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Tethyan Copper plans to invest $3.2bn in Reco Dig, DailyTimes, Sep 30, 2010
Iron ore supply from Balochistan suspended, by Aamir Shafaat Khan, Dawn.com, Aug 14, 2010
Baloch Hal Editorial: Gilani Must Respect GoB’s Stance on Reko Diq Project, Jul 17, 2010 (from before: Balochistan pledges to run Reko Diq, by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, May 27, 2010)
Comprehensive security for OGDCL in Balochistan areas, by Khaleeq Kiani, Dawn.com, Jul 14, 2010
Raisani Seeks a Viable Proposal to Run Reko Diq Project, The Baloch Hal, Jul 13, 2010
Balochistan Belongs to Balochs; No “Equal Status” for Others: BNP, The Baloch Hal, Jul 12, 2010
Balochistan Diary: Chamalang project: bury the past, buy the future, by Saeed Minhas, DailyTimes, Jul 6, 2010
Baloch people have expectations from Gwadar Port: Raisani, DailyTimes.com.pk, Jul 1, 2010
Reko Diq, TCC and the Future of Baloch, by Gwaraam Baloch, BalochUnity.org, Jul 1, 2010
Balochs resent Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline: BNP, Baloch Hal, Jun 19, 2010
Gas pipeline project will benefit Balochistan immensely: Raisani, by Mohammad Zafar, DailyTimes, Jun 15, 2010
Iran approves "peace pipeline" deal with Pakistan, Dawn, Jun 13, 2010: "...The pipeline will connect Iran's giant South Fars gas field with Pakistan's southern Baluchistan and Sindh provinces..."
Canada’s transnational mining industry implicated in abuses, by Sakura Saunders, The Dominion, Jun 2, 2010 (reposted at BalochUnity)
Balochistan pledges to run Reko Diq, by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, May 27, 2010)
Balochistan govt to buy shares in PPL, The Baloch Hal, May 21, 2010
Protest: against nuclear tests in front of White House on May 28: "Pro-independence Baloch from the U.S.A. and Canada and their allies and friends will converge in the U.S. capital on May 28 to protest against Pakistan's nuclear tests in Occupied Balochistan in front of the White House..."
TCC distributes certificates among students, The Baloch Hal, May 15, 2010
Three security personnel injured, gas pipeline blown up in Balochistan, BalochWarna, May 15, 2010
Dr. Zaffar Baloch speech at the UFT “Conference on the Canadian Mining Industry,” reposted at BalochWarna
May 7-9, 2010: Mining (in)Justice: At Home and Abroad conference), Baluchsarmachar, May 7, 2010: "Mining (in)justice: at home and abroad is a conference on the Canadian mining industry (including Tar Sands) set to take place in Toronto on the weekend of May 7-9, 2010. It will feature leaders in movements against Canadian mining companies both within and outside of Canada and provide space for growing our own movements in alliance with communities impacted by this industry." (report)
Protest: April 28, 2010: Confront Barrick Gold in Toronto, details at BaluchSarmachar (how Barrick Gold is involved in Balochistan: Pakistan pressed on Barrick mine rights), by Rick Westhead, TheStar, Jan 14, 2010
Release: BSO-NA opposes Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline accord, termed it as “Grand Religio-Commercial deal of the century”, by BSO-NA.org, Mar 27, 2010: "We consider Balochistan as an occupied territory and Pakistan has no legal and moral right to sign any such deal.”
Reko Diq at melting point, by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, atimes.com, Mar 12, 2010; reposted at TheBalochHouse
Rent for Och gas field, by Dilshad Azeem, The News, Mar 12, 2010; reposted at TheBalochHouse
Germans, Italians for investment in Balochistan, TheBalochHal.com, Mar 11, 2010
Operator hopeful of salvaging $3bn copper venture, Dawn.com, Mar 10, 2010; reposted at TheBalochHouse
Midas’s gold, by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, DailyTimes.com.pk, Feb 28, 2010: "Barrick’s track record is pathetic... Considering the environmental consequences, all licenses to Reko Diq should be cancelled.
Provinces’ differences soar over water distribution, The Baloch Hal, Feb 9, 2010
From before: Conflict in Dera Bugti, by Nizamuddin Nizamani, originally published in Dawn.com
Pakistan awards six exploration blocks, Oil & Gas Journal, Feb 5, 2010
Pakistan pressed on Barrick mine rights Diplomats call on PM to honour claim despite pressure from China, thestar.com, Jan 14, 2010
Shame--if any--awaits Woodrow Wilson, Atlantic councils, by Ahmar Mustikhan, NowPublic.com, Jan 14, 2010
The plot thickens: Balochistan halts $3.5bn copper project, by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, atimes.com, Jan 12, 2010
Luckless Gwadar, by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, DailyTimes.com, Jan 10, 2010

