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June 1st, 2009
Gold Futures
Vocabulary and Resources

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Vocabulary

cyanide: a poisonous chemical that can be used to extract silver and gold from ore

eminent domain: the right of the government to take private property for public use

environmental issues: concerns about the impact of industry, technology and other human activity on the natural world

multinational companies: corporations that have divisions in more than one country

plunder: to loot or steal

private property: things that individuals or firms own and have the exclusive legal rights to use or transfer

quality of life: general well-being and perceived sense of healthiness

Resources

Web Sites

CIA World Factbook — Romania

EU Mining Waste Regulations

Official Web site of the Pro-Rosia Montana movement, which supports the gold mine.

Official Web site of the group opposing the planned mine of Gabriel Resources.

Books and Articles

Neal, Larry. The Economics of Europe and the European Union. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Perlez, Jane and Kirk Johnson. Behind Gold’s Glitter: Torn Lands and Pointed Questions. New York Times, October 24, 2005.

Rosenthal, Elisabeth. Town in Romania Debates Mine Proposal. International Herald Tribune, December 27, 2006.

Smith, Craig S. Fighting Over Gold in the Land of Dracula. New York Times, January 3, 2007.

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