Afghanistan's Treasure: A Blessing or Curse?
The New York Times recently broke the story of the massive mineral find in Afghanistan. It was originally estimated at 1 trillion dollars and now has been changed to possibly be closer to 3 trillion. Although, this appears as if it has the ability to completely transform the nation of Afghanistan (a nation with a current GDP of only 1 billion) there are several serious questions that must be carefully considered before jumping to any conclusion.
First, is the accessibility of the minerals...
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