Lois Parshley


Lois Parshley is an assistant editor at Foreign Policy. She has also worked as a web producer for the Atlantic. A graduate of Middlebury College, she's written about her travels to Antarctica, Cuba, and the Emirates. Her writing and photography have been published at the Atlantic, the New Republic, the Washington Post, and Grist, among others.

Articles by Lois Parshley
Mes Aynak,  in Afghanistan's Logar Province, boasts one of the largest undeveloped   copper  deposits in the world. But it is also home to vast archeological ruins,  including 5th century Buddhist monasteries and even older Bronze Age  settlements. Preservationists -- working furiously to excavate the   nearby ruins before they are buried under mining rubble -- have  urged restraint in developing the copper deposits. But those focused on  Afghanistan's economic development have urged the country to move full   speed  ahead, citing the dire need for the $1 trillion in  revenue that the mine could bring to the impoverished country. Is the potential  for economic growth worth more than the loss of cultural heritage?      Professor  Brent E. Huffman, a documentary filmmaker and  assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern  University who has been making a film at Mes Aynak, says there is  little hope that much will be saved when the mining begins in earnest. Here, we take a an  inside look at the 2,000 year-old Buddhas, temples, and other relics that could  soon be destroyed.        Above, an Afghan archaeologist drapes a fabric across the remains of Buddha statues   discovered inside an ancient monastery in Mes Aynak on Nov. 23, 2010. 
Mes Aynak, in Afghanistan's Logar Province, boasts one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world. But it is also home to vast archeological ruins, including 5th century Buddhist monasteries and even older Bronze Age settlements. Preservationists -- working furiously to excavate the nearby ruins before they are buried under mining rubble -- have urged restraint in developing the copper deposits. But those focused on Afghanistan's economic development have urged the country to move full speed ahead, citing the dire need for the $1 trillion in revenue that the mine could bring to the impoverished country. Is the potential for economic growth worth more than the loss of cultural heritage? Professor Brent E. Huffman, a documentary filmmaker and assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University who has been making a film at Mes Aynak, says there is little hope that much will be saved when the mining begins in earnest. Here, we take a an inside look at the 2,000 year-old Buddhas, temples, and other relics that could soon be destroyed.  Above, an Afghan archaeologist drapes a fabric across the remains of Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery in Mes Aynak on Nov. 23, 2010. 
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