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  • Chile, the Copper Grail of the World

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    Can an economic model to support future generations of Chileans be based on a nonrenewable natural resource?  Or will it become yet another example of the resource curse? For the last 150 years copper has been the backbone of the Chilean economy. Chile has been able to defeat underdevelopment and […]

  • Riqueza debajo de la tierra, pobreza por encima

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            Abstract: Is our mineral richness a curse? We have not been able to convert this wealth into economic and social growth and problems keep popping up all over the country, no matter the government, the laws or the companies working there. Bolivia’s mining history is not very […]

  • Cracking Down on Cocaine

      President Evo Morales is in the midst of a political battle affecting citizens and international relations AT 4,000 metres above sea level, where the altitude causes even athletes to feel exhausted after a short walk, the city of El Alto, “The High”, is aptly named. Tourists who ascend its […]

  • The Business Case for Mining whilst Managing the Environment

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    This article was originally drafted by the South Africa Node of the Millennium Project for the newsletter “Southern Africa Horizon Scan” as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Searchlight Process. For more Searchlight content on, please click here. According to commentators and participants at a recent AngloGold Ashanti / Motjoli Resources Mining […]