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Oppenheimer family goes to court to block mineral exploration at their Zimbabwe cattle ranch

The family of the physicist and Nobel laureate J. Robert Oppenheimer is going to court to block further exploration for minerals on their Zimbabwe cattle ranch. The move, which comes as Zimbabwe tries to recover from years of political turmoil, highlights the deep ties that many of the country’s rich and powerful families have to the country where they were born and brought up. It also underscores the country’s vulnerability to even small changes in the global price of its main export, a commodity that has been in short supply since the United States, which bought more than half of Zimbabwe’s exports in 2010, imposed sanctions against the country in 2003. The ranch, which Oppenheimer has owned since the 1950s, is located in

The family that once ruled the American atomic energy industry is taking its fight to court to block an Australian company from exploring for uranium on the family’s Zimbabwean cattle ranch. The Dynamite River Ranch, which is in the heart of the family’s former nuclear weapons testing range, is now an ecological reserve, but in 2016 Southern African Energy Company (Sae), the owners of the nearby Karangwarra uranium mine, applied to the government for a petroleum, gas, and mineral prospecting permit. The family, whose members include the late Nobel laureate physicist and atomic weapons designer Robert Oppenheimer and his brother Frank, say the company’s plans would rob them of their property rights and national heritage. Sae has argued

The family of the father of the atomic bomb has gone to court to block a mining company’s attempt to explore for minerals on their Zimbabwe ranch. The family, which includes Nobel laureate J. Robert Oppenheimer, is challenging a decision by Zimbabwe’s president to clear the way for the mining company, KCM Africa, to begin exploring gold, platinum, and other metals on their land. The family, who have been in charge of the ranch since the 1950s, say that the president’s decision was illegal because the constitution prohibits foreign companies from owning land in Zimbabwe. They also say that the president’s decision will hurt their ability to continue their cattle ranching and forestry business.

The long-running legal battle between the descendants of the founder of the Oppenheimer and the company that plans to mine for gold on the family’s 200,000-acre Zimbabwe cattle ranch has reached the United States Supreme Court. The dispute between Oppenheimer and the company called Golden Hills Gold Ltd. has been playing out in the New York State Supreme Court, the Zimbabwean High Court, and the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. The dispute is about the mineral rights to the ranch, which is located in the heart of Zimbabwe’s gold-rich Mashuri Hills. The ranch was once home to more than 20,000 head of cattle, including many that were shipped to the United States and


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