipeline through Russia first but Russian never-ending internal political bickering (which companies, provinces and republics would make the proceeds, blocking other competitors) made it infeasible.

    BP decided to build the pipeline through Georgia. Putin (still a villain-genius in the media here although I understand he is seen as somewhat of a bumbler in Russian press, but maybe that is just because all my Russian acquaintances left for a reason) sought it as a way to control the Caspian pipeline.

    I have also read some papers suggesting that the reason Russia invaded is to gain a better wall in the mountains for fortress Russia (as once an invading army crosses the Caucus mountains Russia will be indefensible on its plains) from an invading Turkey or Iran which isn’t a threat now but may be later.

    I have also read one paper proposing the reason for the Georgian invasion is a response to NATO’s actions in Kosovo. As the Europeans acting through NATO declared Kosovo separate despite UN objections Russia was concerned NATO had become a UN with guns, and one where Russian had no votes. Able to declare parts of countries independent despite objections from other countries. NATO was also encroaching on historic Russian influence, like Georgia. As NATO was overextended in Afganistan it didn’t have the ability to back up any claims in Georgia and Russia was able to capitalize, if NATO can do it just a decade prior in Kosovo why couldn’t the Russian Federation?

    Problem with propaganda though is you don’t know if its true. From your understanding what is really going on? (Maybe you should write a post on this.)

  10. Hey Mr N.
    I might have come off as knowing more then i do, i am curious and very interested though, and i can only speculate but i think that Georgia, due to internal problems was attacked by Russia, when i say internal problems i mean the disorganized infrastructure, Ossetian conflict, corruption and political conflict (president dying of gas poisining) and years of ongoing dispute with Russia about the pipelines have made the relations of the 2 countries toxic. Also, Georgia was disorganized in the 90’s, it was common to disconnect Russian trainwagons filled with oil passing through Georgia. Many people got rich this way in. So Russia had problems in Georgia.
    The gas pipeline that is drawn to Hungary and other European countries goes through Ukraine, and Russia and Ukraine have been in conflict over this, Ukraine wants Russia to pay more for the use of the pipelines, and it results in that the pipelines are closed occasionally. Becasue of this Russia wanted to build a pipeline through Georgia and Turkey to Europe, their location is beneficial. And Russia have years of ongoing conflict due to this. Personally, i find it hard to believe that this would have been the only reason for Russia marching in.
    Russia claimed that their invasion was to defend Ossetia and Abkhazia region in Georgia, which is valid, there are plenty of problems in that region. Georgia could do better not letting Russia have any further reasons to march in.
    I hope it makes sense, personally, i am not to keen to discuss conflicts i was a bit tipsy when i replied you yesterday, i just happen to have friends that are from Georgia, and as Hungary is affected by gas and the pipelines through Ukraine, i can see what drama goes around there.

  11. Logistics problems would be very difficult, as Mr N suggests. It’s really not possible to do large-scale mining without access to either a railroad or a navigable waterway..and I don’t believe there is presently a single railroad in all of Afghanistan.

    These mineral deposits may be of great value someday, but it’s going to take a while.

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