(background reading: Waiting for the Worst: Baluchistan, 2006, by Nicholas Schmidle, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2007;Pakistan's Fatal Shore, by Robert D. Kaplan, Atlantic Monthly, May 2009: "One key to its fate is the future of Gwadar, a strategic port whose development will either unlock the riches of Central Asia, or plunge Pakistan into a savage, and potentially terminal, civil war...")
Centre seeks explanation from Balochistan, TheBalochHal, Jan 9, 2010
Raisani says no mining licence granted for Reko Dik project, TheBalochHal, Jan 9, 2010
Balochistan: Ground Zero, by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, DailyTimes.com.pk, Jan 2, 2010
Tethyan Loses Reko Diq Contract, NowPublic, Dec 26, 2010
The Saindak Saga, by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, DailyTimes.com, Dec 5, 2009
Factbox-Baluchistan-Pakistan's biggest but poorest province, Reuters, Nov 25, 2009 (outlines energy and mineral cos doing business/exploration in Balochistan)
China digs Pakistan into a hole, by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, Asia Times, Oct 5, 2009
Miners Bank on $3bn on Baloch Project, by Syed Fazl-e-Haider, PK On Web, Jul 7, 2009
Balochistan is the ultimate prize, by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, May 9, 2009
Prime Minister inaugurates first wind power plant, Business Recorder, Apr 20, 2009: "... Gilani said that the launch of Zorlu Wind Farm is, indeed, a major milestone towards exploiting the wind potential of renowned Gharo-Keti Bandar Wind Corridor. This 60 km long and 170 km deep corridor alone has the potential to generate over 50,000MW of electricity..."; maps of wind corridor, taepl.com; resource potential of wind project, Alternative Energy Development Board (click pic below for larger map of wind power in Balochistan)
Requiem for Reko Diq, by Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, Dawn.com, Sep 30, 2008
Chinese Activities in Balochistan, by B. Raman, South Asia Analysis Group, Jun 18, 2001
This also applies in Balochistan: In Afghanistan, a Threat of Plunder, by Paul Collier, NYTimes, Jul 19, 2010
Afghanistan: U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan, by James Risen, NYTimes.com, Jun 14, 2010
Global: Water pollution expert derides UN sanitation claims, by Juliette Jowit, The Guardian, Apr 25, 2010
Africa: Billionaires and Mega-Corporations Behind Immense Land Grab in Africa, by John Vidal, Information Clearing House, Mar 11, 2010
Gilgit-Baltistan: GBUM in support of Diamer dam protest and condemning Paksitani atrocities, TheBalochHouse, Mar 2010
Mongolia: Mongolian Harvard Elites Aim for Wealth Without ‘Dutch Disease,’ by Michael Forsythe, Bloomberg.com, Feb 16, 2010
Jan 18, 2010: In this link Naomi Klein reports on the 'disaster capitalism' model as it relates to Haiti (NewStatesman). If you're on facebook, you can follow developments by joining 'No Shock Doctrine for Haiti' where activists are monitoring the efforts of 'disaster capitalists' to benefit from the tragedy that has struck this vulnerable population.
U.S.: It's Only Appalachia, by Devilstower, DailyKos.com, Jan 10, 2010
Don't miss this expose - China: Inside China's secret toxic unobtainium mine, By Richard Jones In Baiyun Obo, Inner Mongolia, DailyMail, Jan 10, 2010: "t looks like a scene from an apocalyptic science-fiction movie..."
Ecuador: Who will pay for Amazon's 'Chernobyl'?, by Esme McAvoy, The Independent, Jan 10, 2010
Afghanistan: only the first move in the grand chess game for control of Central Asian resources, by Michael Payne, Jan 9, 2010: "So if anyone still thinks that the surge in Afghanistan is strictly intended to defeat the Taliban and the remnants of Al-Qaeda, it's time to think again. This is the new launching point for the eventual control of the Balochistan region..."
Technology: New Life for Solar-Updraft Technology?, by John Collins Rudolf, NYTimes.com, Jan 6, 2010: The solar updraft tower, which uses the greenhouse effect and thermal convection to drive wind turbines and produce electricity, has been hailed as a novel — and promising — approach to renewable energy generation.
Developing Gwadar as an Additional Supply Route for US Millitary, A Report of the CSIS Transnational Threats Project and the Russia and Eurasia Program, IntelliBriefs, Jan 5, 2010 (orig. source)
Peru: Mining conflict in Perú leaves two dead, by Daan Janssens, Dec 4, 2009
China: South China Villagers Slam Pollution From Rare Earth Mine, Radio Free Asia, Feb 22, 2008
South Africa: After years of “environmentally friendly” mining South Africa pays the price for mining industry platitudes – permanently contaminated waters, Patagonia Under Siege, Feb 15, 2008
Global: Calling All Future-Eaters, by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, Jul 19, 2010: "Our moral obligation is not to structures of power, but life..."
Environmental: Greenpeace finds evidence of GM rice contamination in China's emergency grain stores, by Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, Jul 20, 2010: "Some environmental activists suspect scientists and biotechnology companies may be deliberating spreading genetically modified rice into seed supplies, paddy fields and supermarkets so they can declare de facto approval of the products..."
New: Barrick Gold of Canada, who is currently pressuring Pakistan to not cancel its mining lease in Balochistan, is rated by a Swiss research firm as 12th worst in ethical performance of multinational corporations. The 12 Least Ethical Companies In The World: Covalence's Ranking, HuffingtonPost.com, Jan 28, 2010
CorpWatch: Holding Corporations Accountable
Mining Watch Canada
ProtestBarrick.net: Protestbarrick.net serves as a portal to groups researching and organizing around mining issues, particularly involving Barrick Gold. It contains news articles, testimonies, and backgrounders about Barrick's operations worldwide. The administrators of this site are volunteers with sincere concerns for communities negatively impacted by Barrick's operations.
Documentary: The Corporation
Classics: On Colonization: The Wretched of the Earth, by Frantz Fanon, preface by Jean-Paul Sartre, 1963 (pdf)

Excerpt from 'Inside China's secret toxic unobtainium mine': Elements that rule the globe (from DailyMail)

Rare-earths are so-called because when they were first discovered in the 19th Century in Sweden, they were believed to be some of the most uncommon elements.

But through further scientific discovery, rare-earths have been found to be relatively abundant in the Earth's crust. However, the high cost of extraction means that only areas with rich deposits are worth exploiting.

Rare-earth metals are typically malleable. They also have high electrical conductivity.

They are often extracted from minerals through a process that involves dissolving elements in different liquids - usually water and a solvent.

There are 17 rare-earths and their purposes include being used in shielding for nuclear reactors, fibre optics, flatscreen displays and earthquake monitoring equipment.

One rare-earth, erbium, acts as a natural amplifier so it is used in fibre-optic cables to boost signals. Terbium generates a change in an electrical circuit when the metal is compressed. That is why it is often found in earthquake monitoring devices for detecting movement along fault-lines.

Sometimes rare-earth elements are combined in alloys to create strong magnets, which are used in wind turbines. The magnets are a crucial part of the generators that convert the rotational motion of the turbine blades into electricity.

The magnets can be made from rare-earths neodymium and samarium, although they are extremely brittle and also vulnerable to corrosion, so are usually plated or coated.

Another rare-earth, dysprosium, is used in many of the advanced electric motors and battery systems in hybrid vehicles because magnets containing the element can be much lighter and therefore more energy efficient.

Dysprosium has a tendency to soak up neutrons - the tiny particles that occur in atoms and are produced in nuclear reactions. Metal rods containing dysprosium are also used in nuclear reactors to control the rate at which neutrons are available. The magnetic properties of dysprosium alloys make them useful in CD players.

Cerium is used in catalytic converters, which cut carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, while praseodymium creates a yellow colour in ceramics. In alloys, lanthanum softens a metal, making it easier to work with and sometimes more durable too.